For one of the best views of the downtown skyline, head to the waterfront at the Coronado Ferry Landing. Not only can you catch the ferry that travels between downtown and Coronado Island ($4.75 one way), but there’s a shopping center and park for you to enjoy while spending the whole afternoon there. At the Ferry Landing, you’ll find several restaurants (my favorite is Il Fornaio Italian), lots of cute shopping boutiques, and places to rent bikes and kayaks and book boat tours. You can also bring a chair or blanket with you to listen to one of the many bands that perform at the Ferry Landing on Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m. During the day, you’ll have an amazing view of the harbor—and may even spot a Navy ship—and at night you’ll see the cityscape ablaze with lights.
Nearby at the Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa, you can dine under the stars during their Lunar Feast dinner series that’s held outside on their private pier under the moon. Get in touch with your celestial side by using one of their telescopes to get a closer look at the sky. Each dinner is set on the date of a full or new moon, and has a different culinary theme from Chef Sara Polczynski.
I attended the last Lunar Feast dinner ($80 per person including wine pairings) that had a Oaxacan Mexican theme with Baja wine pairings. It included several appetizers, five courses, wine pairings and a cocktail. Everything was fantastic, including the best mole sauce I’ve ever tasted (it was more savory than sweet). Of course it wouldn’t be a traditional Oaxacan meal without mole, hoja santa, chapulines (yep, I ate a grasshopper), and mezcal.
The Marriott’s next Lunar Feast is set for Dec. 11 to coincide with the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, so diners can expect a holiday-themed meal.