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Horsing Around in San Diego


While San Diego is best known for warm beaches and metropolitan skylines, it’s also home to amazing opportunities for horseback riding. Tourists visiting our beautiful town can enjoy some equestrian fun at any of the following venues recommended by staff at the Pacific Inn hotel in Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Beach Rides, Horse Rentals & Wagon Rides

Located at 2180 Monument Road near Imperial Beach, the rates at this venue range from $50 to $150 per rider, depending on the package you choose. Your horseback riding experience will include private rides to some of the most scenic locations in San Diego, including the Tijuana River Valley Nature Preserve and nearby beaches. Horseback riding options include beach rides, pony rides, and riding lessons. Photography packages are also offered.

Surfside Ranch

This establishment is located at 2225 Hollister Street. Rates range from $1 per minute for pony rides (with a 15 minute minimum) to horseback rides from $50 to $120 per person, depending on the type and duration of the ride. Sandy beaches and pristine nature trails are what you’ll discover while horseback riding here. In addition to horse rentals, they also offer guided beach, trail, and pony rides. There’s also a petting zoo for kids who don’t want to ride. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins off in the distance as you trot along the beach.

Blanco Brothers Ranch

2181 Hollister Street is home to the Blanco Brother Ranch where beach rides are $100 per person for a three-hour experience. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, you’re sure to have a memorable experience here. Beach rides will take you along Imperial Beach. Services offered include riding lessons, pony rides, horse rentals, and horse boarding. The horses are well trained and well behaved. Guided rides are also offered.

Bright Valley Farms

Bright Valley Farms is located at 12310 Campo Road in Spring Valley, which is less than 20 minutes from San Diego. Rates range from $20 per half-hour for pony rides to $60 for one-and-a-half hour rides. You’ll find a wide selection of horses and trails when riding here. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re welcome to bring your own horse for the day. For new riders, lessons are offered. Thousands of acres of trails will take you through some of the most scenic locations in the area.

For more fun and adventure in the San Diego, make sure you book your stay at the conveniently located Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites in downtown SD. Guests can enjoy classic San Diego hotspots like Little Italy, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the Convention Center when they reserve one of our affordable rooms. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 for quick and easy booking.

Holiday Events in San Diego


San Diego may not get a lot of snow or cold weather, but locals sure know how to get into the holiday spirit! Visitors far and wide can have the best of both worlds by enjoying the winter festivities with some pretty mild temperatures. If you’re going to visit San Diego this December, you don’t want to miss out on the following yuletide events. The staff at the Pacific Inn San Diego is getting in the spirit of the season a little early this year, and they recommend tourists join in the fun with these holly jolly celebrations!

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House – December 5th

This event is free to enjoy and includes a snow mountain, carolers, and ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado. Head over to the Coronado Ferry Landing and witness an appearance by Santa himself. Families can watch the Coronado Christmas parade before the Christmas tree is lit at Rotary Plaza. Live music will also be available from the Community Band.

December Nights – December 5th and 6th

As one of the most popular events that attracts thousands of locals each year, December Nights is a truly magical experience in Balboa Park. Entry is free and guests are welcome to enjoy various meals from around the world while browsing different booths for Christmas crafts and fare. Several musical and dance performances will be showcased from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and the San Diego Junior Theatre.

Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village – December 5th – 16th

For a true Italian Christmas in the heart of San Diego, guests can explore Little Italy for a tree lighting ceremony that provides plenty of photo opportunities for tourists. The event will be held on W. Fir between India and Kettner, and Santa will arrive at 4:30pm. Guests can enjoy munching on Italian cookies, coffee, and cider that will be handed out on the streets for a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Christmas is a special time of year for family and friends, and the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn hopes you will include us in your holiday celebrations. Our affordable accommodations put you in the center of the action in San Diego, which means you’ll always be near the fun and excitement the city has to offer. Book your stay in any of our comfortable rooms and enjoy the complimentary climate control and fresh coffee during those brisk November and December nights. Go online or call a festive Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 today.

