Upcoming Events in McKinney, TX

by crblog - September 15th, 2016

With wonderful McKinney events and area attractions, there is always something fun to do near Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas! Here are a few of the fun McKinney events going on during the rest of September and October.

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McKinney Oktoberfest 2016

When: Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: Friday: 4 PM – 11 PM, Saturday: 10 AM – 11 PM, Sunday: 12 PM – 5 PM

Dust off your lederhosen and tune up your yodel for this year’s Oktoberfest! This fun event will have authentic German music, food, drink, costumes and dancing. You can walk around Historic Downtown McKinney with your favorite German beer and bratwurst all weekend long.

Neighborhood Night at the Movies – Hotel Transylvania 2

When: Friday, October 7

Where: Old Settlers Park

What Time: 7:30 PM

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for a family-friendly movie. Hotel Transylvania 2 will be showing at Old Settlers Park on October 7th, and admission is free!

Classics on the Square Car Show

When: Saturday, October 29

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Do you love classic cars and trucks? Well, this event hosted by the Morning Maniacs in Historic Downtown McKinney is the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning. Roam the square, enjoy some breakfast and check out all of the classic cars and trucks!

Scare on the Square

When: Monday, October 31

Where: Historic Downtown McKinney

What Time: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM

This is an annual McKinney event where hundreds of trick-or-treaters can enjoy a fun and safe Halloween night. The streets will be closed off so that kids can cross safely without worrying about oncoming traffic. Make sure to get there early so you can get the best treats!

Residents in our master-planned community are immensely close to some of the best area attractions and never run out of fun things to do! If you would like to make the move to Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas, take a look at our available homes today.

How to Protect Your Home from Burglars

by crblog - September 8th, 2016

When your home is broken into, it can be a truly terrifying experience. Don’t let your home fall victim to thieves. To help you do just that, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is sharing a few tips on how to keep your home safe from burglars.

Install a Wireless Alarm System

While any alarm system is good to have, the best to have is a wireless alarm system that is connected to your cell phone. That way you will get an immediate notification if someone tries to break in. Wireless alarm systems are also harder for burglars to disconnect and disarm.

Motion-Sensor Lighting

Adding motion sensing outdoor lighting will not only make every area of your house clearly visible, but when it flashes on, it will startle the burglar and cause them to leave. Place them near all major entryways and even on other sides of your house so you know that no one can sneak around your house without being seen.

Keep Your Windows Shuttered

Many modern home designs have begun to incorporate more windows to let more natural light in. While this is great, you should make sure that you have shutters, drapes or curtains that can properly cover your windows when you aren’t home. Otherwise, the burglar will be able to look directly into your home and see all of your valuables.

Using Deadbolt Locks

Deadbolts are highly effective at protecting your door from being easily kicked in, and they are harder to pick. Add a deadbolt lock to each door of your home to make them more secure and keep burglars out. If you frequently exit and enter your home through the garage, you can also add a single sided deadbolt lock to your front door that can only be unlocked from the inside.

Doing these 4 things should help to protect your home from any burglars. For more helpful homeowner tips or more information about the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore the Craig Ranch website today.

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What Makes Craig Ranch Perfect for Empty Nesters?

by crblog - September 7th, 2016

When it comes be being an empty nester, there are many different factors to consider when choosing a new home. With the convenience, active lifestyle and many other benefits offered at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, empty nesters will find that Craig Ranch is the perfect master-planned community for the lifestyle they are looking for. Here’s why:

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Modern Home Designs

Since empty nesters usually have more time on their hands and fewer people living in the house, they can easily host dinner parties or invite the kids over for the holidays. The modern home designs and open floor plans of the homes at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for such a thing.

In fact, Darling Homes and David Weekley Homes are building some fabulous homes in the Spicewood neighborhood on small lots for couples looking for a lock-and-leave lifestyle!

Exceptional Amenities

Empty nesters have many exceptional amenities to choose from at Craig Ranch. Residents can take it easy by kicking back and relaxing by the resort-style pool or getting a five-star treatment at Cooper Fitness/Spa. If residents are interested in maintaining an active lifestyle or even taking it up a notch, Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX has many options for recreation and fitness.

