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    Kirk House 1894

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 27, 2014

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    In 1887, riverboat Captain Charles T. Hinde and his wife Eliza built their first home on C Avenue in Coronado. When fire destroyed much of the original structure in 1890, the Hindes commissioned James W. Reid and his brother Merritt Reid, architects of the world-famous Hotel del Coronado, to design a completely new Victorian Queen Anne structure around the original facade of the mansion. The design resulted, in part, from plans that Eliza Hinde suggested. In 1891, the Reid brothers departed San Diego for San Francisco to develop another architectural firm. A Reid associate, Michigan-born maverick architect William Sterling Hebbard, took over the San Diego operation. Hebbard supervised the Hinde home remodeling until its completion in 1894. The clean lines, large open porches with Ionic columns, and third-story wraparound frieze suggest Hebbard's esthetics rather than those of the Reid brothers. Captain Hinde died in 1915, but his home remained in the family until the late 1930s. The Hinde house then became home to many after a new owner converted it into a hotel and boarding house known to locals as the Mrs. Robison [ also appears as Robinson ] Hotel Ritz. When owners again put the house and its seven lots on the market in 1953, Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church purchased it and renamed the residence Kirk House. Kirk is the Scottish word for church.http://www.gmpc.org/kirk-house/

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    Kirk Cottage 1925

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 27, 2014

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    The Kirk Cottage was built in 1925 to be the home of Reverend Notley Hammock. Over the years it was home of many pastors up too 2007. It was called the Kirk Cottage, because kirk is Scottish for church. It now serves as the Nursery while the parents are able to attend church.

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    Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church 1890

    by Yaqui Updated Mar 24, 2014

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    Architect James Reid designed the church as well as the Hotel Del Coronado. The church was built in honor of Mrs. Babcock parents John and Susan Graham. Mrs. Babcock was the wife of Elsiha Spurr Babcock who built the Hotel Del Coronado.

    We were strolling by and I decided to see if the doors were unlocked. In fact, the doors were wide open, so I asked if we could take a peek inside. We were welcomed warmly and given a mini tour by the mother and daughter who were working inside. The inside is warm, beautiful, and historic. Just gorgeous!

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    Coronado-San Diego Bridge

    by machomikemd Written Nov 25, 2013

    the long Coronado-San Diego Bridge is an attraction in itself, this now toll free bridge is part of CA Route 35, connecting the Coronado Peninsula to Downtown and stretches for 2.1 miles (3.7 kilometers) along the San Diego Bay with an average ceiling of 200 feet or more (62 meters) to allow the US Navy Ships to pass through to the Naval Base. It was opened in 1969 and The bridge contains five lanes: two eastbound, two westbound, and a reversible middle lane with a moveable barrier system which can be used to create a third lane in either direction in response to traffic volume.

    you can also take the slower but more romantic ferry to and from Cornonado to San Diego at the Ferry Landing Terminal.

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    Play, Picnic, Skate or Cycle at Tidelands Park

    by lmkluque Written Jul 13, 2013

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    Tidelands Park is not that well known, though it is well used. There is a Skate Park next to it and besides letting the kids play to let off steam or to have a picnic, this is a great place to stop for a break while walking or bicycling around the Island. In fact The Navy's Bridge Run/Walk finishes here.

    Though the weekends can be crowded when there are big parties here, it is a big park so there's plenty of room for all. It's a safe, clean and well kept park and has restrooms and plenty of parking spaces.

    The views of the bay and the San Diego skyline are beautiful and offer great photo ops.

    The bike/walking path found at Tidelands is part of a route that runs from Silver Strand to the Old Ferry Landing in many places the views are quite unique. The path is safe and well used everyday of the week. Dogs that are leashed are allowed on the path and at the park.

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    Best Free Thing #10: Glorietta Bay

    by goodfish Written Jun 11, 2013

    John Spreckles, who once owned the Del Coronado, most of the island, and was the wealthiest man in San Diego to boot, loved this little bay so much that in 1908 he built his magnificent Beaux Arts mansion on the bluff above it. Here he could overlook the Del’s boathouse - designed by the same architects as the hotel - and the expanse of his resort’s lively Tent City on the finger of the Silver Strand below.

    Today, the mansion is an elegant inn, the boathouse has been turned into restaurant, and towering condos stand where summer folk once flocked to little gaily striped pavilions to enjoy the sea breezes. The bay is no less lovely, though, for its billowing sailboats and attractive homes that line Glorietta Boulevard. The harbor is home to the Coronado Yacht Club, and vessels large and small cluster along docks ringing the curve of the cove. A stroll or bike ride down the promenade on the Strand, past the marina and community center, winds up in Glorietta Bay Park: a green oasis with a playground, restrooms, small beach and tables for a bag lunch al fresco.

    All sorts of craft - from paddleboards to yachts - may be leased or chartered from Seaforth Rentals near the old boathouse.

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    A Day Trip To San Diego!

    by lmkluque Updated Jun 11, 2013

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    A visit to Coronado should include at least one trip across the bay to San Diego. In a day a tour of the Harbor area including Seaport Village, shopping and dining in the Gaslamp Quarter and even a bus ride to Balboa Park is possible and there are many things to do that will fill the day.

    However if your stay in Coronado is long, you might want to make many trips to see the many facets of this vibrant city.

    Instead of listing here all the things to see and do in San Diego, I will give you this link to my San Diego page where I have tried to list the hightlights of San Diego that would be fun and interesting.

