Thoughts By Natalie

A Day in Coronado

Despite living in San Diego for almost a decade, I hadn’t been to Coronado in about 6 years and honestly had never fully experienced it. Yesterday when we woke up Brian got the idea for us to drive down there and spend the morning exploring and I thought it sounded like a great family adventure. The original plan was to stay until around lunch time, then head home for Jack’s nap, but on the drive over there we quickly agreed to skip his nap and make a whole day out of it.


Like every great weekend day, we started the day off with brunch! We didn’t have a plan, so when we arrived we decided to park near the Hotel del Coronado and just walk around from there. We were there so early that parking was not a problem, haha. We found a few good spots on Yelp, and settled on Leroy’s Kitchen because the menu looked amazing. When we got there we realized we still had 15 minutes until they opened, so we passed the time by going to a nearby bookstore and finding a fun little toy to entertain Jack while we ate.

Leroy’s absolutely did not disappoint. In fact, we ended up ordering way too much food! Although it was insanely tasty, the sticky bun we ordered as a starter was our big mistake because it sort of ruined our ability to actually eat our meals. I got a grilled cheese and tomato soup that was so decadent I could only eat half, and Brian got a GIANT smoked salmon and avocado toast thing he really enjoyed. We also ordered Jack a fruit and yogurt plate that had so much fruit on it we all were able to share it and still have some left on the table. We for sure would go back, and just know that the food is filling and the portions are generous.

For lunch we went to Sheerwater at the hotel and although definitely pricey, it was worth it. Still a little full from breakfast, we split some fish and chips and a caesar salad and it totally hit the spot after spending the morning wandering around in the sun.

Lastly, we couldn’t resist getting ice cream cones in the afternoon. We just went to the place at the hotel—MooTime Creamery—since we had been right near there at the beach and it didn’t disappoint. It was the cherry on top of an amazing day of eating that literally felt like a full blown vacation.


We spent most of the day at the beach because that’s where we love to be! The sand dunes were gorgeous and I didn’t realize San Diego had beaches like this! It reminded me so much of the east coast and made my heart so happy. Jack loved exploring and digging in the sand with his new little truck. After lunch Jack went in the water with Brian and he had the BIGGEST smile on his little face the whole time. He loved playing in the waves and splashing around and didn’t care at all that the water is freezing. It’s funny to think that he used to be afraid of the ocean! That phase is definitely over and he is officially a water baby. While Brian played with Jack in the water, I sat on my towel on the beach and enjoyed hours of people-watching and sitting still. If I’m honest, I got a little bored at times and felt the need to check social media, but I tried to fight that feeling and am so glad I did. It was foreign and lovely to have nothing to do, nowhere to be, and to just enjoy the salty air and sound of the waves. Amazing.


One of our favorite parts of our day was looking at all of the houses on the island—they are BEAUTIFUL and all so unique. Some are new builds, of course, but there are also so many historic homes and it was a major highlight of my day. I wish I had snapped more pictures! After our long day in the sun, we put Jack in his stroller and took a nice long walk in the neighborhoods by the water to look at all of the homes. It’s something Brian and I love to do anywhere we go, but this was especially great because of the character of all of the houses.

All in all, it was a perfect day that felt like a vacation and we absolutely will be making this a habit of ours this year!

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  • Katie McC
    March 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

    That sounds like the perfect family day!! <3 Love the hotel. That hotel reminds me so much of The Grand Floridian Hotel on Disney property in Florida! They look super similar, except the Disney hotel is not near the beach. That ice cream looks delish by the way!-Katie

  • dylcia
    March 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I am so happy that you posted this! My husband, almost 2 year old son and I are going to San Diego at the end of April and we are DEFINITELY doing this. If you have any other recommendations of things to do, PLEASE SHARE!!! Also: did you take the stroller to Coronado with you?

    • Natalie Borton
      March 14, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      We did have the stroller, but we kept it in the car until we were ready to walk around and look at the houses! It was nice to not have it on the beach with us :)

  • Danna T
    March 16, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Such an amazing spot! We got to visit this year, and absolutely loved.