Old Town Vacation Home Rentals
Stay luxurious vacation homes, some located right on the beach. Many feature a peace of history.
Non-Smoking and fully equipped with appliances. Nightly and weekly rates are both available.
Old Town, the Birthplace of California, is just a short walk from the San Diego Trolley Transit Center
and a short drive from most San Diego destinations.
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Old Town Hacienda Suites
Old Town San Diego
4041 Harney Street, San Diego, CA 92110 ;
Location: Heart of Old Town - Junction of Harney and Juan Streets
This Old California style resort hotel features authentic California Mission atmosphere in a historic setting.
The Best Western Hacienda Hotel Old Town is adjacent to the Old Town State Park.
Scenic golf courses and numerous beaches are also nearby.
Hotel amenities include free high-speed Internet, an outdoor heated pool, hot tub,
exercise facility and meeting space to accommodate up to 125 people.
Old Town Comfort Inn
1955 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110 ;
Location: Washington St Exit from I-5 Freeway
All rooms includes a giant Flat Screen Plasma T.V. with Internet Access and Movies, free wireless & wired high speed internet access.
Comfort Inn old town is located ½ mile from the HeartOf Old Town, known as the Birthplace
of California. Dine in 32 restaurants (Iri , alian, Seafood, Asian, South American and
good ‘old American Cuisine), all found within 10 square blocks.
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San Diego Vacation Home Rentals
Stay luxurious vacation homes, some located right on the beach. Many feature a peace of history.
Non-Smoking and fully equipped with appliances. Nightly and weekly rates are both available.
San Diego Machester Hyatt Resort
Located on San Diego Bay, in a resort-like setting with the convenience of a downtown location,
the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is the west coast's tallest waterfront building.
Old Town La Quinta Inn
2380 Moore Street, San Diego, CA 92110 ;
The La Quinta San Diego Old Town is a non-smoking hotel. All rooms feature wide-open floor
plans, and come with complimentary wireless high-speed Internet,
Microwave and Refrigerator, coffee maker, cable TV with HBO, available Pay-per-view movies,
and lots more! When you are ready to relax, enjoy the heated Pool and Spa set
in a lushly landscaped courtyard.
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Old Town San Diego State Historic Park
San Diego Avenue at Twiggs Street, San Diego, CA, 92110; 619-220-5422;
State Park Website;
Open: Daily 10AM-5PM / All buildings closed Dec 25 and Thanksgiving;
Free Admission; Tour Brochure ($2) at Seeley Stables;
Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce
- directory to over 150 restaurants, shops, and historical sites in Old Town, the Birthplace of California.
San Diego History Association
- Profiles on many local historic sites in Old Town.
Save Our Heritage Organization
- Saving San Diego's past for future generations.
San Diego Catholic Church Guide
- Local catholic historic sites and early missions.
This park covers a six block area (bounded by Wallace, Juan, Twiggs
and Congress sts) re-creating the founding of the first European settlement
in California. Several of San Diego's original buildings are located here.
Presidio Park (located closeby) is the site of California's first mission
and military fortress (1769).
Old Town San Diego State Historic Park recreates life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.
Five original adobes are part of the complex, which includes shops, restaurants and a museum. La Casa de Estudillo is a mansion built around a garden courtyard.
Old Town is a thriving community with over 10,000 residents.
There are many shops, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment venues here.
Begin your tour at the Park Headquarters, parking is limited - consider using the S.D. Trolley to get here.
Bazaar Del Mundo
4133 Taylor St, San Diego, CA 92110; 619-296-3161;
Open Daily : Sun & Mon 10AM-5:30PM / Tues-Sat 10AM-9PM;
Location: Juan and Wallace Street in Old Town;
Discover extraordinary old world shops featuring thousands of authentic and eclectic handicrafts,
artworks, fashion, gifts, jewelry, and home decor in vibrant colors and ral textures.
Old Town Art Festival [SEP]
With over 150 contemporary artists, fine craft, fashion and home décor artisans, international foods, and continuous live entertainment.
An estimated 35,000 visitors will wander the historic Old Town area to review museum quality art and sculpture works.
Old Town Dining Adventures
Restaurants and Cafes:
Cafe Pacifica = 2414 San Diego Ave,
Cafe Coyote - 2461 San Diego Ave,
El Agave - 2304 San Diego Ave
Casa Guadalajara - 4105 Taylor St
Berta's Latin American Restaurant - 3928 Twiggs St,
Jack and Giulio's Italian Restaurant - 2391 San Diego Ave
Andres' Cuban & Puerto Rican1235 Morena Blvd
La Pinata Mexican Restaurant2836 Juan St,
Harney Sushi - 3964 Harney St
Rockin' Baja Lobster - 3890 Twiggs St
Red Lobster Restaurants - 3780 Sports Arena Blvd
Acapulco Mexican Restaurant - 2467 Juan St
El Fandango Restaurant - 2734 Calhoun St
Old Town Saturday Market
Each Saturday 9AM-3PM / Harney Street / (619) 291-4903;
San Diego's largest weekly artisan market featuring handmade works from local artisans.
