Chaa Creek?s National Geo Nod as World?s Best

(PRWEB) December 16, 2011

Belize?s premier rainforest eco resort, The Lodge at Chaa Creek has been featured as one of the National Geographic top ten ?Best Adventure Destinations for 2012?.

The recent announcement states, ?Just when it seemed impossible to find untrammelled singletrack in Europe or snorkel uncharted waters in Australia, we’re here to remind you that optimism pays off,? and continues to say that events ? can make a well-travelled planet feel full of new frontiers again. Here are the best adventure destinations for 2012,? before giving a description of Chaa Creek.

Under the heading, Go Now, The article notes Chaa Creek?s idyllic location between the important ancient Maya cities of Caracol and Tikal before describing the many adventures and activities available within Chaa Creek?s 365 acre nature reserve. It also mentions Chaa Creek?s Maya Winter Solstice 2012 adventure vacation package with classes on folklore, music, medicinal plants, farming techniques, and cooking including traditional cacao preparation as well as canoe excursions to ceremonial caves, snorkelling the Belize Great Barrier Reef, Maya spa treatments and other Maya cultural adventures.

?To be recognised by National Geographic as one of the top ten destinations in the entire world, well, that pretty much says it all,? Chaa Creek owner and GM Lucy Fleming said. ?As lifelong travellers and having been in adventure travel for over three decades, we naturally recognise National Geographic as the world?s top travel authority. To be recognised by an organisation and publication we hold in such high esteem is truly an honour.?

Lucy and her husband Mick Fleming started Chaa Creek in the late 1970s as a family farm. They and their 135 staff members just celebrated Chaa Creek?s 30th anniversary as Belize?s first eco resort last September.

Situated along the banks of the Macal River Chaa Creek?s private nature reserve contains over 70 Maya archaeological sites and the ancient Maya temple of Tunichilen. The reserve abounds in wildlife and over 300 species of birds, and offers guided nature walks, hiking, horseback and mountain bike riding along miles of jungle and grassland trails and canoeing along the Macal River.

Accommodations range from lovely thatched roof cottage rooms and luxury Jacuzzi villas set in tropical gardens to more rustic private bungalows at the Macal River Camp, and amenities include a renowned restaurant, jungle lounge, conference centre, spa, Hilltop Butterfly Farm, The Natural History Centre, Maya Medicinal Plant Trail, the Maya organic Farm, pool and stables.

?This recognition from National Geographic makes us realise how far we?ve come in 30 years,? Ms Fleming said, ?It?s really the best icing you could wish for on your birthday cake.?

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Sutherland Wins “Best Service & Transaction Process Improvement Project” at the Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement Summit

Rochester, NY (PRWEB) April 24, 2008

Sutherland Global Services, a leading multi-national Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) provider, received top honors at the 2008 Process Excellence Awards held by the International Quality & Productivity Center (IQPC). Sutherland secured the top spot overcoming stiff competition from some of the world’s largest corporations in the financial services, technology and energy industries. Sutherland won first place in the “Best Service & Transaction Process Improvement Project” category.

“Each year, we are delighted not only to receive such a large number of high-quality entries into the Process Excellence Awards, but also to salute the winners in the field and recognize those that excel. We congratulate Sutherland Global Services,” said Vanessa Lovatt, Divisional Director, Lean Six Sigma & Process Improvement, IQPC. Lovatt cited process innovation and the effective deployment of technology in the Sutherland solution as the key elements of its award winning project.

Sutherland’s project showcased the process development and productivity enhancements that it achieved through the implementation of an extremely successful Six Sigma project on behalf of one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Sutherland leveraged the Six Sigma quality framework to develop a decision tree-based support methodology and to implement an automated knowledge management process that ensured faster resolution of customer transactions and improved its client’s overall end-user customer experience.

The Process Excellence Awards were established to honor, recognize and promote Six Sigma and Process Excellence projects that demonstrate true best practices and to expand and increase the uptake of Six Sigma and Process Excellence methodology globally. This year, the Lean Six Sigma and Process Improvement summit was held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, FL with the theme “Unite Process Improvement With Your Business Strategy: Using Innovation & Advanced Lean Six Sigma To Achieve Crucial Business Goals” with Jack Welch as the keynote speaker.

