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4 Events You Won’t Want to Miss in San Diego This March

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If you’re coming to San Diego this March, the first thing you need to do is book a room in a cheap downtown San Diego hotel. The next thing to cross off your list is finding out about the best events taking place while you’ll be in town. These 4 events might be just what you’re looking for.

1. San Diego Half Marathon

On March 12th, hit the ground running at the San Diego Half Marathon & 5K, a nonprofit event that benefits local community service projects and charity partners. All of the proceeds go to the causes, and winners of the races receive extra-large “San Diego Mammoth Challenge” spinner medals. The 13.1-mile USATF-certified course begins at Petco Park before ending at 5th Avenue where runners can celebrate at the Gaslamp Block Party.

2. ShamROCK

Dress up in green attire and head to an Irish wonderland in the downtown area where you can attend the 23rd Annual shamROCK on March 17th. The party will feature 80,000 square feet of green AstroTurf and performances by Irish rock and Celtic bands. Over 20,000 people are expected to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the event, and they can order drinks at the 50-foot Irish pub before hitting the dancefloor. DJs from San Diego and Los Angeles will also be present to spin and get the party started in the Gaslamp Quarter. All proceeds from VIP sales will benefit the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation.

3. CRSSD Festival

The annual CRSSD Festival is the perfect place to rock out to live music with performances by Flume, Duke Dumont, and Blood Orange on March 4th and 5th. The festival will be hosted at the Waterfront Park San Diego, which offers views of the beach with a stage that has the ocean as a backdrop.

4. 2017 World Baseball Classic

Join some of the top baseball players from around the world at the annual 2017 World Baseball Classic at Petco Park. Visitors can see the live action on March 14th through the 19th with a multi-team tournament organized by the MLB. The top teams will have players from the U.S., Canada, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

Find out about other great events in San Diego by reaching out to Pacific Inn in Little Italy. We’re conveniently located near downtown San Diego’s greatest attractions. Be sure to make your reservation online or give us a call at 619-232-6391. We hope to hear from you soon.

Tasty Food to Try for Mardi Gras in San Diego

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If you’re planning on spending Mardi Gras in downtown San Diego, hotels are likely your first consideration. However, you should also make sure to plan where you are going to eat. There’s no better meals to enjoy during Mardi Gras than those with a Louisiana flavor, so make sure you try at least one of these dishes while in San Diego.

Shrimp and Crawfish

Come into R&B Crawfish Lounge on Convoy Street where you’ll get to dive in and try authentic shrimp and crawfish straight from Louisiana. The seafood comes mixed in bags and will require you wear a bib due to the garlicky R&B sauce that makes the dish memorable. Pair the meal with various draft beers on tap and a root beer float to follow to celebrate the holiday in a lively environment.

Alligator Sausage with Fried Pickles

Bud’s Louisiana Cafe is the perfect place to order alligator sausage with fried pickles while spending time in San Diego for the holiday. The meal can be paired with a jalapeño muffin on the side when you want a dish that encompasses the authentic cuisine of New Orleans. The sausage has a meaty texture that is filling, and its flavor is enriched with the sour taste of the fried pickles.

Jambalaya

The jambalaya at Bourré Southern Bistro is known for the smoky shrimp that has a touch of spice and will make you nostalgic for New Orleans. The jambalaya can include chicken, sausage, and shrimp with a heaping of rice and beans. Enjoy the comfort food at the bistro while listening to live music.

Cajun Oysters

Order the Half Oyster Po’boy and the Cajun Shrimp at the Cajun Kitchen where the oysters have plenty of flavor and are easy to peel. The seafood at the eatery is fresh and is prepared by Chef and Partner Mike Morgan, who is a Louisiana native. The restaurant even serves some of the top beers and wines that are popular in the Bayou country. The eclectic environment at the establishment features mismatched chairs and antique décor, making it feel like you’re at a cozy home in New Orleans.

