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.

Detroit’s Greenfield Village – A Historic Landmark!

By: Charlene Mixa

Ford Captures the Nations Past

The original Ford Motor Company building - Greenfield Village

The original Ford Motor Company building – Greenfield Village

Henry Ford was a mastermind with innovations that changed the world. One of America’s greatest industrialists, he introduced mass production of the automobile which was only a stepping stone to his achievements. An astute businessman, he was also a visionary recognizing the importance of education and preserving our history for future generations. Continue reading

Stop and Explore Lively Lexington!

By:  Charlene & Richard Mixa

The “Horse Capital of the World” is a Must See!

High spirited horses - Kentucky Horse Park

High spirited horses – Kentucky Horse Park

Whoa! Hold on to your horses, Lexington, Kentucky reins as the “Horse Capital of the World!” Surrounded by the Bluegrass Country’s rolling meadows, thoroughbred race horses, and a thriving downtown, Lexington is an exciting “destination” city. Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, it is Continue reading

The Herrington Inn & Spa: A Luxury Boutique Hotel

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

“Romance is in the Air

Elegant Courtyard and Gardens at The Herrrington Inn & Spa

Elegant Courtyard and Gardens at The Herrrington Inn & Spa

Fluffy luxurious robes, a large whirlpool bath, an elegant four-poster bed, and beautiful picturesque views of lush flowering gardens overlooking a gentle flowing river create a romantic setting at The Herrington Inn & Spa. An upscale boutique hotel in Geneva, Illinois, the Inn creates a wonderful romantic getaway while blending history, romance, and whimsical fun. Nestled on the waterfront of what was once the home of a tiny creamery today is a 61 room Inn that enchants couples and guests with love stories, nursery rhymes and “cows.” Continue reading

Barnsley Gardens Resort: A Fantastic Fairytale Retreat

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Magical English Village Resort in the Georgia

The English-style cottages surrounded by lush landscaping create a 19th century English Village.

The English-style cottages surrounded by lush landscaping create a 19th century English Village.

Hidden in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia is a mystical wonderland, where a Fairy Godmother makes wishes and dreams come true. Where a Prince saves a legendary estate and with a magical touch creates an enchanting English Village. Travel with us for a dreamlike visit to the fairytale retreat of Barnsley Gardens Resort, just an hour north of Atlanta. Continue reading

Apalachicola: A Town Time “Almost” Forgot

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

Explore and Enjoy: “A different time, place and way of life”

View of Apalachicola from Scipio Creek

View of Apalachicola from Scipio Creek

Step back in time where the pace is a little slower, away from the crowds at Florida’s theme parks and beaches. Find a special place where seafood reigns, friendliness and graciousness is a way of life, history is proudly preserved, and miles of serene natural beaches are among America’s best. Welcome to Apalachicola on Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.” Far from a typical “tourist town”, Apalachicola is a charming mix of eclectic and discretely sophisticated locally owned shops, restaurants, and galleries among former 19th century granite cotton warehouses, ship’s stores, and old net factories all set along its working waterfront. Continue reading

Captivating Calistoga

By Charlene Mixa

“The wine country’s historic hot springs resort destination.”

A historic small town.

A historic small town.

Calistoga, named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers the healing benefits of its restorative spa treatments. Nestled at the top of the beautiful and serene northern tip of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a perfect destination for wine country travelers. The downtown offers unique shops, galleries, and several fine restaurants all within walking distance of hotels and inns. Relaxation and convenience are primary in this beautiful mountainous countryside town. Wineries are close by not only in Calistoga itself but the three major wine areas of Napa Valley, Sonoma County with the Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys plus Lake County. Continue reading

Montréal: A Glorious and Gracious Cosmopolitan City

By Charlene Mixa 

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Royal defined as “befitting royalty, stately, or superior” and accurately describes the dynamic and exciting city of Montréal, Canada. Named after Mount Royal, a hill on Montréal Island in the St. Lawrence River, Montréal presents a majestic city. With over four hundred years of French and British heritage it is the only French speaking cosmopolitan city in the Americas. Today it is a major Canadian port as well as a cultural, commercial and industrial hub. A city that is alive with cultures from around the world all mingled in its rich past and exhilarating present. Always welcoming visitors to learn and experience the glorious and gracious, cosmopolitan Montréal. Continue reading

Cheyenne: A Vibrant Boot-Stompin’ Town

By Charlene & Richard Mixa
Get the Spirit of the Old West

The BIG BOOT at the Cheyenne Depot

The BIG BOOT at the Cheyenne Depot

Cheyenne – the name alone conjures up images of the old West with cowboys, rodeos, railroads and majestic plains. It’s a vibrant frontier town that celebrates its western roots as well as a fun lovin’ town that boasts Big Boots, Big Bison, Big Trains, Big Mansions, Big Western Stores and more. Join us on a trip through the past and experience the “Legend of Cheyenne.” Continue reading

Vail, Colorado: A Spectacular Summer Wonderland

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Lion Square Lodge is a Rocky Mountain Retreat

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

Cool refreshing mountain air, clear blue skies, lush green mountains and temperatures between 65-85 degrees with no humidity! Mix in outdoor activities, plenty of shopping, amazing dining, cultural activities and resort treats and you’ve got the perfect formula for a spectacular summer retreat – Vail, Colorado. A refreshing and “cool” mountain resort. Continue reading