The market includes such items as jewelry, photography, pottery, clothing, paintings, hand painted glass, glass blowing, woodworking's and more.
There is always live music and it is absolutely free.
Old Town Special Events
Annual festivals in Old Town San Diego:
Cinco de Mayo [May 5] - Fiesta celebration of Mexican culture bringing historical re-enactments,
folk music, dance teams, sumptuous food and old-fashioned fun to Old Town.
Latin American Festival [Aug 1]
- annual festival presents one of the nation's most extensive collections of authentic Mexican folk art, traditional clothing and textiles.
Santa Fe Market [Oct 3]
- featuring Southwestern-inspired art, jewelry and crafts, with artists traveling from as far as New Mexico and Arizona.
Dia de los Muertos [Oct 31]
- (Day of the Dead) with an exhibition of elaborately-decorated altars of sugar skulls and traditional handmade papier-mâché, wood and terra cotta decorations.
Old Town Landmarks
Historic Early San Diego Sites. The courthouse was destroyed in the Old Town fire of 1872, as was much of Old Town and its businesses.
Altamirano-Pedrorena House -
Black Hawk Smithy & Stable - Blacksmithing and other demonstrations.
Casa de Bandini - Home of 1819 sailor - Today its a restaurant.
Casa de Estudillo - Construction of the most famous Old Town adobe was completed in 1829 by Captain Jose Maria de Estudillo, commander of the San Diego presidio.
Casa de Machado y Silva -
Casa de Machado y Stewart A restored adobe home from the 1830s, built by Jose Manuel Machado.
First San Diego Courthouse - Built in 1847 by the newly arrived Mormon Battalion. The courthouse was destroyed in the Old Town fire of 1872, as was much of Old Town and its businesses.
Johnson House - 1869 home built by George Alonzo Johnson, a steamboat operator on the Colorado River and later a California State Assemblyman.
Light-Freeman House - Built in 1830, this was originally a small adobe saloon and provision store, owned by two black men.
Mason Street School - Built in 1865, this was the first public school house in San Diego. Mary Chase Walker was its first teacher.
Racine and Laramie Store - Built in 1830's by a Juan Rodriguez, a Mexican soldier who had received the land as compensation for his service.
Robinson-Rose House - James Robinson came to San Diego from Texas and built this two-story structure in 1853
to serve not only as his family residence but also as the home of the San Diego Herald, the San Diego and Gila Railroad office, as well as other private offices.
Seeley Stables - Albert Seeley ran the San Diego-Los Angeles Stage Line, which was put out of business in 1887 after the coming of the railroad.
Reconstructed stable and barns house a fine collection of horse-drawn buggies, wagons, carriages and other western memorabilia.
Silvas-McCoy House - a large residence built in 1869 by James McCoy, a well-to-do Irish immigrant who served as San Diego’s sheriff and state senator.
United States House - a general store out of this two-story pre-fabricated building as early as 1850.
Wrightington House -
Old Town Holiday Inn Express
3900 Old Town Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110 ;
Location: Old Town Ave Exit from I-5 Freeway
Whether you're here for work or pleasure, this convenient hotel in Old Town San Diego
offers spacious accommodations in a landmark location, brimming with old-world charm.
Explore the historic landmarks, shops, and restaurants that surround this popular spot.
Hotel Circle Howard Johnson
1631 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA 92108;
Location: Taylor Street Exit from I-8 Freeway - Hotel Circle
Conventiently close to Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, in the heart of Mission Valley.
At the Howard Johnson Express Inn San Diego we strive to offer our guests a home away from home
with a Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Free High Speed Wireless Internet and Cable TV with over
70 channels including 5 HBO channels and Showtime.
Old Town Western inn
3889 Arista Street, San Diego, CA 92110 ;
Located within walking distance to Old Town, 2 blocks from the trolley service, 4 miles
from SeaWorld, 4 miles from the SAN San Diego Airport, and 10 miles from the San Diego Zoo
is The Old Town Western Inn San Diego, a Magnuson Hotels affiliate.
This eco-friendly green hotel provides beautiful accommodations in a very convenient location.
Nonsmoking Free High Speed Wireless Internet Access, free continental breakfast,
color cable TV with extra stations, electronic door
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Downtown Marriott Courtyard Resort
The hotel designed for business travelers. Located near the San Diego Convention Center in the
heart of the business district, the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Downtown features luxury bedding, free high-speed Internet,
new fitness room, 24-hour food market. A great choice for hotels in San Diego.
