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CASTmember Spotlight– Kari “Ms Harriet” Fulton

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Kari “Ms.Harriet” Fulton is a world traveler who calls the international city of Washington, DC home. Fulton is a native of Denver, Colorado and has always had a love for history, advocacy and speech. “I’m one of the only people geeky enough to letter in Competitive Speech in High School.”, Fulton recalls of her early years that led her to where she is today. Her love for Washington, DC grew out of traveling to the nation’s capitol for Academic competitions like National History Day. Fulton would permanently move to DC in 2003 to attend Howard University where she earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communications and Culture.
When not offering historical tours of Washington, DC. Fulton is engaging in being a mom, a partner, and advocating for Environmental Awareness. Fulton has traveled across the United States, Europe, Latin America and South Africa attending and reporting on International Environmental Conferences. Her work has been featured in various media including Black Entertainment Television (BET), Glamour Magazine,  the Washington Post and Chinese Cable Television America (CCTV).  Nevertheless, with all the travelling she has done there is still no place in Fulton’s heart like Washington, DC.


In The Kitchen With Jerry Miller

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Apple Burritos:

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1/2 stick butter, melted
4 flour tortillas
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 can apple pie filling


Brush butter on one side of the burrito.
Spoon 1/4 of the pie filling in the middle of the buttered side of the tortilla.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.
Roll the tortilla to form a burrito.
Brush the top of the tortilla with butter.
Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

Bake at 400 for about 10 minutes, or until filling is heated.
Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Yield:  4 burritos.



Island Favorites in the Square

Monday, September 28th, 2015

In need of a refreshing milk shake? Or maybe you’re dying to try some delicious conch fritters? Our favorite stands are conveniently located right in Mallory Square!

The Island Juice Bar is bringing in local fruit to make their delicious milkshakes!

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The Key West Conch Fritter stand shells out some island favorites: Conch fritters and coconut shrimp!


CASTmember Spotlight– Tracy Ibarreta SEAL First Mate

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

I’m a native of the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. My dad is a retired 30-year Navy Veteran and my mom is a long-time state employee. I’m the oldest of three with one sister and one brother. In school, Band was my life, playing tenor saxophone for many years. I was also an honor student, student leader, and Art Editor for my high school newspaper. I’ve been drawing all my life, cartoons mostly.
In 2000 during my senior year at San Diego State University, I was working at one of the largest music retailers in the country, a job I enjoyed and excelled in for two years. During my lunch break, I saw one of those orange and green trolleys pass by and immediately thought, “I want to drive that!” Then *POOF,* I was a tour conductor for Old Town Trolley Tours for a year and a half. I graduated from SDSU in 2001, leaving San Diego for LA then Orange County where I was a caricature artist at The Disneyland Resort. I came back to San Diego in 2005 and established my business as an artist and holistic practitioner, which I now choose to do on occasion. Some unique, temporary opportunities led me to San Jose for two years where I performed in stage shows and worked with student teams in competition all at a prestigious science museum. Afterwards, I returned to San Diego in 2014, coming home to HTA after 13 years – this time as a SEAL Guide! Woot-woot! I love it!
When I’m not doing tours, I’m often found spending ME TIME at Disneyland and DCA or venturing off on a spur-of-the-moment day trip elsewhere. I’m blessed with friends and family, but I’m also blessed with the independent spirit, so time and space by myself is empowering and very important. I’m single, no kids, no pets, but I’m open to that changing…I think.


Vendor Spotlight– Janet Kroupa, Embassy Suites San Diego Bay

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

This Embassy Suites San Diego Bay in downtown provides 321 all-suite accommodations in a convenient location, only minutes from San Diego International Airport, the San Diego Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter District and the Headquarters/Seaport Village where the Trolley and SEAL Tour pick-up. The Chief Concierge at the Embassy Suites is Janet Kroupa. Janet has been working at the hotel for nine years. Originally from New Jersey, she has lived all over the country, but loves San Diego and is proud to call it her home. Janet is one of the top sellers of Old Town Trolley Tours and SEAL Tours. She is a very important part of the staff there as guests are always looking for top concierge services. The hotel has recently undergone an 8 million dollar renovation of all the common space and updating the outside of the property. The Embassy Suites also has the only Dunkin’ Donuts in San Diego! Thank you to Janet and to all the staff at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown for all their support for Old Town Trolley Tours and SEAL Tours!

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Labor Day

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Have a happy and safe Labor day!Labor-day

Locals day!

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

It’s the first Sunday of September! You know what that means- locals day! Take a tour aboard your favorite trolley in Key West.. for FREE!key-west-hop-on-hop-off-trolley-tour-in-key-west-170196

A Culture of Safety: Whose Job Is It?

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Millions have heard us tell the nation’s story.  We preserve a culture as our guests discover the compelling richness of our past.  Many discover an actionable sense of obligation to the “gifts from the past.”  They return home and become participants in sharing and furthering our cultural heritage.  What an honor it is for us to be a part of that dynamic!
There’s a culture of safety too!  We learn the rudiments of safety in the earliest phases of our employment.  Then the “rubber hits the road” and we apply the rudiments and discover the countless ways that safety keeps bad things from happening.  We discover that the feeling of safety is visceral, and that it makes everything more enjoyable.  We begin to share our thoughts and observations with other CASTmembers, and begin to really feel a part of the safety community.  There’s a synergy in showing others that safety is on our minds.  A culture of safety can exist no other way.
So as you enable our guests to participate in a national culture, take your place as an active member of HTA’s…and life’s…safety culture.


Locals Month in St. Augustine

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

This month is St. Augustine’s locals month! Enjoy our attractions and tours for free for our locals all month!

** Due to St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary celebration, the Hometown Pass’s blackout dates are September 4th – September 12th**