Here’s a unique Southern California Christmas experience, outdoor ice skating while overlooking the Pacific Ocean with the sun setting.
I hope everybody had a blessed Christmas.
I want to thank all of you guys for your favorites, views and comments on my photostream this past year, it really does mean a lot to me. Thank you for coming along with me on my photographic journey throughout the world and here in my hometown of San Diego.
The beautiful city of Coronado is one of the most beautiful cities in San Diego, if not Southern California. It is home to family friendly beaches, the Hotel del Coronado and to the North Island Naval Air Station. Coronado has more retired admirals than any other city in the country.
Although most people call it an island, it is technically a peninsular, since it is connected to Imperial Beach. Originally named by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1542 as the "crowned one," (Coronado is Spanish for "crowned") Coronado wears her crown as Empress of San Diego bay.
The Hotel del Coronado is listed as a National Historic Landmark and has been the choice of 14 U.S. Presidents and numerous celebrities.
The "Del," as locals commonly know it, is the largest wooden oceanside hotel on the West Coast.
There’s also a haunted side of the Del. Kate Morgan checked into the resort on November 25,1892 and never checked out. Reports of ghostly happenings have been circulating at The Del ever since, all thought to be connected to the death of this beautiful young woman. The ghost of Kate Morgan is said to be residing in Room 3312.
Hollywood has been making movies at The Del for more than a century (The first movie shot at the hotel was in 1901.) In 1958, The Del was the backdrop for the comedy classic, “Some Like it Hot,” starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon.
The Del is spectacular to photograph anytime of the year, but in December the entire hotel is adorned with Christmas lights. In addition, the hotel sponsors special events such as ice skating on its oceanfront Windsor Lawn. All this makes for beautiful photographs to add to this special time of the year.
Check back for more of my photographs around my hometown of San Diego! One more photo in the comment section.
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