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Holiday Events in San Diego


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?


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


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?


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


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.

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.

All About San Diego’s Cat Cafe


The First Cat Cafe in San Diego

You read the article title right: San Diego has a cat café. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, the establishment allows each adoptable cat to bond with customers in a relaxed and playful environment. Although San Diego is known as a pet-friendly community that often welcomes dogs at many of its establishments, the Cat Cafe is the first of its kind in San Diego. Here is everything you need to know about the new café, brought to you by the curious staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.

Coffee and Cats
San Diego has a long list of cafes for coffee enthusiasts who want to relax and enjoy some freshly brewed beans. However, The Cat Cafe is the first to have cats on-site for guests who want to do more than order coffee or read a good book. Cat Cafes are popular establishments in Taiwan, Japan, London, and Paris, and give adoptable cats a place to get some human love and affection rather than staying in cages at local shelters.

Benefits for Customers
The cats aren’t the only ones to win in the situation, research has shown people who regularly interact with cats experienced reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and endorphin release. If you find a feline you just can’t live without, you don’t have to. All of the cats (with the exception of two full-time cats) are available to adopt on the spot through a partnership with the San Diego Human Society.

The High-Quality Menu
The Cat Café offers a full menu of espresso drinks and locally roasted coffee. It has also partnered with a local bakery to offer delicious muffins and other baked goods.  Food and drink are purchased in a different space, separated by a wall from the cat room, although patrons are allowed to bring their drinks in the room at their own risk.

Kitty Quiet Room
There is an additional, private space for the cats to retreat when they need a break or just want to sleep. It’s also where they are able to do their business since no customer can enjoy coffee in a litter box.

The Cat Café is the first of its kind in the country, so even if you aren’t a cat lover or can’t take one home with you, it might still be worth checking out just to say you did. If you’re planning to visit San Diego soon, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice hotel. Our hotel near San Diego Airport is conveniently located near San Diego’s top attractions, we have several great promotions running, and our rates are downright unbeatable. To reserve your room today, call 1-800-571-2933 and speak with one of our friendly Reservation Managers.

San Diego’s Top Holiday Craft Fairs


Top San Diego Holiday Craft Fairs

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!
The Local Color

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


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


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!


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.

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