I recently spent a weekend at Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, California. It was amazing! Just find a picture on the Internet (I was not able to make a photo, I am sorry) and have a look at this hotel. How incredibly gorgeous. The hotel sits right on the shore of the Pacific Ocean and the view from my room was amazing.
There is really more of a resort than just a hotel. Everything you could possibly need is right on the property and there is additional nearby shopping a block or two away. Its location is really one of the absolute best things about it.
You’ll want to make sure to take the historical tour of the hotel if it’s available when you visit. You will learn so many interesting facts about the hotel, plus, if you are lucky, you may hear the story about the resident ghost. One of my favorite features at the hotel is the elevator (I know, I’m weird). It’s the old classy style with the accordian gate that pulls across, but the best part is that there is an elevator operator. When you get on the elevator you tell him/her your floor and they operate the elevator. That was a first for me. Maybe elevator operators are more common that I think and I need to get out more.
Here are some additional fun things to do at the hotel:
Shopping – cute clothes, toys, bath & body, and so much more
Dining – Eat on the patio and enjoy the view
Kid and teen center
So much more
If I’d took at least some photos I’d let them tell the story. But let me just say this, if you are ever in San Diego or Coronado you must stay at the Hotel del Coronado.
It was gently pointed out to me on twitter that I have neglected to add Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef to my bucket list. Complete oversight on my part as Australia has always been a country I have wanted to visit and scuba diving or even snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef should have be in my top 10 list of things to do. I am slightly embarrassed I missed it. See, that is the problem when you love to travel. There are SO many places to visit and explore that some destinations, no matter how much you have dreamed of them, get missed when you start writing it down. So, to the great people of Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, my sincere apologies for neglecting to add you to my bucket list until now.
Cairns And The Great Barrier Reef
This is why my bucket list is always in a state of constant change. I really could just have one item on my list: The Entire World. Yes, I want to see it all, but unless I come into millions of dollars or blogging really starts paying off (ha ha) it is just not going to happen. I can, however, try to make it to as many countries as possible and I am really hoping Australia and the Great Barrier Reef is a possibility.
In the meantime I can thank the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef website for giving me a beautiful place to virtually visit and plan my someday visit. The site is full of beautiful images and lots of great planning information. This excerpt from their site makes me want to catch a flight today.
“Diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising and island hopping are all part of everyday life in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Fly in a seaplane to a deserted sand cay to marvel at an aerial view of the Reef, dive with minke whales for a really big adventure, parasail from an island for an adrenalin rush or spy on baby turtles making their first dash for the freedom of the Coral Sea.”
That whimpering you hear is me as I am writing this post looking out at those pictures.
I recently spent the weekend in sunny Southern California to drive the Hyundai Santa Fe. I never realized how gorgeous Southern California is away from the beaches. Of course, the beaches are fabulous. The ocean, as always, is simply stunning. I mean, just look at this view. I was staying at the Hotel del Coronado and with views like this I was completely spoiled. I think I could stay here for a very long time.
Coming from frozen northern Michigan where everything is still under a heavy blanket of snow I was thrilled to see spring flowers in bloom. These cherry blossoms are so very pretty. I am really looking forward to spring in Michigan.
Our group stopped at the Julian Cafe in Julian, CA for lunch. It is a cute little restaurant with outside seating which is where we dined. The pie is so good!!
The town was a really cute western style town just a couple blocks long. Also, I saw Alpaca on the street corner. This is not something I see everyday at home.
Driving through the beautiful countryside was a real treat. I will probably share a few of images I took. None of them really seem to do it justice. It was rugged and had a stark kind of beauty. Lots of muted colors with just a few bursts of colorful flowers along the drive.
If you ever have the opportunity I really recommend taking the scenic route from San Diego, CA to Julian, CA. I am already plotting and planning a return trip to the area so that I can explore it longer. 2 days was simply not enough time to discover all that southern California has to offer.
Thank you for reading this article. These were my thoughts and now I am eager to read yours! Have you been to southern California? What is your favorite spot?