Del Rio coalition helped over 1,000 migrants coordinate travel in just 3 days


A coalition in Del Rio, Texas, helped coordinate travel for nearly 1,200 migrants between Sept. 20 and Sept. 24 and provided them with food and hygiene kits.

“It’s not their intent to stay in Del Rio,” Val Verde Border Humanitarian Coalition (VVBHC) director of operations Tiffany Burrow told Fox News. “They want to reunite with their loved ones.”

VVBHC, a faith-based organization, describes itself as a group of local citizens and agencies dedicated to helping migrants get to their destinations after they’re released from federal custody. Burrow told Fox News the migrants purchase their own tickets. 

“The past two weeks have definitely been extraordinary in far as numbers go,” she said. “In just three days, we assisted over 1,000 families.”

MAYORKAS SAYS AS MANY AS 12K OUT OF 17K MIGRANTS HAVE BEEN RELEASED INTO US, AND ‘IT COULD BE HIGHER’

As many as 15,000 migrants recently crossed the U.S.’s southern border into Del Rio. Between 10,000 and 12,000 were later released into the interior of the country, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told “Fox News Sunday.”

Mayorkas said the number could increase as the remaining cases are processed.

Burrow told Fox News that many of the migrants that VVBHC helps end up in cities across America.

“If we weren’t here, I think it would be pretty tricky for them to figure out how to get from Del Rio to wherever their final destination is,” she said, adding that VVBHC is the only group in Del Rio that works with migrants.

Burrow told Fox News that migrants have been coming “all year long.” In August, VVBHC assisted 3,649 migrants. At the time of the interview, toward the end of September, the organization had tallied 3,500 assists.

Burrow also told Fox News that there had been “quite a few newborns born at our local hospital.”

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“Now we’re having to add swaddling blankets and newborn items for moms,” she said. “That’s always been in place, we’re just seeing it in bigger numbers.”

Burrow added that “the support from the community has been phenomenal.”

“The majority of our volunteers come from a multitude of religious backgrounds and we all work together to help these people in need,” Burrow continued.



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Del Mar Tip Sheet – September 5


DEL MAR TIPS – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 05, 2021

Historically our BEST BETS have finished in the money 64% of the time at this track.

 RACE #1    $36,000 MAIDEN CLAIMING
 5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:30 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

5

Wearenotbadpeople

E A Maldonado

PLACE

7/2

4

Head for Business

K J Desormeaux

SHOW

6-1

9

Warrens Candy Man

J J Hernandez

WILD CARD

6-1

3

Gerlachs

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

7

Irresistibly Sexy

T J Pereira

ALTERNATE 2

30-1

8

Pick Your Bid

M Gutierrez

* EXACTA: 5-4 BOX, 4-9 BOX, 9-3 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/5/9 BOX, 3/4/9 BOX

 RACE #2    $28,000 CLAIMING
 5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 4:59 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

4

Civil Suit

J Bravo

PLACE

5/2

5

V Bucks

K Frey

SHOW

3-1

7

Big Andy

F Prat

WILD CARD

8-1

9

Majestic Gigi

T J Pereira

ALTERNATE 1

8-1

1

Elgofranco

M Gutierrez

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

2

Rowangoeshollywood

A Cedillo

* EXACTA: 4-5 BOX, 5-7 BOX, 7-9 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/5/7 BOX, 5/7/9 BOX

 RACE #3    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 5:29 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

11

French Franc

JJ Hernandez

PLACE

7/2

10

Wicked

U Rispoli

SHOW

15-1

13

Charlotte Harbor

EA Maldnad

WILD CARD

12-1

2

Peanut Butter Cup

K Frey

ALTERNATE 1

3-1

7

Vulin

F Prat

ALTERNATE 2

30-1

14

Soul of a Warrior

J Valdivia Jr

* EXACTA: 11-10 BOX, 10-13 BOX, 13-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 10/11/13 BOX, 2/10/13 BOX

 RACE #4    $30,000 CLAIMING
 5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 6:02 PM ET

BEST BET:  #4 TIL I FOUND YOU

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

7/2

4

Til I Found You

E A Ellingwood

PLACE

3-1

7

Liv and Let Liv

K J Desormeaux

SHOW

15-1

10

Kerralia

J Espinoza

WILD CARD

6-1

9

Jasmine Chieftain

K Frey

ALTERNATE 1

8-1

2

Season to Remember

D Van Dyke

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

1

Bold Mistress

G Franco

* EXACTA: 4-7 BOX, 7-10 BOX, 10-9 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/7/10 BOX, 7/9/10 BOX

