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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

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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!

Eat Well, Celebrate Love: All In a Day’s Work for This SD Chef

imagejpeg_0When it comes down to it, food and cooking is really all about love. For San Diego’s Chef Nelson De Leon, that statement couldn’t be more true.

A longtime resident, Chef Nelson De Leon has been been cooking up magic in San Diego’s restaurant scene for over 25 years. He started out in the restaurant business as a busboy and waiter, and has worked hard ever since to gain the hands-on kitchen experience and culinary training that has enabled him to grow into the fine chef he is today.

Chef Nelson De Leon’s experience throughout San Diego at places like the famed local favorite Morton’s Steakhouse has enabled him to hone excellent culinary skills. But his extensive experience also gives him the ability to plan creative, enticing menus, organize and cook for banquets and catering events, direct an entire catering staff, and create memorable, meaningful experiences for those who enjoy the meals he crafts.

All of this serves him well in his role at the Horton Grand Hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter. As the catering chef for one of San Diego’s longest-standing and most highly regarded hotels, Chef Nelson is personally responsible for the deliHorton-Grand-cuisinecious cuisine eaten at special events–most notably weddings–that take place here.

Through his love of food, Chef Nelson has the joy of creating special memories for lovebirds who choose the Horton Grand Hotel as the perfectly elegant and classy wedding venue. Bride, groom, and guests enjoy savory entrees like grilled lemon and herb salmon and filet mignon with shallot-wine sauce, or get their fill of slow-roasted turkey and herb-crusted pork loin from the buffet. Creative, sophisticated combinations like brie and curried apple filo make mouths water as guests toast, chat, and enjoy the merriment of the occasion. Full, satisfied bellies perfectly match full, happy hearts.

“The secret ingredient is always love,” says Chef Nelson. “I am blessed not only because I get to cook, create, and do what I love, but also because I have the important job of contributing to one of the most special days of anyone’s life. I take great responsibility in that, and am overjoyed when I know that the bride, groom, and all their guests are savoring the food that the team and I have prepared for them,” he added.

As caHorton-Grand-cuisine2tering chef for the Horton Grand Hotel, Chef Nelson also creates quite a spread for breakfast and luncheon events. A love for both sweet and savory flavor profiles makes it easy for him to whip up everything from fluffy belgian waffles and caramel apple blossoms to beef encroute and mouthwatering dill potato salad.

Try some of Chef Nelson De Leon’s culinary creations by booking a special event at the Horton Grand Hotel. The classic Victorian-style building set amidst the bustling Gaslamp District is complete with an elegant New Orleans-style courtyard, ballrooms, restaurant/bar space, and other on-site meeting venues. Pack your bags–the hotel has incredible accommodations for an overnight stay as well!

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza August 2015

tonight in san diegoTonight in San Diego: Monday night’s in August we will still have our Tonight in San Diego talk show. 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. 

old town logoStagecoach Days: Now through August 22, 2015. Old Town celebrates the history of San Diego on seven consecutive Saturdays with living history activities, demonstrations, stories and songs. On August 8 – “Soldiers and Citizens”– The military has been part of San Diego since its inception. Following the Mexican American War, dragoons, the Mormon Battalion and the Boundary Commission all had an impact on life in San Diego.  Attendees can do a self-guided tour of the state park and sample tastes of history along the way, while learning about the food preparation and cooking techniques of the 1800s. 12-4 p.m. San Diego Ave and Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.220.5422. For a list of Stagecoach events and weekly themes visit the San Diego visitors guide here.

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.

night fightNight Flight: Every Thursday night through Labor day, visitors can catch a free performance from pro flowboarders at Belmont Park’s WaveHouse. The Night Flights start after sunset with a backdrop of bright neon lights. Viewers can enjoy drink specials and adrenaline fueled entertainment. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Find out what else is going on at Belmont Park 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. 

kiss me kateKiss Me, Kate: Now through August 9, 2015. The beloved classic performance transports audiences into the wings as a touring company gets ready to open a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew, starring a divorced couple whose offstage battles threaten to bring down the curtain. Featuring dance numbers, Shakespeare-quoting mobsters and a musical score that leaves everyone singing along, The Old Globe delivers another summer performance favorite from its stage. (Photo Charles Erickson) 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623. 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 musiciansThe 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 August 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist’s name below. 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, August 1, 2015 Jay & Keri
Thursday, August 6, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 7, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 8, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, August 13, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 14, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 15, 2015 Ryan Brolliard
Thursday, August 20, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 21, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 22, 2015 Lele Rose
Thursday, August 27, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, August 28, 2015 Sophisticados
Saturday, August 29, 2015 Lele Rose

 

Most Wedding Memories Are Made Around the Table, Not at the Altar

Horton Grand Hotel Warm weather, long days, no school… and lots and lots of weddings! Summertime is on full swing, and with it comes wedding season. Always a blissfully happy event, and full of delicious cuisine, weddings are one of the most exciting aspects of summertime.

