Barnsley Gardens Resort: A Fantastic Fairytale Retreat

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Magical English Village Resort in the Georgia

The English-style cottages surrounded by lush landscaping create a 19th century English Village.

The English-style cottages surrounded by lush landscaping create a 19th century English Village.

Hidden in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia is a mystical wonderland, where a Fairy Godmother makes wishes and dreams come true. Where a Prince saves a legendary estate and with a magical touch creates an enchanting English Village. Travel with us for a dreamlike visit to the fairytale retreat of Barnsley Gardens Resort, just an hour north of Atlanta. Continue reading

Apalachicola: A Town Time “Almost” Forgot

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

Explore and Enjoy: “A different time, place and way of life”

View of Apalachicola from Scipio Creek

View of Apalachicola from Scipio Creek

Step back in time where the pace is a little slower, away from the crowds at Florida’s theme parks and beaches. Find a special place where seafood reigns, friendliness and graciousness is a way of life, history is proudly preserved, and miles of serene natural beaches are among America’s best. Welcome to Apalachicola on Florida’s “Forgotten Coast.” Far from a typical “tourist town”, Apalachicola is a charming mix of eclectic and discretely sophisticated locally owned shops, restaurants, and galleries among former 19th century granite cotton warehouses, ship’s stores, and old net factories all set along its working waterfront. Continue reading

Captivating Calistoga

By Charlene Mixa

“The wine country’s historic hot springs resort destination.”

A historic small town.

A historic small town.

Calistoga, named a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers the healing benefits of its restorative spa treatments. Nestled at the top of the beautiful and serene northern tip of Napa Valley, Calistoga is a perfect destination for wine country travelers. The downtown offers unique shops, galleries, and several fine restaurants all within walking distance of hotels and inns. Relaxation and convenience are primary in this beautiful mountainous countryside town. Wineries are close by not only in Calistoga itself but the three major wine areas of Napa Valley, Sonoma County with the Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys plus Lake County. Continue reading

Montréal: A Glorious and Gracious Cosmopolitan City

By Charlene Mixa 

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Royal defined as “befitting royalty, stately, or superior” and accurately describes the dynamic and exciting city of Montréal, Canada. Named after Mount Royal, a hill on Montréal Island in the St. Lawrence River, Montréal presents a majestic city. With over four hundred years of French and British heritage it is the only French speaking cosmopolitan city in the Americas. Today it is a major Canadian port as well as a cultural, commercial and industrial hub. A city that is alive with cultures from around the world all mingled in its rich past and exhilarating present. Always welcoming visitors to learn and experience the glorious and gracious, cosmopolitan Montréal. Continue reading

Cheyenne: A Vibrant Boot-Stompin’ Town

By Charlene & Richard Mixa
Get the Spirit of the Old West

The BIG BOOT at the Cheyenne Depot

The BIG BOOT at the Cheyenne Depot

Cheyenne – the name alone conjures up images of the old West with cowboys, rodeos, railroads and majestic plains. It’s a vibrant frontier town that celebrates its western roots as well as a fun lovin’ town that boasts Big Boots, Big Bison, Big Trains, Big Mansions, Big Western Stores and more. Join us on a trip through the past and experience the “Legend of Cheyenne.” Continue reading

Vail, Colorado: A Spectacular Summer Wonderland

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Lion Square Lodge is a Rocky Mountain Retreat

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

Cool refreshing mountain air, clear blue skies, lush green mountains and temperatures between 65-85 degrees with no humidity! Mix in outdoor activities, plenty of shopping, amazing dining, cultural activities and resort treats and you’ve got the perfect formula for a spectacular summer retreat – Vail, Colorado. A refreshing and “cool” mountain resort. Continue reading

Exploring the Grand Tetons

By Charlene  Mixa & Richard Mixa

Discover Majestic Mountains, the Wild West & Whitewater 

Grand Tetons (forest fires have all photos hazy)

Grand Tetons (forest fires have all photos hazy)

Majestic rugged snow capped mountains reach to the sky. The Teton Mountains rise abruptly above Jackson Hole Valley creating shimmering reflections in Jackson Lake. Extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine terrain where you can explore hundreds of miles of trails, raft the Snake River, ride a covered wagon or just enjoy the serenity are all at Grand Teton National Park. Continue reading

Experience the Beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park

By Charlene Mixa

Thrill in a Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Alpine Visitor Center area -Rocky Mt. NPI’m on top of the world! Seated in a “convertible hummer” above me is a clear blue sky with magnificent vistas of the Great Rock Mountains. With panoramic views, this is a fantastic way to “see” these majestic mountains. Rocky Mountain Rush Tours lives up to its name. Riding in this unique vehicle on winding mountain roads is definitely a “rush.” Continue reading

Discover Dublin: A Fascinating Capital City

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

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Dublin! Drinks! Guinness! Irish Whiskey! Rebellion! History! Famine! Where to start in exploring this amazing capital city of the Republic of Ireland? A pub- of course! Boasting or better toasting over 1,000 pubs they are plentiful. Cheers! O‘Neill’s Bar is the perfect place for a quiet pint on our first evening in Dublin. For over 300 years O’Neill’s has warmly welcomed visitors and residents. Sitting at the bar, a friendly Irish couple shares suggestions for sights to see. Ah, a true charming real Irish Pub in the heart of historic Dublin. Continue reading

Scotland: Experience the Richness of Golf’s Ancestral Home

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

From West to East a Taste of Scottish Golf

Scenic Western Gailes Golf Club

Scenic Western Gailes Golf Club

All true golfers dream of playing the great courses of Scotland, the ancestral home of golf. Scotland’s image is one of tartan, bagpipes, highlands and islands, haggis and golf. With over 400 courses golfers can easily experience the richness of Scotland today. On our self-planned six day whirlwind golf trip of Scotland we experience five amazing courses from the birthplace of The Open to newer courses in St. Andrews. The courses are spectacular and challenging surrounded by stunning scenery that is positively breathtaking. Join us on our treasured and truly memorable golf excursion. Continue reading