 RACE #5    $40,000 STARTER ALLOWANCE
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 6:35 PM ET

BEST BET:  #11 BRISTOL BAYOU

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

12-1

11

Bristol Bayou

KJ Dsormax

PLACE

6-1

8

Dramatizer

U Rispoli

SHOW

9/2

4

Trouville

F Prat

WILD CARD

12-1

1

Buy Wave Buy

J Valdivia Jr

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

7

Reiwa

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

12

Jimmyssmokedcarrot

D Van Dyke

* EXACTA: 11-8 BOX, 8-4 BOX, 4-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/8/11 BOX, 1/4/8 BOX

 RACE #6    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 5 1/2 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 7:07 PM ET

BEST BET:  #5 KEYCHAIN GIRL

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

5

Keychain Girl

F Prat

PLACE

2-1

4

I Got a Gal

U Rispoli

SHOW

10-1

10

Very Scary

A Cedillo

WILD CARD

8-1

9

Benedict Canyon

JR Velazquez

ALTERNATE 1

5/2

3

Real Fire

J Bravo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

1

Travel Smart

J Valdivia Jr

* EXACTA: 5-4 BOX, 4-10 BOX, 10-9 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/5/10 BOX, 4/9/10 BOX

 RACE #7    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 7:37 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

11

Norma Jean B.

K J Desormeaux

PLACE

8-1

7

Trickle In

G Franco

SHOW

20-1

9

New Heat

A Cedillo

WILD CARD

7/2

1

Fearless Girl

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

2

Ultimate Hy

D Van Dyke

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

3

Frose

M Gutierrez

* EXACTA: 11-7 BOX, 7-9 BOX, 9-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 7/9/11 BOX, 1/7/9 BOX

 RACE #8    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 8:07 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4/5

8

Flightline

F Prat

PLACE

12-1

6

Parnelli

D Van Dyke

SHOW

7/2

5

Escape Route

J Valdivia Jr.

WILD CARD

4-1

2

Freedom Fighter

J R Velazquez

ALTERNATE 1

12-1

4

Positivity

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

3

Silver Moon Road

J Pyfer

* EXACTA: 8-6 BOX, 6-5 BOX, 5-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 5/6/8 BOX, 2/5/6 BOX

 RACE #9    $100,000 STAKES
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 8:37 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $100,000 DEL MAR JUVENILE FILLIES TURF STAKES

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

1

Sea Breezing

D Van Dyke

PLACE

4-1

7

Into Touring

U Rispoli

SHOW

12-1

8

Miss Bellatrix

A Cedillo

WILD CARD

6-1

3

Urban

KJ Dsormax

ALTERNATE 1

7/2

11

Helens Well

F Prat

ALTERNATE 2

5-1

6

Dendera

JR Velazquez

* EXACTA: 1,3,7,8 Box

* TRIFECTA: 1,7,8/1,3,7,8/1,3,7,8,11

COMMENTS: SEA BREEZING won her debut in Ireland on a good surface, which should translate well. INTO TOURING won her last rolling late as the favorite. MISS BELLATRIX tied for the top, last race speed figure with some good works since. URBAN finished third in her debut with some late legs after a troubled start.

 RACE #10    $300,000 STAKES
 7 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 9:07 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $300,000 DEL MAR DEBUTANTE STAKES G1

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

4

Dance to the Music

A Cedillo

PLACE

5/2

3

Elm Drive

JJ Hernandez

SHOW

8-1

5

Myfavoritedaughter

J Valdivia Jr

WILD CARD

3-1

2

Eda

JR Velazquez

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

7

Grace Adler

F Prat

ALTERNATE 2

12-1

8

Bicameral

M Gutierrez

* EXACTA: 2,3,4,5

* TRIFECTA: 2,3,4,5 Box

COMMENTS: DANCE TO THE MUSIC made easy work of the field in her debut, works since say she could do it again. ELM DRIVE is undefeated in two, including a GII in her last. MYFAVORITEDAUGHTER beat a field of four by 25 and put in a bullet on August 25th. EDA just missed versus ELM drive in her last.

 RACE #11    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 1 1/16 MILES ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 9:37 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

9/5

2

Big Coupe

F Prat

PLACE

4-1

7

Hail Freedom

KJ Dsormax

SHOW

15-1

8

Funkenstein

K Frey

WILD CARD

5-1

12

Eagle in the Sky

J Bravo

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

5

Really Big News

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 2

30-1

11

Club Mesquite

EA Maldnad

* EXACTA: 2-7 BOX, 7-8 BOX, 8-12 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/7/8 BOX, 7/8/12 BOX



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Del Mar Tip Sheet – July 31


DEL MAR TIPS – SATURDAY, JULY 31, 2021

Historically our BEST BETS have finished in the money 64% of the time at this track.

