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 Resorts of Tullymore & St. Ives

By Charlene S. Mixa Top Ranked Golf in Michigan’s Palm

The Tullymore Clubhouse

The Tullymore Clubhouse

Michigan is truly a golf Mecca. Golf courses of every venue abound offering challenge and excitement for all golfers from the low handicapper to seniors and ladies. Many of Michigan’s courses are rated among America’s 100 Greatest Courses by Golf Digest. The state’s ads on “Pure Michigan” could easily be titled “Pure Golf in Michigan”. On the top of our list of courses to play is Tullymore, ranked No. 15 in the Top 100 Greatest Public Courses by Golf Digest. Continue reading

Getaway to the Gateway: St. Louis, Missouri

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Vibrant City Offering an Array of Activities

The Gateway Arch and St. Louis Riverfront

The Gateway Arch and St. Louis Riverfront

On the shores of the mighty and muddy Mississippi is a vibrant city that offers a rich past, an active present and an exciting future. St. Louis may have started with the Laclede fur traders, steamers and barges on the remarkable Mississippi River but it quickly grew to a major port city and became the Grand Dame of industry along with Continue reading

Sheboygan’s Blue Harbor Resort – “Shines”

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Tranquil to Thrilling Wisconsin Lakeside Resort

The Blue Harbor Resort

The Blue Harbor Resort

A pristine white classical hotel shines and sparkles in the afternoon sun along the shimmering shores of Lake Michigan. In the dazzling grand lobby with beautiful lake views, we are warmly welcomed for a unique vacation experience at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Whether seeking a tranquil romantic escape or the Continue reading

Experience Capitivating Colonial Williamsburg

By Charlene S. Mixa

Travel to the 18th century at Virginia’s Thriving Capital City – Williamsburg

The Governors Palace

The Governors Palace

Colonial Williamsburg, the thriving capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 presents an exciting era. Virginia was a rich and powerful colony whose boundaries stretched to the mighty Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. Virginia’s capital, Williamsburg, the young city of the colonies was the political, cultural and educational center of the most influential American colony. Continue reading

Discover Gracious and Grand Gaylord Opryland

By Charlene S. Mixa

Enjoy All That Can Be Found Under One Roof!

The Cascades Waterfall in the Cascades Atrium

The Cascades Waterfall in the Cascades Atrium

Energy and excitement of Nashville’s Music City blend with the epitome of Southern Hospitality at Gaylord Opryland to create wonderful cherished memories. On the banks of the Cumberland River, this landmark hotel amazes visitors with its nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and even an indoor river. Continue reading

Taming the Wild Dunes Links Course

By Charlene S. Mixa

“Exciting and Challenging Award Winning Golf”

No. 4 a Par-3 on the Links Course

No. 4 a Par-3 on the Links Course

Glistening dunes, crashing waves, and marsh vistas all blend together to create a wonderful island retreat at Wild Dunes Resort. Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, the Resort offers a year-round menu of golf, tennis, salon and boutique services. Continue reading

Kiawah Island Golf Resort: First in Southern Hospitality

By Charlene Mixa

Kiawah Offers: Oceanfront Luxury, World-class Golf, Distinctive Dining & Fabulous Beach

The Sanctuary welcomes us to a cozy luxury ocean retreat

The Sanctuary welcomes us to a cozy luxury ocean retreat

Luxurious, unrivaled, spectacular and world class all describe Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Located on a spectacularly beautiful island near historic Charleston, SC, Kiawah offers a unique combination of distinctive golf courses, luxurious resort amenities, varied island activities, and gracious southern hospitality. Continue reading

The Splendid Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

By:  Charlene Mixa

Sensational Summer Adventures Await Travelers to the Pocono Mountain!

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Rolling mountain terrain, exciting waterfalls, lush woodlands and miles of winding rivers are found in the 2,400 square miles of the Pocono Mountains. The mountains of Pennsylvania cater to the active traveler with summer adventures of hiking, biking, golfing, whitewater rafting, boating, and fishing. The only resort on a 100-mile stretch of Continue reading

The El Rey Inn and Santa Fe, NM

By Charlene S. Mixa

Exploring the Historic Santa Fe Area

Plenty of beautiful flowers at the El Rey Inn

Plenty of beautiful flowers at the El Rey Inn

Charm, comfort, and a return to a different time welcomes you at the El Rey Inn in Santa Fe, NM. Off the infamous Route 66 the Inn’s history is over 70 years old. Starting with only 12 rooms in 1936 it expanded in the 1950’s and later to 86 rooms and suites on 5 acres just outside of Santa Fe. Continue reading

Big Sky Resort: Summer Thrills and Chills

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Topnotch Resort Even Without the SnowHuntley Lodge at the Village

The name Big Sky brings images of glistening snow covered mountains with acres of ski slopes. With bragging rights as the Biggest Skiing in America, what’s the attraction for visiting when there’s “no snow.” Today Big Sky Resort is much more than just skiing. Chills and thrills greet summer visitors. Continue reading