The travel diary continues…
Since I went to sleep at seven the night before, I woke up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 6:30am on the dot. Meh. I just kept telling myself “if you were home, technically, you just slept in.” Whatever works right? Well, the advantage to waking up early is that I was able to open the window and watch the sunrise from my bed, and decide what I would get myself into for the day. Before arriving in San Diego, I bought a ticket to “Dog and Pony” a new musical playing at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park, so I knew that a nice dinner and a show were definitely on my itinerary. But what to do with my day? Considering I was unable to make it out to Coronado the night before and my friend Collin sent me great recommendations for eateries on the island, breakfast in Coronado was the natural place to begin!
I went a little selfie crazy at the start of the day, but I was in a great mood! 🙂
As soon as I found parking, I skidaddled over to Clayton’s Coffee Shop for a diner style breakfast. It was a blast from the past with the waitresses wearing large flowers in their hair, tabletop jukeboxes, huge portions and a laid back California style, it was like Happy Days and Camellia Grill in New Orleans rolled into one. I don’t believe I should tell you that I ate well, haha. French toast, if you must know.
With a full belly and time on my hands, I began to wander a bit, knowing in the back of my head that I should make my way to the Hotel Del Coronado. Collin had actually suggested I get a delicious cocktail over at the hotel, which was my original plan, but now that I had the chance to see it in the light of day I decided the hotel could fill my morning. Before heading over, I decided to look into some of the shops that had just opened for the day and walked away with this great souvenir for a great price. (And it went with my outfit, added bonus!)
The Hotel! Gosh it was absolutely breathtaking! When I got out of my car, I knew instantaneously that this was the hotel used for one of my favorite movies Some Like It Hot! The Victorian architecture, the beaches, the flags, the pools, the air of sophistication and a bygone era were breathtaking! I, timidly walked inside and asked the concierge about a tour and just my luck the Historical Society was holding one that morning! I was pretty early for the tour, so I decided to do a little exploring before and toured the grounds and beach.
Next up was the tour, led by a California transplant, who told our tour group the history of the island, how the Hotel basically was the reason why the island became populated and go-to spot for the nouveau-riche regime at the turn of the 20th century. Oh, to spend the season in California! Arriving by private train car and partaking in the luxe accommodations and planned activities and sports. How utterly fantastic!
Off to another Collin tested and approved restaurant to rest my tootsies and eat some fish tacos. Yummers!
My jam-packed day in Coronado was at an end. Time for a nap. And then off to the theater!
I had been to San Diego, as I stated in my first post at the age of 10, with my group at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp. It was a day trip to see Cymbeline at the Old Globe Theater in their outdoor space, (I remember this only because I checked the theater’s archives). I was definitely looking forward to my return and the park it was housed in as well. I arrived at Balboa Park close to dusk. The sunlight and warm air made my surroundings almost magical. It was as if I had been transported to another place without having left the country. The Spanish architecture, the Botanical Building, the gardens, museums, singers who lined the sidewalks, restaurants and ponds, made for a tranquil environment.
A great way to spend my Friday evening sipping on a delicious pear martini with a pre-fixe meal and berry crumble dessert. I had a great conversation with the hostess, who applauded me for taking a solo trip out to the West Coast for fun, and asked me for bar and club suggestions in New York for her 21st birthday trip. Small world.
That delectable meal settled comfortably in my tummy, I was ready for the fun that awaited me at the Old Globe!
Day two was at an end, only one day left and boy did I have even more in store! To be continued…