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San Diego Attracts Thousands for the Annual LGBT Festival

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With a rally, parade, block party, and music festival, the 2014 San Diego LGBT Festival promises to top all previous years’ gatherings. The festivities run throughout the weekend of July 18-20 with events occurring in and around Hillcrest and Balboa Park.

Rally

The 2014 Festival begins with a rally on July 18 at 6 p.m. at the corner of Normal and University Avenues. The rally is held to remember the moment in 1969 when guests of the Stonewall Inn in New York spoke out again police harassment. Since then, rallies have been held all over the country in remembrance of this event. The 2014 Spirit of Stonewall Rally marks the 40th anniversary of the first rally in San Diego and reminds the community of the work that still needs to be done for acceptance and understanding. At the rally, keynote speaker Laverne Cox will discuss the theme “Reflections of Pride.”

Block Party

After the rally is completed, the third annual Pride of Hillcrest Block Party will start. Get ready to dance from 7-11 p.m! This event is for guests 21 and older, and you must purchase a ticket to enter. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.

The musical line-up includes Taryn Manning, DJ Nikno, and Booniez Dance Crew. Giant LED screens, go-go dancers, and carnival rides all add to the fun, festive atmosphere.

Parade

On July 19, 2014, more than 300,000 spectators are expected to view one of the nation’s largest gay pride parades. The 2014 San Diego Gay Pride Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street. The parade will continue west on University Avenue, turn south onto 6th Avenue, turn left onto Balboa Drive and end on Laurel Street.

Music Festival

Just after the parade finishes, you can head over to Balboa Park for the music festival. Performers will be on multiple stages from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. There’s sure to be something to appeal to every taste with performances from a wide variety of artists including Charice, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, DJ Trevi, and the Teagan Taylor Band.

A weekend pass is $20, and kids 15 and under are free.

Reserve your Hotel Room near the LGBT Festival Today!

With thousands of people expected to be swarming San Diego from out of town, we’re sure cheap San Diego hotels won’t be vacant for long. If you’re interested in attending the annual San Diego LGBT Festival, or are just looking to enjoy a Southern California vacation, be sure to reserve your room at Pacific Inn & Suites.

The Pacific Inn near Downtown San Diego is located just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Bay, Little Italy and Balboa Park.  To make sure your hotel stay is schedules, call 1-800-571-2933 and don’t forget to ask about our available discounts and vacation packages!

Fashion Forward Trends at the 2014 Del Mar Race Track

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The Del Mar Race season is one of the most elite and anticipated events of the year in San Diego. People come from far and wide to attend one of these horse races, especially on July 17 which is Opening Day.

Besides the sound of the cheers of the crowd and the excitement of the horses racing, one of the most important aspects of the Del Mar Race Track is the eye-catching fashions seen around the track. Between the decorative hats to the full skirts, the Del Mar Races are not a place to be shy with your wardrobe. For those looking to attend a race in style, we have some trendy tips on how to stand out as a stylista.
Women should think about trying to audition to be a cast member of “The Real Housewives of San Diego.” Think: classy and flashy. Consider finding a skirt or dress that hits the knee or mid-thigh and avoid short body-hugging garments. Flared skirts and wrap dresses will look stunning when paired with a stylish head piece. If you’re getting stadium seating, be considerate by wearing a small brimmed hat or head piece, but if you plan on wandering the grounds, go all out with a wide-brimmed statement sun hat. Don’t forget to accessorize, ladies! Bright colored chunky jewelry will set you apart and you can’t go wrong with chandelier earrings.

When it comes to shoes, consider how much you plan on walking and remember that much of the racetrack consists of dirt pathways. We recommend comfortable wedges or fashionable sandals.
Men can choose to wear semi-formal clothing to the races with a lightweight button-down dress shirt or polo that will offer comfort throughout the day. Men are also known to wear hats at the track- try a trendy fedora or straw hats that nods to the 1950s. Men should wear lightweight linen pants or trousers and will need to pair it all with a coat if they plan on attending the Turf Club. Some of the latest dress shoe trends at the event include sleek loafers with a tassel for high-end and sophisticated attire.
The Del Mar Race Track has events held from July 17, 2014 to November 7, 2014 with ticket prices starting at $6.00 for the stretch run and $10 for the clubhouse. Diamond Club members get half-price admission with additional discounts on other services at the location.