Downtown San Diego is the best place to be during Mardi Gras, so be sure to make your reservation at a nearby hotel. Pacific Inn is conveniently located in Little Italy, so you’ll be right near the action. We offer comfortable rooms at affordable prices as well as plenty of great amenities to enjoy in between Mardi Gras activities. Click here or call 619-232-6391 to book a reservation today.

It’s Official: The San Diego Chargers Are Moving to Los Angeles

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If you’re staying in a hotel in downtown San Diego anytime soon, you’re not likely to see much local fever for the San Diego Chargers. This is because it’s recently been announced that the famous local football team is making a controversial move.

On January 12th, 2017, the NFL saw a big change in one of its most talked-about teams. The San Diego Chargers chairman, Dean Spanos, announced to the world he’s taking the team to Los Angeles for the 2017 season. The team’s new official name is the Los Angeles Chargers.

This doesn’t go down easy for locals in San Diego. Their beloved football team has called San Diego home for 56 years. However, what many people don’t know is the Chargers played their first season of football in Los Angeles in 1960, and they still have many fans in the area since that first season.

When the Chargers start playing in 2017, they will temporarily be found at StubHub Center, which is located on the campus of California State University in Carson. This small stadium is the perfect setting for new fans and partners to get intimate with the team in its new home.

The real excitement comes with the completion of a new state-of-the art football stadium, which will be the LA Chargers’ permanent home. The new Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park will have an innovative, open-air design with a modern interior unlike any other stadium currently in existence. Located minutes from LAX airport, this 70,000-seat stadium will boast 25 acres of parking.

Fans who are worried about the famous lightning-bolt decorated helmets can rest easy knowing the brand won’t change very much. The lightning bolt is just getting a makeover so it will be more characteristic of the upbeat image of LA life.

The San Diego Chargers moving to Los Angeles boils down to the franchise wanting to take the team to a super bowl. And the president of football operations, John Spanos, said the LA Chargers are determined to fulfill their ultimate goal of bringing a Super Bowl championship to Los Angeles.

Just because San Diego no longer has a football team doesn’t mean there aren’t other local sports to enjoy. If you’re a baseball fan, make sure to book your stay at Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. You’ll have easy access to Petco Park so you can enjoy a good ballgame. Reserve a room online or give us a call at 619-232-6391 today.

How Families Can Celebrate Valentine’s Day in San Diego

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Valentine’s Day is a special holiday, but not just for those in relationships. It’s also the perfect time to book a budget downtown San Diego hotel for you and the family and check out these must-see events.

Participate in a Marathon

Get the whole family running by participating in the Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K, 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run. The 7th annual race is respected for the race management and the post-race party where awards will be distributed to the top three finishers of each race.

Valentine’s Jazz Evening at the Abbey

Families with older children can enjoy a live jazz performance at The Abbey, which features elegant architecture that was originally constructed in 1910. Guests can indulge in sweet treats and live entertainment that is performed by David Patrone while celebrating the holiday on February 13 or February 14.

Take a Gondola Ride

Enjoy viewing spectacular views of the water with a classic gondola ride in Coronado by The Gondola Company from February 12 to February 15. Each private gondola can seat up to six people and will take you on a relaxing ride through the canals and waterways of the island for a memorable experience that mimics traveling in Venice.

Take a Valentine’s Day Weekend Cruise

Hop aboard the Hornblower and dine on a brunch cruise that offers beautiful views of San Diego Bay. You’ll get a glimpse of famous landmarks in the city with a versatile selection of fine cuisine that is prepared by a professional chef on the vessel. A special Valentine’s Day menu will be served and dancing will be available for those who want to have a bit of fun while celebrating the holiday with their loved ones.

Tour the San Diego Museum of Art

Take a Valentine’s Day tour of The San Diego Museum of Art where you can learn about each work of art that is featured in the gallery while munching on cheese plates and desserts. A picnic basket will also be provided outside of the building at the May S. Marcy Sculpture Court and Garden where sandwiches will be served.

