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San Diego Savings at Every Corner


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


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


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.

How to Save Some Money in San Diego


If you’re visiting San Diego there are some surefire ways to save money even if you’re going to some of the most expensive attractions. Whether you need an idea for a cheap date or you want to know how to save money on your next family trip to SeaWorld, we have you covered.

If you’re looking to impress a date without putting a major dent in your wallet, going to one of many Old Town happy hour hot spots is a great route. Old Town manages to balance charm and romance with a bustling bar scene. Some of the best happy hour date spots include Harney Sushi, Casa Guadalajara and the Cosmopolitan.  This area is also a great place to stroll through tiny shops or explore some of the free historical museums. If you’re looking to add a little more thrill  then check out the famously haunted Whaley House where admission is as little as $6.

One of the must-see attractions in San Diego is SeaWorld, but tickets here can cost a pretty penny. The first way to save money is by purchasing your ticket online instead of at the gate which can save you $15 on an adult ticket or $7 on a child’s ticket. Also keep in mind that for $7 to $15 more per ticket, you can buy a pass that’s valid for the whole year. In fact, the month of October offers a deal that can’t be beat: with the purchase of a $79 adult ticket an accompanying child (ages 3-9) gets in for free! Once you’re in, be sure to check out some of the San Diego SeaWorld free shows that are offered.

You can also double up on savings by booking a room with Pacific Inn & Suites, a cheap downtown San Diego hotel. When you purchase your Sea World ticket through the hotel you save 15% off SeaWorld admission and 15% off your hotel stay. Call 619-232-6391 to make a reservation or to see how the Pacific Inn could save you even more money in San Diego.

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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