After our morning trip to Bruegger's for coffee and bagel, we walked around the Del Coronado Hotel for photos.
|Best Bagel and Coffee in Coronado|
|My Favorite is Rosemary & Olive Oil|
The hotel is a historic landmark built in 1888 catering over the years to the rich,famous,dignitaries, presidents, heads of state,stars, tourists and meetings.It is the second largest wooden structure in the United States after the Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world.
Coronado and North Island were purchased in 1880 by three financiers for $110,000. They established the Coronado Beach Company with a capital of One Million Dollars. 2,000 laborers were hired to build the hotel. Originally it had 399 rooms and over the years has increased to over 600. It is definitely a place to tour and maybe have a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants.
|View From Beach|
|Pool & Cabana Area|
|Grounds View of PT Loma|
|Another Pool View|
|Plaque About Christmas Tree Lighting|
The Dragon Tree was used as a backdrop for the Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe movie "Some Like it Hot". My picture does not do the tree justice and will return to get another.
|Dragon Tree Plaque|
During WW II, the hotel was used as housing for military pilots and families from North Island Naval Air Station a mile down Ocean Blvd. It was designated as a "wartime casualty station" and it began a victory garden on the grounds around the hotel.
In 2005 a $10 million upgrade of 381 rooms was completed. Today the hotel is valued at $590 million.
On the beach was a beautiful sandcastle,one of many that are built from time to time.
|Sand Castle Built on 12th|
|Next to Sandcastle Honoring Vets|
In the area are many smaller hotels and inns within walking distance to the beach.