Catawba Springs Golf Course: Challenging Golf in the Foothills

A Carefully Crafted Golf Course
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Catawba Springs Sulphur Springs No. 4 a par-4 from the hilltop

Catawba Springs Sulphur Springs No. 4 a par-4 from the hilltop

 Craftsmanship represents the past and future of Hickory, North Carolina.  Priding itself to draw people with an eye for detail there is passion for making something special for themselves and others.  To most visitors to North Carolina, Hickory is synonymous with their craftsmanship in the furniture industry.  On our visit to the Catawba Springs Golf Course, we find the same level of craftsmanship and eye for detail on the golf course.  The 27-hole course designed by Willard Byrd is scenic, challenging and definitely demonstrates an “eye for detail.” Continue reading

Charleston: A Living Museum

Experience History & Hospitality

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

John Rutledge House Inn

John Rutledge House Inn

As one of America’s best loved travel destinations, Charleston, South Carolina boasts a vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, and a celebrated dining scene all with a welcoming southern hospitality. We agree with travelers who named Charleston the “South’s Best City” in Southern Living 2018 South’s Best Awards. Continue reading

Magical Dromoland Castle: An Irish Fairytale Resort

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

The Charm of Old World Elegance with Contemporary Luxuries

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

Enchanting entrance to Dromoland Castle

With visions of a fairytale visit, we follow the meandering drive as it passes lush magnificent lawns and a glistening lake to a 5th Century mystical castle.   Approaching Dromoland Castle, we are transported to a time when Lords and Ladies graciously welcome and entertain guests at their massive estates. It’s a real castle! Dromoland was originally the ancestral home of one of the few families of Gaelic Royalty; direct descendants of Brian Boru, the High King of Ireland. Today, it is a 5 Star Castle Hotel where guests have a “royal and regal” experience. Beautifully updated the castle still retains its old-world charm and crisp service. Continue reading

Great Spots for Your Family’s First Fishing Trip

By Jocelyn Brown

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Wherever you are in the world, there are some wonderful spots to take your family fishing for the first time. Fishing is a great way to spend quality time outside with your family. Children can experience the pleasures of being outdoors, while learning important life skills. Patience is an essential trait for any budding angler. Here are just some great US fishing spots where you can take your family for their first fishing adventure. Everglades City & 10,000 Islands, Florida

Start your family fishing adventure at the marina in Everglades City, where one direction takes you where your family of anglers can cast for everything from sheepshead and snapper to tarpon and snook. If you then head the opposite way, you’ll find yourselves deeper into the Everglades, bursting with wildlife. Here you can enjoy the challenge of trying to catch freshwater and saltwater fish. Continue reading

Why It Should Never Just Be About The Strip in Las Vegas

The Strip has a reputation—quite well deserved, actually—of being the marquee destination in Las Vegas, and is described as “the epicenter of any Vegas getaway” by US News.  After all, what lies beyond that iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign along Las Vegas Boulevard South is sure to give tourists a grand, good time, not to mention opportunities to visit some of the state’s most iconic landmarks like the Vegas’s own Eiffel Tower, The Venetian’s Grand Canal, and The Luxor’s pyramid and sphinx. Continue reading

15 FUN THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

By Tim Baker

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Dubai has developed from a small fishing village into a vibrant city to what it is now. It also became a popular tourist destination. It is known for modern architecture, luxury shopping, and a lively nightlife. You can also find the tallest building in the world in Dubai known as Burj Khalifa and even the only 7-star hotel in the world can be found here which is Burj Al Arab. Planning for a once in a lifetime vacation in Dubai? There are numerous vacation rentals in Dubai where you can spend the rest of your vacation in peace and tranquillity after exploring Dubai. Here are 15 fun things to do in Dubai that will make your stay an unforgettable one: Continue reading

Forget Old Faithful – Nothing “Old” About These Unusual, Awe-Inspiring National Parks

Sunrise at Wyoming  Yellowstone National Park

Sunrise at Wyoming
Yellowstone National Park

By Jocelyn Brown

Ever wondered what makes a national park? There are actually three major criteria that the place must meet to be called a “national park”. First, it needs to have a natural, cultural, or recreational value that is unique. Second, that resource must be threatened and no other agency is able to protect it other than a national park agency. Continue reading

The Omni Grove Park Inn- A Christmas Tradition

Dreams of Enchanting Gingerbread Houses
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

Omni Grove Park Inn Twinkles in the evening

It’s 2018 and New Year resolutions and promises are decreed.  Yet, a year ago, visions of gingerbread houses danced in the heads of many individuals.  Their dream for the New Year was to compete in the 25th Annual National Gingerbread House Competition at The Omni Grove Park Inn.  A plethora of ideas were imagined for a unique gingerbread entry.  With grit these talented and hearty souls prepared to tackle and compete in this prestigious event committing hundreds of hours to design, build and create a unique exhibit composed of flour and ginger in dreams of being the Grand Prize Winner. Continue reading

Your Ultimate Guide To Bali And Top Things To Try

 By Tim Baker  

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You’ve probably heard one or two things about Bali recently. Either a friend has told you how amazing their trip was or you’ve heard about Bali in the news when Mount Agung erupted on November 27, 2017. Regardless of how or why it has been mentioned to you, Bali must be added to your travel list immediately. Bali is a traveler’s dream and one of the best islands to visit on Earth. In this article, you’ll find a planning, sightseeing, accommodation and food guide for those wanting to try out Bali. Continue reading