Travel: Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley Caters to Work Retreats

Travel: Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley Caters to Work Retreats
The Holman hacienda is the centerpiece of the 400-acre property, which also includes a cluster of guest rooms, a boutique winery with vineyards and an active stable for local and visiting equestrians. The hacienda was built in the 1940s but its stone …
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La Cave du Vin ready to tap special beers to mark 20th anniversary – beer calendar
21: Riverside is holding a Bell's Brewery Birthday Bash tap takeover of five drafts at 1 p.m. Riverside is at 11 N. Mantua St., Kent. Go to riverside-wine.com. Saturday, Aug. 22: Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is holding one of its "Ales on Rails …
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Wine festival over Father's Day weekend offers plenty of activities for everyone
There is something for everyone — hiking, biking, shopping, bird watching and wine tours. There is a live radio performance broadcast in Patagonia's park, dancing at Sonoita's SteakOut, a film festival, Visions of the Southwest, and a bluegrass …
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Although the Delaware Brew Bus exclusively targets fans of the craft beer, wine and liquor industry, it joins other businesses currently capitalizing on the explosion of the alcohol tourism segment through tours and other services. "Personally, I've …
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Commericial Painting

Commercial painting plays a very important part in the construction field

Commercial painting jobs are some of the most fun jobs that there is to contract. Right now construction is going on at an amazing rate. And there is a major need for these types of companies especially in the state of Florida where there is a huge building new construction boom that are going on especially in Central Florida. There’s an area call the villages where there is a lot of work that’s going on. I mean they are building at least over 100 houses every month. Someone has to paint those houses. So what do they do? They strike up a contract with these commercial painting who actually come in and paint all the homes and all of the recreational buildings and the other office buildings that will be all inclusive inside of these new communities.

Industrial painting involves jobs for major business buildings

Inside of these communities are also doctor offices and other office building so therefore you going to need industrial painting done at these locations also. Is this a very necessary before you even get to that process that you have already gotten together with your team and decide what type of paint that you were going to use also what type of structure is the paint going over. What type of stucco will you are painting over what will be the design. All of these things need to be considered when you’re actually doing a large painting job.

Painting contractors have efficient staffs

Most painting contractors understand this before they go into these jobs that they are going to be rather use and they’re going to require that you have an excellent staff put together in order to put out the best work. These houses in the building must be immaculate inside of whatever work that you do so if you are a commercial painting company make sure that you go out of your way to do the best job.


Fireside Restaurant Awarded Wine Spectators 2015 Best of Award of Excellence

Enjoy a glass of wine on The Fireside’s veranda

The Resort at Port Ludlow is proud to announce that The Fireside has earned Wine Spectators 2015 Best of Award of Excellence.

The Best of Award of Excellence was created to give special recognition to restaurants that clearly exceed the requirements of the Award of Excellence. These wine lists typically offer 350 or more selections, along with superior presentation, and display either vintage depth, with several vertical offerings of top wines, or excellent breadth across several wine regions.

The Fireside will be featured on http://www.winespectator.com/ and in the August 31st issue, which hits newsstands on Tuesday, July 21st.

“Food and wine or often, wine and food need loving care to bring out the best in each. We are thrilled with the recognition by Wine Spectator as we strive to be stewards of this wine list through the acquisition of the wine, the handling of the wine, the education in how our team serves the wine and the joy it provides to our guests,” said Debbie Wardrop, General Manager, The Resort at Port Ludlow.

Cellar Master Anne Sackett received her Sommelier Certification through the International Sommelier Guide and in 2009 joined The Resort at Port Ludlow as the Cellar Master for The Fireside. The curated wine list consists of more than 600 selections from Washington State, Oregon, California, and the old world.

The Fireside is known for its blend of regional fare utilizing the rich bounty of local farms and fisheries. Hand crafted cheeses and locally sourced poultry, beef and lamb are often featured on the daily dinner menu. Executive Chef Dan Ratigan and the skilled culinary team celebrate the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer as they play with these bountiful products and create menus to pair with this well considered wine list.

The Resort at Port Ludlow is a Master Planned Community that is nestled on the shores of the Puget Sound, less than ten minutes from the west end of the Hood Canal Bridge. Once a logging and ship building town, Port Ludlow has grown into a vibrant community that hosts beautiful residential neighborhoods, a 37-room boutique waterfront inn, an award winning waterfront restaurant, a 300-slip marina, and a championship 18-hole golf course, recognized as the Most Scenic in the World by Esquire Magazine.


