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What to Expect When the Bacon and Barrels Festival Comes to San Diego


Are you a fan of pork and beer? You’re in luck if you’re staying one of the downtown San Diego hotels. Pig out at the Bacon and Barrel Festival in downtown San Diego on Saturday, March 21st where the best chefs in the city will serve small plates of bacon throughout the day. Guests can sample a variety of different bacon flavors, which will be paired with bourbon, wine, and craft beer. Guests will also be able to vote on a mixologist and chef that will be named 2016 Jefe del Porko with celebrity judges in attendance. The artisan festival is one of the most anticipated events of the season for foodies who want to try new twists on traditional bacon and order unique beverages that come straight out of the barrel.

All of the beverages that are served will be bacon-based or bacon-inspired with cocktails and brews that foodies can enjoy sampling all throughout the day. The event will also have local and artisan vendors in attendance for a chance to shop for handmade goods to take home.

Guests can enjoy chowing down on the best bacon in the city while listening to live music from The Spazmatics and other local bands that will rock the night away with their original tunes. You might also get a chance to play different games while checking out live chef and mixology demos every hour.

Bacon and Barrels Festival is an all-day event that will be hosted at the Embarcadero Marina Park south with doors opening at 12pm for VIP ticket holders and those with early entry tickets. General admission ticket holders can enter at 1pm. The event supports the Create Community Foundation, which provides financial assistance and grants to Youth-at-Risk in the city. The event will even use biodegradable and compostable napkins, cutlery, and cups in order to keep downtown green.

General admission is $50 and VIP tickets are $90 per person. All ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age.

If you plan on drinking during the event, be sure to plan ahead and book your stay at a downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. Our affordable hotel is centrally located in the city and enables guests to visit some of the most popular destinations in San Diego, including Seaport Village, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online to check for rates and availability or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Little Italy Will Welcome an Italian Market


When you visit sunny San Diego this summer, be sure to stay at a cheap hotel near Little Italy. This area is known as a quaint neighborhood in San Diego to find authentic Italian cuisine and friendly storeowners. The popular locale is scheduled to welcome Roma Market, an Italian market that will sell specialty foods that are imported directly from Italy and are also locally sourced. Customers will get to choose from fresh fish, produce, meat, and baked goods at the store. The family-owned market currently has an original location in Pasadena that opened in the 1950s and is scheduled to expand by opening additional throughout San Diego, beginning with the one in Little Italy in either July or August of 2016.

Patrons can lounge on the large outdoor patio where they can dine outside and order different menu items from the kitchen, which will serve breakfast and hot or cold sandwiches throughout the day. You might also order a slice of their homemade pizza, baked fresh in an authentic pizza oven.

Some of the standout items to try at the market are the dried and imported pastas, which will be sold fresh or frozen and will all be made on-site. In-house, fresh, and frozen sauces will also be stocked on the shelves, each of which crafted with authentic ingredients in each jar. The deli will even sell a variety of premium meats and cheeses, which can be paired with the market’s freshly baked bread. Customers can even purchase wine, beer, and spirits to pair with their decadent Italian fare.

The produce section will feature fresh fruits and vegetables and will allow customers to choose from an assortment of items including pineapples, strawberries, and ripe tomatoes that are still on the vine. Nearby, you’ll find the fresh spices such as basil, rosemary, and oregano by the entrance of the building.

Italian desserts will also be available at the market including authentic gelato flavors like mango, amaretto, and tiramisu. Customers will be able to choose from a selection of warm, bold Italian coffee flavors to drink with these and other popular desserts.

Four to five more Roma Market stores are also expected to open in the San Diego area in the coming years in the North and East counties. You can take part in the grand opening this summer when you stay at an affordable downtown hotel near Little Italy such as the Pacific Inn. In addition to being near popular destinations like the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, and Little Italy, we also offer exclusive amenities and 24/7 customer service to make your visit more comfortable. Call 1-800-571-2933 or click here to book your stay with us online.

May Events: What to Expect in Downtown San Diego


May is steadily approaching and with that comes some fun and adventurous events in the city. To easily enjoy these downtown events, be sure to stay at the Pacific Inn, one of the most affordable and conveniently located hotels in Little Italy.

Downtown/Little Italy San Diego City Tour

May 7th

Participate in this five-hour leisurely walking tour where you can learn more about the history of the city while sampling some of the best food from top restaurants in the downtown area. You’ll get the chance to try deep-dish pizza at Berkeley Pizza downtown, farmed organic salads from Napizza in Little Italy, and authentic curry with various Indian dishes from Royal India in the city. Tickets are $47 per person.