Top 4 Tearooms in San Diego


When you think of San Diego, you probably don’t envision elegant tearooms, delicious finger sandwiches, or china cups filled with artisan teas. It may come as some surprise to tourists, but our fair city is home to some of the most celebrated tearooms in the state. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a traditional British tea or hope to capture the essence of the Victorian era, the staff at the Pacific Inn can tell you where to go. As one of the more affordable hotels near Gaslamp Quarter, the Pacific Inn allows guests easy access to the following tearooms.

1. Shakespeare Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea

Guests can enjoy dining over finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, water infused with herbs, and a variety of flavorful teas for a magical experience that will leave you feeling like royalty. The meal costs $25 per person and includes dining in a quaint outdoor setting that features lovely flowers and lights on the patio.

2. Tea-Upon-Chatsworth

Located in Point Loma, this tea room allows patrons to enjoy tea from delicate china cups while seated in a room that feels like an outdoor garden. The premium teas include South African rooibos, tisanes, Indian chai, and a selection of green and white teas. Guests are expected to dress in semi-formal attire befitting a venue that is ideal for birthdays, bridal showers, or special occasions.

3. Aubrey Rose Tea Room

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room features antique and floral furnishings with fine china that is used to serve lemon curd and cups of tea. Guests are welcome to dine during the afternoon or shop at the boutique for gorgeous gifts and souvenirs. All of the teas served are fine loose-leaf teas that are paired well with the pastries and sandwiches that are made on site.

4. Coral Tea Tree House

Located on Heritage Park Row, Coral Tea Tree House offers specialty blended tea accompanied by fresh scones with strawberry preserves and lemon curd. The tearoom offers an Afternoon Tea for $24.95, Queens High Tea for $29.95, Cream Tea for $11.95, and Princess Tea for children between the ages of six and 10 for $16.95 per person. Tea service also provides gluten-free and vegetarian options to patrons. It’s a great place to visit for two or to host a sorority meeting, a reunion, or a baby shower.

For more information regarding other exciting things to do in San Diego, contact a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn by calling 1-800-571-2933. Booking with us is quick and easy and our customer service representatives are available 24/7. When you book your stay in one of our affordable rooms, you will be treated to convenient amenities like AC and heating, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and freshly brewed coffee. We look forward to your stay!

Will the Chargers Remain in San Diego?


Expedited efforts to appease the NFL and keep the Chargers in San Diego could be too little, too late. The San Diego Pacific Inn staff has information regarding whether or not the Chargers are still expected to leave their San Diego home unless they are forced to stay. California Governor Jerry Brown has certified the Mission Valley stadium proposal for an urgent environmental review in an attempt to provide the team with more desirable headquarters. Moreover, attorney Cory Briggs has designed and launched a citizens’ initiative that will increase the hotel tax and help fund the development of this stadium.

What the Governor Can Do

Because these latest attempts have not given the NFL sufficient reason to pause its plan to relocate the team, many San Diego locals are wondering what more, if anything, the governor can do to bring the relocation effort to a halt. The governor’s current push to expedite the environmental review of the stadium proposal will limit this process to only nine months. Locals believe, however, that Gov. Jerry Brown should do more to show how the state can and will support the development of a new and improved stadium.

Time Is Running Out

The NFL will officially decide whether or not it intends to move the team by 2016. For the time being, team chairman Dean Spanos is publicly reporting that he would like to stay in San Diego. Unfortunately, the Chargers themselves are currently for the move. There are, however, a number of outside factors that could weigh heavily in favor of the Chargers staying right where they are. With Los Angeles being the intended home for the team’s new location, the Chargers are facing heavy competition for this area from the St. Louis Rams. If the Rams leave St. Louis and claim this coveted territory, the Chargers may be forced to give San Diego more time to find a way to finance the new stadium proposal.

While the Chargers are weighing their options, tourists visiting San Diego still have time to catch one of their thrilling games at Qualcomm Stadium. Reserve a room at the nearby Pacific Inn and catch the downtown trolley for quick and easy access to your football fix. In addition to our prime location, our hotel offers exclusive amenities like free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, and cable TV. Go online or call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933.