Planning your vacation in San Diego to attend the Del Mar Races? Don’t forget to book your cheap San Diego hotel near the beaches. Pacific Inn is a great option for Southern California vacationers because we’re conveniently located next to the San Diego Airport, Gaslamp Quarter and a bus and trolley stop which allows ease of access to major San Diego attractions.

To book your room at Pacific Inn San Diego call 1-800-571-2933 today and don’t forget to ask about our available discounts!

July events at Headquarters at Seaport District in San Diego

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Once known as the Old Police Headquarters, the freshly renamed Headquarters has been lovingly restored and transformed into one of San Diego’s premiere shopping destinations. Relaxing fountains, eye catching landscaping and leisurely walkways invite patrons to enjoy the sea air amid tranquility and true San Diego ambiance.

The Headquarters Offerings

Its seaside location in the Seaport District isn’t the only thing that makes this place special. Unique dining options like Dallmann Fine Chocolates, Puesto’s Mexican street food and Venissimo Cheese bring locals back here time and time again. Shop for unique art at Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery or pick up some boutique clothes at Urban Beach House. Geppetto’s Toys is a veritable wonderland that has truly earned its 40-year reputation as one of San Diego’s best toy shops.

The Headquarters’ July 2014 Events
Cheese Balsamic and EVOO Class | July 9th
6 pm to 7:30 pm

Join Chef Brian Rutherford to learn how to properly and deliciously pair your favorite artisanal cheeses with piquant balsamic and rich extra virgin olive oil. Come with an empty belly for some yummy tasting opportunities!

Whiskey & Cheese Class | July 10

6 pm to 7:30 pm

During this educational tasting session, all guests will experience perfectly paired whiskeys and bourbons with Venissimo cheeses. You’ll also be taught the differences between whisky, whiskey, bourbon and scotch.

 Urban Mobile Market | July 11

11:00 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7:00 pm

Held in the new “Pop Up Park” in downtown San Diego, this weekly market will feature various fashion, food and entertainment every Friday. Meet local designers, sample some of the finest fare and relax under the San Diego sun while listening to live music.

 Rise Up Fitness Event | July12

8:30 am to 9:30 am

Every Saturday during the month of July, the Headquarters will be hosting $10 fitness classes for locals and tourists alike. Experts from California Fitness will guide participants through 30 minutes of conditioning and 30 minutes of yoga in the outdoor courtyard. All you need to bring is a yoga mat and water!

 Farmer’s Market | July 13

10 am to 2 pm

 Every Sunday at Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway you’ll be able to stroll through the Seaport streets during their weekly Farmer’s Market. Shop around for fresh produce, baked goods, specialty foods and much more!

Parking at the Headquarters

The Headquarters has thought of everything as they aim to provide their patrons with some of the best shopping and dining in the Seaport District near Downtown San Diego. Enjoy valet parking ($10 up to five hours) or self-parking (validation with a $10 purchase) for a convenient and hassle free trip in one of San Diego’s busiest areas. Bring your sunscreen for al fresco dining and soak up the sun in this beautiful San Diego staple.

Downtown San Diego Lodging

Don’t forget to book your downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn, located just 1.3 miles from Headquarters at Seaport District. Our close location easily allows for a leisurely walk along the San Diego Bay before arriving at Seaport Village.

If you’re looking for affordable hotels near Seaport Village look no further than Pacific Inn. When you combine our convenient and accessible location with our low room rates, complimentary amenities and current discounts, you can’t go wrong. To reserve your downtown San Diego hotel room today, call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly hotel receptionist.

 

The 2014 Little Italy Summer Film Festival in San Diego

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The Little Italy Summer Film Festival shows fantastic Italian movies every Saturday night from the middle of June to the end of August at the Amici Park amphitheater, which is on the corner of State and Date streets. Admission is $5 per person for each show, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Just remember, no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed, and the movie won’t be rescheduled if it rains. Since it almost never rains in San Diego during the summer, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your evening being ruined.

Some of the excellent films you can expect include Giuseppe Tornatore’s suspense movie, “The Unknown Woman”, Giulio Menfredonia’s heartfelt comedy, “We Can Do That”, and Elio Petri’s Oscar-winning thriller, “Investigation of a Citizen Beyond Suspicion”. There’s something for everyone from adult thrillers to family films, and all these movies have been made by Italy’s finest contemporary directors. People come from miles around to see these great films, so you should make sure to come at least an hour early.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go after watching the movie, then keep the Italian flavor going with an excellent dinner at Cafe Zucchero, which is just two blocks away from Amici Park. This restaurant offers unique pastries that you won’t find anywhere else, including the cassata, and they also have fine dishes such as rigatone palermitana, calamari parmagiana and saltimbocca. And if you like fine wine, then you’ll love the nearly 65 wine varieties that Cafe Zucchero offers.