Easy Walkability

There plenty of great parks and fitness trails that make it easy to walk around the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Craig Ranch is a part of the Six Cities Trail Plan, which will be 20 miles of trails along a pristine creek that connects one city to the next. There aren’t many other communities that can offer what Craig Ranch can.

Location

Location is important for many different reasons. When deciding where to move as an empty nester, convenience is everything. Located at the crossroads of McKinney, Allen, Frisco and Plano, Craig Ranch can offer exactly that!

The master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is perfect for empty nesters. If you’re an empty nester and would like to learn more about Craig Ranch, contact us today and take a look at all of our available new homes.

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Summary of the 2016 Rio Olympics

by crblog - August 25th, 2016

The Olympics are officially over, and as always, Team USA took home the most medals with a final medal count of 121 medals. We won 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. China came in second place for the total medal count with 70 medals, and Great Britain came in third with 67 total medals. Today, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is going to give a brief summary of the 2016 Rio Olympics.


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Michael Phelps the Olympic Legend

Cementing his Olympic legend status, Michael Phelps brought his total medal count to 28, 23 of those being gold. This further solidified his position as the most successful Olympian of all time. Rio was also his last Olympics.

Usain Bolt Completes Triple-Triple

Winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in the last three Olympics means that Usain Bolt completed the unprecedented triple-triple. He is the first person to ever complete such a feat. He is also now the second most successful Olympian of all time, across all sports.

Record Breaking Olympics

Rio 2016 has been the Olympics of breaking all sorts of Olympic and world records. There were 65 Olympic and 19 world records broken. One of the most notable was when South Africa’s Wayde van Nierkerk ran the 400m with a time of 43.03 seconds. The original record was set 17 years ago by America’s Michael Johnson with a mark of 43.18 seconds.

Brazil Wins Gold in Soccer

It was no secret that the one sport Brazil wanted to win more than any other was soccer, and sure enough, they did. Playing in their home country, Brazil won in the final against Germany with a penalty shot.

Simone Biles’ Olympic Debut

Already a big name before she got to the Olympics, Simone Biles didn’t disappoint. Already holding multiple world records prior to competing in the Rio Olympics, all eyes were on the 19-year-old athlete as she brought home 4 gold medals and 1 bronze. After just competing in her first Olympics, Simone Biles is already considered one of the best Olympic gymnasts of all time.

These are just a few of the major things that happened at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. Learn more about active living at the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX by exploring our recreation and fitness page.

Olympic-Themed House Party Ideas

by crblog - August 18th, 2016

The 2016 Olympics is here and the new homes of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are perfect for hosting an Olympic-themed house party that’s sure to draw in the crowds! With modern home designs, open floor plans and a few of these tips, the possibilities are endless for a gold medal worthy party!

Edible Torches


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Use popcorn and ice cream cones or create DIY paper cones and fill them with your flame-colored favorite snacks. These torches will keep the crowds satisfied all throughout the games.

Give Them the Gold


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Give your guests their own medals to make everyone feel like Olympic champions! Here’s how to make these DIY Olympic Gold Medals.

International Refreshments


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Keep your guests hydrated with an array of international beers and sodas. For an extra layer of fun, pour them into clear cups and have them try to guess what country the beverage comes from!

Olympics of Your Own


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Watching all of the incredible athletes on TV, you can feel inspired to do it yourself. Pool noodles, skewer sticks and a hammer is all you need to have your own hurdle race that’s fun for the whole family.

DIY Olympic Candy Jars


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Give your guests a sweet treat with these creative candy jars that only need a little spray paint, hot glue and candy to get the crowds cheering.

Olympic Backdrop


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Make your Olympic party one for the books with this photo booth that will capture your memories and the spirit of the games. Create your own props and decorations and it’ll sure be a hit!

These fun and creative party ideas will keep your friends and family entertained at your Olympic-themed party. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore our website today and take a look at the available homes!