A Vacation Planning Platform for Personalized Travel Experiences

Seattle, WA (PRWEB) June 09, 2015

TGSy, LLC launches TigSee.com (https://tigsee.com), a vacation planning platform through which travelers can choose hand-picked boutique tour operators to create their own personalized, adventurous and inspiring vacation experiences. With a platform designed to showcase the online reputation and trust score of tour operator businesses, travelers can communicate with TigSee recommended and pre-screened tour operators for an authentic holiday experience with confidence.

In this noise filled world, travelers looking for authentic and emotionally satisfying experiences benefit from a curated set of first-class local boutique tour operators who can personalize vacation experiences by providing personal care, attention and their native expertise. says Saravanan (Saro) Gunaseelan, CEO and Founder of TGSy, LLC. TigSee’s (https://tigsee.com) vacation planning platform is an excellent choice for travelers opting for niche, luxury or offbeat experiences, With TigSee, our travelers can create a variety of authentic experiences from a culinary vacation in Italy, cooking with real chefs in real kitchens, meeting with artisan cheese & wine makers or a cultural vacation with Moroccan Bedouins, explore the Saharan Sand Dunes, visit remote villages amidst Kasbah ruins and more.

With the rising influence of a digitally connected world, travelers now have access to real life experiences and opinions about what their next holiday can be. Life style magazines, blogs, social media, review sites, and Travel Channel shows have become sources of inspiration for holiday travel. TigSees travel platform (https://tigsee.com) empowers travelers to create their most personalized, authentic experiences by communicating directly with pre-screened tour operators. TigSee pre-screens tour operators for expertise and reputation, which provides confidence in travelers to work with them and leverage their expertise to save time in vacation planning and research.

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Charm of Espelette, France, puts stop sign on road trip
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Port City Brew Bus adds new beach stops, more tour times
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Restaurant Sales Softened During May, But Growth Remains Positive

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) June 08, 2015

Same-store restaurant sales were 1.1% during May, which represents a 0.8% drop from the growth rate reported for April. Despite the softening sales growth during the month, the industry has now posted eleven consecutive months of positive same-store sales growth and Q2 is poised to become the fourth consecutive quarter of positive growth in comparable stores, a first in almost three years. This insight comes from data reported by TDn2Ks Black Box Intelligence through The Restaurant Industry Snapshot for May, based on weekly sales from over 20,000 restaurant units representing $ 55 billion dollars in annual revenue.

The industry continues to experience an encouraging period of expansion and we remain optimistic about 2015 resulting in another year of positive sales growth for restaurants, said Victor Fernandez, Executive Director of Insights and Knowledge for TDn2K. However, as the U.S. economy has been showing some signs of slowdown during the first half of the year, which goes beyond just the effect of bad winter weather, the chain restaurant industry has also shown signs of sales growth beginning to slow down. The decline in May was unexpected but not inconsistent with macroeconomic results. We will monitor results closely to see if performance returns to levels consistent with our more favorable forecasts for this year.

The main concern since the recession has been the declining guest counts of the chain restaurant industry as a whole. People are simply not visiting chain restaurants as often as they used to, and it is really increasing average guest checks which are driving the growth in sales. Same-store traffic growth during May was -2.3%, a 0.8% decrease from the April growth rate.

The fact that both sales and traffic growth dropped by exactly the same amount indicates that the declining sales growth was driven directly by the decline in guest counts during May. Average guest check growth remained constant during the last two months at 3.3%, continued Fernandez.

Another indicator of the softening sales during May can be found in the regional results. While in April, all regions of the country posted positive same-store sales growth; during May three of the eleven regions dipped back into negative sales growth territory. The best performing region during May was Mountain Plains with same-store sales growth of 3.2%, while the worst performing region was the Southwest with -1.3% growth. The slowdown in sales was also evident at the local level, with 117 (or 62%) of the 190 DMAs tracked by Black Box Intelligence experiencing positive same-store sales during May. As a comparison, the percentage of markets with positive sales growth in April was 78%.

The latest data from TDn2Ks People Report shows that as sales improved in April after a downturn in March, job growth also picked up in April after a drop the previous month. The annual rate of job growth was 2.3% during April, an increase from the 1.9% reported for March. Although still creating plenty of jobs, the restaurant industrys job growth has begun to slow down. After year-over-year job growth at 3.0% or above for the previous sixteen consecutive months, the last two months have posted growth rates closer to 2.0%.

As the labor market continued to tighten during April, retention continued to become increasingly challenging for restaurants. Restaurant-level rolling 12-month hourly and management turnover both increased during April. The industry has now gone through increases in restaurant management turnover during twelve of the last thirteen months, while restaurant hourly employee turnover has now increased steadily for 20 consecutive months.

