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San Diego Streets Worth Visiting

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Streets to Check Out in San Diego

San Diego is a large city and extremely spread out. Most people visiting have the big things on their itinerary, like the beach and the zoo, but tourists who have never been here before might have a hard time finding the lesser-known spots worth seeing. To experience the real side of San Diego, check out these streets.

Fir Street

To experience colorful cottages and eclectic boutiques, take a walk down Fir Street. The one-time homes have been turned into fun boutiques that sell everything from hand-poured candles to unique books. Fir Street attracts the free spirit within everyone thank to its easy and laid back ambiance.

Kettner Blvd

Located in the Little Italy District, and within walking distance of several Little Italy hotels, Kettner Blvd invites visitors to explore various boutiques, art galleries, and furniture designers found on the boulevard. Often, the galleries will entice guests with wide-ranging artwork, while offering complimentary wine and appetizers.

Quince Street Bridge

The Quince Street Bridge is part of the Seven Bridge Walk located near Balboa Park. Built in 1905, it is one of the last wooden trestle pedestrian bridges. Visitors will get a mild adrenaline rush when they realize they are walking over a wooden bridge 60ft above a deep canyon! An early walk over the bridge is a perfect start to the day.

Fifth Avenue

Along 5th Avenue you’ll find a host of San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotels, boutiques, and renowned restaurants like the century-old, authentic Irish Pub that was shipped directly from the Old World, delicious Japanese fare from the famous Nobu, and the Gaslamp Strip Club where patrons grill their own meat. You can also take a leisurely stroll and pick up a simple souvenir, a great piece of art, or grab a cocktail.

Coast Blvd

Coast Blvd offers visitors breathtaking views of the ocean from Coast Blvd Park. You can also explore La Jolla Cove and its crystal clear waters perfect for snorkeling or kayaking. Visitors can also head to the Cave Store and Sunny Jim’s cave, one of seven sea caves worth seeing at least once.

Ready to get your San Diego adventure started? Call the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites at 1-800-571-2933. We are a leading downtown San Diego hotel, and offer quick and easy booking, low rates, and 24/7 fresh coffee and tea. Our Reservations Managers are ready to take your call and tell you more about our ongoing promotions.

 

Your Survival Guide to Spring Break in San Diego

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What to Do for Spring Break in San Diego

One of the best locations to enjoy spring break in the country is, without a doubt, San Diego. This beautiful city boasts warm temperatures year-round, spectacular views, and tons of bars for the 21+ crowd. Make the most of your spring break with the following tips.

Book a Cheap Hotel

Save money during spring break by staying in one of the inexpensive hotels in Little Italy or near the airport. You won’t be spending a ton of time in your room and these locations are ideal for spring breakers splitting their time between the beach and downtown.

Visit the Beach at Night

Instead of fighting the crowds at the beach during the day, opt for enjoying the beach at night by making a bonfire and roasting some s’mores. Out-of-towners don’t always know the do’s and don’ts of fire pits and bonfires on local beaches. If you need help, there’s actually a local dude who will set it up, take it down, and dispose of the ashes for a small fee.

Enjoy Rooftop Views

One of the best-kept secrets in San Diego is the number of awesome rooftop views around town. If you’re looking for a place to stay near the Gaslamp Quarter, chances are you won’t be more than a few minutes from rooftop bars and pools. As the weather begins to warm (you know, from 60 to 70), keep a look out regular pool parties that happen every weekend from April-ish to September-ish.

Don’t Forget Sweaters  

San Diego has an average temperature of 70.5 degrees each day, making it comfortable during the day but a little cool at night. Your trip as a whole will be more enjoyable if you throw in a sweater or two along with your shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.

Start Your Day with Coffee

There are dozens of charming locations to grab a cup of coffee in the morning like Zumbar Coffee & Tea, Lion Coffee, or Cafe Bassam if you’re in the mood for an iced Vietnamese drink. Sample the local brews and find a favorite to revisit next time you’re in town.

Speaking of coffee, if you haven’t booked a hotel yet for spring break the Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego hotel downtown, offers free fresh coffee served 24/7. We also offer flexible dates, 24/7 customer service, and the best rates you’ll find around town. Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability!

