Category Archives: USA – The West

Savvy Santa Barbara, CA

The “American Riviera” on California’s Coast 

By: Charlene Mixa

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Old Mission Santa Barbara

Savvy travelers have been escaping to Santa Barbara for the past century. Located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a world apart. Offering a soothing realm of distinct and subtle pleasures Santa Barbara’s intoxicating appeal arises from the convergence of elements found perhaps nowhere else in the world. Continue reading

Vibrant Santa Cruz, CA

View from Hollins House of Pasatiempo Course and Monterey Bay

View from Hollins House of Pasatiempo Course and Monterey Bay

By:  Charlene S. Mixa

Whether seeking the nostalgia of historic Santa Cruz or the new charms of a vibrant seaside town with magnificent views of Monterey Bay and the Pacific Ocean, visitors will find it all in Santa Cruz. The rich history of Spanish settlers, the Mission Santa Cruz, a century old boardwalk and a well know surfing location creates a special aura with numerous activities such as hiking, surfing, shopping, sightseeing, and golf all readily available. Continue reading

Pismo Beach, CA: A Real Beach Town

View of Pismo Pier

View of Pismo Pier

Active or Passive Adventures Await You!

By: Charlene S. Mixa

Quaint and charming Pismo Beach welcomes visitors to miles of beautiful beaches. Visitors seeking relaxation in a laid-back setting or endless hours of outdoor activities will find these and more at this picturesque seaside community. Continue reading

Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort

Richard walking the Labyrinthe

Richard walking the Labyrinthe

An Enchanting Experience Awaits You!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Seeking a unique resort? Yearning for relaxation of the body, mind, and spirit? Sycamore Mineral Springs enchants guests with an authentic mineral springs resort experience. Situated on 100 acres of forest, verdant meadows and gently rolling hills, Sycamore Springs offers a wonderful selection of activities to rejuvenate the mind, body and spirit. Continue reading

Going to Surf City, USA!

Pier and Surf City Beach

Pier and Surf City Beach

Huntington Beach, CA: Surf City & More!

 By: Charlene S. Mixa

We’re going to Surf City! Huntington Beach is a “hip” town on the California Coast. Just 45 minutes south of Los Angles, this trendy town offers more than excellent surfing. From its vibrant Main Street with unique shops, casual and fine dining restaurants, local pubs, the infamous Pier, to the white sandy beaches on the Pacific Ocean, Huntington Beach is an excellent getaway. As the song says “cause there’s always somethin’ goin’!  Continue reading

California’s Alluring Tri-Valley

Downtown Danville

Downtown Danville

Warmth and Charm Await You

By Charlene S. Mixa

A relaxed casual atmosphere of active, charming towns is found east of San Francisco nestled among rolling hills and valleys. The beautiful cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Danville, Dublin and San Ramon are located in the Tri-Valley, California area. Three adjacent valleys – Amador, Livermore and San Ramon create the picturesque setting for these family-oriented communities less than a one hour drive from San Francisco. Continue reading

The Elegant and Luxurious BROADMOOR

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Classic Award Winning International Resort

The BROADMOOR

The BROADMOOR

Seeking a resort where European elegance meets Western hospitality? For more than nine decades, The Broadmoor has combined this perfect blend of style and service excellence. As the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains on the outskirts of Colorado Springs this 3,000-acre acre elite Resort with its lush grounds and magnificent buildings continues to be the “Grande Dame of the Rockies.” Continue reading

Delight in a Denver Retreat at the Omni Interlocken Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Modern Luxury Colorado Resort

The Omni Interlocken Resort

The Omni Interlocken Resort

Discover a modern luxury retreat at the Four-Diamond award-winning Omni Interlocken Resort. Well appointed rooms create a wonderful haven while the outdoor pools, spa, and demanding 27-hole championship golf course bring choices of activities. Continue reading

Escape to the Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

An Ideal Denver Resort

The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center

Fun, relaxation, great golf, superb dining, luxury accommodations and clear blue Colorado skies are found at the Inverness Hotel and Conference Center. Located on 13 lush wooded acres this premier AAA Four-Diamond hotel offers all the amenities of a world-class resort. Enjoy a wide variety of on-site indoor and outdoor activities, hit the links on the 18-hole championship golf course, play tennis, relax by the pool, indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment, work out in a comprehensive fitness center or leisurely stroll the nearby trails. Choose to do a lot or a little. It’s all found at the Inverness Hotel and only 20 minutes from downtown Denver. 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