Hillcrest House was thrilled to be selected to host the traveling Red Chair from Woods Hole, MA over the weekend. Over one hundred bed and breakfast inns have hosted the Red Chair and provided private tours of their wonderful communities. The resulting photos are posted online (www.redchairtravels.com) and provide an amazing collage of scenic America. We’re adding our own to the collection.
Owner Ann Callahan put together a very busy itinerary and really rolled out the “red” carpet!
San Diego is a big Navy town so the first stop was the USS Midway Museum. Red explored the historic aircraft up close, flirted with the docents and dreamed of a chance encounter with a Top Gun aviator. Alas, no joy!
However, next door to the Midway was the incredibly romantic statue, Unconditional Surrender. Red’s heart was pounding as she admired the 25 foot tall reenactment of a Times Square sailor stealing a kiss from a nurse at the end of World War II.
The next day, Big Red put on lots of sunscreen (red heads burn so easily!) and headed for SeaWorld. Having grown up on Cape Cod, she always loved whale watching. But she wasn’t prepared for all the up close and personal encounters with SeaWorld’s countless animals. Her favorite exhibit was Dolphin Point. Those bottle nosed dolphins were just so darned cute!
Turtle Reef was literally “cool”, a break from San Diego’s sunshine and a mesmerizing exhibits with dozens of sea turtles and endless tropical fish. An introduction to Duke, a 700 pound sea lion, topped off her day.
Her last day in San Diego was spent at the world famous San Diego Zoo. What an awesome visit! Right inside the front entrance, Red was greeted by a peacock which was quite taken with her. Its awesome fan of tail feathers sprung open and he strutted in front of Red to catch her attention.
But the highlight of the day was being granted a personal audience with one of the zoo’s animal ambassadors, a 14-year-old cheetah named Kabuli and her constant companion dog named Bear. The regal Kabuli sat on Red’s humble wood seat as the zoo’s national spokesperson , Rick Schwartz, talked about the cheetah breeding program. Red left the zoo with a new respect for the dedication of people around the world who work so hard to sustain animal diversity.
While her days were red hot, her nights were incredibly restful at the Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast. Red chose to stay in the Coronado Room (decorated with her favorite red colors) so she could relax in the jetted tub.
Owner Ann Callahan and her dog Callie entertained Red in the evenings on the porch, enjoying the sea breeze. Ann was a fountain of information about the local eateries, brew pubs, entertainment and shops in the Hillcrest neighborhood. Red definitely wants to return and take in the night life.
For more photos and details of Hillcrest House Bed & Breakfast’s participation in “Reds” visit across America, and San Diego, go to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HillcrestHouseandBungalow and www.redchairtravels.com