About Sutherland Global Services

Sutherland Global Services is a multinational IT Enabled and Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company, specializing in Integrated BPO solutions across Customer Lifecycle and Back-Office Lifecycle Management services. Having started operations in 1986 in Rochester, New York, Sutherland now employs over 21,000 professionals offering RightSourced™ seamlessly blended services from its 22 delivery centers in India, the United States, Philippines, Canada, Eastern Europe and Mexico. By integrating highly trained people with state-of-the-art technology and proven business methodologies, Sutherland collaborates with clients to help them excel in their industry and maximize their customer lifetime value. For more information, visit http://www.suth.com.

For more information contact

Sutherland Global Services,

Michele Sadwick, Vice President

585-586-5757 x6093

Email: michele_sadwick(at)suth.com

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Protect Yourself from Costly Winter Damage; The Best Time to Prune is Now

New Rochelle, N.Y. (PRWEB) December 15, 2011

Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. offers tips to prepare your landscape for winter while saving time and money.

Winter is a season full of holiday cheer, festive gatherings and, in our part of the country, beautiful snow-covered landscapes. When it comes to outdoor maintenance, the image of a snow shovel most likely comes to mind before pruning equipment. Winter, however, is the perfect time to care for your trees. Preparing your landscape for the snow to come is especially prudent in light of the devastation caused by this year?s early snow storms. Thankfully, more and more people are realizing the importance of winter pruning ? while saving time and money along the way.

During the winter, deciduous trees are bare. With their entire branch structure visible, it becomes much easier to identify weak branch connections, cracks in limbs, inferior crossing limbs and dead wood. Pruning to remove these branches in winter can avoid serious future damage while improving the health and strength of your trees. The cold climate also means there are far fewer insects or disease pathogens around to affect the newly trimmed areas.

Identify Problems Early

Oftentimes, a tree?s survival may depend on the care you give it before the storm strikes. The high winds, heavy ice and snow of winter can cause a great deal of strain. Having your trees inspected before the worst weather hits can give you insight into potential problem areas and allow you an opportunity to prevent costly and potentially dangerous property damage.

Branches that hang in close proximity to your house, roof, driveway or nearby power lines should be cleaned up. Dead and decaying branches, particularly those at the top or ends of a tree?s canopy, are also potential hazards. Soil that?s newly raised or lifted around the trunk can be a sign of an unsound root system ? one that may give way in severe weather. Another sign of shifting is if canopies of trees are overlapping each other, which wouldn?t happen naturally. Oozing sap, stains or sawdust-like residue could mean disease or insects. Cracks, hollow or rotted areas should also be addressed; mushroom conks growing on or near the base of the tree are another warning sign.

Cleaning Up After the Storm

After a severe storm passes, trees should be evaluated for overall health from the bottom up. Although the ground may be clear, limbs damaged by ice or snow can still split and break high in the treetops. Inspecting the canopies of storm damaged trees is crucial to prevent branches from snapping and crashing down in the future ? especially during high winds.

Broken branches often leave behind stubs that are magnets for decay. Since trees do not regenerate wood, when a breakage occurs, the damage is permanent. An experienced arborist can prevent or stop the spread of decay, however, by pruning any stubs promptly with precise, clean cuts. Improper pruning can cause more harm and allow decay to spread to the trunk.

Restoration pruning, which involves pruning trees that have been damaged by storms, can also play a critical role in the long-term health and visual appeal of your landscape. Trees damaged by winter storms often respond to breakages by producing many new sprouts. This new growth isn?t structurally viable and must be carefully and selectively thinned to form the main architecture of the tree. Although restoration pruning may take several years as the new growth sets in, it is important to promote proper healing and reduce or prevent future rot and decay issues.

Save Time and Money

A frozen ground surface affords arborists the opportunity to use specialized heavy equipment such as a bucket truck and chipper that might otherwise cause damage to your lawn or garden. This equipment makes the trees more accessible and cleanup easier, which means a less expensive bill. In addition, greater flexibility in scheduling and seasonal discounts may be available since work is generally slower during the wintertime months.

Trust a Certified Arborist

A well-maintained landscape can increase your property value by up to 20 percent. Hiring a professional to care for your trees will not only protect your assets, though. Doing so may also help avert serious storm-related damage and injuries. Never attempt dangerous work on your own. Aside from preventing more long-term damage, an arborist with the proper knowledge and equipment can ensure the job is done safely and correctly.

When selecting an arborist, look for one who is certified by a professional organization such as the ISA or one licensed by your state. Request to see proof of insurance ? hiring someone uninsured could leave you liable for his or her mistakes. Take the time to do a little background research by checking out the company or individual?s website. Ask for references and gather several estimates to compare. Before simply settling on the lowest bid, consider which individual or firm offers the experience, credentials and breadth of services you need to best safeguard your investment. Also, there is a benefit to choosing an arborist and sticking with that individual over time since they will build a knowledge base regarding the particular trees on your property.

