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Guide to San Diego Beer Week & Top SDBW Events


San Diego Beer Week hotels

San Diego Beer Week is a fun annual event to celebrate local craft beer and the city’s thriving brewing culture. With San Diego, CA being touted as the Craft Beer Capital of America, there is certainly no shortage of places to grab a handcrafted cold one, especially during beer week. So don’t wait to book your Little Italy San Diego hotel near all the action and read below for more information on what to expect!

When is It?

The 2014 Beer Week takes place from November 7 to 16, with multiple events sprouting up throughout the county. Top SDBW events include:

  • 12th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Nov 7 and 8 at the Broadway Pier
  • The Brew Your Own Beer Lunch on November 7 at Karl Strauss Downtown
  • Brews, Views and Chews on November 10 at Tom Hams Lighthouse
  • Craft Beer and Bites on November 13 at SILO in Makers Quarter
  • The Beer Garden on November 16 at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

A list of all events can be found at sdbw.org. The main events of this celebratory week include the opening and closing parties. If you’re only able to select two events to attend, the Guild Fest and the Beer Garden satisfy appetites for good beer, fresh food and a fun atmosphere every year.

Guild Fest:

Guild Fest is a two day event at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego and is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Attendees can sample beer from over 50 San Diego County breweries while raising funds for the Surfrider Foundation, Fight ALD, and the San Diego Brewers Guild. A variety of tickets are available for Guild Fest, including a two day pass and a VIP ticket with unlimited beer samples, unlimited food samples, and a commemorative glass.

The Beer Garden:

The Beer Garden closes San Diego Beer Week on November 16 from noon to 3 PM. This event, which takes place at the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines, brings the city’s best breweries and local chefs together to celebrate the craft beer movement. With one admission fee, attendees will be able to enjoy unlimited tastings of delicious and unique beer and food pairings from 24 local breweries and 12 chefs.

Don’t miss out on everything that SDBW has to offer during your upcoming San Diego vacation. For an affordable and conveniently located hotel, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn at (619) 232-6391. Pacific Inn is located just 1 mile from the Guild Fest at Broadway Pier and we’re currently offering advanced booking discounts of up to 12% off!


Fun and Interactive Mystery Dinners in San Diego


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Among its many attractions, San Diego is also home to a thrilling new way to eat dinner. So farewell to the stereotypical chit chat over a standard meal and glass of wine. San Diego is home to a slew of fun, entertaining and affordable Mystery Dinners! This is a great option for travelers who want to have their dinner and entertainment conveniently wrapped into one package. While visiting the city, don’t forget to book your Downtown San Diego hotel before you check out one of these fun and engaging eateries:

The Mystery Café Dinner Theater | 505 Kalmia Street, near Balboa Park

This popular restaurant provides an interactive, comedy based mystery dinner where the cast is known to move around and talk to the crowd. Guests can expect to be highly involved with the show. Dinner is included and features a garden salad, soup du jour, choice of main entrée (including stuffed chicken breast or braised beef short ribs), and a dessert. They also offer a service called “Mysteries to Go” where they will bring the performance to your event.

The Dinner Detective | 8651 Spectrum Center Blvd, Kearney Mesa

Known as the largest venue in murder mystery comedy shows, this venue offers a highly interactive show where everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In fact, the killer might just be sitting at your table right next to you! A four course dinner is included with the show and features scrumptious dishes such as Seasonal Fish En Papillote and Grilled Portobello with Goat Cheese. A cash bar is available onsite.

The San Diego Old Spaghetti Factory | 275 5th Ave., Downtown San Diego

The Murder Mystery Company puts on a series of public and private events at this well-known and historical restaurant. Tickets to the show include a three course meal with salad, choice of a pasta dish, and homemade ice cream. They also offer gluten free, vegan, and lactose free options. This is a popular venue, so be sure to buy tickets in advance as many shows sell out.

Score reservations at Pacific Inn & Suites, one of the top affordable hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter, and set a date for one of these enthralling dinner shows. The savings you’ll get at our comfortable San Diego hotel paired with one of these mystery dinner delights will surely make for a memorable San Diego vacation.

If you’re interested in saving up to 12% on your hotel stay just for booking at least 14 days in advance, click here and enter promo code 14DAB during checkout.


Benefits of Traveling without Kids



Traveling provides a way for the mind and body to refresh, recharge and relax… unless of course you’re traveling with kids, which can just be an added stressor. How am I going to keep my eye on them at all times? Where can we go that we’ll all enjoy? How much is all this going to cost? Traveling as a whole family is certainly a fun bonding experience, but many couples neglect to take vacations without their kids as they grow older. When was the last time you and your spouse enjoyed a romantic getaway where your only priority was to relax, share new experiences and spend quality time together?  There are definitely some spousal benefits to booking a Downtown San Diego hotel room for two and just getting away for a couple of days.


Bonding in a relationship is important and it’s something you have to make time for. Married couples oftentimes wish that they could spend more time together without constant interruption from the kids, regardless of how much you love and cherish your children.  However, when parents travel with their children, they find that they require a lot of attention which doesn’t allow partners the opportunity to focus on each other.

Taking a trip without your kids might seem like a distressing thought at first, but when you consider that they’ll be under the careful watch of a trusted family member or friend, you’ll be able to relax, leave work worries and parenting problems at home, and finally have the time to genuinely re-connect with your true love.


Does drinks and dancing sounds like a fun night out? When you leave your kids at home, you and your partner will have the freedom to paint the town red for a night or two! A child-free vacation allows late night romantic evenings in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter or Little Italy that couldn’t otherwise be done.

Life is what people make it. While some wish year after year to get away, only those who make time will do it. Relationships need to be nurtured on an ongoing basis and arranging a getaway trip to San Diego is the perfect way to bond.

If you think it’s time for your kids to spend some quality time at their grandparent’s house so that you can finally spend some time with your significant other, take your vacation up a notch by booking a cheap San Diego hotel with in room Jacuzzi and whirlpool jets at the Pacific Inn. Our affordable hotel is located in the charming Little Italy neighborhood by the bay which is perfect for vacationing couples. For more information on fun things to see and do near our hotel or to ask about our romantic Jacuzzi Suites, call (619) 232-6391 today to see if we can offer you exclusive discounts!

“People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer, all life for happiness.” – unknown.


San Diego Balboa Park Events: August 2014



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


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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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.

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