Monday Motivation: Living in Paradise
There’s nothing like a visit from a good friend to remind me that I live in paradise. Not only is Florida beautiful, but its accommodating weather allows for endless, low-cost (and no-cost) activities, including watching gorgeous sunsets on the Indian River and attending the Grant Seafood Festival.
It’s also fun to discover new places right in my own backyard, when motivated by the desire to show a visiting friend a good time in this part of The Sunshine State. One of them is Captain Hiram’s in Sebastian.
Then there’s the discovery of beautiful B & B’s like The Seaglass Inn in Melbourne Beach.
Located on Ocean Ave., between the Indian River and the Atlantic Ocean, The Seaglass Inn is a perfect getaway. My friend has been raving about the friendly service, accommodations, and delicious breakfasts since her arrival on Saturday. Having met one of the owners the other day after picking her up at the airport and driving her here, I can attest to her review. No matter how attractive and well maintained, if a Bed and Breakfast lacks owners who truly love the business of hospitality, a guest will not return.
A few years ago, my friend (along with family members and another friend that same year), stayed at another lovely place in the area. However, as much as it boasted a naturally serene setting on the river, upscale amenities, and pristine conditions, its owner appeared to be in the wrong industry — as evidenced by his attitude and actions. Whenever I came by to hang out with her, he acted annoyed, as if I had no right to be there. When she arrived, the first thing he asked for was a credit card. I received the same feedback from others who stayed there on my recommendation. Despite the fact that I’d referred three substantial reservations to his B & B in a span of a month that year, this grouchy innkeeper never even bothered to thank me. His sour demeanor is the reason why none of them have returned…even though they all have been back to this part of Florida since then.
In stark contrast, the owner of The Seaglass Inn appeared genuinely happy to greet us (even me, the local) when we arrived. He engaged in friendly conversation as he described the various amenities and led us to the Royal Palm room. Now when I visit or stop by to pick her up, there’s no apprehension about being there. Not surprisingly, I’m envisioning a staycation there in the near future.