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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas decorations’

Christmas Tree by the Sea

Posted by Jody on December 25, 2013

Greg and I spotted this beautiful shades-of-the-sea Christmas tree at the Hotel del Coronado in sunny Southern California.  It was tucked away near the downstairs shops by a little snack bar. I’m so glad we went exploring! This fabulous Christmas tree was chock-full of wonderful ideas for a very crafty new year!

“O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree,
Much pleasure doth thou bring me!” ♫

~ O Christmas Tree, Traditional Christmas Carol

Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a many, many happy beachy days in the New Year!

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I saw three ships!

Posted by Jody on December 25, 2012

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, California

Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco, California

I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day, on Christmas Day;
I saw three ships come sailing in
On Christmas Day in the morning.

~English Carol

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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Twas the Night Before Christmas!

Posted by Jody on December 23, 2012

“Now splash away! Splash away! Splash away all!”

Santa's Sanibel Island Sleigh

Santa’s Sanibel Island Sleigh

A Santa Claus sighting on Florida’s Gulf Coast!

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

~Twas the Night  Before Christmas, Clement Clarke Moore

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Travel Theme: Festive

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2012

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Celebrate the Season! Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Hermosa Beach, California

Even on a cold and rainy December day, signs of the Christmas season give Hermosa Beach, Schumacher Plaza, and the pedestrian friendly pier a really festive and fun holiday atmosphere!

This week’s Travel Theme topic is “Festive.”

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A Point Cabrillo Christmas

Posted by Jody on December 20, 2012

Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino County, California

Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino County, California

Years ago Greg and I spent a few days immersed in the rich history and natural beauty of the Point Cabrillo Light Station in Northern California’s scenic Mendocino County. At that time, the head light keeper’s house was a charming little bed and breakfast with just a few guest rooms upstairs. We were fortunate enough to visit during the Christmas season when the whole house was decorated in a very tasteful holiday style. In the evenings, it was as if we had the entire coastline to ourselves. We could wander the property and enjoy the serenity that seems to encompass this portion of Northern California’s rugged coast.

Head Light Keeper's House, Point Cabrillo Light Station

Head Light Keeper’s House, Point Cabrillo Light Station

We were told by the inn keeper that if you stood in a specific spot near the lighthouse during the dark of night you could catch sight of the four beacons of its rotating light heading out in all the different directions at the same time. He was absolutely right, of course. It was a pretty amazing perspective!

Greg and I had the opportunity to explore the historic light house on a personal tour for the inn’s guests one evening, and in the daytime, we headed to the tiny, sheltered beach at Frolic Cove (aka: Pottery Cove), named for the clipper brig that lies shipwrecked just off shore. Our entire stay was one unique and fascinating experience after another!

Cristmas at the Head Light Keeper's House

Christmastime at the Head Light Keeper’s House

The Beautiful View from the Head Light Keeper's House

Lighthouse View from the Sitting Room, Head Light Keeper’s House

View from the Lane

View of the Keepers’ Quarters from the Lane

Sunset at Point Cabrillo

Sunset at Point Cabrillo

Does the scenery look familiar to you? The point on which the lighthouse stands sentinel is the sight of the fictional town of Lawson’s welcome home celebration for Luke Trimble in The Majestic starring Jim Carry.

Today, the Point Cabrillo Light Station no longer hosts a quaint bed and breakfast. The head light keeper’s house is now available as a four-bedroom vacation home rental, instead. Two additional cottages are also available for overnight stays.

*State Park website: Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park

*Here’s a wonderful reference: PointCabrillo.org

*Dillon the Docent Dog spends a lot of time at Point Cabrillo Light Station and the surrounding area.  You may want to check out his personal blog!

Merry Christmas from our house to yours!

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With Every Christmas Card I Write

Posted by Jody on December 18, 2012

Sanibel Island, Florida

Season’s Greetings from Sanibel Island, Florida

I’m dreaming of a white Christmas
With every Christmas card I write.
May your days be merry and bright
And may all your Christmases be white.

~White Christmas by Irving Berlin

Especially if that means a white sand beach!

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“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Posted by Jody on December 12, 2012

I don’t want to give away Santa’s exact location, but this shot was taken on an island in the Gulf of Mexico.

Here’s a hint: Southwest Florida!

"Here's looking at you, kid."

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

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