Category Archives: North America

Charleston: A Living Museum

Experience History & Hospitality

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

John Rutledge House Inn

John Rutledge House Inn

As one of America’s best loved travel destinations, Charleston, South Carolina boasts a vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, and a celebrated dining scene all with a welcoming southern hospitality. We agree with travelers who named Charleston the “South’s Best City” in Southern Living 2018 South’s Best Awards. Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Shopping for Vintage Clothing in the Big Apple

By Jocelyn Brown 

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Eileen Fisher is a famous American fashion designer and she believes that the fashion industry is second only to the oil industry in terms of creating pollution. If you’re worried about the environmental impact of “fast fashion”, and prefer to choose vintage clothing of superb quality, you should know that a visit to New York City ticks all the boxes for fans of vintage. Today, we’d like to share information about where to find the most impressive vintage clothing (and accessories) while you are exploring this wonderful city. Vintage can be so chic. Lots of fashionistas rely on it to add edge and impact. Plus, it’s eco-friendly, because it’s recycled. Continue reading

5 Great Places to Camp With The Family This Summer

By Jocelyn Brown

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Over 77 million U.S. households say they include someone who camps at least occasionally. Last year the number of families that go camping increased by 64%, and it’s expected to rise again this year. Camping’s popularity has risen in recent years, perhaps in response to the increasingly chaotic world we live in. Experts say camping and hiking have been proven to reduce stress, increase physical fitness, and provide a heightened sense of well-being. Continue reading

Great Spots for Your Family’s First Fishing Trip

By Jocelyn Brown

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Wherever you are in the world, there are some wonderful spots to take your family fishing for the first time. Fishing is a great way to spend quality time outside with your family. Children can experience the pleasures of being outdoors, while learning important life skills. Patience is an essential trait for any budding angler. Here are just some great US fishing spots where you can take your family for their first fishing adventure. Everglades City & 10,000 Islands, Florida

Start your family fishing adventure at the marina in Everglades City, where one direction takes you where your family of anglers can cast for everything from sheepshead and snapper to tarpon and snook. If you then head the opposite way, you’ll find yourselves deeper into the Everglades, bursting with wildlife. Here you can enjoy the challenge of trying to catch freshwater and saltwater fish. Continue reading

Why It Should Never Just Be About The Strip in Las Vegas

The Strip has a reputation—quite well deserved, actually—of being the marquee destination in Las Vegas, and is described as “the epicenter of any Vegas getaway” by US News.  After all, what lies beyond that iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South is sure to give tourists a grand, good time, not to mention opportunities to visit some of the state’s most iconic landmarks like the Vegas’s own Eiffel Tower, The Venetian’s Grand Canal, and The Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx. Continue reading

Forget Old Faithful – Nothing “Old” About These Unusual, Awe-Inspiring National Parks

Sunrise at Wyoming  Yellowstone National Park

Sunrise at Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park

By Jocelyn Brown

Ever wondered what makes a national park? There are actually three major criteria that the place must meet to be called a “national park”. First, it needs to have a natural, cultural, or recreational value that is unique. Second, that resource must be threatened and no other agency is able to protect it other than a national park agency. Continue reading

The Omni Grove Park Inn- A Christmas Tradition

Dreams of Enchanting Gingerbread Houses
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

It’s 2018 and New Year resolutions and promises are decreed.  Yet, a year ago, visions of gingerbread houses danced in the heads of many individuals.  Their dream for the New Year was to compete in the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn.  A plethora of ideas were imagined for a unique gingerbread entry.  With grit these talented and hearty souls prepared to tackle and compete in this prestigious event committing hundreds of hours to design, build and create a unique exhibit composed of flour and ginger in dreams of being the Grand Prize Winner. Continue reading

The Swag: A Luxury Mountain Paradise

An Enchanting, Serene, and Remote Retreat

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Scenic views of North Carolina's highest mountain ranges

Scenic views of North Carolina’s highest mountain ranges

A refined luxury inn and the highest inn east of the Mississippi, The Swag sits atop a 250 acre oasis in the North Carolina Mountains where nature and serenity create a remote mountain paradise.  A serene retreat to recharge and indulge the senses.  Original architecturally designed luxurious accommodations lure guests with surprises, warm hospitality, and charm for an unconventional and extraordinary getaway.  With incomparable Smoky Mountain National Park views and a panorama of over four of North Carolina’s six highest mountain ranges, The Swag meets the definition of paradise “a place of extreme beauty, delight and happiness.” Continue reading

A Summer of Terrific Mountain Golf

Western North Carolina Offers a Variety of Golf Courses
By Richard & Charlene Mixa

Laurel Ridge a scenic downhill hole

Laurel Ridge a scenic downhill hole

On our recent summer visit to the Asheville area, Charlene and I were fortunate to play fifteen area golf courses.  Some were private, semi-private, or resort courses, and all were within reasonable driving distances (for avid golfers!) to Asheville.  Below is a course summary for each along with their location and contact information.  Hope you enjoy the courses as much as we did.  Golf is a great and often humbling game! Continue reading

A Sampling of Asheville’s Culinary Scene

A Few Unique Dining Venues
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Junction in the River Arts District

The Junction in the River Arts District

Foodie’s will delight in the eclectic restaurants in Asheville with its many unique and memorable food and drink experiences.   A town on the move, it consistently offers a plethora of dining options.  In fact ExploreAsheville.com has coined the term a “Foodtopia” to describe Asheville’s “community of culinary collaborators.” Having visited this dynamic town the past few years we have experienced many of the local flavors and favorites in the downtown area.  In the pursuit of new eateries and experiences in Asheville’s food scene we find special venues, “hidden gems” and amazing restaurants. Continue reading