It’s National Dessert Day – Celebrate with Sprinkles Cupcakes and The US Grant

Today is National Dessert Day (not that I need a day to celebrate it!) and coincidently, the iconic US Grant and the world’s most famed cupcake bakery, Sprinkles Cupcakes are teaming up to provide a “Sweet Indulgence” package. This limited time package is in honor of the US Grant’s 101st birthday in October. This is the first time the cupcakery has partnered with a hotel and what better time than for something as impressive as turning the big 1-0-1!

Offered now through October 31, 2011, the US Grant’s Sprinkles “Sweet Indulgence” package includes:

  • Luxurious room accommodations at the US Grant
  • Two freshly baked Sprinkles Cupcakes in your room during your stay
  • A Sprinkles Cupcake Mix Kit to take home to relive your festive memories

Reserve your experience online up to three days prior to arrival, by phone at 866-716-8136 or through your preferred travel professional. Please mention rate plan 101BDAY. From $199.


5 to Try This Weekend in San Diego

1. TRASH, The New Children’s Museum: Features the work of 12 artists from around the globe focused on the kid-friendly and timely topic of trash. The exhibition encompasses each work of art, hands on art-making projects, school curricula, artist lectures, family workshops and special events. The exhibition opens with a free community block party on October 15 and 16.

2. US Grant Prohibition Party: San Diego’s original 1930’s heyday speakeasy will be holding an inaugural modern-day Prohibition party. Held in the space that connects an underground tunnel from the original speakeasy to the Port of San Diego where booze was once illegally smuggled. The event will take place during the hotel’s 101st birthday, October 16. The event is open to the public and will feature jazzy live music from the era with various food and crafty beverage stations.

3. Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld: Discover an ocean of Halloween fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular every weekend in October. Catch silly and spooky shows including the Pirates 4-D movie experience. Then join in The Search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure in a walk-through adventure. Enjoy photo ops with your favorite friends from Sesame Street and trick-or-treat alongside huggable SeaWorld characters.

photo by Mike Rollerson

4. Haunted Trail of Balboa Park: The Haunted Trail is a stroll through the park you will never forget. Enter the mile long Trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. Visitors watch your back, you’ll never know which way the terror will hit you. True to form, the Trail is not for children under 10 or the faint of heart. Experience an outdoor terror that is simply too big to house indoors. Runs through October 31 (except Mondays and Tuesdays.)

5. Spooky Science at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center: Fall into Spooky Science at the Fleet! Learn about all things scary from glow in the dark Flubber to spider webs and shocking activities. Special activities are only $2 with admission. Creep into the Discovery Lab if you dare; available Saturdays in October only.


What’s Your US GRANT Story?

Still gorgeous after all these years!

The grande dame of downtown hotels, THE US GRANT, is turning 100 this year and she’s looking better than ever. 

I know because one of my very favorite things to do is to walk down the the marble staircase in the lobby and back in time with the incredible collection of historic photos beautifully displayed on the lower level.  These moments, captured all throughout the last century, showcase the hotel and her sharply-dressed clientele in all their glory. 

From flirty flappers stepping out of Model-Ts to Betty Draper-style beauties in pearls and white gloves, it’s a visual feast for anyone who loves vintage style and a dash of history. 

That’s why I’m so excited the US GRANT is kicking off her celebration by giving everyone the chance to share their memories, past and present, online at What’s Your Story.

So far, my favorite submission is a postcard sent with a 1-cent stamp sent by a guest who stayed there in 1941 and exclaimed, “Boy, is this hotel ever keen!”

In the spirit of that postcard writer, a couple postscripts:

PS:  “Man, oh man,” it gets better.  Each month, beginning in February, a story will be chosen from the previous month’s submissions to win a two-night stay. 

PSS:  And even more “terrific!”  Monthly winners will be eligible for a grand prize package that includes  two round-trip airline tickets to San Diego within the Continental U.S., a three night stay in the Presidential Suite, a wine pairing dinner for two at the Grant Grill, and a 2.5 hour sailing adventure aboard Dennis Conner’s America’s Cup Experience complete with a picnic basket prepared by the hotel’s Executive Chef.  (The grand prize winner will be announced on October 15, 2010, the official birthday of the hotel.)