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San Diego Balboa Park Events: August 2014

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San Diego’s beautiful Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban cultural park and home to the world famous Zoo, 15 museums, several distinguished performing arts venues, the Prado restaurant, and an assortment of stunning gardens. The 1,200-acre Park boasts an extensive calendar of events including museum exhibitions, live musical performances, free films, and festivals. A few of the exciting events coming up in August are listed below.

Twilight in the Park- Summer Concerts

Concerts take place at the outdoor Spreckles Organ Pavilion every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the summer from 6:15-7:15 p.m. Some of the upcoming concerts are:

8/5- San Diego Concert Band
8/12- Working Cowboy
8/19- Real Jazz Big Band
8/28- The Legends

Films in the Garden at the San Diego Museum of Art

Watch a free film at The May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden every other Monday beginning at 8 p.m. during the summer. Refreshments are available for purchase at the restaurant in the Sculpture Court. The upcoming film screenings include:

8/11- Roman Holiday
8/25- Until the End of the World

Summer International Organ Festival

Enjoy a free concert by talented organists every Monday throughout the summer. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Spreckles Organ Pavilion. Upcoming performances for August are:

8/4- Stewart Wayne Foster
8/11- Kimberly Marshall
8/18- Donald McKenzie
8/25- Carol Williams with special guests, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra

Nighttime Zoo- Koalafornia Dreamin’

Bring the kids for an evening of fun at the San Diego Zoo’s “Koalafornia Dreamin’” event running every night until 9 p.m. during the summer. Activities include “Aussie Tales by the Sea”, “Boardwalk Brass”, and “Double Dragon Chinese Acrobats.” For more information on the San Diego Zoo and nearby family-friendly accommodations, click here.

Summer Shakespeare Festival 2014

Delight in one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at the Old Globe Theater. Performances run from August 10 through September 14.

Balboa Park offers free parking at several lots throughout the park, including the Inspiration Point parking lot. Inspiration Point also offers access to the free tram which runs daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking within Balboa Park is very limited which is why we recommend staying at a nearby Downtown San Diego hotel and either walking, biking or utilizing affordable public transportation to get to Balboa Park.

If you book your vacation stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn & Suites near the Gaslamp Quarter you will only be 1.2 miles away from Balboa Park. For easy access to the park from our hotel, take bus #7, the trolley’s blue line towards San Ysidro, or enjoy a leisurely walk or bicycle ride. Additionally, if our hotel guests purchase discounted San Diego Zoo or SeaWorld admission from us, we’ll give you 15% off on your hotel stay!

For more information, or to take advantage of special limited time offers, call Pacific Inn today at (619) 232-6391.

Insider’s Guide to Nightlife in Downtown San Diego

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Going out in Downtown San Diego

Rumors about downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene seem to travel the world, and many of them are true. Downtown San Diego is, in fact, full of fun, cultural diversity, lavish dance clubs and scenic rooftop bars. The amount of diversions available to visitors in San Diego will leave them with only one thought: I wish I had more time to explore it all!

A great deal of the nightlife in downtown San Diego takes place in a 16 square block area called the Gaslamp Quarter, so named from the gas lanterns that lined the streets in the 1800s. Ninety four historical buildings, mostly from the Victorian era, are now occupied by fun boutiques, great restaurants, bars and entertainment venues.

Dinner

Whether you want a light snack or a multi-course meal at the trendiest new eatery, the 50+ restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter offer something for every taste and budget. You can “dine around the world” at the diverse options surrounding you. Within a few blocks you’ll see American, French, Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Fusion, Steakhouses, and of course restaurants that specialize in San Diego’s deliciously prepared local seafood.

If you’re looking into staying at one of the cheap hotels near Little Italy, right along the outskirts of Downtown San Diego, then consider dining at The Headquarters at Seaport Village where you can enjoy San Diego’s finest tacos at Puesto or arrange for a romantic evening out at Season’s 52.

Drinks

San Diego has one of the longest happy hours in the nation, which I’m sure will sound appealing after you unpack in a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport. The airport, located just a few minutes away from Little Italy and Downtown, is in a prime location for a quick post-flight happy hour. Try Ironside Fish and Oyster in Little Italy or for a casual and cheap drink grab a stool at Bub’s @ The Ballpark.

We recommend you hit downtown early, giving you enough time to enjoy the cocktail scene: from kitschy dive bars and microbreweries to swanky rooftop lounges and hidden speakeasy style bars, visitors to the Gaslamp Quarter will be able to extend their evenings into the very late hours.