If Italian isn’t your preference, the Princess Pub & Grille can be found on the corner of Date and India streets. This is considered San Diego’s first and finest English pub and offers up classics such as fish & chips, steak & ale pie and homemade Cornish pasties.

The streets of Little Italy usually get jam packed with interested movie goers on these fun summer night, so save yourself the hassle of driving and get a cheap Little Italy hotel room at Pacific Inn.

Our downtown San Diego hotel is located 0.4 miles away from Amici Park, making it an easy 8 minute walk to see your favorite Italian film this summer. For information on available discounts, or to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.

The 2014 Del Mar Horse Racing Season Events

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Horse racing is an exciting event that offers guests a chance to enjoy the pageantry that goes along with watching some of the fastest horses and most talented jockeys in the world compete against each other. In San Diego, guests and locals alike have the chance to join the fun at the Del Mar track. The season is almost here so it is time to get your race day hat and choose an event.

Opening Day
This year guests are looking forward to the opening day at Del Mar on July 17th. More than 45,000 guests are expected to arrive to watch the races and enjoy the spectacle. For the fashion forward, on opening day there is the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. Contestants will be judged on the beauty, originality and creativity of their hats. Stretch Run admission is $10, while Clubhouse admission is $20. Admission does not include refreshments or bets.

Summer Concert Series
On Friday evenings during the race season, the Del Mar racetrack offers music concerts. The cost of the concert is included in the cost of admission; however, guests who arrive after the last race begins will have to pay a $20 admission fee. The concerts begin at 7pm west of the Grandstand and it is held outside, standing room only. Featured bands scheduled to perform this season include Weezer, Counting Crows and The Cult.

Family Fun Weekends
During the summer race season, Del Mar celebrates enjoying time with the family. On Saturdays and Sundays, admission to the track is only $6 for adults and free for children. The infield area becomes a haven for children looking to having fun. There will be inflatables, bouncy houses, a giant slide, games and of course pony rides. Children can test their skills on the obstacle course and have their faces’ painted by an expert. This is a fun-filled day for children of all ages!

For more fun with animals while you’re in San Diego, stop by Sea World or snag one of the cheap hotels near San Diego Zoo.

Whatever wild adventure you decide to have, make sure you’re home base is set up at the San Diego Pacific Inn hotel. Our family friendly amenities will have both you and your kids satisfied as you settle into the Kids Suite and chow down on the complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

To make your hotel reservation at the San Diego Pacific Inn, call our reservations hotline today at 1-800-571-2933.

 

How to save money at the San Diego County Fair

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A family event like Del Mar’s beautiful San Diego County Fair is known for its great deals and bargain offers. The San Diego County Fair can be a very cost-effective and memorable event for everyone. Whether you’re attending the fair with your partner or as a family, there are some expert tips to maximize fun while minimizing the impact on your entertainment budget.

Discount tickets and special admissions can be purchased through San Diego County businesses like Ford and Toyota Dealerships. San Diego County Albertson’s and Sav-On stores also offer deeply discounted tickets including $4 specials on Saturday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 11.

Additionally, there are free admissions days on June 24 and July 1 for kids under 12. To encourage your children to get their nose in a book, they could partake in the readers program in which children can read their way to free admission. Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day is always a great way for the thrill-seekers to save on great rides and attractions. Purchase any Pepsi product at Albertson’s to score a $30 fair ticket that includes unlimited access to rides (only available on select days).

Even transportation doesn’t have to be an expensive hassle. There is free parking at off-site lots with regular shuttles to the main gate. There is a Fair Tripper bus and train package which includes transportation and fair admission.

Going to events will often mean big food bills when mealtime arrives, but the San Diego County Fair invites you to pack in your own food, with some safety exceptions. There are in-fair special deal days at food booths and kids meal discounts.

San Diego County Fair has been a memory making event for San Diego County families for many decades. With all the value packages and savings offers, there has never been a better time to make your own memories. For a complete list of savings, head to sdfair.com and click on “Tickets & Promotions.”
No matter what your vacation budget is, we’re sure you can rack up enough savings to make a fun-filled day at the fair a possibility. Save money by booking a room at a cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego and utilizing public transportation, such as the Coaster, to get to the fairgrounds.

