I told my husband a year ago that I wanted to have a big party to celebrate my 40th birthday . . . but as the year passed, my thoughts changed.
Instead, I dreamed of a quiet birthday . . . away.
The idea of a big party wasn't as appealing anymore. I thought it would be more enjoyable to gather over the month with friends and family for small lunch or dinner dates to celebrate my birthday.
I've come to appreciate smaller gatherings, as they tend to be more relaxing . . . and they give me the chance to have meaningful conversations.
We spent a quiet, wonderful weekend on Coronado Island.
My husband and I took the Amtrak Surfliner south to San Diego, and then ferried across the water to Coronado, where we biked and strolled all weekend.
One of the highlights of our weekend was having Sunday brunch in the Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado.
I could have taken hundreds of photos of the hotel alone, but my focus this visit was the Sunday Brunch in the Crown Room.
The brunch is well-known for its extravagance; and after having gone now, I can see why.
I'm still in awe over the incredible menu that not only included typical American brunch entrees, but also Mediterranean, Italian, Spanish, and French. Take a peak at the menu here.
I brought my "good camera" to take photos while we were there, but found that it was more convenient to take photos with my cell phone. I'm quite happy with how many of them turned out.
I hope you enjoy . . .
a seafood bar . . .
seating in the garden too . . .
A few of my favorite photos of the grounds of Hotel del Coronado . . .
A peak at the exterior of the hotel from the courtyard. I love the white . . . and all the details.
One of many beach bungalows . . .
We had a wonderful weekend!
Actually, the whole month has been filled with fun, friends, family, and small celebrations. I love birthdays, don't you!?
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