“Royal-Tea” Toast at the California Welcome Center in Alpine

Even though the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge won’t be making a stop in San Diego during their three-day whirlwind tour of California, we decided to have some fun with a Royal-Tea toast at the California Welcome Center in Alpine (at Viejas Outlet Stores) to formally welcome them to the Golden State.

Royal-Tea for two!

Visitors were treated to complimentary cups of tea, provided by Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, sweet biscuits (translation: cookies), “tea” shirts and lovely British décor courtesy of the All Things Bright and British shop in La Mesa (8401 La Mesa Blvd.). Seven lucky guests received pink tiaras – how regal!

Tea setting and decor provided by All Things Bright and British.

Sue Mason, our Director of Visitor Services, even sported a replica wedding ring like the one Princess Kate wears (which was originally Lady Diana’s).

The media stopped by too, including San Diego’s NBC 7/39 who interviewed Jeanette Perez, director of the visitor center, plus a photographer from the East County Herald.

The Royal-Tea event continues until 4 p.m. today.

Jeanette Perez and Sue Mason toast the royal couple.

We raise our teacups to Prince William and Princess Kate. Cheerio!

Be sure to enter our “Live Like a Royal in San Diego’s Crown City” Sweepstakes.  The trip for two includes a 2-night stay at the Hotel del Coronado, a 1-hour surrey rental from Bikes & Beyond, and a Pasaporto Cruise from The Gondola Company.  Register to win here.  Contest ends July 15, 2011.

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About Robert Arends

I’m a native San Diegan and man of many hats: PR, roadside America traveler/backyard tourist (especially our mountains and Anza-Borrego Desert), photographer (motto: capture the moment!), music fan, sci-fi buff, tiki collector and constant gardener. What would you do on your ideal San Diego day? I would spend the day snorkeling in La Jolla Cove. It’s like swimming in a huge aquarium – Garibaldi fish, lobsters, sea lions, oh my! If you were invisible, where would you go? I’d go surfing in Coronado. I’ve never surfed, but have always wanted to. If I was invisible no one would see me fall (again and again! – LOL). What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Walking the Prado in Balboa Park; feels like I’m in Spain. The architecture is amazing!  I also enjoy hiking Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the annual wildflowers and exploring the tidepools at Cabrillo National Monument. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Linguine and red wine (wine list, please!), with tableside views of San Diego Bay. Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are… Magic Man: Paris, Bear Hands: Giants, Capital Cities: I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo, Man Man: Head On, London Grammar: Nightcall (Freemasons Remix). Follow Robert on Twitter @groovestar

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