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Skip Brunch and Take Mom on an Adventure This Mother’s Day


Daughters, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to think outside the standard brunch-and-flowers routine and take Mom on a real adventure! If you’re planning a mother-daughter day during a trip to San Diego, be sure to book a stay at one of our fine Little Italy hotels. With San Diego being one of the most beautiful cities in the country, it’s easy to plan a girl’s day that she won’t soon forget. Here are four great mother-daughter bonding activities to try with your mom this Mother’s Day.

Sign up for the Mother’s Day Run

Grab your mom and running shoes, ladies. It’s time for San Diego’s Annual Mother’s Day Run! Benefiting the San Diego Rescue Mission, this is a great event for mothers and daughters to race around San Diego together while helping raise money for valuable supplies, assisting the homeless mothers and children in the area.

Sail Away on a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Like so many other holidays, Mother’s Day is filled with traditions and for most families, that means brunch. Take it a step further this year and jump on Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise! Tour over 25 miles of southern California waters while sipping on champagne and snacking on deliciously decadent treats.

Cycle Around San Diego

Jump on your bicycles and spend the day biking around downtown San Diego. Or to make it an even more fun mother-daughter bonding experience, try your hand at renting a tandem bike to cruise around the Gaslamp Quarter, making it her special day.

Spend the Day at Seaport Village

What better way to make Mom feel special than having a day with just the two of you strolling through Seaport Village, shopping in all the cute boutiques? Luckily, Seaport Village is also providing the rock’n'roll music of John Bowe to serenade your mom on Mother’s Day.

To complete the Mother’s Day experience for your mom, make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. We offer comfortable and affordable rooms, convenient amenities, and easy access to popular downtown attractions like Seaport Village, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability.

San Diego Padres Baseball Trivia


Springtime has arrived in San Diego, which means it’s baseball season at Petco Park. When you stay at a cheap Petco Park hotel, you can catch a game almost any day of the week. Before you head to the ballpark, here are some fun and interesting facts about our beloved San Diego Padres baseball team.

1. Eric Show has won the most games out of all of the Padre’s pitchers. He won 101 games with 89 losses and his overall earned run average (ERA) was 3.66. He debuted on the team in 1981 and his last pitch was thrown on September 30, 1991.

2. Tony Gwynn has been by far the best hitter on the Padre’s team. He was at bat 9,288 times in his career with 135 home runs and a batting average of .338. He was also in the National League All Star game for fifteen years and only missed the 1988 season. He became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

3. The Padres had their first game in San Diego stadium on April 8, 1969 with 23,370 fans attending. They beat the Houston Astros 2-1. They played in what later became Qualcomm Stadium until 2004 when the team opened up that season in their new home, Petco Park.

4. The Padres have won the National League pennant twice: once in 1984 and again in 1998. Both seasons they lost the World Series. Since 1969, they have had 14 winning seasons.

5. The San Diego Padres and the Anaheim Angels are the only two Major League Baseball teams to originate in California. The Dodgers were originally from Brooklyn and the Giants were from New York City. The Athletics were originally from Philadelphia and moved to California from Kansas City.

6. The Padres have played their spring training games in the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona since 1994, after moving from Yuma, Arizona.

Even if you don’t catch a Padres game this season, be sure to take a walk around Petco Park during your trip. Stay close to this amazing stadium and make your reservation at the Pacific Inn downtown. Our convenient location puts guests within easy distance of popular San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, and Petco Park. Call 1-800-571-2933 today or go online to check for rates and availability.

Downtown Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day


Downtown San Diego is always ready to celebrate any occasion, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Book a room at a cheap downtown San Diego hotel, put on your best green outfit, and do as the Irish do at these leprechaun-approved restaurants and pubs in the city.

The Field Irish Pub

This ambient Gaslamp Quarter hot spot will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy homemade Irish dishes including Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Shepherd’s Pie this St. Patty’s Day. Their extensive drink menu includes draft beers and signature cocktails like Irish Mule and Sweet Mickey. Use the Code “Field” to get $5 off admission tickets for the 22nd annual ShamROCK celebration on March 17th.

Stout Public House

This neighborhood Irish pub offers a full menu featuring specialty burgers and sandwiches, along with Irish classics like Irish Bangers & Mash. Happy Hour starts at 4pm daily and runs until 8pm. Take advantage of their drink selection and kick back with a cold Guinness to get you in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub has been serving pints since the end of Prohibition. Experience the joys of Happy Hour on any day at any time. Domestic drafts start at $3.50 and bottles start at $3. This historic pub is known as the primer blues club in San Diego and you can enjoy live music every night at 9pm. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at Patrick’s?

Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill

Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or a tall glass of Guinness, Dublin Square has you covered. Experience authentic Irish dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and couple it with some tasty cocktails. With dishes like Dublin’s Hangover Scramble and Guinness Braised Beef, you’re in for a dining experience like no other.

If you’re planning on enjoying a wild night in the city this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to be responsible and have a nearby place to crash. When you book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites, not only will you have access to these and other bars and pubs in the Gaslamp Quarter, but you will also enjoy convenient amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and in-room coffee makers. To check for rates and availability, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today.

Get a Chuckle at a Downtown San Diego Comedy Club in January


Comedy fans will love discovering new comedians as well as popular performers at San Diego’s downtown comedy clubs. No matter what tickles your funny bone, the city is seeing a growing community of comedians honing their material. There is no shortage of great acts coming to the area in January, and when you stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn, you won’t have to miss out on any of them.

The American Comedy Co.

The American Comedy Co. is located in a historic downtown building that used to be home to a speakeasy. Food and drinks are always on the menu and when there isn’t an open mic night, there’s always a popular comic on stage.

Cristela Alonzo
January 14-16th
$18 Per Person
Comedian and TV sitcom star Cristela takes the stage after achieving national fame with her ABC show Cristela, which she also coproduced.

Mad House Comedy Club

Mad House Comedy Club is conveniently situated in the Horton Plaza Shopping Center. The staff validates parking for guests using the Horton Plaza Parking Garage.

Open Mic Night
Various Nights
No Charge
The club promises no cover, no drink minimum and no promises during their famous open mic nights. Take a shot at becoming a comedian or watch others try to become the next great stand-up act.

The Tipsy Crow

Comedian Mal Hall leads a group of comedians that bring east coast humor to San Diego.

The Gaslamp Comedy Show
Various Nights
$7 Per Person
The Tipsy Crow presents a wide range of music and comedy acts. This multi-level venue also offers VIP experiences.

National Comedy Theatre

National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s home for improv comedy.

Mainstage Show
Fridays and Saturdays Throughout the Month
This 100-minute improv show features some of the finest comedians in the country. The comedians have performed for audiences over the world, and now they come to San Diego to share their talents with locals and tourists alike.

Stay within the city when you book your trip to San Diego and grab some tickets to the hottest comedy acts in town. While you purchase your tickets, be sure to reserve a room at the Pacific Inn. Our downtown hotel is conveniently located near the San Diego Airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village and we offer exclusive amenities to our guests. To book your stay, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

Horsing Around in San Diego


While San Diego is best known for warm beaches and metropolitan skylines, it’s also home to amazing opportunities for horseback riding. Tourists visiting our beautiful town can enjoy some equestrian fun at any of the following venues recommended by staff at the Pacific Inn hotel in Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Beach Rides, Horse Rentals & Wagon Rides

Located at 2180 Monument Road near Imperial Beach, the rates at this venue range from $50 to $150 per rider, depending on the package you choose. Your horseback riding experience will include private rides to some of the most scenic locations in San Diego, including the Tijuana River Valley Nature Preserve and nearby beaches. Horseback riding options include beach rides, pony rides, and riding lessons. Photography packages are also offered.

Surfside Ranch

This establishment is located at 2225 Hollister Street. Rates range from $1 per minute for pony rides (with a 15 minute minimum) to horseback rides from $50 to $120 per person, depending on the type and duration of the ride. Sandy beaches and pristine nature trails are what you’ll discover while horseback riding here. In addition to horse rentals, they also offer guided beach, trail, and pony rides. There’s also a petting zoo for kids who don’t want to ride. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins off in the distance as you trot along the beach.

Blanco Brothers Ranch

2181 Hollister Street is home to the Blanco Brother Ranch where beach rides are $100 per person for a three-hour experience. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, you’re sure to have a memorable experience here. Beach rides will take you along Imperial Beach. Services offered include riding lessons, pony rides, horse rentals, and horse boarding. The horses are well trained and well behaved. Guided rides are also offered.

Bright Valley Farms

Bright Valley Farms is located at 12310 Campo Road in Spring Valley, which is less than 20 minutes from San Diego. Rates range from $20 per half-hour for pony rides to $60 for one-and-a-half hour rides. You’ll find a wide selection of horses and trails when riding here. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re welcome to bring your own horse for the day. For new riders, lessons are offered. Thousands of acres of trails will take you through some of the most scenic locations in the area.

For more fun and adventure in the San Diego, make sure you book your stay at the conveniently located Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites in downtown SD. Guests can enjoy classic San Diego hotspots like Little Italy, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the Convention Center when they reserve one of our affordable rooms. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 for quick and easy booking.

