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The Return of Mardi Gras to the Gaslamp Quarter

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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?

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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.

Thrilling Downtown San Diego Parties on New Year’s Eve

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Downtown San Diego will be buzzing with activity on New Year’s Eve, and if you find yourself staying at one of the Little Italy hotels, you won’t be far from all the action. Finding extravagant celebrations that welcome the New Year won’t be difficult when you hit up any of the following New Year’s Eve parties.

Big Night San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Gala

Visit the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a chance to see a number of massive balloons drop after the countdown to the New Year in twelve different party areas, which will each have their own theme. Guests can also enjoy ordering drinks at the open bar and getting party favors to celebrate the end of 2015 and launch the New Year. Tickets start at $94.99.

New Year’s Eve at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Party like a rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel for a night that will include multiple venues and some of the best DJs in the city, each of which will play top 40s music. You’ll also be able to order drinks and rub shoulders with other locals for an exciting night downtown. Ticket prices start at $70 per person.

Casino Royale New Year’s Celebration

Those who want to celebrate the New Year like James Bond can attend this party for a party that will offer more than just dancing. Guests can have fun playing baccarat games, craps, and roulette as they gamble while wearing secret agent attire. There will also be wine pairings served with a five-course gala dinner. The night will end with a ball drop and a champagne toast. Tickets are $295 for guests.

Black & Gold: New Year’s Eve | Maritime Museum of San Diego

Enjoy partying in a luxurious environment on two different stages with DJ Mancat and Goose + Mavrk. You’ll be able to party on the Berkeley ship in a classy lounge with an available open bar with classy cocktails, or you could enjoy tasty sweets at the candy bar. Guests can also enjoy participating in drawings and taking a few pictures in the photo booth with their friends. Tickets cost $60 per person.

Don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement this New Year’s Eve. Book a room at the affordable Pacific Inn and stay near all of the downtown parties in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, or Seaport Village to welcome 2016. In addition to the convenient location, our downtown hotel offers specious rooms and useful amenities to enhance your comfort. Click here or call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability and make your reservation.

Exciting Events to Take Place in San Diego This January

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With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget what’s right around the corner in January. If you happen to be visiting San Diego for the start of the New Year and plan on staying at one of the Gaslamp Quarter hotels, you won’t be far from some exciting events taking place throughout the city. Check out these fascinating events near downtown San Diego and Mission Valley.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at Copley Symphony Hall

January 1st

This annual performance will feature Viennese music that will be paired with Strauss waltzes and beautiful melodies, all performed by talented European singers. Guests can enjoy watching the professional dancers perform in elegant costumes and bask in the romantic atmosphere of the venue. The event starts at 2:30pm and tickets cost anywhere between $25 and $85.

SD International Auto Show at the Convention Center

January 1st – 4th

Car enthusiasts can visit this event downtown to observe cutting edge designs of over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers, which will include Ferrari, Bugatti, and Lotus. The event will be open to the public from 10am until 7pm. Tickets cost $8 to $12 per person.

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out at the Children’s Museum

January 2nd

This event is perfect for children who want to jump around in their cozy pajamas while listening to music and count down to the big balloon drop. Adults can also enjoy the event by obtaining a drink ticket and participating in a silent auction. Pajama Jam will be hosted from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. General admission is $35 per person.

Desserts & Beer Tasting at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park

January 14th

San Diego will kick off the start of the New Year with dessert and beer tasting events in Balboa Park’s Museum of Man where local foodies can indulge in refreshing beverages from the best craft breweries. Decadent treats from Extraordinary Desserts will also be served to satisfy your sweet tooth. The event will be hosted from 6pm to 8pm and tickets cost from $20 to $30 per person.

2016 San Diego Beer Fest at Liberty Station

January 16th

This annual beer fest will be held at Liberty Station with dozens of food trucks, live music, and local and international beers available for all to enjoy. Come on down, eat some good food, taste some well-crafted beer, and support a noble cause in the process. General admission is $40 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Noah’s B-ark Pet Rescue.

Looking forward to your trip in January yet? Be sure to book your stay at a conveniently located hotel like the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. Our hotel boasts affordable accommodations and convenient amenities like free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, AC and heating, cable TV, and fresh coffee served daily. Additionally, guests enjoy the convenience of being a short distance from popular sites, events, and attractions in our fair city. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 or go online to make reservations.