Haunted San Diego

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Haunted Places in San Diego

As the second largest city in California, San Diego doesn’t want for beautiful and interesting tourist attractions. However, those looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-path often flock to San Diego’s many famously haunted locales. A tour of this city’s ghostly history will take you from classic haunted mansions to spooky goblin forests. Catch a thrill and learn firsthand about the history of San Diego at these haunted historical locations handpicked by the chill-seeking staff at the Pacific Inn, a comfortable and cheap Little Italy hotel.

Proctor Valley Road

This long and lonely dirt road takes you from Chula Vista to Jamul, and through some of the most haunted territory in California. For over a century this stretch of road has been home to many bleak stories of murder and madness, as well as rumors of a huge ape-like creature that leaves behind mysterious footprints. Occurrences on this road include everything from unexplained engine troubles to spectral hitchhikers.

William Heath Davis House

Just around the corner from several cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotels, you will find the William Heath Davis House. Constructed in 1850, this historic house is the oldest standing structure in downtown San Diego. Although the home was built by William Heath Davis as a family house, he never lived there and died in poverty. Today the house is a historic museum, and many visitors have reported seeing the ghost of a Victorian woman who supposedly haunts the building. A newspaper article in 1977 detailed the strange occurrence of lights flickering on and off during a time when the house still had no electricity and the lamps required a match to light.

San Pasqual Indian Cemetery

Located near the archaeological museum, this historical cemetery dates back to the earliest European invasions of the San Pasqual Valley. This highly traditional graveyard is rumored to be the resting place of the daughter of the last chieftain of the San Pasqual Indians, who lived to see the end of her people. The site is still cared for according to native tradition.

Questhaven Retreat and the Elfin Forest

This nature preserve and spiritual retreat has long been rumored to be the site of a mental hospital that burned down. Records confirm that the founder of the retreat did once house mental patients in a part of the retreat that burned down, and paranormal occurrences in the retreat and the adjacent Elfin Forest are frequently reported. The Elfin Forest is also the site of both modern and ancient ruins, and rich with psychic energy.

Mt. Woodson Castle

This bizarre house was designed and built by an eccentric and artistic woman named Irene Amy Strong, and completed in 1921 at the height of the Craftsman movement. The unique 27-room house has been associated with the occult ever since its completion, and has many ghostly rumors surrounding it, including being haunted by the creative spirit of Irene herself.

If you think you’re brave enough for a ghastly tour of San Diego, don’t hesitate to reserve your room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites (don’t worry, no ghost sightings here). Those spooky spots might scare you, but our low rates, easy booking, and flexible dates won’t! If you’re looking for an inexpensive room at a centrally located hotel near downtown San Diego, give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to book your room.

Exploring San Diego’s B-Side

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See the Other Side of San Diego

San Diego is a beautiful city containing dozens of beaches, great places to stay, like the hotels near SDCC, and many well-known tourist spots. However, the city also boasts a wealth of neat places and fun activities most tourists never know about. On your next family trip to San Diego, experience the flip side of the city.

Puppet Shows

The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater in Balboa Park offers inexpensive shows for all ages (even adults) in a cool historic building. Year-round performances feature San Diego’s official town dog and encourage crowd participation. Group rates are available for larger parties.

San Diego’s Birch Aquarium

Instead of visiting the popular and crowded SeaWorld, why not head to San Diego’s Birch Aquarium? There are beautiful coral displays, interactive exhibits, and a tide-pool display. The aquarium also provides various family programs, community events, and outdoor adventures.

Outdoor Hiking Trails

While it is entertaining and even educational to visit well-known city neighborhoods, getting some fresh air and observing the outdoor terrain up close is also a wonderful way to experience San Diego. You don’t even need to go far from your San Diego Airport hotel–several great hikes including Torrey Pines and Tecolote Canyon are less than 20 minutes from Point Loma. From stunning waterfalls to unobstructed ocean views, experience San Diego in a new and natural way.

The Living Coast Discovery Center

This nature center provides family-friendly exhibits, animal encounters, and even family overnight adventures. Learn more about San Diego shore birds and turtles, as well as native plants. Make your visit to the discovery center more of a classic San Diego experience by taking the trolley to their.

