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. 


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 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.

• 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

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!

‘Twas the Night before Christmas at Glorietta Bay Inn

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‘Twas the Night before Christmas at Glorietta Bay Inn

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Inn
Not a creature was stirring, not even the seagulls;
The stockings were hung by the front desk with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there!

The guests were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of Christmas brunch danced in their heads.
And the ladies in the Music Room, and I at the Front Desk,
Had just sat down for a few minutes rest.

When from Spreckels Park arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to the verandah window I flew like a flash,
To open the shutters and throw up the sash.

The moon how it set Coronado all aglow
and gave lustre of midday to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer.

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than Coronado Bicyclers, his coursers they came,
And he whistled and shouted, and called them by name:

“Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer!
On, Comet! On Cupid!
On, Donner and Blitzen!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the Penthouse roof,
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew from the window and returned to the Desk,
Into the Music Room came St. Nicholas.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with sand and the beach;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! His dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the sand in Coronado.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, 
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath,
(which he put out upon entering the Inn as we are nonsmoking).
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly. 

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the Penthouse Elevator he rose.

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight!”

Glorietta Bay Inn wishes you and your family all the best this wonderful holiday season!

A Year in Review: Glorietta Bay Inn Photos in 2014

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2014 has been a wonderful year! We welcomed back old friends, and enjoyed meeting new friends throughout the year. We put together a Year In Review with our favorite photos of 2014. 


A couple feels royal on their wedding day in the Spreckels Suite:












The winner of our #SelfieWithDadOrGrad Facebook Contest. View all the great contestants here

Jeanne Boiarsky Selfie Winner












A #Selfie Station was created for all your #selfie needs:

selfie station












The @Dencarlson family stops by the #Selfie Station in front of the Historic Spreckels Mansion:













The Gibson’s were married 25 years ago on top of the Penthouse Suite. The happy couple celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with us this year and shared this photo:











Scott C. shared his photo of a full moon which he took from his room patio:

Scott Cancelosi‎ Captures Moon over bay










Our Front Desk Agent, Georgia, won “Outstanding Lodging Employee of the Year” by the California Hotels & Lodging Association in the state of California:










The groom and groomsmen pose for a photo opp in the Music Room:













@shi_del wakes up to continental breakfast served in bed while staying in the historic Mansion:












Click here to view a “Happy Thanksgiving” Video from the Marr Family in front of the Garden Suite (can you guess who many there are?):

marr family 







We look forward to welcoming 2015 with open arms! If you have photos to share during your visit, then please follow and share with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Google +. Happy New Year to All!