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.

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

Savvy Santa Barbara, CA

The “American Riviera” on California’s Coast 

By: Charlene Mixa

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Savvy travelers have been escaping to Santa Barbara for the past century. Located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a world apart. Offering a soothing realm of distinct and subtle pleasures Santa Barbara’s intoxicating appeal arises from the convergence of elements found perhaps nowhere else in the world. Continue reading

Vibrant Santa Cruz, CA

View from Hollins House of Pasatiempo Course and Monterey Bay

View from Hollins House of Pasatiempo Course and Monterey Bay

By:  Charlene S. Mixa

Whether seeking the nostalgia of historic Santa Cruz or the new charms of a vibrant seaside town with magnificent views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, visitors will find it all in Santa Cruz. The rich history of Spanish settlers, the Mission Santa Cruz, a century old boardwalk and a well know surfing location creates a special aura with numerous activities such as hiking, surfing, shopping, sightseeing, and golf all readily available. Continue reading

Pismo Beach, CA: A Real Beach Town

View of Pismo Pier

View of Pismo Pier

Active or Passive Adventures Await You!

By: Charlene S. Mixa

Quaint and charming Pismo Beach welcomes visitors to miles of beautiful beaches. Visitors seeking relaxation in a laid-back setting or endless hours of outdoor activities will find these and more at this picturesque seaside community. Continue reading

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

Richard walking the Labyrinthe

Richard walking the Labyrinthe

An Enchanting Experience Awaits You!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Seeking a unique resort? Yearning for relaxation of the body, mind, and spirit? Sycamore Mineral Springs enchants guests with an authentic mineral springs resort experience. Situated on 100 acres of forest, verdant meadows and gently rolling hills, Sycamore Springs offers a wonderful selection of activities to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Continue reading

Going to Surf City, USA!

Pier and Surf City Beach

Pier and Surf City Beach

Huntington Beach, CA: Surf City & More!

 By: Charlene S. Mixa

We’re going to Surf City! Huntington Beach is a “hip” town on the California Coast. Just 45 minutes south of Los Angles, this trendy town offers more than excellent surfing. From its vibrant Main Street with unique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants, local pubs, the infamous Pier, to the white sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean, Huntington Beach is an excellent getaway. As the song says “cause there’s always somethin’ goin’!  Continue reading

California’s Alluring Tri-Valley

Downtown Danville

Downtown Danville

Warmth and Charm Await You

By Charlene S. Mixa

A relaxed casual atmosphere of active, charming towns is found east of San Francisco nestled among rolling hills and valleys. The beautiful cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, Dublin and San Ramon are located in the Tri-Valley, California area. Three adjacent valleys – Amador, Livermore and San Ramon create the picturesque setting for these family-oriented communities less than a one hour drive from San Francisco. Continue reading

A Five-Star Kohler Experience

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Shining Stars of Luxury at The American Club

The American Club

The American Club

Destination Kohler! The American Club, the newest star in the Forbes Five-Star galaxy of luxury hotels shines brilliantly in the Village of Kohler, Wisconsin. Initially it’s hard to imagine a luxury resort across the street from a huge factory, not on water, not in the mountains, nor even near a tourist attraction. Continue reading