Monday, April 23, 2012

Sand, Sun, Surf.........

I am excited to be participating in Madame Samm's blog hop for Spring Table Toppers!!  


Every summer, my family is fortunate to be able to vacation on the NC Outer Banks.  There are several lighthouses one can visit but the most iconic is the Hatteras lighthouse.  




Although the photo doesn't show it well, I stitched on the phrase Sand, Sun, Surf on the blue sky and OBX on the sand.


This mini was a great project to try several new (to me) techniques.  It was the first time I tried to reproduce a photograph - my inspiration was this photo:


It was the first time I try painting with thread - and this was SO MUCH FUN!




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And it is my first every blog hop!






To celebrate all of the above, I am having a small giveaway of two fat quarters with a beach like theme.  (I used the lighthouse fabric on the back of my mini.)




To enter, just leave a comment and tell me where your favorite beach is located.  One comment per person - you don't need to follow my blog although I'd love it if you did.  Giveaway closes Saturday evening April 28th at 11 pm est.  Winner will be contacted via email.


Samm, thanks for organizing such a fun blog hop!  Now it is time to go visit the other lovely ladies participating today:



Patty D (that's me!)



Happy Stitching!

99 comments:

  1. My favorite beach would have to be the tiny one at the lake I learned to swim in - Lake Linka in Minnesota. :)

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  2. I've lived near the mountains my whole life, I went to the beach in California once guess I need to get away more often so I can pick a favorite. Thanks for the giveaway isn't the blog hop fun?

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  3. Beautiful mini, Patty! You did a wonderful job - I love the finer details and think you captured that lighthouse in the photo. Well done!

    My favourite beach is Sunoka Beach located in the Okanagan valley of British Columbia.

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  4. My favourite beach is 5 miles up the road from my home, sandy, clean, peaceful & a piece of heaven. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  5. great lighthouse Patty - love the thread painting - good to be able to learn new techniques :)

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  6. You did very well for all your firsts. I love lighthouses and taking a thread painting class next month - a first for me. Just lovely and thank you for sharing. I don't have a favorite beach - for one I don't swim and two, deathly afraid of deep water.

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  7. What a beautiful beach mini! You really brought it to life! My favorite beach is in New Brunswick, Canada, at Murray Corner.

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  8. your thread painting is great! The grasses look so perfect. Thanks for sharing. I live in NC, but have never been to "The" lighthouse. Some day maybe...

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  9. Beautiful Patty. I lived in Goldsboro, nc for 20 years. My favorite lighthouse was Oracoke.

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  10. Kellyb473@gmail.comApril 23, 2012 at 6:10 AM

    I love the seaside,this brings back so many memories. Thank you for creating something magical.

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  11. My favourite beach is on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Any of the beaches along the north coast are wonderful and worth a visit.

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  12. Atlantic Beach on the Emerald Isle North Carolina. I love traveling through the Carolina's. Used to do so on business all the time, miss those trips. Thank you for the Hatteras piece, love it!!!

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  13. The beach fabric is a wonderful giveaway, especially the footprints. This is a wonderful mini and you did so well with your thread painting. Thank you for sharing with us. Judy C

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    1. I also forgot to tell you that I love Top Sail Beach in NC near my daughter. Judy C

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  14. My favorite beach is Long Beach in North Carolina. I worked there once and stayed for several months on the first row. Love your quilt.

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  15. We go to Carolina Beach each summer...thanks for the giveaway! boppiesgirl@gmail.com

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  16. Wow. Your mini quilt is sew pretty. I really don't have a favorite beach as I live in Iowa. I did live in San Diego 30 + years sew I guess I would have to say a beach that is in San Diego. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  17. I love your light house table topper! DH & I love to take pictures of lighthouses and turn them into cards. I would love to win the giveaway!

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  18. My favorite beach is in Mississippi along the gulf coast

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  19. Great idea for a memory quilt of your vacation. You did a wonderful job, very creative. ;-> Toni Anne

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  20. Great fabric painting! I love the beach/lighthouse in Manistique Michigan. Thanks for a chance.