Regarding guest satisfaction, TDn2Ks White Box Social Intelligence data revealed that out of three key attributes (food, service and intent to return), food continues to be overwhelmingly the largest in terms of number of online mentions. However, the percentage of posts that mention food have been decreasing continuously since the beginning of the year. While 89% of all online mentions were based on the food attribute in January, only 81% of these mentions included this attribute during May. The attribute that has been becoming relatively more important in terms of its number of mentions has been service. In January, 7% of all online posts featured service, while the percentages for April and May were 16% and 14% respectively.

In terms of the attribute that generates the highest percentage of positive mentions, intent to return continues to be the leader since the beginning of the year. In May, 35% of all intent to return mentions represented a positive sentiment, while the percentage of positive food mentions was 29% and for service it was a much lower 20%

The segment that generates the highest percentage of positive mentions for these three attributes has been upscale casual/fine dining for the last three months. For the first time since White Box Social Intelligence started tracking these attributes, the same segment (upscale casual/fine dining) was the leader in all three attributes based on percentage of positive mentions during May.

TDn2K (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report, Black Box Intelligence and White Box Social Intelligence. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members on a monthly basis. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers unparalleled consumer insights and reveals online brand health. Together they report on over 30,000 restaurant units, one million employees and 55 billion dollars in sales. They are also the producers of two leading restaurant industry conferences: Summer Brand Camp and the Global Best Practices Conference, each held annually in Dallas, Texas.


Travellers to Go West on Goway’s Newest Air-inclusive Vacation to Australia

Glendale, CA (PRWEB) May 08, 2015

While many Australia vacations focus on the east coast, Goways newest air-inclusive vacation to Australia takes travellers west to experience parts of the country that even many Australians will never see.

South West Wine and Whales is an escorted Western Australia tour based out of Perth. Passengers are taken to see Perths charming sister city, Fremantle, the surreal Pinnacles Desert, and the unspoiled Indian Ocean beaches that have made Perth famous. They also journey out to the Margaret River for two days of fine wine, food, and unique natural sights such as the Mammoth Cave. Finally, guests are flown to Ningaloo Reef, famous for its population of docile Whale Sharks. A wildlife cruise not only lets travellers see these (and other) majestic creatures. It allows them to swim right alongside the gentle giants.

For independent spirits (or travellers on a budget), Wonderful Western Australia is a self-drive motorhome adventure that can include many of the states alternative highlights. Notable among these is Monkey Mia, where wild dolphins swim into shore each day to be fed by local rangers. Visitors too, can enjoy an up close encounter with these creatures, before heading to Kalbarri, where activities can include abseiling, horse-riding and windsurfing. The recommended version of this trip also visits the Pinnacles Desert and Fremantle. Of course, with the freedom of their motorhome, guests can tailor their itinerary around other interests.

With the US dollar rapidly regaining lost strength against its Aussie counterpart, the Australia travel dream is the closest its been in several years. In addition, Goway is offering a reduced, airfare inclusive rate on both of these Western Australia tours until May 30.

Departures are available between May and September, 2015. Rates for South West Wine and Whales start at US$ 4329 departing Los Angeles or San Francisco, or CA$ 4199 departing Vancouver. The Wonderful Western Australia tour starts at US$ 2179 from Los Angeles or San Francisco, or $ CA2379 departing Vancouver.

Since 1970, Goway has been providing unforgettable travel experiences to Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, polar and idyllic island destinations, Europe and South America. Today Goway is recognized as one of North America’s leading travel companies for individuals, families and groups to select exotic destinations around the globe. Goway has offices in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Toronto, and Sydney (Australia).

For reservations and information, visit http://www.goway.com, or call 1-800-387-8850.


Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Introduces 12 Ways for Groups to Relax, Refresh, and Recharge

Temecula, CA (PRWEB) May 04, 2015

In Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country meeting and event planners, and tour and travel operators discover true wine country venues, activities, and experiences. We introduce 12 ways for midweek groups of 20-to-50 people to relax, refresh, and recharge, announced Kimberly Adams, president and CEO, Visit Temecula Valley. Temecula Valley resorts, hotels, and motels special Sunday-through-Thursday, better-than-weekend nightly, group room rates for 10 guestrooms and more are also appealing. Welcoming 2 million visitors yearly, casual, picturesque, Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

Meet, Wine, and Dine Weekdays at Authentic Temecula Valley Winery Venues

With settings like terraces and courtyards with estate vineyard views, barrel rooms and wine cellars, Temecula Valley wineries are perfect for business, corporate, educational, incentive, tour, and travel events. Gracious, attentive winery staff help coordinate event components and award-winning chefs and culinary teams create custom-tailored menus.

