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San Diego’s Best Outdoor Activities

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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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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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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.

Up and Coming Breweries and Wineries in Baja

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Baja Breweries Giving San Diego Competition

San Diego is known for its beer and wine culture, and is home to some of the nation’s best distilleries and breweries. However, San Diego’s neighbor just across the border is a little town that should garner some praise and recognition of its own. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from hotels in downtown San Diego, Baja has seen its beer and wine culture blowup in recent years, and its beginning to make some serious contributions to the beer and wine culture of the West Coast.

Cervecería Tijuana
This is the top brewery in Tijuana, and the true-to-form Czech pilsners crafted here use only locally grown ingredients. The owner, Jose Gonzalez Ibarra, imported the equipment, technique and even the brew master straight from the Czech Republic in order to replicate the authentic pilsner taste, while augmenting the flavors with a south-of-the-border flair. The brewery offers tours to groups of two or more throughout the day until 5pm.

Vinícola L.A. Cetto
This winery is just off Avenida Consitucion in Tijuana and offers a wide variety of wines. They also provide a selection of sparkling ciders in addition to a very nice house brandy. Tastings here are inexpensive, and the brewery features a beautiful veranda setting with arbor shade and picturesque surroundings.

Bodegas Cieli
Further south along Route 3 and about 45 minutes from Tijuana along the now famous Ruta del Vino (Wine Route), you’ll find the picturesque vineyard and brewery of Bodegas Cieli. Here, they brew spicy Pale Ales with tropical fruit esters and offer a world-class signature wine called Brunello di Guadalupe. Tours are available by contacting the proprietor Don Cieli directly.

Winery – AlXimia Vino
While you’re visiting , stop and see Alvaro Alvarez-Parilla, the mathematician-turned-winemaker and owner of Alximia. He offers a fine selection of wines including Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Each one is crafted using his unique technique and the lovingly grown grapes that have made Guadalupe valley the new wine country.

Our friendly neighbors to the south have been working hard to revitalize tourism and put their tasty wines and brews on the map. If you have time while visiting San Diego, look into a tour that takes you from one side of the border to the other, stopping at all the best spots along the way. Consider staying in one of the hotels near the San Diego Convention Center, located in downtown San Diego, to be near the action on both sides of the border. To speak with a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn, conveniently located near the San Diego airport, Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy, call 1-800-571-2933 and find out about our budget-friendly rates.

Best Places in San Diego to Find Great Gifts

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Find Great Gifts in San Diego

The holidays are just around the corner and will be here before you know it. Savvy San Diego shoppers are already taking to the streets to tackle their holiday shopping lists – and that can mean long lines at popular shopping destinations. But holiday shopping doesn’t have to be tortuous. There are lots of unique, fun boutiques and niche holiday shopping destinations around the city, if you know where to look. Whether you’re staying at a hotel in downtown San Diego, or in one of the hotels by the San Diego Airport, check out some of these hidden gems – you may save time and find gifts with distinct appeal!

For Her
Tijon: This La Jolla perfumery specializes in unique, hand-blended fragrances. Pick up a pre-made bottle or buy your loved one a “fragrance creation experience” – a unique class that lets her mix her own custom perfume!

For Him
Timothy Meier Designs: Cufflinks are making a comeback and this Gaslamp Quarter boutique, situated among dozens of Gaslamp Quarter Hotels, is leading the way. Meier specializes in art-inspired pieces with clean lines and modern appeal. From Celtic knot cufflinks to chunky cut steel rings, Meier has countless designs to choose from.

For Foodies
Leaf & Kettle: Situated in Delmar Highlands, this high-end tea shop specializes in everything from artistic tea kettles to tea-infused spa items. They also have tea samplers full of spicy, refreshing, and robust brews.

For Stylistas
Noon Designs: This quirky chain of boutiques – with a storefront in Point Loma – specializes in handmade jewelry, greeting cards, home goods and body products. Snap up a pair of minimalist chic Swarovski crystal hoop earrings for next to nothing.

