Beach Spin at Hotel del Coronado

Labor Day may be the unofficial end to summer, but America’s Finest City happens to provide America’s best weather, so there aren’t many lifestyle changes or limitations from season to season. This is good news, since I love outdoor activities and fitness.

Hotel del Coronado recently launched a beach spin class outside on the lawn overlooking the ocean. I have to say that one of my favorite parts of the class was wearing Beats by Dre headphones for music and instructor queueing, as to not disturb the snoozing hotel guests. It’s amazing what a catchy rap song over stylish headphones can motivate you to do (thanks, Nicki Minaj). And thank goodness that spectacular ocean view is a nice visual distraction (we saw dolphins!) because spin is tied with running for my least favorite workout activity. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to exercise, but cycling hurts my lady parts. I keep hearing “you’ll get used to it!” and “you just need the right seat!” but then I always end up having a tender undercarriage. So many people are die-hard spinners, so every few years I give it another try to see if maybe I’ll like it more. And I have to say, this was definitely the best spin class I’ve ever taken. The instructor was super bubbly, staff members made sure my bike was in the proper position, the ocean breeze was perfection, and the equipment was top notch. But I’ve never had a less than phenomenal experience at The Del, so that was pretty much expected.

Beach spin classes at The Del will be taught year-round (Monday through Friday at 6:15 & 7:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday at 7:15 & 8:30 a.m.) and cost $25. You can expect holiday-themed classes like “Spooky Spin” for Halloween.

After class, head over to Sheerwater for a (less expensive than the Crown Room) fabulous brunch buffet. I wasn’t expecting the chilaquiles to be my favorite buffet item, but it was the dish that made me get seconds. Also yummy: smoked salmon, carved ham, roasted potatoes and pastries. Don’t eat too much, though, because you’ll want to get in your bathing suit and spend the day on their beach loungers sipping umbrella drinks. Or by getting a spa treatment and relaxing by the pool overlooking the ocean. Being at The Del makes you feel like a tourist in your own town, and the two groups we talked to both live in San Diego. So, staycation anyone?