Ken Almstead, chief executive officer of Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co., is an active ISA certified arborist with more than 23 years of experience. He is a Northeast Organic Farming Association Certified Organic Land Care Professional, holds a certificate from the Sustainable Studies Institute and currently serves as the Horticultural Chairman of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

About Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co.

Distinguished by its full line of traditional and organic services, Almstead Tree & Shrub Care Co. is a family owned and operated business founded by Richard E. Almstead in 1964. Today sons Ken and Michael Almstead oversee many of the daily operations, caring for residential, commercial, municipal, and school properties throughout the greater New York-metropolitan region. Almstead offers a full range of services to properly care for trees, shrubs and lawns, emphasizing scouting and diagnostics to help prevent problems. Offices are located in Hawthorne and New Rochelle, N.Y., Stamford, Conn., and North Halendon, N.J. For more information or to request a free consultation, visit Almstead at http://almstead.com or call toll-free at 1-800-427-1900. You can also connect on Facebook or LinkedIn for the latest news, photos and promotions.

Press Contact

Diana Costello

Co-Communications, Inc.

diana(at)cocommunications(dot)com

914-666-0066

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Carter Horsley’s Top 10 Best NYC Apartment Buildings for Viewing the Thanksgiving Day Parade

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 18, 2011

CityRealty editor and architecture expert Carter B. Horsley today released his list of ?Top 10 New York City Apartment Buildings for Viewing the Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade.?

?In this high-rise city, usually the best vistas are from the top? but for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade one should ogle the comically large balloon creations eyeball-to-eyeball,? commented Mr. Horsley. ?From its Upper West Side start on 77th Street and Central Park West to its lip-synching end at the viewing stands at Macy’s in Herald Square, here are my picks for the Top 10 New York City apartment buildings for viewing the parade,? he added.

1. The Dakota, 1 West 72nd Street

The city’s most legendary apartment building also offers outstanding views as the parade kicks off on Central Park West. This 10-story building designed by Henry J. Hardenbergh towered over the Upper West Side when it was built in 1884, and all its apartments were rented the first day it opened. Because of its most famous former resident, John Lennon, today The Dakota is gawked at and photographed by thousands of tourists each day. It contains 103 very large cooperative apartments that are likely only affordable to the ?top 1%.?

2. The Majestic, 115 Central Park West

One of Central Park West?s famous twin-towered apartment buildings is The Majestic, with 30 stories and stupendous views. Designed by Sloan & Robertson, this depression-era development had to be scaled down from 45 to 30 stories before its 1930 completion, and is now a cooperative building with 234 apartments. Reportedly, former residents include columnist Walter Winchell and gangster Frank Costello; and Bruno Richard Hauptmann, convicted of the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh?s baby, worked there as a carpenter.

3. The Prasada, 50 Central Park West

Continuing south, marchers will pass this 12-story 50-unit co-op most distinguished by its grand entrance with four large, two-story banded columns supporting a cartouche with the engraved name of the building. Erected in 1907 and designed by Charles W. Romeyn and Henry R. Wynne, the building?s original and delightful French Second Empire-style composition was tampered with in 1919 when its mansard roof was removed to expand the top floor. The undeniable exterior charm of this structure, however, remains otherwise largely intact.

4. 15 Central Park West

The full-floor penthouses, 20 wine cellars, and Park views from 90% of its apartments make 15 Central Park West an ideal setting for more than a few parade parties. Since its completion in 2007, this limestone-clad, full-block development?with a stunning two-tower design by Robert A.M. Stern?has been among the city?s standout residential properties. The 43-story condominium with 202 units has been home to celebrity residents including actor Denzel Washington, musician Sting, and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

5. Trump International Hotel & Tower, 1 Central Park West

As they complete their stretch along Central Park West, marchers won?t help but notice the huge stainless steel, skeletal globe of the world and the sparkling mixed-use tower behind it. Trump International Hotel & Tower was converted in 1997 from the drab Gulf & Western Building by Donald Trump and his partners. Designed by Costas Kondylis with Philip Johnson Ritchie & Fiore, the 52-story building features a magnificent and very sleek glass curtain wall and 166 condominium apartments starting at the 23rd floor, above the hotel.

