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Paintings and Pinot


Look at any calendar of events in San Diego and you’ll be sure to see museum events, new gallery openings, and art walks galore. America’s Finest City has quickly turned in to a mecca for art which is one reason for the San Diego Convention Center expansion plans; the expansion will provide increased exhibit space and public art displays for residents and visitors to enjoy.

But what’s better than strolling through a museum?Strolling through a museum with a glass of wine or a cocktail! San Diego is home to a myriad of events that pair art with alcohol.

One popular event, Culture and Cocktails, at the San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park, is the place see and be seen. While a DJ spins top tunes, guests mix and mingle amongst fine art, occasionally topping off their cocktail at one of multiple bars strewn about the museum. The next event is on November 7, so mark your calendars and purchase your tickets in advance before they sell out.

Another treasure trove for art enthusiasts are all the museums near Little Italy. While not all the museums offer a hosted bar, 98 Bottles in Little Italy is happy to pour you a glass of Pinot while you paint.  Just bring along your pre-purchased ticket to their “Painting and Vino” event, which takes place every Tuesday at 6 pm, and the venue will provide all the supplies and an art expert to help you recreate your own beautiful masterpiece.

If you’re looking for a cheap hotel in San Diego Downtown, less than 10 minutes away both of these events, check out Pacific Inn & Suites. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a discounted room today!

San Diego Attractions Host Hideaway Hot Spots


When we mention “theme parks,” what do you think of? Most people would instantly return to memories of roller coasters, long lines and cheap hot dogs. What you might not know is that a handful of San Diego attractions are hiding some of the area’s best restaurants.

If you’re craving a family-friendly experience that will surely impress your kids, SeaWorld has it. While there are plenty of options for dining at SeaWorld in San Diego, only one truly stands out. For just $39 you could be Shamu’s VIP guest and enjoy your meal pool-side, right next to his enclosure. Watch Shamu swim, jump and perform tricks for a one-of-a-kind experience. Another bonus is that all the food on the “Dine with Shamu” menu is local and organic.

Also, when you book a room at Pacific Inn San Diego, you get 15% off your hotel stay and 15% off Sea World admission if you buy your discounted tickets through hotel services.

Next, head on over to Belmont Park, located in Mission Beach, and grab a drink at the attached Wavehouse “beach club.”This adult oasis features simulated surfing, live DJ’s and a sand-covered patio strewn with hammocks and cabanas. This perfect beach-front escape also has a Sunset Happy Hour, Monday through Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

Lastly, while our local ballpark doesn’t have any ferris wheels, the many options for food at Petco Park should be enough to get your mouth watering. If you want a truly unique ballpark experience, visit the Omni Hotel Premier Club. This glass enclosed restaurant located at the top of the stadium offers an escape from crazed fans and a deliciously affordable buffet.

For other insider San Diego travel tips, contact the Pacific Inn San Diego. Learn about the amazing attractions of the area and enjoy discounted hotel rates and exclusive deals.

Vacationing in San Diego with Young Children


San Diego is a popular vacation destination that is continuing to gain popularity among traveling families. Overflowing with beautiful beaches and exciting theme parks, how can you go wrong with a family vacation to this amazing city? However, vacationing with young children is not always easy, so we’ve provided a few tips for how to best travel San Diego with young children.

First, if you’re going to be flying into San Diego, we definitely recommend renting a car. While public transportation is plentiful in San Diego and taxis are always on hand, it is always easiest to travel with little ones on your own schedule. Having a rental car will help make sure that you can come and go to specific sites whenever you please.

Secondly, reserve a room at one of the affordable downtown San Diego hotels. This will put you in close proximity to the airport and to a variety of downtown attractions. For children, some great attractions downtown include the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and the Children’s museum. There are also a variety of attractions near the MCRD in San Diego such as the Cabrillo National monument and sunset cliffs, a popular hiking spot in Ocean Beach.

Next, don’t be afraid to venture to areas that are outside of the downtown district. Nearby is Old Town which is a great place for kids to run around and learn about the history of the area. You can walk around and visit the museums, go on guided tours of Old Town, or dine at one of the many Mexican restaurants in the area. With plenty of craft and toy vendors, Old Town is always a favorite among families.

Finally, be prepared to do a lot of walking. Make sure your little ones are always wearing comfortable shoes and if they are likely to get tired during the day, pack a stroller. A lot of the San Diego attractions require a lot of walking and you don’t want to have to carry your little ones around as you travel. Also, be sure to pack snacks as some of the food vendors are a bit expensive, especially when you’re inside a theme park.

What are you waiting for? Reserve accommodations at the cheap Pacific Inn San Diego and enjoy our convenient downtown location near the best family friendly activities and attractions.

Coming to San Diego for a Convention?


When you’re in San Diego for a convention center event, you may not have as much time as you would like to explore the surrounding area. Fortunately, with careful planning, you can easily visit a handful of downtown attractions during breaks or after your convention.

