Silvergate seniors dazzled by historic Hotel Del Coronado
SAN DIEGO – Stories of celebrities, heads of state and famous guests who walked the halls of the 133-year-old Hotel Del Coronado were colorfully shared by a hotel historian, the December 1, with current and future residents of Silvergate Retirement Residence, a boutique collection of senior living communities with a strong focus on enriching the senior lifestyle. The entire Silvergate family, including nearly 150 residents and guests, have come together to celebrate the holiday season in style.
âOur annual vacation trip to the Del Hotel has become a family tradition in Silvergate,â said Patty Martinez, executive director of the Fallbrook community of Silvergate, whose residents and guests enjoyed a fine dining experience in the same large room. ballroom where presidents, royalty and celebrities have gathered for over a century. âRather than being home alone during the holidays, our residents have the opportunity to come together and enjoy the magic of the season like an extended family. This event – like so many of our outings – is just ‘One more reason living in Silvergate makes such a difference for seniors who want to do unique things as part of their retirement lifestyle. â
Surrounded by the grandeur and beauty of the Hotel Del Coronado during the holiday season, attendees were treated to an hour-long historical glimpse of the hotel after browsing an array of holiday decorations in the Grand Courtyard during the Silvergate excursion. As they dined in the hotel’s historic Coronet Room, guests of Silvergate were captivated by the stories told by historian and heritage manager Gina Petrone.
In her speech, Petrone told the story of the hotel’s colorful owners, including ‘Sugar King’, John D. Spreckels in 1888. She recounted the escapades of celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Thomas Edison and Liberace, which was first discovered at Del. Petrone spoke of the many visits from heads of state and dignitaries including President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prince of Wales and Ronald Reagan.
She also described the inexplicable activity of the hotel’s ghostly inhabitants whose strange antics are still reported by guests to this day. Guests left with a better understanding of the majesty of the hotel and why it is considered a national treasure on the West Coast.
âI wanted to be a part of this outing today because of my memories of the beauty of this old Victorian hotel over the holidays,â said Irene Brennan, who will move to Silvergate Fallbrook in December. âI thought I would keep going to places like the Hotel Del as I got older, but planning and making it became a chore I never had the time to. At Silvergate they take care of everything and All I have left is to get on the bus and enjoy the day with my new friends and neighbors. Being part of this community is a great way to retire. I love my new one home here. “
âBecause our owners are right here in the area, they can regularly attend these kinds of events and engage with our residents and guests on a more personal level,â said Helen Gray, Marketing Director for Silvergate Fallbrook. âWe are so lucky to have them so closely involved in all of our communities. They support these types of events because they represent the caliber of activity they would like for themselves and their family members. This type of involvement is rare in the elderly. alive and really sets us apart from other retirement communities. “
Planning events that keep seniors active and engaged has long been the goal of Silvergate’s activities teams, whose event calendar is constantly filled with creative ways to keep residents active and entertained year round. For those who would like to learn more about Silvergate by participating in a community outing, call Gray at 760-728-8880. For general information on independent living, assisted living, and memory care, visit SilvergateRR.com/FB.
Submitted by Silvergate Fallbrook.