 RACE #1    $28,000 CLAIMING
 6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:00 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 KANAH

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

3

Kanah

J Valdivia Jr.

PLACE

8-1

8

Palaleo

K Frey

SHOW

9/5

2

Defense Wins

F Prat

WILD CARD

7/2

7

Rayray

J Pyfer

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

6

Prince Magician

T McCarthy

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

5

Maybe Sometime

C Ortega

* EXACTA: 3-8 BOX, 8-2 BOX, 2-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/8 BOX, 2/7/8 BOX

 RACE #2    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 5 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 5:30 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

9/5

6

Grace Adler

F Prat

PLACE

5-1

5

Travel Smart

F Geroux

SHOW

5-1

3

Sugar Sugar

JJ Hernandez

WILD CARD

5/2

1

Haute Lady

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 1

12-1

4

Valentina Ghada

T Baze

ALTERNATE 2

3-1

2

Ice Maiden

U Rispoli

* EXACTA: 6-5 BOX, 5-3 BOX, 3-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/5/6 BOX, 1/3/5 BOX

 RACE #3    $70,000 MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 6:02 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8/5

3

Lookout Point

F Prat

PLACE

3-1

5

Il Capitano

T Baze

SHOW

12-1

4

Quincey

D Van Dyke

WILD CARD

6-1

2

Fowler Blue

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 1

5-1

8

Mackinnon

JJ Hernandez

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

6

Empires Fire

K Frey

* EXACTA: 3-5 BOX, 5-4 BOX, 4-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/4/5 BOX, 2/4/5 BOX

 RACE #4    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 6:34 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

2

Appreciated

T J Pereira

PLACE

8-1

1

Anitanewmercedes

A Espinoza

SHOW

8-1

3

Hapi Hapi

D Van Dyke

WILD CARD

9/5

7

California Kook

F Prat

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

6

George Herman Ruth

J J Hernandez

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

5

Asaro

E A Maldonado

* EXACTA: 2-1 BOX, 1-3 BOX, 3-7 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/2/3 BOX, 1/3/7 BOX

 RACE #5    $55,000 CLAIMING
 5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 7:06 PM ET

BEST BET:  #3 TIL I FOUND YOU

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

3

Til I Found You

J Valdivia Jr.

PLACE

6-1

7

Emmas Dance

D Van Dyke

SHOW

5-1

1

Mind Meld

T McCarthy

WILD CARD

7/2

5

Speeding

J Pyfer

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

8

Gayles Evening

K Frey

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

2

Malibu Mistress

W A Barnett

* EXACTA: 3-7 BOX, 7-1 BOX, 1-5 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 1/3/7 BOX, 1/5/7 BOX

 RACE #6    $25,000 CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 7:36 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

3-1

4

Railsplitter

C Ortega

PLACE

4-1

6

Dr. Hoffman

F Prat

SHOW

12-1

9

Full Draw

M Gutierrez

WILD CARD

7/2

2

Unilateral

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 1

2-1

5

Dark Prince

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

7

Very Irish

T Baze

* EXACTA: 4-6 BOX, 6-9 BOX, 9-2 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 4/6/9 BOX, 2/6/9 BOX

 RACE #7    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 5 FURLONGS ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 8:06 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

5/2

3

Alice Marble

F Prat

PLACE

7/2

7

Lava Lane

U Rispoli

SHOW

8-1

5

Ds Lovely Sophia

J Pyfer

WILD CARD

8-1

11

Acai

M Gutierrez

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

2

Ensleys Dream

E A Maldonado

ALTERNATE 2

10-1

1

Trina

J Bravo

* EXACTA: 3-7 BOX, 7-5 BOX, 5-11 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 3/5/7 BOX, 5/7/11 BOX

 RACE #8    $55,000 CLAIMING
 7 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 8:36 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

6-1

2

Sea to Success

E A Maldonado

PLACE

5/2

6

Wipe the Slate

M Gutierrez

SHOW

30-1

5

Alpine Thunder

D A Herrera

WILD CARD

3-1

1

Herd Immunity

F Prat

ALTERNATE 1

6-1

8

Positivity

U Rispoli

ALTERNATE 2

8-1

7

Charge Cash

T J Pereira

* EXACTA: 2-6 BOX, 6-5 BOX, 5-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/5/6 BOX, 1/5/6 BOX

