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San Diego’s Best January Activities

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Coming to San Diego this January? You’ll find mild weather, fewer tourists, and a whole calendar of great events happening around town. It’s hard to pick just a few to spotlight, but the staff at the Pacific Inn in San Diego has managed to do just that.

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015
This unique event happens twice a year, and the first restaurant week of 2015 runs from January 18 to 24. Over 180 restaurants across San Diego County take part in this event, and all of them will be offering excellent food on prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch is two courses for $15 or $20, and dinner is three courses for $20 to $50. There’s something for every type of food lover from the Fogo de Chao Brazilian steakhouse in downtown to The Prado at Balboa Park, which offers excellent California cuisine.

30th Annual Plays by Young Writers Festival
Culture lovers and older kids will enjoy this festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, located at the Old Globe. This festival offers two programs for different age groups, and there’s a combined total of eight plays being performed. All of these plays have been written by local playwrights under the age of 18, and all of them have been selected out of the best young talent in the San Diego area. The price for this event ranges from $10 to $60.

Sea World’s 50th Celebration
Even though this legendary park turned 50 in March 2014, the celebrations are still going through January. As part of the celebration, visitors now enter through Explorer’s Reef, which immerses you in an area with multiple pools of small sharks, rays and fish. There’s also a squad of employees surprising people with prizes and giveaways. Admission to SeaWorld San Diego is between $78-84 depending on age. SeaWorld tickets aren’t inexpensive. Save some money during your trip by booking a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport, located just minutes from SeaWorld, and put the money you save towards tickets for the whole family.

Heading to San Diego? The Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites has you covered. We are conveniently located near Little Italy, the San Diego Convention Center, and are one of the most affordable places to stay near the Gaslamp Quarter. We also offer 24-hour fresh brewed coffee and tea, free Wi-Fi, and a best rate guarantee. Call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our unbeatable rates and ongoing promotions.

Tastiest Restaurants in the Gaslamp

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San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It offers a picturesque backdrop of modern offices and historical buildings, and boasts dozens of shops, clubs, bars, and, of course, restaurants offering a variety of tastes from local fare to international cuisine. After you get situated at your hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, head out for a bite at one of these four local favorites.

1. Blue Point – 565 5th Avenue
This popular seafood and oyster bar was the first of its kind in the Gaslamp. The food is fresh and delicious, and mouthwatering assorted fresh oysters go for $16. Indulge in the chef’s seafood tower or the rich lobster bisque, a hearty soup that entices the palate. Seafood entrees range from $36-$48. Steaks are over $40.

2. La Fiesta – 628 5th Avenue
This is the spot for authentic Mexican food bursting with bold flavors. Menu options include tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and tortas. Complement your meal with a margarita, and, depending on when you go, music from a DJ. Lunch entrees range from $11 to $16.

3. Nobu – 207 5th Avenue (Hard Rock Hotel)
The finest and freshest Japanese delicacies are here, from sushi and sashimi to unique tobanyaki-style beef and seafood. Creative menu options are seemingly endless, though any choice will stun you with an explosion of taste. Look to spend about $30 for most items, including salmon tataki, red snapper sashimi, and octopus carpaccio.

4. Royal India – 329 Market Street
Royal India offers an elegant dining atmosphere with an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. The tandoori butter chicken is succulent and tender in texture, and the chicken tika masala is a local favorite. Most chicken items are priced at $18, while beef dishes, like seekh kebab curry, are closer to $20.

Pack your bags and come eat your way through the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. If you haven’t found a hotel yet, don’t worry, the San Diego Pacific Inn has a room waiting for you. We offer flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and tea around-the-clock, and, best of all, a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and promotions.

Eat, Drink, Shop: Guide to Little Italy, San Diego

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Little Italy is one of San Diego’s liveliest neighborhoods, brimming with great restaurants and popular bars serving stiff drinks. If you’re just in town for a few days, book a cheap hotel in Little Italy and take advantage of all the area has to offer. If you’re pressed for time, (and aren’t we all), do your best to check out the following places. You won’t be sorry you fit them into your schedule.

