Robert Arends

Mother’s Day Delights in Coronado!

Mother's Day in Coronado
Mother's Day in Coronado

Mother’s Day in Coronado

So have you made plans yet for mom this Mother‚Äôs Day? Best hop to it! ūüėČ

Coronado has the holiday ALL wrapped up with¬†some fun – and¬†delectable – ways to show mom she’s #1:

Mother’s Day at the Hotel Del Coronado

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch

Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch in the Hotel del Coronado’s Crown Room.

The Hotel del Coronado’s annual Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch¬†in the magnificent Crown Room and oceanfront Ballroom features a cornucopia of culinary delights. It‚Äôs the most lavish brunch around and the Del makes it extra memorable with live music, a rose for mom and special children’s buffet.

When: May 12, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Cost: Adults – $82.50. Children – $35. Children under 5 – Free.
Reservations: 619.522.8490
> Find out more about the Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Del

Spa at the Del for Moms and Mommies to Be

Help Mom relax with a day at the Spa at the Del

Help Mom relax with a day at the Spa at the Del

After brunch, help Mom rejuvenate with a spa treatment at Spa at The Del. Even mommies to be can relax with a special a maternity massage for only $109, from May 1 through May 23rd (Sunday-Friday) for 2nd or 3rd trimester only.

Mother’s Day at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

The luxe Loews Coronado Bay Resort features a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on May 12 (12:00 to 3:00 PM) in the Constellation Ballroom. Menu includes breakfast classics like omelets and eggs made to order, oysters, crab claws, shrimp, sushi, prime rib, salads and greens, cheeses and charcuterie, a Bellini bar and grand dessert spread (yum!). For kids, there will be an activity room and buffet. Classical piano music and long-stem roses for all moms stylishly set the mood.

Afterward, go on a relaxing gondola cruise¬†through the Coronado Cays and San Diego Bay with The Gondola Company.¬†The gondoliers sing in Italian…Mom will feel like she’s on a chic European getaway!

Coronado Historic Home Tour

Coronado Historic Home Tour beckons moms this Mother's Day

Coronado Historic Home Tour beckons moms this Mother’s Day

The Coronado Historic Home Tour¬†has become a Mother’s Day tradition on the island.¬†Guests have a¬†rare opportunity to walk through and admire six gorgeous Coronado homes, ranging in architectural styles from a Queen Anne built in the 1880s to a mid-century modern and Spanish Revival.

Where: Coronado Visitor Center – 1100 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA 92118
When: May 12, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: $40
Reservations: 619.482.6148
> Find out more about the Coronado Historic Home Tour

Happy Mother’s Day (almost) from Coronado! ūüôā

Robert Arends

Valentine’s Day Ideas – Fall in Love with Coronado!

Valentine's Day Idea - Romantic Stroll on Coronado
Valentine's Day Idea - Romantic Stroll on Coronado

Take a romantic sunset stroll on Coronado Beach this Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the air! An enchanting Valentine’s Day getaway where couples can find everything their hearts desire is Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, take advantage of beautiful weather and island charms that are sure to sweep your sweetheart off their feet. Following are 5 Fabulous Date Ideas and mini escapes:

Taste buds rejoice…

Eno Wine Bar

Fine wines, cheeses and chocolates at Eno Wine Bar.

Raise your glass and indulge in luscious wines, gourmet cheeses and chocolates at the swanky ENO Wine Bar in the Hotel del Coronado. Afterward, sneak off to Coronado Beach for a moonlit stroll, serenaded by the gentle surf. Equally indulgent is Weincakes Bistro, an intimate new spot in the Village for decadent desserts.

Pack a Picnic…

Gazebo at Spreckels Park - Coronado

Enjoy a picnic for two at Spreckels Park.

In the heart of the island, Spreckels Park welcomes couples to picnic under swaying palm trees or under an ol’ fashioned gazebo. For a secret picnic hideaway {shhh!}, cozy¬†Shoreline Park at First St. & I Ave.¬†offers a magnificent backdrop on San Diego Bay.

Say I Do… Again

Renew your vows in Coronado!

Renew your vows in Coronado!

