The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers some great advice for keeping your dog or cat safe from winter hazards, and I’ve added a few suggestions of my own to the list.
Dr. Karen Becker is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. You can visit her site at: Mercola Healthy Pets.
Her goal is to help you create wellness in order to prevent illness in the lives of your pets. This proactive approach seeks to save you and your pet from unnecessary stress and suffering by identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs. Unfortunately, most veterinarians in the U.S. are trained to be reactive. They wait for symptoms to occur, and often treat those symptoms without addressing the root cause.
By reading Dr. Becker’s information, you’ll learn how to make impactful, consistent lifestyle choices to improve your pet’s quality of life.
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Buying a new home property can always be a challenging and complicated process. If you are looking to move to a property by the water, the process can become even more complex than it already is. Fortunately, there are a number of helpful tips that can help you find the perfect waterfront home for your lifestyle.
Find an Expert on Waterfronts
Chances are, the average real estate agent will not have a deep knowledge of waterfront properties in your area. To ensure getting the right property for you, make sure you have a real estate agent who is not only familiar with waterfront properties, but who is familiar with the waterfronts in your area.
Property Over Structures
When considering a home on the waterfront remember that the having the best property can be far more important than having the best home. For instance, a home might be perfect, but if the property around it is less than desirable, not private, if the water is difficult to access or rundown, perhaps it is not the best option. Houses can easily be fixed up whereas poor properties are not so easy.
Find a Property That Fits You
Despite the perfection of a property ,it is important to ensure that a property fits the needs of your lifestyle. Focus on finding a property that is close to activities you enjoy and are passionate about. Additionally, understanding the community and culture is important. Finding a location that fits your lifestyle needs will ultimately leave you happy in your new waterfront home.
Insurance for waterfront homes can be quite expensive and understanding what you are getting into financially will really help you make wise decisions regarding a home. Some of the different types of insurances for waterfront homes might include: wind, flood, and hazard policies.
Know the Responsibilities
Oftentimes, waterfront communities come with various responsibilities such as being a part of a homeowners association. Knowing the responsibilities and financial obligations that come with living in a waterfront community can prove beneficial to your future in a new home. Finding out what kind of upkeep, maintenance, conditions, and restrictions will help you know if a property is right for you. Likewise, talking to the HOA’s management team will help you feel comfortable with taking a step into a new home.
Known for excelling in its diversity of culture, foods, wine, and art, the Napa Valley is one of the world’s most exquisite and sought after destinations. The beautiful Napa Valley offers a great deal of excitement and incredible experiences for any and all who visit.
Specifically, however, Napa caters perfectly to the art and wine lovers both with the blending of world class wineries and breathtaking exhibitions.
Mumm Napa is one of the great wineries in California. This outstanding vineyard creates some of world’s best sparkling wine products and dazzles visitors from all over the world with its beautiful vineyards and unique atmosphere. Located in Rutherford, Mumm Napa’s sparkling wines have set a standard of excellence for any other competing wines with unique taste, elegance, and perfection. Currently being displayed on the walls of Mumm Napa is The Golden Decade: Photography at the California School of Fine Arts, 1945-1955 exhibit that will run now to July 13, 2014 in the winery’s Fine Art Photography Gallery. Mumm Napa has been home of the great work done by photographer Ansel Adams for years and has inspired all who view his work. Mumm Napa has always been a unique and beloved winery for those who enjoy authentic Napa wine and love the uniqueness and beauty of black and white photography.
The Hess Collection
The Hess Collection is one of most renowned vineyards in the Napa Valley. With their unique methods for growing grapes and their outstanding wines, the Hess Collection Vineyards has created a reputation that exceeds all others. Founder Donald Hess began collecting art in 1966 and has grown the Hess Art Collection to one of the world’s most famous art collections. The Napa Valley Art Collection owned by Donald Hess was made public in 1989 and now he has a total of 3 collections all around the world with a fourth museum being planned. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, The Hess Art Collection houses a diverse range of beautiful and unique artwork complimented by some of the world’s most famous and delectable
California is home to some of the most amazing waterfronts in the world. For the majority of the world, when they think of California, their minds immediately wander to the beautiful glassy beaches that run up and down the California coast. However, two of California’s most iconic waterfronts are no oceans at all. In fact, these famous waterfronts are simply a canal and a river. Yes, the historic Venice Canals and the Napa Valley Riverfront collectively will draw hundreds of thousands of visitors annually with their beautiful scenery and cultural influence.