 RACE #9    $74,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 1/8 MILES ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 9:06 PM ET

BEST BET:  #8 IRIDEO

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

8-1

8

Irideo

T J Pereira

PLACE

15-1

3

Media Blitz

J J Hernandez

SHOW

8-1

2

Me and Mr. C

J Bravo

WILD CARD

4-1

9

Rip City

M Gutierrez

ALTERNATE 1

7/2

6

Ready Soul

F Prat

ALTERNATE 2

6-1

5

Ocean Atlantique

T McCarthy

* EXACTA: 8-3 BOX, 3-2 BOX, 2-9 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 2/3/8 BOX, 2/3/9 BOX

 RACE #10    $300,000 STAKES
 6 FURLONGS ON THE DIRT – POST TIME: 9:36 PM ET

** BONUS COMMENTARY **  $300,000 BING CROSBY STAKES G1

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

7/2

8

Dr. Schivel

F Prat

PLACE

5/2

3

C Z Rocket

F Geroux

SHOW

8-1

2

Vertical Threat

J Bravo

WILD CARD

7/2

9

Brickyard Ride

JJ Hernandez

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

6

Collusion Illusion

T Baze

ALTERNATE 2

15-1

1

Shooters Shoot

T McCarthy

* EXACTA: 2,3,8,9 Box

* TRIFECTA: 2,3,8/2,3,8,9/2,3,6,8,9

COMMENTS: DR. SCHIVEL is two for two at Del Mar and working well for this spot. C Z Rocket missed as the favorite in his last, trainer Peter Miller rebounds at 25% with defeated chalk. VERTICAL THREAT is three for three at the distance, including the top, last race speed figure. BRICKYARD RIDE has won five of eight at the distance, can struggle without the lead.

 RACE #11    $72,000 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING
 1 MILE ON THE TURF – POST TIME: 10:06 PM ET

PICK ORDER

M/L

P#

HORSE NAME

JOCKEY

WIN

4-1

13

Bench Judge

F Geroux

PLACE

12-1

9

Signofthecross

T McCarthy

SHOW

8-1

7

Constant Conflict

F Prat

WILD CARD

7/2

1

Sea of Liberty

J Bravo

ALTERNATE 1

4-1

2

Carmelitas Man

A Cedillo

ALTERNATE 2

20-1

10

Circleofchampions

R Gonzalez

* EXACTA: 13-9 BOX, 9-7 BOX, 7-1 BOX

* TRIFECTA: 7/9/13 BOX, 1/7/9 BOX



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Everything You Need To Know About Visiting Hotel Del Coronado


The Hotel del Coronado opened in 1888 and fast became a premiere place to visit. It sits on Coronado Island, near downtown San Diego, right on a pristine beach. With its distinctive red roofs and white wooden buildings, the Hotel del Coronado exudes charm. You can wander the grounds, stroll through the inner garden courtyard, relax in the elegant lobby, and eat breakfast while taking in the ocean view — even if you are not a guest at the hotel.

If you are in the San Diego area, include a morning or an afternoon to hang out at the Hotel del Coronado. It can be sunny and warm year-round, and Christmastime is especially decorative, so any time of year can be great. There’s so much to see on the sprawling 28-acre grounds. You will be in the presence of history and beauty, with the ocean waves breaking on the nearby shore.

Here are helpful tips and information on visiting the Hotel del Coronado, whether you are a guest or one of the many daily visitors who enjoy the setting and ambiance.

The Hotel del Coronado in California.

Sharon Odegaard

Drive Over The Bridge Or Take The Ferry

The fastest way to get to Coronado Island from downtown San Diego is to drive on the Coronado Bridge. Opened in 1969, this gently curving bridge allows you to cross over the bay in a few minutes. If you have more time, consider taking the ferry from the Embarcadero downtown across the bay to the Ferry Landing in Coronado. From there, the Hotel del Coronado is 1.6 miles away, straight down Orange Avenue.

Pro Tip: Valet parking is available at the hotel. But I recommend parking on the residential streets near the hotel. It’s not only free, but it also can save you time waiting on a valet.

The Hotel del Coronado in California.

Sharon Odegaard

Walk In Historical Footsteps At This Gilded Age Wonder

The Hotel del Coronado displays the intricate, pleasant architecture of the 1880s. The builders set out to create a resort hotel that would be “the talk of the western world.” The spot they chose is part of a narrow island with the ocean on one side and Glorietta Bay on the other. Today, downtown San Diego lies directly across the bay from Coronado Island.

