America's Iconic Beach Hotel Rings In Its 130th Year In Style

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“Iconic” is a word thrown around so much it can become meaningless, but it fits the legendary

seaside resort, Hotel del Coronado, which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year, like a glove. Set near San Diego on one of America’s most picturesque beaches, the Del has made and been the site of its fair share of history, with a guestbook second to none that dates back to 1888.

A few snapshots: L. Frank Baum writing three of his Oz novels when in residence here at the beginning of the 20th century. Charlie Chaplin playing polo in the 20s. Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon romping throughout the property in the Hollywood classic “Some Like it Hot” in 1959. Royalty (both actual, like King Edward, and de facto such as Walt Disney and Katherine Hepburn), who visited and were treated as such, as well as many American presidents.

Beyond its famous guestbook, The Del is a living legend, a backdrop for creating a grand American beach vacation for the families and travelers from all around the world who flock to California specifically to visit this jaw-dropping property.  

As the property rings in its 130th birthday in 2018, the celebrations are gearing up, with the hotel putting on a year of events, some that highlight the culinary side of this hospitality landmark, some that revel in the sheer beachiness of the location, and some that shine a spotlight on both. (In this hybrid category, the summer season will shine with a beachside Summer Clambake Series, with renowned guest chefs from California and Baja who will join Executive Chef Stefan Peroutka for their take on the California Clambake.)

Add to that Father’s Day concerts, San Diego Pride, Beach Polo, a Chef Throwdown, and a “Hallo-Wine + Spirits” party (among other events), 2018 is a particularly sunny opportunity to visit America’s beloved hotel-and, while you’re there, to wish it a happy 130th.