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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

Wine Tasting Tour: Santa Rosa & Sonoma County

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Awesome Tour in Sonoma’s Wine Country

Awesome Wine Tour - Playtypus!

Awesome Wine Tour – Playtypus!

Like the stem of a wine glass, Santa Rosa sits at the base of the wine appellations of Sonoma County. A central location for exploring and experiencing the American Viticulture Areas of Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander and Green Valleys, Santa Rosa welcomes visitors to Sonoma County’s Premier Wine Country. With over 250 award-winning wineries of Sonoma County, its largest city, Santa Rosa offers shopping, an upscale active downtown area and the Historic Railroad Square featuring outstanding restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Northern Sonoma County’s Wine Country

By Charlene S. Mixa

Vineyards and Valleys of Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Scenic vineyards in Northern Sonoma

Magnificent vineyards, the captivating Mayacama Mountains and relaxing quality accommodations welcome visitors to the Geyserville Inn in northern Sonoma County. The Geyserville area is a perfect destination for relaxing and experiencing the serenity and charm of the Alexander and Dry Creek Valley wineries, plus, it is just a short drive to the Russian River and other appellations of the noted wine country. Continue reading

Teeing and Tasting in Livermore, California

Charlene S. Mixa

The Perfect Pairing – Great Wine and Great Golf!

Poppy Ridge and vineyards

Poppy Ridge and vineyards

Wine and golf the perfect pairing for a wonderful get away. Whether for a weekend or a day, Livermore, California is terrific for meeting each of these goals.   Initially, our visit to Livermore is for the golf but after some quick research, we learn this area has a lot more to offer. Over 40 wineries dot the landscape of this beautiful hillside country along with some great golf courses. A short drive east from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco, San Jose, Walnut Creek and Oakland the Livermore Valley Wine Country is a visitor’s haven. Continue reading

Traveling Oregon’s Dynamic Coast

By Charlene S. Mixa

Activities & Sights Along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Byway

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

Rugged mountains, secluded inlets, expansive sand dunes, picturesque sea stacks and the greenest of green forests line the Oregon Coast spotted with small quaint towns nestled just off the highway. The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, US 101 skirts the coast sometimes just a few 100 yards from the water’s edge. My husband, Richard and I are traveling Oregon’s dramatic coastline starting at Astoria, OR, the northern most town on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south ending at Bandon, OR. Continue reading

The Hunt for Great Golf in Michigan

By Charlene S. Mixa

Find Game for Golfers and Gamblers in Mt. Pleasant, MI

No. 17 Bucks Run

No. 17 Bucks Run

On the prowl for exciting golf in Michigan! Mt. Pleasant offers two terrific courses that are a “must play” in the Midwest. Golfer, gambler or the gambling golfer will find fun and options to fit their game. The charming town welcomes visitors with a busy downtown area and plenty of accommodations, restaurants and shops. Continue reading

Thrilling Treetops and Threetops!

By Charlene S. Mixa

Spectacular Golf in Northern Michigan!

View of No. 1 Hole at Threetops

View of No. 1 Hole at Threetops

Seeking a golf resort with multiple courses, good lodging, golf school, and activities other than “just golf”? Treetops Resort in Gaylord, MI has it! Rated the “Best Golf Resort in the Midwest” by Travel & Leisure Magazine, Treetops is a truly a haven for golfers. With bragging rights on five spectacular golf designs by three outstanding golf architects of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Tom Fazio, and Rick Smith, Treetops offers a challenge for golfers of all levels. Four courses are rated 4 ½ stars by Golf Digest in 2008! Continue reading

Shanty Creek Resort & Spa

By Charlene S. Mixa

Everything you need for a great northern Michigan vacation!

Relaxation, rockers at Legend Cottage

Relaxation, rockers at Legend Cottage

Seeking a great destination resort for golf, for families, relaxation or just for fun! In the search of cooler weather! Wanting a place to get away! Northern Michigan offers this and more! Shanty Creek Resorts, a mountaintop destination, features four challenging golf courses, various types of accommodations and convenience to small quaint towns, blue bays, and stunning lakes of northern Michigan. A Golf Digest Silver Medalist Resort, Shanty Creek is a great destination for golfers, families or anyone wanting to enjoy a relaxing setting. 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