Dine In, Dip Out, or Dazzle a Crowd, Have it Your Way This Thanksgiving

Let’s take a quick tThanksgving Cabin Dinnerrip back in time, to the epic year of 1620. Picture this, a small ship, 102 Europeans, an Abenaki Native American, and then eventually an entire feast which has since resulted in one of America’s favorite holidays – Thanksgiving.

We can all “thank” the bond that developed between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims for both the fledgling beginning of one great nation, and the fledgling beginning of one incredible holiday.

From its origins to now, Thanksgiving is simply about giving thanks for all of our blessings, and spending time with loved ones.

Cheer Twice as Nice Surrounded by Loved Ones

family thanksNo matter where you’re hosting this year’s Thanksgiving meal, there are so many wonderful ways to enhance any celebration, and impress your guests. Whet your palette for a dinner to remember with a few of these ideas:

-Spice up the kids table and make them feel as special as adults by placing hand crafted name cards.

– Make some lovely, and easy, DIY pinecone decorations.

– Save yourself some fridge space by providing adorable leftover boxes for all of your guests!

Stay tuned as the holiday approaches for more ideas to come! For those with enormous families, or those who want to host a work banquet, or even a neighborhood get together, you’ll likely need a bigger space. There’s no better place to host an elegant Thanksgiving event than at the iconic and historic Horton Grand Hotel.

Put Your Party Pants On (The Ones With Elastic)

A holiday as delicious as Thanksgiving deserves to be celebrated more than once a year! Thankfully, San Diego has enough delectable and entertaining events on the horizon to keep you celebrating all month long! Here’s a quick sneak peek of the adventure to come:

photo credit: hoteldel.com

photo credit: hoteldel.com

-Ice skating, literally, next to the sea.

– Run your heart out and make space to eat more Thanksgiving dinners at the Del Mar Thanksgiving Family Mile Fun Run.

– Cruise around San Diego on a gorgeous ship while devouring a buffet.

America’s Finest City sure knows how to celebrate with the best of them. There’s an endless supply of events, parties, shopping, eating, and all around joy. Best of all, during all of the celebrations the weather stays sunny and bright, with warm temperatures and zero snow. For a luxurious stay throughout this holiday season, consider one of San Diego’s Historic Hotels, the elegant Horton Grand Hotel. Situated in the iconic Gaslamp District, the Horton Grand is serving up holiday cheer, and you’re due for an extra helping.

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza November 2015


mixtapeMix Tape 80’s:
Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

tea timeAfternoon Tea Time at Horton Grand Hotel: We will begin our Afternoon Tea at the Horton Grand Hotel on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. We also have a banquet menu with other options that we will can offer to groups any day of the week! You can learn more and check out our Tea Time menu here!

tonight in san diego novemberTonight in San Diego: Live tapings of Tonight in San Diego at The Horton Grand Theater will happen every Monday until mid-December! Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

sd beer week logoSan Diego Beer Week 2015: A public service message from the San Diego Brewers Guild: #SDBW is Coming! Mark your calendars for the 5th year running and 10 day extravaganza of San Diego Beer Week, November 6th – 15th, 2015! With over 100 San Diego breweries, this is the finest celebration of the beer culture that has taken San Diego by storm. For Tickets and information click here!

Puzzling Adventure: Starting September 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015 Embark on a Puzzling Adventure! Scavenger hunt + guided tour + amazing race = puzzling adventure. This adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walkingpuzzling adventure tour of your chosen neighborhood and is perfect for both local and tourist. Consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instructions. Information provided by San Diego Magazine. Purchase tickets here on the Puzzling Adventure website.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival: 
The San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival™ returns November 16-22, 2015, and this year is bigger and better than ever. Indulge in new events, the best wines in the world and some of today’s biggest celebrity wine and food festivalchefs and culinary personalities. Join over 150 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 60 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast. Event and tickets here!

jazz fest_336th Year of the San Diego Jazz Fest: Discerning jazz fans call the San Diego Jazz Festival “the crown jewel of jazz festivals.” The event is held during the Thanksgiving weekend at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego. The SD Jazz Fest is a favorite of festival-goers from around the globe. All venues are conveniently located in the Town & Country Convention Center. There are large concert rooms with double dance floors and small, intimate “listening” rooms. All are non-smoking. The Festival bands represent a wide variety of traditional jazz, dixieland, ragtime, swing, and rockabilly styles. The Festival offers something for every taste in classic jazz. Tickets and more here. 

