In June, we took most of our family on a trip to Coronado Island, stopping for one night each way in Solvang at the attractive Corque Hotel. On Coronado we stayed at the Glorietta Bay Inn, a comfortable, well-located hotel developed in the old Spreckels Mansion. On our first day my husband and I and our grandson caught the bicycle path just down the hill from our hotel; this path runs along a golf course, then under the Coronado Bridge to follow Sand Diego Bay. Just past the ferry landing, we exited to the street to ride north and then west past the Naval Air Station and then around to the eponymous Ocean Blvd. which follows the ocean down to the famous Del Coronado Hotel. Riding on the path or on the streets is a pleasant experience because there is little traffic in either place. However, later in the day the path does become a bit more congested. I especially enjoy looking at the distinctive houses on Coronado as we glide past them. Coronado reminds me of an earlier era in our country with its peaceful atmosphere and old-fashioned main street, Orange Avenue, that has all the shops and services necessary for daily life. Before lunch we circled the island one way, and then after lunch my husband and I rode around the island the other way, choosing some different streets to ride on. Our grandson decided that circling the island once was enough for him; he is not as crazy as his aging grandparents.
The next day the three of us set out on the Silver Strand after one of our sons drove us to Imperial Beach so that we could ride the path back into Coronado. It was an idyllic morning, foggy but warm, as we enjoyed the freedom of the path with very few cross streets to interfere with the sheer pleasure of pedaling. As we drew closer to Coronado, there were some traffic circles and a few cross streets. We took advantage of the location of Loew’s Resort to stop for coffee and a short rest. The resort is on an interesting inlet with houses and all sorts of boats moored there.
Leaving Loews, we pedaled on toward Coronado, stopping at one of the designated viewpoints to take pictures.
Shortly thereafter, we arrived back in Coronado where we had an excellent fish lunch at the Bluewater Restaurant at the Coronado Yacht Club.
We have stayed with the family on Lopez Island, now Coronado. Next Prince Edward Island?