Robert Arends

Coronado November Events: A Cornucopia of Fun!

Skating by the Sea-Coronado Beach

With sunny skies, glistening crowd-free beaches and temperatures averaging 70 degrees, November is the perfect time to visit Coronado, located a bridge or ferryboat ride away from downtown San Diego. There’s so much to do, from craft beer tastings and lavish Thanksgiving feasts to ice skating by the beach, that you won’t know where to start!

The following are my Top 5 to Try in Coronado this November.

Good Times on Tap: San Diego Beer Week in Coronado

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

Craft beer by the bottle at Coronado Brewing Company

During San Diego Beer Week, Nov. 1-10, visit the award-winning Coronado Brewing Company to sample tasty ales like Orange Avenue Wit. Also, Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge on Orange Ave. features a “Local Tap Takeover,” pouring only San Diego beer on all 16 of their taps!

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Dinner

san diego hotel del coronado crown room thanksgiving 2013

The luxurious Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado will host this year’s Thanksgiving feast.

Let the Hotel del Coronado and Loews Coronado Bay Resort do all the cooking this Thanksgiving Nov. 28 as they serve up turkey with all the fixings in festive elegant style. The Del presents a lavish buffet spread in the Crown Room and Ballroom, with live entertainment. Loews hosts a fab champagne brunch buffet in its main dining room, plus a prix fixe family-style dinner in Mistral.

Ice Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Lace up your skates and head to the Hotel del Coronado on Nov. 27 for the launch of Skating by the Sea, a magically surreal SoCal experience like no other where guests can practice their axel jumps just steps away from Coronado Beach. A portion of ice skate rental proceeds benefit San Diego’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K

Rollerblading the Silver strand Half Marathon

Rollerblading the Silver Strand Half Marathon

Hightail it to the scenic Silver Strand for the popular annual Silver Strand Half Marathon and 5K on Nov. 17. Participants can run, walk, even rollerblade or rollerskate  from Coronado to Imperial Beach; handcyclists and wheel chair participants are welcome too!

Rock n’ Roll: “Suds” at the Coronado Playhouse

Suds Coronado Playhouse San Diego Theater

Suds hits the stage at the Coronado Playhouse this November.

Audiences are in for a rocking good time at the Coronado Playhouse– a 100-seat, cabaret-style theatre on lovely Glorietta Bay – presenting the 1960s musical soap opera “Suds” through the end of the month.

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Robert Arends

Theater Thursday: Curtain Calls in Coronado!

Sun-kissed Coronado, just a bridge away from downtown San Diego, is home to two professional resident theaters, offering some of the most entertaining plays and musical productions in the region.

Lamb’s Players Theatre, Coronado’s year-round theater company with a 350-seat resident stage on Orange Avenue (located two blocks north of the Hotel del Coronado), presents classics and lesser known gems of the theater. Since its founding in 1972, Lamb’s has produced over 38 World Premieres and more than 35 Regional Premieres, including zesty musicals, comedies and riveting dramas.

Laughs aplenty at Lamb's Players' "Servant of Two Masters."

Now through Nov. 20 – and then again Jan. 5-22 – visitors can take their seats for the World Premiere musical comedy, Servant of Two Masters. Based on Carlo Goldoni’s classic Italian comedy and written by David McFadzean, creator of TV’s Home Improvement(!), this delightful dizzying caper is filled with love, mistaken identities and hilarious physical comedy. I was lucky to catch the media preview night last month and I’ve got to say, the slew of one liners and playful shtick were laugh-out funny! Our daily newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, called the show a “feast of farce” and I couldn’t agree more!

Lamb's Players' "Festival of Christmas"

Next month (Dec. 1-30), Lamb’s presents its annual musical Festival of Christmas, a favorite holiday tradition in Coronado. The music, story and theme change year to year. This season’s show, “The Spirit of Christmas Present,” is the story of five neighbors (only they don’t know it) and is chock full of memorable carols.

Trivia Tidbit: Lamb’s Players Theatre is the third largest theater in San Diego County.

The island’s second sensational theater company is the Coronado Playhouse, producing classic and modern comedies, dramas, mysteries, musicals, an outdoor Shakespeare Festival and original works by local playwrights. Its intimate 100-seat cabaret-style theatre overlooks picturesque Glorietta Bay. They wrap up their 2011 season with the Tony Award-winning musical The Drowsy Chaperone, playing now through Dec. 4.

Trivia Tidbit: Founded in 1946, the Coronado Playhouse is San Diego’s oldest community theater.

I applaud Coronado’s theater scene and we hope you will too!