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Destination: Coronado!
A "Slice" of Orange Ave.


08. April 2010

Coronado is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and why not? The view from the bay bridge alone is breathtaking. Everyone loves a trip to the fun-filled Ferry Landing, the Hotel Del Coronado and one of the most beautiful beaches on earth! But the “Crown” city offers so much more! Dig a little deeper and you’ll find there’s something fun to do and see in every corner of this small beach community. Tom and I recently enjoyed an incredible day in Coronado, and never left the 11 hundred block of Orange Ave.

Orange, of course, is the main drag through the delightful village of Coronado, home to both the historic Hotel Del and popular pub, “Danny’s,” (known for its famous “Slam Burger!”)

But on the west side of the street just a couple of blocks north of the Del is a treasure trove of stores, restaurants and other attractions you don’t want to miss! We started after church with a lazy lunch at “Café 1134.” (Yes, that is the address) Their “Popeye” omelet was a winner. Tom went for the Coronado Club sandwich. We lingered over hot lattes in oversized mugs and “people-watched” from our sidewalk table. (For you dog-lovers, “Café 1134” welcomes their canine friends with free bowls of treats and water.)

After checking out the new “Speedo” styles at Dale’s swim shop we meandered a couple of doors down to La Mer. The little tucked-away boutique is packed with fabulous “finds.” Several of my favorite fashion “pieces” are from La Mer’s sale rack. Owner Mary Ann Berta is the master of markdowns! Karen Kane, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans and Rico sweaters! Just a few of the designers you can find at 50 to 75 percent off! I found the cutest animal print top - half price!

Next, a stop at the brand new Coronado Candy Factory for some homemade taffy and a couple of their handmade melt-in-your-mouth, chocolate-caramel turtles. They’re simply amazing… the size of small Frisbees!

Another few steps and we arrived at the “will call” window to claim our tickets for a matinee performance of “The Rivalry,” at Lamb’s Players Theater. Their re-enactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debate was truly electrifying. For two and a half hours, we were swept back to the mid 1800’s for a behind-the-scenes look at the drama surrounding the two political superstars. (Check out Lamb’s if you’re looking for good, quality theater. We’ve never been disappointed!)

A cool beach breeze welcomed us as we emerged from our step back in time. After a short stroll to stretch our legs, we decided an early supper was in order. Several other theater-goers clearly had the same idea as we entered The Rhinoceros Café. With crisp, white tablecloths and a varied menu… The Café is a local favorite. We ordered a couple of classic blue cheese wedges and split an order of their famous southwestern meatloaf. (Although, you can’t go wrong with the grilled salmon with pineapple mango sauce!) With full stomachs after a full day, it was time to head home.

The sun was setting, the ocean in full view as we made our way back to the car. (Tom swears he saw the “green flash” as the giant orb dipped below the horizon.) The perfect end to a perfect day along one short block in the paradise that is Coronado. Paradise… right in our own backyard!

Contact Carol by emailing her at Carol@palomarhealth.org.