The Cost of the Chargers’ Relocation to Los Angeles

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If you’re staying in one of the cheap San Diego hotels in downtown, this could be your last chance to see the Chargers as a local team. After 14 years of requesting a new stadium in San Diego, the Chargers have decided to attempt to relocate to Los Angeles, which Chargers spokesman and representative Mark Fabiani blames on local politicians in San Diego. Fabiani is the point man that handles stadium issues for team chairman Dean Spanos. The step comes at the disapproval of Chargers fans with many disagreeing with the team’s relocation to another city, which is expected to cost $500 to $600 million.

Since 1961, the Chargers have played in San Diego and are currently one of three teams who are attempting to move to Los Angeles. NFL owners are waiting to vote on the decision, which can be made as early as next year. Public hearings are currently being held to dispute the move, although many fans don’t feel as if their voice will be heard.

Some argue that Fabiani is the one to blame because politicians have changed over the years, and so has the management of the team. However, Fabiani has been employed by the Chargers for the last 14 years and maintains his belief that the team has little hope of building a new San Diego stadium.

The St. Louis Rams are the second team who has a chance of relocating to Los Angeles, but the city will only approve the two teams’ move if they’re able to provide the space. Both the Chargers and the Rams are expected to apply for the move in January of 2016. The Chargers hope to build a joint stadium with the Oakland Raiders who also hope to relocate. Currently, 25 percent of the Chargers’ revenue is from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

After 55 years of housing the Chargers, fans in San Diego are beginning to lose hope due to the length of time that the issue has remained a problem for the team. This could be your last chance to see your beloved Chargers in action this December, so be sure to take advantage and buy your ticket to a game during your next San Diego vacation. Before coming to town, be sure to reserve a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn downtown. We aren’t far from the trolley station which will take you directly to nearby Qualcomm Stadium to see the Chargers in action. Go online or call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability.

Holiday Events in San Diego

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San Diego may not get a lot of snow or cold weather, but locals sure know how to get into the holiday spirit! Visitors far and wide can have the best of both worlds by enjoying the winter festivities with some pretty mild temperatures. If you’re going to visit San Diego this December, you don’t want to miss out on the following yuletide events. The staff at the Pacific Inn San Diego is getting in the spirit of the season a little early this year, and they recommend tourists join in the fun with these holly jolly celebrations!

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House – December 5th

This event is free to enjoy and includes a snow mountain, carolers, and ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado. Head over to the Coronado Ferry Landing and witness an appearance by Santa himself. Families can watch the Coronado Christmas parade before the Christmas tree is lit at Rotary Plaza. Live music will also be available from the Community Band.

December Nights – December 5th and 6th

As one of the most popular events that attracts thousands of locals each year, December Nights is a truly magical experience in Balboa Park. Entry is free and guests are welcome to enjoy various meals from around the world while browsing different booths for Christmas crafts and fare. Several musical and dance performances will be showcased from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and the San Diego Junior Theatre.

Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village – December 5th – 16th

For a true Italian Christmas in the heart of San Diego, guests can explore Little Italy for a tree lighting ceremony that provides plenty of photo opportunities for tourists. The event will be held on W. Fir between India and Kettner, and Santa will arrive at 4:30pm. Guests can enjoy munching on Italian cookies, coffee, and cider that will be handed out on the streets for a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Christmas is a special time of year for family and friends, and the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn hopes you will include us in your holiday celebrations. Our affordable accommodations put you in the center of the action in San Diego, which means you’ll always be near the fun and excitement the city has to offer. Book your stay in any of our comfortable rooms and enjoy the complimentary climate control and fresh coffee during those brisk November and December nights. Go online or call a festive Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 today.

Will the Chargers Remain in San Diego?

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Expedited efforts to appease the NFL and keep the Chargers in San Diego could be too little, too late. The San Diego Pacific Inn staff has information regarding whether or not the Chargers are still expected to leave their San Diego home unless they are forced to stay. California Governor Jerry Brown has certified the Mission Valley stadium proposal for an urgent environmental review in an attempt to provide the team with more desirable headquarters. Moreover, attorney Cory Briggs has designed and launched a citizens’ initiative that will increase the hotel tax and help fund the development of this stadium.

