Monday, August 31, 2009

Terranea Takes in Evacuees from California Wildfires

California wildfires are currently threatening 12,000 homes in the Los Angeles area, with State Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger urging Californians to leave as ash sprinkled downtown Los Angeles. Mount Wilson, where an astronomy unit and communications center is located, was one vital point of concentration for firepeople battling the blaze yesterday. Fire Chief Mike Bryant spoke this weekend about the tragedy and about firepeople he lost on the job, saying "We ask for your understanding, for your patience as we move through this difficult time, and please, prayers for the families of our two brothers that we lost.” 71 square miles of national forest has been burned, and only 5% was contained this weekend, with near hazardous air quality situations, according to officials. The communications tower currently in danger will effect satellite and cable transmission should the flames reach and scorch it—or worse. While it's certainly not a good time to head to Los Angeles for a vacation, one of's partners, Terranea, was busy taking in evacuees as they were forced to leave their homes this weekend.

The premiere resort opened its doors to evacuees and their pets this weekend. "We made the decision as soon as we saw the situation on the news," said Terranea Resort spokeswoman Wendy Haase. While lending a helping hand in a time of true trouble, they also gave evacuees respite in one of the most stunning resort locations in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The luxury hotel opened its doors to individuals seeking help, and right after the announcement was made, six families arrived at the location at 12:30 a.m. with their pets. Bellboys were even offering snacks for digs as the families checked in for free, and it's been confirmed that more families checked in afterwards with their pets instead of going to Palos Verdes High School, which was also acting as a temporary shelter in the face of looming additional evacuations. "It's got to more comfortable than sleeping on a cot," Bernice Green said of the Terranea's offerings, after she arrived with her Labradoodle.

What's so special about Terranea? Not only are they doing something incredibly generous in a time of need, but their recently-opened location is pure luxury. In happier times, guests lounge to catch a view of the Pacific Ocean and wander around the immaculately-groomed grounds, with plenty of staff to cater to their every need. The classic resort location is dramatic, sweeping, and beautiful, with 102 acres graced with stunning 270-degree views of the blue ocean. With 400 guest rooms, they have space to accommodate the needs of conferences, plenty of families, and other large groups, in this case being the evacuees of surrounding Palos Verdes. Should anyone need a wind-down at the stunning resort, there's a sprawling studio and spa that totals 25,000 square feet, with an additional 5,000 square feet for the fitness center. Pure luxury at its finest, and with a heart!

Congratulations to the Terranea for acting as a model resort for the people of its community.

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