Best British Pubs in San Diego


San Diego is famous for a wide variety of mouthwatering food and fun bars. It may come as a surprise to tourists, but San Diego is also home to some outstanding and authentic British pubs. Staff members at the San Diego Pacific Inn hope you will spend a fun-filled evening at any of the following pubs.

Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille

Located on India Street, Shakespeare’s is known for an authentic British ambiance and delicious cider beers. The pub also offers a trivia night once a month and even serves breakfast every Saturday and Sunday until noon. Try the classic fish n’ chips or the Sunday roast for a traditional British meal.

Princess Pub & Grille

The Princess Pub features European ales and ciders along with great local craft beers. The Boddingtons Pub Ale is especially good! The pub also offers an incredible menu that includes Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, and a Sunday roast dinner. Hosting a party? The Princess room is available for private parties and special events.

The Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden

Featuring an outdoor beer garden and a patio in the back, the Ritual Kitchen and Beer Garden is a favorite among San Diegans. The pub offers an extensive beer list and plenty of food choices. Fish and chips and goat cheese are two menu favorites.

Phileas Foggs

Phileas Foggs is British owned and serves customers over 200 craft and imported beers. They offer traditional favorites such as homemade English pie, fish & chips, and Scotch eggs. Phileas Foggs also hosts events such as a weekly cribbage tournament and a regular comedy night.

Stout Public House

This pub features an outstanding happy hour and a good selection of beers. Stout also provides a full restaurant menu with steaks, pasta, and sandwiches. In the mood for something that’s traditionally British? Try some classic fare like the corned beef and cabbage or the Guinness stew.

Get your fill of British culture without buying a plane ticket by hitting up the pubs above. For easy access to these notable venues, be sure to book your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn & Suites. Our downtown location puts guests within convenient distance of San Diego’s most popular attractions like Seaport Village, Old Town, SeaWorld, and the Gaslamp Quarter, but for an affordable price. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve one of our newly remodeled rooms. We offer quick and easy booking without any extra fees!

Seasonal Events in San Diego


Don’t let the year-round sunshine fool you. San Diego hosts plenty of fun fall activities every year. Make sure you don’t miss out on the seasonal festivities during your trip to SD this autumn, because they’re only around for a limited time. Check out these family-friendly events recommended by the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. You won’t be disappointed!

The Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy – October 24th, 6:30-10pm

No red cape is necessary as you make your way to a “stampede” of more than 40 of the finest Italian cars produced under the iconic Lamborghini name. In addition to taking photos of these classic vehicles, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and sample the very best tastes of San Diego’s Little Italy. Top restaurants in the area include Buon Appetito and Bencotto Italian Kitchen, both within easy walking distance from the event. The Bulls of St. Agata Charge is totally free!

Trick-or-Treat on India Street – October 30th, 5:30-7:30pm

Several Little Italy businesses are expected to participate this year at the annual trick-or-treat event held in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy district. If you happen to be in town for Halloween, this is a safe place where you can bring your kids to get an assortment of treats and sweets. Trick-or-treat maps can be picked up at Piazza Basilone, located on the corner of India Street and West Fir Street at 5:30pm until 7:30pm on the day of the event.

Our Lady of the Rosary Annual Spaghetti Dinner – November 7th, 12-9pm

Enjoy spaghetti and an assortment of related dishes at this annual San Diego event. In addition to a hearty dinner, the event will also include a delicious selection of Italian baked goods. For the adults, there will be some equally tasty wine served with dinner. Adults pay $15 per person while children’s tickets only cost $6.

69th Annual Mother Goose Parade – November 21st, 10am-3pm

Kick-off the holiday season with one of the most popular seasonal parades on the West Coast. You’ll be treated to a parade that will include marching bands, a few celebs, giant balloons, horses, and the man from the North Pole. Many local El Cajon restaurants and shops along the parade route will also be open throughout the day if you’re looking for a bite to eat, or planning to do some holiday shopping.

