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The Del Presents Fall Dining, Haunted Celebrations and More

As the weather turns crisp, tourists return home and haunted celebrations are on the docket, dining and entertainment options are expanding this fall at The Del as On the Rocks, a new gourmet food truck and beverage trailer debuts. Residents won’t want to miss a special free Beach Yoga. There are lots of ghostly and ghoulish happenings to celebrate the spooky season from Ghost Roasts and Night of 1000 Clowns to a Psychic medium weekend event with James Van Praagh and Donna Bond.

With the pool and Sun Deck renovations already underway and continuing through May 2020, The Del will offer their newest beach dining experience On The Rocks, a gourmet food-truck and beverage trailer, which will be located on Del Beach. On The Rocks will debut on October 3 and will offer an eclectic menu of beach favorites including Yellowfin tuna poke bowls, savory sandwiches and fresh salads and more. I personally can’t wait to try the crispy fries that come loaded with a choice of mouthwatering toppings. Enjoy good vibrations, and even better libations, at the Beverage Bar and Trailer with a selection of local beers on tap, wines by the bottle or glass and tropical cocktail creations. Or hop on the unique bicycle blender and cycle up a batch of Peach-Mango Morning Sunshine to serve six any time of day.

Walk up to order or relax while you enjoy full-service dining on the expansive beach deck overlooking the ocean. Classic beach games take place daily from 1 to 6 pm and sandcastle building happens every Sunday. Don’t forget to listen for the sound of the bell at the end of each day and take time for a moment of reflection and gratitude. Check out the details at On the Rocks.

Community Yoga on Del Beach

Stop in for a complimentary Community Yoga on the Beach session on October 6 at 10 am for all residents. This is an introduction to On The Rocks gourmet food and beverage trailer for locals, who will enjoy a free beverage after class. Class size is limited, so reserve your spot at Yoga on the Beach.

Ghost Roast

Gather your friends or family for a spooky night under the stars with the most perfect fall treat ~ s’mores with an added supernatural flair. Enjoy fireside treats and huddle closely around a fire pit as you experience a paranormal visit from Kate Morgan, The Del’s resident ghost, and the source of folklore as a haunted hotel. Hear her tragic tale and gain unique insights into her mysterious passing. Ghost Roast is available October 21-31 from 6 pm to 9:30 pmFire pits are $200 for a one-hour experience with add-on menu optionsOne pit accommodates up to 10 guests. Advanced reservations are required.

Haunted Happenings Tour

On Thanksgiving Day 1892, a 24-year old woman checked into Hotel del Coronado under an alias and five days later, her body was found on a hotel exterior staircase. Because little was known about her identity, the newspapers referred to her as the “Beautiful Stranger.”

Learn the official account of Kate Morgan’s 1892 visit to The Del and why her spirit never left in this 60-minute ghostly tour of the resort. Walk in Kate’s footsteps after dark as you uncover the mystery of her death, other spirits who haunt the hotel and ghostly guest encounters. Please note that this tour does not include the viewing of any private guest rooms. 

Heritage Manager Gina Petrone reports that “ghostly activity, in the form of merchandise falling off shelves, is occasionally reported in the Established 1888 store on the lobby level.” Tours are offered daily at 7 pm, Thursday-Saturday 7 & 9 pm.  Special fall Hours for October 1- Nov 2; Sunday-Wednesday 7 pm, Thursday 7 & 9 pm, Friday-Saturday 7, 8 & 9 pm.. Cost is $30 per person and is recommended for children ages 13 & up.

Hallo-wine & Spirits®

Celebrate Halloween at San Diego’s famous haunted hotel on Saturday, October 26 from 7 p, to 11:55 pm. Wear an amazing costume and join the annual, adults-only, Hallo-wine & Spirits® Party full of spooky surroundings, great eats, drinks and dancing until you drop! This year’s theme is Night of 1,000 Clowns. Party goers are encouraged to use #DelHallowine at the event. All attendees must be 21+ (no exceptions).

Schedule for the entertaining evening:
7 pm – 9 pm ~ Reception on the Garden Patio featuring culinary delights and wine tasting (featuring wines from Grgich Hills) – “adult trick or treating.”
9 pm ~ The party heads into the Ballroom for dessert, drinks, dancing and crowning of this year’s best costume. And keep an eye out for a special guest appearance from resident ghost, Kate Morgan.
Early bird Tickets: $125 (before Oct 1), includes dinner reception, wine tasting, dessert and two drink tickets
Attendee Tickets:  $150 (after Oct 1), includes dinner reception, wine tasting, dessert and two drink tickets
VIP Lounge Tickets: Enjoy your own private VIP Lounge during the party in the Ballroom. VIP Lounges include 6 attendee tickets, reserved seating for 6 people and first bottle for bottle service (750 ml). Cost is $2,000.

James Van Praagh

Igniting the Spark Weekend ~ Engage Your Soul and Live a More Meaningful Life.

With over three decades spent communicating with the spirit realm, New York Times bestselling author, psychic medium and spiritual teacher, James Van Praagh, is hailed as one of the world’s most celebrated and respected spiritual mediums. Igniting the Spark is a rare opportunity to attend a weekend workshop with James Van Praagh in partnership with Transformation Consultant Donna Bond, M.A.


The Del is pleased to welcome James Van Praagh for an unforgettable evening on Friday, November 8 from 7 to 9 pm. This experience will change your perspective about life and death. James works as a conduit, channeling messages, guidance, and encouragement from loved ones in the spirit world. Gain a stronger connection to the spirit world, and the comforting awareness that you are not alone, and loved ones in the Spirit world are merely a thought away – and are part of your everyday life!

  • Discover the process of mediumship
  • Experience a guided healing and enlightened group meditation
  • Witness detailed messages of love, support and inspiration given to audience members from family and friends in spirit. General Admission is $149.
Donna Bond


Living a More Meaningful Life – In Person Masterclass on Saturday, November 9 from 10 am to 5 pm. In this intimate one-day masterclass with world-renowned medium James Van Praagh and transformation consultant Donna Bond, you will be guided on an experiential journey to ignite the soul’s aspects of wisdom, purpose, and vitality.

• Learn to differentiate between ego and Soul
• Tear down the limiting beliefs and behavior patterns that hold you hostage
• Discover how to detect and utilize your inner compass to guide you on life’s journey
• Fine tune your intuition to attract happiness, joy and fulfillment

Come away with control over your destiny, and clarity in every area of your life.
• Understanding that you are a Soul having a human experience
• The peace, strength and balance you need to fulfill your Soul contract
• A connection to your higher self, and the realms where your guides and angels reside.
• The empowerment to rely on your own inner wisdom.

General Admission for this Masterclass is $249. Both events can be attended independently or as a full weekend program. Weekend General Admission: $349. Weekend VIP: $379, includes VIP seating at both events, a VIP reception, meet & greet photo opportunity with James Van Praagh and closing champagne toast.


Jennifer Velez
Jennifer Velez
Jennifer fell in love with Coronado as a teenager while visiting a college friend. She vowed that someday she would make it her home, and that dream has recently become a reality. Fast forward through completing college with a BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Communications, she then went on to work with a variety of clients. She also taught Journalism and coordinated fundraising for her children’s school, and was a staff writer for San Diego Family Magazine and contributed to other parenting publications. Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]

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