Category Archives: USA – The South

Find a Plethora of Activities in Western North Carolina

Experience an Abundance of Adventures

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

 Craggy Gardens Trail leads to spectacular views

Craggy Gardens Trail leads to spectacular views

Plethora an abundance or excess of something. Yep, Western North Carolina boasts an abundance of eclectic activities. “What to do?” is asked not for lack of things to do but deciding from an array of adventures. The world’s oldest mountains easily brag on its diverse outdoor activities, inviting towns, historic attractions, cultural venues, and its own uniqueness. In the past we’ve roamed the Biltmore, relaxed in a salt cave, wined and dined at the 100 year old Grove Park Inn, seen Asheville on traditional to wacky bus tours, hiked to tops of mountains, sipped local microbrews on beer tours, and sampled culinary delights on food excursions. Now we’re off to seek new and different, plus tried and true exploits in the Western North Carolina Mountains. Continue reading

Tee it up! Golf Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains!

A Wide Range of Golf Courses Beckon 

By: Charlene S. Mixa & Richard Mixa

Long range views at Sequoyah National

Long range views at Sequoyah National

Cool mountain breezes, fantastic views, and challenging golf courses beckon golfers to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Mountain golf is inspiring! The perspectives are varied from standing at a tee glaring down to a postage stamp green, staring up a hill to a green high above, making shots over gently flowing rivers, side hill stances on the rolling terrain of a foothills or winding valley holes among majestic mountains. Continue reading

Almost Heaven – The Swag

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Mountain Inn that Touches the Sky & Soothes the Soul!

Majestic Mountain Views!

Majestic Mountain Views!

Miles of majestic mountains that gently touch the sky. A paradise where endless panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains is the front yard and the enchanting Great Smoky Mountain National Park is the backyard.  Sitting at Gooseberry Knob enjoying our tantalizing gourmet picnic lunch with these breathtaking views it’s “Almost Heaven.”  The Swag is a “Bucket List” destination!  Continue reading

A North Carolina Vacation Headquarters-Black Mountain

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Welcoming “Front Porch” to Western North Carolina

Black Mountain's "Front Porch" Welcome

Black Mountain’s “Front Porch” Welcome

Where is your favorite vacation destination? As Travel Writers, we frequently hear this question. Our answer, “Each place has its own unique qualities.” Yet, when we seek a vacation get-a-way for a month, we consistently return to the North Carolina Mountains. Our vacation headquarters is Black Mountain, NC. Known as the “Front Porch” of Western North Carolina, it has a welcoming front porch, downhome charm. Serenity, fresh air, and magnificent mountain views are found in this quaint yet bustling small town in the Swannanoa Valley. Continue reading

Exciting Southern West Virginia

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Wild and Wonderful Mountain Vacation

New River Gorge Bridge

New River Gorge Bridge

Imagine scenic vistas with verdant mountains of steep hills and deep valleys, serene retreats, country culture, and serious adventure! The best kept secret in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains is Southern West Virginia. Continue reading

North Carolina High Country is Alive with Adventures

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

These Hills Offer Plenty of Activities and Attractions!

The Mile High Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

The Mile High Bridge at Grandfather Mountain

Activities abound in the North Carolina High Country from high adventure to just kick’n back. Nestled in the corner of North Carolina where the Blue Ridge Mountains cross three states of Virginia, Tennessee and North Carolina are the towns of Boone, Blowing Rock and Banner Elk, NC. Known as the North Carolina High Country it offers cool, clear, fresh mountain air, many outdoor adventures and easy going activities. Spectacular and panoramic vistas are around every turn on these winding roads. From man-made attractions to the splendid wonders of nature, visitors of all ages will delight in all there is “to do.” Continue reading

Golfing the Blue Ridge Mountains

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

North Carolina Mountain Golf Offers Plenty of Excitement!

Scenic view #18 Grove Park Inn Golf Course

Scenic view #18 Grove Park Inn Golf Course

Cool mountain breezes, fantastic views, and challenging golf courses welcome golfers to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Mountain golf creates the excitement of standing at the tee box looking down to a postage stamp green, staring up a hill to a green high above, shots over gently flowing clear rivers, rolling terrain along the mountainsides or valley holes with majestic mountains surrounding you. Golf for all skill levels and southern hospitality abounds in the western North Carolina Mountains. Are you ready for a mountain golf vacation?  Continue reading

Eclectic Dining in Asheville’s Vibrant Restaurants!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From Southern Cooking to Upscale Cuisine

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The Market Place -Superb Dining!!

Asheville presents a range of cuisine to satisfy any appetite. The city boasts a phenomenal and extraordinary restaurant scene from its traditional Southern cooking to vegetarian to four-star restaurants. This amazing mountain town, continues to expand and grow with new restaurants, eateries and unique venues. Today many restaurants promote their farm-to-table menus. So many restaurants and so little time!    Continue reading

Asheville Offers Unique Activities

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Sample a Variety of “off the beaten path” Things to Do!

Salt CaveAsheville charms visitors with magical mountains, scenic views, a welcoming southern charm and a variety of activities. An eclectic town that attracts a diverse group of travelers while young and old alike relocate to this special place. Each visit to Asheville finds us seeking new or out-of-the-norm activities in this bustling town. On this visit we explore Asheville’s latest “off the beaten path” activities. Continue reading

Bardstown, Kentucky: A Small Town with Plenty of Spirit!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Bourbon Capital Has Spirit, Pride and History

Heaven Hills Rick House

Heaven Hills Rick House

Rick houses, the barrel aging warehouses of distilleries, loom over the landscape of Bardstown, Kentucky. Scattered along the hills like fortresses in the “Bourbon Capital of the World” the scent of aging bourbon fills the air. Since 1776,Heaven Hill Distilleryhas been making bourbon and their Heaven Hill Bourbon Heritage Center is the place for a hands-on tour and sampling of this Kentucky Spirit. Continue reading