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

May 7th – 8th

Visit historic Old Town on Cinco de Mayo to attend their annual festival where guests can listen to live music from The Marine Band San Diego and Desert Goma Calphonic on the Café Coyote Stage. Try new flavors at the cantina beer garden or take your kids to visit a petting zoo complete with pony rides. Retail and food booths will also be in attendance with an impressive Low Rider Lane that celebrates the Mexican holiday. Admission is free.

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

May 15th

This four-mile marathon will begin at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to commemorate 30 years of celebrating the military and their families. The event will benefit the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs that serve over 500 individuals. Participants will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the water and will receive a finisher’s medal and event shirt at the finish line. Tickets are $21 to $215 per person.

Amgen Tour of California

May 15th

The Amgen Tour of California will kick off its first day at Mission Bay with a cycling race before participants make their way through Balboa Park. The tour will include breathtaking views of the Gaslamp Quarter and the Coronado Bridge. Admission is free for spectators.

There is a lot going on in downtown San Diego this May. Be sure to make the most of it when you book your stay at the Pacific Inn downtown. In addition to being conveniently located in the city, we offer quick and easy booking and complimentary amenities to make your stay with us more comfortable. Go online now or call 1-800-571-2933 today to make your reservation.

Changes Coming to Seaport Village


As one of the most popular tourist locations in San Diego, Seaport Village is a well-known gem thanks to its small boutiques and eateries that are situated next to the scenic bay and affordable hotels near Petco Park. Although the complex is known for its charm and originality in the downtown area, it could be undergoing serious renovations in the near future due to developers who are looking to bring in more revenue by attracting more visitors. After 35 years of operation, the current village tenants could be replaced by national retailers to attract more crowds after the Port of San Diego goes through with extensive renovations to the beloved seaside community.

The decision to renovate Seaport Village and makeover the attraction could come in the next few months after port officials work through a bid selection process that will determine if the construction will occur as soon as 2019. A group called “Save Seaport Village” is currently protesting the changes and wants to preserve a major part of San Diego’s history that welcomes locals and tourists to walk, shop, and dine near the ocean.

Many of the current tenants in Seaport Village are beginning to voice that they’re not opposed to these change that will bring in more revenue, but simply want to preserve the charm that the village currently offers rather than starting from scratch. Most visitors to Seaport Village have also vocalized their disapproval of the Port’s plans to renovate the area.

The Port earns most of its revenue from real estate leases and is looking to obtain public input to determine the plans that they’ll eventually settle on. A developer could be chosen as early as July of 2016. Renovations may include building hotels, entertainment, public art, public spaces, restaurants, water taxis, and parking. The new development may also include other areas of downtown San Diego such as the Embarcadero Marina Park North, the G Street Mole, and Ruocco Park.

Before plans are finalized, there is still plenty of time for tourists to visit our beloved Seaport Village as it currently stands. Remember to book your stay at the Pacific Inn in downtown to stay near iconic attractions including Seaport Village, the Convention Center, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability.

Must-See April Events That Tourists Will Love


Spring is in the air and the sunny city is in full bloom this April. It is a great opportunity for tourists to come out and experience San Diego, CA at its best and brightest. You can experience and fall in the love in the city when you stay at one of the San Diego downtown hotels. Here are just a few of many events taking place in downtown San Diego throughout the month April.

The Coppelia Ballet

Balboa Park’s San Diego Civic Youth Ballet presents a comedic performance of love and jealousy. Enter the world of Dr. Coppelius and his all-too-real creations. Delve into the life of a young village girl named Swanhilda and follow her on a romantic journey with her suitor, Franz. Catch this must-see performance on Saturday, April 9th at 2pm and 7pm.

Taste of Hillcrest

It’s a culinary adventure in the neighborhood of Hillcrest near downtown San Diego. This event features 35 different restaurants, all prepared to serve the best international dishes you’ve ever tasted. Experience the explosive flavors of Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India, Rakitori Japanese Pub, and much more. Taste of Hillcrest begins at noon on April 16th. Save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance.

MotorCars on MainStreet

Rev your engines! It’s time for the annual Downtown Coronado car show! Featuring over 400 beautifully restored classic cars, the MotorCars on MainStreet has the best hot rods and custom vehicles you could ever ask for. This free event also includes a live musical performance and prize drawings. This blast from the past begins Sunday, April 24th at 10am.

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Visit Little Italy in San Diego and experience life in color on April 31st between 11am and 6pm. Mission Federal ArtWalk is celebrating 32 years of beauty and local talent. View amazing art galleries, catch live performances and shop around for unique items that you won’t find anywhere else.

While planning your April trip to San Diego, remember to book your stay at a comfortable hotel near the city. The Pacific Inn & Suites is a conveniently located hotel near downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. In addition to being near some of San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods, we also offer comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Learn more about popular events or book your stay by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

Downtown San Diego Is Hopping with Fun This Easter


When you visit San Diego this March, you and the family can enjoy some of the city’s most popular Easter events. Make sure you book your stay at one of the comfortable hotels in Little Italy so you can enjoy these fabulous downtown festivities.

