Dinner at Marlow’s Tavern in Winter Park

marlows near orlandoThis past Saturday, Ellen and I met up with friends for dinner at the Winter Park Marlow’s Tavern.  We have been there before but this was our friends first time.

We have always enjoyed dining there and as new guests, our friends received a complimentary appetizer and a visit from one of the managers, welcoming them.

Good food, music and atmosphere near Orlando.  You should check it out.


Hall & Oates in Orlando!

Last night Ellen and I joined friends at the Dr. Phillips center for the performing arts to watch the concert put on by a duo from our past, Hall and Oates.

hall and oaes concert orlando

First off, if you have not seen a show at the performing arts center, you really should make plans to do so.  The center offers a nearly flawless venue to enjoy your favorite group or show.  I say nearly only because parking is a little difficult and/or pricy.  We ended up using valet.  $35.00.  Ouch!

The Hall & Oates show exceeded our expectations.  It is really nice to go to a show and hear music that you know and can sing along.  “I can’t go for that”, “You make my dreams” and “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling” were crowd pleasers!  The entire band was energetic and you could tell they were enjoying putting on the show as much as the audience was enjoying it.

Great shows like this one is another reason we think living near Orlando is awesome!


Solivita resales: 3 bedroom, 2 bath home

GetMediaWe are excited to offer our latest listing; a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home in sought after Solivita.  This resale is a wonderful place to relax with friends after a swim in one of the community pools, playing golf or tennis, working out, or walking some of the trails throughout the community.

This 2100  square foot home is a great value and a must see!

Call us schedule a private showing or to receive additional information.

Watson Realty Corp.

Plumbing Leak! American Home Shield to the rescue!

leak2Ellen and I are thankful that we have kept an American Home Shield Home Warranty on the house.  This year has been a perfect example of the benefits of havingplumbing leak AHS an AHS warranty.

The photos in this post are of an area where we developed a major plumbing leak.  Yes, that is a hardwood floor saturated with water from the leak.  As you can see the plumber needed to cut a hole in our wall in order to access the area in need of repair.

Plumbing repairs are not cheap.  Because we had a warranty, we were able to call our AHS service number and almost immediately, they sent us a plumber that was located near Orlando.  Leak fixed!

We love American Home Shield and our rep, Teri Pryor.  Call us if you would like more information about AHS or any other real estate questions!

Ellen Thunell and Greg Staker
Watson Realty Corp.

The Great Escape Room in Orlando

great escapeLast night, Ellen and I joined friends at a downtown attraction, called The Great Escape Room.

To our surprise, it turned out to be really fun!  We were locked in a room with the only way to escape or exit is to search for clues scattered around the room that would ultimately lead to finding the key that would let us out.  The game only allows an hour to escape!

As you can see from the picture, we were able to beat the game.  It took us 52  minutes.  The game was challenging but fortunately for us, we were teamed up with some smart people that were able to connect the dots, while I spent a lot of time scratching my head, confused.

If you are looking for something different and like puzzles and thinking games, you should give it a try.  I know we will go back.

We visited The Brewery Barrel Bar in Kissimmee last night

brewery barrel barWe had an opportunity to go listed to one of our most recent customers perform last night at The Brewery Barrel Bar located in the O-Town area of Kissimmee last night.

Ryan Robinette sang a number of songs we were very familiar with.  The young man is an amazing talent.  When he becomes a huge success we will be able to say “we knew him when”.

As we understood, The Brewery Barrel Bar just recently opened  They offered a wide variety of bottled and draft beers from all over the road.  beer barrels served as the base for their tables and you even walked through a beer barrel door when entering.

We enjoyed our Saturday night out there and would suggest checking out both Ryan and The Brewery Barrel Bar.

Russell Athletic Bowl at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium

russel athletic bowlWe attended the Russell Athletic Bowl for the 2nd time in the last 3 years and both times were really fun!  The bowl game is held every year at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.  We obtained our tickets as part of our membership with Florida Citrus Sports.  This year we decided to have our own mini-tailgating party.  We ended up parking in lot 1, located on Central and really close to the Citrus Bowl.   We did have a fan who drove down from Louisville park beside us but for the most part, the fan base in lot 1 were decked out in Miami Hurricane colors.  The day was perfect with just the right temperature, good snacks, a few beers, a little corn hole and laughs with good friends.

The game did not go well for the Miami fans.  Louisville dominated early and by time the 3rd quarter was ending, so too was the fun for many of the Hurricane fans as they started for the exits.  Not being a real fan of either team, we joined them and headed home just before the start of the 4th quarter.  Fortunately for us, the fireworks show was held at half time, so our leaving before the end of the game did not result in our missing the light show.

If you get a chance to attend an event at the Citrus Bowl, I would suggest you do.  Throughout the year there are many events held there that should appeal to most anyone living in or near Orlando!

orlando citrus bowl




The Old Spice Classic was held near Orlando

old spice classicEllen and I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Old Spice Classic which was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando.  What an amazing event!

For $25 a piece, we sat a few rows up from the floor and got to see Butler, Purdue, and Oklahoma State play some exciting basketball!

The event is held yearly with some of the best teams from around the country invited to play.

I would encourage basketball fans to check out this great event next year.  I’ll see you there

We went to the KISS concert at the Amway Center

KISS at the Amway Center

Ellen and I attended the KISS concert at the Amway Center last Friday night in Orlando!

Even though Ellen is not a KISS fan and only knew a few songs, she agreed to go with me to see these legends of rock perform in Orlando as part of the Arena Bowl weekend festivities.

We sat in aisle 222 row 1 and even though we were upper level, there were still great seats to enjoy the show and the music.