I had the opportunity to attend some training in the Melbourne, Florida area the second week of January, and since I have relatives that live in that area, I accepted. I stayed at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Indialantic, Florida, also listed as Melbourne Beach, Florida on occasion, as it is a member of the Hilton brands and since I have a Hilton Honors membership card I tend to search their properties out. This hotel was totally redone after the hurricanes of a few years ago and it shows! Everything was fresh and new and every room, yes EVERY room, is oceanfront. The Atlantic Ocean isn't as pretty as the Gulf of Mexico, but it is nice to listen to the waves crashing in. Each room at this hotel is separate from the living area and comes fully equipped. They also have these out-of-this world cookies every night at the front desk. All you have to do is stop by and ask and they'll give you as many as you can hold. Bring workout clothes! I highly recommend it! While in Melbourne I was able to take my grandmother and aunt out to a local restaurant, the Island Pasta Company. Located in an area known as Old Town Melbourne, this quaint restaurant, with indoor/outdoor seating, was reasonably priced and had a varied menu. We all enjoyed our meals and the Old Town area is filled with antique stores and specialty shops galore. Not your typical shopping area with one chain after another. Another night I went out with an associate of mine from Detroit who was also attending the training. We ended up at Carrabba's Italian Grill. Now I've eaten at these in Florida and Virginia at several locations and they are always good. I'd like to say I could recommend a whole host of menu items but the truth is, I always order the same dish, Pasta Wheezie. Delicious cream sauce filled with seafood. How could you go wrong. The secret to their success is the homemade pasta they make on the premises. My only question for Carrabba's management? How come we don't have a location in Little Rock, Arkansas? Please, I'm begging here. I guess there is always hope. Sit Long, Talk Much, Laugh Often, Drink Wine!

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