Labor Day 2014 in San Diego; Stay at the Horton Grand Hotel

Labor Day 2014 in San Diego; Stay at the Horton Grand Hotel
This San Diego Labor Day weekend in San Diego is almost here! Labor Day marks the official end of the San Diego summer and there is so much to do and see or do nothing at all and soak up some of the Southern California Sun.
See why San Diego has been named the top draw for travel this holiday weekend. Heading to San Diego?
Make plans to stay at the Horton Grand Hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp just minutes to all of the top San Diego attractions and events. Here are a few of our favorites:
Sand Sculpting Contest August 29-September 1, 2014
1140 North Harbor Drive
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It’s a 4-day extravaganza for the whole family! At the San Sculpting Contest Event they are building a beach high above the water, bringing 300 tons of sand to the ‘B’ Street cruise ship terminal pier, with the bay on the West and downtown’s castles in the sky on the East. It’s been called the most creative atmosphere in the world. There’s nothing else like it anywhere.
World Master Sand Sculptors come from Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Canada, from exotic places like Latvia and Singapore, to challenge the best in the U.S. Their 3-dimensional art is astounding and the sculptures weigh over 10 tons each.
There’s live entertainment (big bands, singers and more), a sand box and rides for kids, a dozen gourmet food trucks, a great view of the bay, tall ships and cannon battles.

Festival of Sail August 29th-September 1, 2014
1492 North Harbor Drive
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The waters of San Diego Bay will be filled with tall ships this holiday weekend as the annual Festival of Sail cruises into the North Embarcadero area. The largest tall ship fest on the West Coast – hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego – sets sail beginning Friday at 9 a.m. and runs through Labor Day.
The nautical action begins with a tall ship parade Thursday that includes cannon fire salutes as the ships dock. Throughout the weekend, the agenda includes visits aboard the ships, a petting zoo and activities for kids, hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, a beer garden, food vendors and photo opportunities with pirates.

San Diego Padres August 29-August 31, 2014
Petco Park-100 Park Blvd
Take me out to the ballpark and cheer on the Padres as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers this upcoming Labor Day Weekend. Special promotions include a Padres mesh hat giveaway and Trevor Hoffman Padres Hall of Fame Ceremony on Saturday and Kids Fest and U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard Appreciation Day on Sunday.
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San Diego Summer Pops August 29-August 31
Marina Park South on the Embarcadero
Bid farewell to another year of great music with The San Diego Symphony as the Summer Pops series comes to a close. Spend an evening under the stars during the final weekend featuring 1812 Tchaikovsky Spectacular with booming cannons and fireworks over San Diego Bay.
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Summer Nights at the San Diego through September 1, 2014
2920 Zoo Drive
The Australian Outback meets the California shore for this year’s “Koalafornia” theme of the San Diego Zoo’s annual Nighttime Zoo festivities. The night features a sunset Skyfari ride, live music, acrobatic performances, up-close animal presentations and the rare chance to peek at nocturnal animal activity.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of another summer season at the San Diego Zoo.
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Make San Diego your travel destination this Labor Day weekend and make plans to stay at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Heart of the Gaslamp minutes to all of San Diego’s destinations and attractions.
Call 800-542-1886 for reservations or book on line at
800) 542-1886

New to Stash: Horton Grand Hotel, San Diego CA


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Wyatt Earp’s favorite hotel now offers Stash points. Horton Grand Hotel is an historic hotel built around a tree-shaded central courtyard.

horton-grand-hotel-exterior-1_hpg_1In the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter & walking distance to Padres baseball.
horton-grand-hotel-balcony_hpg_1Historic architectural detail, carefully restored
horton-grand-hotel-palace-bar-1_hpg_1Palace Bar
horton-grand-hotel-overhead_hpg_1Central courtyard shaded by trees
horton-grand-hotel-king_hpg_1No two rooms are alike
horton-grand-hotel-front_hpg_1Palace Bar entrance
horton-grand-hotel-stair-detail_hpg_1Some of the pieces for the restoration were found, dusty but intact, in a church in New York

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Historical Overview of San Diego – From Then to Now

Many San Diegans and Visitors a like do not know the history of the city of San Diego and where the name “Horton” came from. San Diego is full of fascinating history and stories that makes it the beautiful city it has become today.
San Diego was originally constructed in the 1850’s around the old Spanish fortress at the foot of Presidio Hill, inland along the San Diego River. In 1867 a man by the name of Alonzo Horton moved to San Diego with the vision of building up the city a few miles south along the bay where the ships were docked. Horton believed if the town was built and developed along the waterfront, this would improve trade. Within a month, Horton bought over 800 acres of land for 33 cents an acre and built a wharf along the end of 5th Avenue. The city quickly grew into what was known as the “New Town” or “Horton Addition”. Word spread of the warm climate and prosperous, emerging city which attracted gamblers and prostitutes in the 1880’s including the famous Wyatt Earp, who ran three gambling halls. This wild and dangerous area of San Diego became known as the Stingaree District, after the fierce stingrays that dwelt at that time in San Diego’s Bay. This area today is known as The Gaslamp District, where the Horton Grand Hotel resides.

Horton played a huge role in the history of San Diego, establishing the Chamber of Commerce, and creating the city’s first park, Balboa Park. Alonzo Horton died at age 95. On his birthday he is said to have told newspapers, “San Diego is the most beautiful place in the world to me and I would rather have the affection and friendly greeting of the People of San Diego, than all the rulers in the world.”

Today San Diego is known as California’s second largest city famous for its warm, sunny climate, beautiful coastlines, and friendly locals. San Diego is unique for its vast diversity of people, geology, activities and attractions. With over 10 regions, each distinctive in their own way, there is no end to what San Diego has to offer its locals and visitors.

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History Abounds at the Horton Grand Hotel

Established in 1886 History abounds at the Horton Grand Hotel, which is a restoration of two separate historic hotels: The Grand Horton Hotel and the Brooklyn-Kahle Saddlery Hotel.
The two hotels were built in the mid-1880s and were originally located where Horton Plaza mall now stands.

1886 – the Elegant Grand Horton Hotel is born
Opened in 1886, the Grand Horton Hotel was an elegant, ornate Italianate Victorian structure built by German immigrant Peter Mayerhofer in his desire to replicate the Innsbruck Hotel in Austria.
It was constructed by prominent San Diego architects Comstock and Trotsche.
The Hotel was one of 300 structures built during the Boom of the 1880s to accommodate the influx of people to the little seacoast town of 5,000. Over, 26,000 visitors flocked to the town after the arrival of San Diego’s first transcontinental railroad in 1885.

Historic Hotel in San Diego

History abounds at the Horton Grand Hotel.