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San Diego Heritage Park
San Diego County Parks
2454 Heritage Park Row, San Diego, CA 92110; 619-297-9327;
This 7.8-acre county park is dedicated to the preservation of San Diego's Victorian architecture.
Expansion downtown after WWII threatened these structures with demolition on their original sites.
Today these landmarks host heretage events and wedding parties.
- (1896) A modest cottage built for Eugene Senlis, an employee of San Diego pioneer horticulturist Kate Sessions.
- (1887) This house was built and first owned by John Sherman, cousin of General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The "widow's walk" and circular window are key elements of this, the first structure moved to Heritage Park.
- (1887) Edward Wilkerson Bushyhead, early San Diego sheriff, chief of police, and San Diego Union newspaper owner, built this house as a rental.
The Italianate style combines double doors with glass panels, tall protruding bay windows, regularly spaced brackets, and a low-pitched roof.
- (1889) This graceful Queen Anne residence was constructed by Harfield Timberlake Christian, founder of an early San Diego abstract company.
It is built in a popular late Victorian design characterized by a variety of chimneys, shingles, a corner tower, and encircling veranda.
-(1887) The house is named for its original owner, John McConaughy, who founded the first scheduled passenger and freight service in San Diego County.
- (1893) Pediments and dentil cornices inspired by classic sources mark this house.
Temple Beth Israel
- (1889) San Diego's first synagogue, constructed by the Congregation Beth Israel, also became temporary quarters for many religious sects before they established churches of their own. The structure reflects the church styles of the late 1800s. The first services were held September 25, 1889.
Mission Bay Best Western
2575 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92110;
Location: East Mission Bay - Clairemont Dr Exit from I-5 Freeway
This friendly vacation hotel is centrally located in the heart of San Diego, with easy
access to all attractions. The property features Spanish-Mission inspired architecture and contemporary style,
and delivers spacious accommodations within walking distance of the enchanting waters of Mission Bay.
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Gaslamp Quarter Marriott Resort
Marriotts newest resort in San Diego is this stylish San Diego Gaslamp Quarter property.
Ideally located with 306 elegantly appointed guestrooms & suites featuring luxurious bedding, state-of-the-art technology,
flat-screen televisions, & High-Speed Wireless Internet access throughout the hotel.
Presidio Park - Old Town San Diego
Park Ranger office at: (619) 235-1122;
Points of Interest include the Serra Museum, The Arbor, Mormon Battalion Monument, Palm Canyon,
Padre Cross and Inspiration Point. This hill offers many neat vistas of the San Diego Skyline and Pacific Ocean in many directions.
Inspiration Point - a great place to hold a small wedding, memorial service, or even a have a picnic.
There is a view of Mission Valley and numerous trees that offer shade year-round. Permit Required.
Palm Canyon - another popular site for weddings and memorial services.
This site is surrounded by a half mile of very large trees. It is accessible only by foot from the gate Taylor Street
The Padre Cross - erected 1913 by the Order of Panama and is made up of tiles from the Presidio ruins.
Located east of Presidio Drive across from the Serra Museum.
The Arbor - Located on the top of the hill between Presidio Drive and Cosoy Way, The Arbor is a popular site for weddings, memorial services and other small ceremonies.
Mormon Battalion Monuments - Series of monument commemorating the end to Grand March of the Mormon Battalion.
The Mormon Battalion arrived in San Diego, California on January 29, 1847 after a march of some 1,900 miles from Iowa.
To this day this stands as the longest foot march of any military unit of the U.S. Military. See also the Visitors Center.
Presidio Hill Golf Course - Old Town San Diego
4136 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110; 619-295-9476;
Golf Course: 1325-yards / Par-54
18-hole public course first opened in 1932.
El Presidio Reál de San Diego
(or Royal Presidio of San Diego)
A historical Spanish fort that was first established on May 14, 1769 by Commandant Pedro Fages, it predates the famous mission by two months.
With Mexican independence in 1821, the Presidio came under Mexican control.
From 1825-1829, it served as the Mexican Governor's residence. The Presidio was abandoned in 1835, after the Mexican government secularized the missions.
Today the Presidio Ruins are a National Historic Landmark.
Serra Museum - Presidio Park
2727 Presidio Drive, San Diego, CA 92110; (619) 297-3258;
On July 16, 1769, near the site where the museum now stands, Fr. Serra founded the Mission San Diego de Alcalá.
Often confused for the Mission, the Serra Museum was built between 1928-1929 for the purpose of housing and showcasing
the collection of the San Diego Historical Society, which was founded in 1928
Includes 120 acres atop Presidio Hill, overlooking Old Town. Active archeological dig continues to make
many noteworthy discoveries. Marks the site of the first California Mission built by Father Serra in 1769.
Museum exhibits cover Indian, Spanish and Mexican historical periods.