The Waterfront Bar & Grill
This reasonably priced bar was established in 1933, making it one of the oldest and most historic bars in San Diego. It is frequented by visitors and locals alike and known for its great beverages and delicious food. Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Waterfront is the place to go for great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Swing by on a Friday or Saturday night to see how the locals do weekends in Little Italy.

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market
Open every Saturday morning, the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws in lovers of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables at good prices. With over 150 vendors, no visitor will walk away empty-handed. Most Saturdays, farmers’ market regulars enjoy live music and all types of art in addition to the fresh produce.

Piazza Basilone
Built in 2004 and located on Fir and India Streets, the Piazza Basilone gets its name from the Italian war hero John Basilone, but it was also constructed in reverence to other war veterans. Although small in size, Piazza Basilone is a serene and beautiful plaza that includes a statue, fountain, and places for people to sit and enjoy the sights. During your visit, spend a relaxing morning in the piazza with a cup of coffee and good people watching.

San Diego Firehouse Museum
This museum houses firefighting equipment used from the late 1800s. It also features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, the first fire engine from the city of La Jolla, and numerous other artifacts. Kids and history buffs will enjoy exploring the extensive exhibits and displays. Admission is reasonably priced at $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Looking for a cheap hotel room in Little Italy? Check out the San Diego Pacific Inn. Come stay in one of our newly remodeled rooms and enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24/7 fresh coffee and tea (great for those long nights at Waterfront), and our best rate guarantee. Reserve your room with one of our friendly Reservation Managers by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

Places to Eat Near the San Diego Airport

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San Diego is a foodie heaven. Each and every neighborhood has its own unique flare and diverse offerings to excite taste buds. If you’re staying in a hotel near SAN airport, you have the pleasure of being centrally located among some of the best neighborhood restaurants.

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop – under $10
Lucha Libre is an authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients. The taco shop holds the community award for best burrito, and is vegetarian friendly. The eclectic menu features both traditional dishes, like burritos, and tasty innovations like pork carnitas topped baked potatoes.

C-Level – $15-30
C-Level’s stunning waterfront views and outdoor seating make this restaurant a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their menu features American fare like seafood, burgers, steaks, lettuce wraps, and salads. Local favorites include the lobster mac and cheese and the sweet potato fries. Happy hour offers great discounts for travelers looking to pinch a few pennies.

Phil’s BBQ – $10-25
A chain exclusive to San Diego county, Phil’s BBQ’s dishes feature the secret homemade family BBQ recipe. Phil’s prides itself in being a restaurant for clientele driving in on “skateboards or Bentleys.” The restaurant serves quality comfort food like beef ribs, onion rings, and pulled pork.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen – $10-20
Bencotto Italian Kitchen has a modern atmosphere that serves old-world Italian food. The menu is filled with family style dishes, making the restaurant a great place to dine for families or groups traveling together. The  pasta is handcrafted, and “pasta your way” allows guests to create their own dish combinations.

Island Deli – under $10
Island Deli serves breakfast and lunch only, and is a great stop for a quick bite. Everything is made in-house, including roasted turkey, slow cooked pulled pork, handmade chips, and fresh coleslaw.

Depending on how long you’re staying and your budget, you might be so inclined to try every place rather than making  the toughest decision of your trip and choosing just one. In addition to being near the airport, all of these yummy restaurants are located just minutes from the historic Gaslamp Quarter and several San Diego Convention Center hotels.  Haven’t booked a hotel yet? Don’t pass up the Pacific Inn. We offer a best rate guarantee, flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, and newly remodeled rooms. Contact us to learn more about current rates and promotions, or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room.

 

Cool December Concerts in San Diego

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Take a break from the snow falling around the country and visit sunny San Diego. From museums to parks, sporting events to the beach (yes, even in winter), there’s plenty to see and do this winter. At the top of the to-do list are some cool concerts coming this month.  Find Gaslamp Quarter accommodations walking distance to most of the following concerts and enjoy a fun and safe night out with friends while you’re in town.

