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San Diego Visitors Center

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The highly anticipated San Diego Visitor Information Center opened its doors the last week of April to an eager crowd and an excited community.  Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego was chosen by the Port of San Diego to operate the Center located in the newly redeveloped North Embarcadero area of its downtown waterfront.  The building itself is considered an iconic work of art by Pae White where the transparent building, made of colored glass in dawn and dusk hues, mimic the San Diego Bay.
The center is staffed by four full-time and three part-time personnel along with other CASTmembers from our depot sales rep team.  In fact, their combined experience totals over 90 years of visitor and guest services in San Diego!  OTT San Diego’s experienced sales staff also shares the space as visitors enter to receive information on things to do, see and experience while in America’s Finest City.  Tour and area attraction tickets are sold at the Center along with San Diego logo’d merchandise.
A very special thing has been happening since we opened. Local residents and people who work downtown have been coming in to see our new Center saying that they’ve been watching its construction and couldn’t wait to see inside!  The Center is not only a feather in our company’s cap but something that our entire community is proud of.
The San Diego Visitor Information Center, located at 996 N. Harbor Drive, is open 7 days a week from 9 AM to 5 PM.


Walking for my Heart Health

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Thank you to all our CASTmembers who participated in the Walking for my Healthy Heart – Healthy Walking Challenge
We have completed seven weeks of tracking our steps, and hopefully have gained an awareness of the importance of healthy living and the FUN of walking.  You are all on the road to a healthier life!  Most of our walkers showed an improvement in their walking from the beginning week to the last week.  We had phenomenal participation from all our locations.  Celebrate this important “step” toward healthy living with your fellow CASTmembers and keep on walking!
A total of 236 CASTmembers participated across the country.  A special thanks to all our Wellness Volunteers and Office Managers for recruiting, supervising, tracking and reporting the steps each week. We hope you all enjoyed this challenge!

Ryan with Fitbit award










Individual Winners
John Jeffress – Arlington National Cemetery Tours
John Clifford – Conch Tour Train
Dell Lunsford – Historic Tours of America Corporate Offices
Ryan Darrah – Historic Tours of America – St. Augustine Offices
Leslie Nagy – Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
Stephen Chueka – Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
Kevin Delahanty – Old Town Trolley Tours of Key West
Cathy Vaccari – Old Town Trolley Tours of Savannah
Greg Coleman – Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine
Adam Johnson – Old Town Trolley Tours of Washington DC
Karen Brandt – Tropical Shell & Gifts
Jesse Panrock – Treasurers of the Florida Keys

Overall Individual Winner
Sebastian Biagioni
Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego; with the most steps – 1,738,218!!

Sebastian Biagioni










The bragging rights for the location that had the most average steps in six weeks is:
Company Winner
The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum
With an average step count for the six and a half weeks of: 550,817
(an average of 77,800 steps per week/per CASTmember)


Vegetarian Chili With Joy Stuckey

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 ½ cups chopped yellow onion
– ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
– ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
– 2 tablespoons minced garlic
– 1 jalapeno pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped (I usually leave the seeds in ½ of the pepper for extra heat)
– 1 medium zucchini, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 1 medium squash, stems trimmed, medium dice
– 2 cups of corn (fresh if available, frozen if not)
– 2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
– 1 – 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
– 1 cup vegetable stock
– 2 tablespoons chili powder
– 1 tablespoon ground cumin
– 1 ½ teaspoons salt










1. Chop all the vegetables and premeasure all other ingredients.
2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeno peppers.Cook, stirring, until soft, about three minutes.  Add the zucchini, squash and corn, stirring until soft, about six minutes. Add all of the seasons and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, black beans and vegetable stock.  Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes.

At this point you can add adjust the seasoning.
Ladle the chili into bowls and garnish with sour cream,
cheese or avocado.

CASTmember Spotlight– Fred Harris

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Facilities Manager, St. Augustine

Fred was born in St. Augustine, FL where he has lived my entire life with the exception of his college years. After college, he opened his own restaurant, which was a fantastic experience as cooking has always been a love of his. After he closed his restaurant, he took a few months off to remodel a home that he purchased.Then, Fred came to work for Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine, where he has worked in the facilities department for two and a half years. For the last year or so he have been the manager of the facilities department which, “Has been a truly wonderful experience. I have the pleasure to work with 150 wonderful people that take pride in the job they do so that our guests can make the best possible memories while they visit our lovely city.  It has been my pleasure to continue to call Old Town Trolley Tours of St. Augustine my home away from home.Fred Harris Castmember Spotlight

It’s Locals day!

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Here in Key West it’s locals day! Come on down to Mallory Square and hop on for a free tour of your island!18487-1