Category: Travel Destinations

Stunning Hotel del Coronado

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

Ice Cream

Candy shop


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.

Beautiful Southern California Landscape | A Photo Journey

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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 every day 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?