Pacific Inn offers close access to the San Diego trolley and we have family friendly amenities to help you get the most bang for your buck. Enjoy everything that San Diego has to offer during your trip and stay at our cheap hotel near Seaworld, the Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park.

For more information on our available discounts and savings, call a Pacific Inn hotel reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s June 2014 Concert Calendar

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If you’ve come to San Diego to hear live music, you couldn’t have chosen a better time than June. Whether you’re interested in classical symphonies or classic rock, there’s an event for every single genre of music you can imagine in San Diego.

The sensational pop star Lady Gaga opens up the June concert scene with a show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena at 7:30 PM on June 2. Her show, called artRave – The ARTPOP Ball, has yet to sell out with tickets starting at $39 and topping off around $230. Lady Starlight and Hatsune Miku will be her opening acts.

The San Diego Symphony has five events in June, including tributes to Elvis on June 27 and the Beatles on June 28 at 7:30 PM.  Concerts will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, with Grandstand and Cabaret section tickets available for $25 – $84.

Steve Winwood ,60s and 70s rock sensation, will take the stage for one show only at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Sea at 7:30 PM June 17. Tickets are going fast with only select tickets available online at websites like stubhub.com. We’re hoping Winwood excites concert goers by singing some of his classics like “Gimme Some Lovin” or “Arc of a Diver.”

The “Greatest Love of All” is a tribute to soul queen Whitney Houston and hits the Balboa Theater on June 1. This tribute band, starring powerhouse singer Belinda Davids, will perform the 2.5 hour concert as a tribute to Whitney’s legacy, doing her biggest hits justice. Tickets are available from San Diego Theaters starting at $39. Out of towners can also take advantage of summer discounts being offered at hotels near Balboa Park in San Diego.

The annual San Diego County Fair running for nearly a month starting June 8 brings with is some of the most talented musical artists in the country. From big name bands to amateur singers, the fair’s multiple stages have something for every kind of music lover, with many of the shows included in your fair admission price. You can catch 24 Days of The Beatles’ Music or headliners such as Third Eye Blind, Creedence Clearwater Revisted, the 10th Annual Gospel Festival, Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis and the News and REO Speedwagon.

June is truly the monster music month for San Diego and one of the best times for music lovers to take in a show or two during summer vacation visit. Spending a little bit of money on a concert ticket is going to be much more feasible if you saved a ton by booking a room at a cheap hotel in San Diego. Save even more by reserving a room at Pacific Inn & Suites where your stay comes with a free breakfast buffet, free parking and free in-room WiFi.

Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to book your June stay in San Diego.

Your Guide to the 2014 AirShow San Diego

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AirShow San Diego, formerly called Wings Over Gillespie, brings an exciting collection of military aircraft to one location for the show of a lifetime. The event commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day with a stunning display of aerial acts, paratroopers, staged dogfights and more. The event is family friendly and even features a free Kid’s Zone for younger visitors.

Guests can also enjoy carnival rides and other entertainment, food and beverage vendors including craft beer, educational displays, and classic cars sponsored by Warriors United. From your littlest aviators to seasoned veterans and everyday civilians, there is something for everyone.

The air show takes place at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, California on June 7th and 8th with gates open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. General parking is free as is the shuttle from the Trolley station to the front gate. They’re expecting thousands of guests, so be prepared for a bit or traffic. Another option is to book a room at one of the city’s top cheap hotels near Little Italy for quick and easy access to Gillespie Field via the San Diego trolleys’ Green Line (towards Santee).

Scheduled AirShow events include:

  • Over 55 Aircraft On Display
  • Paratroopers
  • 99′s Female Pilot Parade
  • Red Eagles Formation Flight Team
  • R/C Plane Demonstration
  • ASTREA
  • D-Day Invasion Dogfight
  • John Collver & WarDog
  • Smoke N’ Thunder Jet Car
  • Mock Battle with Pyro
  • Live Concerts
  • 1940′s Costume Dance Contest (Saturday only)
  • Enter a Raffle to Win a Ride in a Real Warbird!

A variety of tickets are available to suit every visitor’s needs. World War II and Korean Vets, as well as Wounded Warriors are all free with ID. There are family packages and discounts for children, families, seniors, and active military. Those wanting the ultimate experience can opt for the 2-Day VIP pass. Tickets are available in advance through AirShow San Diego’s website at ag1caf.org.