The season of love is upon us! Show some love to your family this year by taking them to sunny San Diego. Don’t forget to book your stay at Pacific Inn in Little Italy so you all can take advantage of these nearby events. Call 619-232-6391 or make your reservation online.

Exciting February Events in San Diego

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February is a great time to visit downtown San Diego and stay in Little Italy hotels. With so many exciting events to do and things to see, you will need to stay as long as possible. Consider adding these downtown San Diego events to your itinerary.

Have Valentine’s Day Dinner at the San Diego Zoo

TripAdvisor has named the San Diego Zoo the top zoo in the world. Make your trip to the zoo even more special with a special dinner at Albert’s Restaurant at the zoo. The three-course gourmet meal is sure to please you and your special someone during Valentine’s Day.

Go on a Whale Watching Cruise

February is prime time for tourists to watch the whales to migrate through San Diego. Several tour boat companies offer very inexpensive cruises in the harbor. Watch the whales and dolphins as they jump out of the water near the boat. These cruises usually last about three hours and are fairly affordable.

See a Play

The Washington Post calls Bad Jews one of the funniest plays of the year. See it live throughout the month of February on stage at the Cygnet Theatre in Old Town. After seeing this hilarious show, you will never look at legacy, faith or family the same way again.

Visit the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market

Make sure to visit the Mercato Farmers’ Market in Little Italy. If you are visiting San Diego, this is a great place to pick up handmade souvenirs to take home to your family and friends. This market spreads out across five blocks as farmers bring the best of meats and produce to town.

Attend an Organ Concert

Mark your calendar to attend a free organ concert at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. These concerts at Balboa Park occur every Sunday afternoon. The organ is one of the largest pipe organs in the world containing 4,530 pipes.

San Diego is a fascinating city to visit. When you attend one or more of these events, your vacation will get even better. Just remember to book your stay at Pacific Inn near downtown San Diego so you can enjoy these and other events throughout February. Call 619-232-6391 or go online to make your reservation with us.

Top 5 Places for Tea Lovers in San Diego

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Tea loving tourists love sunny San Diego. Not only is America’s Finest City the home of budget-friendly Little Italy hotels, but we’re also home to charming tea houses and cafes. Just check out the top five tea spots in the city below.

1.Heartsleeves Coffee

It’s hard to miss Heartsleeves Coffee with the blue exterior and barn doors that make it stand out in the quaint suburb of Little Italy. The coffee shop is hidden on a side street on Fir Street and is known for their delicious tea options. The rose-infused tea and the English breakfast tea are popular earthy beverages on the menu, which are perfect when paired with the fresh pastries that are made each day.

2. American House Coffee & Tea

American House Coffee & Tea has one of the largest selection of teas in the city with hundreds of jars that line the shelves. Black, green, white, chai, mate and oolong are some of the varieties that are available. Just ask for a free sample when you walk in. Each tea is served fresh and can be taken to go as you stroll around Old Town and enjoy some window shopping.

3. Cafe Bassam

Cafe Bassam is an eclectic coffee shop near Balboa Park that resembles an antique store on 5th Avenue. Dozens of jars of loose leaf tea clutter the counters. Foreign music can always be heard playing from the speakers as locals order their fragrant iced matcha teas and chai lattes.

4. Pappalecco

Pappalecco is a hidden gem in Hillcrest that is well-known for their tea and gelato selections. Indoor and outdoor seating is available where guests can relax among the cozy decor that features charming mason jars and plaid curtains.

5. Coronado Spice and Tea

Coronado Spice and Tea is the perfect place to order a jasmine tea or an iced passion fruit tea that can be paired with one of the homemade ice cream puffs that the establishment is known for. Organic loose teas are also available in rustic containers and bags to take home.