Each wedding season is host to a variety of new trends, and this season has illuminated some truly delectable wedding cuisine trends!

Hot off The Farm
Similar to the restaurant craze, having a farm to table type of dinner is sweeping through the wedding industry. Couples are now opting to provide locally sourced, organic food to their guests, promoting sustainability and health. This also results in having seasonally themed dishes, since local farmers typically only grow seasonal produce.

Horton Grand Hotel Home on the Range
The whole concept of “rustic” is very popular among weddings right now. In regards to food it means more of a buffet style, rather than multiple courses served to each individual. Food served family style creates a more intimate affair, allowing the guests to better get to know one another.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Would be Proud
Ever since the film, Great Gatsby inspired weddings have been a huge hit. Exquisite garden parties featuring champagne cocktails, tea sandwiches, and more are all examples of the cuisine.

Horton Grand Hotel America’s Favorite Breakfast Desert
As donut bar restaurants have been popping up all over, donut bars at weddings have been making a frequent appearance as well. Sometimes donut bars take the place of an actual wedding cake, or in other scenarios, they are an addition to the cake, adding more color and excitement to the dessert table.

No Guest Left Behind
In addition to the farm to table craze, providing vegan dishes and gluten free options is becoming widely popular as well. Some couples are opting for entire vegan meals, or a simple vegan or gluten free option.

Shock and Awe With Unconventional Cuisine
There are quite a few breakfast loving couples out there, and they’ve chosen to serve breakfast foods for dinner, or even having a breakfast reception instead. Pancake bars, waffle bars, cinnamon rolls instead of a cake, and parfait like appetizers are just a few of the breakfast cuisine trends.

Cuisine is one of the most exciting and fun aspects of a wedding, and experimenting with new innovative ideas keeps an age old tradition feeling fresh! In the end, it’s your big day, and it’s all about the beginning of your happily ever after. Whichever cuisine trend you choose, it’s sure to be one of the most memorable experiences of your life.

To help you create a wedding unlike any other, consider having it a historical, iconic location, where the weather is reliable nearly everyday out of the year. The Horton Grand Hotel, in San Diego, California, can help you create your dream storybook wedding, that will leave your guests in awe for years to come.

Your dream wedding is more attainable than ever with an incredible promotion offered by The Horton Grand Hotel. For a limited time only, book your wedding between 11/1/2015 – 4/15/2016 and receive $10 off their per person wedding package price on a weekday, or weekend.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity, please contact Jennifer Nauta, the sales and wedding coordinator. You’re on step closer to having the most legendary day of your life!

Your Storybook Wedding Diary Starts at The Horton Grand Hotel

Horton Grand Hotel Congratulations! It’s finally happening – the ring has been given, the answer was a resounding YES, and a lifetime of happily ever after awaits. All that’s left to do is have a wedding, piece of cake right? After the dust settles you may realize that you still have a wedding to plan, or a wedding planner to pick out, and an increasingly long list of to-dos before you can say “I do.”

You’ve been dreaming of your very own storybook wedding since you were young, and now you’re prepared to turn dreams into reality.

First you must choose your storybook dream destination. Magnificent weather, stunning scenery, and lots of engaging activities to do and sights to see, for example.

America’s Finest City certainly fits the bill perfectly, offering immaculate weather, splendid views of the bay, ocean, and cityscape, and a never ending array of attractions to visit. Weddings can take place in nearly any month of the year due to the average temperature being 70 degrees. Rain is essentially nonexistent, but when it does rain, it lasts for about five minutes. San Diego weather is always ready for a storybook wedding.

Horton Grand HotelThe question now remains, where in San Diego can a picturesque, beautiful storybook wedding take place? A storybook wedding requires a venue that emulates class, timelessness, and elegance.

The Horton Grand Hotel is one of San Diego’s most iconic and historical buildings, dating back to the 1800s. Nestled within the picturesque and exciting Gaslamp District, the Horton Grand Hotel captures the historic charm of San Diego, while offering elegance and class.

Imagine, candlelit tables draped in timeless cloth, guests clinking sparkling champagne glasses while dining on superb food.

Horton Grand HotelWedding photos taken against the backdrop of velvet furniture and dark paneled wood. Picture yourself gazing out from your New Orleans styled balcony, at the cobblestone road beneath you, a warm breeze gently embracing your skin.

Eventually, after all of the celebrations have been completed, stepping into your horse drawn carriage for a ride into your happily ever after.

