We managed to fit in a little time travel on our last day in San Diego, starting with this fabulous old 1949 woody De Soto Station Wagon owned by Rich Grosch of Ocean Beach. Isn't she a beauty?
Right down to the beautifully restored old surfboards on top.
It would be the perfect transportation to take us over to the historic old Hotel del Coronado which I have wanted to visit for a long time.
The drive over the amazing curving bridge to Coronado Island makes you feel like you are leaving ordinary behind. And nothing could be more true.
Seeing the beautiful homes and the community are well the trouble with traffic. Even the flowers grow larger than life on the island!
This is a single hydrangea bloom.
We had time for only a skip through the hotel and property, but it was enough to be transported through the genteel time of its former day.
Built in 1888, it once sat right on the sea, with the waves lapping up to the verandas.
Spectacular in the midday sun.
The beach has grown much wider over time, and now sports elegant tents and umbrellas for the patrons.
The gorgeous interiors do not disappoint.
The inviting west facing Victorian bar, right off the beach.
The bustling hotel lobby, with it's breathtaking chandeliers and coffered ceilings..
I only wish we had more time and much deeper pockets to linger awhile!
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