San Diego Botanic Gardens

The San Diego Botanic Gardens features a plant of the month, a children’s garden, and a variety of events and classes. The gardens offer everything from insect festivals to orchid fairs. Some upcoming events include the PAW Walk, Spring Party with Bunny, and Lady Bug Day.

For help rounding out your unique itinerary or to book an inexpensive hotel in downtown San Diego, reach out to the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We offer several ongoing discounts, our rooms are spacious and newly remodeled, and we have the best rates around. Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Friendly Reservation manager.

Top Restaurants South of the Border

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Restaurants in Tijuana

With San Diego just 30 or so minutes from the Mexican boarder, lots of locals will head down for a day of surfing or a night out with their SO. Heading south can be a little nerve-racking though if you aren’t familiar with the area. The friendly staff at the Pacific Inn, an affordable SAN airport hotel, has selected a few of the best restaurants south of the border if you plan to head down during your stay.

The Mongolian Grill
Price Range: $5 to $11

If you’ve never sampled Korean tacos or Thai chicken pizza, you’re in for a real treat when visiting this Asian restaurant in Rosarito. As an added bonus, most of the menu items are fairly healthy. The service is both responsive and friendly, and the owners are equally engaging.

La Casa Del Pescador
Price Range: $15 to $30

For a south of the border meal with variety, consider a stop here at La Casa Del Pescador in Puerto Nuevo. In addition to lobster and other seafood selections, you’ll discover appetizing chicken dishes and BBQ favorites. The gorgeous ocean view is ideal for sipping margaritas as the sun goes down.

La Querencia
Price Range: $11 to $30

Experience “Baja Med” cuisine, a tasty mix of Mexican flavors and spices, the way it’s supposed to be made at this popular Tijuana restaurant. Highly recommended selections include grilled scallops, duck and lamb tacos, and tuna Madagascar. Daily specials are on the blackboard menu. Don’t forget to check out the wine selections and the dessert menu, if you have any room left.

Sotano Suizo
Price Range: $5 to $35

Both families and adults looking for a night on the town are welcome at this Tijuana restaurant. The drink selections are diverse and the staff is attentive. The background music is usually a mix of ’80s and ’90s favorites, but it’s not too distracting. Menu selections are especially diverse, ranging from European influences to good old-fashioned American-style hot dogs.

Mi Casa Supper Club
Price Range: $10 to $20

This Rosarito delight serves up international cuisine (primarily Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Moroccan) in a warm and cozy atmosphere. Plenty of attention is paid to every meal, and the martinis come with stuffed blue cheese olives on a Rosemary stick. The owners, Bo and Dennis, are known for putting on some memorable holiday parties and the staff takes the time to know your name.

Ready to start your adventure? Look to the San Diego Pacific Inn for a comfortable and affordable room during your stay! We have multiple ongoing promotions, one of which will certainly be able to save you some green, booking is quick, easy, and free, and your dates are flexible. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates!

San Diego’s Best Outdoor Activities

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Fun Outdoor Activities in San Diego

San Diego offers a long list of activities that make it easy to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors whether you’re a local or just visiting. That means, when you visit, don’t stay cooped up in your hotel near San Diego Airport. Even if you only have one free day, that’s all the more reason to get out and immerse yourself in San Diego’s natural beauty. Unsure what to do? Try one of these fun outside activities.

Riding Bikes in Coronado
Coronado is known for its quaint and cozy neighborhoods that offer a nostalgic feel from the 1950s. Explore the area by riding a tandem or 4-person surrey bike and stopping along the bay and beach. You can grab lunch at one of the local diners, take a tour of the Hotel Del, or gawk at the mansions lining the streets closets to the beach. Bike rentals are available on the island for an average of $15 per hour.

Fishing on the Pier
For a great way to lounge, fish off one of the several piers in San Diego like the Ocean Beach Pier or Embarcadero Marina Park Pier. You don’t need a fishing license for the OB Pier, but the Embarcadero Pier is walking distance from several hotels near San Diego Convention Center.

Eating S’mores on the Beach
When you’ve finished surfing the waves or lying out on the warm sand, you can enjoy a bonfire during sunset. Many people prefer to end a day at the beach by roasting marshmallows over the open fire as a delicious end to a perfect day. Fire pits are scattered throughout the bay and beach areas, and there is also a local 1-man company that will set up a bonfire, provide supplies, and do the cleanup for a small fee.

