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.

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

Tybee Island – Georgia’s Beach Retreat

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Place to Kick-back and Relax!

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Seeking a laid-back vacation spot with miles of beautiful white sandy beaches? Tybee Island is the ideal spot to get away from it all. Voted “Best Beach” by Georgia Magazine and “Best Beach Retreat” by Creative Loafing, Tybee welcomes visitors. Whether it’s roaming historic forts, climbing a lighthouse, strolling the beach, fishing from the pier, biking, kayaking, or soaking up the sun, Tybee Island has it. Plus, it’s just a few miles from the thriving city of Savannah. Continue reading

Escape to Jekyll Island

By Charlene S. Mixa

The Jewel of Georgia’s Golden Isles

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

A little island off the coast of Georgia captured the attention of a group of wealthy families for a hunting retreat from the cold northern winters. With the purchase of the island, the group created the Jekyll Island Club in 1886 which became known as the “richest, the most exclusive, and most inaccessible club in the world”. Jekyll Island, the southern most of the Golden Isles, now welcomes visitors to this remarkable island retreat. Explore miles of barrier island beaches with miles of bike trails along marshlands, woodlands and coastlines. Learn the fascinating history of the infamous Jekyll Island Club. Tee it up! Discover the natural wonders of Jekyll Island that charmed the wealthy so many years ago. Continue reading

Majestic Mohonk Mountain House

By Charlene S. Mixa

New York’s Legendary Castle Specializes in Recreation, Relaxation and Renewal

Mohonk Mountain House from Sky Top Tower

Mohonk Mountain House from Sky Top Tower

An enchanting seven-story castle sits atop a mountain on a deep-blue lake, all surrounded by thousands of acres of unspoiled forest, creating a fairy tale setting. With 141 years of old world charm, Mohonk Mountain House transports guests back in time in this magnificent wonderland. Continue reading

The Captivating Catskill Mountains

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Destination with a Wealth of Activities

Kaatrskill Falls

Kaatrskill Falls

Whether you are seeking outdoor adventure and excitement or inspiration and reflection, New York state’s Catskill Mountains provide the ideal environment. A region with vivid natural beauty and abundant in the fullness of each season, it continues to be a destination of choice. Thousands of acres of forest and breathtaking views beckon visitors to these exciting, scenic mountains. Continue reading

Spectacular Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Fantastic Family-Oriented Resort in the Northern Catskills

Toot! Toot! All Aboard the Sunny Hill Train

Toot! Toot! All Aboard the Sunny Hill Train

Fun! Family! Friends! Have the best family vacation ever! Experience an old-fashion resort vacation where there is something for everyone. A place where the whole family can reconnect! Children, teens, and adults relish the vast schedule of activities. Kids and teens are busy with swimming, boating, fishing and teen mixers plus lots of other fun and games while developing life long friendships. Parents relax, play a round of golf, do some wine tasting, enjoy the spa, dance, and play bingo in a hassle-free setting. Continue reading

Stunning Sarasota!

By Charlene S. Mixa

“A shining sophisticated city on Sarasota Bay”

Scenic Sarasota Bay and skyline from LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Scenic Sarasota Bay and skyline from LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Tucked on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida is the vibrant city of Sarasota, abundant with cultural amenities, an exciting downtown, rich history, and islands of pristine white sandy beaches. Traditionally known for its world-renowned beaches, Sarasota is so much more. A mecca for the arts, exquisite dining and leisure activities are all found in this elegant city on the shimmering waters of Sarasota Bay. Continue reading

West Virginia’s Striking Stonewall Resort

  By Charlene S. Mixa

A Spectacular Retreat & the Awesome Palmer Signature Course

The Stonewall Resort

The Stonewall Resort

Among lush rolling hills overlooking Stonewall Lake the Stonewall Resort is among West Virginia’s premier hotels. Named for General Stonewall Jackson, the resort is located in the area of the General’s boyhood home. Set in the 2000-acre Stonewall Resort State Park, the resort offers spacious guest rooms and excellent restaurants along with virtually endless leisure and recreation activities. It’s Arnold Palmer 18-hole championship golf course continues to receive national acclaim since opening in May 2002. Continue reading