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San Diego’s Top Holiday Craft Fairs

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When it comes to holiday craft shows, San Diego has the best of the best. Not only will you find that perfect gift for everyone on your list, but you’ll have fun too. If you’re visiting from out of town and plan on doing a little holiday shopping, don’t forget to book your downtown San Diego hotel room and pack an extra bag in your luggage so that you’re able to easily bring your new goodies home with you!
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The kid zone is filled with activities, and you’ll find over 20 vendors selling everything from crafts to antiques. The atmosphere is filled with the talents of DJs Ikah and Claire Love. It’s held at The Glashaus Art Studios on Barrio Logan’s Main Street, November 17th from 11 am to 3 pm, and proceeds go to the Museum School.

Annual SoNo Fest & Chili Cook-Off

Join the crowds on December 7, from 11AM to 5 PM at the corner of 32nd and Thorne in North Park for an entire afternoon devoted to food, craft beer, music and shopping. Attendees will be delighted by the delicious chili samples and competition, a beer and wine garden, the SoNo Kids Fun Fest, live music, and most importantly, dozens of vendors selling their unique handcrafted clothing, accessories and art.

South Park Holiday Walkabout

This festival, which takes place 4 times a year, is gearing up for their special holiday gathering on December 6, from 6 to 10 PM. During these walkabouts you’re able to experience the area’s local cafes, boutiques, bars and galleries as you stroll down 30th and Fern Streets. Those who choose to attend will have access to random drawing, prizes and discounts.

These fun, festive and family-friendly fairs shouldn’t be missed during your holiday vacation in San Diego, especially if you’re staying at a nearby San Diego hotel near Little Italy. Still looking for affordable accommodations? Check out the San Diego Pacific Inn. We’re currently offering up to 12% off on our already competitive room rates just for booking in advance. Call (619) 232-6391 today to see how much we could help you save.

 

Top Downtown San Diego Events in Nov. 2014

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San Diego November Events

San Diego is a really dynamic, exciting city to visit. Special events, with food, drink, entertainment, culture, and fun are happening every single day somewhere in the city. November is going to be full of a variety of special events that locals and visitors can partake in. Here are some of the worthwhile events according to the staff at the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn:

Nov. 5 – Dec. 7 | Del Mar Racing: New Extended Season

Nov. 7 – 16 | San Diego Beer Week- A whole lot of beer, food, and events!

Nov. 17 – 23 | San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival- The area’s largest wine and culinary event

Nov. 19 – Dec. 23 | Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”- At the Old Globe theatre

Nov. 23 | Thanksgiving Jazz Festival- World-class bands perform at the Town & Country Hotel

If you are visiting San Diego for the first time, check online for San Diego events and activities that are happening on a daily basis. You can get a really quick and comprehensive look at just about everything that’s happening all around the city in mere minutes if you do a little research this way.

If you’re staying at a top-rated budget inn such as the Pacific Inn hotel in Little Italy San Diego, front desk staff would also be more than happy to help you map out your vacation itinerary. Staying in the heart of Downtown San Diego and Little Italy offers guests a seemingly endless amount of daytime fun and nightlife options just outside of the hotel’s front doors.

For information on Pacific Inn’s availability and exclusive discounts, call (619) 232-6391.

 

Guide to San Diego Beer Week & Top SDBW Events

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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!

 

Eat, Drink, And Be Merry At The Annual Reader’s Feast!

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San Diego Foodie Event

The Reader, San Diego’s popular entertainment and food publication, is hosting their third annual “Reader’s Feast” tasting extravaganza on Friday, September 5 at the Broadway Pier Port Pavilion conveniently located near affordable Downtown San Diego hotels. The sponsor this year is The Inslider, the purveyor of yummy sliders found in their specially marked food trucks all around the San Diego area. To ensure you have the best time possible at this year’s foodie event, check out our list of tips.

Buy Your Tickets Before You Arrive
The festival begins at 6 PM and the food and drink party doesn’t stop until 9 PM. Your special online purchase price of $30 gets you samples from this year’s participating vendors. The $40 VIP ticket grants you early access to the event as well as two full-pour drinks and gift bag. If you wait to buy your ticket at the gate on the day of the event, both tickets double in price to $60 and $80.

It’s A Gourmet Tasting Extravaganza
The festival is a food lover’s delight. More than forty restaurants, breweries, food trucks, and wineries fill up the pavilion for this once-a-year event. You’ll be able to treat your gastronomical cravings while enjoying a scenic sunset over San Diego Bay.

The Best Of San Diego’s Eateries and Local Wineries and Breweries
Fill up on fresh sushi from Ra Sushi and pizza baked hot from a wood burning stove. Whether it’s fresh guacamole from Rubio’s or contemporary American eats from House of Blues, wash it all down with the hundreds of beers on tap, wine from Falkner Wineries or one of the craft ales and spirits from Twisted Manzanita.

Drink Responsibly
You can drink and party responsibly by ordering car service from Uber. When you schedule your ride, key in the promotional code READERFEAST, and you get a free round trip ticket. An even more affordable option is reserving a Downtown San Diego hotel near the bay within walking distance of the venue.

Proceeds Support Local Non-Profit
A portion of ticket sales will go to Fresh Start Surgical Gifts, a charity organization that pays for disadvantaged children and teens with physical defects to undergo reconstructive surgery.

