One thing that’s helped make Zoom kindergarten a little more bearable is all the breaks. Honestly, there are a lot of days off at the beginning of the year. We recently decided to take advantage of the Rosh Hashanah long weekend. We’ve been to San Diego many times, but we’d never actually stayed in Del Mar. After speaking with friends and checking out reviews, the Fairmont seemed like the natural choice.

The Fairmont Del Mar is a gorgeous property. It’s massive, and with so few guests due to COVID, it almost felt like we had the whole place to ourselves. The management was fantastic. We had a few issues with the room we initially checked into, and we were graciously moved into a large, beautiful suite.

When we found out that they were still doing afternoon tea (outdoors), we booked for Lily and I. It was Lily’s first tea experience. She dressed up for the occasion, and was thrilled to be using real china and silver. While she was unimpressed by the finger sandwiches, she was enchanted by the desserts. Lily gave chamomile tea a real try, but ultimately asked to switch to apple juice. We enjoyed ourselves, and I think Lily might be more interested in actually drinking tea next year.

Mostly, we enjoyed hanging out by the pool. The biggest poolside perk was the amazing cocktails. For me, there’s nothing like sitting poolside with a refreshing beverage.

The Fairmont was perfect for a quick weekend getaway. It expanded my thinking about what the San Diego area has to offer.