Sailing
To experience a bit of adventure on the water, spend the day sailing. Enjoy spectacular views and possibly see dolphins or whales (depending on the time of year) swim by. Several San Diego companies offer sailing tours like day sails, sunset sails, and whale watching. Keep in mind sailing doesn’t come cheap. Prepare to spend $80 and up per person.

Pack some comfortable clothes, good walking shoes, and an adventurous attitude and head to San Diego. When you come visit the sunny city, make Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your number one choice for accommodations.  We have great promotions, flexible dates, and unbeatable rates. Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.

Exploring Kensington, San Diego

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Things to Do in Kensington San Diego

One off-the-grid place to visit while in San Diego is Kensington, which is known for its trendy boutiques, hipster cafes, and vintage charm. If you’re looking to explore a little while you’re here, the area is certainly worth checking out. You can start with the following places, recommended by the staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, located just a short drive from this quaint neighborhood.

Clem’s Bottle House
This family-owned establishment serves delicious handmade sandwiches and the highest quality of craft beer available. You can enjoy your sandwich in the laid-back environment (classical music is always playing in the background), or you can spend a good while combing the huge selection of beer and take a brew and sandwich to go. There’s also a tap house if you’re interested in trying a beer flight.

Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant
Known as the best place to grab authentic Mexican food in the neighborhood, Ponce’s Mexican Restaurant has been open since 1969 and continues to draw in both locals and tourists with its incredible cuisine. Their homemade guacamole is fresh, and special dishes include the enchilada suizas, tortilla soup, and garlic butter shrimp.

Ken Theater
This quaint little movie theater is a great place to stop and see an indie film. For something a little different, attend one of the midnight showings that are often available throughout the month. It offers old-fashioned charm and matinee shows are reasonably priced.

Kensington Cafe
Spending the weekend in Kensington isn’t complete without stopping for a hearty brunch at the most popular cafe in the area. The location serves flavorful ahi salads, fresh acai bowls, hearty scrambles, and fresh waffles that come with a variety of delicious toppings.

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego, and we certainly hope you are, reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are an affordable hotel near San Diego Airport, Little Italy, and downtown San Diego. Guests benefit from a variety of promotions, like advanced booking discounts or weekday discounts, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Give us a call today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today and get the ball rolling on your San Diego vacation!

Take a Hike and Explore San Diego’s Natural Beauty

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San-Diego-Hiking-Spots

The San Diego area offers visitors more than just beaches, SeaWorld and the other familiar tourist destinations. It’s also a great place to hike and explore some of Southern California’s natural beauty. The adventurous staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown, has selected some of the best places to hike while visiting San Diego.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
This coastal state park in La Jolla provides some of the wildest and most unspoiled hiking areas within the San Diego city limits. It has hikes suitable for all levels while offering some amazing views of the ocean and surrounding areas. Novice hikers can try the Guy Fleming Trail, which is under a mile, or the Razor Point Trail, which is about a mile and a quarter. More skilled hikers can head out for the Beach Trail, which is steeper and brings hikers to a stairway leading down to the beach.

Cowles Mountain
This is a fairly steep three-mile hike in east county San Diego and poses little difficulty for people in good physical condition. Cowles is good for all levels and even children, and is really as tough as you want to make it (some hikers prefer to run the entire 3 miles, while others take 2 hours to complete the trail). The summit, which is the highest point in all of San Diego, provides an impressive 360° view of the city. There is a visitor’s center at the trailhead with information and restrooms, and aside from the main trail up the mountain, there are less popular and more challenging trails, such as Big Rock Park trailhead.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
This is a good place to hike if you want to travel outside the city. Located in the Laguna Mountains 40 miles east of San Diego, this state park has more than 100 miles of hiking trails with beautiful scenery that includes meadows, oak forests, creeks and two family campgrounds. One of the most popular destinations is the Green Valley camp area, which has pools and cascades where you can cool off.