Top 4 Tearooms in San Diego


When you think of San Diego, you probably don’t envision elegant tearooms, delicious finger sandwiches, or china cups filled with artisan teas. It may come as some surprise to tourists, but our fair city is home to some of the most celebrated tearooms in the state. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a traditional British tea or hope to capture the essence of the Victorian era, the staff at the Pacific Inn can tell you where to go. As one of the more affordable hotels near Gaslamp Quarter, the Pacific Inn allows guests easy access to the following tearooms.

1. Shakespeare Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea

Guests can enjoy dining over finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, water infused with herbs, and a variety of flavorful teas for a magical experience that will leave you feeling like royalty. The meal costs $25 per person and includes dining in a quaint outdoor setting that features lovely flowers and lights on the patio.

2. Tea-Upon-Chatsworth

Located in Point Loma, this tea room allows patrons to enjoy tea from delicate china cups while seated in a room that feels like an outdoor garden. The premium teas include South African rooibos, tisanes, Indian chai, and a selection of green and white teas. Guests are expected to dress in semi-formal attire befitting a venue that is ideal for birthdays, bridal showers, or special occasions.

3. Aubrey Rose Tea Room

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room features antique and floral furnishings with fine china that is used to serve lemon curd and cups of tea. Guests are welcome to dine during the afternoon or shop at the boutique for gorgeous gifts and souvenirs. All of the teas served are fine loose-leaf teas that are paired well with the pastries and sandwiches that are made on site.

4. Coral Tea Tree House

Located on Heritage Park Row, Coral Tea Tree House offers specialty blended tea accompanied by fresh scones with strawberry preserves and lemon curd. The tearoom offers an Afternoon Tea for $24.95, Queens High Tea for $29.95, Cream Tea for $11.95, and Princess Tea for children between the ages of six and 10 for $16.95 per person. Tea service also provides gluten-free and vegetarian options to patrons. It’s a great place to visit for two or to host a sorority meeting, a reunion, or a baby shower.

For more information regarding other exciting things to do in San Diego, contact a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn by calling 1-800-571-2933. Booking with us is quick and easy and our customer service representatives are available 24/7. When you book your stay in one of our affordable rooms, you will be treated to convenient amenities like AC and heating, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and freshly brewed coffee. We look forward to your stay!

Unique Museums in San Diego


San Diego is known for it’s great beaches, but it’s home to even more amazing museums. While you can always visit the art museum and other exhibits that are popular with tourists, you’ll also find some unique museums throughout our lovely city. Below are just a few staff favorites from the folks at the Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites.

Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

Get up close and personal with history in this museum, which is actually a fully restored aircraft carrier. Located in the Navy Pier Port, the venue has its own complex that features more than 60 exhibits dedicated to military and aircraft history. It is also home to nearly 30 military vehicles and aircrafts on display.

California Surf Museum

Have you ever wondered who the first surfer was or what prompted men and women to hit the ocean waves on wooden boards? At the California Surf Museum, you’ll learn the answers to these questions and many more. Though the museum dates back to the 1980s, it was moved a new home with more exhibit space in 2009. Located on Pier View Way, the museum also inducts surfers into the hall of fame every year.

Museum of Making Music

Conveniently located near Legoland on Armanda Drive, the Museum of Making Music offers an inside look at why and how people create music today. While it does have exhibits dedicated to more modern music, it also has a number of displays that pay homage to the history of music, artists throughout time and even a variety of historical musical instruments.

San Diego Automotive Museum

Take a trip near Balboa Park to see one of the largest collections of automobiles in the entire state. You’ll see unique and one-of-a-kind cars, trucks and motorcycles created by some of the most famous designers in history.You may even see some of your favorite vehicles from film and television!

Even if you stick to the more popular museums, make sure you make time to see some more unique exhibits in San Diego. For the inside scoop on SD’s lesser-known sites and attractions, contact the Reservation Manager at the San Diego Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933. Our centrally located hotel offers affordable accommodations in the heart of Downtown San Diego, near some of the city’s most popular and historic attractions. Book your stay in any of our comfortable guest rooms with convenient amenities like air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, in-room safe, and cable TV. We look forward to hearing from you!

Great Shopping Spots Near Downtown San Diego


If you’re in San Diego for a visit and are looking for some of the best shopping spots in the city, look no further! The staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn can recommend some of the most impressive shops and outlets near the downtown area.

Old Town

Old Town is the place to go if you’re looking for some authentic and intriguing cultural shops. Just outside of Old Town Historic Park, you’ll find a plethora of stores featuring Latin and Native American influenced items, including folk art, clothing and accessories. You can also find some specialized items and gifts here, like one-of-a-kind glass art pieces and nautical antiques like submarine equipment and diving suits.