6. Time Warner Center, 80 Columbus Circle

Where better to watch the parade from than Time Warner Center and its spectacular and very large windows facing Columbus Circle? This huge, mixed-use, twin-towered, reflective-glass-clad project was designed by David Childs of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and completed in 2004, and replaced the former New York Coliseum. The 80-story development contains 225 condominium apartments, and former residents include musician Jay-Z and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots.

7. 200 Central Park South

With just a short stint along Central Park South, the parade can be watched from one of the city?s most distinctive buildings, 200 Central Park West. With its curved arc corner and continuous bands of balconies in its base, this 35-story beige-brick tower commands marvelous views, and its curved fa

Best Buildings for Watching NYC Marathon, November 6

New York City, New York (PRWEB) October 14, 2011

In anticipation of the New York City Marathon, scheduled this year for Sunday, November 6, CityRealty Editor Carter B. Horsley announced his list of the top 10 apartment buildings for viewing the world famous event.

?More inspirational than most parades and street fairs, the New York City Marathon has become an international event in which viewers cheer on thousands of runners representing nations throughout the world,? points out Mr. Horsley. ?But for those lucky enough to be in any of these 10 buildings, they are also treated each year to birds-eye views of the best of human strength, athleticism and competition.?

Considered a leading authority on New York City apartment buildings, Mr. Horsley?s storied career includes reporting about architecture and real estate for such publications as The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and New York Post.

Top 10 Manhattan Apartment Buildings for Viewing the New York City Marathon

1. The Sovereign, 425 East 58th Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/the-sovereign-425-east-58th-street/5107

From this 47-story behemoth, spectators will watch runners enter Manhattan as they descend the Queensboro Bridge. Although the building?s enormous bulk startled the Sutton Place community when it was erected by Sigmund Sommer in 1971, it actually helped to serve as a noise buffer from bridge traffic. It was also quite distinguished looking because of its stepped plan, landscaping and strong horizontal banding. With 370 large apartments, this co-op building is one of the city?s largest luxury towers, and its views remain fantastic.

2. Bridge Tower Place, 401 East 60th Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/bridge-tower-place-401-east-60th-street/10241

This 38-story tower, completed in 2000 by the Brodsky Organization, offers a view of runners turning up First Avenue. A condominium building with 218 apartments, Bridge Tower Place relates in no way to its surroundings, but its bold glass facade is pleasantly patterned and bright.

3. Evans View, 303 East 60th Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/evans-view-303-east-60th-street/2812

With a similar vantage point, Evans View is one of the city?s delights due to its little, pitched red roof. The design by Gruzen Samton Steinglass and Abraham Rothenberg is very sharp, crisp and clean. Completed in 1985, this 40-story condo was developed by Aaron Green and has only 157 apartments because it is quite skinny. Evans View is by far the most attractive residential tower in the vicinity of the Manhattan approach to the Queensboro Bridge.

4. The Landmark, 300 East 59th Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/the-landmark-300-east-59th-street/193

What?s in a name, one might ask. In this case, wishful thinking, as this 30-story building is definitely not a landmark. The handsome, clean cut, 220-unit apartment tower, which was converted to a cooperative in 1983, is a cut above most of those of its generation, but it is not an architectural gem. Its real claim to historical importance is that in 1971 it was the first major new tower to be erected at the Manhattan entrance to the Queensboro Bridge.

5. Brisbane House, 1215 Fifth Avenue, at 102nd Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/brisbane-house-1215-Fifth-Avenue/4155

After navigating the Bronx, runners head south along Fifth Avenue, passing the 15-story Brisbane House. This neo-Romanesque structure was built in 1929 by Arthur Brisbane and designed by Schultze & Weaver. The building has a four-story limestone base with a large arched window above the attractive, canopied entrance. The arched first floor windows have slightly indented top corners, a subtle touch. It was converted to a cooperative in 1978 and contains 62 apartments.

6. 1107 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/1107-Fifth-Avenue/3799

Spectators will see the stream of runners continuing down Fifth Avenue from this 14-story co-op building that once held the spectacular 54-room, triplex penthouse apartment of Marjorie Merriweather Post Hutton. The apartment was built as a re-creation of her townhouse that was previously on the site, and was reported to include a private elevator, silver room, wine room and cold storage rooms for flowers and furs. The building has 26 apartments, and was developed in 1925 by the George Fuller Company and designed by W. K. Rouse & L. A. Goldstone.

