The El Rey Inn and Santa Fe, NM

By Charlene S. Mixa

Exploring the Historic Santa Fe Area

Plenty of beautiful flowers at the El Rey Inn

Plenty of beautiful flowers at the El Rey Inn

Charm, comfort, and a return to a different time welcomes you at the El Rey Inn in Santa Fe, NM. Off the infamous Route 66 the Inn’s history is over 70 years old. Starting with only 12 rooms in 1936 it expanded in the 1950’s and later to 86 rooms and suites on 5 acres just outside of Santa Fe. Continue reading

Big Sky Resort: Summer Thrills and Chills

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Topnotch Resort Even Without the SnowHuntley Lodge at the Village

The name Big Sky brings images of glistening snow covered mountains with acres of ski slopes. With bragging rights as the Biggest Skiing in America, what’s the attraction for visiting when there’s “no snow.” Today Big Sky Resort is much more than just skiing. Chills and thrills greet summer visitors. Continue reading

Detroit’s Greenfield Village – A Historic Landmark!

By: Charlene Mixa

Ford Captures the Nations Past

The original Ford Motor Company building - Greenfield Village

The original Ford Motor Company building – Greenfield Village

Henry Ford was a mastermind with innovations that changed the world. One of America’s greatest industrialists, he introduced mass production of the automobile which was only a stepping stone to his achievements. An astute businessman, he was also a visionary recognizing the importance of education and preserving our history for future generations. Continue reading

Stop and Explore Lively Lexington!

By:  Charlene & Richard Mixa

The “Horse Capital of the World” is a Must See!

High spirited horses - Kentucky Horse Park

High spirited horses – Kentucky Horse Park

Whoa! Hold on to your horses, Lexington, Kentucky reins as the “Horse Capital of the World!” Surrounded by the Bluegrass Country’s rolling meadows, thoroughbred race horses, and a thriving downtown, Lexington is an exciting “destination” city. Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, it is Continue reading

The Herrington Inn & Spa: A Luxury Boutique Hotel

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

“Romance is in the Air

Elegant Courtyard and Gardens at The Herrrington Inn & Spa

Elegant Courtyard and Gardens at The Herrrington Inn & Spa

Fluffy luxurious robes, a large whirlpool bath, an elegant four-poster bed, and beautiful picturesque views of lush flowering gardens overlooking a gentle flowing river create a romantic setting at The Herrington Inn & Spa. An upscale boutique hotel in Geneva, Illinois, the Inn creates a wonderful romantic getaway while blending history, romance, and whimsical fun. Nestled on the waterfront of what was once the home of a tiny creamery today is a 61 room Inn that enchants couples and guests with love stories, nursery rhymes and “cows.” Continue reading

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