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Availablehorton musicians 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

The Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of November 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 Lele Rose
Thursday, November 5, 2015 Austin Nash Park
Friday, November 6, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, November 7, 2015 Reggy Woods
Thursday, November 12, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Friday, November 13, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, November 14, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, November 19, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, November 20, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, November 21, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, November 26, 2015 Thanksgiving!!
Friday, November 27, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, November 28, 2015 Sophisticados

Ghosts, Ghouls and The Gaslamp This Halloween Season

davis-horton houseThe spookiest time of the year is rapidly approaching, and the Gaslamp Quarter is making ample preparations. One of the most historical areas of San Diego, chilling tales, haunted buildings, and eerie folklore are not too difficult to come by in the Gaslamp.

It just so happens that the oldest building in the entire Gaslamp, the Davis-Horton house, located on Island Avenue, is known to be a ghost-hunter’s dream come true. Convinced there’s been paranormal activity, paranormal research teams flock to the house each halloween to try and prove it to brave witnesses.

horton halloween collageLooking For a Fright….?

Enough about that, don’t want to frighten you out of the Gaslamp… or do we? Whatever your level of fright may be, there’s a Gaslamp halloween event for you. For the partiers, the Monster Bash will make dreams come true. For those who love fake frights, the Haunted Hotel never disappoints. For those who get a thrill from potentially, very real, frights, you must go on a paranormal investigation tour with none other than the San Diego ghost hunters.

Stay Close Together, Or Risk Being Alone When the Ghosts Arrive

Celebrating the spooky season is always tons of fun, no matter what the activities are. Being spooked in real, or fictitious, haunted houses is great for some, and for others, carving pumpkins and eating candy corn is the preferred method of celebrating. This year, we recommend throwing your very own ghastly ghoul extravaganza… or whatever you’d like to call it! What better way to incorporate your friends and family’s favorite halloween activities than providing it all in one space!

Horton Grand HotelThe Gaslamp is teeming with historical spaces ripe for the most spectacular halloween bash. There’s quite the plethora of San Diego Historic buildings, but the Horton Grand Hotel, a San Diego Historic Hotel, takes the cake for the classiest venue. Just in time for the spooktacular season, the elegant hotel is offering… package deal??? 

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza October 2015

mix tape 2Mix Tape 80’s: Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

tea timeAfternoon Tea Time at Horton Grand Hotel: We will begin our Afternoon Tea at the Horton Grand Hotel on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. We also have a banquet menu with other options that we will can offer to groups any day of the week! You can learn more and check out our Tea Time menu here!

Tonight in San Diego: Live tapings of Tonight in San Diego at The Horton Grand Theater will start up again on Monday, October 19th. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

one ticketsParadise Waits: To honor the upcoming winter season, plan ahead to catch the San Diego premier of the incredible film Paradise Waits, a thrilling ski and snowboarding film. Whether you plan to get a bit rowdy at the late show or make it a family affair at the early show, this film is sure to kick the season off right! More show and ticket information herepuzzling adventure

Puzzling Adventure: Starting September 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015 Embark on a Puzzling Adventure! Scavenger hunt + guided tour + amazing race = puzzling adventure. This adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood and is perfect for both local and tourist. Consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instructions. Information provided by San Diego Magazine. Purchase tickets here on the Puzzling Adventure website.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa comedy nightPark, 619.232.3821. More information here.