7. Trump Parc, 106 Central Park South, at Sixth Avenue – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/trump-parc-106-Central-Park-South/8006

Although Trump Parc?s tower is spectacular, runners may not notice since they?ll be well into their 25th mile as they pass it. Erected in 1930 as the Barbizon Plaza Hotel, the building?s side top pillars extend upwards to create an uneven, but very impressive, row of teeth around the top, and the entire top has been gilded. This 38-story building was acquired by Donald Trump, who had the foresight to recognize its architectural merits. He applied his normal dosage of glitz to its entrance and converted it into a 340-unit condominium in 1988.

8. 200 Central Park South, at Seventh Avenue – http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/manhattan/1200-Central-Park-South/5625

From this 35-story tower–one of the most distinctive in the city with its curved arc corner and continuous bands of balconies in its base?spectators will see the runners right before they turn into Central Park. Built by Bernard Spitzer and Melvin D. Lipman and designed by Wechsler & Schimenti, the beige-brick building commands marvelous Park views, and its curved fa

A Bell’s Palsy Victim Tries to Make the Best of Her Situation by Auctioning Off the First Ever ‘Eye Patch Advertising’ Opportunity on eBay

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) February 12, 2006

Tanya Spradling, an Orlando woman recently diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, is auctioning off advertising space on her eye patch to the highest bidder on eBay. Tanya was diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy on February 3rd after a visit to Florida Hospital East’s emergency room. She first noticed the symptoms of what she thought might be Bell’s Palsy when she lost her sense of taste. The next day, she had no control or movement in the left side of her face.

This occurrence is Tanya’s second bout with Bell’s Palsy, however the first time she recovered in under a week. As of this writing, it has been just over a week since she was first diagnosed, and she has not noticed any improvement in her condition. It is not uncommon for victims of Bell’s Palsy to experience a reoccurrence several times in their life. While usually temporary, 1 out of 3 victims will suffer from Bell’s Palsy permanently, and may experience facial disfigurement. Tanya has been prescribed with several medications, all with severe side effects- including nausea, dizziness, insomnia, and a few other unpleasant side effects. Her condition is only noticeable when she makes facial movements, however she does have to wear an eye patch day and night to prevent her eye, which she cannot shut completely due to the palsy, from drying out.

Since Tanya felt like everyone was looking at her anyway every time she left her home, she decided to try and sell advertising space on her eye-catching eye patch. As the saying goes, “when life deals you lemons, make lemonade.” Tanya enlisted the help of her fianc

First Release Homes Offers Homebuyers the Best Value and Selection when Purchasing a Pre-Built Home or Condo

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) June 19, 2007

Through a recent partnership with Clayton Homes, one of largest manufactured home builders in the country, First Release Homes (http://www.firstreleasehomes.com) now offers homebuyers the option to search for manufactured pre-built homes in more than 400 cities nationwide. A manufactured home is built entirely in the factory under federal code administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Building materials are purchased in bulk, assembled under the highest standards and delivered to the home site.

Today’s factory-built homes bear little resemblance to their predecessors – the boxy, narrow, flat-roofed mobile homes of the past. Now, uniquely designed factory-built homes are taking their places in more and more communities, including traditional subdivisions. Built indoors and shipped to the homebuyers selected destination, these new homes offer a challenge for those who think they can tell the difference between factory and site-built houses.

“Factory-built homes offer exceptional value and provide homeowners with more amenities than ever before,” says Chris Nicely, Vice President of Marketing for Clayton Homes. “Additionally, the efficiencies and quality of factory craftsmanship make it possible for buyers to get more home for their money.”

With the availability of numerous financing options and an industry-wide commitment to design excellence comparable to traditionally ground up construction, factory-built housing is now an exciting and affordable alternative for homebuyers.”

We are very excited to add one of the largest manufactured home builders to our growing list of quality builders and developers across the country seeking to showcase their pre-released or just released homes, condos, town homes, lofts, master planned and resort communities to a highly targeted home buying audience in the early stages of planning and development,” says James Uberti, President and CEO of First Release Homes.

About First Release Homes

First Release Homes, Inc. (http://www.firstreleasehomes.com) is one of the largest coming soon and just released new home resources for homebuyers and investors seeking the best value and selection to locate, track and purchase a new home the moment it’s released for sale often before the general public becomes aware of the initial release through traditional marketing and advertising. For more information about First Release Homes or to become a featured builder please visit us online or call toll free 888-907-7770.