Mission Bay Holiday Inn
4610 De Soto Street, San Diego, CA 92109;
Location: NorthEast Mission Bay - Balboa Ave Exit from I-5 Freeway
Distinctively different accommodations that are conveniently located in Pacific Beach,
and only 1 mile to Mission Bay Park.
Our guest-rooms offer all the conveniences of home, including Free Wireless High Speed Internet
Access, Refrigerator, Microwave, Coffee/Tea maker, Hairdryer, Full-size Iron and Ironing
Board, 27-inch television with cable and free local calls.
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This hotel's central location makes it an outstanding choice for business, government and leisure travelers alike.
It is less than two miles to Sea World San Diego, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Old Town and the Airport.
Wells Fargo History Museum - Presidio Park
2733 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110; 619-238-3929;
Real gold nuggets. Real stagecoaches. Real history. It's all at the Wells Fargo History Museums.
Here's your chance to travel to the past by exploring all the rare and authentic exhibits.
Historically refurnished Wells Fargo Agent's office with pioneer exhibits.
San Diego County Sherriff's Museum
2384 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110; 619-260-1850;
This museum honors the rich traditions and history of the men and women who have served with pride in the
San Diego County Sherriff's Department since 1850.
Interactive exhibits from the 150-year history of the Sheriff's Department; displays include guns, badges, handcuffs,
uniforms, patrol car, helicopter, motorcycle, jail cell and courtroom.
San Diego Union Museum
2602 San Diego Ave., San Diego CA 92110;
This wood-frame structure was prefabricated in Maine and shipped around the Horn in 1851.
It became the first office of the San Diego Union newspaper in 1868.
It contained four pages and, as was common in those days, the first and last pages were mostly literary efforts.
Visitors can view the original printroom with a Washington press and the editor's office.
Shelter Island Palms Resort
Best Western Resort Hotel
2051 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92106;
Location: San Diego Harbor Bayside
All rooms feature cable satellite television with HBO®, free high-speed Internet access and a refrigerator.
Guests have access to two pools, a spa, exercise facilities and meeting space for up to 175 people.
A water-side restaurant is located on the hotel premises.
A friendly staff is ready to ensure a comfortable and memorable stay while in San Diego.
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San Diego Airport Days Inn
Near Sea World / Little Italy / Harbor / Downtown
This 5-sunburst hotel is located in the Little Italy part of San Diego only one block from the harbor.
All guestrooms come with Microwave and Refrigerator, Premium Satellite Television with 3 HBOs.
Mormon Battalion Visitors Center -
Old Town San Diego
Church operated museum commerating the 1847 completion of the longest infantry march in US History, over 2000 miles from
Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego. The Mormon Battalion consisted of five companies that totaled over 500 men.
Multimedia presentations, historic artifacts including authentic muskets, cannon, and fine artwork.
Mormon Battalion Commemoration [4th Sat of Jan]
- Annual Military Parade and Dutch Oven Bakeoff in San Diego Old Town State Park - Children's crafts and games, pioneer music, living history reenactments, wagon rides.
Box Canyon Crossing
- Remnant of the Mormon Battalion Trail of 1847 is still visible in the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
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San Diego Historic Landmarks
3950 Conde Street, San Diego, CA 92110, 619-297-7511;
Open Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm;
The Whaley House
- California's oldest brick structure built in 1856 by Thomas Whaley, who established the first brickyard in San Diego for its construction.
In addition to being the Whaley Family home, it housed a granary, the County Court House,
San Diego's first commercial theater, various businesses including Thomas Whaley's own general store,
a ballroom, a billiard hall, school, and polling place. It also is a legendary haunted house.
Adobe Chapel of the Immaculate Conception
- The feast of the Immaculate Conception was the biggest celebration during the historic period of old San Diego; it honors the patroness of the port and the city of San Diego.
The original festivities began in 1858 and continued to 1919 and were centered on this
Chapel, where the statue of the Immaculate Conception, originally from the Presidio Chapel, was displayed.
Harbor Island Sheraton
1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101;
Situated at the water's edge on spectacular San Diego Bay, the Harbor Island Sheraton Resort & Marina offers scenic viewing of the bay and the downtown city skyline.
It is located on Harbor Island, which is very close to both Shelter Island, Downtown San Diego and Lindburgh Field.
Spread across two distinctive towers on beautiful San Diego Bay, our 1,044 guest rooms and suites are filled with fine comforts and conveniences.
All guest rooms feature the new Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed, private balcony or patio.
Humphrey's Half Moon Inn
2303 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106;
Located bayside on Shelter Island
Complemented by arching palms and gentle ponds are Humphreys 182 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites.
Many of the accommodations offer patios or balconies with stunning views of our private marine, picturesque San Diego Bay or the dramatic city skyline.
All of the amenities that you would find at a luxury resort are offered at the Humphreys Resort on Shelter Island.
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