Last Saturday was my company’s annual holiday party and even though I’ve been to nearly 20 of them, I love it! This year the party was at a different venue, the Hotel Del Coronado. This hotel opened in 1888 and is one of the few remaining Victorian style beach resorts and a national historic landmark. My husband and I were lucky and won a free night’s stay in a work drawing so we got to experience it as a guest.
After spending a lot of hours Saturday primping (new highlights, pedicure, etc.) we headed over the hotel in the mid afternoon. San Diego Bay was beautiful!
After checking in, we toured the facility. This is one of the few places with outdoor ice-skating for the holidays in our area.
When my boys were small I took them a few times to the Hotel just to see the decorations and have a beachside hot cocoa. They didn’t disappoint and these pictures are just a few examples.
It wasn’t too long (but after we bought chocolates at the sweet shoppe) before we had to get ready for the night. After cocktails and holiday photos, it was time for dinner. We have assigned seating and it’s always fun to find out who are your table-mates for the event.
Dinner started with probably the best butternut squash soup I’ve ever had. Everyone was raving about it. It was followed by a salad (which I didn’t get a picture of) with persimmons and a nut brittle among other things.
The filet, shrimp and vegetables entree was very good although I couldn’t finish my steak and shared with my husband. It was topped off by the best vanilla bean cake (under that decorative sugar covering).
Then we had a very entertaining magic show followed by dancing. In years past, we have had casino night or dancing alone but this was unique and very entertaining.
The next morning we were up bright and early and went for a morning walk along the boardwalk. It was a gorgeous morning and extremely clear thanks to a Santa Ana condition. You can see islands off in the distance in the far right picture which aren’t usually so clear.
Afterwards, we walked to a local diner, Clayton’s Coffee Shop, for breakfast. The decor is a blast from the past with jukeboxes, wall-o-matics and that 50’s diner ambiance. The prices were great but the food was just okay.
All too soon, our weekend getaway was over and it was time to head home. What did you do this past weekend?