One of the best ways to make the most of your convention trip is to stay at an affordable downtown San Diego hotel. This will allow you to easily travel to various attractions nearby such as the San Diego Zoo, Petco Park, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter just to name a few. Affordable hotels in downtown San Diego help you save money so you can better enjoy the nearby attractions and nightlife.

If possible, try to reserve a hotel near the San Diego Convention Center. If you do this, you might not even have to rent a car. A taxi ride from the San Diego Airport is less than $15 to the general downtown district and if you stay nearby, walking or taking advantage of the public transportation system is a great way to explore the city.

If you do decide to rent a car, there is parking available for conventioneers. You will also receive a convention center badge for discounts at local Gaslamp restaurants, as well as a few in Old Town and Seaport Village. These small San Diego communities are great places to enjoy a meal, while being able to experience a little bit more of the local area. If you’re looking for additional information about the San Diego Convention Center, click here.

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4 Tips for Saving Your Vacation Budget


When visiting San Diego, there are so many options for activities and entertainment, it can be difficult to keep a vacation budget in check. Fortunately, there are easy ways to save that don’t require you to sacrifice the quality of your trip. At the cheap Pacific Inn San Diego, we’ve listed some of the best ways to explore the downtown district on a limited budget.

  1. Spend a Day along the Water – With beautiful weather year round, it is easy to spend the day outside. Not only is this a great way to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle of San Diego, it doesn’t cost a thing. Head to one of the city’s popular beaches or take a walk along the San Diego Bay and Embarcadero and watch the boats sail in and out of the harbor.
  2. Visit Little Italy – Not all of the restaurants and attractions in Little Italy are inexpensive, however there are many more affordable options in comparison to the downtown Gaslamp Quarter. Check out the Little Italy museums and art galleries, and for an inexpensive lunch or dinner, get a slice of pizza in San Diego’s Little Italy from one of the authentic parlors that are scattered throughout the area.
  3. Skip the Rental Car – This may not be feasible for all vacationers. The final decision whether or not to reserve a rental car will depend on your personal preferences and what you plan on doing during your stay. However, for those staying in the downtown district, getting around the area is extremely easy either by walking or taking advantage of affordable public transportation options.
  4. Stay at an Airport Motel – With the airport’s prime location in the downtown district, staying at a nearby San Diego Airport motel provides visitors with additional convenience. You won’t have to waste time or money on expensive cab or shuttle rides and most importantly, you have easy access to the many downtown sites. The location of nearby airport motels helps those on a limited budget explore the area.

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How Many San Diego Attractions Can You Visit in a Single Day?


Are you planning a trip to San Diego? Are you looking for interesting sites to see? While we all wish we could spend a week, if not more in the sunny city of San Diego, our schedules may not permit such an extended vacation. To help you plan your brief or weekend getaway, these tips for sightseeing will help ensure your days are packed with fun.

If this is your first time to San Diego, you are probably going to want to stop at the San Diego Zoo. While this is one of the city’s top attractions, it is also one of the largest. What does this mean for vacationers? Not only will you be spending a lot of time there, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. If the zoo is part of your vacation itinerary, clear the rest of your day because you won’t have much time or energy for a lot of additional sightseeing. However, for those convinced their excitement will outweigh their exhaustion, walk around nearby Balboa Park and finish off the night with dinner at one of the top Gaslamp Quarter restaurants. Three major attractions in one day isn’t bad!

If you and your family are dying to go to SeaWorld, you aren’t the only ones. The popular theme park combines education with fun, offering a variety of informative exhibits, live shows and thrilling rides. Similar to the zoo, you’ll likely be tuckered out after an entire day here. However if you want to squeeze in one more attraction, head to Old Town on your way back to your downtown San Diego hotel. Known as the birthplace of California, you’ll be able to experience a bit of the city’s history and can relax at one of the affordable and delicious Mexican restaurants in the area.

Another popular attraction in San Diego is Coronado Beach. While Coronado is one of the best family beaches in San Diego, there are also many restaurants and shops to explore along the shore. After spending the morning on this beautiful island, take the ferry back to the downtown district, visit Seaport Village and walk along the Harbor to the Embarcadero. If you want, stop at the USS Midway Museum and head to Little Italy for dinner.

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Fun Weekend Activities in Downtown San Diego


If you’re a frequent San Diego visitor looking for something to do on a short weekend trip, check out some of the city’s popular attractions located in the downtown district. With so many attractions in this area, visitors can easily go from one to the other and enjoy multiple activities in a single day.

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the hundreds of animals at the San Diego Zoo. Located in the eastern part of downtown in Balboa Park, the zoo entertains visitors with a variety of shows and exhibits, demonstrations and more. Complimentary bus tours and a sky tram give zoo visitors a convenient way to navigate the park. Some of the most popular exhibits include the pandas, polar bears, elephants and tigers.  If you want to come back to the zoo, there are passes and memberships available which will pay for themselves after a couple visits. During peak seasons, some hotels near the San Diego zoo offer discounted packages and admissions tickets to guests.

Next to the zoo is Balboa Park which offers families a day of enjoyment as well. Its 14 museums, gardens, theaters, walking paths and international village can keep one busy for hours. Single and multi-day passes are available which grants visitors admittance to a certain number of museums for free. Some of the most popular museums include the Air and Space Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum.

