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Authors Guesthouse

May 20th, 2015
Authors Guest House

Authors Guest House

This enchanting guesthouse is located in the “Meadows Neighborhood” of Key West at 725 White Street. Authors Guesthouse was conceived to honor the literary masters who lived and worked in Key West.  The historic Conch-style houses, suites, cottages and rooms contain works and artifacts of the author for whom it was named.  Some of the more notable authors include:  Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Margaret Truman, Thornton Wilder, and John James Audubon. Upon entering the compound filled with an array of colorful foliage, you will see two charming cottages that were originally the living quarters of cigar makers, who enjoyed a thriving business here during the early 1900’s.  The Pool Spa, hidden beneath thick tropical trees, is a delight.  At night it is lit by soothing stained glass. The main house has many windows, French doors, decks and terraces.  In the office/lobby you can enjoy the vibrant, local artwork that covers the walls.  This is where you can chat with your friendly concierge, = Ramsey and plan the rest of your Key West vacation.  She will be sure to steer you to the best restaurants, attractions, activities and the Old Town Trolley Tour.

Vendor Spotlight: Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast

May 16th, 2015
Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast

We are so pleased to showcase Hillcrest Bed and Breakfast and our good friend,  Ann Callahan, the Innkeeper. Ann has been a great supporter of Old Town Trolley Tours for many years. She comes from the corporate hotel background working for the Hyatt Corporation and then one day decided to open her own Bed and Breakfast. She is a Board Member on the San Diego Tourism Authority as well as the Hotel Motel Association. Hillcrest House is located in the vibrant, eclectic, urban neighborhood of Hillcrest which also happens to be where I live. It is a great base location for exploring all that San Diego has to offer; just 10 minutes to San Diego Beaches, Airport, Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park Museums, the Zoo and Old Town. Ann has several themed rooms such as the Old Town, Zoo, Coronado, Balboa and Gaslamp room. The Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast has also received the Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor for the past three years. Carlos Murray from our Key West IT Dept. just recently stayed there and had an amazing time. Thank you Ann for being such a great supporter and friend!

Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West Stars in Pottery Barn Catalogue

May 15th, 2015
Pottery Barn Teen Catalogue

Pottery Barn Teen Catalogue

Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West recently made the cover of Pottery Barn Teen. The photo was taken at the end of 2014, while in town taking photos for their their Spring 2015 edition.

Meet Molly Moyer

May 10th, 2015
Molly the Goldendoodle

Molly the Goldendoodle

We love our pets in Key West and especially those who belong to our CASTmemebers.  Meet Molly. She’s  am a beautiful Golden-Doodle that lives with Joe and Beth Moyer.  They rescued me as a very sick puppy in 2008.  We are very lucky to have found each other!  I enjoy fetching the newspaper each morning, gardening, long naps, and I love to travel.  I am a happy girl!

One Pan Mexican Quinoa

May 5th, 2015

We have some amazing cooks in our CAST.  In honor of Cinco De Mayo, we bring you Cathy Hutchinson’s Mexican Quino.  It’s easy, healthy and most importantly, tastes great!

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup quinoa (red or white, your preference)
1 cup vegetable broth
(15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 cup corn kernels
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and diced
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves


Mexican quinoa


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic and jalapeno, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in quinoa, vegetable broth, beans, tomatoes, corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until quinoa is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Stir in avocado, lime juice and cilantro. Serve immediately.

San Diego Visitor Center Opens

May 1st, 2015
San Diego Visitor Information Center

San Diego Visitor Information Center










Yesterday, Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego opened their new visitor center on the San Diego’s Embarcadero.  The event brought out dignitaries from the city and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s parent company, Historic Tours of America including President Edwin Swift, III and Chief Operating Officer, Edwin Swift, IV and Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego General Manager, David Thornton.

San Diego Visitor Center Ribbon Cutting

Meet Conductor Philip Fondaw

May 1st, 2015
Philip Fondow

Philip Fondow

San Diego native, Philip Fondaw spent 24 years a missionary to Japan and is a retired school teacher. This includes working with 5th graders and teaching English as a Second Language at the senior high level. As much as Philip has enjoyed each of these jobs, he has confessed to us that he has never had more fun on a job than driving in circles around San Diego and showcasing hi home town to nice people from across the globe.




Q | What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A | Knowing that I am loved.

Q | What is my greatest fear?
A | Heights

Q | What do I most dislike in others?
A | Dishonesty. I value trust and acceptance in my friends more than all else.

Q | What is my greatest achievement?
A | That both of the children my wife and I have raised love the Lord.

Q | What is my favorite vacation spot
A | The mountain village we visited so many times: Karuizawa, Japan.

Q | Who are my favorite writers?
A | Jonathan Kellerman and the writer of Old Testament Psalms, King David.

Jaybird’s Inn A Boutique Hotel for Active People

April 30th, 2015
The Jaybird Inn

The Jaybird Inn

A boutique hotel for Active People  opened in July of 2013; one of St Augustine’s newest hotels.  Scott, the General Manager of the hotel, and his entire staff are dedicated to complete guest satisfaction.  “It’s wonderful working with people that have the high standards of Old Town Trolley.”Welcome to our boutique hotel, which means we’ll treat you like family and provide you the best living and sleeping experience in St. Augustine.  As an “active living” hotel we offer clean and “green” rooms and we not only encourage, but will help you be active.  We’ll show you how to tour the Old City by following our walking and biking routes (we’ll even provide FREE bikes). Also, you can work out in our “Activity Center”, swim in our beautiful new pool or we’ll arrange a variety of other activities for you.If you’re looking for a more leisurely way to see the Old City, take an Old Town Trolley Tour; and they’ll even come and pick you up with their FREE shuttle service for a wonderful excursion around St. Augustine.  After a day of healthy activity relax at the pool followed by a scrumptious meal at Jaybird’s Restaurant located next door where you’ll receive a 10% discount on all meals. Retire to your comfortable room to watch television on your 42” LCD TV with over 80 channels. Wake up to a cup of tea or Starbucks coffee in your room and then join us for a free continental breakfast in the lobby or have a full breakfast at Jaybird’s Restaurant. We are easy to find: corner of Highway US 1 and State Road 16 in historic St. Augustine.

Night at the Museum

April 29th, 2015
Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Members of the Key West HTA Family participated in “Night at the Museum” for the Key West Art & Historical Society December Fundraiser.  From left to right, Thomas Lockyear as Henry Flagler, Tim Stroud as Robert the Doll, Judi Burton as the Pirate Lily Lynch and Jesse Panrock as Carlos, Asa Tift’s Wharf Manager.  The characters were well received, adding a dynamic layer to the event for visitors during the evening.

Meet Key West Safety Officer Kurt Brandt

April 28th, 2015
Kurt Brandt

Kurt Brandt

Kurt is the Safety Office for Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West.  The Maryland native is married with two kids, Samantha and Zachary and the proud grandfather of Darren.

Q | What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A | I’m living it today with my wife. Katherine Hepburn said “The more you have, the less time you have to enjoy it.” We can fit everything we own in our truck and tow her jeep. Life is simple, and we are enjoying it.

Q | What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A | Being happy with my life, wife and being a dad.

Q | What is your most treasured possession?
A | My family and sharing our new life with family and friends.