The American Comedy Co.:
 Amir K is a Iranian/American comedian who lives in Los Angeles. His comedy is a blend of character work, storytelling and improvisation shaped by a multi-cultural upbringing. Amir was recently a semi-finalist on the latest season of Last Comic Standing and a cast member on MTV’s Jerks with Cameras. Get a few laughs in with Amir, show and ticket information available here.


auto showcaseFifth Avenue Auto Showcase:
 
Think your hot wheels are worthy of winning Best in Class, or even Best of Show in 2015? To showcase your car, you can either register online OR mail in your 2015 entry application and entry fee (cars: $40 by September 25; $50 after | motorcycles: $20 before September 25; $25 after). Entry includes lunch at a participating Gaslamp Quarter restaurant. More information for guests and participates here

OB oktoberfestOcean Beach Oktoberfest:
The 11th annual Ocean Beach Oktoberfest is a two-day, eclectic, beachside festival with a variety of exciting activities, contests and entertainment with proceeds benefiting local non-profit organizations.

The event will kick off on Friday night with live music in the 21 and older beer garden and optional German microbrew tastings. Admission to the beer garden is $5, valid for both Friday and Saturday. More information on O.B. Oktoberfest here from Visit San Diego!

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Availablehorton musicians 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

The Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of October 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

 

Thursday, October 1, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, October 2, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Saturday, October 3, 2015 Joseph Luna 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, October 9, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Saturday, October 10, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, October 15, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, October 16, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, October 17, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, October 22, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Friday, October 23, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Saturday, October 24, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, October 29, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, October 30, 2015 Ryan Brolliar

Saturday October 31, 2015                                                Lele Rose

Seeing Stars? Us Too. We Must Be in The Gaslamp Quarter

We’re not talking about Los Angeles, New York, or even Utah. Coming soon, to a theatre, very near you, is the San Diego Film Festival. Gearing up for the its 14th annual season,Sexy couple in the car. Hollywood star. the San Diego Film Festival is going to have one incredible showing after another, along with industry panels, red carpet events, and parties in both the Gaslamp, and La Jolla.

There will be films from every continent, except Antarctica, with quite a few World, and American, premieres. Septembers of Shiraz, a film starring Adrien Brody and Salma Hayek, will be premiering in America, and Adrien Brody will be attending the showing in San Diego.

Certainly an event not to be missed, the fun begins Wednesday September 30, 2015, and will continue through Sunday October 4, 2015. With over 100 films and events for days, there’s truly something for everyone.

Horton Grand Hotel All showings will take place at the Reading Cinemas in the iconic San Diego Gaslamp district. The classic and romantic notion of dinner and a show can easily be achieved throughout this event. Immersed in fine dining and cuisine from around the globe, the Gaslamp offers variety while still being easily accessible.

To make life even easier, and to increase the fun, consider staying in the Gaslamp throughout the festival, ensuring you’re smack dab in the middle of the excitement.

The Horton Grand Hotel is one of the Gaslamps most historic hotels, and is absolutely stunning. Draped in elegance from head to foot, the Horton Grand will make an exquisite backdrop to an excellent event. A San Diego downtown getaway is just what the Doctor ordered, and the Horton Grand will help make it even more memorable.

San Diego Film Festival While you’re rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s best and brightest, be sure to experience one of San Diego’s favorite shows. MIXTAPE is a massively entertaining collection of your favorite memories of the 80s, with the music of Journey, Duran Duran, Peter Gabriel, The Cure, U2, Dire Straits, Sting, Madonna, the B52s, Michael Jackson and so much more. Best of all, the Horton Grand Hotel is currently offering an incredible getaway package featuring tickets to the show at the Horton Grand Theatre. For more information on the Horton Grand Hotel, and the “Night at the Horton Grand Theatre,” package, visit here. Happy film festing!

Everyone’s Getting in the Act in San Diego’s Local Variety Show

In such a large city, with year round beautiful weather, and constant stimulation and activities, it can be quite a challenge to stay up to date, and in the know. Thankfully,Tonight in SD America’s Finest City has it’s very own, extremely unique, one-of-a-kind variety talk show, helping to keep everyone in informed and entertained on all things San Diego.

Hosted by the dynamic duo – Jesse Egan and Jeff Krapf, and Teelynn as the featured DJ, Tonight in San Diego is bursting with energy, laughter, surprises, and lots of local talent. Each episode features musicians, artists, politicians, comedians, and many more, all from the San Diego area. Viewers are also updated on local events and news.

Tonight in SD2Filmed in the iconic Gaslamp District at the elegant Horton Grand Theater, the show has been going on for three seasons, which can be viewed on Youtube, TISD’s website, or can be listened to in a Podcast form.