Renew your vows at the charming new Coronado Wedding Chapel by the Sea, the first-ever wedding chapel on the island! This chic Crown City jewel is located less than a block from Coronado Beach, across the street from the Hotel del Coronado. Two other amazing storybook settings: Loews Coronado Bay Resort and Coronado Island Marriott Resort on San Diego Bay.

Ahoy!

Sailing San Diego Bay

Set sail on San Diego Bay.

Hire a licensed skipper for a romantic sunset sail on San Diego Bay or the Pacific Ocean. Seaforth Boat Rentals on Glorietta Bay and Action Sports Rentals at Loews Coronado Bay Resort promise to make it memorable. Don’t forget the champagne and chocolate covered strawberries!

That’s amore‚Ķ

Voga Voyage at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Voga Voyage at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

The Gondola Company offers intimate one-hour cruises and a¬†“Voga Voyage” couples massage(!) on San Diego Bay. The authentic Venetian gondolas depart from Loews Coronado‚Äôs marina; a truly magical experience that‚Äôs made¬†for marriage proposals!

Coronado‚Ķgotta love it! ūüėČ

> Browse more Valentine’s Day Ideas and Packages in San Diego

Robert Arends

A Sparkling Coronado Christmas Celebration – December 7, 2012!

Seagulls sing, are you listening?
On the beach, sand is glistening
A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight
Walking in Coronado’s winter wonderland!

Charming Coronado, located a bridge away from downtown San Diego, is gearing up for its big island-wide holiday bash, the 37th¬†Annual Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House, on Friday, December 7. The “Crown City” has a stocking full of fun & festive activities that are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House’s¬†Free Festivities

3:30 PM¬†–¬†Santa Claus’ Arrival

Santa Claus’ festive arrival at the Coronado Ferry Landing!

Don’t miss Santa’s arrival by ferry boat at the Coronado Ferry Landing¬†(fantastic photo opp!). Afterward, meet Santa and his elves, and tell jolly ol‚Äô St. Nick everything you wish for!

3:00 to 8:00 PM –¬†Snow Mountain

Children playing on Snow Mountain at the Coronado Ferry Landing

Let it snow! At the Coronado Ferry Landing shops.

No need to head out to the¬†mountains¬†when there’s snow at the Coronado Ferry Landing for sledding, making snow balls and snowmen (yes Virginia, there IS snow in San Diego!)

5:00 to 9:00 PM –¬†Merchants Open House

The Merchants Open House features unique boutique shops and galleries for one-of-kind gifts for everyone on your shopping list!

6:00 to 7:00 PM –¬†Christmas Parade

A Norman Rockwell-esque Christmas Parade down Orange Avenue, featuring floats, classic cars, marching bands and Santa Claus on a fire truck!

7:00 PM –¬†Lighting of a 50-foot Christmas Tree in Rotary Park

More Coronado Christmas and Holiday Fun

Coronado Holiday Guide is chock full of fun holiday events and shopping ideas!

Hot off the presses is the new Coronado Holiday Guide which you can download off the Chamber of Commerce’s¬†homepage¬†or pick up at the Coronado Visitor Center (1100 Orange Avenue).

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea Aerial - Hotel del Coronado

Magical Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado!

In addition to Coronado’s popular Christmas spectacular, visitors are invited to skate figure eights at the beachside ice Skating by the Sea¬†at the¬†Hotel del Coronado¬†(open through January 5). A portion of the proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation! (Click here for more outdoor ice skating opportunities in San Diego)

Buon Natale Gondola Cruises

The Gondola Company’s Buon Natale gondola ride at Loews Coronado Bay Resort!

At Loews Coronado Bay Resort,¬†check out The Gondola Company’s¬†seasonal Buon Natale¬†gondola cruise, featuring a Santa gondolier serenading guests with Christmas carols through waterways of the Coronado Cays. Oh what fun! ūüėČ

Festival of Christmas – Christmas on my Mind

Festival of Christmas - Christmas on my Mind - Lamb's Players Theatre

A group of travelers snuck in a snowstorm create a holiday celebration during the Lamb’s Players Theatre Festival of Christmas.