    There are several ways of getting across the bay, by walking or biking--take the ferry, by public transportation--bus #'s 901, 902, 903, 19, by car, ride down the Silver Strand / drive over the Coronado Bridge or if you like something more organized, take the Old Town Trolley Tours bus, which has a stop in Coronado.

    San Diego skyline behind the Old Ferry Booth Over the Coronado Bridge The Coronado Bridge
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    Best Free Thing #8: Centennial Park

    by goodfish Written Jun 10, 2013

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    Centennial Park anchors the bay end of Orange Avenue and was where the ferries used to come in before the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge was built; the original ticket booth is still there. A wide, paved avenue, flanked by a rose garden, gazebo, and benches, runs down the center to a promenade along the beach where it heads off to Ferry Landing Marketplace. This is a great (although unshaded) spot for a picnic or take-away lunch, and the San Diego skyline is a killer backdrop for family pictures.

    The sidewalk and promenade - being broad, flat and smooth - is easily navigated by wheelchairs and strollers, too.

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    Best Free Thing #4: Community Landscapes (April)

    by goodfish Updated Jun 10, 2013

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    April is an especially nice time for a walkabout of the island as it coincides with Coronado Flower Show: the largest tented horticultural exhibition in the country and held on the third weekend of the month. Community Landscapes is the civic-pride arm of the show that judges the gardening efforts of virtually every individual property on the island and awards ribbons (proudly displayed in front windows) to the most appealing. Whether big garden or small, this is Coronado at its spruced-up, floral-blooming, best!

    If you’re an avid gardener, bring your camera along to snap those great ideas for your own arbors and beds.

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    Where to start: Coronado Visitor Center

    by goodfish Written Jun 9, 2013

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    Coronado’s Visitor Center is located a 100 year-old building that was once the first bank on the island. It shares space with the Museum of History and Art (fee: see website), the Historical Association, a gift shop and small cafe (Tent City). Here’s where you pick up free maps, book walking tours and gather any other sort of information you need to get going.

    The website also has maps and a guide which can be downloaded before you go.

    Del Coronado: Museum of History and Art
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    Best Free Thing #7: Ferry Landing Beach

    by goodfish Written Jun 8, 2013

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    This little stretch of sand on the east side of Coronado fronts San Diego Bay and offers a spectacular view of the city as well as the aircraft carriers at the North Island Naval Air Station. The beach itself has no real facilities but seemed to be a favorite of families with small children as it doesn’t toddle little feet as far to the water as on the Pacific side. I saw lots of tots getting their toes wet along the shore and happily digging away with shovels and buckets.

    It’s also a great spot for watching the sailboats and big military ships coming in and out of the bay, and seabirds looking for lunch among the rocks.This where the Coronado ferries from downtown Broadway Pier and the Convention Center dock, and Ferry Landing public restrooms, restaurants and shops and pretty Centennial Park are just steps away.

    Photographers, I wasn’t able to make it over here after dark but it’s supposed to be prime for snapping off night shots of the illuminated skyline.

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    Best Free Thing #6: Sacred Heart Church

    by goodfish Written Jun 4, 2013

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    Coronado's Catholic church was built in 1920 and designated a Coronado historical site in 1980. It is Spanish Colonial Revival attributed to (according to the church's website) Irving Gill - although various other architectural publications list the designer as his nephew, Louis John Gill. Whatever the case, it's unusual in that the placement of the windows is very high in the nave, drawing the eye laterally upwards instead of towards the altar as is more common. The windows are also the most outstanding bit of ornamentation in an unfussy sanctuary purposely designed for “every surface, line, cover or emblem having a definite place and purpose in Catholic worship.”

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    Best Free Thing #5: Spring Flowers

    by goodfish Written Jun 1, 2013

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    I’m adding this along with my previous review on Community Landscapes. Here are some close-up examples of some of the gorgeous blooms you’ll see on an April ramble about the island - and they are simply everywhere. A walkabout to admire the gardens was especially fun for me as some of the blooms are varieties which don't grow in my northern climate. Beautiful!!!

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    Best Free Thing #2: Neighborhood Walkabouts

    by goodfish Written Jun 1, 2013

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    Coronado is a very pretty town with simply tons of interesting houses in all different styles: Italian Renaissance, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Stick, Victorian, Spanish Colonial, Tudor…there are no cookie-cutter neighborhoods here, and most of homes are beautifully landscaped and maintained. Some are grand mansions with impressive trappings but my favorites were charming little cottages painted up in cheerful colors and with gardens ranging from tidy to riotous. The locals are very friendly, and generous with a smile and “good morning!” when on their own walkabouts.

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    Best (almost) Free Thing #3: Architectural Gems

    by goodfish Written May 31, 2013

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    If you want to know more about architecture on the island, you can get this little book at the Visitor Center for around $4. Inside is a numbered map and background on some of the more historic structures worth a gander because of their age, designer or notoriety of original owner. Along with the free Public Art Walking Guide, you can make make a day of tracking down Coronado’s more interesting landmarks - which I did!

    Neoclassical Spreckels Building, 1917 Folk Victorian, 1887 Gen. J.H. Pendleton Home, 1916 Queen Anne Livingston House, 1887
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  • 1906 Lodge

    1060 Adella Avenue, Coronado, California, 92118, United States

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  • Coronado Beach Resort

    The Del was built in 1888 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977. For some it is one of...

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  • Glorietta Bay Inn

    The cities of San Diego and Coronado owe a debt of gratitude to John D. Spreckels, heir to the...

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  Coronado is a small city in the county of San Diego.  There are many things to do here but it is not a party town at all.  High-end shopping and dining is...

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