Dancing

Dance clubs line every street in the Gaslamp Quarter, attracting hip-hop lovers to Fluxx and Bang Bang, saucy salsa dancers head to Sevilla, some swing aficionados can be seen at Henry’s Pub, and even those that are 18-20 years old can get their groove on at Spin and Bassmnt on designated underage nights.

Not in the mood to dance? Ten different comedy clubs starring national headliners, up and coming local talent, or featuring improv open mike nights will keep you laughing. Try out American Comedy Co. or Shouthouse for a good time.
End the evening at one of the area’s cigar bars or have a late night coffee or nightcap and reflect on your fun-filled day in Downtown San Diego. Before heading out for the night, be sure you already have a room reserved at one of the top San Diego cheap hotels such as Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is currently offering up to 12% off on already affordable room rates, but with our busy summer season fast approaching, we strongly suggest you call us now to book your room before we sell out.

To ask us about our availability, amenities and to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.

 

Natural Food Grocer Opens in Horton Plaza Mall

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Residents of downtown San Diego are elated as the first natural foods grocery store opened October 16th in the Horton Plaza Mall. Located on the second floor near anchor store Nordstrom, Jimbo’s Naturally hopes to provide downtown residents and visitors with a one-of-a-kind grocery store experience. Not only does the natural foods grocer offer fresh, organic products from deli and bakery treats to health and beauty aids, Jimbo’s was constructed under the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program.

The 28,000 square foot store will employ approximately 100 people and has a “cartveyor” system which will help shoppers travel from level 2 of the mall to level 4, where Jimbo’s has reserved parking spaces. So if you’re staying near Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, we definitely recommend going to check out Jimbo’s. How many people can say they visited a green grocery store in the middle of a shopping mall?

The eco-friendly trend is spreading like wildfire throughout San Diego. The San Diego International Airport is undergoing a billion dollar project to enhance user experience as well as sustainability, and the San Diego Convention Center has recently approved plans to expand, also in line with strict environmental standards.

Want to go green while you’re vacationing in San Diego? There are plenty of environmentally friendly things to do near the San Diego Harbor during your visit such as bike ride or you can go for a hike through Torrey Pines State Park. Looking for something to eat? Dine at the farm to table Prepkitchen restaurant in Little Italy.

If you are looking for affordable accommodations in downtown San Diego, click here for more information about a preferred discount hotel or contact a Reservation Manager directly at 1-800-571-2933 to hear about current seasonal deals!

A Taste of Italian Culture

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San Diego’s Little Italy Festa is back again! This Sunday, October 13, the neighborhood of Little Italy will be celebrating all things Italian from 10am to 6pm. The festival in the streets is free and is expected to attract more than 100,000 people! Will you be in attendance?

If you’re fortunate enough to be vacationing near San Diego’s Little Italy, you must check out this annual event. One of the largest events hosted by the Little Italy Association, residents and visitors are provided with the opportunity to experience a piece of Italy here in sunny San Diego. From cannolis to cooking demonstrations, there will be a range of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

A few highly anticipated exhibits of the Festa include the Italian Motor Sport Show which will showcase some of top Italian automobiles. Car enthusiasts will love the collection of Lamborghinis, Panteras, Alfa Romeos and more. Of course, there is also the Italian chalk (gesso Italiano) contest, the star of the festival where teams will create unbelievable sidewalk masterpieces along Date Street. Other great events include a pizza-tossing contest, a mobile craft truck, a boccie ball tournament and a beer and wine garden.

If possible, the Festa recommends taking public transportation into Little Italy as parking in the small community can be difficult to find on a regular day! If you are visiting and in Mission Valley, Santee or Lemon Grove, the trolley has multiple stations in the area that will conveniently bring you to Little Italy. Those staying in downtown with accommodations near the San Diego Convention Center can take the green trolley line from the convention center station for 3 stops, exiting at the County Center/Little Italy stop.

Still need a place to stay near Little Italy in San Diego? Contact the Pacific Inn & Suites. We are located just a few blocks from where the Festa will be held and offer discounted rates year round. To see how much you can save when staying with us, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

Taste of Coronado in San Diego

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What’s better than sampling one restaurant in Coronado? Trying bites and beverages from over 20! The 4th Annual Taste of Coronado will take place in San Diego on October 16 from 5pm to 9 pm. Tickets are only $35 in advance and $40 the day of and include food and alcohol tastings from restaurants and bistros up and down Orange Avenue, located just 10 minutes from San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotels.

Tickets can be purchased online or at one of two locations on Coronado Ave: Glorietta Bay Inn and BE Polished. If you decide to purchase your ticket online, on the day of the event you will need to bring your e-ticket to one of their exchange stations on Orange Ave so that you can receive your tasting card.

