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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Warm Winter Wishes!

Posted by Jody on January 8, 2014

Greetings of the Season!

Warm Winter Wishes!

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Don’t forget your hat!

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“Snowman” created by Courtney of San Diego State University.

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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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No Such Thing as Bad Weather

Posted by Jody on December 21, 2013

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating;

there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.”

~John Ruskin

The Crystal Pier Hotel Cottages at Pacific Beach

The Crystal Pier Hotel Cottages at Pacific Beach

Do you see what I see?

Yep, that’s a Christmas tree way out there on the end of Crystal Pier!

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

Greetings from the Rotary Club!

Christmas Greetings from Pacific Beach

… and from the Pacific Beach (aka: P. B.) Town Council

On the Pier at Pacific Beach

Someone else who didn’t seem to mind the rain!

Merry Christmas from Pacific Beach!

Merry Christmas from Pacific Beach!

View from the Pier at  Pacific Beach

Looking Toward Pacific Beach and Mission Beach from Crystal Pier

Ever-funky Pacific Beach, California, was unusually sleepy on the recent stormy afternoon that Greg and I visited. The three mile long (typically lively) boardwalk was as quiet as it could be. The soft sands were completely deserted, and the famous Crystal Pier didn’t entertain even one fisherman. Only a smattering of the customary wet-suited surfers were braving the gray waves.

Dodging bands of frigid rain to reach the end of the pier (heading out and turning back a number of times), we finally decided to just make a run for it. It was well worth it! The Crystal Pier offers fantastic views of the surrounding Southern California beaches and coastline, no matter the weather.

♫ Seems it sometimes rains in Southern California! ♫ San Diego actually has only 42+/- days of rainy weather each year, leaving a whopping 323 days for somewhat less soggy fun at the beach!

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Related links:

Pacific Beach

Crystal Pier

Lightning Safety at the Beach

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Low Tide Beachside Yuletide!

Posted by Jody on December 17, 2013

Late afternoon shadows on the sandy beach at Coronado's Ferry Landing

~ Late afternoon shadows and the coming of low tide at the sandy beach next to The Coronado Ferry Landing ~

Coronado Ferry Landing and Beach

It’s a very clean little beach…

View of San Diego's skyline from the beach at Coronado's Ferry Landng

…with fabulous views of the the beautiful San Diego skyline!

This way to San Diego via the ferry. ----->

This way to San Diego via the ferry —–>

Here comes our boat!

Here comes our boat!

And who might that be?

And who might that be?

Ho, ho, ho!

Ho! Ho! Ho!

“Santa!!! Over here!!!”

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Coronado's Ferry Landing Beach

I do believe there were even more excited adults than eager children on deck to welcome Santa Claus to Coronado!

A quiet December evening on the beach at Coronado's Ferry Landing

Once again all is quiet on a gorgeous December evening on the beach at The Coronado Ferry Landing.

~Leaving the beach behind~ We're off to San Diego!

Leaving the beach behind, we’re off to San Diego!

A lovely little sandy beach, a Santa Claus sighting, and a ferry boat ride! How cool is that?

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Helpful links: Coronado Visitor Center, San Diego.org, Surprise! A Quiet Little Beach!

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Festive Sand Dollar Cookies

Posted by Jody on December 15, 2013

Yummmy! I’m making these again this week!

Beach Treasures and Treasure Beaches

‘Tis the season to be baking. Fa la la la la!

I definitely have my own favorites for our family Christmas cookie line up, and some kind of yummy cut-out sugar cookie is always on that list!

This year I decided to try something a little different. Inspired by my collection of sand dollars, I thought it would be fun to try out an idea for coastal themed Christmas cookies. Of course, these sweet beach treasures are great for any time of year and would be a big hit at any luau or beach picnic!

I used a sugar cookie recipe that I found at Art of Dessert (recipe below).

After rolling out the dough to 1/4 inch, I used a small mouth Mason jar lid band to cut out my cookies. It was just the right size (almost 3″ across) for the sand dollar I was trying to match…

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Seasonal Seaside Style with The Sandcastle Man

Posted by Jody on December 10, 2013

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Beach, Southern California

Coronado Beach, Southern California

The Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man at Play

The Sandcastle Man at Play

Look who's here!

Look who’s here!

Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

You can visit with The Sandcastle Man on the beach just outside the Hotel del Coronado!

~OR~

Check out the live webcam at the Hotel Del to see if you can spot him on the beach today!

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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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