Before you leave on Sunday, stop by and watch a Padres game at Petco Park. Inside the ballpark, you can do more than watch the game; you can have a picnic at Park in the Park, enjoy all the food you want in the All-You-Can Eat seats and more.  At Petco Park, you can find any kind of food you’re craving, and can enjoy the unique Petco Park attractions that relay the history of the stadium

Vacationers on a quick weekend getaway prefer the affordable Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Our hotel offers guests affordable rates, clean spacious rooms and a central location which puts them close to the city’s most popular attractions.

How Are You Going to Celebrate Labor Day?


The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, which for kids means it’s almost the end of summer. How are you going to celebrate Labor Day? Here are some suggestions to help you and your family end this summer with a bang.

One way to celebrate Labor Day with your family is by going to a theme park. Kids love theme parks and what better way to end the summer than by going to one of the many in San Diego. Labor Day weekend is usually the last time the parks will have extended hours and offer special shows. Whether you decide to rides at SeaWorld San Diego or feed giraffes at the San Diego Zoo, make this Labor Day weekend a memorable family event.

What more appropriate way to say bye to the lazy, warm days of summer than to spend it at the beach? Here, you and your family can relax and enjoy not doing anything before the busy school year hits. Vacationers can choose from one of the many family friendly beaches in San Diego including Pacific Beach, Mission Beach and La Jolla Cove.

Though kids may not be in the learning mood, they will be occupied and entertained at one of San Diego’s many museums and historical sites. Children are sure to enjoy the over 60 exhibits at the USS Midway Museum as well as the nearby ships in the Embarcadero. Other sites to enjoy include the many Old Town San Diego Mexican restaurants, the Cabrillo National Monument and Balboa Park.

There is no better place to celebrate Labor Day than in San Diego. Visitors staying at the Pacific Inn can enjoy affordable rates, spacious rooms and complimentary amenities. We are a preferred cheap hotel in downtown San Diego that is centrally located near many great Labor Day celebration attractions.

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Endless Entertainment in Downtown San Diego


Are you tired and worn-out from a day of sightseeing in San Diego? Take a load off and head out to downtown San Diego and enjoy a variety of entertainment. There are many places where you can relax after a long day, while still being able to experience the busy district. Guests staying at a preferred cheap downtown San Diego hotel are within minutes of the district’s top entertainment venues including bars, restaurants and movie theaters.

If relaxing with a cold beer while watching your favorite sports team play is how you want to unwind, there are many bars and pubs located up and down the historic Gaslamp Quarter. While some are specifically sports bars, there are many places that will be playing the seasonal games whether it is basketball, baseball or football.

There are also many places to enjoy live music in the downtown district. During the summer visitors can lay out on the lawn by the Say Diego Bay, behind the convention center, and listen to the free summer pops concert which features regular performances by a rotating schedule of artists. In addition, Balboa Park always has a variety of evening events and live-music concerts to enjoy throughout the year.

Horton Plaza Mall in downtown San Diego is also a great place to visit. Don’t worry, if you don’t have the energy to shop, there are plenty of options where you can relax and recharge. In addition to a handful of restaurants, the Horton Plaza movie theater is located on the second floor of the shopping complex and opens past the closing of the mall at 10pm. Also at the mall are other entertainment options the Mad House Comedy Club which regularly features both professional and local comedians.

Want to check out the entertainment in downtown San Diego for yourself? Reserve a room at the affordable Pacific Inn San Diego and be within minutes of the hustle and bustle of this downtown city.

Annual Events in Downtown San Diego


If you’re looking for excitement, something out of the ordinary or simply want a heightened experience while staying in downtown San Diego, there are many fun, unique events that happen every year in San Diego’s downtown neighborhood. Here is a brief rundown of some of the most popular annual events that are held in the heart of America’s Finest City:

  • Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter – Every March, the Gaslamp Quarter becomes a scene for jubilant revelers, parades, music and beads in the largest Fat Tuesday Celebration on the West Coast.
  • Taste of Little Italy – Every June, participants can head over to Little Italy for a sampling of signature dishes of the area’s top restaurants. Participating restaurants change each year, as do their menu items, but one thing is for certain, tickets always go fast! For more information about the Taste of Little Italy event, click here.
  • Comic Con – This annual July event is the largest congregation of comic and pop culture paraphernalia in the United States. The event attracts thousands of artists, celebrities, and comic book and movie enthusiasts. If in town for Comic Con, you will be able to enjoy the stunning SDCC and a variety of nearby convention center attractions.
  • San Diego Restaurant Week – Twice a year, residents and visitors can enjoy fixed price menus at more than 180 of San Diego’s finest restaurants. Restaurant week gives individuals the opportunity to sample and try new cuisines and dishes they wouldn’t otherwise without the additional incentives and discounts.

While these are only a few of the hundreds of events that occur in San Diego, check when you’re thinking about staying in San Diego and see if you can be a part of one of the city’s annual events.

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