The hotel immediately ran into financial trouble with the collapse of the economy, and it was bailed out by sugar magnate John Spreckels, who owned the hotel until 1948. Different owners since that time have renovated the hotel, but the original style has been preserved. Now under the Hilton umbrella, the hotel is undergoing another upgrade, but the exterior will look much like it did in 1888.

The history of the Hotel del Coronado lends an auspicious air to its stylish buildings. Visiting dignitaries have included presidents Taft, FDR, Ford, Nixon, Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton, and Obama. Film stars on the visitor’s list include Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, Humphrey Bogart, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Joan Crawford, Judy Garland, Olivia de Havilland, and Jimmy Stewart.

One of The Del’s biggest claims to fame is its starring role in the movie Some Like It Hot in 1958. If you are planning to visit, have fun watching this Marilyn Monroe delight. You’ll get a view of the actual hotel as it was several decades ago.

It’s no surprise that the hotel earned designation as a National Historic Landmark from the U.S. Department of the Interior. It is worthy of a visit when you come to San Diego!

The lobby of the Hotel del Coronado in California.

Sharon Odegaard

Best Things To Do At The Hotel Del Coronado

Wander Through The Lobby And Shops

Enter up the carpeted front steps. The wood-paneled lobby looks much the same today as it did in 1888. The second-floor balcony overlooks the lobby and can be reached by a wide stairway. The gold elevator is the original and is still run by an elevator operator. This was somewhat of a modern curiosity when built; hotel documents note that the elevator can safely hold 2,500 pounds. You will feel like you’ve stepped back in time when you make your way to your room on the upper floors.

Shops line the hall off the lobby, and more shops are found downstairs in halls off the front of the hotel. These are being remodeled, so check the website for updated information. If you want to shop in the meantime, it’s easy to venture down Orange Avenue right outside the hotel and find a variety of boutiques and specialty stores.

The courtyard at the Hotel del Coronado in California.

Sharon Odegaard

Stroll Through The Garden Courtyard

Just off the lobby is a garden courtyard surrounded by the white-painted Hotel buildings. Amble down the wide path and look up at the guest rooms with their various porches and balconies. At the far end, take the short stairway down to the parking lot and the path to the beach.

People and pets in Coronado.

Sharon Odegaard

Laze On The Lawn

The “back” side of the hotel, between the restaurants and hotel rooms and the beach, is covered by a lawn area that’s ideal for sitting and people watching. The beach boardwalk is often busy with sightseers, dog walkers, and locals out for exercise. Bring a blanket and laze as long as you like.

The Hotel del Coronado in California.

Sharon Odegaard

Play At The Beach

The beach at The Del is public, so you can spend time in the sun and play in the waves. Young folks can build sandcastles. Cabanas and umbrellas are available for guests of the Hotel. And a snack bar is handy.

Pro Tip: The beach and the walkway adjacent to it are perfect for watching a spectacular sunset on the ocean.

The Hotel del Coronado in California decorated for the holidays.

Erik Clegg / Shutterstock

Celebrate The Holidays

The lobby features a gigantic Christmas tree each December, with a different theme each year. Some years, seasonal decorations extend into the courtyard. December at the Hotel Del brings a festive tree and a public ice skating rink built on a section of lawn in the back of the hotel. You can rent skates and glide along with the ocean at your side. Inside the hotel, look for smaller decorated trees in hallways and restaurants.

Note The Windsor Cottage On The Beach Path

As you walk along the beachfront path, take note of the freestanding Windsor Cottage. This was once the Coronado home of socialite Wallis Simpson, who would later marry Prince Edward and cause a shake-up in the English Royal Family. Simpson was married to a naval officer stationed here and lived in the cottage from 1917 to 1921.

Today, the cottage is used to host breakfasts for Beach Village guests. Lounge chairs and fire pits on the patio also make it the perfect place to watch the sunset if you are one of these privileged guests.

The elevator and staircase at the Hotel del Coronado in California.

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Be A Guest At This Charming Hotel

Of course, you can actually stay at the Hotel del Coronado. Choose from three room options: The historic original hotel, a contemporary addition on the property, and the luxurious Beach Village cottages.

The iconic Victorian Building gives you a room under the red turrets and a feel for history. Each room’s decor is unique. Views vary with room location.

The California Cabanas and Ocean Towers buildings are modern in style and decorated in warm colors. Rooms all have either a balcony or patio. Some rooms offer views of the ocean or the resort.

Beach Village is a row of residential-style cottages along the sand, with architecture to match the original Hotel. These cottages, billed as the “pinnacle” of luxury, come with concierge service, breakfast, and private swimming pools. They are suited to a family gathering or group of friends.

