The Traveling Steve's
Happy 16th Anniversary from Winter Garden, Florida!
Happy 16th Anniversary from Winter Garden, Florida!

Happy 16th Anniversary from Winter Garden, Florida!

Steve (DOS) and I spent our 16th anniversary as a mini “staycation” in Winter Garden, FL. Although I have lived in Orlando for 22 years, I/we have never ventured over to nearby Winter Garden before Sunday night, and are only…

Marriott Platinum Challenge Continues: on to Daytona Beach Shores!
Marriott Platinum Challenge Continues: on to Daytona Beach Shores!

Marriott Platinum Challenge Continues: on to Daytona Beach Shores!

After arriving home from our last trip to Virginia, we have now completed 8 days out of 15 (to be completed in 90 days) for our Marriott Hotel Platinum Challenge status match. While I have lifetime Hilton, and Globalist at…

Amtrak Auto Train – Southbound to Florida!
Amtrak Auto Train – Southbound to Florida!

Amtrak Auto Train – Southbound to Florida!

After a lengthy stay in Virginia, I was able to convince Steve (DOS) to take the Amtrak Auto train back home to Orlando instead of driving all that way. We had taken the Auto Train together once before (and I…

Touring Around a Very Quiet Colonial Williamsburg!
Touring Around a Very Quiet Colonial Williamsburg!

Touring Around a Very Quiet Colonial Williamsburg!

Thanks to COVID-19, Colonial Williamsburg was virtually empty during the weekdays. We had both not been here in years, but as much as we like Williamsburg, we were never keen on the crowds. In this post you will see Williamsburg…

Five Days in Williamsburg
Five Days in Williamsburg

Five Days in Williamsburg

Our Marriott Platinum challenge continues with our next stop: Williamsburg, Virginia. Like our previous VA Beach stay, we slightly modified this hotel stay on arrival as well, staying 2 nights in this Marriott, and 3 nights in another Marriott property…

A couple days in VA Beach
A couple days in VA Beach

A couple days in VA Beach

After our overnight stay at the Richmond Westin, Steve (DOS) and I headed to Virginia Beach for our next hotel stay in our Marriott Platinum challenge. We had originally booked four nights at the Marriott Courtyard oceanfront at 37th avenue…

Marriott Platinum Challenge Begins with a Week of Virginia Hotel Stays!
Marriott Platinum Challenge Begins with a Week of Virginia Hotel Stays!

Marriott Platinum Challenge Begins with a Week of Virginia Hotel Stays!

We left Roanoke on Sunday afternoon for a week exploring my home state of Virginia, before heading home to Florida. We had been staying in Roanoke the last few weeks while Mom was in hospice, and we were also working…