You get limited tastings with your card so how do you choose which places to stop at? The cheap downtown San Diego hotel, Pacific Inn, has put together a list of our favorite Coronado companies that are participating this year:

  • The bay front seafood restaurant Peohe’s is a no brainer. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for tastings of their melt-in-your-mouth fresh fish dishes, like crab stuffed tilapia and lobster bisque.
  • A locals favorite is Il Fornaio, which means “the baker” when translated from Italian. This authentic Italian restaurant and bakery is always producing house-made pastas, pizzas and “gelati e sorbetti.”
  • Nicky Rottens will surely mix up your pallet with their gourmet sports bar menu items, like garlic tater tots and “Rotten burgers.” If they offer a taste of their sweet potato fries with a maple syrup glaze, don’t pass it up!
  • When you’re ready for a drink just stroll by Wine a Bit for a taster of local San Diego wine and beer. If coffee is more your style, then check out Clayton’s Coffee Shop for a hot cup o’ Joe.

Whether you live in San Diego or are looking for some vacation fun close to hotels around the San Diego Airport, The Taste of Coronado promises to be a delicious and memorable experience. To book a hotel room close to Orange Avenue, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and ask a reservations specialist about our advance booking discounts!

Frightful Fun: San Diego Events for Families in October

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October continues to welcome vacationers as the sun is still shining bright in San Diego! And if you’re fortunate enough to have a flexible vacation schedule, October is one of the best months to visit! Not only will cheap San Diego hotel accommodations be more plentiful as we are just out of peak summer season, there are a handful of great events taking place during the month. Here are some of our favorite, must-visit destinations for frightful family fun:

During the month of October, kids under the age of 12 are able to enjoy the famous San Diego Zoo free of charge, with the purchase of an adult ticket. Talk about great savings! Families staying at San Diego Zoo hotels during October will also get to enjoy a variety of educational shows and kid-friendly activities, all put on by the San Diego Zoo. For more information, click here and check the official zoo page for the schedule of special activities animal encounter opportunities.

Love Legos? Who doesn’t! If you are in town during the month of October, head down to Legoland California and enjoy their Brick-Or-Treat-Trail every Saturday and Sunday in October. There will be a variety of treat stations scattered throughout the park offering candy, healthy snacks and a few surprises along the way. There will be additional fun at the Sea Life Aquarium on-site as well. If you’re interested in checking out this event, purchase your tickets online through the official Legoland website at discounted rates.

Another great family event taking place in October is the Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt. Those staying at a San Diego hotel by the beach can easily hop over and check out this fun fall boardwalk, fully equipped with a haunted house, pumpkin patch, spooky Giant Dipper roller coaster and zombie laser tag. Don’t worry, there will also be plenty of trick-or-treating opportunities as well!

So if you’re wondering what there is to do in San Diego in October, the possibilities are endless!

San Diego Discounts for Vacationers!

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There are so many fun activities in San Diego that are great for the whole family, the only downside is the price-tags on these outings can quickly add up if you’re not careful. If you’re traveling on a budget, this list of helpful tips put together by the Pacific Inn can help you have all the fun while being frugal.

Sea World is a must-see attraction if you’re visiting San Diego. However, as we all know, theme park food is usually mediocre in taste but high in price. That’s why we recommend checking out a San Diego restaurant near SeaWorld instead of waiting until you’re inside the park.  Our favorite is the Broken Yolk Cafe just minutes from Sea World’s entrance. This breakfast cafe serves all different kinds of breakfast favorites in large portioned plates for very reasonable prices.

Another local attraction that can get pricey is the San Diego Zoo. The first way you can save money is by purchasing your ticket through Pacific Inn. If you book a room at this cheap downtown San Diego hotel, you can buy Zoo admission tickets for 15% off! We also recommend packing a lunch, which is easy if you book one of our suites with a kitchenette. You can prepare all your food here instead of wasting money eating out.

Lastly, while the Padre’s recently wrapped up their 2013 season, next year’s ball games will be here before you know it. It’s not necessary to spend a fortune to have fun at a baseball game. Save some money and buy cheap Petco Park seats in the top bleachers or in their lawn section. And if you’re going with a large group buying in bulk can save everyone some moolah!

Visiting San Diego doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, especially when you book and save with Pacific Inn & Suites. Call 1-800-571-2933 to find out more information on our discounts or to book a room.

San Diego Savings at Every Corner

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As we head into fall, there are a handful of San Diego events fast approaching. From haunted houses and pumpkin patches to Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities that will be here before you know it, the fall in San Diego is just as fun as the summer! For those who are vacationing and staying at one of cheap hotels in San Diego this fall season, check out these activities that are great for both couples and families, and most importantly, won’t break the bank.