Make sure you’re close to these and other fine shops and eateries when you stay at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. We offer affordable rooms, modern amenities and friendly customer service to make you feel at home. Call 619-232-6391 or click here to make your reservation with us.

Update on Balboa Park’s Plaza de Panama Project

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Balboa Park near Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego is a haven for both tourists and locals alike. But that hasn’t stopped city planners from looking for ways to improve the historic location.

With the hopes of creating a more pedestrian-friendly park, the Plaza de Panama Project in Balboa Park was recently approved on November 14 by the City Council in San Diego, CA. The project is expected to cost an estimated $79 million and will remove traffic in the middle of the park while also creating over six acres of play area for children. Gardens and pedestrian-friendly plazas will also be used in the space to enhance the use of the setting.

El Prado West and Pan American Road East will both be transformed from a vehicular road for automobiles into a walkway that can be accessed for pedestrian use only. The project is anticipated to ease congestion and hazards that are currently present with an alternate transit route for vehicles in the park to the Oregon Pavilion Lot, Alcazar Lot, and parking in the Palisades. Cars that travel through the park will not be permitted access beyond the Museum of Man and the general entrance to Balboa Park at the archway. The project will also reroute the Laurel Street bridge with underground parking.

Many people hope the project will advance the evolution of Balboa Park and allow it to remain a popular place to visit with improved access to different areas on the grounds. Those who are in favor of the project believe that it will increase the beauty of the park and make it easier to navigate. Other locals don’t think that the project has been vetted enough and is still too premature to be effective.

Half of the $79 million that is used for the project will be from city money with a budget that is double the cost of the same plan that was originally proposed in 2012. The cost of the project increased due to inflation, wages for the project and building code updates.

Be sure to visit beautiful Balboa Park during your next trip to San Diego so you can see what new and exciting developments are taking place. Just remember to make your reservation at a nearby hotel so you won’t be far from this historic landmark. Pacific Inn near Little Italy is a haven for the budget-conscious traveler and offers convenient amenities to guests. Call 619-232-6391 today or go online now to book your stay with us.

How to Prevent Stiff Neck During Your Flight

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Why wait until you get to Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego to feel comfortable? Many frequent flyers complain about a stiff neck during and even after a flight, but you need not be one of them if you follow some simple tips.

Use a Hot Pack

Since airplanes are always cold, they are the perfect place to use a hot pack. You can find air-activated hot packs at your favorite big-box store. Once the flight begins, open the pack and place it on your neck. It is recommended that you keep a layer of fabric between the hot pack and your skin.

Choose Your Seat

Choose your seat very carefully when booking your flight. The more legroom you have, the less likely your seat will be cramped, so try to get a seat that reclines fully. That way, you can sit in various positions during the flight to help prevent a stiff neck. Try to avoid seats by emergency exits and the restroom because these seats do not fully recline. Aisle seats tend to provide more space.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated during a flight is crucial if you want to avoid a stiff neck. You need to make sure that your body is well hydrated at least a week ahead of time by drinking approximately half your bodyweight in ounces. The added advantage is that you will have to get up during the flight to go to the restroom so you can stretch.

Move Around

While the best way to avoid a stiff neck is to move at least once an hour, that is not always possible because of air turbulence. You can still move by adjusting your body position in the seat. A lot of neck pain actually starts in the feet, so make sure that you are moving your feet regularly. Try to keep your spine as close to the seat’s backrest as possible.

Following these simple steps will leave you feeling great during and after your flight. Even if you need a little shuteye after your flight, you can always rest at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our convenient downtown San Diego location enables guests to rest and relax in our affordable rooms before taking on America’s Finest City. Call 619-232-6391 to book your stay with us or visit our website for more information.

Must-See Downtown San Diego Events This January

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If you plan on staying in a hotel in downtown San Diego this January, there is no need to feel the holiday blues because there is plenty to do. Below are some exciting events you can enjoy during your visit.

