By: Pat Winter

Since moving into their home on Cashie Drive in August, Dianne, a Regional Director of Sales and Marketing for Viking Cruises, and Michael, a retired Marine and government contractor with Booz Allen Hamilton, have been busy renewing and updating their recently purchased home. This included demolishing an outdated entertainment center and moving in without furniture while renovations were being completed. What brought these travelers to Albemarle Plantation?

In 2010 Dianne and Michael made the decision to move from Virginia Beach to Spotsylvania, Virginia, where they would have easier access to a big airport. This was essential to Dianne who was working for the cruise industry. However two years ago, they started looking for a place closer to their family in the Chesapeake/Virginia Beach area, family that included not only three children and her parents, but a brand, new grandbaby. Michael remembered hearing about Albemarle Plantation when he was stationed in Norfolk, so one Sunday last January they took a drive here to look around. Their interest was piqued, and after returning for a weekend visit, Dianne and Michael decided to buy a condo to use as a second home.

Enter COVID-19. On March 12 Dianne was sent home indefinitely from her job with Viking and Michael began working remotely. They decided buying a house was now a better option for them. The day they closed on their home on Cashie Drive, Dianne lost her job. But she reports that everything has “worked out lovely,” because now they have easy access to her parents in Chesapeake, and her daughter will often drive down with their grandson to visit for the day.

Since moving in, Michael has had a total hip replacement, but is now fully recovered and has returned to full-time work at Quantico. He loves classic cars, hopes to play some casual golf in the near future, and is interested in purchasing a boat to do some fishing. Dianne is happy to have a community here where she can remain active. She’s tried out some bocce games, a painting class, plus aerobic and Pilates classes. Both hope to get more involved in the community as soon as that is possible. Dianne isn’t sure if she’ll return to the cruise industry when the pandemic is over but knows that travel will always be an important part of her life.