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.

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

North Carolina High Country: Exciting Golf!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From the Mountain Top to the Valley, It’s Challenging Golf for Everyone!

#6 at Mountain Aire Golf Club 200 ft. elevation

#6 at Mountain Aire Golf Club 200 ft. elevation

Dramatic scenic landscapes, dynamic elevation changes, thick lush grasses, and serene valley holes add to the thrill of mountain golf. It’s over “hill and dale” golfing the North Carolina High Country courses. Where shots fly farther and flat lies are few. Where the terrain tests a golfer’s ability to adjust to uphill, downhill, and side hill holes each bringing a new dimension to the game. Continue reading

North Carolina High Country – Great Dining

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Exciting and Diverse Cuisine is Found in the Mountains

Delectable dining at Rowland's

Delectable dining at Rowland’s

Spectacular, breathtaking mountain views are enhanced with savory and delicious dining choices in the North Carolina High Country. The breadth and depth of these splendid Blue Ridge Mountains are matched by the breadth and depth of the dynamic and delectable cuisines of its local restaurants. From down home to world-class, diners will find many gastronomical options to please any appetite. All locally owned and operated, savor the flavor of the restaurants in the Boone and Blowing Rock, North Carolina Area. Continue reading

Playing Historic Pinehurst

 

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The North Carolina Sandhills Offer a Golf Mecca

Pinehurst Resort Club with Putter Boy logo

Pinehurst Resort Club with Putter Boy logo

Imagination and vision! Inspiration and drive! Boston business man James Walker Tufts possessed these traits in creating Pinehurst Village in the Sandhills of North Carolina. Initially an idea as a winter resort for New Englanders, in 1895 the Village was built around an oval green with winding roads. In a few years with the guests’ interest in the “little white ball”, Continue reading

A Georgia Gem: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Georgia Mountain Getaway!

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Leave the Interstate’s and find a Georgia Mountain Getaway! Don’t zip through Georgia on I-75 or I-85 to get to another destination. Slow down, take a scenic drive on country roads, and find a Hidden Gem. Nestled in the North Georgia Mountain, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers a unique mountain getaway. Continue reading

The Elegant and Luxurious BROADMOOR

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Classic Award Winning International Resort

The BROADMOOR

The BROADMOOR

Seeking a resort where European elegance meets Western hospitality? For more than nine decades, The Broadmoor has combined this perfect blend of style and service excellence. As the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains on the outskirts of Colorado Springs this 3,000-acre acre elite Resort with its lush grounds and magnificent buildings continues to be the “Grande Dame of the Rockies.” Continue reading

Delight in a Denver Retreat at the Omni Interlocken Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Modern Luxury Colorado Resort

The Omni Interlocken Resort

The Omni Interlocken Resort

Discover a modern luxury retreat at the Four-Diamond award-winning Omni Interlocken Resort. Well appointed rooms create a wonderful haven while the outdoor pools, spa, and demanding 27-hole championship golf course bring choices of activities. Continue reading

Escape to the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

An Ideal Denver Resort

The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

Fun, relaxation, great golf, superb dining, luxury accommodations and clear blue Colorado skies are found at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. Located on 13 lush wooded acres this premier AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers all the amenities of a world-class resort. Enjoy a wide variety of on-site indoor and outdoor activities, hit the links on the 18-hole championship golf course, play tennis, relax by the pool, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment, work out in a comprehensive fitness center or leisurely stroll the nearby trails. Choose to do a lot or a little. It’s all found at the Inverness Hotel and only 20 minutes from downtown Denver. Continue reading