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Celebrate Year-Round #Vacations at #VirginiaBeach! #over50 #travel

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When we were young and newly married, we visited Virginia Beach at least once per year, sometimes twice per year! Virginia Beach was and is a magnet beach spot for young folks! Even though we are now over 50, we still enjoy visiting Virginia Beach. We just have to take certain precautions to ensure our “comfort.” We love the Hilton brand, so we usually stay at a Hilton hotel when we travel. When we were in our mid 40s, we stayed at the Hilton Oceanfront when it was a brand new hotel in the center of Virginia Beach! We were excited about being among the first to experience the new Hilton. As we started to wind down after we checked in, we noticed the Sound Stage next to the hotel. For some reason, we weren’t concerned about it until we were ready to go to sleep around 10pm. At that point, we realized we were no longer “spring chickens.” We were irritated that our sleep pattern was being disrupted!

So, our first bit of advice to our “over 50” nation … book a hotel that is not in the center of all the action! Typically, when you make a reservation, you are not thinking about the amount of noise present, or an entertainment venue might be next door. In our opinion, the hotels on the northern part of the beach are quieter.


Our second travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with the hotel floor selection. When we visited New York City during the holidays, we stayed at the Hampton Inn Times Square. The price was right, and we love the free breakfast! However, when we checked in, the front desk gave us a room on the 29th floor! At the time, we were tired and not thinking well, so we accepted the room on the 29th floor. To learn what happened in the middle of the night on the 29th floor, click here.


Our third travel tip for “over 50” travelers has to do with our health … stay hydrated! We just learned that one of our uncles was recently in the hospital for 3 days because he was traveling and not drinking water on a regular basis. He developed a kidney infection that affected his blood sugar and blood pressure. He didn’t want to drink alot of water because he didn’t want to stop every hour for a bathroom break.

To summarize our 3 travel tips for over 50 travelers:

  1. Search for accommodations that are away from the center of activity
  2. Request a hotel room on the 7th floor or below
  3. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water

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#Holiday Weekend in #Middleburg #Virginia! #over50 #travel

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We love to travel! We love seeing new places! Every Autumn, we try to take a trip to the mountains. We usually go to the Massanutten Resort in Harrisonburg Virginia, however this year, we decided to try something different. We have been reading about a new resort in the Blue Ridge mountains. We had always heard about Middleburg, it’s historic background as a backdrop for the Civil War, it’s reputation for fox hunts and polo matches, and President and Mrs John F. Kennedy’s weekend visits. We wanted to see it all for ourselves! We are happy to proclaim that Middleburg did not disappoint!

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Red Fox Inn, Middleburg Virginia

To begin our journey, we took Route 50 (John Mosby Highway) through the Bull Run mountain range, and passed through a small town called Aldie. Aldie immediately took us back in time. The small stone walls along the side of the road looked like they were thousands of years old. It’s a beautiful, quaint town. To learn more about the history of Aldie, click here.

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Main Street, Middleburg Virginia

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Noble House, Middleburg Virginia

Middleburg is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. As we approached, we noticed green rolling hills, large farms/ranches, and ornate stone kneewalls along the roadway. We began smiling when we saw impeccably-dressed horsewomen riding horses on the Fox Chase Farm. We knew we were close to Middleburg! We knew we were in Hunt Country!

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Main Street, Middleburg Virginia

As we enter the town limits, Rte 50 turns into Middleburg’s “Main Street,” which is Washington Street, no doubt named after our first President George Washington. We notice various architectural styles, such brick Colonial buildings, stone buildings, Gothic styles, even barn structures. The history and architecture of Middleburg is fascinating, and laid out in an application for the National Register of Historic Places. The application begins with the founding of Middleburg in 1787, recounts it’s role in the Civil War, and brings us forward to Middleburg’s grandest resort, Salamander Inn Resort and Spa!

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Salamander Inn Resort and Spa, Middleburg Virginia

We walked into Salamander Resort and Spa and were welcomed by a young man at the Front Desk. We told him it was our first time at the resort and we would like to tour the facility. He immediately took us on a tour of Harriman’s Grill, the Library, several conference rooms reserved for a Bluegrass festival, and the Spa. When you look out of the wall of windows in the Library, you have a grand view of the rolling foothills, and the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance. Imagine sipping a cup of hot tea or a glass of wine, and gazing out into the horizon – splendid! To learn more about Salamander Inn Resort and Spa, click here.

Middleburg is quintessential American history. When you glance at the stone knee-walls along John Mosby Highway (Route 50), you instantly know that the stones are hundreds of years old! Take a genteel step back in time. and experience the grandeur of Hunt Country U.S.A.!

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What Brings #Joy to Your #Life? #health #healthy #hobby #hobbies

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What is joy? Joy can be described as an emotional feeling of fullness, happiness, and contentment. What is “pure joy?” Pure joy is ecstacy! When was the last time you felt that way? What were you doing? After years of working and raising a family, take a few moments to reflect back on your life, and identify the activities that brought joy to your life … What made you smile? What made you laugh? What did you do as a child that was fun?

Try to recreate that feeling by incorporating what was fun as child into a hobby. For instance, if you enjoyed building model airplanes when you were a child, you might enjoy building and operating drones as an adult! The same joy experienced while building and flying objects can be experienced again! As the old saying goes, “there’s always a little child inside of us … we never completely grow up …”

Maybe there wasn’t enough money as a child to pursue all of your interests. However, after working and saving and investing, you may be in the position now to splurge a little, right?! Why not? That’s the advantage of age and wisdom. You can indulge yourself in some of your interests and revive those feelings of pure joy! We met with one of our professional advisors today. Somehow, we stumbled upon the subject of fishing. He’s in his 50s and his wife bought him a kayak for his 50th birthday. He spoke about how he loves going out in his kayak and catching fish to bring home for dinner. Then he remembered how his Mom praised him as a little boy when he went out to the river at 5am to catch fish for breakfast. As he recounted his story, we could see the joy on his face! He looked like that little boy who was so proud to make his Mom happy! To us, that’s an example of pure joy! Everytime he goes out in his kayak to catch fish, and he is successful, he brings home his catch to his family and experiences the same joy he had as a child.

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