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  21. I don't know the name but it is on Lake Michigan, it was where I went to Church Camp, it was a great place with lots of memories!

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  22. Good Morning Patty....ohhhh anything that is a lighthouse I am there with you.. there is something foreboding about them....and you captured this one to a T....T for totally awesome..there...YOU did it...and glad you did...

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  23. OHHHH ps...your first blog hop...I don't think it will be your last ...do you think? lol

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  24. Great Job on the painting with thread! WOW.. Our beaches here in the PNW are mostly rocks..I miss the sand dunes of the NC beaches. :) Thanks for a chance at at a fun giveaway!

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  25. WOW! You did beautiful work - almost feels like one is at the beach. So, where does one go from here?

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  26. Gorgeous thread painting, thanks for sharing!!

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  27. Beautiful thread painting - are you sure it's your first try? LOL Our fav beach is Cherry Grove, in the uppermost tip of coastal SC. Been going there for over thirty years! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  28. I love your mini quilts - and the lighthouse reproduction is wonderful. CONGRATS on your FIRST hop and on the fabulous giveaway. My favorite beach is BALBOA ISLAND in California....or maybe it is LAGUNA BEACH in California...oh now, I can't choose just one! LOL

    sao in Midlothian, VA

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  29. Nice lighthouse. No beaches here in New Mexico, but I grew up in southern CA and I went to Malibu Beach a lot and I also love Santa Barbara's beaches. That footprint in the sand fabric is wonderful. I have never seen that one before. Not too many beachy fabrics here in NM either.

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  30. You did great job.My favorite lighthouse is Torre de Hercules in La Coruña,Spain.Here are beautiful beaches and one of my favorite is Arenales del Sol,Alicante.

    Waqrm wishes from Spain!!

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  31. I love lighthouses and you have created this one so well. The thread painting is beautiful. Great job! I don't have a favorite beach. I am more of a mountain girl. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  32. I LOVE your thread painting!! WOW!!
    We live near the Mississippi, so our 'beaches' aren't quite as lovely! But I tell you any beach where I can sit with a drink in my hand is a winner in my book! LOL

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  33. You did a great job on that lighthouse mini and thanks for the inspiration for thread stitching grass - I'm going to try that. My favorite beach is along the Pacific Ocean in Pacific Grove, California. It has beach, rocks and a wonderful boardwalk for miles & miles.

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  34. Just love your light house ...... great job your thread paint is great it really adds to your mini
    My fav beach is anywhere that I can wiggle my toes in to the warm sand and go for a swim
    in stitches

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  35. You won't believe this but I've never seen the ocean. Thanks

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  36. Love your Lighthouse-- and especially love the bright blue sky! It really makes the whole thing POP! Thank you for the chance to win-- I really love that footprints in the sand fabric-- I've never seen it before! :-)

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  37. My favorite beach is San Luis Rey not far from Galveston. It is about the most quite place I have been and beautiful! My husband loves So Padre Island and I can agree with him too. Both places are beautiful and away from all the rush, rush, rush and busy streets. Thanks you for sharing your minis. I do love your lighthouse mini and hope to make one from a photo I have taken. Judith, Texas

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  38. What a great job, the thread painting really adds dimension to the project. Thanks for the opportunity to win. My favorite beach would have to be at our cottage on a small lake called Robertson Lake in Ontario Canada. An hour and a half from Ottawa, ON

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  39. I just love the lighthouse mini. I was planning on making a light house quilt for my sister-in-law but didn't know exactly what to make, a pillow, throw, table runner but I love the mini topper idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. I'm not a beach person *gasp!* but my MiL is. She LOVES lighthouses. She would love this.

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  41. Beautiful lighthouse! Great summery feel. My favourite beach is Turkey Point, Ontario. Wonderful sandy beach!

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  42. We LOVE the Outer Banks! We have gone every year for the past 5 or so. Your mini is beautiful! It makes me anxious to get to the beach. Thanks for the fabric giveaway!

