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February 9, 2005
THE ROSES ARE RED, THE INN IS NEW A DOZEN RED ROSES, GIVEN AWAY TO A FEW
HISTORIC BRITT SCRIPPS INN (CIRCA 1887) CELEBRATES OPENING DAY ON VALENTINE’S BY GIVING AWAY 1,887 ROSES TO MILITARY PERSONNEL
SAN DIEGO – Valentine’s Day will celebrate the re-emergence of a bygone era when the 118-year-old Britt Scripps mansion opens its doors as the newly christened Britt Scripps Inn (circa 1887). In honor of opening on the most romantic day of the year, Britt Scripps Inn will be giving away 1,887 long-stem red roses, by the dozen, to the first 158 military personnel or spouses (presenting a valid military ID) to come by the Inn at 406 Maple Street starting at 9:00 a.m. on February 14 until they are gone – limit one dozen per family. Six of the bouquets will come with an added surprise – a complimentary future overnight stay at the Inn.
“We selected Valentine’s Day for our opening because it’s sentimental, and this opening is both sentimental and monumental for San Diego as this house is part of the city’s past, present and future,” commented Owner Gordon Hattersley, III. “The roses are a tribute to the role the military has played in San Diego’s history and the sacrifices they still make for us, particularly those separated from loved ones on this special day.”
The result of a multiyear effort and $6 million investment, this extraordinary nine-room Inn will welcome its first guests on February 14. Opening celebrations will commence at 8:30 a.m. for invited guests and include the reading of a proclamation by the Mayor’s office, the presentation of a time capsule, tours of the house and the rose giveaways beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Britt Scripps Inn, combining Victorian-era style with 21st century technology and comfort, is at 406 Maple Street, just steps from the world-renowned Balboa Park museums, gardens and the San Diego Zoo.