For the complete TISD experience, you must attend a live taping! Though the show has been going on all summer, there is only one show left in September, on the 14th, so if you missed out on the previous live tapings, now is your chance! Seeing all of the fun up close and personal is a phenomenal way to experience this unforgettable talk show.

On September 14th, the doors at the Horton Grand Theater will open up at Tonight in SD37:30 PM, and tickets are only seven bucks! Purchase your tickets in advance if possible, since the live tapings tend to sell out. Next show is October 19th and the schedule runs until December 21st. For show times, ticket prices, and other information, visit here.

tea time

Horton Grand Afternoon Tea

Scones

Assorted Seasonal Flavors served with Mixed Berry Preserves,
Lemon Curd, and Whipped Cream

1st Course

(Assortment of Finger Sandwiches)
Smoked Salmon with Lemon and Dill Cream Cheese Puff
Southern Chicken Salad on Toast Points
Cucumber, Tomato and Basil Bites
Ham and Cheese Puff with Spicy Dijon
Mediterranean Skewer Scotch Egg

2nd Course

Assorted Petit-Fours
Seasonal Napoleon Pastry
Chocolate Covered Strawberries

$32.00 per person

Loose Leaf Tea By White Lion Tea
Each teapot serves 1-2 people

Organic Strawberry Fields
(Scented green tea) Hunan Province, China – green tea, Papaya & Strawberry pieces.

Ginger Snap Organic
Pungent with warm aromatic ginger sweet orange and cooling mint add the
perfect balance to this classic infusion.

Lemon Soufflé
White tea leaves and tart, juicy lemons refined with vanilla and caramel essences.

Cranberry Hibiscus
Whole cranberries, hibiscus petals, elderberries, and black currants are blended with Rooibos “Red Tea” for a berry sensation that is crisp, tart, and bursting with flavor. This tea is fabulous iced with a fresh slice of orange.

Apple Cider Organic
Apple bits fresh from the orchard combined with green tea, rooibos “Red Tea,” and spices to create a tempting, calorie free rival to the real thing. Naturally low in caffeine. Try it Iced!

White Ambrosia
Rare white tea leaves are laced with sweet toasted coconut and juicy pineapple.
It’s like having a vacation in a cup!

Vanilla Dolce
Premium black tea paired with a double dose of vanilla to create a creamy, luxurious tea that will win you over even before the first sip. It may be vanilla, but it’s anything but plain.
Try it Iced!

Earl Grey with Lavender
This classic blend of fine black tea gains complexity and character from the clean, lightly floral flavor of lavender and is scented with the citrusy, natural Italian oil of bergamot.

Moroccan Mint Organic
This famous Middle Eastern blend of tightly rolled Formosan gunpowder tea
and peppermint create a refreshing cup. Great iced.

Prices are exclusive of 20% service charge and 8% tax.
Menus are subject to change without prior notice.

Horton Happenings :: September 2015

tea time

Afternoon Tea Time at Horton Grand Hotel: We will begin our Afternoon Tea at the Horton Grand Hotel on Saturdays from 2pm-5pm. We also have a banquet menu with other options that we will can offer to groups any day of the week! You can learn more and check out our Tea Time menu here!


tonight in san diego birdTonight in San Diego
: Monday night September 7th and 14th, Tonight in San Diego talk show will be hosted at The Horton Grand Theater. Doors open at 7:30pm, tickets are $7.00. Find out all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

mix tape 80Mix Tape 80’s: Our anchor tenant at the Horton Grand Theater, Lamb’s Players brings back the much loved Mix Tape 80’s musical next month for another run. (show is currently scheduled to run till the end of November and may be extended)  Find all the details here.

del mar racesDel Mar Racing: Now through September 7, 2015. Catch thoroughbred racing five days a week (dark Monday and Tuesdays). Post time most days is 2 p.m. and special events include the Four O’Clock Friday concert series, beer festival, family weekends and the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 22. Check out the website for event dates and times. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1141. More information on races and concerts here. puzzling adventure

