June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

Viejas Grand OpeningSAN DIEGO, CA (October 30, 2015) – Viejas Casino & Resort has officially opened their second luxury hotel tower and expanded casino. Thousands were in attendance for the grand opening ceremony for the new five-story tower. Separated by the hotel pool area and the Park at Viejas––a designated space for concerts and special events––the new hotel tower stands near its perfect partner, Viejas’ first hotel tower, which opened in March of 2013.

The $50 million hotel tower features 109 deluxe rooms and luxury suites, a fitness center and business center, a spacious bar and lounge, and nine state-of-the-art meeting spaces including the Oak Ballroom, accommodating up to 1,200 attendees. Upgraded amenities in the VIP suites include multiple HDTVs, handcrafted furniture and décor, oversized shower, Jacuzzi whirlpool baths, and more. This expansion creates an additional 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor multifunction resort space, and increases current hotel accommodations to a total of 237 rooms and suites.

“Our new hotel tower and casino expansion brings a new level of refinement and guest services to our community. We are grateful to our loyal guests for taking this journey with us,” commented Viejas Tribal Chairman Robert Welch.

The grand opening celebration included a thrilling tightrope performance by Tino Wallenda of the world-famous Flying Wallendas. Mr. Wallenda walked the distance between both hotel towers on a tightrope suspended five stories high, all set to a live performance by the San Diego Symphony. Test drives of Viejas’ featured Dream Machine, the Aston Martin Vantage GT, were conducted throughout the evening. The events  concluded with a spectacular fireworks display and exclusive tours of the new hotel tower.

Viejas General Manager Chris Kelley commented, “The opening of our newest hotel tower represents an opportunity to show our guests how valued they are and to demonstrate our team’s commitment to excellence.”

The opening of the second Viejas Hotel Tower is the crowning achievement in a year-long development project that includes the addition of 1,000 all new slot machines. The expanded casino floor opened on October 9, 2015.