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.

Bardstown, Kentucky: A Small Town with Plenty of Spirit!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Bourbon Capital Has Spirit, Pride and History

Heaven Hills Rick House

Heaven Hills Rick House

Rick houses, the barrel aging warehouses of distilleries, loom over the landscape of Bardstown, Kentucky. Scattered along the hills like fortresses in the “Bourbon Capital of the World” the scent of aging bourbon fills the air. Since 1776,Heaven Hill Distilleryhas been making bourbon and their Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center is the place for a hands-on tour and sampling of this Kentucky Spirit. Continue reading

Find a Touch of France at Château Élan Winery & Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Visit a French countryside in the Georgia Foothills

The Chateau

The Chateau

Gentle rolling hills with lush green vineyards surrounding a 16th century French style château create images of the French countryside. Perched atop a hill, the Château Elan Winery & Resort gently welcomes travelers to experience the warmth of southern hospitality and the richness of a French countryside in the Georgia foothills. Continue reading

Asheville: A Toast to the “Great Tastes”

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Great Beers  & Great Food!

A Toast to the Great Tastes of Asheville!

A Toast to the Great Tastes of Asheville!

Cheers & Bon Appetite! Welcome to Asheville in the beautiful western North Carolina Mountains! A thriving mountain city that boasts the most microbreweries and an array of unique eateries for a culinary delight from the casual to the gourmet. Join us on sipping and tasting tours of Asheville. Continue reading

Asheville: Explore North Carolina’s Mountains

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Bounty of Activities Around Asheville

Craggy Pinnacle

Craggy Pinnacle

Amazing mountain views, inspiring scenery and the highest peaks in the Eastern U.S. greet visitors to North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Take a drive, hike a mountain, raft a river, tee it up, get some culture, or hear a tale. Activities are bountiful in in these old and rugged mountains with cultural activities in the quaint towns from music, festivals, arts and crafts to fantastic theatre performances. So much to see and do in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Explore the North Carolina Mountains with us. Continue reading

Asheville: Escape to the Glorious Grove Park Inn

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

100 Years Old and Still Going Strong!

Grove Park Inn at Night

Grove Park Inn at Night

Fore! With grand views of the glorious stone structure of the Grove Park Inn, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the city-scape of Asheville, we tee it up on the resort’s historic 18-hole Donald Ross golf course.   Considered among the top golf experiences in North Carolina, it celebrates the spirit of mountain golf. Donald Ross stated, Continue reading

Asheville: Take a Tour and See the City!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Take a tour to experience this dynamic city!

Lazoom Bus Tour

Lazoom Bus Tour

A lively vibrant and thriving downtown area welcomes visitors to Asheville in the beautiful western North Carolina Mountains. Asheville is more than the Biltmore Estate! This welcoming city offers museums, excellent shopping, art galleries, great restaurants with sidewalk café’s, and entertainment. The bustling city is fun to visit whether walking or taking in a local tour. Continue reading

Asheville: The Cliffs at Walnut Cove

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Community! Golf! Location!  Asheville’s Premier Private Community Beckons

Views at Walnut Cove

Views at Walnut Cove

The power of a BLT! A favorite southern sandwich, a traditional BLT is made up of just five ingredients: bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise and bread. Sitting on the verandah of the sales office of Walnut Cove Realty, Kent Smith, Founder and President, reveals the exciting tale of the Elliston family’s dream to develop the family homestead, 600 acres of pastureland in Avery’s Creek Continue reading

Asheville: The Beautiful Biltmore Estate

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

Relive the Gilded Age at America’s Largest Home

The Magnificent Biltmore

The Magnificent Biltmore

Imagine a house of 250-rooms! Larger than a castle! Property encompassing 125,000 acres! Relive the Gilded Age with a visit to America’s largest home. George Vanderbilt’s vision of an “escape from everyday life,” the Biltmore invites us to explore and experience this enchanting mountain chateau. While Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley Continue reading

“Come Home” to Michigan’s The Homestead Resort!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Retreat for Sports Enthusiasts, Couples and Families

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Miles of pure white sand dunes, shimmering blue waters, rustic towns, verdant forests, and a fresh water resort all combine to create a breathtaking travel destination with plenty of activities for families, sports enthusiasts and couples. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a fantastic escape and retreat for travelers. Continue reading

The Grandeur of Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Michigan’s Premier Resort for Recreation, Relaxation, and more!

The Grand Traverse Resort

The Grand Traverse Resort

Grand Views! Grand Golf! Grand Spa! Grand Dining! Impressive and awesome, Michigan’s Premier Resort, the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is “totally” grand. A sprawling 900-acre resort with 54 holes of championship golf, stunning views of Grand Traverse Bay, choice dining, a sensational spa, and plenty of recreational activities, it is a magnificent year round destination. Continue reading