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.

Scotland: Experience the Richness of Golf’s Ancestral Home

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From West to East a Taste of Scottish Golf

Scenic Western Gailes Golf Club

Scenic Western Gailes Golf Club

All true golfers dream of playing the great courses of Scotland, the ancestral home of golf. Scotland’s image is one of tartan, bagpipes, highlands and islands, haggis and golf. With over 400 courses golfers can easily experience the richness of Scotland today. On our self-planned six day whirlwind golf trip of Scotland we experience five amazing courses from the birthplace of The Open to newer courses in St. Andrews. The courses are spectacular and challenging surrounded by stunning scenery that is positively breathtaking. Join us on our treasured and truly memorable golf excursion. Continue reading

Magical Dromoland Castle: An Irish Fairytale Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Charm of Old World Elegance with Contemporary Luxuries

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

With visions of a fairytale visit, we follow the meandering drive as it passes lush magnificent lawns and a glistening lake to a 5th Century mystical castle.   Approaching Dromoland Castle, we are transported to a time when Lords and Ladies graciously welcome and entertain guests at their massive estates. It’s a real castle! Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Today, it is a 5 Star Castle Hotel where guests have a “royal and regal” experience. Beautifully updated the castle still retains its old-world charm and crisp service. Continue reading

Waterville Golf Links –Embrace Pure Irish Links Golf!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Thrill in the Lure of These Fabled Links

Cloudy skies greet us on this scenic courseAvenues of weathered sand dunes along rugged shores, tall fescue grasses rustling in the breeze, sunlight shimmering on the sea, and strong winds blowing across unprotected lands all mingle to create a perfect links golf course location. Add a sandy promontory jutting out into the Ballinskellig Bay at the tip of the Invereagh Peninsula in southern Ireland, and you find Waterville Golf Links. An almost natural golf course among the sand dunes, golf has been played on this mystical land since the 1870’s when Marconi engineers were laying the great transatlantic telegraph cables. With a recent Tom Fazio “make over” Waterville Golf Links lures even more golfers. Continue reading

The K Club: Superb Golf, A Luxurious Resort & More!

By Charlene Mixa

Thrill in the Lure of these Fabled Links

The K Club serves up 5-star service.

The K Club serves up 5-star service.

A traveler’s dream and a golfer’s paradise! Imagine a unique place where world class golf blends with a magical resort. Ireland! The K Club! Located on a 550-acre estate on the idyllic Kildare countryside is an outstanding resort that elegantly incorporates a 69 bedroom hotel, two Championship golf courses, a Resort Spa, and fabulous dining with a wide range of activities. The Kildare Hotel, Spa & Country Club is a luxurious five star Irish owned resort renowned for its superb golf and consistently recognized as one of Europe’s greatest golf destinations. Offering two Arnold Palmer designed courses, The Palmer Ryder Cup Course and The Palmer Smurfit Course promise to challenge and excite golfers with treacherous rough, water hazards in abundance, large greens and undulating fairways. Continue reading

New York’s Scenic Shawangunk Mountains

By Charlene Mixa

Sam’s Point Preserve for Hiking and Honors Haven Resort for Respite
Sam's Point PreserveHikers, bathe in the pristine vistas and untouched landscape of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York’s Ulster County. With thousands of acres of forever wild land, Ulster County is a primary destination for hiking and delighting in panoramic views of these scenic mountains. Adding special excitement are the Ellenville Fault Ice Caves, the largest known open fault in the United States with corresponding ice caves. After a full day enjoying the splendor of the mountains and exploring the ice caves, rejuvenate at the Honors Haven Resort. All within just two hours of Manhattan! Continue reading

Alcatraz: The Night Tour

 By Charlene Mixa

“The Rock” in the Dark!

An eerie ride to The Rock!

An eerie ride to The Rock!

A mile and ¼ from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is the infamous Alcatraz. A maximum security prison for 30 years, Alcatraz housed noted criminals including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz. With its closing, the last prisoner walked out of Alcatraz on March 23, 1963. Yet, the prison and island entice visitors to see what life was like on “The Rock”. Continue reading

Sensational Seattle

By Charlene Mixa

Pacific Northwest’s The Emerald CitySensational, yet cloudy, Seattle

Everyone loves Seattle! This vibrant city sits on the Pacific Rim with panoramic views of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Mountain Range and majestic Mount Rainier. It boasts of coffee, Bill Gates, Boeing, the Space Needle, Pike’s Market and being the nation’s most educated city. While offering its residents a high quality of life the Emerald City provides tourists a memorable visit. Continue reading

Victoria, BC and Inspiring Butchard Gardens

By Charlene Mixa

Touring Charming Victoria and Inspiring Butchard Gardens

Gorgeous flowers are everywhere in Victoria
Gorgeous flowers are everywhere in Victoria

 

Imagine enjoying gardens and flowers blooming year round in Canada! What a wonderful surprise to find that Vancouver Island in British Columbia has the mildest climate in Canada with gardens blooming throughout the year. Continue reading

A “Reel” Fish Story: Salmon Fishing in Alaska

By Charlene Mixa

A “Reel” Fish Story: Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Richard and I with our first salmon catch.
Richard and I with our first salmon catch.

 Ketchican, Alaska the “Salmon Capital of the World” is the perfect place to go sport fishing for salmon. Five varieties of North Pacific salmon abound in the frigid waters off Ketchikan. A friend had recently returned from Alaska, saying salmon fishing is a MUST for anyone going to the 49th state. Continue reading

Savvy Savannah

By Charlene & Richard Mixa An Alluring Southern City

Savannah's Historical River Street

Savannah’s Historical River Street

A vibrant city with a rich southern history and charm sits on the bluffs of the Savannah River. Georgia’s “First City” is dynamic as it entices and lures visitors to return again and again. Blending culture and heritage with the bizarre, Savannah is an exciting place to visit. Whether walking the beautiful squares, listening to music at Market Square, shopping in unique upscale shops in the Historic District, roaming large antique stores, strolling along River Street, taking a tour, or partaking of great southern food, Savannah is fascinating. Continue reading