Puzzling AdventureStarting September 15, 2015 through December 31, 2015 Embark on a Puzzling Adventure! Scavenger hunt + guided tour + amazing race = puzzling adventure. This adventure takes you on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood and is perfect for both local and tourist. Consists of a series of locations that you are guided to where you are required to answer questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instructions. Information provided by San Diego Magazine. Purchase tickets here on the Puzzling Adventure website.

maya hidden worldsThe San Diego Natural History Museum (theNAT) – Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: theNAT welcomes guests to explore ancient Maya. Their newest exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed opened on June 12 and will run until January 3, 2016. The exhibit showcases hands-on activities, immersive environments, large-scale replica monuments, bilingual text panels and more than 200 authentic Mayan artifacts. 1788 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.3821. More information here.

san diego film festival San Diego Film Festival:  Get ready for the San Diego Film Festival starting September 30, 2015 until October 4, 2015! Immerse yourself in five days of movies, movies, movies. Hear from filmmakers, actors and industry leaders. And let’s not forget about the parties! Buy passes now and save. Check out more information on the SD Film Fest site here!!

little italyLittle Italy Summer Film Festival: June 27-Sep. 5. Starting Saturday, Little Italy kicks off its weekly tradition of showcasing an Italian film at the Amici Park Amphitheater. On June 27, guests will enjoy We have a Pope about a man’s confrontation with the great responsibilities of the papacy in the Vatican. English subtitles. 8 p.m. $5/pp. W. Date & State Streets, Little Italy, 619.233.3898. Find out more information here. 


fleet weekFleet Week San Diego 2015:
 Fleet Week celebrates its 80th Anniversary! The festivities start on September 5, 2015 and go all the way until November 14, 2015.  In June of 1935, San Diego hosted the inaugural Fleet Week celebration as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. Under command of the U.S. Navy Admiral Joseph M. Reeves, Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Fleet, 114 warships and 400 military planes arrived with more than 3,000 commissioned officers  55,000 enlisted men. Join us in thanking our Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen for their services to our country by participating in 2015 Fleet Week San Diego events! More info here!

Learn more here. 

urban adventure questAmazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- San Diego: Mar 14, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015 09:00 AM until 07:00 PM. Turn San Diego into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Available 365 days a year, sunrise to sunset. Start when you want and play at your pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: SDMAG. Sign up online here! 

horton musicians

The Palace Bar: Whether you’re closing a business deal in the early hours of the day, looking for a drink after work or looking for a night on the town, the Palace Bar provides the perfect location to unwind. Join us on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings for live and local entertainment between 7-10pm. Below is our musician lineup for the month of September 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, September 4, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, September 5, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, September 10, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, September 11, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, September 12, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, September 17, 2015 Jay & Jeri
Friday, September 18, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, September 19, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, September 24, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, September 25, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Saturday, September 26, 2015 Sophisticados

Your Next Group Meeting Could Use More Drama

Horton Grand TheatreWe are in the age of creativity and innovation. With constant advances in technology, and the increasing globalization of the world, now is the perfect time to encourage out of the box thinking in your office or workplace. Even though we’re connected 24/7 via technology, the value of human interaction and face-to-face connection has never been more valuable to increase.  

Meetings and event experiences are integral to the success of all businesses, but finding the right space to hold a successful meeting can be challenging. A stuffy meeting room with plush chairs and a big whiteboard may have worked in the past, but in order to foster creativity, a creative space is needed.

A place where team building and creative expression are easy to execute is key. There are few more well-equipped cities to accomplish this goal than San Diego. Full of hidden gems, and a constant source of spectacular weather, “America’s Finest City” is bursting with inspiration and creativity.

Horton Grand TheatreConsider holding your next meeting experience at a venue built for creativity, art, and community. Regardless of what field of work your meeting may be about, participants will gain much from the experience of brainstorming together in an intimate theatre setting.

The Horton Grand Theatre has all of the necessary ingredients for a successful event experience, while adding more creative layers to the mix, resulting in a recipe for success.

The theatre is an excellent meeting place with 240 seats, a great view of the stage from each seat, located in the heart of the Gaslamp District, and attached to a hotel. The space offers high tech sounds and projection capabilities as well.