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  43. I love your beautiful mini. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  44. Beautiful table toppers! My favorite beach is close by right on the Mississippi River! Thanks for the giveaway too!

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  45. Wow Fabulous lighthouse!
    My favourite beach is the strand off Omey Island off the west coast of Ireland!

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  46. I loved your lighthouse mini quilt. Loved the idea!
    Well, I spent my honeymoon at Bali Beach, Indonesia. That is my favorite!

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  47. My favorite beach is whatever one I am on! I grew up in San Diego and ended up n the mid west- this California Girl misses the ocean!
    I am redoing my laundry room in a beach theme! the footprint fabric is so cool!
    great job on the thread painting!

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  48. What a pretty topper! If I had to pick a beach it would be Half Moon Bay in CA...it's beautiful!

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  49. Great interpretation of the lighthouse and great job thread painting. I'm a little partial to the beaches in Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan. Thanks!

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  50. Oooo! You are so brave to venture into new techniques! Superb job! I don't get to many beaches, but the ones along Lake Michigan are nice.

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  51. Only had the chance to visit the Outer Banks once and loved it...great job on your lighthouse table topper!!! My favorite beach is in Bermuda.
    ~Terry~

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  52. I live in the prairies and do find lighthouses to be enchanting. Love your thread painting.
    There are some wonderful beaches at the Tulum ruins in Mexico. Thanks

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  53. Great mini , I love lighthouses and the beach , great job on the thread painting too! My favorite beach is Mabou Beach in Cape Breton , Nova Scotia , just gorgeous. Thanks for the chance at your fun giveaway.

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  54. My favorite beach is Panama City Beach in Florida. Like the lighthouses too...your thread painting embellishment is great

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  55. I love all the beaches on Lake Michigan - love Michigan beaches! beautiful work - love the lighthouse! thanks!

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  56. what a lovely mini. Sounds like it was full of first and looks just perfect!

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  57. I was born and raised in San Francisco CA so I'm partial to their beach, but my daughter and family live in Grand Cayman and their beaches are spectacular....thanks for the great giveaway.

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  58. Panama City Beach in Florida. Thanks for the giveaway! I love your lighthouse table topper!

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  59. Oh MY! This are beautiful...The view of the ocean and the lighthouses. Thank you for sharing!

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  60. Love your lighthouse pictorial quilt! I love lighthouses too!
    My favorite beach is China Beach near Carmel. I've only been there once but it amazed me. Thanks for such a sweet giveaway.

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  61. Love lighthouses...We have one in Nova Scotia named Peggys Cove which is truly a beautiful spot. Thanks for sharing and a chance to win.

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  62. Well, isn't that cute - love your thread painting grasses - adorable! Had the most fun at Cocoa Beach in Florida with my kids a million years ago.

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  63. I live in Minnesota. The North Shore along Lake Superior doesn't have sandy beaches and the water is freezing but the beauty is spectacular. Split Rock Lighthouse is a very popular spot for photographs.

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  64. Love your lighthouse! My favorite beach is on Lake Michigan.

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  65. I really must try that thread painting--love it! You did a beautiful job on that lighthouse--WOW! I love Newport Beach in California. I wish I was there now. LOL!

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  66. I LOVE your Lighthouse Table Topper-what a great idea! My sister loves lighthouses too. I'm from California and we have not as many as there are on the East Coast. It's great that they are being restored by a variety of organizations for us to appreciate the vital job they once did. Thanks for your idea.
    Rosemary
    nellieduclos@yahoo.com

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  67. What a brilliant quilt and such a great idea to use a treasured photo

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  68. What a brilliant idea using your photo to inspire a quilt. I love the grass

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  69. Very clever! You did a great job!
    My favorite beach is Gulf Shores Alabama!!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  70. I like lighthouses also and have had a chance to tour a couple of them on the west coast. My current favorite beach is Cannon Beach in Oregon.

