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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

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

Vendor Spotlight: Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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

Daylight Savings Time

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

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

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, October 31st, 2015

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

Happy Columbus day!

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Have a happy and safe Columbus day!Columbus-Day-14

CASTmember Spotlight: Saul Alba

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015


” I was born in Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico, in 1948.  When I was two-years old, my family moved to the city of Juarez, Mexico, where I was raised in the western outskirts of the city.  Our family survived without electricity, gas or plumbing; however, despite having to live without these luxuries, I was able to connect myself with something not many people can say they connect to: nature.
As a kid, it was my livelihood to go outside and enjoy nature.  Whether it was catching chipmunks, caring for dove chicks, or raising wild rabbits, I could not have been happier in any other environment.
In 1970, I married the love of my life, Modesta.  We lived in Tecate, Mexico, where we raised our three children.  Three years later we moved to San Diego.  I went to the university to get my teaching credential so that I could teach auto body and paint, which I did for the next 21 years.  In 2003 I retired from teaching so that I could focus my energy on the Old Town Trolley Tours.  I ended up with the job I loved the most and I am so proud to be a part of this company.”


Thursday, October 1st, 2015

All October kids ride free on our Trolley and SEAL tours in San Diego!!


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.



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.