  • See Ryan Adams with his mix of rock, blues, and alternative country music as he performs at the historic 2,200 seat Copley Symphony Hall within the palatial Jacobs Music Center on 12/15 at 7:30pm. Tickets from $44 – $133.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs a mixture of big band, swing, and blues at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on 12/16 at 8pm. Belly Up is San Diego’s premiere live music venue offering concerts from all kinds of performers in an intimate setting. Tickets from $165 – $190.
  • The highly-acclaimed gospel singers Blind Boys of Alabama will perform on 12/23 at 7:30 pm in Escondido’s California Center for the Arts. The Center combines a concert hall, theater, museums, and conference rooms to provide a wide variety of cultural experiences in one location. Tickets from $43 – $54.
  • Enjoy some high-powered orchestral music for the holidays with Mannheim Steamroller on 12/28 at 7:30pm. The San Diego Civic Theatre feels intimate and concertgoers will dig the music from any one of the 3,000 seats. Tickets from $109 – $175.
  • San Diego’s Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre paradise featuring museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The park is well-known for its free-of-charge outdoor entertainment. Throughout December, enjoy several performances of Classical Melodies, offering orchestral music for the whole family. Admission is free.

If this list doesn’t do it for you, click here to search for more concerts coming to the San Diego area. While you’re debating which act to see, book a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn, located just minutes from both the San Diego Airport and the Convention Center.  As a guest, you will enjoy our newly remodeled rooms, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea served 24/7. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about current rates and book your room or suite.

Up and Coming Breweries and Wineries in Baja

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San Diego is known for its beer and wine culture, and is home to some of the nation’s best distilleries and breweries. However, San Diego’s neighbor just across the border is a little town that should garner some praise and recognition of its own. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from hotels in downtown San Diego, Baja has seen its beer and wine culture blowup in recent years, and its beginning to make some serious contributions to the beer and wine culture of the West Coast.

Cervecería Tijuana
This is the top brewery in Tijuana, and the true-to-form Czech pilsners crafted here use only locally grown ingredients. The owner, Jose Gonzalez Ibarra, imported the equipment, technique and even the brew master straight from the Czech Republic in order to replicate the authentic pilsner taste, while augmenting the flavors with a south-of-the-border flair. The brewery offers tours to groups of two or more throughout the day until 5pm.

Vinícola L.A. Cetto
This winery is just off Avenida Consitucion in Tijuana and offers a wide variety of wines. They also provide a selection of sparkling ciders in addition to a very nice house brandy. Tastings here are inexpensive, and the brewery features a beautiful veranda setting with arbor shade and picturesque surroundings.

Bodegas Cieli
Further south along Route 3 and about 45 minutes from Tijuana along the now famous Ruta del Vino (Wine Route), you’ll find the picturesque vineyard and brewery of Bodegas Cieli. Here, they brew spicy Pale Ales with tropical fruit esters and offer a world-class signature wine called Brunello di Guadalupe. Tours are available by contacting the proprietor Don Cieli directly.

Winery – AlXimia Vino
While you’re visiting , stop and see Alvaro Alvarez-Parilla, the mathematician-turned-winemaker and owner of Alximia. He offers a fine selection of wines including Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Each one is crafted using his unique technique and the lovingly grown grapes that have made Guadalupe valley the new wine country.

Our friendly neighbors to the south have been working hard to revitalize tourism and put their tasty wines and brews on the map. If you have time while visiting San Diego, look into a tour that takes you from one side of the border to the other, stopping at all the best spots along the way. Consider staying in one of the hotels near the San Diego Convention Center, located in downtown San Diego, to be near the action on both sides of the border. To speak with a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn, conveniently located near the San Diego airport, Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy, call 1-800-571-2933 and find out about our budget-friendly rates.