San Diego International Auto Show

Starting on December 29 and running through January 2, the San Diego International Auto Show takes center stage at the San Diego Convention Center. See over 400 new models from over 40 manufacturers. Many of these models are not even available in showrooms yet.

Centro Cultural de la Raza

Party in the New Year at Centro Cultural de la Raza in Balboa Park from January 6 to 8 when 18 DJs and two live acts take center stage for Something More Than Fusion. Other times at this museum, with a suggested admission donation of just $5, the museum hosts dancing classes, music for children classes and dancers from various cultures.

Mingei International Museum

On January 15, visitors can go to the Mingei International Museum for just $5 for the family, making it the perfect time to see their American and European Folk Art Exhibit featuring many never before seen works of art including works by Felipe Archuleta, Gerard Cambon and Beatrice Wood. Visitors can also explore a special exhibit dedicated to Japanese lacquer makers. On this special day, families can also create their own artworks.

San Diego Restaurant Week

From January 15-22, many San Diego restaurants will be letting diners try their cuisine at prices ranging from $10 to $50 a person. Downtown restaurants participating in this event include Blue Point, De Medici Cucina Italiana, Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse and Grant Grill to name just a few. Not every restaurant is participating each day, so check with the individual restaurant.

Fleet Science Center

With an admission charge of $19.95, something exciting is always happening at the Fleet Science Center. Through January 29, the center is hosting The Art of the Brick with over 20 Lego block sculptures including a 20-foot T-Rex and a reimagined version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. This exhibit featuring over one million blocks has been named one of 10 don’t-miss exhibits by CNN.

Be sure to make reservations at a nearby hotel in downtown San Diego so you don’t miss these exciting events this January. Pacific Inn in Little Italy offers comfortable rooms for affordable prices, complete with cable TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and other convenient amenities to help you feel at home. Call 619-232-6391 or click here to book your stay with us online.

Budget-Friendly Winter Activities for Tourists in Downtown San Diego

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Even if you are strapped for cash when you stay in affordable Little Italy hotels in San Diego, you can still have a lot of fun, as there are many budget-friendly activities that you can enjoy in the area.

Take a Tour of the Gaslamp District

The Gaslamp Historical Foundation is located in the Davis-Horton House at 410 Island Avenue. The tours are varying prices depending on the options chosen but can be as low as $20 a person. Choose to go on a tour to learn more about this neighborhood with its varied architecture while learning the stories of the people that first settled here. For a more unique experience, go on their Friday evening ghost tour to see if you can spot some very unusual characters still hanging about this old neighborhood.

Visit the Museums

Downtown San Diego is home to three exciting museums. Tickets to the New Children’s Museum are $12. Children can participate in many free activities such as making stamps with potatoes and performing with puppets. Families can also get into the Maritime Museum for $43, which is quite a bargain when you consider that you can see several old ships including submarines, steam-powered boats and tall sailing ships. The Chinese Historical Museum is just $5 per person and contains a fascinating collection showcasing how people with Chinese ancestry have made important impacts on the city. On occasion, these museums even offer free or deeply discounted ticket days, so be sure to check with the museum.

Explore Seaport Village

Even if you just go for a stroll, you will be amazed at the things that you can see at Seaport Village. The variety of music is simply amazing and can often be enjoyed for the price of a cup of hot tea or coffee. Poetry and Shakespeare readings occur on some days. The village is also a great spot to enjoy a quiet walk along the bay. Since it is winter, make sure to watch as occasionally whales are spotted in the waters just off the shore.

Downtown San Diego is a fascinating place to visit. It is easy to walk here even in the winter when daytime temperatures are often reached near 65 degrees. Plan your visit very soon and remember to book your stay at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our convenient location is perfect for tourists who plan to check out popular attractions such as Coronado Island, Seaport Village and Balboa Park. Call 619-232-6391 or go online to book your stay with us today.

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