Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Marriott's Ford Colony, Williamsburg, Virginia

The outside of our building at Marriott's Ford Colony in Virginia.  All the buildings are very Colonial in appearance, which is of course most appropriate given it's Williamsburg.  Well sorta.  Let me give you a mini amount of background.  This area just a short 10-ish minutes from Historic Williamsburg was previously known as Middle Plantation, but not the historic Middle Plantation.  Historic Middle Plantation is what became Williamsburg.  This area, Fords Colony is a premium planned community that really only came to be in about 1983, when in 1982 Middle Plantation Community failed.

The land originally was part of the territory of the Powhatan Chief (father of Pocahontas).  The area was involved in many conflicts/wars; but how it was passed from The Powhatan Chief to Middle Plantation and then Ford's Colony, I don't know.

All units here are 2 Bedroom, 2 bath units with a screened porch.  On this particular trip, our unit is the first floor you see there on the left.  Buildings face each other in this section with a nice courtyard in the middle.


Walking around the corner (our building is the one to the right of the sidewalk), you see well manicured lawns and landscaping.  It's a very pretty resort with a warm comfortable feel to it.


This is the office where you check in.  Again you see the well manicured and maintained public spaces.  


Small, but well appointed kitchen.


The bar area separating the kitchen from the dining room.


Lovely living room with fireplace on the right and out the sliding door is the screened porch where we spent a good deal of time.


You can see why we spent a good deal of time on the porch.  It was quite peaceful to read, knit, and or have our evening cocktails.

The 2nd bedroom with 2 closets, and sofa between.  Leading into the 2nd bedroom is the washer and dryer in a closet, next to the bathroom.  The suite is very nice with plenty of room.

Master bedroom.  A desk to the left of the bed, dresser to the right and a 2nd dresser not visible in the picture was the left of the end window.

Nice double sinks in the Master Bedroom.  There's both a jetted soak tub, and a separate shower in the Master Suite.


A bit blurry as I zoomed in to get hubby getting out of his golf cart.  Marriott's Ford Colony is situated right on a golf course.  Many of the Villas have a golf course view, though this trip; we didn't.  I was out walking when I spotted him.  There are 60 clubs with tennis and golf being very popular activities in Ford's Colony Planned Community.  You're close to Historic Jamestown as well, so plenty to do in the area.  However, it's also a good place to just relax, which is what we did.  We've been to both Jamestown and Williamsburg on other trips and just enjoyed the peace during this Covid trip.  We were able to cook in our villa, stay socially distant from other people and just enjoy our time away from home.

I walk almost daily.  Try to get 5 ish miles a day.  The walking and or biking path here is beautiful and mostly shaded.  The loop is about 4.5 miles and is scenic.  You're walking around the golf course.

And the gated housing community of Ford's Colony.  I walked, but bikes are available for rent through Marriott's Ford Colony on a daily or weekly basis.  They even have those trailer attachments for families with young children.

We enjoyed our time at Marriott's Ford Colony and plan to return.  As a Marriott Timeshare Member, golf is included with your stay.  You get a punch card with a number of free games.  On our first stay here, many years ago the number of games you got depending on your membership level.  This trip we got free golf daily.  Hubby played 4 or 5 times during the week, and I'm a non golfer.  You do need to rent a cart; but still it's a good deal.







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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Traveling During the Pandemic

No, I am not traveling.  To date I've canceled the trip hubby and my daughter and I were going to make in March, the trip with 2 girl friends in April, the trip with hubby in July; and the airlines has canceled my flight to France for a tour in September.  The tour company is a bit behind the airlines, so technically they still have us scheduled to go.  But, of course we Americans can not travel to Europe.  Lots of e-ticket credits piling up from all the flights associated with those trips that got canceled due to the Corona Virus, Covid 19.  But, I have been traveling through my neighborhood, daily.  I've seen several people do cool chalk work in their drives and on their sidewalks......but this is the best!


I've spotted this beautiful Climbing Clematis...don't know what it's called, but I'm naming Climbing Covid.


