Gaslamp San Diego

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??? 

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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!

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.

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?

This Iconic San Diego Hotel was Once Home to Infamous Wyatt Earp

Horton Grand Hotel A fearless lawman, the deadliest man in the Old West, a lawman and an outlaw, a murderer, a gambler, a pimp. Wyatt Earp was all of those things and more. Since his day, there have been films, TV shows, and books made about him, yet he still remains a fairly mysterious historical character. One thing’s for sure, though, Wyatt Earp lived a colorfully dangerous life during an iconic time in U.S. history.

Mostly infamous for two main events in his life – his handling of the Fitzsimmons-Sharkey fight and the O.K. Corral gunfight, what’s slightly less well-known is that he, and his wife Josephine, spent quite a few years living and working in San Diego.

Horton Grand Hotel Oh yes, Earp, always one on the lookout for the next big money maker, headed to San Diego around 1887 after hearing of the new railroad that was to be built, and the likely real estate boom it would bring with it.

So after traversing throughout the Midwest, San Francisco, and San Bernardino, Earp moved to San Diego and began immersing himself in the colorful Stingaree lifestyle.

The Stingaree, as it was called back then, was block after block of saloons, gambling halls, and brothels. Except, Earp was very intelligent, and instead of opening up his gambling halls and saloons within the Stingaree, he opened them up in the respectable part of town. Earp, by this point in his life, was quite the gambler, and it’s said that on a good night, one of his gambling halls made up to $1,000 a night in profits.

Horton Grand Hotel Eventually Earp opened up the Oyster Bar, which became a very popular saloon within the Stingaree, mostly because the infamous Golden Poppy brothel was upstairs. The Golden Poppy, owned by the clever Madam Cora, offered many rooms, each painted a different color with each prostitute dressed in matching attire.

Never one for boredom, Earp also began to try his hand in boxing and horse racing. Always an adventurer, he referred boxing matches both within San Diego, and Tijuana. Sadly the exciting real estate boom in San Diego wasn’t to last, and around 1890 the population within the city had fallen drastically.

Always one to abandon a sinking ship, Earp departed San Diego to begin anew in the next boom town. His legacy lives on, though, especially at the Horton Grand Hotel, where he lived with his wife the entire time they resided in San Diego.

To learn more about the notorious Earp, venture to the Horton Grand Hotel any day of the week and see firsthand what his life may have been like. Take a walk through the streets of the Gaslamp and envision the colorful ladies of the Golden Poppy. Eventually you may even make your way over to the Tivoli Bar, where it’s rumored Earp was a regular.

While Earp lived in San Diego it was a riveting time in America’s Finest City, and the Horton Grand Hotel was home to quite a few fascinating characters, and a witness to the shady events that took place.

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