Coronado Island

On Thursday I drove a few miles south and took the big bridge over to Coronado, California.

Technically just a few miles south of San Diego, but in all senses of the word, world’s apart. It has a very beachy island feel and I always feel like I’ve gone on vacation even though I’ve only gone a few miles.

Not that all of San Diego isn’t lovely, but Coronado is truly the loveliest of the lovely. It would sure be lovely if I could stumble into 5 or 10 million and buy something there. I’ll keep dreaming or start playing the lottery.

But for now, I  just walk on the sidewalk and use the parks. Those are still free and lovely.

Skylar’s school chose a park on Coronado to have their last day of school picnic. Marvelous choice.

Need I even write it, but the weather was picture perfect. 74F and sunny, light breeze, not a cloud in the sky.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone and then enhanced a bit in Lightroom 4 to bring out the blues in the sky. It was so bright out, I literally couldn’t even see my phone screen and what the resulting image looked like.

I held the phone to the bridge, pressed the button, and hoped the image showed how huge the bridge is.

The kids had a great day. Talk about little energizer bunnies. There was a big inflatable jumpee with a slide, parachute games, face painting, a huge catered food spread, playground equipment and wide open spaces, and adrenaline. There was more high energy and craziness in one minute at the park than I think I’ve had in all of 2012 combined. It was fun to see the kids soaking it all in and loving it and vastly different than the last day of school celebrations I had when I was growing up.

Those involved hot and stuffy gymnasiums with no A/C, calling kids up on stage to accept an award as the fourth runner up in the spelling bee contest and other thrilling bits of news. There were no palm trees at the parks in rural Minnesota either, but we had plenty of mosquitoes the size of golf balls.

It felt like just yesterday it was her first day at school. Until I had a child, I didn’t fully comprehend the they grow up so fast sentiment, and it’s cliche but so true.

A beautiful place and a beautiful day.

Sunny days at the park and time with my child and husband, who was able to join us, are worth their weight in gold.

Now if you’ll excuse me, a bite of this Cinnamon Bun Pie is worth it’s weight in gold, too. Weekends are the perfect time to make one, which is what I did this morning.

Are you celebrating being out of school for the year or do you have kids out of school now? 

Any fun summer plans?

The winner of the Ani Phyo Cookbooks Giveaway – Set of Two is Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy

Enjoy your weekend!


49 Responses to “Coronado Island”

  1. Ari@ThE DiVa DiSh — June 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm (#

    I Love coronado! Everytime we go I just want to ride my bike around the whole city! And I agree with you, that Cinnamon Bun Pie is a PERFECT weekend treat! :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm (#

      I want to ride my bike and eat ice cream cones and run thru the sprinklers and feel like I’m 8 years old all over:)

  2. vanillasugarblog — June 9, 2012 at 1:09 pm (#

    oh averie I love when you do these posts.
    i miss home so much

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm (#

      I am so glad you saw this one! I was thinking of you the whole time! I love it when you do the “corner of your world” posts…still thinking about that last one about a week ago of yours…truly spectacular photos!

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — June 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm (#

    Great pics, I love Coronado! Now I’m craving that cinnamon bun pie too :).

  4. Heathy — June 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm (#

    Oh Averie! Coronado looks spectacular! What a treat to live so close to it. I absolutely looove palm trees. I live so far from the ocean or palm trees, but fortunately have easy access to private beaches and lakes.

  5. Paula — June 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm (#

    I never made it to Coronado when I was in San Diego but it looks incredibly beautiful! My stepdaughter graduated from high school last night–and I remember when she was Skylar’s age, so it does go by very fast! Loved the chocolate Mounds bar cookies ( so did my husband)! I also made the roasted grapes with balsamic reduction. It is great w/ cheese and crackers and then I also put the grapes and balsamic on my salad. Yummy both ways!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:09 pm (#

      Thanks for the reports! I put the grapes/balsamic on salads, too. And in leftover cooked rice or white beans; so versatile. And the cookies – yay! Glad the hubs loved them, too!

  6. Vita @ Juicer Depot — June 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm (#

    I wish we had palm trees in Chicago. People out here buy mini palm trees for about $100 and put them in their back yard for the summer. Winter comes and the tree dies. I would love to vacation in California just to get my fill of seeing palm trees.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm (#

      And that is why we don’t live in Chicago anymore: winter! (and no palm trees)

  7. Erin Motz — June 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm (#

    What a picturesque location! Such beautiful weather, too. Wishing we were so lucky in FL – it’s been nothing but thunderstorms and rain for the last 5 days, until today when the sun finally showed up! :) Have a great weekend!

  8. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking — June 9, 2012 at 6:46 pm (#

    Oh my goodness these pictures are just beautiful!!

  9. luv what you do — June 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm (#

    What gorgeous pictures!!!
    I have never been to Coronado Island, but I loved my visit to San Diego a few years ago. This summer, we have a few lake house weeknds in Wisconsin planned and our third annual trip to Door County. I can’t wait!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:07 pm (#

      I used to go to Door County! My parents went there EVERY summer as the parents getaway and my sister and I would stay with our grandma. Memories!

  10. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — June 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm (#

    I always wanted to go to Coronado. I was in San Diego once for work and only was there for two days. I was by myself and young so I was afraid to venture off. I went to the local mall, exciting huh? I do remember how beautiful I thought San Diego was and I remember seeing that bridge from my hotel and wondering what was on the other side. Now that I have lived longer in CA I know what Coronado Island is and I would just love to go there one day. I know I will too!!

    Thank you for sharing this with us and the photos are great. Your iPhone takes great pics!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:06 pm (#

      My iphone had some help from LR4 as mentioned, but thank you :)

      And you’d love Coronado and hope you can come back one day!

