Monthly Archives: June 2014

New York’s Fascinating Finger Lakes

By Charlene S. Mixa

Offering Natural Beauty, Rich History and World-Class Wineries

Fountain and lake view  Skaneateles LakePristine lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and magnificent parks create a natural beauty in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Add charming villages, a variety of museums, specialty shopping and the Finger Lakes area easily becomes a popular tourist getaway. Stretched out in a north-south direction the lakes are long and slender reminding early map-makers of the fingers of a hand, hence the name “Finger Lakes”. Continue reading

Visit the Quaint Towns of the Lake George Area

By Charlene S. Mixa

Featuring Artistic Glen Falls & Laidback Lake Lucerne

Park and Gazebo Glen Falls

Park and Gazebo Glen Falls

Taking day trips from the busy Village of Lake George, we find two most charming and diverse towns. These villages may not boast the lake views but each has its own distinct personality. Glens Falls hums with a more artistic flair and Lake Luzerne sparkles with its pristine recreational area. Each community features countless activities and attractions for family outings. All ready and waiting to be explored! Continue reading

The Sagamore Resort: Sparkling and Stylish!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Bolton Landing’s Historic Sophisticated Island Resort

The Sagamore Resort

The Sagamore Resort

The Queen of Lakes sparkles under blue skies with mountains actually dipping into its glimmering lakeshore. A refuge from hectic daily lives for over two hundred years Bolton Landing on the shores of beautiful Lake George is a haven for artists, musicians, and families. Bolton Landing’s crown jewel is the Sagamore Resort set on a private island of the crystalline waters of Lake George. Continue reading

Playing the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

By Charlene S. Mixa

Live the Dream – “It’s Priceless”

17th Hole The Stadium Course

17th Hole The Stadium Course

Living the Dream! It’s the 17th hole, the “Island Green,” on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. Year after year I’ve watched the agony and ecstasy of professional golfers attempting to execute the perfect shot to this world famous green. Continue reading

It’s All About Golf! The World Golf Village

By Charlene S. Mixa

Great Golf Courses, Golf History and Great Accommodations

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

THE SLAMMER & SQUIRE vs THE KING & BEAR:  Golfers step up to the challenges of the World Golf Villages two world-class golf courses, the Slammer & Squire verses The King & Bear. The pristine setting of the, Slammer & Squire Course, a true resort course has views of the World Golf Hall on Fame on several holes. Challenges are many as the course traverses Florida preserved woodlands, wetlands all with an overall natural beauty. Continue reading

The Heavenly Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort

Charlene & Richard Mixa

 A Magical Beachside Resort

Our infinity view!

Our infinity view!

Crystal clear emerald green water and the whitest, cleanest, softest sand with brilliant blue skies above create an “infinity” beach view. A real life seascape welcomes us to Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort. Tucked away on a 27-acre natural setting our beachfront condominium (#1404, Gulffront) gives us a “new” appreciation of the beauty of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Continue reading

Louis & Lucy Visit the GLAZER Children’s Museum

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exciting & Super Fun Day for Toddlers!

Glazer Children's Museum is FUN!

Glazer Children’s Museum is FUN!

I’ll have an Elmo pancake! Whoopee, now I’ll have a Cookie Monster pancake. I want a big breakfast since we’re going to the Glazer Children’s Museum today. My little sister, Lucy is content with a couple of Big Bird pancakes. Hurrah! We’re off! The Museum is a short drive from Papa and Mimi’s house. What’s a museum? Continue reading

Louis Visits Busch Gardens

By Charlene S. Mixa (Mimi to Louis)

A Toddler’s View of Busch Gardens

Louis drives a car!

Louis drives a car!

Again! Again! Ride Again! Pleaseee! Hi, I’m Louis and I’m only 22 months old. Today is my first visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. Hurray! We start at “Sesame Street Safari of Fun!” Daddy and I crawl and climb through the huge multi-story play tower. Awesome! We are high above everyone walking over bridges, into towers, through chains and climbing ropes. Continue reading

Historic, Yet Hip Holland, Michigan

By Charlene S. Mixa

A great American Town with a Dutch Heritage

A little boy in Dutch Costume

A little boy in Dutch Costume

“Holland” the name conjures up visions of windmills, canals, tulips, and wooden shoes. Bringing a “touch” of the Netherlands to the United States, Holland, Michigan offers charm and history with its deep Dutch roots. A warm, welcoming town on Lake Macatawa, Holland began as a religious settlement and is a much more diverse city today. Yet, much of its original religious convictions continue with its traditional Dutch architecture and ambiance. A vast array of recreational activities, great beaches and a splendid downtown with eclectic shops, galleries and exceptional eateries invite visitors to relax and spend a day, a week or a lifetime. Continue reading

Great Golf in Michigan’s Coastal Towns

By Charlene S. Mixa

The Exciting Ravines and Dramatic Hawkshead Golf Courses on Michigan’s West Coast

Scenic lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Scenic lakeshore on Lake Michigan

Coastal quaint towns where life is simpler and the pace is slower are found along the shores of Lake Michigan. The delightful villages of Saugatuck/Douglas and charming town of South Haven, Michigan each offer visitors their own style of hospitality and charm. In addition to scenic lakeshores, top ranked beaches and unique shopping are plenty of recreational opportunities including exciting golf courses. Continue reading