“I ain’t afraid of no ghost!” No really, I’m not. I’m absolutely thrilled by the possibility of encountering a spirit from the beyond. Two places in particular that put San Diego on the map as a specter-friendly destination: the famous Hotel del Coronado and the Whaley House.
I am in Old Town at midnight. I am not surprised. While it is a place, without question, built for tourists, I balk at the suggestion that ‘locals don’t go there’ and such ‘traps’ should be avoided by those looking for an ‘authentic’ experience.
For me, there is nothing more authentic and alluring than the post-structuralist break-down of real and pretend. Old Town is a piece of living theater staged on the actual blood, sweat and bones of San Diego’s history. The lines between reality and mythology blur amongst historical landmarks and themed restaurants, dusty graveyards and costumed guides.
There is no better time to take a ghost tour of San Diego’s haunted past. All Hallow’s Eve is just around the corner – a time when the veil between worlds is at its thinnest and spirits are feeling festive!
Last week, I took you on a video tour of the haunts of Old Town, San Diego, where we visited haunted room 11 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. But the hotel hauntings don’t stop there- San Diego is full of hotel ghosts just waiting for you to pay them a visit. Looking for a real treat (or trick?) this […]
“Mr. Whaley, are you here?” I recently asked an empty courtroom at the Whaley House Museum in Old Town Heritage State Park, San Diego. The answer? It didn’t come from the other room, but a swinging silver pendulum I held lightly between my fingers. Vertical swing. Yes. The ghost of Thomas Whaley, one of the […]
ike any Wild West town, the story of San Diego is rich with sensational stories of heroism and infamy – from its origins as “New Town” to its era as red light district, through its time of decay into its renaissance – and you can relive it all through these unique and entertaining sightseeing tours.