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  71. Martinique Beach in Nova Scotia. It doesn't have its own lighthouse but there is one on an island off shore. Sober Island.

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  72. Wonderful rendition of a wonderful lighthouse! GREAT thread painting! Congrats on your first blog hop! FUN, fun, fun!! My favorite beach is at Pentwater, Michigan right on Lake Michigan - it goes on forever - and the dunes - ahhhh.

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  73. My favorite beach just happens to be the outer banks too. We used to go camping a lot in Rodanthe. We have the best memories from there.

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  74. My very favorite vacation of all time (in America) was one my husband and I took in the fall a couple of years ago to Maine. The lighthouses...the beach...the boats...the rocks...the small towns, I fell in love with it all! blessings, marlene

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  75. Hands down my favorite beach is at Grand Haven, Michigan. It is my hometown. I miss Lake Michigan very much. I now live in KY and they don't know what a lake is.

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  76. I love your lighthouse, so like the original!

    My favourite beach as a child was the beach at Ynyslas, in Wales. We lived in Aberystwyth, and that beach was a pebble beach. Ynyslas had sand, dunes and shallow sea which was warm to paddle in. Great!
    PS I am a follower.

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  77. Your lighthouses remind me of our trip along the Oregon coast. Great technique and thread painting. Thank you for sharing.

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  78. Patti! You did an amazing job :) Yay you :) :) I have some of the same footprint fabric I bought on the Oregon coast. ... how funny is that :) Thank you for sharing and again, excellent job!

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  79. A favorite beach is Wasaga Beach, Ontario... we visited once and it was amazing. Thanks for sharing your mini quilt - love the details!!

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  80. What a great job you did on your mini! I grew up on the east coast so I'm partial to the Jersey shore. Love the wooden boardwalks and all that great food!

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  81. Favorite beach-Sarasota, Florida

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  82. I love Cannon Beach, OR... Love our lighthouse and I've been wanting to do thread play myself, you did great!

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  83. My favorite beach is in South Kehei, Maui.

    I love lighthouses. Yours is amazing with the beautiful thread painting.
    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win!

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  84. Very nice and such fun new techniques for you. My favorite beach would be any beach in Hawaii!!!

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  85. Favorite beach - would be the Outer Banks, NC, love your mini it is so pretty! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  86. Great job Patti...and this is your first blog hop...job well done. Thanks for sharing your lighthouse mini...it is amazing. I would have to say my favorite beach is Cancun Mexico.

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  87. I love your lighthouse. One of my favorite of the NC lighthouses. I like our outer banks beaches here in North Carolina very much. Perhaps the beaches at Fort Fisher are my very favorite.

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  88. What a cool lighthouse! Love how you did the grass too! :) My favorite beach would be Waikiki on Oahu, Hawaii. :)

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  89. My favorite beach ... do I have to pick just one? :) Hither Hills, Montauk, NY ... Thanks for the chance.

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  90. I'm not entering the giveaway (and yes, I'm a follower already) but want to say how much I like your minis--it's very calming to see the lighthouse and I bet the words look amazing in person.

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  91. I absolutely love your quilt! Awesome job! Thanks so much for sharing! My favorite beach is in Ocho Rios Jamaica! :)

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  92. My favorite beach is in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. No troubles, no worries, drinks with little umbrellas. I'd go back in a heart beat! If only someone else could pay for it. LOL!

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  93. My favorite beach is the one we have just down the road from our house, on Aughinish island.

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  94. Wonderful table topper. And the thread painting is terrific! Well Done, Patty!
    A favorite beach is Tennessee Valley Beach, Mill Valley CA, 'cause it's near my kids.

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  95. Your mini looks wonderful. I love any ocean beach. There are some beautiful ones in Prince Edward Island.

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  96. My favourite beach is the one a five minute walk from my home. Not on the ocean, but sandy and beautiful. I love your little mini. Very cute!

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  97. My favorite beach is right behind the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego :) Great views! And, it always reminds me of the movie Some Like It Hot which is where the movie was filmed :)

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