Pro Tip: I highly recommend staying in the original building. I have toured the contemporary addition, and it is a nice, generic place to stay. It lacks the charm of the rows of white rooms topped by red roofs. Go for the historic experience and stay in the original Hotel. And ride that wonderful turn-of-the-century elevator.

Take Along Fido (And Fluffy)

The Hotel del Coronado welcomes both dogs and cats. Welcome amenities include bowls and placemats for your pets. Dog Beach, less than a mile from the resort, is a great place for your pooch to romp in the waves. And the lawn at the back side of the hotel provides a pleasant outdoor venue for relaxing with your dog.

Imagine The Days Of Tent City

Here’s something fun to know when you visit the Hotel del Coronado. At one time, a massive Tent City occupied the land to your left as you face the ocean here. Glamping has nothing on Tent City. Here, people could rent a tent furnished with electric lights, beds, washstands, tables and chairs, cooking utensils, and linen. The small city of tents also provided laundry service. Tent City featured restaurants, a soda fountain, a grocery store, a theater, a merry-go-round, and a dance pavilion. From 1900 to 1938, Tent City thrived, offering vacationers a budget option in the shadow of the elegant Hotel del Coronado.

Stand on the lawn and imagine the bustling Tent City as it was a hundred years ago.

Sheerwater, a restaurant at the Hotel del Coronado in California.

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Best Restaurants To Try

You can sit down and savor a meal, grab an ice cream treat, or hang out at a bar at the Hotel.

Sheerwater

Sheerwater is a popular beachfront restaurant with views of the ocean. Dine inside or on the patio. Choose from fresh local seafood, savory smoked meats with house-made barbecue sauces, sandwiches, and salads. Sheerwater is a favorite of hotel guests for its hearty breakfasts.

The Crown Room

The Crown Room restaurant not only offers gourmet foods but also is an architectural marvel. The ceiling made of sugar pine is 33 feet high and is held together by wooden pegs, not nails. To preserve the view, no pillars were used, giving the large room a feeling of spaciousness and a view of the front lawn. The unique crown chandeliers, said to have been designed by Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum, were hung in 1911.

Notable celebrations in the Crown Room include a dinner for Charles Lindbergh to honor him after his solo trans-Atlantic flight. If you are at the Hotel celebrating an occasion of your own, the Crown Room may be what you’re looking for.

Sundae’s

And if you are around between meals, stop at Sundae’s for a yummy gelato with all the toppings.

Shortly after the Hotel del Coronado opened, a young girl named Noel stayed at the Hotel for the winter. She wrote to her cousin in 1892: “The hotel is white and has red roofs everywhere. The red and the white between the bluest sky and the bluest water is like a beautiful dream in a fairy story.” Plan a day or a stay at the Hotel del Coronado, and you, too, can experience this fairy story place on the beach in sunny San Diego.

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The Best Things to Do in Playa del Carmen, Mexico


Consider this your greatest-hits list of the best Playa del Carmen has to offer.

Swinging yet serene, Playa del Carmen is the not-so-secret antidote to Cancun. The Mayan Riviera is the coast with the most and Playa del Carmen is its most eclectic destination. Combining rich Mayan culture, culinary diversity, year-round warmth, otherworldly subterranean swimming pools, and a gorgeous beach or two, this city might just blow you out of the water.

Previously known as Xaman-Ha or “waters of the north” in Maya, Playa del Carmen was named for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Cancun’s patron saint. What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a cosmopolitan city in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo where many come to meet the world. To be able to say you’ve visited this Mayan Riviera gem, tick the following scintillating experiences off your list.



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Breaking Travel News interview: Maria del Sol Velasquez, tourism director, PromPeru | Focus


As the tourism industry in South America begins to take its first steps into the post Covid-19 world, Breaking Travel News here chats with Maria del Sol Velasquez, tourism director of PromPeru, to find out what might be different as travellers return.

With the destination also nominated for a number of top titles at the World Travel Awards, Peru is participating in the organisation’s #Together initiative.

The drive aims to galvanise the recovery efforts of the global travel and tourism economy.

It serves an on-going resource of information, practical advice and insights from the travel industry’s thought-leaders and decision-makers by pooling collective knowledge and fostering cooperation.

Find out more below.

Breaking Travel News: You have recently removed mandatory quarantine for international tourist arrivals – have you noticed a rebound in arrival numbers yet?

Maria del Sol Velasquez: It has been more than a complicated year in the tourism sector, in which Peru immediately began to work on protocols and reactivation measures that, to this day, continue to be implemented, improved and adapted according to the level of control of the pandemic.