Help a good cause while also helping yourself to some of San Diego’s most delicious creations all in one place. Enjoy this 21+ event without the added stress of transportation or parking by booking a nearby hotel room at the San Diego Pacific Inn and Suites. Our affordable downtown hotel is located a leisurely 0.7 miles from the Port Pavilion Pier. Call (619) 232-6391 to ask about our discounts or to book your room over the phone today.

San Diego’s Annual Craft Beer Festivals

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San Diego has arguably become the craft beer mecca of the world. With new world-class breweries popping up every year, San Diego has quickly attracted the curiosity of international beer snobs. America’s Finest City’s thriving beer scene celebrates its newfound beer fame by hosting a series of annual celebrations dedicated entirely to craft beer brewing and sampling. From annual festivals to San Diego Beer Week, beer lovers always have something to look forward when they head to this city.

San Diego Festival of Beer
On September 9, the downtown Broadway Pier will play host to the San Diego Festival of Beer. There will be live music and at least 60 different breweries. Admission tickets are $20-$30 and they include 10 beer tastes.

Rock Star Beer Festival
On October 11, the Rock Star Beer Festival visits San Diego, setting up shop at San Diego Waterfront Park. For $35-$50 guests can enjoy craft beer, music and access to the rockin’ after party.

San Diego Brewers Guild Festival
The Guild Festival is on November 7-8, and kicks off San Diego Beer Week. Watch musical performances and enjoy brewery showcases on the Broadway Pier. Ticket prices are $50-$100 and well worth the money.

San Diego Beer Week
San Diego Beer Week lasts 10 days, running from November 7 through the 16, during which the whole county turns into a beer connoisseur’s playground. There will be a seemingly endless amount of brewing events, tasting sessions, educational events, and beer specials around the city. The final celebration takes place at the Beer Garden where local breweries and chefs celebrate craft beer in style. This year’s annual event is already starting to create a buzz around town. If you’re planning an SDBW trip into town, we highly recommend booking your San Diego Beer Week hotel near downtown San Diego as soon as possible.

San Diego International Beer Festival
San Diego’s International Beer Festival is coming back on June 19-21, 2015. The event, located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, includes San Diego Fair tickets along with beer tastings and a souvenir glass. Admission costs between $50 and $100.

If you enjoy a cold craft beer handmade by some of the world’s best brewers, San Diego is the place to be. Book a room at the Pacific Inn, an affordable downtown San Diego hotel, and start planning your Southern California beer vacation today! Call 1-800-571-2933 for more information on available hotel discounts and vacation specials.

 

Upcoming Events at the MCRD

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The San Diego Marine Corp Recruit Depot is about more than just recruiting and training new soldiers. The MCRD hosts a ton of helpful events for military personnel, visitors to San Diego and local civilians. Whether you’re newly stationed in San Diego or just visiting the city, the events listed below could help you and your family familiarize yourself with the surrounding area.

Back to School Brigade

On August 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Back to School Brigade will be held in the MCRD field house. This event aims to help children in kindergarten through 12th grade ease back into a school schedule.  Parents will be able to visit the booths for school related information and each child will receive a backpack and school supplies. On August 21st at Building 6E, children ages 5 to 12 can participate in an interactive discussion about back-to-school readiness. From 9 a.m.to 1 p.m. children will discuss goals, healthy eating and how to be a good classmate. This is a great event for military families, especially those new to San Diego, to help children acclimate to a new school year.

New Gourmet Food Trucks

This past summer gourmet food trucks began making a regular appearance at MCRD, offering new foods for our San Diego soldiers. Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 1030 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., MCRD personnel are treated to different food trucks as part of Curb Bites. Curb Bites brings the area’s top food trucks, such as Super Q and Crepes Bonaparte, to make an appearance at the MCX Mall.

4 Lenses Workshop

On September 18, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Marine Family Teams Building room in 6E, the 4 Lenses Workshop will take place. This workshop is only open to Federal Government employees and anyone who is or was in the military. This workshop is based on the idea presented in the Myers- Briggs and Kiersey Temperament Indicator test, which claims that each person is a piece of the puzzle of humanity. People attending this workshop will learn about why people think and act the way they do and how they fit into life. For more information or to sign-up online, visit 4lensesmcrdsd.eventbrite.com.

Boot-camp Challenge

On September 27, the MCRD Boot-camp Challenge will kick into high gear. This 3-mile course promises a military style challenge for participants as they crawl through mud, hop over bales of hay, scramble up 6-foot walls and somehow eventually make it past the 40 total obstacles to the finish line. Real Marine Corps drill instructors will be standing watch at each obstacle to make sure you properly complete the task, so slackers need not apply. Everyone who completes the course will be rewarded with a post-race party complete with beer, music food and an awards ceremony for the top 3 finishers.

 

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego to congratulate your soldier on graduating boot camp or you’re looking for housing near base, don’t forget to reserve a room at one of the affordable hotels near MCRD. The Pacific Inn and Suites is just 3 miles from the MCRD and 2 miles from the San Diego Airport, making it an extremely convenient and comfortable lodging option for traveling families.

For more information on availability, rates and in-room amenities at the San Diego Pacific Inn, call (619) 232-6391 today!

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.

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