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked! – October 23-24, 6-9pm

Enjoy ghostly tales of shipwrecks against the backdrop of the underwater creatures on display here. The event will also include live music and an assortment of activities, like the workshop where kids learn how to make their own seaweed slime. Many nearby community organizations participate in the event by offering additional games, activities, giveaways, and costume prizes. Grab a bite to eat or pick up some Halloween treats at Splash! Cafe. While children two and under can enter the aquarium for free, adults can pay anywhere from $12 to $17.

Fall fun and festivities don’t have to end with the above events! Ask an informative staff member at the San Diego Pacific Inn for information regarding additional seasonal events in the area. When you reserve your room at the Pacific Inn, you put yourself in the middle of San Diego’s best restaurants, boutiques, and attractions. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our newly remodeled rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV.

How to Have an Inexpensive Day in Seaport Village


Seaport Village is easily one of the favorite attractions for those who visit San Diego. With 70 shops and restaurants as well as entertainment, a trip to the seaside village can be expensive for individuals that don’t plan ahead of time. Here are a number of inexpensive options recommended by tourists staying at the San Diego Pacific Inn and Suites.

Cheap and Tasty Meals

For some simple and inexpensive meals, start your day at the Village Cafe and choose from a number of options under $10. For example, a small coffee with an egg and cheese omelet runs for $9. For lunch, enjoy fish and chips or a classic fish taco at Marion’s Fish Market. There isn’t an option over $10 and there’s a kid’s menu available. Finally, watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean at Buster’s Beach House. Splitting a fresh tomato gourmet pizza and an appetizer of Kilauea onion strings can keep the bill under $25.

Thrifty Shopping Options

Some wonderful and inexpensive shopping options are available for everyone at Seaport Village. For example, shoppers can grab a new book and a hearty cup of coffee at Upstart Crow Bookstore & Coffeehouse. If magic is more your speed, kids of all ages have an opportunity to purchase their first magic tricks kit at the Seaport Village Magic Shop. For those looking for a spicier shopping experience, you can pick up some hot sauces or salsas at Hot Licks for incredibly reasonable prices.

Inexpensive Entertainment

Free and low-cost attractions abound at Seaport Village. Live music is performed each afternoon in the village’s food court. The younger members of your family may never get tired of the historic Seaport Village Carousel, which costs $3 per ride. During the holidays, visitors can enjoy a free Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay.

San Diego is full of cheap and fun opportunities for tourists to enjoy, including a host of affordable hotels like the Pacific Inn. Our conveniently located downtown hotel is minutes away from popular San Diego attractions like Seaport Village, the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and more. Our newly remodeled rooms are comfortable and equipped with essential amenities such as cable TV, refrigerators, microwaves, free Wi-Fi, and coffee makers. Click here to make your reservation or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.

Unique Museums in San Diego


San Diego is known for it’s great beaches, but it’s home to even more amazing museums. While you can always visit the art museum and other exhibits that are popular with tourists, you’ll also find some unique museums throughout our lovely city. Below are just a few staff favorites from the folks at the Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites.

Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

Get up close and personal with history in this museum, which is actually a fully restored aircraft carrier. Located in the Navy Pier Port, the venue has its own complex that features more than 60 exhibits dedicated to military and aircraft history. It is also home to nearly 30 military vehicles and aircrafts on display.

California Surf Museum

Have you ever wondered who the first surfer was or what prompted men and women to hit the ocean waves on wooden boards? At the California Surf Museum, you’ll learn the answers to these questions and many more. Though the museum dates back to the 1980s, it was moved a new home with more exhibit space in 2009. Located on Pier View Way, the museum also inducts surfers into the hall of fame every year.

Museum of Making Music

Conveniently located near Legoland on Armanda Drive, the Museum of Making Music offers an inside look at why and how people create music today. While it does have exhibits dedicated to more modern music, it also has a number of displays that pay homage to the history of music, artists throughout time and even a variety of historical musical instruments.

