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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
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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

 

Douse Yourselves in Romance at The Horton Grand Hotel This Valentine’s Season

Vintage style couple with suitcases on train station platformElegant buildings, delicious restaurants, and the Padres are just a few of the things that come to mind when thinking of the Gaslamp Quarter. Today the Gaslamp Quarter is a bustling San Diego neighborhood perfect for a girls night out, family gatherings, business meetings and more. Above all else, though, the Gaslamp Quarter oozes romance.

 

Cities have long been the stage for passions to burst into life and weave their stories. The Horton Grand Hotel, one of the oldest establishments in the Gaslamp Quarter, has existed throughout the many chapters of San Diego history, bearing witness to the comings and goings of love affairs and adventure.

 

Romantic date in historical residenceThe Horton is a lavish hotel that was built to host important people, such as diplomats, celebrities, and even kings. The hotel was constructed right before San Diego debuted it’s first ever transcontinental railroad in 1885. A railroad that brought with it thousands of new tourists excited to venture into the “land of the sundown sea.” As far as modes of transportation go, none are as drenched in the way railways are.

 

Bustling city, new railroad, combined with an exquisite hotel built for kings, makes the Horton Grand Hotel a romantic getaway destination. This Valentine’s season, come sit in the Horton’s gorgeous lobby and absorb all the love affairs that may have taken place in the very same space. Imagine the coming and going of people past, and embody the romantic nostalgia, the kind that only comes from dreaming of history and what may have taken place.

 man hold his girlfriend up above the city

No amount of fluffy teddy bear’s and boxes of chocolates can elicit romance the way a historical experience can. Be unique this holiday season and surprise your loved one with a historical getaway, steps from the finest dining, drinking, and shopping San Diego has to offer.

Let The Champagne Corks Fly! Here’s Your New Year’s Eve Events Calendar.

Champagne And FireworksRinging in the very first moment of the New Year is an exciting and important moment! You don’t want to be just anywhere for the big night, this moment deserves a premeditated, calculated, decision. First let’s narrow it down to a city… ok, San Diego for sure. Great weather, no need for coats, scarves and the like, a chic, happening downtown area – The Gaslamp, and the beach. Where to begin though? The Gaslamp has MANY awesome events happening for NYE, so check out the comprehensive list below to discover which celebration suits you this year. Oh, and this list includes pre-party and after-party events as well.

Pre-Actual-NYE-Event

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out – Have a night out on the town with the family… in your pajamas! There will be fun events for both the kids and the parents! This event will take place at the New Children’s Museum on Saturday December 27th. For more information visit KPBS!

Big Night Events

I’m on a Boat

Few things are more exciting than partying on a boat. Luckily San Diego happens to be situated next to water, how convenient, so there are plenty of boat celebrations to go around. Whether you’re interested in a nice relaxing dinner-with-a-view, unlimited champagne, or unlimited craziness in general, there is a boat celebration for you!

Hornblower

smiling friends with glasses of champagne on yachtNew Year’s Eve Crystal Dinner Cruise – for those folks who appreciate dinner with a view, alongside a poppin’ dance floor!

Pop on over for more info here.

New Year’s Eve VIP Celebration Dinner Cruise – for those folks who are interested in free-flowing champagne…

Celebrate VIP style here.

Flagship

New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise – dinner and dancing all night long!

Dance your way to more info here.

3rd Annual Moonlight NYE Cruise – for the luxurious partiers.

Cruise on over for more info here.

VAVI

New Year’s Eve Yacht Party 2015 – absolutely everything is included, get ready.

All inclusive yacht party here.

Concierto de musica. Publico y escenarioMusical Events

Other than eating, and maybe drinking, what else really is there to do to ring in the new year? Listen to music of course! For those of you who are passionate about music, one of these events might be perfect for you.

House of Blues New Year’s Eve 2015 Block Party.

Get to know your neighbors at the block party right here.

Straight No Chaser Happy Hour Tour.

If you don’t need training wheels slide over here for more info.

Happy Endings Guaranteed NYE 2015 at the Shout House – if dueling pianos and live music are your thing, then this is the event for you!

If you’re in the mood to duel find out more here!

“Turnt Up” Events

“Turnt up” is a phrase used to describe those who’ve taken partying to the next level. So for those folks who enjoy such levels of celebrating, we recommend the following NYE activities: 

San Diego New Year’s Eve Pub Crawl – because you might not be able to simply walk.

Crawl your way over here for more info.

Parq NYE 2015 with Mario Lopez – Parq is San Diego’s newest club, and it’s definitely turning up this holiday season with Mario Lopez hosting the young partyparty.

Party with Mario Lopez here!

New Years Eve at Fluxx – hit-up one of San Diego’s most popular clubs to dance the night away to the beats of the one and only TJR, who will be headlining.

We have your most popular club events here.

New Year’s Eve at Sevilla Nightclub – Spanish themed venue with beats by DJ Kaos.

Enjoy beats by DJ Kaos here!

Diamond’s Are Forever New Year’s Eve at Sidebar – dance crazy like you would in a club, without being in a stuffy club.

Shine all night at Sidebar here!  

Tritonal at Bassmnt New Year’s Eve Party – if you’re into a dimly lit, exciting ambiance, check out this venue.

Get down low here!

For Those Who Can Still Function on New Year’s Day

If you don’t plan on being on a boat on NYE but would enjoy brunch on a boat on New Year’s Day…

Check out the these lovely brunch cruises:

Flagship Cruises New Year’s Day brunch info available here.

Hornblower Cruises & Events free-flowing champagne brunch info is available here. 

As you can see, it doesn’t matter what age you are, what your interests are, there’s a celebration for everyone and anyone! The Gaslamp is a great place to be all the time, but especially on New Year’s Eve! As always, if you’re in need of a comfortable and luxurious place to stay, we’ve got you covered (link to site.)

 

 

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

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

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

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