The Flower Fields – Extraordinary Color for Acres

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Flower_Fields2Everyone knows spring has sprung when flowers begin to blossom! Spend an afternoon gazing at acres of extraordinary color at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch®. The fields consist of 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers all cascading down the hillside in a spectacular display of color that is sure to take your breath away. You’ll enjoy every view on the field, especially the fields overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The drive is approximately 1-hour from Coronado and it’s definitely worth the trip during your stay with us!

When you visit The Flower Field, make sure to leave time for these family fun activities:

-Antique Tractor Wagon Rides
-Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse
-The Artist Gardens
-American Flag of Flowers
-Sweet Pea Maze
-Santa’s Playground
-Carlsbad Mining Company
-Historic Poinsettia Display
-Water Wise Farming
-Organize Demonstration Garden

Are you taking photos to make your Facebook friends envious? Here are some photo flower tips:

-When the skies are blue, shoot toward the sun as the backlight makes the individual blooms really pop.
-Bummed the clouds are making your photos grey? No sweat, the clouds will intensify the colors.

Where: 5704 Paseo del Norte, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Dates: March 1 – May 10, 2015
Website: http://www.theflowerfields.com/

Weekend Round Up February 20 – 22, 2015

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Winter Brew FestBEER, LIVE MUSIC & MUSEUMS OH MY
A beer lover’s delight! San Diego welcomes all beer lovers to The Winter Brew Fest (San Diego winters = sunny) in Balboa Park this weekend! Enjoy sample brews from more than 40 different local breweries and live music by local artists. The event is Friday the 20th and Saturday the 21st  from 7 – 10pm at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Taste responsibly! sandiegobrewfest.com

Museum Month
For the museum enthusiasts… it’s Museum Month! Museum Month offers locals and visitors the opportunity to visit 45 San Diego museums with half-off entry fees. Starting February 1st, guests can visit any one of Macy’s 14 locations to pick up complementary museum month passes. Visit the website for a complete list of participating museums: sandiegomuseumcouncil.org.

Opening Night
Don’t miss opening night with “You Can’t Take It With You” at Coronado’s Lamb’s Player Theatre at 8pm on Friday February 20. Call 619-437-6000 for tickets and information. The show will also play on Saturday at 4pm and 8pm.

Live Music
Enjoy live music and a night cap at the local watering hole McP’s Irish Pub and Grill at 9pm on Friday the 20th & Saturday the 21st and Sunday the 22nd at 2pm located on Orange avenue. Enjoy a free concert at the Coronado Ferry Landing by the “Velvet Café” at 1pm on Sunday February 22.

Psssst! We Have A Secret to Tell!

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Psssst! Want to know a secret? From above, the beach sand dunes on Coronado Beach actually spell C-O-R-O-N-A-D-O! You won’t be able to see the secret message from ground level, but if you have your own jet then look down next time you’re flying over Coronado.

Coronado Beach is one of the top rated beaches in the nation, voted Top 10 Beaches by Dr. Beach, and this hidden message makes the beach that much more unique to locals and visitors. 

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Romantically Challenged? Let Us Be Cupid!

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Are you romantically challenged? Do you need help planning a romantic getaway? Let us be Cupid!

Let Cupid do all the work and you take all the credit. Here are just a few ideas Cupid has up his sleeve*:

             -Choice of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, sparkling cider, or chocolate truffles next to your bed at check in.
             -A stuffed teddy bear with a hand written note waiting in your room. 
             -A dozen red roses or your special loved one’s favorite flowers waiting in your room.
             -A delicious bottle of red or white wine waiting in your room.
             -Romantic dinner for two at one of many intimate restaurants within walking distance.

Whether you’re planning a romantic Valetine’s Day Weekend, celebrating an anniversary, taking a honeymoon, or even planning a marriage proposal, Cupid can help spark up the romance.

Email Cupid at GBIcupid@gmail.com to create the perfect Valentine’s Day weekend. Please submit requests at least 72 hours prior to arrival so Cupid can fulfill your order.

*The guest will be charged for the cost of meal, amenitiy, and/or activity. 

Oh Snap, Gingersnaps!

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Our daily afternoon refreshments of lemonade and gingersnap cookies are a favorite among our guests. That’s why it’s only appropriate to make our first recipe on gingersnaps.

Ingredients:
• 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
• 1 tablespoon ground ginger
• 2 teaspoons baking soda
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• ½ teaspoon salt
• ¾ cup shortening
• 1 cup white sugar
• 1 egg
• ¼ cup dark molasses
• 1/3 cup cinnamon sugar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

GINGERSNAP COOKIESSift the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a mixing bowl. Stir the mixture to blend evenly, and sift a second time into another bowl.

Place the shortening into a mixing bowl and beat until creamy. Gradually beat in the white sugar. Beat in the egg, and dark molasses. Sift 1/3 of the flour mixture into the shortening mixture; stir to thoroughly blend. Sift in the remaining flour mixture, and mix together until a soft dough forms. Pinch off small amounts of dough and roll into 1 inch diameter balls between your hands. Roll each ball in cinnamon sugar, and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake in the preheated oven until the tops are rounded and slightly cracked, about 10 minutes. Cool cookies on a wire rack. Store in an air tight container.

For the entire Glorietta Bay Inn experience while you’re at home, pair with strawberry lemonade, then enjoy!