For Quirky Folks
Sew Loka Handmade: Sew Loka is a leading local artisan collective comprised of seamstresses and other makers. Find fluffy throw pillows made from T-shirts, handmade Mexican sugar skull purses and more. Visit their Facebook page to find pop up shop locations throughout the city.

For Kids
Hillside Artisans Children’s Boutique: This Mission Hill boutique prides itself on searching the globe for one-of-a-kind children’s items. The result is a shop brimming with handmade wooden train sets, costumes, doll houses, you name it – all at reasonable prices.

If you’re planning on spending some time in San Diego this December, bring an extra suitcase for all the awesome, unique gifts you will find while holiday shopping for your loved ones. Don’t wait too long to book your room at the Pacific Inn San Diego, centrally located near the airport, downtown, and Little Italy. To learn more about promotions and packages offered this holiday season, call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager today.

 

Spa Week 2014 – Top 3 San Diego Spa

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Cheap massages in San Diego

Want to live like a king or queen during your San Diego vacation without the price tag that usually comes along with a lavish lifestyle? Spa Week 2014 is giving locals and travelers alike the opportunity to enjoy top-notch spa services for a fraction of the price. Spa Week is a national biannual event, taking place for the second time this year on October 20-26. Spa Week was designed to give local businesses a chance to showcase their special treatments at a discounted rate of $50. From massages and pedicures to facials and acupuncture, you’re sure to find it all during Spa Week.

If you’re staying at one of the affordable Gaslamp Quarter San Diego hotels, you’ll need to make sure that you choose a conveniently located spa that offers just the services you want in the best suited atmosphere. Here are the top locations that really stand out due to their quality services, all-star ratings and convenient location.

Artesia | 40 5th Avenue

Patrons of Artesia can choose to enjoy a classic, enzyme, or microdermabrasion facial — amongst others — or settle for deep tissue massages and hot stone therapy. And if the choice is too hard to make, just turn to the variety of spa packages and additional treatments Artesia offers: There’s bound to be some combination of luxuries you simply can’t deny.  During Spa Week, choose between a hot stone Swedish massage, facial with microdermabrasion or Guava Paraffin Pedicure for $50 each.

Nature’s Spa by Jurlique at Hotel Palomar | 1047 5th Avenue

This beautiful spa uses only natural ingredients sourced from their farm in Australia, allowing you to rest assured that you’re getting pampered with premium products. Swing by during Spa Week for a $50 Swedish aromatherapy massage, revitalizing facial with extractions or a gel manicure with a glass of champagne.

Sweet Cheeks Beauty Bar | 540 Grand Avenue

Sweet Cheeks is located in the beautiful coastal city of Carlsbad, offering a slew of discounted services for interested vacationers. This whimsical boutique style spa has everything from waxing to massages on their service menu. During Spa Week you can enjoy an affordable Custom Massage with Peppermint Foot Treatment, Custom Facial with Blueberry Detox Enzyme Peel or Brow Shaping, or an Express Facial and Honey Almond Body Polish for $50.

For a complete list of participating salons and spas, visit spaweek.com. And don’t forget to book your downtown hotel room at the Pacific Inn San Diego soon so that you can begin enjoying your cheap Southern California relaxation vacation. Give us a call at (619) 232-6391 to find out how we could help you save even more money during your vacation!

What’s Trending in San Diego

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Trendy Lounge in San Diego

This past summer, Forbes and Sterling released a ranking of “America’s Coolest Cities”, with San Diego claiming the #6 spot. They were ranked based on such things as the city’s “foodie” culture, population growth and their art scene.

San Diego is undoubtedly a hip city, drawing in vacationers of all ages eager to check out the latest and greatest restaurants, museums, attractions and downtown San Diego hotels that make this city special. Here are some of San Diego’s current hotspots that are definitely worth adding to your vacation itinerary.

