Category Archives: USA – The South

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

Spectacular Savannah

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Stunning Southern City

Fountain in Forsyth Park

Fountain in Forsyth Park

A vibrant city with a rich southern history and charm sits on the bluffs of the Savannah River. Georgia’s first city is a dynamic town that entices and lures visitors to return again and again. Blending culture and heritage with the bizarre, Savannah is an exciting, fun place to visit. Continue reading

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

Tybee Island – Georgia’s Beach Retreat

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Place to Kick-back and Relax!

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Seeking a laid-back vacation spot with miles of beautiful white sandy beaches? Tybee Island is the ideal spot to get away from it all. Voted “Best Beach” by Georgia Magazine and “Best Beach Retreat” by Creative Loafing, Tybee welcomes visitors. Whether it’s roaming historic forts, climbing a lighthouse, strolling the beach, fishing from the pier, biking, kayaking, or soaking up the sun, Tybee Island has it. Plus, it’s just a few miles from the thriving city of Savannah. Continue reading

Escape to Jekyll Island

By Charlene S. Mixa

The Jewel of Georgia’s Golden Isles

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

The Jekyll Island Club Hotel

A little island off the coast of Georgia captured the attention of a group of wealthy families for a hunting retreat from the cold northern winters. With the purchase of the island, the group created the Jekyll Island Club in 1886 which became known as the “richest, the most exclusive, and most inaccessible club in the world”. Jekyll Island, the southern most of the Golden Isles, now welcomes visitors to this remarkable island retreat. Explore miles of barrier island beaches with miles of bike trails along marshlands, woodlands and coastlines. Learn the fascinating history of the infamous Jekyll Island Club. Tee it up! Discover the natural wonders of Jekyll Island that charmed the wealthy so many years ago. Continue reading

Stunning Sarasota!

By Charlene S. Mixa

“A shining sophisticated city on Sarasota Bay”

Scenic Sarasota Bay and skyline from LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Scenic Sarasota Bay and skyline from LeBarge Tropical Cruises

Tucked on the Gulf coast of Southwest Florida is the vibrant city of Sarasota, abundant with cultural amenities, an exciting downtown, rich history, and islands of pristine white sandy beaches. Traditionally known for its world-renowned beaches, Sarasota is so much more. A mecca for the arts, exquisite dining and leisure activities are all found in this elegant city on the shimmering waters of Sarasota Bay. Continue reading

West Virginia’s Striking Stonewall Resort

  By Charlene S. Mixa

A Spectacular Retreat & the Awesome Palmer Signature Course

The Stonewall Resort

The Stonewall Resort

Among lush rolling hills overlooking Stonewall Lake the Stonewall Resort is among West Virginia’s premier hotels. Named for General Stonewall Jackson, the resort is located in the area of the General’s boyhood home. Set in the 2000-acre Stonewall Resort State Park, the resort offers spacious guest rooms and excellent restaurants along with virtually endless leisure and recreation activities. It’s Arnold Palmer 18-hole championship golf course continues to receive national acclaim since opening in May 2002. Continue reading

Experience Capitivating Colonial Williamsburg

By Charlene S. Mixa

Travel to the 18th century at Virginia’s Thriving Capital City – Williamsburg

The Governors Palace

The Governors Palace

Colonial Williamsburg, the thriving capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 presents an exciting era. Virginia was a rich and powerful colony whose boundaries stretched to the mighty Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. Virginia’s capital, Williamsburg, the young city of the colonies was the political, cultural and educational center of the most influential American colony. Continue reading

Discover Gracious and Grand Gaylord Opryland

By Charlene S. Mixa

Enjoy All That Can Be Found Under One Roof!

The Cascades Waterfall in the Cascades Atrium

The Cascades Waterfall in the Cascades Atrium

Energy and excitement of Nashville’s Music City blend with the epitome of Southern Hospitality at Gaylord Opryland to create wonderful cherished memories. On the banks of the Cumberland River, this landmark hotel amazes visitors with its nine acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls and even an indoor river. Continue reading