We don’t all marry actual princes, but storybook weddings aren’t reserved for royalty alone. Weave your story into the web of romantic history within the Horton Grand Hotel. Leave your mark in time in the elegant Gaslamp District. The perfect storybook wedding awaits you, no magic wand or fairy godmother required, just your vision and happiness is needed.

Horton Happenings :: Event Extravaganza July 2015


tonight in san diego logoTonight in San Diego
: July 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th we have our Tonight in San Diego talk show live tappings. Find all the details regarding guests, show times etc. here.

Lone Star and Laundry & Bourbon by James McLure: Limited dates: Friday July 17th 8:00pm – Saturday July 18th 8:00pm AND Sunday July 19th 2:00pm – Sunday July 19th 6:00pm. Tickets available here.

San Diego County Fair: June 5-July 5. San Diego’s largest annual event becomes “A Fair to Remember: A Celebration of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park” in honor of the 100th anniversary of the Panama-California Exposition, and features car shows, animals, games, exhibits, carnival rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and concerts. Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161. Fair ticket information and more here.

san diego comic conSan Diego Comic Con: Comic-Con International: San Diego returns to the San Diego Convention Center in 2015, beginning with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 8 with the four days of the event running Thursday, July 9 through Sunday, July 12. 2015 marks the 46th year for the show, making it the country’s longest continuously-run comics and popular arts convention. Find out about all the action here.

The 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.

Night Flight: Every Thursday night through Labor day, visitors can catch a free performance from pro flowboarders at Belmont Park’s WaveHouse. The Night Flights start after sunset with a backdrop of bright neon lights. Viewers can enjoy drink specials and adrenaline fueled entertainment. 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach, 858.228.9283. Find out what else is going on at Belmont Park here. 

Little 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 horton musiciansa 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. 

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. Below is our musician lineup for the month of July 2015. To find out more or listen to music samples from each musician, click on the artist name below.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 3, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Saturday, July 4, 2015 Jimmy Dean/Phil Diorio
Thursday, July 9, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 10, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Saturday, July 11, 2015 Joseph Luna
Thursday, July 16, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, July 17, 2015 Joseph Luna
Saturday, July 18, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, July 23, 2015 Lele Rose
Friday, July 24, 2015 Ryan Brolliar
Saturday, July 25, 2015 Sophisticados
Thursday, July 30, 2015 Kenny Beaumont
Friday, July 31, 2015 Joseph Luna

Share an Experience with the Likes of Cowboys, Outlaws and Mad Men

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Whiskey is woven deep within the American tapestry. Venture into nearly any decade within the late 1800s and early 1900s, and there’s at least a subset of the population very attached to whiskey. Whether it be the American Wild West with whiskey slugging cowboys, businessmen in the early 1900s sipping scotch, or the 1960s Mad Men getting sloshed at the office, whiskey has been the drink of choice for many a time.

Oh, and in the middle of all that there were the dark ages of prohibition, from which moonshine was born.

Now we’ve arrived to modern times. It’s 2015 and a whiskey revival is upon us. Whiskey didn’t die, prohibition didn’t happen again, but even so, whiskey seemed to fade out of the limelight for a while. Now it’s back, and better than ever with a whole new culture. A culture that’s an homage to all the epic periods of history whiskey has been a witness to.

Palace Bar Horton Grand Hotel Finding an establishment to enjoy the luxurious liquid can be challenging, for it’s not every bar that understands the art of the whiskey experience. Whiskey can be best enjoyed surrounded by lavish furnishings, sparkling glasses, and served by a top-notch bartender.

For that, you’ll need to saunter into the Palace Bar at the Horton Grand Hotel. The Palace Bar is one of San Diego’s best kept secrets for drinkers of any type, but especially whiskey admirers. Offering a seemingly endless array of whiskeys, you would be hard pressed to request a whiskey the bar doesn’t have. Causing even more interest – the hotel it’s attached to is drenched in San Diego’s most interesting, and even seedy, history.

If you’re lucky, the exquisite bartender, Danielle Lovette, will not only pour you a drink, but she may even tell you Horton-grand-Danielleher startling ghost story while you sip. Having traveled all over the U.S., and worked in a wide variety of restaurants and bars, Danielle is a wealth of knowledge regarding whiskey and the proper ways to present, and enjoy it.

If you’re a whiskey connoisseur already, or a burgeoning one, a trip to the Palace Bar is just what the doctor ordered. Enthrall your taste buds with sensational whiskey. Excite your imagination with historical surroundings and tales of the Stingaree and ghosts. Feel a connection as you drink alongside other whiskey enthusiasts. All the while prepare to be impressed by the unmatched skills of the Palace Bar’s finest bartender. Oh, and do all of this while listening to live music, each and every weekend. Who says you can’t have it all?