October is the official “Kids Free Month” where various restaurants and attractions offer free items for children under the age of 12. One of the most popular kids free event takes place at the San Diego Zoo. With the purchase of one adult ticket, children under the age of 12 gain admission into the San Diego free of charge. Other local theme parks participating include the Safari Park and Legoland California.

Another great attraction to visit that is on the more inexpensive side is the USS Midway Museum. The large aircraft carrier is docked in the San Diego Bay and highlights a variety of historic aircrafts and features more than 100 exhibits. What’s great about this attraction is that the audio tour for the USS Midway at San Diego Harbor is included in the price of admission. Self-guided, you can explore at your own pace and can learn about the exhibits that interest you most.

For additional savings and a day of fun outdoors, head over to the historic community of Old Town. In addition to shopping in San Diego’s Old Town, there are countless options for dining and touring. With most of the attractions and restaurants being affordably priced, families and visitors can easily spend the entire day in this quaint neighborhood without spending their entire vacation budget.

Looking for more tips for saving on your San Diego vacation? Contact the Pacific Inn today and don’t forget to ask about our seasonal hotel deals!

Fit Fun in San Diego

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San Diego is known to be one of the most fitness friendly cities in the country. However, with the prices of gyms going through the roof, boot camp classes costing an arm and a leg, and trying to fit in with the trendy crowd at a ballet inspired workout, maybe it’s time to simplify fitness and make it free. Fortunately, there is no better place than San Diego for fun, laid back and free fitness routines and classes.

One of the most popular spots to get in a good workout with a stunning view is at the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC). Continually throughout the day workout enthusiasts will be walking or running up what some call the “stairs of death.” Power up the 100 stairs and keep running to the observation deck to reward yourself with a breathtaking view of the Coronado and San Diego Bay, if you still have any breath left. Another one of the San Diego Convention Center fun facts is that every Wednesday night at 9:45 pm fitness fanatics come in droves to run the lit-up stairs together while blaring music and words of motivation encourage runners onward and upward.

Another great place to get in a fun and free workout is at Balboa Park. Every Monday and Tuesday at 6:15pm adults can partake in a free restorative yoga class at the Balboa Park Activity Center. If you need to keep the kids active, they can practice volleyball skills on Wednesday nights at 5:30pm during a free youth volleyball clinic. If you are looking to run to the beat of your own drum, Balboa Park’s Morley Field Sports Complex has a 2 mile long track with 18 fitness station stops along the way. You’re also bound to catch someone with a healthy pre-packed lunch because this is one of the better San Diego Balboa Park picnic spots.

Once you have happily tired yourself out and enjoyed the fun fitness activities San Diego has to offer, consider booking a nearby room at a cheap hotel in San Diego downtown. The Pacific Inn offers discounts of up to 12% off for advanced booking and we always have senior and military specials. Call 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

Top End of the Season Events in San Diego

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Summer has officially left us but if you’re in San Diego, that doesn’t mean that the sun and mid-70s sunshine has as well. Whether you’re vacationing or living in this beautiful city, there are some things you should do before the mild winter woes set in.

  1. Pack a picnic. There are so many options for picnicking near San Diego beaches, like La Jolla Shores, or at one of the many gardens in Balboa Park. Take advantage of the San Diego sunshine while it’s out in full force and pack up your family and a picnic basket full of food for the day.
  2. Go see in a drive-in movie. San Diego has three options for those seeking a retro-inspired and more affordable movie experience. There is the new Full Moon Drive-In which sets up shop every Friday-Sunday at Pacific Beach Middle School, South Bay Drive-In on Coronado Island, or Santee Drive-In.
  3. Enjoy a patio lunch downtown. Grabbing an affordable lunch in the Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego is more enjoyable when you can people watch from the pleasant patio of restaurants like Nicky Rottens, Fred’s Mexican Café or OsteriaPanevino.
  4. Attend a Vegas-style pool party! San Diego is wrapping summer up right on September 28 by throwing the Adult Swim closing party, the city’s newest pool party hot spot at Harrah’s Resort.
  5. Catch a summer concert at Paradise Point. On September 29, Barefoot Bar and Grill will host the last “Sunday Funday” summer concert of the season. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can listen to rock cover band Steal Dawn while overlooking Mission Bay with a drink in hand.

If you want to take advantage of all of the great end-of-summer action consider booking a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn & Suites which is just miles from all these events. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or to speak with a reservations manager today.

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