Olympic Legend Michael Johnson

by crblog - August 12th, 2016

Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is all about active living, and that is evident by the many recreation and fitness amenities that are located within Craig Ranch. Michael Johnson Performance, which was started in 2007 by the Olympic legend Michael Johnson, is one of the amazing places located in our master-planned community that people can go to train like an Olympian. Here are a few other things you should know about the Olympic legend, Michael Johnson.

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Texan Born and Raised

Born in Dallas, Texas on September 13, 1967, Michael Johnson is the youngest of five siblings. His full name is Michael Duane Adalbert Adam Johnson. As a teenager, he devoted his time to his studies and participated in athletics as a mere extracurricular activity.

College

At the age of 19, he went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for accounting. It was at Baylor, in April 1987, that coach Clyde Hart spotted him as he broke the university 200m record. At that point in his athletic career, he had already adopted his distinct running style, characterized by an upright gait and short stride. That running style eventually lead to his nickname “the Duck”.

The Road to the Top

In 1990, after getting his degree, Michael Johnson decided to focus full-time on athletics. At the end of the year, he was at the top of the international rankings for both the 200m and 400m distances. It was very rare for one athlete to excel in both. Then, at the 1992 summer Olympics in Barcelona, he helped the USA team secure the gold in the 4×400 relay.

Sprint Superman

Following Barcelona in 1993, he went undefeated in 58 400m races, which soon hailed him the nickname “Superman”. However, his true accomplishment came in 1996 during the Atlanta summer Olympics where he completed a remarkable 200m-400m double, an achievement never matched before or since in men’s athletics. His world record 19.32 second 200m remained unbroken until Usain Bolt in 2008. Then in 1999, he set a new world record for the 400m at 43.18 seconds, which remains unbeaten to this day.

Michael Johnson Performance

In 2007, Michael Johnson founded Michael Johnson Performance at Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Every program uses the same fundamentals that brought Michael record-breaking success and helps athletes of all ages, in any sport, reach their full potential.

To learn more about Michael Johnson Performance or Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, explore the Craig Ranch website today.

Ideas for a Summer Dinner Party

by crblog - July 28th, 2016

Warm summer evenings in new homes of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX are the perfect place for a lovely summer dinner party. If you want to host a summer dinner party of your own, here are a few menu ideas to make your gathering a true success!

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California Peach Sangria

Start off your summer dinner party with a refreshing southern version of a timeless classic. Adding some fresh peaches and raspberries will make it even more delicious. Make the California Peach Sangria the night before so all of the flavors have time to mix and blend.

Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea

Nothing says summer like a glass of iced tea, and you can make your own Blackberry-Bourbon Iced Tea that is sure to keep your dinner guests coming back for more!

Spicy Greens and Plum Salad

When it comes to appetizers, you can never go wrong with a tasty salad! Be a little adventurous and try a salad you’ve never eaten before like the Spicy Greens and Plum Salad.

Lobster Rolls

Summertime is the perfect time to crack open some shellfish. These classic lobster rolls are sure to be a hit on any summer dinner party menu! This recipe works best if you’re able to get live lobsters.

Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts

While seafood is delicious, you can never go wrong with chicken. These Spicy Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts will be sweet, spicy and savory!

No-Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts

Now, when it comes to a summertime dessert, it’s always a good idea to use fresh berries. Try making these No-Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts to give your guests a sweet treat with a pop of color.

Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding

For those looking to really satisfy their sweet tooth, this Milk Chocolate Banana Pudding won’t disappoint!

The new homes in our master-planned community are perfect for hosting a summer dinner party with your friends and neighbors. To learn more about Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

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Upcoming Events Near Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 21st, 2016

There’s always something going on near the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas. Active living has never been so easy, and here are just a few of the upcoming events near Craig Ranch in August.

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme

When: August 3 – 14, 2016

Where: American Airlines Center in Dallas

What Time: Depends on the date

Sure to be fun for the whole family, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Circus Xtreme will feature artists performing never-before-seen spectacles with some incredibly hilarious moments.