And a magical escape to Coronado this winter wouldn‚Äôt be complete without enjoying Lamb’s Players Theatre‘s annual Festival of Christmas¬†show on their resident stage (1142 Orange Ave.), November 30 through December 30. Every year my family and I¬†attend this joyful musical and I guarantee it’ll have you humming “jingle all the way” through New Year’s! ūüôā

> Discover more holiday fun in San Diego

See you in sparkling Coronado!

Robert Arends

Foodie Friday ‚Äď A World of Great Eats in Coronado!

A world of fine dining awaits over the bridge in Coronado.

One of the favorite things about my job is trying new restaurants and sampling creative mouth-watering cuisine from cultures far and near. Coronado – a bridge away from downtown San Diego – has become a culinary hot spot, making waves with the opening of new restaurants that span the world of dining.

Coronado's newest restaurants opened along Orange Ave.

Set your course for our island paradise to enjoy everything from delectable English, French and Italian dishes to Japanese, Mexican and everything in between.

To help you navigate Coronado‚Äôs vast culinary map, following are 5 to Try this “Foodie Friday” that‚Äôll take you around the world and back:

Patio at McP's Irish Pub.

1. The Tavern

Cheerio!…The Tavern, a new “vintage industrial” English pub ( located across the street from longtime local favorite McP’s Irish Pub) is the perfect spot for a quick pint while noshing on hearty traditional pub fare like chicken sliders, fish sandwiches, mac & cheese with breadcrumb topping and more.

Sushi delights at Saiko Sushi!

2. Saiko Sushi

Oishii!…The new Saiko Sushi features a sushi bar and progressive Japanese menu of sustainably sourced¬†fish that‚Äôs as fresh as it gets, seasonal produce and micro-brewed sake.

Beautiful Candelas on the Bay.

3. Candelas on the Bay

Ole!…Candelas on the Bay¬†at¬†the Coronado Ferry Landing not only boasts panoramic views¬†of downtown San Diego and the Bay, but also a sophisticated menu of¬†¬†upscale Mexico City-style cuisine. Chef Eduardo‚Äôs masterpiece: Langosta¬†Boaeza, lobster tail flamb√©ed in tequila! (A close second favorite of mine for “south of the border” flavors is the festive Miguel’s Cocina.)

4. Vigilucci’s¬†Ristorante Coronado

Mangia, mangia!…Vigilucci’s¬†Ristorante Coronado (upstairs from The Tavern) is a local favorite, popular for¬†its Italian classics, prime steaks and seafood. After dinner, take a side trip to Loews Coronado Bay Resort¬†to ride on an authentic Venetian gondola!

The finest in French dining at Mistral.

5. Mistral

C’est bon!…With¬†gorgeous views¬†of San Diego Bay and the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bridge, Mistral¬†at Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers a postcard-perfect¬†backdrop for modern French delicacies prepared by Chef Patrick Ponsaty – who recently joined the elite ranks of the Ma√ģtre¬†Cuisinier de France (Master Chef of France)! (A close second French¬†favorite is Chez Loma, serving French bistro¬†¬†classics in an elegant, cozy candle-lit setting; perfect for date nights!)

See you in Coronado! Save room for dessert (if you can ūüėČ

Tell us in the comments, what are your top five dining options in San Diego?

Suzzanne

Knead to Relax? San Diego Spas are Here to Help

Voga Voyage at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Sea Spa

Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a rejuvenating treatment at some of San Diego’s best spas! From a floating couple’s massage to a tranquility facial, you’ll find everything your mind, body and spirit need to get you ready for Spring.

Rock Spa at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Spa like a Rock Star at the Rock Spa

Rock Spa

The full-service Rock Spa, at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego, gives you everything you need to recharge for the night ahead – or decompress after the one you’ve just had. Rock Spa current specials include the “Tension Tamer Massage” (50 min $95) designed to combat stress and fatigue with Swedish and Deep Tissue techniques combined with a special muscle and joint cream to eliminate tension and ease sore muscles. Need a little polish? Try the “Glycolic Resurfacing Treatment” (25 min $40). Skin is renewed and vibrant after this “no down time” glycolic peel.