  11. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — June 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm (#

    Thank you so much Averie! I’m so excited to use my new cookbooks! I’m especially looking forward to Raw Food Essentials! I appreciate you doing such a generous giveaway! Coronado Island looks like paradise! That sky!! Thanks again! Have a great weekend!

  12. Michele Sparrow — June 9, 2012 at 8:44 pm (#

    What a beautiful place for the last day of school outing. I know what you mean about “they grow up so fast.” It is so true and so bittersweet, as each stage is a beautiful one but the one prior to it is gone forever. Ah…if only our children could stay with us forever. Seraphim is now officially a senior and Simeon an eighth grader. My heart aches a bit when I think of the days when we built sandcastles together at the beach and played indians and cowboys with all their little figurines. Still, they are delightful young men and I wouldn’t trade them for an entire world full of gold.

    Btw…the twinkies were a hit! We sprayed a little whipped cream out of the can into some mouths to wash them down, too! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:05 pm (#

      Glad the Twinkies were a hit and yes, you have young men on your hands now. Gulp. :)

  13. CouponClippingCook — June 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm (#

    Beautiful pictures of Coronado. The weather looked just perfect and the palm trees are so pretty. That cinnamon bun pie looks and sounds delish.

  14. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — June 9, 2012 at 9:26 pm (#

    Ahh I love Coronado! I went there for a Christmas vacation when I was young and still remember playing in the sand and hanging out at the gorgeous hotel there!

  15. Katie — June 9, 2012 at 9:51 pm (#

    I’ve never been there, but I’ve heard nothing but great things. I miss the ocean and palm trees! I am only a couple blocks from the lake, but it isn’t the same. It was 90 today though! I enjoyed far too much indoor time -antique/vintage shopping and some household item sewing.

    Tomorrow I am planning on weeding my garden/yard. I brought my camera to a greenhouse taking pictures of things that I have, so I can tell a difference between a weed and a floer. I’m sure I’ll pull up some flowers though.

  16. Sheree Perelman — June 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm (#

    Have u been to the church thrift store in Coronado? It’s across from the antique store close to Orange Ave. Also, there’s a great juice bar there too.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm (#

      No I haven’t but now I will check it out (and wonder what they have!!)…thanks for the tip!

  17. Laura @ Gluten Free Pantry — June 9, 2012 at 10:15 pm (#

    Hotel Del Coronado and it is sooo gorgeous :)

  18. Hannah — June 9, 2012 at 10:25 pm (#

    Oh wow, wow, wow. It’s -2 at 8am here in Canberra already. Those skies!

  19. Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — June 10, 2012 at 3:27 am (#

    SO gorgeous!!! Wish I could be there right now! :) And that weather sounds just perfect. Glad the kids had a great time!

  20. Grace — June 10, 2012 at 6:36 am (#

    Wow! It sounds like a wonderful day in a beautiful park:)

  21. Alyssa (Down_To_Earth) — June 10, 2012 at 6:56 am (#

    These photos are so vibrant and crisp! What a lovely day. It makes me so excited to visit California in a couple months :)

  22. Maureen — June 10, 2012 at 7:46 am (#

    Coronado is one of my favorite places ever! We spent a full weekend there about 3 years ago for my BFF’s wedding at Hotel Del. Needless to say, it was one of the nicest weddings we’ve been to!

  23. LiztheChef — June 10, 2012 at 8:22 am (#

    I go to the Coronado Farmers Market on Tuesday afternoons, right next to the sidewalk in your shot in the Il Fornaio parking lot – want to come along sometime?

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 10, 2012 at 9:51 am (#

      I love farmer’s markets and just “strolling” and surveying what they have that week…I bet the Coronado market it fabulous! One day I need to get down there….

  24. Christine (The Raw Project) — June 10, 2012 at 8:44 am (#

    Gorgeous pics, brings back fun memories from childhood trips to San Diego. My nieces and nephews have all had end-of-year school parties my sisters had to attend.

  25. Doris @ vanillacocoberry — June 10, 2012 at 9:01 am (#

    Avery oh Avery! Can I tell you how envious I am of you??
    I would probably sell my soul to the devil to live in California as well and have sunshine almost all year round :) your pictures are always gorgeous .. I always think that with each and every post but never get a chance to actually tell you :)

    xoxo all the best

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 10, 2012 at 9:50 am (#

      Thanks for saying so, Doris! We have moved around the country and have made lots of sacrifices to live here because we truly just love it and no where else can hold a candle for us and we know that we’re blessed to make that choice. Love it here :)

  26. — June 10, 2012 at 9:11 am (#

    I was on Coronado Island this weekend too! It was paradise! I am not playing the lottery too! ;)

  27. Erica — June 10, 2012 at 10:11 am (#

    SO gorgeous! What a spot! We’re traveling for a few weddings. But no real other plans!

  28. Amber K — June 10, 2012 at 11:44 am (#

    Wow, those pictures are absolutely beautiful! I wish I lived closer to such an amazing place. Although I think I’d rather just visit; I love Oregon too much. :)

  29. Leonor @FoodFaithFitness — June 10, 2012 at 4:29 pm (#

    I may have to put that on my list of places to go when we visit SoCal. We have an island nearby where celebrities come to escape. It’s a piece of paradise in my back yard.

  30. Jolene ( — June 15, 2012 at 8:43 am (#

    I am very close to celebrating being done work for the summer! I have 2 weeks left and then 2 months off!!! Some plans for the summer include a couple music festivals and a trip to Vegas.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — June 15, 2012 at 9:01 am (#

      Glad to hear you’re almost done..and you take the best trips! From NY to Vegas,I want to be your travel buddy :)

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