3 Sisters Waterfalls
This is a scenic and fairly challenging trail in Cleveland National Forest that leads to a series of pools and waterfalls. This is good hike for people who are fit and experienced enough to deal with steep inclines and some boulder climbing. Some parts of the hike involve rope climbing as well. There are many scenic spots along the way that provide views of all three waterfalls and the surrounding area. Many hikers also enjoy swimming in the pools. It’s a long hike, be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks as well.

Are you planning a San Diego getaway? Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a San Diego Little Italy hotel, and enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fresh tea and coffee, flexible dates, and a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about current rates and ongoing promotions.

Spas Near Downtown that Won’t Break the Bank

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San Diego Spas for a Budget

If you’re looking to escape the winter and enjoy the fine weather of San Diego for a few days, relax and treat yourself to some quality pampering after a long day of exploring. And, it doesn’t have to make your wallet cry. The refreshed staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, have selected a handful of the top affordable spas in and around downtown San Diego.

Karma Relaxation Spa ($$)
As you receive a stress-relieving massage in this eastern influenced spa, complete with orchids and a relaxing waterfall, you’ll know that luxury really can be affordable. If you want to go all out, try The President. The package includes a body detox, 60 minute foot massage, and 60 minute body massage for $85.

The Sanctuary Day Spa ($$)
This hidden gem in Point Loma boasts unique offerings such as synergy and wellness packages, spiritual waxing, and deep tissue massages. With a clean, white look, this spa will heal you in more ways than one. Enjoy a two-for-one special on the weekends.

San Diego Spa and Wellness ($)
Just 10 minutes from downtown, you’ll feel transported into a world of serenity and calmness at San Diego Spa and Wellness. The spa specialize in back pain, and services include Swedish, deep tissue, and other customized massages.

Absolute Skin ($)
As you enter this sleek, modern spa, you’ll have a variety of cleansing and uplifting services to choose from. Whether you seek a purifying facial acne massage, full body waxing, or simply a mini treatment, you can have it all without spending a fortune here.

Spa Kingston ($$)
Located just a hop and a skip from downtown, this affordable palace of pampering is known for its upscale appearance and luxurious offerings. Daily specials like the “facial royale” keep loyal customers coming back.

San Diego is the perfect place to treat yourself on a relaxing mini-vacation. Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap downtown San Diego hotel, and use your savings to book a fantastic massage. Both your wallet and your body will thank you. We offer quick and easy booking, flexible dates, and the best rate, guaranteed! Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about rates and our ongoing promotions.

Cool December Concerts in San Diego

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Best December Concerts in San Diego

Take a break from the snow falling around the country and visit sunny San Diego. From museums to parks, sporting events to the beach (yes, even in winter), there’s plenty to see and do this winter. At the top of the to-do list are some cool concerts coming this month.  Find Gaslamp Quarter accommodations walking distance to most of the following concerts and enjoy a fun and safe night out with friends while you’re in town.

  • See Ryan Adams with his mix of rock, blues, and alternative country music as he performs at the historic 2,200 seat Copley Symphony Hall within the palatial Jacobs Music Center on 12/15 at 7:30pm. Tickets from $44 – $133.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs a mixture of big band, swing, and blues at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on 12/16 at 8pm. Belly Up is San Diego’s premiere live music venue offering concerts from all kinds of performers in an intimate setting. Tickets from $165 – $190.
  • The highly-acclaimed gospel singers Blind Boys of Alabama will perform on 12/23 at 7:30 pm in Escondido’s California Center for the Arts. The Center combines a concert hall, theater, museums, and conference rooms to provide a wide variety of cultural experiences in one location. Tickets from $43 – $54.
  • Enjoy some high-powered orchestral music for the holidays with Mannheim Steamroller on 12/28 at 7:30pm. The San Diego Civic Theatre feels intimate and concertgoers will dig the music from any one of the 3,000 seats. Tickets from $109 – $175.
  • San Diego’s Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre paradise featuring museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The park is well-known for its free-of-charge outdoor entertainment. Throughout December, enjoy several performances of Classical Melodies, offering orchestral music for the whole family. Admission is free.

If this list doesn’t do it for you, click here to search for more concerts coming to the San Diego area. While you’re debating which act to see, book a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn, located just minutes from both the San Diego Airport and the Convention Center.  As a guest, you will enjoy our newly remodeled rooms, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea served 24/7. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about current rates and book your room or suite.

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