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We visit Hershey, PA every year. The summer time is when you'll find Hershey Park in it's full blown glory. If you have youngsters, you'll want to mark this chocolate paradise with top notch theme park. Even "oldsters" enjoy this peaceful throwback to simpler times.

 

I spent my first winter week in Hershey right before Christmas. A first rate light show along with a town outfitted for the Holidays. Sorry,my ability to take night time pictures is non existent. I did snap these two street lamp covers for your enjoyment. These unique fixtures line the famous main drag....Chocolate Avenue.

 

 

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2013 Year in Review

Posted by painedplatinum Jan 10, 2014

What a year!!  2013 was the first year where I slept more nights in hotels than in my own bed. I know many folks on MR Insiders have done that many times, but it was a bit too much for me . I love traveling..for work, for pleasure, for almost anything..but I found being away too much left me feeling out of touch with my own house. Overall, I racked up 568,658 Marriott Reward Points...231,000 IHG Priority Cub Points...267,106 USAir miles, 48,234 AA Miles and 7 free weekend rentals from Avis.

 

The list of cities visited, in order, is below. I had the privilege of exploring some cities and areas for the first time. That is always exciting. I also returned to many places that provided memories of good times from earlier visits. All in all, the best trips were the ones where Mrs. Pained was by my side..

 

Dallas, TX...Hyatt

Washington, DC... The Mayflower

Milford, MA....FFI

Phila., PA....Marriott

Valley Forge, PA..CY

Gilford, NH...TPS

Burr Ridge, IL...SHS

Albany, NY...FFI

Harrisonburg, VA...FFI

Boston, MA...Marriott

Burr Ridge, IL..SHS

Hyannis, MA...CY

San Jose, Costa Rica...Intercontinental

Medford, NY....CY

Saratoga Springs, NY...FFI

Allentown, PA....Holiday Inn

Newark, NJ...Marriott

Danbury, CT...Holiday Inn Express

Chantilly, Va...SHS

Worcester, MA...Marriott

Columbus, OH.... Res Inn

Meadowlands, NJ....Renaissance

Princeton, NJ...Marriott

Beijing, China....Marriott

Easton, PA...TPS

Tinton Falls, NJ...Staybridge Suites

Allentown, PA..Holiday Inn

Indianapolis, IN...Hilton

Kennett Square, PA.....FFI

White River Junction, VT....FFI

Red Bank, NJ...CY

Lancaster, PA...Marriott

Newark, NJ...SHS

St Louis, MO....Renaissance

Wilmington, DE....TPS

Peabody, MA...SHS

Newport, RI...Marriott

Providence, RI....TPS

Nashville, TN...Renaissance

Naperville, IL...FFI

Charlotte, NC...Renaissance

Bethany Beach, DE...Best Western

Fairfax, VA....Marriott

Brasilia, Brazil... Melia 21

Rochester, NY...FFI

Washington, DC... The Mayflower

Jessup, MD...Crowne Plaza

Peabody, MA...SHS

Ronkonkoma, NY....FFI

Ocean City, MD....CY

Melville, NY...Marriott

Syosset, NY.... FFI

Albany, NY...TPS

Wilmington, DE..Crowne Plaza

Brussels, Belgium

Doula, Cameroon....Ibis (DUMP)

Hershey, PA...FFI

Phila, PA...Marriott

Chillicothe, OH....Holiday Inn Express

Phila, PA...Marriott