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This is a guest post by Susan Guillory of The Unexplorer.
One of the visual landmarks of San Diego is the wedding-cake white topped with candy red roofs of the Hotel del Coronado. This high-end hotel has been catering to the well-heeled as far back as 1888, and is still one of the most beautiful and serene locations in San Diego.
Located on an island it shares with a US Naval Base, Hotel del, as locals call it, is a natural choice for weddings and conferences. In fact, years ago, I stumbled onto a sunset wedding on the hotel’s lawn and peered like a peeping Tom at the magical scene.
If you’ve seen “Some Like It Hot,” you may recognize some of the setting. In 1958, you would have seen Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon strolling around the property, though they weren’t the first Hollywood celebrities to stay at the hotel. Given its close proximity to Los Angeles (2-3 hours north, depending on traffic), it should be no surprise that stars like Mary Pickford, Ronald Reagan, and Goldie Hawn have been guests over the decades. […]