What the Governor Can Do

Because these latest attempts have not given the NFL sufficient reason to pause its plan to relocate the team, many San Diego locals are wondering what more, if anything, the governor can do to bring the relocation effort to a halt. The governor’s current push to expedite the environmental review of the stadium proposal will limit this process to only nine months. Locals believe, however, that Gov. Jerry Brown should do more to show how the state can and will support the development of a new and improved stadium.

Time Is Running Out

The NFL will officially decide whether or not it intends to move the team by 2016. For the time being, team chairman Dean Spanos is publicly reporting that he would like to stay in San Diego. Unfortunately, the Chargers themselves are currently for the move. There are, however, a number of outside factors that could weigh heavily in favor of the Chargers staying right where they are. With Los Angeles being the intended home for the team’s new location, the Chargers are facing heavy competition for this area from the St. Louis Rams. If the Rams leave St. Louis and claim this coveted territory, the Chargers may be forced to give San Diego more time to find a way to finance the new stadium proposal.

While the Chargers are weighing their options, tourists visiting San Diego still have time to catch one of their thrilling games at Qualcomm Stadium. Reserve a room at the nearby Pacific Inn and catch the downtown trolley for quick and easy access to your football fix. In addition to our prime location, our hotel offers exclusive amenities like free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, and cable TV. Go online or call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933.

Seasonal Events in San Diego

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Don’t let the year-round sunshine fool you. San Diego hosts plenty of fun fall activities every year. Make sure you don’t miss out on the seasonal festivities during your trip to SD this autumn, because they’re only around for a limited time. Check out these family-friendly events recommended by the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. You won’t be disappointed!

The Bulls of St. Agata Charge Little Italy – October 24th, 6:30-10pm

No red cape is necessary as you make your way to a “stampede” of more than 40 of the finest Italian cars produced under the iconic Lamborghini name. In addition to taking photos of these classic vehicles, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and sample the very best tastes of San Diego’s Little Italy. Top restaurants in the area include Buon Appetito and Bencotto Italian Kitchen, both within easy walking distance from the event. The Bulls of St. Agata Charge is totally free!

Trick-or-Treat on India Street – October 30th, 5:30-7:30pm

Several Little Italy businesses are expected to participate this year at the annual trick-or-treat event held in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy district. If you happen to be in town for Halloween, this is a safe place where you can bring your kids to get an assortment of treats and sweets. Trick-or-treat maps can be picked up at Piazza Basilone, located on the corner of India Street and West Fir Street at 5:30pm until 7:30pm on the day of the event.

Our Lady of the Rosary Annual Spaghetti Dinner – November 7th, 12-9pm

Enjoy spaghetti and an assortment of related dishes at this annual San Diego event. In addition to a hearty dinner, the event will also include a delicious selection of Italian baked goods. For the adults, there will be some equally tasty wine served with dinner. Adults pay $15 per person while children’s tickets only cost $6.

69th Annual Mother Goose Parade – November 21st, 10am-3pm

Kick-off the holiday season with one of the most popular seasonal parades on the West Coast. You’ll be treated to a parade that will include marching bands, a few celebs, giant balloons, horses, and the man from the North Pole. Many local El Cajon restaurants and shops along the parade route will also be open throughout the day if you’re looking for a bite to eat, or planning to do some holiday shopping.

Haunted Aquarium: Shipwrecked! – October 23-24, 6-9pm

Enjoy ghostly tales of shipwrecks against the backdrop of the underwater creatures on display here. The event will also include live music and an assortment of activities, like the workshop where kids learn how to make their own seaweed slime. Many nearby community organizations participate in the event by offering additional games, activities, giveaways, and costume prizes. Grab a bite to eat or pick up some Halloween treats at Splash! Cafe. While children two and under can enter the aquarium for free, adults can pay anywhere from $12 to $17.

Fall fun and festivities don’t have to end with the above events! Ask an informative staff member at the San Diego Pacific Inn for information regarding additional seasonal events in the area. When you reserve your room at the Pacific Inn, you put yourself in the middle of San Diego’s best restaurants, boutiques, and attractions. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to ask about our newly remodeled rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV.

What’s Happening Around San Diego This Memorial Day?

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There are always a lot of great, entertaining things to do in San Diego and holidays bring out some of the city’s best events. Here are a few fun ways to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend while in San Diego.