Voga Voyage at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort's Sea Spa

Voga Voyage over the waters of San Diego Bay

Sea Spa

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort takes romance and relaxation to a whole new level with the floating couples massage. The Voga Voyage is enjoyed while cruising through the canals and waterways of the Coronado Cays in an authentic Venetian gondola equipped with two professional massage beds. Complimentary champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries are enjoyed after the relaxing 40-minute massage. The Voga Voyage starts at $400 per couple.

Kin Spa Massage at the Manchester Grand Hyatt

Relax with a Massage at Kin Spa

Kin Spa

Located inside the Manchester Grand Hyatt and overlooking the San Diego Bay is the Kin Spa. Unwind with a Swedish Massage (45 min), their most popular treatment, or try the Tranquility Facial (45 min). The facial includes a collection of seaweed and algae, rich in enzymes, essential minerals and vitamins followed by a warm, energizing gree tea and ginger mud mask. Each treatment is only $100 Monday-Thursday during the month of March, 2012.

Be ready to say aaahh…Tell us, what is your favorite spa in San Diego?

Brent Bernasconi

Exploring the Fun at Loews Coronado Resort

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Since Loews Coronado Bay Resort is giving away 20 room nights as part of their 20th anniversary, our Coronado expert Robert gave us his ideas of what he would do if he won the sweepstakes. He also had a chance to drive over the iconic Coronado Bridge to the Crown City and take a peek at some of the great activities including stand-up paddle boarding, beach and kayak tours along the Silver Strand State Beach and gondola cruises that take off from the Loews Marina.

Make sure to enter the “20 Days, Your Way” sweepstakes for a chance to win 20 room nights at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort and you too can enjoy all of these exciting and relaxing activities! Enter now…

Robert Arends

20 Perfect Days to Play in Coronado!

Have you entered Loews Coronado Bay Resort‚Äôs ‚Äú20 Days, Your Way‚ÄĚ giveaway yet?¬†If not, time is ticking‚Ķ Last day for submissions is next Tuesday, October 25. Grand prize: 20 free room nights!¬†It’s all to celebrate the resort’s big 20th Anniversary.¬†Good luck!

So I was thinking, if I was eligible to enter and I WON, what would I do, not only at Loews’ resort, but around the picturesque island of Coronado? Fortunately, there’s a plethora of delightful and exciting activities to enjoy: arts & culture, fine dining, spas, outdoor recreation and much more.

Read on to see Robert’s 20 picks for 20 days on Coronado…

Robert Arends

Lovin’ Loews Coronado Bay Resort Р20th Anniversary

Lovely Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Ah, to be 20 again! Loews Coronado Bay Resort celebrates its big 20th Anniversary this month with a massive¬†giveaway promotion, ‚Äú20 Days, Your Way‚ÄĚ – 20 free room nights to use anytime, any way you wish!

Imagine if you were the lucky winner. What would you do during your stay? Luckily, Loews was made for play with its unique, postcard-perfect peninsular location on San Diego Bay and just steps away from Silver Strand State Beach. There’s so much to see and do in and around the resort, it’ll make your head swim Рand that’s a good thing!

Follow this link for Robert’s Top 10 picks while staying at Loews…

Robert Arends

Dining Spotlight: Coronado – Feast Fit for a (future) King & Queen

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.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive in California tomorrow. But alas, Prince William and Princess Catherine aren‚Äôt scheduled to visit San Diego or our apropos ‚ÄúCrown City‚ÄĚ of Coronado.

But let’s imagine for a moment if they could take a quick jaunt down the coast to see the magical isle of Coronado, taking in its postcard-perfect setting and historic splendor of the Hotel del Coronado which has been likened to a storybook castle.

What would they see and do… And where would they dine?

Well, proving you don’t have to be a royal to receive the royal treatment, following are five fabulous dining choices in Coronado that would roll out the red carpet for monarchs and visitors alike:

Breakfast treats at Tartine bistro.

To give the Duke and Duchess a taste of home, they could have a quick breakfast bite at Tartine, Coronado‚Äôs own ‚ÄúEuropean Style Caf√©‚ÄĚ where delectable fresh-baked pastries, biscuits and quiches are sure to please, along with a spot of tea.

