Horton Grand Hotel

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!

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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.

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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Legendary Chef Meets Iconic San Diego Institution

Horton Grand Hotel After leaving a trail of cities mouthwatering after him, Chef Ken Haupt has settled down in San Diego for the time being, and the culinary scene has certainly changed for the better.

Originally from San Francisco, Ken received his formal training at Le Cordon Bleu California Culinary Academy, which is one of the top culinary institutions in the nation. Within San Francisco he worked his magic at Roy’s and Yoshi’s. Always on the lookout for a new adventure, Ken moved to Sacramento where he worked at the world renowned Thai/Vietnamese restaurant – Lemongrass. Though he was quite young, he was chosen to open up Lemongrass’s first restaurant extension. After deciding corporate management wasn’t his cup of tea, he worked at Kru, and then opened up Red Lotus. Eventually Ken was brought on as chef at Sacramento’s oldest restaurant – The Broiler Steakhouse.

Ida Bailey RestaurantSeeking new scenery, and a warmer climate, Ken picked up and headed south to America’s Finest City. Upon arrival to San Diego he began working at Cowboy Star, which was awarded Southern California’s best steakhouse award. After his stint there, Ken began working at Kettner Exchange, which was awarded San Diego’s Best New Restaurant.

Those were all just appetizer gigs for Ken, who has now began his entree – Chef at the Horton Grand Hotel’s Ida Bailey Restaurant. Not only is the Horton Grand Hotel one of the oldest and most elegant hotels in San Diego, it’s also historic, and has been present throughout the many chapters of the Gaslamp’s colorful history. Not just anyone is skilled enough to navigate a restaurant with such a strong historical context, while keeping at pace with the tastes of modern times.

“Live life according to what makes you happy, as cliche as that may sound,” says Ken Haupt. “I always cook with happiness with the hope that, after just one bite, people can taste happiness, whether they’re aware of it or not.”

Ida Bailey’s has been an iconic Gaslamp institution for quite some time, and under the tutelage of a chef with an immense amount of experience, it will be exciting to see what comes out of the kitchen!

You have the opportunity to taste the excellence yourself any day of the week either by making a reservation of trying your luck with with a walk-in. The menu is excellent everyday, and look out for some exquisite events on the horizon that will be absolutely incredible.

Father’s Day is just around the corner, which will be a perfect opportunity to both celebrate dad’s, and taste Ken’s creations.

Summer is Calling. Time to Honor Our Heroes and Plan to Getaway.

Memorial Day San DiegoWarm evenings, patio furniture, outdoor concerts, trips to the beach, lazy bike rides and more, are calling out to us more and more each day. Summer is rapidly approaching and the excitement of warm weather and fun times is in the air.

We know for certain summer is nearly here, and it’s not just over-excitement getting to us all –  Memorial Day is right around the corner. For many of us, Memorial Day weekend, a weekend typically filled with barbecues and family gatherings, has represented the onset of the summer season each year.

More than representing the beginning of Summer, Memorial Day is an important holiday that is rooted in classical American history.

Decoration Day

First observed on May 30, 1868, Decoration Day, Memorial Day as it’s now known, originated to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil War soldiers.

On the first observance, James Garfield spoke at Arlington Cemetery, and 5,000 people decorated over 20,000 graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers, thus giving the holiday it’s name.

In 1873, New York designated Memorial Day as a legal holiday, and shortly thereafter other states began to do so as well.

After WWI, Memorial Day became a day about honoring all of those who have died in America’s wars. From that point on, Memorial Day began spreading more widely as national holiday throughout the U.S.

Memorial Day as we know it today, was first formally established in 1971, when congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The Act established Memorial Day as a national holiday to be observed on the last Monday of May each year.

To this day, there is still a ceremony every single year at Arlington National Cemetery. Each grave receives a small American flag, and the President, or the Vice President, lays a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Memorial DaySo, while we are all out picnicking, swimming, eating, and enjoying the long weekend with our friends and families, we can remember our fallen heroes across all time periods and wars, and honor their sacrifices. Kick off this summer season surrounded by loved ones, while thanking those who have sacrificed to allow our freedom and legacy to continue on.

America is a patriotic country everywhere, but there is one city in particular that has been a military town practically from the beginning – San Diego. Though it may be a “younger” city by many standards, San Diego is full of history, much of which is accessed through fun adventures.

Between a visit to the USS Midway, Cabrillo National Monument, Liberty Station, the Kissing Statue, and more, there are plenty of historic military sights to see and stories to be told. So, if you’re planning on a summer getaway, be sure to venture to San Diego, stay at the historic Horton Grand Hotel, take advantage of the USS Midway Getaway Package, honor our heroes, and make memories to last a lifetime.

Sources:

http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/memorial-day/history/

The History of the Horton Grand Hotel; The Beginnings

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

1886 – the Elegant Grand Horton Hotel is born.

Opened in 1886, the Grand Horton Hotel was an elegant, ornate Italianate Victorian structure built by German immigrant Peter Mayerhofer in his desire to replicate the Innsbruck Hotel in Austria.

It was constructed by prominent San Diego architects Comstock and Trotsche.

The Hotel was one of 300 structures built during the Boom of the 1880s to accommodate the influx of people to the little seacoast town of 5,000. Over, 26,000 visitors flocked to the town after the arrival of San Diego’s first transcontinental railroad in 1885.

The two hotels known today as the Horton Grand Hotel are the two oldest hotels in the city of San Diego.

 

History Abounds at the Horton Grand Hotel

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

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

Historic Hotel in San Diego

History abounds at the Horton Grand Hotel.