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Vendor Spotlight: Hillcrest Bed & Breakfast

Saturday, 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!

San Diego Visitor Center Opens

Friday, 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

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Donates Services to Veterans

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran's Luncheon.

Old Town Trolley CASTmembers at the Veteran’s Luncheon.

Each year, on the top of the highest peak along the coastline of San Diego County, the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial Association pays tribute and honor to our Veterans.  This year’s ceremony paid special tribute with a plaque to Prisoners of War and Missing in Action (MIA) Veterans.  Old Town Trolley was also recognized for its years of supporting and donating transportation services to local Veterans groups with a special plaque too.  The Old Town Trolley plaque included current CASTmembers who are also Veterans.

Master of Ceremonies was Marc Bailey, Morning Anchor from CWTV 6.  Keynote speakers were Capt. Ernest Moore, USN (Ret) – POW Commemoration and Barbara Brichim – MIA Commemoration.  The ceremony ended with a special T-34 performance team flyover.  The ceremony honors Veterans by preserving their legacy.

Bella Joins our Fleet!

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Introducing “Bella”, our second wedding trolley we’ve added to our fleet, joining our other wedding trolley “Felicity”. Our wedding business has been growing year-over-year at about 15% above last year’s numbers. During the peak wedding months between April-September, our wedding trolley “Felicity” is often booked, sometimes up to a year in advance. We have missed out on additional wedding transportation business due to the lack of our special wedding trolleys. “Bella”, was originally one of our red Balboa Park shuttle trolleys that provided free service by the City of San Diego. The city purchased their own trams for the park shuttle service resulting in three extras trolleys for us. With the wedding peak season fast approaching, our maintenance crew worked feverishly transforming the red trolley into our new pristine “Bella”. With just days away from “Bella’s” first wedding, she was christened “Bella”.

Baking for Breast Cancer

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Each October our amazing CAST at Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego’s raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. Through bake sales, yard sales, and tip donations, these amazing men and women raise over $5000 for the University of California – San Diego Moors Cancer Center. This is their fourth year and their efforts and enthusiasm get bigger each year!

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego baking for a good cause.

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego baking for a good cause.

Meet David Mahl

Monday, October 20th, 2014
David Mahl

David Mahl

I was born in the heartland of Des Moines, Iowa, but then moved to the hot deserts of Arizona – and I deplore the heat. I went on a high school vacation to San Diego and I fell in love. After graduation I decided to move to San Diego to enjoy the sun and beautiful beaches. I love being outdoors, working in the garden, and being in nature. That’s probably why my hobbies include planting gardens and restoring things that people have thrown away. You know what they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.

I’ve always been connected to Old Town State Park in one way or another. I remember always seeing one particular conductor smiling and ringing the bell as he drove by (Harold Dozier our current Head Conductor) and thought it might be fun working there. One day I saw an ad that they were hiring so I applied. Fifteen years later I’m still here selling tickets and delighting guests in San Diego’s beautiful sunshine.

If you could choose one reality TV show to be on what would it be?
The Amazing Race because I love the chase and the possibility of winning.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be a talented chef.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Batman for his strength and darkness.

What is your most treasured possession?
My gift of imagination and creativity. “Creative people have the spirit of hope and the gift of striving.”

What is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere in the Pacific Northwest where it rains. I love the rain.

Top Sales Reps Nationwide in San Diego

Friday, October 10th, 2014
The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

The happy winners of the Historic Tours of America, Half Million dollar club; three of the top 10 sales reps of the company. picture; Pictured Barbie Harrell, David Mahl, Karen DeHaan and Depot Sales Manager Tyler Grubenhoff

Boy am I one lucky guy! There were ten sales reps nationwide that sold more than a half a million dollars and I had three of them on my team. Not only were they on the list, they were the top three sellers. Karen DeHaan was the number one seller in the nation and Barbie Harrell came in second place. They are in a league of their own because they sold more than Three Quarters of a Million Dollars. Great job! David Mahl was third in the nation and he sold more than a Half a Million Dollars. This is the second year in a row where Barbie and David made it into the prestigious “Half a Million Dollar Club”. Great job and congratulations to all three of you!

CAST of Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego Become Land’s End Business Outfitter Models!

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Old Town Trolley Tours of San Diego was honored to participate in a Lands’ End Business Outfitters photo-shoot for their catalog and website. We were all very excited and showed up bright and early to be future stars!  A Lands End team of make-up artists, costume tailors, and photographers were prepared as soon as we arrived. We spent a couple hours getting made-up to feel like celebrities! Once we were fitted into the uniforms, we were driven out to different locations to do the photo-shoot. Balboa Park and Shelter Island were a couple of the locations. “Move your arm this way, shift your head that way!” The photographers did their best to take quality pictures for the catalog. After it was all said and done, the pictures were perfect! Nikki, our Sales Rep, was part of a collage for the cover of the catalog. Other Leadagers and CASTmembers were featured either in the catalog or on their website. Rod LaBranche and Tyler Grubenhoff can be seen being interviewed for the promotional video. Thank you Lands’ End for giving us an opportunity to shine in your photos!


San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival!

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

FINAL New Big Bay Whale Days logo


Old Town Trolley and the San Diego Seals are both proud sponsor of the  2014 San Diego Big Bay Whale Festival. This fun filled, FREE event will take place on Saturday, January 25  at the Port Pavillion on Broadway Pier from 11 am to 3 pm. The event will feature three live bands:  Moon Dog at 11am, Flamenco with Roots at 12pm, Jinnah Williams at 12:30pm, and James Gibson Band at 2pm.   Back by popular demand will be the our Flash Mob at 1:30.  Lots of fun activities for kids: face painting, obstacle course, balloon art and a jumping house.  Lots of prizes will be given away, so don’t miss out on this great day!


Experience Life at Sea Without Leaving Port!

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

The Midway Museum

The USS Midway Museum is an unforgettable adventure for everyone! Enter the floating city at sea and walk in the footsteps of 225,00 Midway sailors who have served our country and upheld the American ideals of strength, freedom, and peace. Guests have the unique experience of exploring more than 60 exhibits illustrating 25 restored aircraft and the opportunity to board one of three flight simulators! Enjoy the carrier at your own pace with the self-guided audio tour, narrated by Midway sailors, that brings the Midway’s history to life!