Hotel del Coronado's magnificent Crown Room.

Sunday brunch in the Crown Room at The Del is quite regal with its sumptuous spread of Alaskan king crab, herb-crusted prime rib, black truffle mac ‚Äėn cheese, Charcuterie pates and other gourmet delights. Coincidentally, The Del has hosted its share of royalty over the years with lavish banquets for the likes of England‚Äôs Prince Edward in 1920 and even Hawaii‚Äôs King Kalakaua in 1890 (The Del‚Äôs first royal guest). William and Kate would surely feel right at home dining under the magnificent crown chandeliers.

For lunch, we‚Äôd introduce the royal pair to local south-of-the-border flavors at Miguel’s Cocina. Its lively patio, festive d√©cor, zesty Mexican dishes and free-flowing margaritas would certainly lighten the formal mood and give them a taste and feel of our rich Hispanic heritage.

Dinner would be tres magnifique at Chez Loma, a historic Victorian home-turned-restaurant where the crown couple could cozy up by candlelight to a menu of fabulous French cuisine in their own private room ‚Äď well out of sight from prying paparazzi.¬†

Fine dining at Mistral, Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

However, for an even grander and more romantic San Diego-style entrance, we could serenade the Duke and Duchess at sunset aboard one of the Gondola Company’s gondolas (complete with the finest champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries) as it glides through San Diego Bay to the docks of Loews Coronado Bay Resort. There, they’d disembark and dine at Mistral where modern French fare marries seasonal local ingredients with brilliant technique to create robust, intense flavors in every dish.  Even more enchanting than the cuisine are the spectacular panoramic views of the bay and downtown San Diego.

Sensational cuisine, fit for a future king and queen ‚Äď and you too ‚Äď await in Coronado!

We want to send you to Coronado in the ‚ÄúLive Like a Royal in San Diego‚Äôs Crown City‚ÄĚ 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.

Robert Arends

5 to Try: Coronado Holiday Delights

Just a bridge away, Coronado is full of sparkling surprises to put visitors in the holiday spirit and bring some smiles amidst the hustle and bustle of the season. Following are my five fav fun and festive finds from this fantasy island (say that five times fast!):

Gondolier at Loews Coronado Bay Resort

1. That’s amore! I love the Gondola Company at Loews Coronado Bay Resort, with their blissfully relaxing Venetian gondola rides through the Coronado Cays to view homes and boats festooned with holiday lights. It was pure magic as we glided over the calm bay waters, sipped cocktails and listened to the gondolier singing Christmas carols.

2.  Chocoholics unite… for not just any ol’ chocolate dessert. But a chocolate bread pudding with coconut (!) at Tartine, a charming French bistro & bakery near the Coronado Ferry Landing (1106 First St.). Decadent doesn’t even begin to describe how delicious this is. Dozens of other delectable desserts and pastries are made fresh daily (pick up some ginger snaps for Santa!).

3.¬†Talk of the town. This yuletide, take a trip back in time with Coronado Touring. Hear riveting tales of dreamers and daredevils who turned a Christmas tree-less isle of jackrabbits into the shining crown city¬†of today.¬† And¬†discover insider secrets¬†like a supposed tunnel connecting the Del and Glorietta Bay Inn¬†(Santa’s shortcut?)¬†and kelp ‚Äėn sand dunes¬†on the beach that spell ‚ÄúCoronado.‚ÄĚ

The Del's 2010 collectible Christmas ornament.

4. Trim the tree. Each year the Hotel del Coronado debuts a collectible Christmas ornament. My coworker has a nifty Limoges-style one from 2008 that I can’t find on eBay (oh well). But you can still trim your tree with this year’s treasured glass creation. (Sidebar РLast-minute holiday shoppers: enjoy two hours of free metered parking on the island!)

5. Ice princess. The Del’s Skating by the Sea is simply surreal and incredibly cool with its postcard backdrop of palm trees, sun, sand and surf. Christmas doesn’t get any more SoCal than this. And it’s for a great cause too: portion of proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation. Ice is nice!