San Diego Automotive Museum

Take a trip near Balboa Park to see one of the largest collections of automobiles in the entire state. You’ll see unique and one-of-a-kind cars, trucks and motorcycles created by some of the most famous designers in history.You may even see some of your favorite vehicles from film and television!

Even if you stick to the more popular museums, make sure you make time to see some more unique exhibits in San Diego. For the inside scoop on SD’s lesser-known sites and attractions, contact the Reservation Manager at the San Diego Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933. Our centrally located hotel offers affordable accommodations in the heart of Downtown San Diego, near some of the city’s most popular and historic attractions. Book your stay in any of our comfortable guest rooms with convenient amenities like air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and cable TV. We look forward to hearing from you!

Great Shopping Spots Near Downtown San Diego


If you’re in San Diego for a visit and are looking for some of the best shopping spots in the city, look no further! The staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn can recommend some of the most impressive shops and outlets near the downtown area.

Old Town

Old Town is the place to go if you’re looking for some authentic and intriguing cultural shops. Just outside of Old Town Historic Park, you’ll find a plethora of stores featuring Latin and Native American influenced items, including folk art, clothing and accessories. You can also find some specialized items and gifts here, like one-of-a-kind glass art pieces and nautical antiques like submarine equipment and diving suits.

Hillcrest and Uptown

This hip and trendy town will satisfy the style of any potential shopper. Whether you’re looking for some the latest fashion picks, stylish household accessories, or want to get lost in a treasure trove of books, Hillcrest can provide a full day of shopping and exploration. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something chic and unique to suit your needs.

Mission Bay

With San Diego’s pristine oceanside location, it’s only proper to do a bit of beach-themed shopping just outside the city center. This laid-back atmosphere offers plenty of surf shops and beach gear stores, and includes some unique outlets like head shops and pottery stores sprinkled into the mix. No San Diego visitor can properly experience our city without shopping for some beachside essentials.


As a naval community, Coronado isn’t typically known for its shopping options, but you can still find your fair share of interesting boutique shops in the crown of San Diego. Some notable boutiques include fine jewelry shops, women’s clothing, beach shops, and a unique bookstore that hosts a diverse selection of novels. Coronado is worth a stop for shoppers with a flare for unique and interesting stores.

After a fun and exciting day of browsing the local shops and boutiques, why not admire your latest purchases from the comfort of one of our affordable Pacific Inn rooms? Our centrally located hotel offers free parking, swimming pool, and easy access to San Diego’s most popular attractions like the Gaslamp, San Diego Zoo, and the bay. Click here or call a helpful Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for details.

Travel Tips for Pet Owners


When you go on vacation, it doesn’t mean your pets have to stay behind. The friendly staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn has some helpful tips for including your furry friend on your trip.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations

As soon as you begin planning your trip, you should search for pet-friendly hotels. Accommodations that accept pets tend to fill up faster than those that don’t because more people are bringing pets on vacation these days. Check with the hotel to see if there are any additional fees for pets and if there are any weight limits.

Locate the Nearest Pet Hotels

If you can’t find a pet-friendly hotel, consider taking your pet to a kennel. Many kennels are more like pet hotels complete with private or shared suites, playtimes, potty breaks, and sometimes even TVs. Food is given at least twice a day and there is always trained staff to look after the animals every day and night.

Bring Familiar Items

Your furry friend may get homesick on your journey, so it might help to bring a familiar toy or blanket on your trip. Stuff his or her favorite chew toy in the travel crate and watch the anxiety melt away. Be sure to also include some tasty treats for your travel buddy as it may make a good bribe for good travel behavior.

Pull Over Every Few Hours

Plan on pulling over every four hours with your pet so he or she can stretch and walk around. If you’re concerned about your pet having an accident in the car, you may consider using a portable crate. Map out a few places you would like to visit on the way to your destination so you and your pet can enjoy some side trips.

While planning a vacation with your four-legged friend, be sure to book your stay with us at the Pacific Inn. Our pet-friendly accommodations are spacious and affordable with pillow-top beds and climate control AC. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager.

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