Recharge and Relax Weekdays with Premium Varietal Activities

1-Vineyard and Winery Walking Tours

Escorted tours take participants amidst vines and behind-the-scenes to learn of seasonal activities and creative winemaking tasks. Inquire with 16 listed wineries and Robert Renzoni Vineyards.

2-V.I.P. Wine Tasting, Food and Wine Pairing

Tasting experiences are guided tastings; some include food-and-wine pairing (cheeses, appetizers, multiple-courses). Inquire with 16 listed wineries, Briar Rose, and Falkner.

3-Hot Air Balloon Flights at Sunrise

With A Grape Escape, California Dreamin, and Magical Adventures, groups float serenely over Temecula Valley with spectacular views of rolling hills and vineyards.

4-Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides at Sunset

Offered by local hot air balloon companies, tethered rides accompany evening events and dramatic balloon glows.

5-Wine and Art: Painting Classes

Local artists guide students in creating hand-painted art works while tasting Temecula Valley wines; completed canvasses become keepsakes.

6-Wine and Live Music Events

Many Temecula Valley wineries feature weekly wine-and-live-music events. Winery venues and their local musician contacts are sources for festive, private, midweek wine-and-live-music events. Inquire with Baily, Bel Vino, Callaway, Danza del Sol, Europa Village, Falkner, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Monte de Oro, Mount Palomar, Oak Mountain, Ponte, South Coast, Thornton, and Wilson Creek.

7-GrapeSeed Spa and Vino Vinyasa

GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery features Vino Vinyasa – a wine and unwind yoga experience orchestrated with wine tasting.

8-Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail

Journey at Pechanga, Temecula Creek Inn, Cross Creek, Legends, Red Hawk, and Pala Mesa are popular with golfers of all skill levels.

9-Temecula Valley Agricultural Tours

At family-owned farms not open to the public (like Cunningham Organic Farm, Crows Pass Farm, and Morning Song Farm), group tours are by reservation.

10-Temecula Valley Microbrewery Visits

With award-winning microbrews like Blood Orange Wit, Illusion IPA, and Quadrophenia, the local craft-brew scene is a fun diversion.

11-Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve

Harboring rare California landscapes, Santa Rosa Plateau offers naturalist-guided, interpretive walking tours.

12-Historical Walking Tour of Old Town Temecula

Docent-guided walking tours feature stories and facts about landmarks and colorful characters.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. All group events and activities require advance reservations and arrangements.


With natural gifts of climate and geography, bolstered by Pueska Mountain, Rainbow, and Santa Margarita Gaps, Temecula Valley is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and gracious, friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.

Visit Temecula Valley is the regions official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). For visitor information and assistance, call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.

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Casa Pacifica Announces Food Networks Chef Duff Celebrity Judge for Yummies Culinary Competition at Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival

Camarillo, CA (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Casa Pacifica is thrilled to announce that Celebrity Chef Duff Goldman, the current host of the Food Networks Duff Till Dawn and the new Kids Baking Championship, will join the panel of culinary judges for the 2015 Yummies Top Chef Culinary Competition, held each year at the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival.

Chef Duff will join celebrity emcee Oded Fehr, from The Mummy film franchise, and other culinary experts as they judge the top chef creations from among Festival exhibitors who sign up for the Yummies Top Chef Culinary Competition. The judges will award first, second, and third place honors in both Savory and Sweet categories. Entries presented by the competitors must be the same as the samples offered to guests at the Festival.

The Wine, Food & Brew Festival will take place on Sunday, June 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, California, and will feature more than 85 restaurants and 150 wines, brews, and beverages. Live entertainment, an extensive silent auction, and the Yummie culinary competition will round out the exciting events of the day. Tickets are available at $ 125 for General Admission ($ 150 at the door, if available) and $ 250 for VIP tickets.

The Festival is still welcoming exhibitors and sponsors. Sponsor support guarantees the event will garner substantial proceeds to benefit the many campus- and community-based programs and services Casa Pacifica provides to abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families.For exhibitor or sponsorship information, contact Casa Pacifica Event Coordinator Juliana Thiessen at (805) 366-4014 or visit the Festival exhibitor and sponsor pages at http://www.cpwinefoodbrewfest.com.

About Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families

Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of childrens mental health services in both counties and along with its campus-based programs administers a number of community-based programs which are designed with the intent to strengthen families and keep children in their homes. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website http://www.casapacifica.org or call the Development Department at (805) 445-7800.