Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas in San Diego!

This is such a great time of the year.  Almost everywhere you go, there's beautiful holiday decor.  As someone on a recent bike tour said to us, "it's hard NOT to get into the spirit." How true. The other day we were in Coronado when we decided to stop in at Hotel Del. If you've never been to the Del during the holidays, do yourself a favor and take the time to visit this beautiful resort.

 Not only is their tree worth seeing, the whole resort is all decked out so it's quite festive. We especially get a kick out of their outdoor ice skating rink that overlooks the ocean.  The other day it was in the high 60's and practically everyone skating had on either shorts or tank tops.  Nice.

La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is another favorite.  We went to their Christmas Tree Lighting and it was just gorgeous.  Our tip? Sit inside near their large Christmas tree while sipping hot chocolate or better yet, venture outside on the patio for some lunch.  The view is amazing!

Of course, not to be forgotten is the Grand Del Mar which has its own unique flavor.  Talk about grand!

If neighborhoods are more your thing, there's plenty to see.  But Garrison Street in Point Loma is a must and the neighbors know how to do it right!  

Over the years, this particular street has grown in popularity - even tour buses drive by so beware, it can get a little crowded. Our suggestion? Go early and go on an "off night." (not a weekend) But it's  definitely worth  it... especially if you go at sunset. Not only will you see the Christmas lights, you'll get to check out the killer views from above. 

Merry Christmas everyone! 
Happy Travels,
Marc & Darlynne