One of the restrictions has been the targeted quarantine that has been modified throughout the year.

Currently, there is a 14-day quarantine that might be avoided when the passenger takes an antigen test upon arrival in Peru and, as long as its result is negative, they can carry on with their schedules.

Additionally, all travellers must come with a negative molecular test result, taken up to 72 hours before the flight to Peru.

This has been working quite well since it allows us to have control over international arrivals and also gives the traveller the peace of mind of being able to take tests upon arrival and departure from the country (if required), at the airport, in their hotels or laboratories.

This year we have seen a favourable increase in arrivals within the logical expectations of the pandemic and every effort is important to be able to control prevention measures and protocols before, during and at the end of the trip.

Also, Peru received lately the Safe Travels seal, awarded by the World Travel & Tourism Council, which recognises tourist destinations in terms of safety and hygiene in the face of Covid-19.

To date, Peru has several destinations that have obtained the Safe Travels seal such as Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, Cusco city, Miraflores, some Piura beaches, Iquitos and the Amazon river, among other destinations.

BTN: How do you see the next year taking shape for inbound tourism to Peru? With the resumption of international travel thankfully back on the horizon due to the vaccine rollout, are you expecting a busy second half of 2021?

MV: Definitely. We are aiming for a gradual reactivation of tourism, currently domestic and then international.

Although the borders are open and there are already plenty of flights available to come to Peru, the situation of the pandemic does not allow a massive flow of tourists yet.

However, the measures and protocols have already been implemented for some time in all sectors and there is great expectation of trips to Peru as a dream destination abroad.

BTN: Describe how the lockdown experience was in Peru, and how this compared to the bustle of normal times in world-famous sites such as Cusco and Machu Picchu

MV: The lockdown has been devastating for the travel industry around the world and Peru has been no exception.

But it has helped to formalise and work together protocols, security measures in the private and public sphere, working hand in hand and thinking about how to improve tourism services in the future.

In Machu Picchu and Cusco particularly, nowadays they have the Safe Travels seal, and the hard-hit tourism sector has the highest standards of quality and precision in protocols, in addition to the already known cordiality and kindness that characterises them.

While Machu Picchu now operates at minimum capacity, the entrance control and the circuits created to keep significant social distancing allow tourists to enjoy an unforgettable and safe visit.

It also helps a lot that the citadel visit is an outdoor activity and that visitors feel extra security by being in a ventilated place and with all the safety protocols.

BTN: Why is collaboration across the global travel industry essential to navigating the post-pandemic landscape?

MV: We firmly believe that today, more than ever, we need to create alliances, collaborations and joint work between all sectors, whether private or public.

The pandemic has shown us how fragile the industry is and how long it can take to recover, as well as to detect threats in a timely manner and know how to react in advance to possible crises.

It is important that solutions can be provided from each perspective and, above all, an optimal response capacity to be able to face future situations more effectively, avoiding to impact anyone negatively.

Communication between governments and private sectors is essential to take adequate prevention and care measures.

Likewise, in a post-pandemic era, it will be necessary for the travel industry to play an important role in order to effectively reactivate the worst hit economies, generate employment and opportunities.

BTN: The world cannot wait to start travelling again. What makes Peru such an ideal destination for a dream holiday?

MV: Peru is a country that has it all: great landscapes, nature, adventure, history, world-renowned gastronomy, high quality and luxury services and diversity.

It is a destination that you can hardly forget once you know it.

It is all about the kindness of Peruvians with visitors, a warmth similar to the feeling that you are at home.

With impressive hotels, historical sites everywhere, dreamy beaches, incomparable Amazon, the majestic Andes with snow-capped mountains and crystalline lagoons, Lake Titicaca and its communities that maintain ancestral traditions.

Machu Picchu is just the beginning of this great adventure that Peru is.

BTN: What trends in travel and tourism do you see emerging in the aftermath of the crisis?

MV: I can anticipate that nature and adventure tourism will be relevant for many years.

Open spaces, parks and nature reserves will be the protagonists, not only because of the long confinement to which we have been subjected, but also because of the renewed respect for our ecosystems, the environment and because we value more than ever what the earth gives us every day.

Smart cities, immediate services through applications, everyone will adapt to technology and use more than ever those tools that, in the end, will make life easier for us when traveling and on a daily basis.

I also see that the issue of flexibility could remain due to the need of passengers to buy services with a change option, and with clear lessons from past mistakes.

BTN: Have you had any positive changes in your own outlook in reaction to the crisis?

MV: Even from the worst situations one can take many lessons.

