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.
We arrived just before sunset on a warm, breezy night, giddy to be out alone without the boys.
My date was crushing it in the handsome department… #marryasailor
And he was very patient while I wandered through Babcock & Story Emporium.
Despite its fancy and intriguing name, it is mostly a collection of decorative kitchenware, scented soaps, California guidebooks, and provincial aprons.
After sniffing a thousand candles and deciding on none, we decided to wander the grounds a little longer before dinner.
We lingered over their garden boxes, getting ideas for our own when we move into our new home.
Afterwards, deciding we would skip the broccoli but definitely do thyme and lavender, we headed for the main entrance of the hotel to do a little more exploring.
We checked the time…
And took a few deep breaths in the lush landscaping.
We headed up the red carpet and inside, crossing our fingers that we wouldn’t run into Kate Morgan.
We found ourselves in a spacious courtyard, where we could take a load off for a moment (and totally break date etiquette by checking our phones). No texts about the boys, which is always good news. We were free to relax a little longer.
After stealing a few kisses, we got a text that our table at Eno Pizzeria and Wine Bar was ready.
Eno is one of the Del’s more casual restaurants, but it still feels elegant surrounded by flickering fire pits and the Del’s charming architecture.
It’s a small menu, but we still had trouble deciding which pie we wanted, as they all sounded amazing. We landed on the fungi pie for me, and the jalepeno pie with cream cheese for him (he was promised it would taste like a fancy jalepeno popper).
We also splurged on their fizzy wine flight, which came with a rosé, a brut, and a prosecco.
They were all good, but the Adami Garbel Prosecco was buy-a-bottle worthy. (Next time!)
The pizza itself was perfectly charred and full of flavor. We both loved our picks.
Eno Pizzaria and Wine Bar is even more charming after sunset. I loved the warm, flickering fire pits and the glow of the chandeliers from inside the Del.
It was a fairly crowded evening that night because of the holiday weekend and a large party being hosted on the lawn, so there was plenty of opportunity for some good people-watching.
Dessert was a S’mores Cheesecake, which was as ooey-gooey delicious as it looks.
S’mores desserts are never a hard sell with me, but I compare every one I try to the Beachfire S’more dessert in San Clemente. This one was good, but it was no competition for Beachfire’s homemade crust and dark chocolate sauce.
But we devoured it anyway (obviously), before finally saying ‘goodbye for now’ to the Del.
We left with a box of leftover pizza and every intention of returning again soon to try more of the Del’s eateries.