Not too long ago, my husband surprised me with an overnight getaway. He whisked me away to the Hotel del Coronado, which was the perfect mid-week escape for us. We live in Orange County, California, and the Hotel del Coronado is located approximately 105 miles south of us on the beautiful island of Coronado.
The easiest and quickest way to reach this dream location is via the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. The bridge opened in 1969 and spans 2.1 miles across the San Diego Bay. The bridge offers some gorgeous views of both San Diego and Coronado, but these can only be enjoyed from your car. No pedestrian foot traffic is allowed on the bridge because it was never designed to accommodate anything except motorized vehicles. No walkers or bicycle riders are allowed on the bridge.
This iconic hotel was built back in 1888 and became a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The Hotel del Coronado has welcomed people from all walks of life including celebrities, dignitaries, and everyday folks like my husband Lance and myself for over a century. This hotel even appeared in the 1959 movie, “Some Like it Hot,” which starred Tony Curtis, Jack Lemon, and Marilyn Monroe. It is truly a star in the rich history of Southern California.
The idea to build a resort came from Elisha Babcock and H.L. Story who owned the Coronado Peninsula. They wanted to create an oceanside resort that would be “the talk of the Western world.” So, James W. and Merritt Reid were hired to design the hotel. The original version of the hotel was built in a Queen Anne Victorian style which can still be recognized by the roof style and other design concepts throughout the resort. However, the hotel has undergone several remodels, upgrades, and additions over the last 120-plus years of its existence.
Nowadays the tennis court in the above photo is no longer in existence, but the hotel still has one of the most beautiful beach fronts in the area.
The Hotel del Coronado offers drink and dining service on the beach along with an assortment of rental services for things like chairs, umbrellas, beach beds, and more. Be sure to arrive as early as possible if you’ll be needing to rent anything, because the hotel rents everything on a first come, first served basis.
My husband loves to relax either on the beach or at the pool, and his perfect way to relax is soaking up some rays while imbibing any one of his favorite liquid libations. During our most recent stay, he ordered us a couple of Coronas to quench our thirst as we relaxed under the warmth of the sun.
After a few relaxing hours on the beach, we decided to head back to our room to change and head out to explore the area a bit. On our way to our room, we enjoyed how well maintained everything is at the Hotel del Coronado, even the courtyard view is beautiful.
After we had freshened up a bit, we took a walk around the outer area surrounding this grand hotel. There are some very lovely homes in the area, but the one that caught our eye was a beautifully kept Queen Anne style home.
I adore well maintained Victorian style homes, so I did a little homework to see what I could discover about this lovely home. Believe it or not, this home was not originally located in Coronado. It was located in San Diego on a hill that provided views of the Bay, Mexico, and San Diego. It was built in 1887 and belonged to Mrs. C. Morris Livingston. The home was known as the Livingston House.
The house changed hands several times over the years and in 1970 was going to be demolished, but a reverend purchased the home and refurbished the dwelling. It was then sold again in the late 1970’s to a couple who wanted to preserve the home. The residence’s location was situated in a part of San Diego that was not very desirable, so the new owners looked for a spot that would be better suited for this type of home. After searching for quite awhile, the couple found the perfect spot on Coronado. The home was physically moved from its location in San Diego via barge to where it now sits at 1140 Isabella Avenue and is now known as “The Baby Del” due to its resemblance to the Hotel del Coronado.
Lance and I had built up a thirst with all of our exploring of the area, so we took an Uber to the waterfront to find somewhere picturesque where we could relax and have a cocktail or two. We decided to try Peohe’s Restaurant. It is located right on the waterfront and has a great view of San Diego. We chose to be seated on the patio so that we could enjoy both the view and the fresh air.
As you can see, both Lance and I were quite happy to be enjoying such a wonderful getaway in the middle of the week.
As I mentioned, we were in the mood for a cocktail. Our server suggested we try their Volcano drink. It is a fruity concoction of rum, brandy, and other yummy ingredients. It is served in an enormous glass because it is made to be consumed by two people and it comes out “smoking.” The “smoke” effect is from dry ice that’s placed within a cylinder located in the glass.
I really should have taken a video of this drink because the photo does not do it justice. The dry ice gives it that “erupting volcano” look for several minutes, and you can enjoy your drink from long straws. So, there is no danger of coming into contact with the dry ice.
The night closed in much too quickly. We headed back to our room at the Hotel del Coronado both feeling a little tired from our busy day. However, this was a “good” tired because we weren’t tired from too much work, but rather from all the fun we had enjoying the beach, the sun, and all the gorgeous surroundings. We may have been less than two hours from our home, but it was a world away from our normal day-to-day life.
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit about Coronado and the Hotel del Coronado. We’d love to hear your comments, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Until next time, don’t forget to enjoy all the pleasures in your life both big and small.