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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2015

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Gobble Gobble!happy-thanksgiving-23937-2880x1800

Vendor Spotlight: The Midtown Hotel

November 25th, 2015

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The Midtown Hotel in Boston was built in 1962.  It is a pet friendly, two story, 159 room, “retro style” hotel.  While the rooms have all the modern amenities found at more recently constructed hotels, the outside and the lobby make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time.  There haven’t been any major overhauls or renovations made to change the original look of the hotel.  (The carpeting and upholstery has been redone but even with that, it still has a retro feel).  The hotel is located in the Back Bay section of Boston, close to great restaurants, shopping, the Christian Science Mother Church, and Fenway Park.  The rates are very reasonable – usually about half to a quarter of the rates at other hotels in the area.  Also, there is an outdoor pool which is open in the spring and summer.  It is quite rare for Boston hotels to have an outdoor pool.  Perhaps even more rare is the fact that several of the employees at the hotel have been working there for decades.  The person I work most closely with at the hotel is Kevin O’Leary.  He has been working as a bellman at the Midtown for over 30 years.  Also, Kevin’s uncle, Cornelius “Connie” O’Callaghan was the bell captain at the hotel for many years.  He worked there for close to 60 years before retiring in 2012.  Connie, Kevin, and all the bellmen at the Midtown Hotel are dedicated supporters of Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston.


Vendor Spotlight: Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

November 18th, 2015

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The Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa is set on the sands of Mission Bay and just six miles from San Diego International Airport. The hotel has 357 stylish guest rooms including eight spacious suites with beautiful views of Mission Bay. The Concierge Desk is led by Chief Concierge Gordon “Gordy” Berry with Concierge Kerry Martensen by his side. They both just recently came from the Loews Coronado Bay Resort. Gordy has been a Concierge for seven years and has been at the Hilton for four months. Both Gordy and Kerry are amazing supporters of the Old Town Trolley and SEAL Tours. They both offer our tickets through our online Trusted Tours ticket program and are some of the top sellers in the city. The Bell Staff are also great fans of our tours as we offer a complimentary shuttle to the hotel every morning and the Bell staff welcomes our Trolley every morning at their lobby. We thank the entire team at the Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa for being such wonderful partners!

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Happy Veterans day!

November 11th, 2015

Have a safe and happy Veterans day! Don’t forget to thank a veteran and remember the soldiers we lost.veterans-Day-2012-jpg

CASTmember Spotlight Danial Jones

November 11th, 2015

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“I was born in the “Great Lake State” of Michigan.  That is where I developed a great love of nature and anything nautical.  I love sailing and just being on the water in general, so Key West has been a natural fit for me.
Growing up, I went to school in my hometown of Grand Blank, MI where I would graduate from a small private school.  After studying at U of M for a couple of years, I moved to Chicago, IL, beginning a career in event management.  After living in the Windy City for a number of years, I was ready for a change.  I moved to Mackinac Island, MI.  Enjoying island life so much, I packed my bags and headed south to Key West.  Thankfully, I found the perfect career here.  As a trolley conductor for Old Town Trolley, I get to combine my love of history and island living, passing it on to our guests!”

CASTmember Spotlight Will Munoz

November 4th, 2015

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“Hi there, I’m Will Muñoz. I’m a 26 year old performer/props designer from Boston. I was born late in 1988, during the bleak winter months, and have since developed a keen dislike of warmth and the Sun. After moving to the South Shore, I got involved in theater through drama clubs and summer programs. Of course, since I looked less like Clooney and more like Buschemi, I ended up working behind the scenes for most of that time. This was also about the time I picked up an obsession with Halloween, creating detailed costumes and decorating the front yard of my parents’ home. And right about the time that they started worrying that I was focusing all my energy on a less-than-marketable skill set, I found Ghosts & Gravestones.
Ever since I was hired as a guide in 2011, I’ve been trying to work as many of my disparate skills into my tour as possible, from special effects makeup to prop building to magic and illusions. I’ve built a few set pieces for our ticket booth (and repaired many more), worked with new actors on costume and makeup design, and even found the time to occasionally give a tour full of ghastly stories. This year, I became one of the MODs here in Boston, and I’m looking forward to what else I’ll be able to do for this little crew of misfits and maniacs we call G&G.”

Daylight Savings Time

November 1st, 2015

It’s that time of year again.. daylight savings time! Remember to Fall Back (one hour)!Daylight-Savings-Time-2013

It’s locals day!

November 1st, 2015

It’s locals day here in Key West! Come on down for your trolley tour!trolley_2

Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2015

Have a safe, SPOOKY, and happy Halloween!halloween-wallpaper-6

CASTmember Spotlight– Martin (Marty) Shoeneman, Head Engineer

October 28th, 2015

I was born at the old Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California in 1967. After San Diego, the family moved to Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, Washington, where my father was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island.  Upon being discharged from the Navy, the family moved to Roggen, Colorado and onto the family farm.  The Shoeneman 5M Ranch has been in the family since 1891. Currently my Uncle Joel Shoeneman lives on the family homestead. After a four year stint in Kimball, Nebraska, I moved to Brighton, Colorado where I graduated from Brighton High School in 1986. Within a month of my high school graduation, I moved back to San Diego, California to attend college. I attended San Diego State University before receiving my degree from the University of Colorado.  By the time that I had graduated from college, I had already started my career in real estate and development.
I worked in commercial real estate in Denver, Colorado specializing in vacant land, brown fields and land development. During my real estate career, I also did several fix and flips. I made my first trip to Key West in 2000 during a sailing vacation. The next year I made a week long vacation trip and would eventually buy a time share here that I would spend three weeks a year in. In 2011, after twenty years in real estate, I was looking for a change of pace and decided to make the move to Key West. I have always enjoyed the history on the island and in 2012 went to work for the Conch Tour Train telling others about the island history.