Starlite San Diego | 3175 India Street in Middletown, Mission Hills

When you walk into Starlite, you feel like you are walking onto a classy movie set or into a speakeasy with dark décor and romantic lighting. Their lounge area features an elegant bar, which is always staffed with friendly and knowledgeable bartenders. As far as food goes, they serve everything from a farm-fresh, mouth-watering brunch to late-night dinners. The Jidori Chicken with veggies and lemon cream sauce is delicious and their house specialty is a decadent pistachio-toffee ice cream sandwich.

Sidebar | 536 Market Street, Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

The glamorous art deco yet modern and sexy ambiance at this popular bar is created by mismatched furniture in worn leather, soft velvets, and silky blacks. Most unusual are the 30 deep red bird cages hanging from the ceiling, their notorious black brick walls, and artistic nude paintings. This 21+ venue is great for adults who are seeking a sexy place to mingle with local singles and young professionals. Don’t miss out on their Watermelon Cucumber Mojito, Shirley’s Dirty Orange and the Muddled Honeydew Melon Cocktail. A savory bar menu includes cheddar and smoked bacon stuffed hamburgers and a top sirloin Panini.

Art and Adult Libations

San Diego’s art scene has taken to appealing to the 21+ crowd with a multitude of museum gatherings. Whether you opt for a local art walk such as Ray at Night, which takes place every second Saturday in North Park, or you plan on heading to Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art on October 16, there are plenty of ways that San Diego is spicing up a typical museum outing.

If you want to be in the midst of the San Diego culture and art scene, be sure to stay at a hotel in Little Italy San Diego. The Pacific Inn is a great option due to our ideal location, affordability and available discounts. We’re within walking distance to some of the hottest new eateries, art galleries and boutiques. For more information or to reserve your stay, call (619) 232-6391 today.

 

Specific & Unique San Diego Date Ideas

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Romantic San Diego Vacation

Planning a romantic trip to San Diego? Lucky for you, America’s Finest City is packed full of amazing, unique and fun places for traveling love birds. Of course, there are plenty of standard date night activities such as dinner, a movie, or coffee, but what about shaking it up and trying something new for a couples night out? The San Diego experts at the Pacific Inn hotel in Little Italy, one of the most popular destinations for couples, have put together this list to help you with the creative thinking process.

For Adventure Lovers
Did you know that adrenaline-packed activities can draw couples closer together? Thankfully, there’s no shortage of adventurous outdoor opportunities in San Diego. If you’re looking for something that will entertain and impress your date – whether you’d like something simple like a nature hike or something more daring like swimming with sharks – you will definitely be able to find it in this city. Here are some of our suggestions:

  • Surfing at any of San Diego’s beaches
  • Snorkeling with leopard sharks at La Jolla Cove
  • Hitting the hiking or biking trails in Mission Trails Regional Park
  • Hang-gliding at the Torrey Pines Gliderport
  • Kayaking through La Jolla’s seven caves

Indoor Activities
If your date would prefer something classy, sophisticated and intimate, perhaps one of San Diego’s more refined attractions would be a better fit. Look at the listed items below for an idea that will surely make your loved one glow with feelings of romance and affection.

  • Museum tours and a picnic at Balboa Park. Or, better yet, plan on attending Culture and Cocktails at the San Diego Museum of Art on October 16th. For more information, visit sdmart.org.
  • Plan an evening of wining, dining and dancing in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.  With a top-rated bar and restaurant on every corner, you can choose to pre-plan your evening or you can play into your whims with spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment choices.
  • Create the ultimate romantic night in when you book a downtown San Diego hotel with an in-room whirlpool Jacuzzi tub. The San Diego Pacific Inn, located just blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, has an affordable Jacuzzi Suite that is perfect for surprising your special someone.

With all of these options to consider for your next date night, you should have no problem coming up with a fun, creative way to enjoy your vacation date without resorting to the normal “dinner and a movie” routine. Spice it up during your vacation and don’t forget to book your comfortable San Diego hotel room at the Pacific Inn. Click here or call (619) 232-6391 to reserve your stay today!

 

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