Robert Arends

Sparkling New Year’s in Coronado

Ice skating into the New Year at Hotel del Coronado

I can’t believe it’s almost Christmas! Shopping is almost done (THANK YOU, Coronado, for 2 hours of free metered parking!) and the last batch of cards are being sent out tomorrow. I’m definitely in holiday mode… Yesterday I visited the Hotel del Coronado and took some photos of their gorgeous lobby Christmas tree and Skating by the Sea.

Christmas tree at The Del

Now, though, I have my sights set on New Year’s. Where can you ring in 2012 on the enchanted island? There are a few fabulous fetes in store at the resorts, plus some wintery fun just steps away from Coronado Beach: 

  • The Hotel del Coronado is throwing a New Year’s Eve Gala, including a reception in the Crown Room, lavish dinner in the oceanfront ballroom with dancing to the contemporary sounds of the Mar Dels, plus a champagne toast at midnight ($275 per person). 

The Del also offers separate parties for kids ages 4-12 at the resort’s Kidtopia and teens ages 13-17 at Vibz Teen Lounge; includes dinner, crafts, beach parties, bonfires and more.

Crown Room at The Del

The party continues on New Year’s Day with a champagne brunch in the Crown Room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Toast the New Year at Mistral, Loews Coronado Bay Resort

  • Loews Coronado Bay Resort kicks off its New Year’s Eve festivities from 5–10 p.m. at Mistral restaurant. There will be live music and an exquisite five-course prix fixe menu featuring the best of Chef Patrick Ponsaty’s award-winning modern French cuisine ($95 per person). From 10 p.m.–1 a.m., ring in the New Year in Cays Lounge with dancing and live music. Complimentary for restaurant goers and resort guests. Space is limited.

For children, there’s Party Hat Decorating from 4-5 p.m. ($5 per person) and Loews’ Kids’ Club will be open until 1 a.m.

Add some pizazz to your New Year’s party look with the New Year’s Eve “Glam” package being offered at Sea Spa, 3-7 p.m.; includes hair style and makeup ($120) and a “Razzle Dazzle” manicure & pedicure ($90).

Enjoy champagne brunch at Market Cafe on Jan. 1

On New Year’s Day from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., enjoy a Champagne Brunch buffet in the Market Café ($36 for adults and $18 for children).

Dining room at Current, Coronado Island Marriott Resort

  • Revelers can also ring in the New Year at Current Restaurant in the Coronado Island Marriott Resort. Festivities include live music, a special four-course dinner with wine pairing and a champagne toast at midnight. 
  • And if you haven’t gone ice Skating by the Sea yet at the Hotel del Coronado, there’s still time to practice your axel jumps and spirals! The rink on the Windsor Lawn is open through Jan. 2. Check out this cool video I shot!

Happy (early) New Year from Coronado! We’ll see you on the island 🙂

Robert Arends

5 to Try: Summer Events in Coronado

Bay views from Coronado Island Marriott Resort.

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on Coronado.

Things are heating up this summer in Coronado, just a bridge away from downtown San Diego. Visitors with swim towels, beach umbrellas and boogie boards are finding their happy place on the island’s 28 miles of beaches on sparkling San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

In addition to fun under the sun, following are Five Summer Events to Try on San Diego’s enchanted island:

Picnic at Promenade Concerts in the Park.

1.  Sure, there’s the soothing sound of palm trees swaying in the breeze, but visitors can also hear the sweet sound of live music in Coronado. A beloved local tradition is the Promenade Concert in the Park Series, which takes place every Sunday at 6:00 pm, through mid-September, in Spreckels Park. A perfect activity for families and picnickers; admission is free.

Bayside concerts at Coronado Ferry Landing.

2.  Also music to your ears: the Summer Concert Series at Coronado Ferry Landing which takes place every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, through September 5, at the Coronado Ferry Landing shops on scenic San Diego Bay. Featured musicians include the Crown Island Jazz Band, Coronado Big Band and Teagan Taylor Trio. Continue reading