Imagine a stage as the focal point of your meeting, a place where team building and creativity take center stage. Here are some initial ideas:

  • Team members could break into groups come up with an idea, then take to the stage, and act out their idea!
  • Team-building activities could take place on stage. A mini talent show could be a great way to break up the day.
  • A good old fashioned game of charades, on stage, could help loosen the atmosphere, and even help get those brain juices flowing.
  • Karaoke. Seriously, with the sound and projection capabilities, this is entirely possible, and will absolutely bond team members.

Horton Grand TheatreThose are just a few suggestions, but the sky’s the limit! Or rather, the ceiling anyway. This space is meant to be a community space, open to whoever can make good use of it. It’s centrally located in downtown San Diego, and can accommodate a rather large group.

It’s a competitive world out there, inspiring and encouraging team members, and striving for innovation are keys to success. It’s been proven time and again that meeting experiences have the potential to unlock creativity and brilliant ideas, but only if it’s the type of meeting that elicits such things. Brainstorm how your next meeting event can benefit your team and your company. Visit here to learn more about how you can utilize the Horton Grand Theatre for your next event or better yet, give Derek Johnston a call to discuss how you can take your next group event to a whole new level of creativity and inspiration.

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Raising the Curtain on Community Theater and One of San Diego’s Hidden Gems

Find yourself searching through Groupon for great deals on big Broadway productions? Went to a large theater to see a show and realized it would have been wise to bring binoculars? We have the perfect solution for you: community theater.

Most of us have a pretty grand idea of what going to the theater should be like. A humongous stage, hundreds and hundreds of seats, balconies, extravagant set design, and, well, maybe some snobbiness (yes, we just said that).

Contemporary DanceBut that isn’t necessarily an accurate depiction of the theater. Just like not all films are big summertime blockbusters, not all theaters and productions require so much finery. Smaller community theaters bring it back to the basics, providing a more intimate experience, greater audience immersion, and the opportunity to explore interesting plays and productions that wouldn’t make sense on a big stage.

Not only that, but local theaters provide an authentic gathering place to revive community interest in the performing arts, which is absolutely crucial. Community theaters have the special job of incubating up-and-coming actors, directors, playwrights, and stage managers. Where else could this invaluable experience be gained? The next generation of big-name actors in Hollywood and Broadway are honing their skills and building their dreams in small theaters all over the country as you read this.

Small local theaters play such an important role, but often go overlooked–which is the recipe for a hidden gem.

_MG_1875.JPGCase in point, you might not be very familiar with our own Horton Grand Theatre located here in Downtown San Diego, right
next to the Horton Grand Hotel. This off-broadway style theater is pretty small, holding about 240 people. Because it’s so small, every seat in the house is incredible. When you see a show here, you’re part of the experience. You’re so close to the actors that you can really
see them. They are so close to you that their performance is less showy and more authentic.

Another special thing about the Horton Grand Theatre is that it is available for use. It’s an open invitation. This space has so much potential and is within reach for all to use.

“Most people don’t realize this venue is available to them,” commented Derek Johnston, Horton Grand Theatre Sales Manager. “The truth is, the Horton Grand Theatre is perfect for many things, whether it’s an all-day meeting, training event, product launch, media event, speech, or, of course, the performing arts. Plus, the fact that it’s in the Gaslamp and attached to the Horton Grand Hotel really gives it the edge of being in a great, convenient location,” Derek added.

Guitar on stageThe Horton Grand Theatre is currently open for people to come see the productions already happening here, people who are looking for a venue to put on a new production, or for businesses to host events. It’s a multipurpose space equipped with high-tech sound and projection capabilities. Previous productions include Triple Espresso and Mixtape, which just opened again this week. The theater also hosts the San Diego Film Awards.

Want to check out one of San Diego’s hidden gems? The Horton Grand Theatre is currently live taping Tonight in San Diego each week. Jam out to your favorite 80s tunes and see a homegrown musical production by getting your Mixtape tickets. It’s a fun production from San Diego’s Lamb’s Players Theater that’ll be here through September 27.

Next time you’re looking for something different in San Diego, skip Groupon. Remember the Horton Grand Theatre!