Category Archives: North America

Toronto is a Splendid Example of Many Cultures

By Mary Jo Plouf

Toronto is the largest city in Canada with over 2.6 million residents. Approximately 49% of the population was born outside of Canada, and as a result, much of Toronto consists of relatively small ethnic neighborhoods which have retained much of their original culture, language and foods. I find that one of the best and most fun ways to get to know a city is to become acquainted with the people where they live. Visit their shops and botiques, their bakeries, their churches and their restaurants.

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New Orleans, A City for All Seasons

By Mary Jo Plouf

New Orleans is like no other city in the world. It is a seamless and exquisite mixture of French, Spanish, Irish, Italian, African, Caribbean and even a touch of Native American. It is an old city which has incorporated the best of the European traditions and melded them with the time- honored  Southern hospitality of the plantation and sugar cane eras. But without a doubt, what defines the City of New Orleans best is the food and music that permeate the very foundations of the city.  Continue reading

Gainesville, Florida: A Family Destination

By Mary Jo Plouf

Gainsville is the county seat and largest city in Aluchua County, Florida. Many residents and visitors to Florida, myself included, have never considered Gainsville as a “vacation” destination. We were wrong. Gainsville can best be described as the perfect setting where nature and culture meet.  It is conveniently located in North Central Florida and has great year-round weather. For those searching for culture and history and the arts, they will find them in abundance at the University of Florida’s Cultural Plaza.  All in one location you will find the Butterfly Rainforest at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the 1700 seat Phillips Center for the performing arts, National Ballet, and the Harn Museum of Art. The Butterfly Rainforest is especially fascinating to children of all ages.

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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