Ways in which one could have acted better, faster, more efficiently.

It often happens after a crisis that people, teams, generate improvements in processes, communications, the way to solve problems and, even learn to anticipate, solving them before they become a crisis.

I think that, in the specific case of the travel industry, there are many lessons, many ponderings that are going to be left to improve in every way.

One of them is the need to handle truthful information and data to be able to make quick decisions, generate a more fluid and constant communication with different stakeholders, maintain high standards of cleanliness, safety and health in all spaces such as hotels, airports, airplanes, and in general public spaces forever, among other improvements that could be adapted over time.

More Information

Peru is currently in the running for the title of South America’s Leading Culinary Destination at the World Travel Awards

Head over to the official website to vote.

Find out more about visiting the destination on the official website.

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“In search of drivable getaways? El Paso, Texas is the surprise addition to your list!”: Travel tips from the concierge at Hotel Paso del Norte | News


EL PASO, Texas, March 25, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — El Paso is located at the western tip of Texas, where Texas, New Mexico and Old Mexico meet. It is the largest international metroplex in the world and seamlessly blends cultures and traditions: from the historic Old West to the colors of Mexico, from the heritage of Native Americans to the beauty of our desert sun. Since the early days when Spanish Conquistadors arrived at the banks of the Rio Grande in 1598, to today, with the millions of visitors who come here on a yearly basis.

Where to stay

Hotel Paso del Norte, Autograph Collection is synonymous with the history and story of El Paso. Built in 1912 and on the National Register of Historic Places, this architectural feat just re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration. It was here that locals and guests watched the Mexican Revolution unfold from the safety of the property’s 10th floor balcony. Managed by Greenwood Hospitality, the hotel has beautifully preserved features such as a Tiffany-style, stained-glass dome ceiling that reaches 25 feet in diameter. Original light fixtures and carvings have been preserved while the glamour of the modern era has been added with luxurious finishes and an open and airy layout that incorporates the hotel’s beautiful views and outdoor spaces. Its 351 luxurious guest rooms are appointed with plush furnishings and curated art pieces. Lavish amenities include the 10th floor rooftop pool, fitness center, spa, boutique, and cigar bar. Plus, Hotel Paso del Norte is located in downtown El Paso—an easy-to-navigate, walkable destination with parks, restaurants, museums, The Plaza Theater, a ball park and convention center. A charming streetcar system connects these downtown attractions.

Where to play

Hotel Paso del Norte is across the street from The Plaza Theater Performing Arts Centre, the Downtown Arts District; and Southwest University Park, home to the El Paso Chihuahuas minor league baseball team. El Paso is known for festivals, with annual celebrations occurring throughout the year. Whether you are interested in the Native American and Mexican cultures, music, wine, or seasonal celebrations like Winterfest—there’s a party in El Paso all year long. (Note, various attractions and events have been impacted by COVID-19.)

The one thing you HAVE to buy here—boots!

El Paso is referred to as the boot capital of the world with numerous boot options from pre-fab to custom designs by local artisans. Hotel Paso del Norte’s boutique Dannah Lane is also a great place for a new pair of kicks.

Where to experience nature

Being located aside the Franklin Mountains, ample outdoor adventures await for hikers, bikers, and nature lovers. El Paso is also a short drive to three National Parks including White Sands, Guadalupe Mountains, and Carlsbad Caverns.

Where to eat

Aside from an authentic culinary scene shaped by the influences of Mexico, the Southwest, Americana, as well as regional produce; El Paso is home to numerous breweries and the El Paso wine trail. Within Hotel Paso del Norte, a distinct culinary scene is the property’s signature feature. Here, diners enjoy the best of El Paso with Sabor. Opening over the next few weeks will be 1700° Steakhouse and the 10th-floor bar and restaurant, El Mirador. Each offers diverse culinary styles with best-in-class offerings. Every element of the experience is curated: exquisite cuisines, extensive libation offerings, décor, lighting, music, styles of service, silver, china, and glassware.

Air Filtration System

To ensure the utmost amenities in safe dining and travel, Hotel Paso del Norte is among the world’s first hotels to open with a virus-killing air filtration system throughout the property. Its state-of-the-art Plasma Air system has been shown to kill 99% of bacteriophage in the air after 10 minutes of use. Common areas, bars, restaurants, hallways, ballrooms, meeting rooms, spa and fitness rooms, and all guest rooms utilize the filtration system.

More information is available at http://www.hotelpdn.com.

Media Contact

Leslie Komet, Hotel Paso del Norte, 2103268992, Leslie@KometCommunications.com

 

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