Our family had long planned a special celebration to honor my mother's 100th birthday. She would have been 100 years old May 4th. Sadly, she passed away three months before that milestone after a long and happy life. We decided to go ahead with the celebration, making it a celebration of her life and a family reunion, spread out over four or five days. My daughter, who lives in Palm Bay, visited several possible sites and chose the Radisson Oceanfront as our base of operations. It was an excellent choice. Every room is an oceanfront room, with a balcony overlooking the beach. The sound of the waves puts you to sleep at night and calms you during the day. We were looking forward to sunny weather, since the rainy season doesn't normally start until June. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. We had rain every day, with just a few hours of good weather to accomplish our activities. We still had a wonderful time, though. On Saturday, we assembled in one of the hotel bars to watch the Kentucky Derby, entertained as much by the friendly bartender as we were the race. On other days, we swam in the hotel pool or jogged along the beach. We shopped in beach stores and in the mall in Melbourne. Some of us visited attractions in Orlando. We learned the Radisson is absolutely the most convenient hotel on the beach. We found a Walmart practically across the street, a Winn Dixie in that same shopping center, and, within close proximity, numerous restaurants to suit everybody's pocketbook. We had breakfast one day at Panera's, practically around the corner from the hotel (great!); one morning at the Blueberry Muffin just down the road (excellent!) and another day at the Beach Side Grille in Satellite Beach. (Also excellent--try their famous baked oatmeal.) We enjoyed a casual lunch at Goombays; their food was delicious, and they allowed us to bring and share a big cake for a family member celebrating a birthday. On the final day of our reunion, the weather was beautiful. We held a little memorial service for my mom at a pavilion we had reserved at a park very near the hotel. That was followed by a wonderful picnic/barbecue. We met cousins we hadn't seen in 55+ years. Throughout our stay, the staff at the Radisson was friendly and courteous, always greeting us as we came and went. They provided a wheelchair for a family member who needed it and went out of their way to do everything possible to make our stay a pleasant one. If you like the idea of an oceanfront room, I would definitely recommend the Radisson Oceanfront.
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