While each luxury destination has much to offer, the Venice Canals and the Napa Riverfront both offer very different experiences giving you variety for your perfect vacation.
The Historic Venice Canals – Venice, CA
Built in 1905 by developer Abbot Kinney, the Venice Canals have become a staple of culture in Los Angeles, California. Lined with the iconic palm trees of Southern California and blanketed with cloudless California skies, the Venice Canals are a beautiful spot to cruise down the waterfront or stroll down the narrow walkways which are parallel to the canal. Much of what you will see when you visit the Venice Canals are the beautiful and extravagant houses that surround the canal along with incredible restaurants and small shops. This tranquil and beautiful waterway mimics what is offered in Venice, Italy and in the sunny Southern California weather, you will feel like you have stepped into paradise.
The Napa Riverfront – Napa Valley, CA
Napa’s Riverfront began it’s $72 million reconstruction nearly 7 years ago. Through tireless efforts, the Napa Valley Riverfront has been transformed into a world famous destination for those who want to experience the unique culture and world renowned influence of the Napa Valley. The Napa Riverfront allows visitors to park their boats on a beautiful new dock that drops them off at the doorstep of some of the best restaurants, boutiques, hotels, and wine bars in the world. The Napa Riverfront is one of the best locations for enjoying the luxuries of the Napa Valley while experiencing life on the water. Surrounded by beautiful artwork and architecture you will find yourself astounded by the unique beauty and experience of the Napa Riverfront.
Many dream of visiting or retiring someplace close to the water and while there are so many incredible options of places to visit that are on the water, the options might seem overwhelming. We have compiled a list of the five best water cities in America and explain what makes these locations so desirable. The following are examples of beautiful cities that are on a lake, river, or the ocean and, most importantly, are reasonable for your budget.
#5: Dunedin, Florida
Only a few miles west of Tampa, is Dunedin, a beautiful city that is derived from a Celtic heritage and offers incredible culture and activities. Right on the Atlantic Ocean, Dunedin offers 385-acres of recreational area, with four miles of beach, and over two miles of hiking spots. Off the shore of Dunedin is the Caladesi Island State Park that offers snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming.
#4 Sequim, Washington
Two hours north of Seattle, Sequin is a low cost and beautiful community that sits right on the waterfront. Sequim offers many incredible opportunities such as a 30-minute ferry ride to Canada’s beautiful city of Victoria, and the the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, which is only a few minutes from downtown Sequim. Likewise, Sequim is surrounded by beautiful mountains, trails, and hundreds of different types of species of birds.
#3 Durango, Colorado
Durango, Colorado is an outdoorsman’s paradise. Durango’s name originates from the Basque word for water town and it is one of the main destination for kayakers, fly-fishers, and those who simply want to enjoy time on the peaceful water. Surrounded with 14,000-foot peaks, trails, and outstanding views. Durango is a popular place for artists to come and draw inspiration and simply enjoy the culture and environment that is very present in Durango.
#2 St. Joseph, Michigan
Gorgeous beaches, clear water, and breathtaking sunsets is what St. Joseph, Michigan is made of. Lake Michigan’s coastline has incredible charm that lacks all of the crowds of most congested beaches. St. Joseph, Michigan is full of beautiful shops, restaurants, and historic buildings that overlook the lake. The lakes are full of giants sand dunes and perfect areas to walk and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Going along the coast, you will find an old lighthouse and incredible spots to sample locally grown wines such as Cabernets and Merlots.
#1 Napa Valley, California
The Napa Valley surrounds the Napa River which connects to the San Francisco Bay. Napa is the perfect water city because of all of the rich culture, food, and wine that is offered in the city. Napa’s main Riverfront is located downtown amongst an abundance of world famous restaurants and wonderful boutiques. Napa also is home of the Napa Valley Yacht Club which is located right on the Napa River. Visitors will enjoy exquisite culture that can be found in Napa and will be blown away by the incredible charm and appeal of the Napa Valley.