Tag Archives: Resorts & Spas

The Grandeur of the Omni Grove Park Inn

An Enchanting Escape

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Omni Grove Park Inn & Sunset Terrace

Omni Grove Park Inn & Sunset Terrace

Memories! A fall mountain vacation 20 years ago is my first memory of visiting the renowned Grove Park Inn.   One morning we hike Chimney Rock Park followed by an afternoon at the Biltmore Estate. Before sunset, we arrive at the Grove Park Inn. A massive unique stone structure on Sunset Mountain, the Inn exudes an enchantment with an aura of being in a Fairy Tale.  Continue reading

San Jose, CA- It’s not just high tech!

 

Hotel Valencia at Santana Row

Hotel Valencia at Santana Row

Exciting Silicon Valley 

By: Charlene S. Mixa

Sunshine 300 days a year, the San Jose skyline surrounded by mountains, steep hillside vineyards, tree-lined streets, sidewalk cafes, sports venues, and quaint yet bustling small towns are all found in Silicon Valley. San Jose, the tenth largest city in the nation is exciting and trendy while still having a small town charm. The city in this wide valley creates a warm welcome. Continue reading

“Come Home” to Michigan’s The Homestead Resort!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Retreat for Sports Enthusiasts, Couples and Families

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Miles of pure white sand dunes, shimmering blue waters, rustic towns, verdant forests, and a fresh water resort all combine to create a breathtaking travel destination with plenty of activities for families, sports enthusiasts and couples. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a fantastic escape and retreat for travelers. Continue reading

New York’s Scenic Shawangunk Mountains

By Charlene Mixa

Sam’s Point Preserve for Hiking and Honors Haven Resort for Respite
Sam's Point PreserveHikers, bathe in the pristine vistas and untouched landscape of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York’s Ulster County. With thousands of acres of forever wild land, Ulster County is a primary destination for hiking and delighting in panoramic views of these scenic mountains. Adding special excitement are the Ellenville Fault Ice Caves, the largest known open fault in the United States with corresponding ice caves. After a full day enjoying the splendor of the mountains and exploring the ice caves, rejuvenate at the Honors Haven Resort. All within just two hours of Manhattan! Continue reading

“A Gulf Coast Paradise” Longboat Key, FL

By Charlene S. Mixa

Get Relaxed, Refreshed and Rejuvnated!

View from Suite at The Longboat Key Club

View from Suite at The Longboat Key Club

Sarasota, FL and Her Islands are a perfect paradise playground – from satiny white sandy beaches to abundant cultural amenities to outdoor recreational opportunities available year-round. Her Islands include the famous Longboat Key, Lido Key, and Siesta Key, each offering its unique blend and personality for a vacation retreat on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Continue reading

Enticing St. Simons Island

By Charlene S. Mixa A great get-a-way in the Golden Isles of Georgia!

Sunset of Sidney Lanier Bridge

Sunset of Sidney Lanier Bridge

Step into a calmer way of life with cool ocean breezes, canopies of moss draped oak trees, vast marshlands, and sandy beaches. Relax in the beauty of Georgia’s St. Simons Island. Learn the enticing history of this charming barrier island. Enjoy southern hospitality. Many travelers speed through Georgia on I-95 going north or south to a destination, by-passing an experience of Georgia’s coast and its enticing Golden Isles. Continue reading