The Easter Bunny at Seaport Village

Head over to Seaport Village for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny to choose from several photo packages for the family. Children will love dressing up in their best Easter attire and getting a professional photo from March 19th to March 26th between the times of 11am to 4pm.

Easter Buffet Brunch

Enjoy a decadent Easter brunch at Extraordinary Desserts with a large buffet that will include a variety of pastries, signature desserts, smoked meats, and gourmet cheeses. Guests will even be able to indulge in a Princess Kaiulani cake, which comes with caramelized coconut cream vanilla bean mousse and white chocolate shortbread chunks. Coffee and tea will also be served during the meal.

Hornblower Easter Brunch Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing brunch cruise, which will allow you to take in beautiful views of the San Diego Bay while dining over an elaborate buffet. Live music and entertainment will be available with free flowing champagne and a chance to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $62 per person.

Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater

Both children and adults can enjoy seeing a live theater performance from March 23rd to March 27th in Balboa park. Watch a family-friendly story about Benito Bunny and his search for the missing Easter eggs that were stolen by Freddy Fox. Hand puppets and props will be used to tell this fun and festive story. Tickets are $5, but children under the age of 2 are free.

Kroc Church Presents Easter Eggstravaganza

Over 17,000 eggs will be hidden during this elaborate Easter egg hunt that will feature an appearance by the Easter bunny, a bounce house, music, and numerous games. Breakfast will also be served until 9am to fuel your kids as they search for hidden eggs. Admission is free for guests to attend.

When you plan to spend Easter in San Diego this March, make sure you make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites. Our comfortable hotel is located near some of San Diego’s most popular attractions including Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and Little Italy. After a fun and festive day celebrating Easter with the family, head back to your home away from home and enjoy some convenient amenities such as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

Pop into the Pop-Up Beer Garden Downtown


One of the most anticipated attractions coming to downtown San Diego area is the pop-up beer garden at the Andaz San Diego hotel, which is located at 600 F St. in the Gaslamp Quarter near the cheap Petco Park hotels. The mini beer garden will welcome hotel guests, tourists, and locals in the city to try a variety of craft beer flavors in a laid-back setting at RoofTop600. Guests can order different types of bottled beer and German classics while indulging in a setting that adds to the popular beer culture that’s gained momentum in our beautiful city.

Patrons will also be encouraged to try a variety of German-inspired appetizers, which includes pretzels, schnitzel, and currywurst a few other flavorful menu items with an American twist. The pop-up beer garden stands out from other establishments by offering German-inspired beers from local breweries from around the San Diego area including unique flavors that hail from Lightning Brewery, Ballast Point, and Mike Hess Brewing.

A number of outdoor games will also be available for patrons to partake in while visiting the rooftop location each day to mingle with other guests. Giant Jenga, Cards Against Humanity, Connect Four, Ping-Pong, and other lawn games are all offered at this exclusive location. Guests can also take a dip in the rooftop pool or lounge in one of the private cabanas that can be reserved for groups.

The panoramic views of the city are another benefit of this trendy location, including picturesque sights of the Coronado Bridge, the ocean, and the San Diego skyline. Guests can enjoy soaking up some sun while sipping craft beers and lay out on one of the many lounge chairs set up along the rooftop.

Tourists who want to enjoy the benefits of this upcoming pop-up beer garden can visit the location for a limited time throughout the month of April. The establishment is open daily at 12pm until the evening.

To make a day of it, be sure to enjoy other downtown breweries and beer gardens near the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our affordable hotel offers spacious rooms, great rates, and flexible dates for San Diego tourists. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after an exciting day sampling popular beers in our fine city. To book your stay today, click here or call 1-800-571-2933 and speak to a friendly Reservation Manager.

Festive March Events in Downtown San Diego


Many people visit San Diego for the rich culture and variety of attractions available throughout the year. If you happen to be visiting the city this March, there are a number of events you can attend. When you stay at the Pacific Inn, an affordable Hotel near Little Italy, you can enjoy the following events in the city.

Spring Busker Festival

March 5th – 6th 

Spring Busker Festival is hosted in Seaport Village will feature numerous street performers who will show off their bizarre talents and entertain the large crowds. From knife swallowing to pogo stick tricks, they will perform a number of different tricks that will astound the audience. The event is free to attend.

California Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet

March 12th – 13th 

The San Diego Balboa Theater will showcase a ballet rendition of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, which will feature a new work by guest choreographer Jared Nelson. Tickets start at $40. Children must be at least six years of age to attend the performance.