Cooper Kids Triathlon

When: Saturday, August 6, 2016

Where: Cooper Fitness Center at Craig Ranch in McKinney

What Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

It’s not too late to get your little athletes signed up to compete in the Cooper Kids Triathlon. It’s open to children ages 6 to 15, and it’s sure to be a great triathlon. Find out more about the Copper Kids Triathlon here.

Trivia Night

When: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Where: Nine Band Brewing Co. in Allen

What Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

One of the many fun Allen events, Trivia Night at Nine Band Brewing Co. is sure to be a great time! Team up with your friends and test your knowledge of beer, literature, history, science and more.

Third Monday Trade Days

When: August 12, 13 and 14, 2016

Where: Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney

What Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Third Monday Trade Days flea market is the largest and oldest flea market in North Texas. With over 450 vendors there, you’re sure to find anything you can think of! Here’s more information on McKinney’s Third Monday Trade Days.

If you’re ever looking for something to do outside of the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, there are plenty of Allen and McKinney events to enjoy. For more information on active living in our master-planned community, visit the Craig Ranch website today!

Things to do to Stay Cool This Summer

by crblog - July 15th, 2016

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With generally little rainfall and triple-digit temperatures, the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX knows that Texas summers can be brutal. The last thing you want to do is stay inside all day, so instead, keep up your active living this summer with these fun things to do to stay cool.

Freezy Tees Contest

Sure to be a fun and chilly race, all you need to do for a Freezy Tees Contest is to wet some t-shirts, wring them out, fold them and then freeze them. The winner is the person who can unfold the frozen shirt and put it on first.

Water Hose Limbo

As simple as it sounds, all that’s needed to play water hose limbo is a water hose with a nozzle. Use the stream of the water hose as the stick, and if you get wet, you’re out!

Water Balloon Toss

Grab a partner and stand across from them. Toss the water balloon back and forth, and with each successful catch, take a step back. You’re only out if the balloon bursts. You can also make a variation by catching the balloon in a bowl, bucket or towel.

Water Gun Tag

Have a fun, colorful, wet-n-wild time with water gun tag. This game works more like laser tag where everyone wears white t-shirts and puts food dye in the water so you can know who you squirted.

Wet Sponge Relay

For this game, you’ll need 2 buckets filled with water, 2 large sponges and 2 empty jars. First, have everyone split up into 2 teams. Then, each team makes a line next to their bucket full of water. The first person dips the sponge in the water, places it on top of their head and then rushes to the empty jar at the other side of the yard and squeezes the water into the jar. The first team to fill their jar wins.

These fun activities are sure to keep you and your family cool for the rest of the summer. To find out about more active living in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the Craig Ranch website today.

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Come Play at The Beach at Craig Ranch

by crblog - July 7th, 2016

Summer is the time to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun! One of the best ways to enjoy active living in the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX is to head to The Beach. The Beach at Craig Ranch is a premier athletic facility for beach sports. Here are the beach sports you can play at The Beach at Craig Ranch.

Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball is one of the most popular sand sports! You can play in teams of two, three, four or even six. The first team to score 21 points wins. Whether you’re an Olympic athlete or a beginner, beach volleyball is fun for everyone. Here are the full beach volleyball rules and regulations.

Sand Soccer

While normal soccer is already a fast-paced game, sand soccer is even more difficult because the soft sand makes running to get the ball significantly harder. Since the sand doesn’t stay flat, passing the ball is a bit harder as well. The field size is also smaller, which means players can shoot from anywhere. Here is a quick guide to the rules of beach soccer.

Beach Tennis

The game of beach tennis takes an interesting twist on the original game because the ball can’t bounce on the sand. While this may be a large difference from regular tennis, it makes the game a little bit easier for everyone to enjoy it, regardless of their skillset. Here’s how to play beach tennis.

If you’re looking for somewhere to have fun in the sun and feel the sand between your toes, then look no further than The Beach at Craig Ranch. The 12 pristine sand courts are perfect for sand sports. To learn more about The Beach or the master-planned community of Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX, visit the community website today.