San Diego Surf Film Festival
May 22nd & 23rd

This popular film festival held at the Sherwood Auditorium will feature more than 20 films with many of the filmmakers attending the festival themselves. There will also be workshops, live music, a surf art gallery, live art, and after parties.

Santee Street Fair & Craft Beer Festival
May 23rd

Free and open to all ages, this festival attracts thousands of people. The event will have carnival rides, live music, and 300 food and vendor booths.

Memorial Day BBQ Brunch Cruise
May 25th

For those that love being on the water, Hornblower Cruises will be hosting this 2-hour scenic tour of the San Diego Bay. The cruise includes free-flowing champagne, a full brunch buffet, dessert buffet, a live DJ, and boarding is just around the corner from several Little Italy San Diego hotels.

3rd Annual EOD Warrior 5k
May 25th

This annual 5k is a healthy and fun way to raise funds for the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Warrior Foundation. The race will be held at NTC Park at Liberty Station and will include a silent auction.

San Diego Memorial Day Jazz Festival
May 22-24th

A great event for music lovers, this three-day jazz festival will feature some of the biggest artist in the industry including R. Kelly, Toni Braxton, Elan Trotman, and more.

Legacy Week at USS Midway
May 22-25th

The USS Midway will be hosting its annual Legacy Week celebration for Memorial Day weekend that includes special family activities. The USS midway is the longest serving Navy aircraft and there are 60 exhibits throughout the aircraft carrier.

Hotels for Memorial Day Weekend in San Diego book up fast!! If you’re looking for a hotel room in downtown San Diego, look no further than the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. You’ll be able to walk to plenty of MDW events, and we offer great discounts (even during special holidays) so you’ll have more money in your pocket for the fun stuff. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to hear more about our great rates!

Bring the Green to These St. Patty’s Day Festivities in San Diego

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San Diego St. Patrick's Events

Heading to San Diego for St. Patrick’s Day? You’re in luck! Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or prefer to rage into the wee hours of the morning, the city offers something for everyone.

Bud Light ShamRock 2015
When: Saturday, March 14; 4pm to Midnight
Where: SD Gaslamp Quarter
Cost: General admission is $40 ($45 day of) and VIP tickets start at $75.

The streets within the Gaslamp Quarter, encompassing roughly 16 blocks, will literally be green thanks to AstroTurf. The highlight of this year’s event is the re-creation of a 150-foot Irish pub right in the street. The celebration will also include live bands and non-stop fun. Reserve a cheap hotel in the Gaslamp and you’ll put yourself right in the middle of the festivities.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival
When: Saturday, March 14: Festival starts at 9am, parade at 10:30am
Where: 5th and Laurel (parade); 5th and Maple (festival)
Cost: Free

The whole family can enjoy the city’s annual St. Patty’s Day parade and festival, just up the road from several San Diego Little Italy hotels. The parade features bands and entries from local businesses and organizations, and the festival includes live music on 3 stages, food, crafts and Irish dancing. There’s also a kids zone that will include rides, a beer garden for the adults, and a raffle open to everyone in attendance.

St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon
When: Sunday, March 15; 8am
Where: Main Street in Downtown El Cajon
Cost: Varies

Kick off your St. Patty’s celebration a few days early by getting a little exercise and helping out some local charities at the same time. In addition to the 5K and half marathon, the event includes a health and fitness expo that starts at 7:30am. Participants can wrap up the marathon by enjoying the finish line festival after completing the race, which is also a great place to hang out if you’re a spectator. A related event, the EC Craft Beer Invitational is open to adults 21 and older.

Hooleyfest
When: Tuesday, March 17
Where: Hooleys Irish Pub in La Mesa, CA and El Cajon, CA
Cost: $20 in advance and $25 at the door

The annual event will once again feature live music and lots of Irish ale. If you wish to partake in the festivities at both locations, Hooleys will run a free shuttle service between their La Mesa location and the one in the Rancho SD.

Paddy Bash
When: Friday, March 13
Where: El Cajon VFW Hall
Cost: Free

Considered the largest indoor St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the San Diego area, Paddy Bash features live entertainment and affordable drinks including, $3 domestic beers, $4 Guinness, and $3.75 for cocktails.

If you haven’t booked a hotel room yet for St. Patty’s Day, don’t worry—the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites has you covered.  We are near the Gaslamp, Little Italy, and the airport, and offer flexible dates, free booking, and the best rates around! Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability.

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