ShamROCK Gaslamp Block Party

March 17th

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this event by dressing in green and dancing the night away to musical performances by the Bad Haggis, The Down’s Family, The Fooks, and The Fenians. Over 20,000 guests will be in attendance to drink green beer, dance alongside go-go dancers, and order drinks from a 150-foot Irish pub. General admission is $30 for guests.

Easter Celebration at the Westgate

March 25th – 27th

The Westgate Hotel will be celebrating Easter by hosting a Parisian-themed party where guests can enjoy afternoon tea, a champagne brunch, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny himself. Mini pastries will be available for children who can also participate in an Easter egg hunt hosted on the Riviera Terrace. Tickets are $45 for adults and $30 for children under the age of 12.

Make the most of your visit to San Diego this March by booking your stay at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our affordable hotel gives guests the chance to take advantage of nearby events and attractions in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. Making your reservation is quick and easy when you book online or over the phone. Call today at 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation with a friendly Reservation Manager.

The Return of Mardi Gras to the Gaslamp Quarter


When you stay at the Pacific Inn San Diego this February, be sure to take advantage of one of the most anticipated events in the city. Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter is one of the most popular events in San Diego and returns to the city for the party of the year. The annual event will be held on February 6th from 5pm until midnight, which means guests will enjoy the ultimate block party featuring the Big Easy Parade, and talented performers all night long.

Voted one of the top ten Mardi Gras events to attend in the world by USA Today, this event allows both locals and visitors to dress up in dramatic costumes and masks while enjoying the New Orleans feel of the Gaslamp Quarter. Guests will enjoy the energetic nightlife scene including popular bars, VIP venues, and delicious food in the area.

The Silent Disco stage will be set up at 6th and G Street where two DJs will battle over two separate frequencies to capture the crowd’s attention. The Brazilian Arts Stage on 4th and F Street will include exhilarating Brazilian performances by San Diego artists who will paint amazing art pieces as the music plays. Visit the EDM Stage to enjoy intoxicating electronic music including BASS and beats on the stage. For those with more mainstream tastes, Live Music Stage by Tin Roof will feature a number of big country and blues bands that will get the night started on 4th and G Street.

The parade will be one of the highlights of the event and will take place at 9pm. With extravagant floats and over 100 volunteers tossing beads to enthusiastic partygoers, it’s not hard to see why this event is so popular.

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp is for patrons who are at least 21 years of age. You can choose from several experience packages including general admission for $35 to $60 and the VIP tickets, which cost $75 to $100 per person. To stay close to the action this year, make your reservation at the Pacific Inn. After experiencing the excitement of Mardi Gras, you can make yourself at home in one of our comfortable and affordable rooms with convenient amenities like cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability and make reservations.

Will Comic-Con Remain in San Diego?


For over 40 years, millions of comic book and pop culture fans have streamed into San Diego for Comic-Con, a massive convention that has been an economic boon to the local community since its inception. In 2014 alone, Comic-Con generated almost $200 million in revenue for San Diego’s economy. That good fortune could be at risk, however, due to the city’s failure to follow through on plans to expand the popular San Diego Convention Center. If you plan on visiting San Diego this year and stay at a San Diego Convention Center hotel like the Pacific Inn, this may be one of the few summers left to enjoy Comic-Con at its original venue.

Other cities were quick in their efforts to capitalize on the stalled expansion of the convention center. Many have made Comic-Con International lucrative offers in an attempt to secure a hosting agreement for the convention. While Comic-Con organizers have stated that they wish to keep the convention in Southern California, they have not ruled out contenders from Anaheim and Los Angeles if San Diego is unable to provide additional space for convention vendors and guests.

In order to retain Comic-Con and stop the move to Los Angeles, a city that is already known forattractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios, San Diego needs to find a way to provide more exhibition space for vendors. The loss of Comic-Con would certainly hurt the city from an economic standpoint, but the event also has sentimental value for residents. Even the community leaders appreciate the popular event. In the past, San Diego’s mayor and city manager have zip-lined into opening ceremonies and even rechristened San Diego in honor of famous comic book locales like Gotham City. These are the kinds of gestures that resonate with comic book fans and why it would be a devastating loss for the city if the organizers relocate the convention.

Still, it is an economic issue at heart and one that San Diego should not take lightly. A Comic-Con exodus could cost San Diego’s local merchants more than $1 billion dollars in revenue over the next ten years. Fortunately for tourists, the organizers of Comic-Con International have promised the city that the convention will take place in San Diego through 2018. Be sure to take advantage of this deadline and book a room at the Pacific Inn & Suites this summer. Our convenient location allows guests to take a quick trolley ride to the Convention Center without the hassle of finding a parking spot. The Pacific Inn also provides guests with comfortable and affordable rooms so they can relax after a long day at Comic-Con. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

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