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The Villa Montezuma!


Spend the weekend back in 19th century Southern California at our Spirits of San Diego getaway helmed by historian, tour guide, and author on haunted San Diego lore, Charles Spratley - October 16 & 17, 2021After sifting from all the input we've received, we've come up with the following. 

Note: While we revel in offering one-stop shopping service, enough folks wanted to make their own hotel arrangements (or not stay the night) that we made the tough choice not to handle accommodations. If you want to stay at the Horton Grand (our home base for the weekend), expect up to $150 PER PERSON double occupancy (high end) including every tax, fee, and oddball hotel charge known to man. Again, we are leaving the hotel reservations to the guests this time. You're on your own. Be strong. FYI, if you do wish to stay at the Horton I just went on their site and while 3 rooms styles are available, 2 room styles are already booked.

SATURDAY - October 16 

  • 7:30am - Train from Santa Ana Station to Old Town San Diego 
  • 10am - Leisure walking tour of Old Town with San Diego native and historian Charles Spratley of Illusions of the Past, caretaker of the Villa Montezuma. (He has graciously agreed to take our luggage for us and store it in the van we've arranged for)
  • 11am - Tea service at the haunted Victorian Coral Tree Tea House in historic Heritage Park. (While we're supping, Charles will check the luggage for those staying at the Horton, bless him!) 
  • 1:30pm - Visit to the famously haunted Whaley House. It's currently closed, but not to worry, Charles used to work there and will give us all the stories and more, as well as tour us around the nearby cemetery. If the Whaley House is indeed open by the time of our trip, we'll arrange for admission to be included 
  • Leisure time &/or hotel check-in 
  • 5pm - Early dinner at The Olde Spaghetti Factory (optional, cost not included)
  • 7pm - Private VIP dessert & "Spirits" reception with Charles Spratley at the historic Queen Anne Victorian museum, the Villa Montezuma (This is sure to be the highlight of the weekend). Includes van service from the Spaghetti Factory to the Villa, then from the Villa to the Horton Grand 
  • Overnight stay at the historic Horton Grand Hotel (optional, guests are to arrange for their own accommodations, given some have other plans)

SUNDAY - October 17

  • 10am - Brunch at the Horton Grand 
  • 11:30am - Ghosts of the Gaslamp walking tour
  • 1:30pm - Afternoon tea at Shakespeare's Corner 
  • 4pm - Train from Old Town San Diego to Santa Ana (includes van service with luggage to train station - thanks, Charles!) 
  • 6pm - Arrival at Santa Ana station 

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