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.

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

Spectacular Savannah

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Stunning Southern City

Fountain in Forsyth Park

Fountain in Forsyth Park

A vibrant city with a rich southern history and charm sits on the bluffs of the Savannah River. Georgia’s first city is a dynamic town that entices and lures visitors to return again and again. Blending culture and heritage with the bizarre, Savannah is an exciting, fun place to visit. Continue reading

The Masters- Practice Round

By Charlene S. Mixa

A First Time Patrons Perspective

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Unbelievable! We’re going to the Masters! We have tickets to this coveted event! Last minute tickets became available on Friday for the Monday practice round. After some quick packing and locating a hotel room, Sunday we make the 9 hour drive from Oldsmar, FL to Augusta, GA. Continue reading

Traveling California’s “Lesser Known” Coast


By Charlene S. Mixa

The dramatic coastline and seashore of Northern California Pacific Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Rolling hills, mighty redwoods, sandy beaches and bluffs high above the Pacific, create an exciting seascape along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco. This infamous coastal road follows the Pacific coastline through Washington, Oregon and California. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Route 1 becomes a two-lane road winding through the hillsides of forest and redwoods, with very few towns along the way. Continue reading

Wine Tasting Tour: Santa Rosa & Sonoma County

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Awesome Tour in Sonoma’s Wine Country

Awesome Wine Tour - Playtypus!

Awesome Wine Tour – Playtypus!

Like the stem of a wine glass, Santa Rosa sits at the base of the wine appellations of Sonoma County. A central location for exploring and experiencing the American Viticulture Areas of Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander and Green Valleys, Santa Rosa welcomes visitors to Sonoma County’s Premier Wine Country. With over 250 award-winning wineries of Sonoma County, its largest city, Santa Rosa offers shopping, an upscale active downtown area and the Historic Railroad Square featuring outstanding restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Country

By Charlene S. Mixa

Vineyards and Valleys of Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Magnificent vineyards, the captivating Mayacama Mountains and relaxing quality accommodations welcome visitors to the Geyserville Inn in northern Sonoma County. The Geyserville area is a perfect destination for relaxing and experiencing the serenity and charm of the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley wineries, plus, it is just a short drive to the Russian River and other appellations of the noted wine country. Continue reading