Category Archives: North America

The Masters- Practice Round

By Charlene S. Mixa

A First Time Patrons Perspective

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Richard & Charlene at The Masters

Unbelievable! We’re going to the Masters! We have tickets to this coveted event! Last minute tickets became available on Friday for the Monday practice round. After some quick packing and locating a hotel room, Sunday we make the 9 hour drive from Oldsmar, FL to Augusta, GA. Continue reading

Traveling California’s “Lesser Known” Coast


By Charlene S. Mixa

The dramatic coastline and seashore of Northern California Pacific Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Rolling hills, mighty redwoods, sandy beaches and bluffs high above the Pacific, create an exciting seascape along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco. This infamous coastal road follows the Pacific coastline through Washington, Oregon and California. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Route 1 becomes a two-lane road winding through the hillsides of forest and redwoods, with very few towns along the way. Continue reading

Wine Tasting Tour: Santa Rosa & Sonoma County

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Awesome Tour in Sonoma’s Wine Country

Awesome Wine Tour - Playtypus!

Awesome Wine Tour – Playtypus!

Like the stem of a wine glass, Santa Rosa sits at the base of the wine appellations of Sonoma County. A central location for exploring and experiencing the American Viticulture Areas of Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander and Green Valleys, Santa Rosa welcomes visitors to Sonoma County’s Premier Wine Country. With over 250 award-winning wineries of Sonoma County, its largest city, Santa Rosa offers shopping, an upscale active downtown area and the Historic Railroad Square featuring outstanding restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Country

By Charlene S. Mixa

Vineyards and Valleys of Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Magnificent vineyards, the captivating Mayacama Mountains and relaxing quality accommodations welcome visitors to the Geyserville Inn in northern Sonoma County. The Geyserville area is a perfect destination for relaxing and experiencing the serenity and charm of the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley wineries, plus, it is just a short drive to the Russian River and other appellations of the noted wine country. Continue reading

Teeing and Tasting in Livermore, California

Charlene S. Mixa

The Perfect Pairing – Great Wine and Great Golf!

Poppy Ridge and vineyards

Poppy Ridge and vineyards

Wine and golf the perfect pairing for a wonderful get away. Whether for a weekend or a day, Livermore, California is terrific for meeting each of these goals.   Initially, our visit to Livermore is for the golf but after some quick research, we learn this area has a lot more to offer. Over 40 wineries dot the landscape of this beautiful hillside country along with some great golf courses. A short drive east from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek and Oakland the Livermore Valley Wine Country is a visitor’s haven. Continue reading

Traveling Oregon’s Dynamic Coast

By Charlene S. Mixa

Activities & Sights Along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Byway

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

Rugged mountains, secluded inlets, expansive sand dunes, picturesque sea stacks and the greenest of green forests line the Oregon Coast spotted with small quaint towns nestled just off the highway. The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, US 101 skirts the coast sometimes just a few 100 yards from the water’s edge. My husband, Richard and I are traveling Oregon’s dramatic coastline starting at Astoria, OR, the northern most town on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south ending at Bandon, OR. Continue reading

A Denali Wilderness Hike

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exhilarating Trek into Alaska’s Wilderness

All decked out for a rainy day hike

All decked out for a rainy day hike

Early September in Alaska is a wonderful time to see fall foliage in this magnificent huge state. A paradise for hikers, the South Denali area has lakes, streams, woods, alpine ridges and wildlife. There are spectacular views of 23, 230 foot Denali (Mt. McKinley). A hike allows you to really enjoy the Alaskan landscape. The Denali Wilderness Hike touts: “Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide”. Continue reading

Grandview Golf Club: Northern Michigan’s Best Kept Secret!

 By Charlene S. Mixa

An Unknown Golf Gem in the Michigan’s Mitten! 

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

#4 a Par-4 view to Green

Shh! Can you keep a secret? Hidden just outside of Kalkaska, MI is a little known golf course, Grandview Golf Club. With a 4-star rating by Golf Digest as “Best Places to Play”, we find this out of the limelight course.   Grandview is recommended to us by Scott, an Assistant Pro at the Cedar River Golf Course, as a must play while in the area. Scott brags that the course is in great condition, with terrific views and the best “catfish” in the area, plus only 30 minutes from Shanty Creek. Continue reading

The Sundance Golf Course at A-Ga-Ming

By Charlene S. Mixa

An exciting links course in Northern Michigan

Sundance - A-Ga-Ming view of courseTwo unforgettable courses welcome golfers to A-Ga-Ming Golf Resort. The initial course, A-Ga-Ming, was a nine hole course. The expansion to an eighteen holes in 1986 moved the course to the next level. Creating a challenging golf layout, A-Ga-Ming (now Torch) has the most spectacular views in northern Michigan of the majestic blue Torch Lake and its surrounding countryside. Continue reading

Little Traverse Bay Golf Club & Restaurant

By Charlene S. Mixa

Panoramic Views, Terrific Golf and Delicious Food 

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Another scenic demanding hole at Little Traverse Bay

Nestled high in the forested hills, Little Traverse Bay Golf Club offers panoramic views of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay and three inland lakes. Spectacular breathtaking views are found from many vantage points of this 18-hole traditional-style golf course, which is continuously rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest. Recognized as the #2 Most Female-Friendly Course in the Country in 2002 by Golf Digest, the course is a must see stop for a visit to northern Michigan. Continue reading