Treat Yourself: Best Affordable Spas in San Diego

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San Diego might be known for its beaches, but it also hosts a surprising amount of budget-friendly day spas. You can unwind after a long day of sightseeing, or just spend a day pampering yourself, with funds to spare. Most spas in the downtown San Diego hotels are too rich for the average traveler’s blood, but these three options offer wonderful and luxurious treatments everyone can afford.

Oasis Day Spa
www.san-diego-massage-facials.com
Oasis Day Spa offers massage therapy, facials and waxing services. They specialize in working with pumpkin for facials due to its powerful enzymes that loosen and eliminate dead skin cells. A lush one hour pumpkin facial runs $90. Oasis also offers a smudging service which uses herbs to cleanse your body, home and office of negative residual energy. Other services include cellulite treatments, anti-aging eye treatments, eyebrow waxing, and various massages.

Simply Scentual
www.simplyscentual.com
Simply Scentual has a variety of services, in addition to spa packages, such as waxing, facials, massage therapy, chemical peels, body treatments, microdermabrasion, eyelash extensions and make-up application. This spa offers outstanding daily and monthly specials, like two-for-one services on Tuesdays.  It’s also conveniently located a hop, skip, and a jump from airport hotels and hotels in Little Italy, San Diego.

Superior Spa Massage
www.superiorspamassage.com
At this spa, you can receive a one-hour full-body massage for a wallet-friendly $40. Customers also might be interested in the Asian body and foot massage — a special one hour service that combines reflexology techniques with ancient Chinese herbs to boost blood circulation, stimulate the body’s defense systems, relieve foot pain, and reduce stress and pressure from the head, shoulders and neck. This spa also specializes in Chinese Acupressure. They are open daily from 10am-11pm, making it easy to find time in your busy vacation schedule for a relaxing massage.

Take a break from sightseeing and holiday shopping to relax with a luxurious spa treatment. With these cost-conscious options, you’ll still have plenty of funds left over for holiday gifts and San Diego souvenirs. Book your spa services and hotel today! Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager at Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. You won’t be disappointed with this affordable hotel located near the Convention Center, downtown, Little Italy, and just minutes from the San Diego airport.

Best Places in San Diego to Find Great Gifts

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The holidays are just around the corner and will be here before you know it. Savvy San Diego shoppers are already taking to the streets to tackle their holiday shopping lists – and that can mean long lines at popular shopping destinations. But holiday shopping doesn’t have to be tortuous. There are lots of unique, fun boutiques and niche holiday shopping destinations around the city, if you know where to look. Whether you’re staying at a hotel in downtown San Diego, or in one of the hotels by the San Diego Airport, check out some of these hidden gems – you may save time and find gifts with distinct appeal!

For Her
Tijon: This La Jolla perfumery specializes in unique, hand-blended fragrances. Pick up a pre-made bottle or buy your loved one a “fragrance creation experience” – a unique class that lets her mix her own custom perfume!

For Him
Timothy Meier Designs: Cufflinks are making a comeback and this Gaslamp Quarter boutique, situated among dozens of Gaslamp Quarter Hotels, is leading the way. Meier specializes in art-inspired pieces with clean lines and modern appeal. From Celtic knot cufflinks to chunky cut steel rings, Meier has countless designs to choose from.

For Foodies
Leaf & Kettle: Situated in Delmar Highlands, this high-end tea shop specializes in everything from artistic tea kettles to tea-infused spa items. They also have tea samplers full of spicy, refreshing, and robust brews.

For Stylistas
Noon Designs: This quirky chain of boutiques – with a storefront in Point Loma – specializes in handmade jewelry, greeting cards, home goods and body products. Snap up a pair of minimalist chic Swarovski crystal hoop earrings for next to nothing.

For Quirky Folks
Sew Loka Handmade: Sew Loka is a leading local artisan collective comprised of seamstresses and other makers. Find fluffy throw pillows made from T-shirts, handmade Mexican sugar skull purses and more. Visit their Facebook page to find pop up shop locations throughout the city.

