When fall comes around, the mountains start calling my name. Everything in me starts longing for cooler weather and a change of scenery. So when our friends invited us up to their cabin at Big Bear Lake for Labor Day weekend, we were already packing before we’d hung up the phone.
Happy September! After a much needed hiatus, I am so excited to be kicking off the blog again with a date night at the Hotel Del Coronado. The Del is such a classic San Diego landmark that never seems to lose its charm, regardless of the season.
Drinkable warm sunshine, playful breezes, tiny unique shops all in a row. A little 1940’s house surrounded by citrus trees and windows with white trim. Brownies waiting on the porch on move-in day, gifts of tangy lemons and sweet, juicy oranges from neighboring trees. The sound of taps at sunset; glittering seas in every direction. This is the little world I’ve been lost in for the last month or so, our new chapter for the next three years: life on Coronado island.
If sipping wine and dining on tapas in a 1920’s Spanish-style oceanfront hotel is your thing, you’d love La Casa del Camino. Built in 1929, La Casa del Camino is a hotel in Laguna Beach that has perfected the mixture of old world charm and modern amenities/cuisine, making it our favorite place to go when we get a night out. What was historically a coastal pitstop for Hollywood’s ‘golden age’ elite is now home to one of our favorite restaurants, K’ya Bistro, along with a gorgeous rooftop bar, frequent live music near the lobby bar/fireplace, and charming Spanish revival architecture and decor.
The first time LTJG Husband took this born-and-bred desert girl to his hometown of San Clemente, it took about 2.5 seconds before I was irrevocably in love with the “Spanish city by the sea.” For those of you stationed in San Diego or at Camp Pendleton, I plan on doing a full San Clemente post sometime this summer; but in the meantime, here is one easy, romantic date night idea to try out if you haven’t had a chance to explore this charming little beach town just yet.