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.

Part IV: ADIRONDACKS – Tee It Up for Great Golf!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Dramatic and Dynamic Mountain Golf

Mountain Course - Hole #1

Mountain Course – Hole #1

The gilded age brought the wealthy to the Adirondack Mountains with their Great Camps and famous hotels. At the turn of the century, golf was the sport of the elite and numerous courses were built in these picturesque mountains. Even after the rise and fall of the gilded age, Lake Placid continues to attract visitors of all walks of life to its beautiful mountains, glacier formed lakes and alpine village. Continue reading

Part V – THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS – Fabulous Fine Dining

By Charlene S. Mixa

Savor the Flavors of Gracious Restaurants

Cheers to the "Amazing Adirondacks" - Lake Placid Lodge Artisan's

Cheers to the “Amazing Adirondacks” – Lake Placid Lodge Artisan’s

Exciting culinary experiences await visitors to Lake Placid that will please any palate. Restaurants offer an array of options from family-style to gourmet meals, all set in the magnificent splendor of the region and it legendary Adirondack Mountains. The diverse cuisines match the variety of guests and their gastronomical cravings. Elegant inns, rustic lodges and hotels provide a variety of accommodations and wonderful restaurants featuring world class dining. Continue reading

New York’s Fascinating Finger Lakes

By Charlene S. Mixa

Offering Natural Beauty, Rich History and World-Class Wineries

Fountain and lake view  Skaneateles LakePristine lakes, gorgeous waterfalls, and magnificent parks create a natural beauty in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. Add charming villages, a variety of museums, specialty shopping and the Finger Lakes area easily becomes a popular tourist getaway. Stretched out in a north-south direction the lakes are long and slender reminding early map-makers of the fingers of a hand, hence the name “Finger Lakes”. Continue reading

Visit the Quaint Towns of the Lake George Area

By Charlene S. Mixa

Featuring Artistic Glen Falls & Laidback Lake Lucerne

Park and Gazebo Glen Falls

Park and Gazebo Glen Falls

Taking day trips from the busy Village of Lake George, we find two most charming and diverse towns. These villages may not boast the lake views but each has its own distinct personality. Glens Falls hums with a more artistic flair and Lake Luzerne sparkles with its pristine recreational area. Each community features countless activities and attractions for family outings. All ready and waiting to be explored! Continue reading

The Sagamore Resort: Sparkling and Stylish!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Bolton Landing’s Historic Sophisticated Island Resort

The Sagamore Resort

The Sagamore Resort

The Queen of Lakes sparkles under blue skies with mountains actually dipping into its glimmering lakeshore. A refuge from hectic daily lives for over two hundred years Bolton Landing on the shores of beautiful Lake George is a haven for artists, musicians, and families. Bolton Landing’s crown jewel is the Sagamore Resort set on a private island of the crystalline waters of Lake George. Continue reading

Playing the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course

By Charlene S. Mixa

Live the Dream – “It’s Priceless”

17th Hole The Stadium Course

17th Hole The Stadium Course

Living the Dream! It’s the 17th hole, the “Island Green,” on the TPC Sawgrass Stadium course. Year after year I’ve watched the agony and ecstasy of professional golfers attempting to execute the perfect shot to this world famous green. Continue reading

It’s All About Golf! The World Golf Village

By Charlene S. Mixa

Great Golf Courses, Golf History and Great Accommodations

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

World Golf Hall of Fame from No. 9 Slammer & Squire

THE SLAMMER & SQUIRE vs THE KING & BEAR:  Golfers step up to the challenges of the World Golf Villages two world-class golf courses, the Slammer & Squire verses The King & Bear. The pristine setting of the, Slammer & Squire Course, a true resort course has views of the World Golf Hall on Fame on several holes. Challenges are many as the course traverses Florida preserved woodlands, wetlands all with an overall natural beauty. Continue reading

The Heavenly Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort

Charlene & Richard Mixa

 A Magical Beachside Resort

Our infinity view!

Our infinity view!

Crystal clear emerald green water and the whitest, cleanest, softest sand with brilliant blue skies above create an “infinity” beach view. A real life seascape welcomes us to Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort. Tucked away on a 27-acre natural setting our beachfront condominium (#1404, Gulffront) gives us a “new” appreciation of the beauty of Florida’s Emerald Coast. Continue reading

Louis & Lucy Visit the GLAZER Children’s Museum

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exciting & Super Fun Day for Toddlers!

Glazer Children's Museum is FUN!

Glazer Children’s Museum is FUN!

I’ll have an Elmo pancake! Whoopee, now I’ll have a Cookie Monster pancake. I want a big breakfast since we’re going to the Glazer Children’s Museum today. My little sister, Lucy is content with a couple of Big Bird pancakes. Hurrah! We’re off! The Museum is a short drive from Papa and Mimi’s house. What’s a museum? Continue reading

Louis Visits Busch Gardens

By Charlene S. Mixa (Mimi to Louis)

A Toddler’s View of Busch Gardens

Louis drives a car!

Louis drives a car!

Again! Again! Ride Again! Pleaseee! Hi, I’m Louis and I’m only 22 months old. Today is my first visit to Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL. Hurray! We start at “Sesame Street Safari of Fun!” Daddy and I crawl and climb through the huge multi-story play tower. Awesome! We are high above everyone walking over bridges, into towers, through chains and climbing ropes. Continue reading