Author Archives: Charlene Mixa

About Charlene Mixa

Seeing new places, learning about cultures and seeing the sights has always been my dream. Growing up I was blessed with parents that enjoyed traveling and thought nothing of taking a family of seven on excursions. My career in Human Resources and later as a consultant for an international Human Resource firm offered some travel, but I knew as my husband and I approached retirement, my goal was to do more traveling and broader trips. The nine years since retirement has been filled with fantastic adventures from short local one day trips to several week excursions. Living in Florida, it is especially enjoyable to be away in the summer to cooler climates. Multi-week driving trips across the good ol' USA, settling in for a month in the mountains to explore the local area, or a combination of both fill much of our summer season. Our travels are predominantly self-orchestrated, bringing the fun and challenge of getting everything to click. It's all about doing and sharing! Experiencing a travel adventure is exciting. Reliving a special travel moment with a friend or family is exhilarating. I feel my heart race and pulse quicken, as I sharing that special moment. Thank you for joining in my travel adventures and allowing me to hear your stories.

Oceanfront Luxury: Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Ultimate Ocean Luxury-  Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Ultimate Ocean Luxury- Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Escape to a Barrier Island Respite
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Miles of Atlantic Ocean views, fantastic sandy beaches, luxurious relaxing oceanfront accommodations, refreshing resort pools, challenging championship golf and a plethora of activities greet us at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Located on a barrier island just north of Jacksonville, FL, we find a 1,350 acre resort in lush Florida landscape nestled between the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, the green marshland, and the Intracoastal Waterway. Driving into the resort, huge live oaks draped in Spanish moss line the entrance creating a welcoming Southern charm to the Plantation. An amazing upscale resort that promises a refreshing respite from the hustle and bustle. Continue reading

Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center

More than a Typical Hotel in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center

Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center

With an atmosphere of gracious hospitality, the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center lures guests with their array of resort amenities, a championship golf course, and spacious suites to the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of South Carolina’s Upcountry.  Just a short drive is Greenville’s thriving downtown and region that carefully blends restoration and growth with Southern traditions, American history and natural attractions.  An all-suite hotel resort that provides more than a typical hotel with its convenient location, array of amenities, and scenic surroundings.  Visitors will find the Resort a welcoming retreat for a getaway, a visit, a family reunion or conference. Continue reading

Dining Around Asheville: Vibrant, Scenic & Eclectic

Bountiful Dining Experiences in the North Carolina Mountains  

By Charlene & Richard Mixa 

Cityscape views from Hemingway's Cuba

Cityscape views from Hemingway’s Cuba

Passion and a love for their craft is easily demonstrated by chefs in restaurants, cafes, and eateries in the Asheville area.  Culinary artists create new and eclectic dining in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains from rooftop bars to street cafes to historical inns.  New eateries entice and intrigue us with their menus, unique settings and zeal of their chefs. Continue reading

The North Carolina Mountains: Entertainment for All Ages

From Fairy Tales to Musicals to Comedy
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y Charlene & Richard Mixa 

Flat Rock Playhouse

Flat Rock Playhouse

Live, Love & Laugh” is the theme for our entertainment excursions in western North Carolina.  A variety of entertainment options are easily found from music festivals to music venues to drum circles to musicals to fairy tales to comedians and more.  On our excursions we find entertainment for the young and old.  Taking youngsters on a culture adventure is exciting as well as enjoying special venues that have us singing and laughing.  Come along with us on our magical entertainment journey in the mountains. Continue reading

Asheville Spas: Relax, Refresh & Rejuvenate

A City That Beckons to Heal Oneself
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Still Point Wellness Salt Water Floatation Therapy

Still Point Wellness Salt Water Floatation Therapy

For centuries Asheville has beckoned individuals with its healing aspect.  George Vanderbilt and E. W. Grove were drawn to Asheville for its climate of clean mountain air and mild temperatures.  Physicians sent patients to the area to recuperate and Asheville’s “healing climate” brought expansive growth to the area.  The call of the clean mountain air and mild temperatures continues to bring visitors to the area.  Today a variety of spas and wellness retreats beckons visitors to heal oneself.  From a Salt Cave to Salt Water Floatation to a world-class spa, we find plenty of wellness options in Asheville. Continue reading

The Country Club of Asheville: Classic & Classy

Setting the Standard for a Premier Country Club
By Charlene &Richard Mixa

No. 1 downhill par-4

No. 1 downhill par-4

Boasting a heritage that spans generations, the Country Club of Asheville is the oldest private club in Asheville and among the first hundred private clubs founded in America.  Initially established in 1894 as Swannanoa Country Club today the Country Club of Asheville continues to set the standard as a premier country club.  Perched on the lush green feet of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the outskirts of Asheville, members breathe in the stunning natural beauty while golfing, swimming, playing tennis or dining.  The camaraderie of families, friends, and hospitality are the primary focus of the Club. Continue reading

Intriguing Linville Falls Golf Club

Linville Falls Golf Club No. 13 par-4

Linville Falls Golf Club No. 13 par-4

Overcoming Hardships and Re-defining Its Identity 
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Golf is a game that echoes the “thrill of victory and agony of defeat.”  Watching “The Open Championship” an errant shot, miscalculating a hazard, or a misread of a putt can be the difference between winning or not winning the “Claret Jug”.  A golf course’s success can also experience the “thrill of victory and agony of defeat,” yet like the fortitude of any golfer, one still strives to overcome hardships.   When Lee Trevino designed the Linville Falls Golf Club, he called it the prettiest property he’s seen for a golf courseContinue reading

Catawba Springs Golf Course: Challenging Golf in the Foothills

A Carefully Crafted Golf Course
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Catawba Springs Sulphur Springs No. 4 a par-4 from the hilltop

Catawba Springs Sulphur Springs No. 4 a par-4 from the hilltop

 Craftsmanship represents the past and future of Hickory, North Carolina.  Priding itself to draw people with an eye for detail there is passion for making something special for themselves and others.  To most visitors to North Carolina, Hickory is synonymous with their craftsmanship in the furniture industry.  On our visit to the Catawba Springs Golf Course, we find the same level of craftsmanship and eye for detail on the golf course.  The 27-hole course designed by Willard Byrd is scenic, challenging and definitely demonstrates an “eye for detail.” Continue reading

Charleston: A Living Museum

Experience History & Hospitality

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

John Rutledge House Inn

John Rutledge House Inn

As one of America’s best loved travel destinations, Charleston, South Carolina boasts a vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, and a celebrated dining scene all with a welcoming southern hospitality. We agree with travelers who named Charleston the “South’s Best City” in Southern Living 2018 South’s Best Awards. Continue reading

Magical Dromoland Castle: An Irish Fairytale Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Charm of Old World Elegance with Contemporary Luxuries

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

With visions of a fairytale visit, we follow the meandering drive as it passes lush magnificent lawns and a glistening lake to a 5th Century mystical castle.   Approaching Dromoland Castle, we are transported to a time when Lords and Ladies graciously welcome and entertain guests at their massive estates. It’s a real castle! Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Today, it is a 5 Star Castle Hotel where guests have a “royal and regal” experience. Beautifully updated the castle still retains its old-world charm and crisp service. Continue reading