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.

Grandview Golf Club: Northern Michigan’s Best Kept Secret!

 By Charlene S. Mixa

An Unknown Golf Gem in the Michigan’s Mitten! 

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

Shh! Can you keep a secret? Hidden just outside of Kalkaska, MI is a little known golf course, Grandview Golf Club. With a 4-star rating by Golf Digest as “Best Places to Play”, we find this out of the limelight course.   Grandview is recommended to us by Scott, an Assistant Pro at the Cedar River Golf Course, as a must play while in the area. Scott brags that the course is in great condition, with terrific views and the best “catfish” in the area, plus only 30 minutes from Shanty Creek. Continue reading

The Sundance Golf Course at A-Ga-Ming

By Charlene S. Mixa

An exciting links course in Northern Michigan

Sundance - A-Ga-Ming view of courseTwo unforgettable courses welcome golfers to A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. The initial course, A-Ga-Ming, was a nine hole course. The expansion to an eighteen holes in 1986 moved the course to the next level. Creating a challenging golf layout, A-Ga-Ming (now Torch) has the most spectacular views in northern Michigan of the majestic blue Torch Lake and its surrounding countryside. Continue reading

Little Traverse Bay Golf Club & Restaurant

By Charlene S. Mixa

Panoramic Views, Terrific Golf and Delicious Food 

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Nestled high in the forested hills, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay and three inland lakes. Spectacular breathtaking views are found from many vantage points of this 18-hole traditional-style golf course, which is continuously rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Recognized as the #2 Most Female-Friendly Course in the Country in 2002 by Golf Digest, the course is a must see stop for a visit to northern Michigan. Continue reading

True North Golf Club

By Charlene S. Mixa Golfing a True Northern Michigan Masterpiece

No. 2 on True North

No. 2 on True North

Have a passion for golf? Want to experience a True North American Masterpiece? Playing True North is the answer. A new “must play” in Michigan, True North Golf Club is rated by Golf Digest as the No. 8 “Best in State”. On the glacier carved hills and valleys in northern Michigan, awarding winning architect Jim Engh designed and built True North with a spectacular layout. Continue reading

Charming Charlevoix- Shopping, Golf and Dining

By Charlene S. Mixa A Lakeside Town That Has It All!

Charlevoix from the Bridge & Round Lake

Charlevoix from the Bridge & Round Lake

Perched on an isthmus between Lake Michigan and Round Lake is the historic resort town of Charlevoix, Michigan. Promoted as “Charlevoix the Beautiful” the town lives up to its name with flowering petunias bordering the roadside all the way through town. Quaint yet sophisticated, Charlevoix welcomes visitors to stop and enjoy its beauty. The main street offers plenty of upscale and trendy shopping, excellent restaurants, and a lush park overlooking Round Lake. Just outside of town are some great golf courses for those who bring along their “sticks”. Continue reading

The Hunt for Great Golf in Michigan

By Charlene S. Mixa

Find Game for Golfers and Gamblers in Mt. Pleasant, MI

No. 17 Bucks Run

No. 17 Bucks Run

On the prowl for exciting golf in Michigan! Mt. Pleasant offers two terrific courses that are a “must play” in the Midwest. Golfer, gambler or the gambling golfer will find fun and options to fit their game. The charming town welcomes visitors with a busy downtown area and plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Playing Tribute at the Otsego Club

By Charlene S. Mixa

Enjoyable Golf Atop the Mountains of Northern Michigan!

Welcome to Otsego Club & Resort

Welcome to Otsego Club & Resort

It’s not all about snow! Starting as the Otsego Ski Club in 1939, the Otsego Club in Northern Michigan grew into a four-season resort facility. The Spring, Summer and Fall months feature golf on two world-class courses, the Tribute and the Classic. Winter is all about snow with 27 ski slopes and miles of cross country ski trails. Continue reading

Thrilling Treetops and Threetops!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Spectacular Golf in Northern Michigan!

View of No. 1 Hole at Threetops

View of No. 1 Hole at Threetops

Seeking a golf resort with multiple courses, good lodging, golf school, and activities other than “just golf”? Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI has it! Rated the “Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Treetops is a truly a haven for golfers. With bragging rights on five spectacular golf designs by three outstanding golf architects of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio, and Rick Smith, Treetops offers a challenge for golfers of all levels. Four courses are rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest in 2008! Continue reading

Save Gas! Save Time! Take the S.S. Badger Carferry

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Fun Shortcut Across Lake Michigan

S.S. Badger Deck & Tower

S.S. Badger Deck & Tower

Feel the breeze! Relax on a deck! Take a nap! Read a book! Watch a movie! Play BINGO! Hit the jackpot! Be a winner in saving gas, saving time and saving money by taking the carferry. Board the safe, fun, reliable S.S. Badger for an authentic steamship experience across Lake Michigan. Continue reading

Shanty Creek Resort & Spa

By Charlene S. Mixa

Everything you need for a great northern Michigan vacation!

Relaxation, rockers at Legend Cottage

Relaxation, rockers at Legend Cottage

Seeking a great destination resort for golf, for families, relaxation or just for fun! In the search of cooler weather! Wanting a place to get away! Northern Michigan offers this and more! Shanty Creek Resorts, a mountaintop destination, features four challenging golf courses, various types of accommodations and convenience to small quaint towns, blue bays, and stunning lakes of northern Michigan. A Golf Digest Silver Medalist Resort, Shanty Creek is a great destination for golfers, families or anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxing setting. Continue reading