California Coast Travel: Giraffes, Beach Butlers and Eco Tours
(Dana Point, California) – Southern California and the northern California coast are presenting to travelers some new attractions – some a bit on the wild side and some in the upscale realm.
Up at Point Arena in the Redwood coastal section of California, there are giraffes at the 100-acre B Bryan Preserve. Staff recently welcomed their first three giraffes (Jagger, Sunny and Buster), and will welcome two more in 2014.
Few people are aware that several species of giraffe are close to extinction, and the folks at B Bryan Preserve have built a 7-acre enclosure that includes a barn, feeding/observation platform, and an outdoor paddock to house the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.
There are only 700 left in the wild. The preserve is also home to Kudu, Sable and Roan African Antelope, as well as Hartmann's Mountain and Grevy's Zebra. Visitors to the preserve can witness one of the daily feedings, and multiple eco-friendly cottages are available for overnight guests. Point Arena, California. 707.882.2297. http://www.bbryanpreserve.com
The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, California is offering a bundle of new features, including beach butlers, surf instructors to ocean front golf and eco-adventures in this iconic section of the California coast.
New this year are the resort's enhanced guestrooms. Each of the 396 rooms have been remodeled with a new design that includes outdoor fireplaces prominently featured on the patios of first floor oceanfront rooms. There are also beach butlers who offer personalized beach services such as setting up beach chairs, umbrellas and towels, offering and assisting with food and beverage service, providing body boards, building sand castles with kids, and providing transportation to and from the beach on the complimentary beach shuttle. They are also fully equipped with sun screen and tanning lotion.
The Eco-Adventure Center offers unique excursions that showcase the local surroundings. Children of all ages, including mom and dad, can learn about the blue whales that migrate past the resort on a whale watching adventure, discover the native fish and underwater creatures on a snorkel excursion, or experience riding the waves during a body boarding activity. Expert naturalists guide guests on a variety of programs that help them gain insights about the environment while also having fun.
For more information or reservations call 800-241-3333, the hotel directly at 949-240-2000, a travel professional or visit the web site at www.ritzcarlton.com/LagunaFamily .