Feel free to dress up in 1940s attire, grab a cold Hangar 24 beer in their 21+ beer garden and enjoy the sky-high aerial stunts and performances all at San Diego’s Gillespie Field.

If you’re looking to save money during your weekend in San Diego, consider booking a room at one of the city’s cheap MCRD hotels like Pacific Inn & Suites. Staying at a budget inn near the Marine Corps Recruit Depot will allow you the opportunity to see the MCRD Museum and experience more of San Diego’s vast historical sights. Another benefit is having a trolley stop right outside the hotel doors to take you to Gillespie Field and all around San Diego eliminating the need for a rental car.

To book your cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn today, call 1-800-571-2933. Be sure to let us know if you’re active duty military and we’ll give you an additional 10% off our already low room rates!

May 2014 San Diego Fitness Expos

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The month of May brings two health and fitness expos to San Diego, CA. This Saturday, May 3, is the Health Fitness & Family Expo and May 30-31 brings the San Diego: Health & Fitness Expo. Both events are free to attend and are guaranteed to pack plenty of hands-on events, fit tips and health information that you’re not going to want to miss. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning your health-centered trip to San Diego this month:

Health Fitness & Family Expo

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Located at the Downtown San Diego Concourse and Civic Plaza
  • Held in conjunction with the 16th Annual San Diego Grand International Martial Arts Tournament
  • Learn about healthy living, martial arts and self defense

San Diego: Health & Fitness Expo

  • Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Located at the San Diego Convention Center, halls G-H. Click here for more information about the SDCC including affordable nearby hotels.
  • Parking at the SDCC is $15 but there is street parking and alternate parking lots available within walking distance
  • Held in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon
  • Will feature new running technology, hands-on exhibits, fitness apparel booths, health and nutrition information and much more.
  • Some of the exhibitors include: Apera, Colombia Sportswear, Garmin, Lorna Jane, PowerBar, San Diego Chargers, Sports Authority and many, many more.

At least 60,000 attendees are expected to be in San Diego during the Health & Fitness Expo which is why we strongly suggest booking your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room as soon as possible.

Pacific Inn is located just minutes from downtown and offers extremely affordable rates. To ask us about our discounts and to book your room over the phone, call us today at 1-800-571-2933.

The Coronado Flower Show: A Delight for All Ages

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The annual Coronado Flower Show is California’s premier flower show, and the largest tent flower show in the nation. The flower show takes up almost an entire city block including flower exhibits, a wine and beer garden, and live music performances scheduled throughout the day. If you’re staying at one of the downtown San Diego hotels this weekend and are looking for affordable fun this weekend, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Not only is it open to the public, admission is only $5 per person!

A beloved community tradition for more than eight decades, the Coronado Flower Show is a true piece of Americana. When the flower show first began in 1922, the local schools provided desks and typewriters for judging, the now famous Hotel Del lent trellises and tables, and the local Boy Scouts camped out in the park overnight to protect the exhibits, ensuring all were safe for the day of the show.

Today the Coronado Flower Show has come a long way, expanding in size and offering opportunities for professionals and community members alike to showcase their talents. In the weeks before the show, approximately 120 local volunteers judge entrees throughout the city, evaluating gardens and floral arrangements at commercial fronts, churches and school gardens, and at more than 6,000 individual homes.

Exhibitors at the two-day weekend event can enter a large selection of flower-related divisions, including holiday themed events, miniature arrangement section, themed design arrangements of cut flowers, tabletop designs including formal and informal table settings, and the very popular “Zoo’s Who” division which features whimsical animals created from fruits and vegetables. There are fresh cut flower divisions for roses, orchids, and hanging plants, and even sections for cacti and bonsai. Even children can join in the green-thumb-fun by entering the children’s competition for small floral arrangements and seed plate designs.

Join in this beloved community tradition on Saturday, April 26th from 1pm to 5pm and on Sunday, April 27th from 10am to 4pm. And if you don’t have accommodations set up already, it’s not too late! Skip the expensive hotels in Coronado and check out some of the more budget-friendly hotels near San Diego Convention Center. This way, you’ll have access to the entire city at night, and can easily travel to the show via the affordable ferry boat which is $5 per person.

For upcoming hotel rates and reservations, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933. We are one of the more affordable hotels near San Diego Airport, conveniently placing visitors in close proximity to downtown’s top destinations including Little Italy, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter.

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