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Happy Halloween!

October 31st, 2016

Have a safe and spooky night!

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Locals Ride Free!

October 21st, 2016

Residents within our six cities can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.*
It’s Simple, Fast & Best of all… Free!

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Simply choose your Hometown city and fill out a brief form. Sign up today and rediscover the magic of your hometown with the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass.

And be sure to also visit us at www.historictours.com and explore our tours and attractions in your hometown.

***Each Hometown pass holder rides free when accompanied by a guest who has purchased A FULL FARE adult ticket. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth or by calling 866-753-7975. Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Hometown Pass is not valid for packages.***

CASTmember Spotlight- Gandalf T Kat

October 12th, 2016

Hello! I was born in a small box somewhere in Savannah along with three sisters and two brothers. I was the runt of the family but think I have come along quite nicely if I do say so myself.
Savannah is a great place to live! Always friendly people to meet and hang out with, especially along River Street and in City Market.
I lucked out finding out about Old Town Trolley. I was strolling along, minding my own business, watching the birds and thinking about having some lunch when I came across the main office on Louisville Road. Little did I know I was at their front door! This nice lady opened the door and called out to me, asked if I wanted to come in out of the heat. Who could say no! So in I went, walked about for a bit and decided I like this place!
When I came by the next day another woman opened the door for me and this time I was offered breakfast! Well you don’t have to ask me twice! Nice cool office, food anytime I want, plenty of super nice people around talking to me and giving me attention…who could ask for anything more?
These nice folks have offered me jobs, but I’m not sure if I’m the working type. I do my best work sprawled out on the couch. But occasionally I’ll give motivational support when I can, so I guess that’s work. Andrew tried to get me to help out in dispatch but those radios are too hard to work…sadly I have no thumbs.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sitting outside on a nice, 75 degree day with a light breeze
blowing around me and a nice piece of fish.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Well, I never caught her name, but there was this tabby
once…
If there was one place you would like to live besides
your current city, where would it be?
Well, I hear the folks in the office talk about St. Augustine,
and that sounds like a neat place…
What is your favorite occupation?
Napping.

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Happy Columbus Day!

October 10th, 2016

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Vendor Spotlight- Ted Stubner, Pacific Terrace Hotel

October 5th, 2016

This month I would like to spotlight Ted Stübner, Chief Concierge at the Pacific Terrace Hotel. Ted has worked as Chief Concierge at the Pacific Terrace for a year and recently just moved to the United States 2 years ago from Sweden. Ted speaks 5 languages (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, German and English). He likes to play golf, soccer and swim/surf and lives right at the beach so he can walk or bike to work. Ted works full-time at the Concierge Desk and gets help from Dan Thomas of the Bell Desk and Brandon Salazar from the Front Office on his days off. The Pacific Terrace Hotel is San Diego’s rare four diamond oceanfront hotel. Dramatically perched above the white sandy beaches of Pacific Beach, they provide a front row seat to the ever changing world of the sparkling blue Pacific Ocean. The staff is wonderful, and the location is amazing. The hotel is located at the far quiet end of a stretch of beach with a boardwalk that extends three and a half miles south of them with oceanfront restaurants and shops. Pacific Beach is located eight miles north of the airport and just a few miles from La Jolla, known for their beautiful beach cliffs, and high-end shopping. I want to thank Ted, Dan, Brandon and the entire staff at the Pacific Terrace Hotel for all their great support for Old Town Trolley Tours and all the tours that we operate.

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CASTmember Spotlight- Ed Miller

September 28th, 2016

My name is Ed Miller. Born and raised in Chicago IL. I was educated and earned degrees from Illinois Benedictine College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music.  In 1996 my partner and I happened to vacation in St Augustine, Fl.  Immediately we connected with the city’s history, architecture, and friendly people and leaving the “Windy City” we relocated here 6 months later. Coming from an extensive customer service retail back ground  it was a natural fit to get into the tourist industry in St Augustine. I began my career with HTA as a trolley conductor and then moved into the trolley restoration department becoming head painter, wood finisher, and sheet metal specialist when Victorian Vehicles moved from Key West to St Augustine.  That was one of the most rewarding job experiences I’ve had and can proudly say some of the vehicles I painted are still traveling the streets where HTA is represented.
When that division closed I went on to explore other avenues around the city doing delivery services, walking tours, and health care service.  Finally I took my retirement pension and exclusively  did some volunteer  museum work and fort tours of the Castillo de San Marcos. All this kept me busy and I never anticipated what was to come next. On a morning walk around town I noticed the new Potter’s Wax museum location at the Oldest Drugstore. I stepped in and well, the rest is history.
I am now back in the HTA family,   a proud CASTmember, and assistant manager of Potter’s Wax Museum, the nation’s oldest wax museum. I have the opportunity   to work with an awesome team and meet and greet people and introduce them to a museum experience beyond compare. If you have not visited Potter’s Wax Museum yet, add it to your bucket list. It’s a must!

What is your greatest fear?
Deep water
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Cabo San Lucas
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Surviving open heart surgery
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
The Count of  Monte Cristo
What do you most value in friends?
Honesty and integrity

Ed Miller

First Day of Fall

September 22nd, 2016

Happy Fall!

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CASTmember Spotlight- Jill Herasme

September 21st, 2016

Jill was born and raised in Key West and attended Florida State University. She had the pleasure of participating in their Fashion study abroad program in Paris and London. She received her Bachelors degree in Fashion design. Jill moved to NY after graduating college in 2001 residing there for 10 years. She worked as a children’s clothing designer for brands such as Levi’s, Old Navy and Nautica. Soon after marrying she and her husband moved to Key West in 2010 changing her focus to Graphic Design and Jewelry Design. Jill also has a great passion for ballet. She started dancing at the age of 5 and taught ballet at the Dance Factory before the birth of her daughter in 2014.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Spending time with my family
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Jamaica
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The birth of my daughter
What is your most treasured possession?
My engagement ring
Who are your favorite writers?
William Shakespeare and Vince Gilligan

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Locals Ride Free

September 16th, 2016

Residents within our six cities can take advantage of some of our tours and attractions for FREE when accompanied by an adult paid guest.*
It’s Simple, Fast & Best of all… Free!

iamge001

Simply choose your Hometown city and fill out a brief form. Sign up today and rediscover the magic of your hometown with the Historic Tours of America Hometown Pass.

And be sure to also visit us at www.historictours.com and explore our tours and attractions in your hometown.

***Each Hometown pass holder rides free when accompanied by a guest who has purchased A FULL FARE adult ticket. Accompanying adult guest ticket must be purchased at a Historic Tours of America tour or attraction ticket booth or by calling 866-753-7975. Tickets may not be purchased online and may not be purchased using any discounts or coupons. Hometown Pass is not valid for packages.***

CASTmember Spotlight- Ashley Green

September 14th, 2016

My name is Ashley Green and I have been with OTT since January of this year.  I was born and raised in Washington DC.  I graduated from North Carolina Wesleyan College in 2010 with a BS in Criminal Justice.  But have been in the retail/customer service field for over 10 years.  I also have a 2 year old named Scott.
I love to shop and spend time with family and friends.  I am also a fan of R & B and rap.  I love to interact with everyone and consider myself a people person.  I love to travel and am pretty adventurous.

Which living person do you most admire?
My mother
What is your greatest fear?
Failure
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Dominican Republic
Who is the greatest love of your life?
My son Scott
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Graduating from college.
If you could choose one reality TV show to be on, what
would it be?
Love and Hip Hop

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