For Kids
Hillside Artisans Children’s Boutique: This Mission Hill boutique prides itself on searching the globe for one-of-a-kind children’s items. The result is a shop brimming with handmade wooden train sets, costumes, doll houses, you name it – all at reasonable prices.

If you’re planning on spending some time in San Diego this December, bring an extra suitcase for all the awesome, unique gifts you will find while holiday shopping for your loved ones. Don’t wait too long to book your room at the Pacific Inn San Diego, centrally located near the airport, downtown, and Little Italy. To learn more about promotions and packages offered this holiday season, call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.

 

Top San Diego Holiday Travel Tips for Families

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From packing your kids’ luggage, arranging transportation, checking into flights and booking an affordable hotel near the San Diego Airport, we know that crossing off items on your family vacation checklist can seem daunting, especially when you’re traveling over the busy holiday season. Here are some simple suggestions on how to make your family vacation a little less stressful, from start to finish.

Tip #1: Look for Free Events

Most families understandably need to travel on a budget, and San Diego offers plenty of fun activities during the holidays that don’t cost a penny. During the first weekend of December, Balboa Park’s December Nights is a popular festival for tourists and locals alike. All the major museums are open for free and you’ll get to enjoy lots of live music, dancing, light displays and exotic foods from across the globe. Your family can also enjoy the Big Bay Balloon Parade around New Year’s Eve, which is larger than the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in terms of balloon floats.

Tip #2: Dress Appropriately

San Diego remains pretty mild during the holiday season with average November highs of just under 70 degrees and average December highs of 65. It’s preferable to bring a light jacket and long pants no matter where you are. Prepare on layering when you head out in the morning since this is also the start of the rainy season.

Tip #3: Visit Theme Parks Over the Holidays

One of the most popular destinations is Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo. As you stroll through the zoo, you can see lighted sculptures, enjoy a special version of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and take a ride on the Twinkle Light Trolley. SeaWorld San Diego is also going all out for the holidays, bringing in snow, sleds and Santa as the theme park transforms in “SnowWorld.”

If you’re interested in getting a discount on admission into both the zoo and SeaWorld while also saving at a nearby hotel, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn at (619) 232-6391 and ask about our available discounts.

San Diego’s Top Holiday Craft Fairs

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Top San Diego Holiday Craft Fairs

When it comes to holiday craft shows, San Diego has the best of the best. Not only will you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, but you’ll have fun too. If you’re visiting from out of town and plan on doing a little holiday shopping, don’t forget to book your downtown San Diego hotel room and pack an extra bag in your luggage so that you’re able to easily bring your new goodies home with you!
The Local Color

The kid zone is filled with activities, and you’ll find over 20 vendors selling everything from crafts to antiques. The atmosphere is filled with the talents of DJs Ikah and Claire Love. It’s held at The Glashaus Art Studios on Barrio Logan’s Main Street, November 17th from 11 am to 3 pm, and proceeds go to the Museum School.

Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

Join the crowds on December 7, from 11AM to 5 PM at the corner of 32nd and Thorne in North Park for an entire afternoon devoted to food, craft beer, music and shopping. Attendees will be delighted by the delicious chili samples and competition, a beer and wine garden, the SoNo Kids Fun Fest, live music, and most importantly, dozens of vendors selling their unique handcrafted clothing, accessories and art.

South Park Holiday Walkabout

This festival, which takes place 4 times a year, is gearing up for their special holiday gathering on December 6, from 6 to 10 PM. During these walkabouts you’re able to experience the area’s local cafes, boutiques, bars and galleries as you stroll down 30th and Fern Streets. Those who choose to attend will have access to random drawing, prizes and discounts.

These fun, festive and family-friendly fairs shouldn’t be missed during your holiday vacation in San Diego, especially if you’re staying at a nearby San Diego hotel near Little Italy. Still looking for affordable accommodations? Check out the San Diego Pacific Inn. We’re currently offering up to 12% off on our already competitive room rates just for booking in advance. Call (619) 232-6391 today to see how much we could help you save.

 

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