One see's evidence that Covid Construction is spreading quickly.  Seriously, on this day I saw 3 places for a potty stop, lol.


AND, since we can't or shouldn't travel, some people are very creative.  This is a map of Ohio bringing Europe to us, since we can't go there.  Take a look at your state map, maybe you too can hop in your car for some Covid travels without packing.

Stay safe folks, wear your masks, wash your hands, stay away from people that aren't your immediate family as much as possible.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Colorful COVID 19 Travels

We've all been in quarantine around the globe for quite a while.  Cruise lines have finally stopped, planes are mostly empty, and I assume trains are as well.  We're wearing masks when out and about doing essential things like grocery shopping.  For many of us, working in our yards, or taking walks is our form of exercise, as most gyms are still closed.    I spotted this amazing beautiful tulip bed on my walking through the neighborhood the other day.  I've been by this corner before, but apparently not at this time of the season.  Isn't is gorgeous!!  

Some fun chalk art at the end of someone's driveway.  People are being creative trying to keep their spirits up and we all benefit from it.  

As I made my way back home, I spotted more Colorful Covid.  I stood a minute and realized how we go through our busy lives, rushing here and there and we don't stop to notice things.  Perhaps that's one good thing that will come from this Covid time.  Stopping to enjoy the color around us.

What have you noticed during this time when you can't travel?  Are you traveling around your neighborhood?

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Eerie Beach Walk Hilton Head Island

 Back in January hubby and I spent several weeks on Hilton Head Island.  We go every January.  Some think it an odd time to go to the beach, but it beats whatever the weather is here in Ohio.  It's generally warm enough to take walks, or ride bikes or play golf.  Sweater weather or a bit more.  Once in awhile fog will roll in about 4 o'clock.   It's usually quite quick and doesn't last long.
 This year however, we had days of fog.  Literally  3 or 4 days in a row that lasted all day.  It was quite bizarre.  As you can tell, you really can't see the ocean.  One day as I started out to walk from our condo (Marriott's Monarch in Sea Pines), I turned around and realized I couldn't even see the resort and thought I might not be able to find my way back.  
 This day's visibility was a bit better, but certainly not much by way of distance.  The blue walk way was very helpful though as I was making my way back.
It was rather eerie I thought.  You could hear people talking often but not actually see them until you were right up close.  Not sure why we had so much of it this year, but it kept me from walking as much as I usually do.  It kept me from bike riding as well.  If you can't see where you're going...best not go.  Now hubby still managed to play golf because the courses were far enough away from the ocean and they would clear.

I did a fair amount of knitting and participating in the resorts activities like playing Bingo and Trivia.  



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Friday, December 20, 2019

Dash In, Fort Wayne Indiana, and Fitbit

Dash In in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   I recently had an interesting travel excursion.  Fitbit, a tracker that keeps track of miles walked or run is a form of travel.  You travel around your neighborhood, to or from the gym, perhaps local parks to get your steps in.......miles in.  You travel miles.  A Fitbit friend from Canada, Sandy R. and I have been connected as friends for a long time on line in various Fitbit Groups.  Her hubby was doing business in Fort Wayne Indiana, which is about a 2.5 hour drive for me from Columbus, Ohio.
 Sandy and I made plans to meet up--face to face--while her hubby was taking care of business.  We stayed downtown at the Convention Center (other pictures later), this restaurant was within walking distance of our hotels and came highly recommended by the hotels front desk.
 It didn't disappoint.  Lots of very good options at Dash-In.  The restaurant has a lot character, friendly staff and excellent food.  
 This was my lunch, wonderful homemade soup, (tomato bisque).  It was a good day for hot soup, as it was quite chili and windy out.  
Sandy also opted for half a sandwich and soup.  We both enjoyed our meals and would indeed recommend this restaurant.  What a joy it was too meet face to face after talking daily on line for YEARS.  We had a wonderful lunch and never stopped finding things to talk about.

If you have the opportunity to travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana...please do take time to get a drink and a meal at Dash In.  I would indeed go back.

Would love to know if any of you have let your Fitbit lead you to interesting travels.  Please let me know in the comments.

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