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In Bloom: the Best California B&Bs for Early Sights of Spring

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2011

Winter-weary travelers desperate for sights of spring can pack their bags for California’s deserts and coastal regions, where they’ll find sunshine and some of the earliest spring blooms in the country. The past season’s heavy rains are expected to yield abundant blooms. Members of the California Association of Bed & Breakfast Inns (CABBI) can guide guests with maps and trail suggestions for blooming desert landscapes and lush hills dappled with native wildflowers.

The luxurious El Morocco Inn & Spa in Desert Hot Springs serves as an ideal base for discovering the magic of Southern California’s springtime desert wonderland. The inn is conveniently located within a short drive to Joshua Tree National Park, Morongo Valley Preserve, and the famous Palm Springs Indian Canyons, including Tahquitz Canyons with its spectacular waterfalls. Cacti and wildflowers generally begin blooming in the lower elevations of the desert basin in late February and at higher elevations in March and April. The innkeepers provide guests with hiking maps and insider information on the best places to walk, run, bike and hike, including favorite hidden waterfalls and blooming oases. Afterwards, slip into the inn’s natural hot springs swimming pool for a relaxing soak or raise a glass at the inn’s nightly happy hour featuring their signature cocktail, “The Morocco-tini.”

Other desert-area bed and breakfast inns include Las Fuentes Inn and Gardens, Andreas Hotel & Spa, Lake LaQuinta Inn, Rendezvous Bed & Breakfast, Roughly Manor Bed & Breakfast, and Villa Royale Inn.

California’s winter rains have transformed Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California, into a verdant island paradise. The island’s typically arid hills are now lush with greenery and the native wildflowers are soon to bloom, painting the hills with blue, yellow, orange and white. Tidy tips and blue dicks, shooting stars and milk maids, island poppies and wild hyacinths will bloom alongside California poppies, Mariposa lilies and prickly pear cactus, creating dazzling swaths of color. There are two fabulous bed and breakfast inns in Avalon to choose from. The sleek and modern Aurora Hotel features a roof-top deck with sweeping views and ocean-view or city-view guest rooms with plush bedding and flat-screen televisions. The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island creates an enchanting environment with luxurious bedding, unique artwork and classic Craftsman style. Expeditions to the interior of Catalina Island, including Jeep tours and hiking trips, can be arranged through both inns.

On the far northern coast of California in Westport at Howard Creek Ranch, spring begins in February and just keeps going. A working farm and a designated historic site, Howard Creek Ranch is nestled on sixty acres of wilderness with an adjoining beach and trails into the redwoods-covered mountains. Hiking through fern-covered canyons, guests will find an array native wildflowers, including California Lady Slipper, Wild Iris, Wake Robins (Trillium ovatum), Wild Hyacinths, Coast Lily, Redwood Lily, Larkspur, Columbine, Buttercup (Ranunculus californicus), Indian pinks (a form of Silene), Morning Glory (otherwise known as bindweed) and wild violets. The guest accommodations include rustic cabins and suites with views, fireplaces, skylights, antiques and handmade quilts. The inn also features a hot tub, sauna, massage, a piano, flower gardens and a 75-foot swinging foot bridge over Howard Creek.

To find more information and to search for other desert and coastal region bed and breakfast inns in California, visit http://www.cabbi.com.

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Buyers Look to LFC.com for Best Deals on Commercial Real Estate and Land Across the Country

Newport Beach, CA (Vocus) December 7, 2010

If there is one thing for certain in today’s unpredictable real estate market, it is that there is no shortage of investment opportunities for buyers to consider. However, the unsteady marketplace makes it difficult to determine what price constitutes a real deal. As a result, savvy buyers have migrated to online auction websites such as LFC.com, where low minimum bids give them a chance to name their own price in a fair and transparent auction process.

“With so much volatility in the market, it takes a unique, alternative solution to help buyers and sellers find common ground,” said LFC’s Director of Sales Shawn Miller. “People come to LFC.com for several reasons: our diverse offering of properties and land, the assurance of dealing with a motivated seller, and the convenience of being able to easily conduct research and submit bids from their own computer.”

Sellers, says Miller, are drawn to LFC by the company’s proven history of success, which includes auction marketing campaigns for such major companies as Coca-Cola Enterprises, St. Joe Company and Adelphia Communications Corporation as well as a number of financial institutions, both large and small.

Currently, there are dozens of online auctions for properties located across the country on LFC.com, from residential development land in Reno, Nevada to a restaurant in Stoughton, Wisconsin, and even several resort condominiums in Big Sky, Montana. Other auction properties include: