Hotel del Coronado
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Historic hotel on Coronado Island
Although Coronado Island has its own zip code, the island sits right next door to San Diego. The Del Coronado, as the largest wooden structure in the United States, is a destination in itself. This hotel opened in 1888 and has been a playground for many famous movie stars, politicians, and the wealthy elite. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wizard of Oz, wrote most of the story here at the hotel and was featured in the Marilyn Monroe movie Some Like It Hot. One of the bottom floors houses a little museum that shows the history of the hotel. There's a menu from when the hotel first opened, and the menu looks gastronomically dull until you realize that canned peaches back then were a true luxury. I've never stayed here, but this is a great place to come for a couple of drinks and a pastry or a meal on the back patio.
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