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.

Explore the Prospects of Breckenridge, Colorado

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From Gold Mines to Mountain Golf and More!

 

Riverwalk on Blue River in Breckenridge

Riverwalk on Blue River in Breckenridge

It’s not just about gold. In 1859 prospectors discovered gold and founded the town of Breckenridge, Colorado. Initially a mining town rich with veins of gold and silver, today its treasures lie in tourism with scenic mountains, summer activities, and fantastic winter sportsAs one of the nation’s premier year-round destinations, Continue reading

The Famous and Stimulating Saratoga Springs

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Vibrant Vacation Destination

A Day at the Races!

A Day at the Races!

For over a century, visitors from around the world have been drawn to Saratoga Springs. The summer center of the horseracing universe it is also recognized as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A town with a storied past that is alive with character, charm, and so much to see and do. Continue reading

Letchworth State Park: “Grand Canyon of the East”

By Charlene S. Mixa

Waterfalls, a Deep Gorge & Lush Forest!

Upper Falls Letchworth State Park

Upper Falls Letchworth State Park

Our drive today takes us across the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes and its rich farmland on our way to Letchworth State Park. The park is a beautiful 17 mile gorge between Portage and Mount Morris, New York, renowned as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. Continue reading

The Aspen Meadows Resort: An Aspen Shangri-La

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Seclusion and Serenity in the Rockies

The Serene Pool at Aspen Meadows Resort

The Serene Pool at Aspen Meadows Resort

A happy land isolated from the outside world describes the serenity of the Aspen Meadows Resort. An earthly paradise and a place to leave behind a hurried life, a hectic schedule and a demanding career. Famous for enhancing the mind, body, and spirit the resort is nestled on 40 acres in a meadow between Castle Creek and Roaring Fork River, yet only a couple of miles from Aspen, Colorado.  Continue reading

The Allure of Aspen in August

By Charlene S. Mixa

Alpine Mountains and Ambiance

Fun visiting in the summer.  Our last visit the Bells and Lake were covered in snow.

Fun visiting in the summer. Our last visit the Bells and Lake were covered in snow.

A 20,000 bottle wine cellar! A Master Sommelier selects special wines from 2,000 varieties. Wines artfully paired to compliment each course on the menu. Scenic courtyard views and the natural splendor of Aspen Mountain. All this and the full-flavored dishes of Chef Robert McCormick are at the Montagna restaurant in Aspen, Colorado’s Little Nell Hotel. Ultimate Aspen dining! Alpine mountains, a Forbes Four Star Award restaurant and elegant setting all blend beautifully. Continue reading

Dynamic Denver!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Abounds with Activities

Downtown Denver's 16th Street Mall

Downtown Denver’s 16th Street Mall

The Mile High City bursts with activities! Nestled at the base of the great Rocky Mountains, Denver has it all. Its mild climate offers great weather actually averaging over 300 days of sunshine a year. Thrilling history, outstanding shopping, and a rich cultural venue add to the enchantment of this wonderful city. Continue reading

North Carolina High Country is Alive with Adventures

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

These Hills Offer Plenty of Activities and Attractions!

The Mile High Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

The Mile High Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Activities abound in the North Carolina High Country from high adventure to just kick’n back. Nestled in the corner of North Carolina where the Blue Ridge Mountains cross three states of Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina are the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, NC. Known as the North Carolina High Country it offers cool, clear, fresh mountain air, many outdoor adventures and easy going activities. Spectacular and panoramic vistas are around every turn on these winding roads. From man-made attractions to the splendid wonders of nature, visitors of all ages will delight in all there is “to do.” Continue reading

A Jaunt Through Killarney

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From a Jaunting Car to a Fascinating Town

A Jaunting Car ride through the Park

A Jaunting Car ride through the Park

Clip Clop, Clip Clop – Whoa, Padraig! Ahead is a clear blue lake with elegant green mountains that dip into the water’s edge on the opposite shore. A 15th century castle glistens in the sunlight on a rocky outcrop along a lakeshore. Bouncing along in a Jaunting Car is thrilling and definitely a fun way to Continue reading

Indiana’s Amish Country: A Serenely Simple Life

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Postcard View of Amish Life

Menno-Hof

Menno-Hof

A horse-drawn black buggy clattering on the roadway with a bright orange traffic triangle on the back is our first greeting to northern Indiana’s Amish Country. Recently receiving accolades of a “Favorite Faith-based Destination” by the National Tour Association tour operator members, we are excited to take a deeper look at Amish life and getting to know the people behind the straw hats, bonnets, and simple clothes. Continue reading

Pacific Grove: Monterey Bay’s Enchanting Seaside Town

Scenic, Charming and a Place to Reconnect with Nature

By: Charlene S. Mixa

Scenic Monterey Bay

Scenic Monterey Bay

Romance, spectacular views, a seaside sanctuary, unique shops, and world-renowned restaurants beckon visitors to Pacific Grove. Located between Monterey and Pebble Beach, this quaint coastal town is scenic, relaxing, and a location to reconnect with nature. Beginning as a summer Methodist Camp in 1875, the Pacific Grove Retreat offered a place to worship, rest and meditate. Continue reading