Posts Tagged ‘Old Town’

200+ attendees rock the San Diego Tweetup

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

San Diego tweeters take over Wine Cabana on 2/21/09 (Photo courtesy @jimmyweee)

The San Diego Tweetup’s February gathering set new attendance records last Saturday, as more than 200 Twitter aficionados converged on the Wine Cabana in Old Town. This was a significant jump over the first SD Tweetup, held in April 2008, when only about 30 attended.

The event, which is usually held monthly, had been sorely missed since its last large gathering in November at KPBS Studios. (No complaints here about the December SD Tweetup, as 25 of us were included in the audience of The Price is Right, and yours truly won a treadmill and $1000.) This time, there was no attendee cap – and tweeters from all over San Diego County turned out in force. We drank wine, played Rockband (courtesy of assistant organizer @DowntownRob), and tweeted the #sdtweetup hashtag all the way up to the #2 trending topic on Twitter for several hours.

Organizer Jenn Van Grove (@jbruin) did another bang-up job in finding a venue large enough for such a group, and sponsors willing to fund the good times. Much love to Network Velocity (@nvelocity) for sponsorship. See Jenn’s blog post for a comprehensive Twitter roll of attendees, as well as links to several Flickr sets of event photos.

Want to join us next time? Visit http://www.meetup.com/sdtweetup and get notified when the next SD Tweetup is scheduled!

Ghosts of San Diego

Some guests just do not know when to check out...

Some guests just do not know when to check out...

When people think of San Diego, they usually think of beaches and surfers. But did you know our town has more than its share of ghosts? That, in fact, one historic building here is called “the most haunted house in America”? It’s true. For creepiness, I’d stack San Diego against Salem, Mass any day.

Here are the 3 places you’ll most likely feel the chills:

  • Hotel Del Coronado room #3327
    In 1892, a beautiful young woman checked in to this room, then shot herself on the beach a few days later. She was found to have checked in under a pseudonym, and had been a grifter abandoned by her equally shady husband. Sad, but not ghostly…until she started “visiting” occupants of the room, and even the hotel’s gift shop! Witnesses describe seeing a woman in a black lace high-necked dress. Perhaps this is a story invented to keep this room booked. If so, it works – the room is very difficult to reserve for all the ghosthunters. For more on this ghost, read Beautiful Stranger: The Ghost of Kate Morgan and the Hotel del Coronado by Chris Donovan.
  • The Whaley House
    Constructed in 1856, the Whaley House is one of the oldest houses still standing in San Diego, and at various times was a courthouse, general store, granary and a family home in what is now called Old Town San Diego. In its courthouse days, it was the site of several hangings, and when the Whaleys lived here, it witnessed the suicide of their daughter Violet, who was despondent over a humiliating divorce. Witnesses have since reported seeing the ghost of Yankee Jim Robinson (a criminal hung on the property), Thomas Whaley, Violet Whaley, and even a fox terrier once owned by the family. Now a museum, the house is maintained by the Save Our Heritage Organization and is mentioned on several ghost-seeking TV shows as “the most haunted house in America.” For more on the Whaley House, visit its website.
  • Villa Montezuma
    This place creeped me out. I have never seen a ghost, and didn’t see one here. However, I visited this house on two separate occasions 20 years apart, and felt the immediate need to GET OUT both times. Built in 1887, the house is a marvel of Victorian architecture, and was built for a celebrated author, spiritualist and musician of the time named Jesse Shepard. The interior is lavishly decorated with with carved wood paneling, stained glass windows and period furnishings. Jesse was said to have held seances here where he communed with the dead. My guess is he did this in an upstairs room, because that’s where I felt the overwhelming need to split. For more info on Villa Montezuma, visit its page the San Diego Historical Society’s website.

Do you know of other hauntings here in San Diego? Tell us about it!

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