Hillcrest and Uptown

This hip and trendy town will satisfy the style of any potential shopper. Whether you’re looking for some the latest fashion picks, stylish household accessories, or want to get lost in a treasure trove of books, Hillcrest can provide a full day of shopping and exploration. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something chic and unique to suit your needs.

Mission Bay

With San Diego’s pristine oceanside location, it’s only proper to do a bit of beach-themed shopping just outside the city center. This laid-back atmosphere offers plenty of surf shops and beach gear stores, and includes some unique outlets like head shops and pottery stores sprinkled into the mix. No San Diego visitor can properly experience our city without shopping for some beachside essentials.


As a naval community, Coronado isn’t typically known for its shopping options, but you can still find your fair share of interesting boutique shops in the crown of San Diego. Some notable boutiques include fine jewelry shops, women’s clothing, beach shops, and a unique bookstore that hosts a diverse selection of novels. Coronado is worth a stop for shoppers with a flare for unique and interesting stores.

After a fun and exciting day of browsing the local shops and boutiques, why not admire your latest purchases from the comfort of one of our affordable Pacific Inn rooms? Our centrally located hotel offers free parking, swimming pool, and easy access to San Diego’s most popular attractions like the Gaslamp, San Diego Zoo, and the bay. Click here or call a helpful Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for details.

Unforgettable San Diego: A Day in Hillcrest


Sometimes the best way to make a trip memorable is to find the hidden wonders and live like a local. Hillcrest is a popular San Diego neighborhood with an eclectic range of activities for both tourists and locals to enjoy. The friendly staff of the nearby Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites can recommend a host of activities to make the best of your time there.


Start your morning in Hillcrest at Hash House a Go Go and fill up on their amazing breakfasts, including griddled French toast, farm scrambles, or farm Benedicts. If these options are too extravagant for your taste buds, you can always order the basic two-egg breakfast with potatoes, fruit, and a biscuit.

Morning Stroll

Walk off your breakfast and head toward the Quince Street Bridge. This route is part of the Seven Bridge Walk as seen in the San Diego Reader. Be prepared for stunning views and continue on to the Spruce Street Bridge, or spend the rest of your morning perusing local bookstores.


After an eventful morning, consider dining at the Bread & Cie café. Their menu includes assorted gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and breads. Cozy up with your new book and indulge at this fragrant bakery and cafe.


For travelers who enjoy the Avant Garde, purchase a ticket to the Hillcrest Landmark Theater, a venue that caters specifically to the distribution and support of independent films. They offer a variety of flicks that have eluded the mainstream movie industry and provide thought-provoking insight to the viewer.


Head to 100 Wines for a delicious menu and outdoor seating perfect during the warmer months. Their specialties include appetizing steaks, flavorful flatbreads, specialty pastas, and ridiculously delicious ribs. Don’t forget to top off your dinner with a seasonal cobbler, a chocolate floreplay, or their signature 100 Wines cinnamon rolls for a tasty treat!

After exploring Hillcrest like a local for the day, why not reside like one at our Pacific Inn Hotel? The Pacific Inn is a pet-friendly and affordable hotel located downtown near Little Italy, Seaport Village, and Hillcrest. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 or reserve your room online.

Fun and Feasts in San Diego


Are you a foodie who is planning on visiting San Diego sometime in the near future? If so, you will feel right at home attending one of San Diego’s fun food festivals. While there are many such celebrations held in San Diego, our staff members at the Pacific Inn of San Diego have compiled four of their top favorite San Diego food fests.

1. San Diego’s Brew and Food Festival

The San Diego Brew and Food Festival will be held on August 29 at Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, with tickets ranging in price from $40 to $110. Admission to the event includes access to live music, beer tastings, as well as some of the best food in San Diego cooked by nearly two-dozen top chefs from the area. As San Diego is well known for its craft beer companies and brews, this event is also an excellent place to feel out the local beer scene.

2. The Great American Foodie Fest

During the month of September, you will not want to miss the Great American Foodie Fest. Held at Qualcomm Stadium on Friars Road, this fun-filled event will include more than 50 specialty food vendors, food contests, live entertainment, carnival rides, and a beer garden. Ticket prices and the exact date are still TBA, however keeping your eye on the Great American Foodie Fest website is a good idea as these tickets sell fast.

3. Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest

The Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest is scheduled to take place on September 5 at Liberty Station Park on Cushing Road. This event promises to be an exhilarating day full of live musical performances, nearly two-dozen food vendors, and a variety of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets to the Bacon Fest are $60 for a general admission ticket or $100 for a VIP ticket. While tickets may be pricey, admission includes unlimited food and drink, so you can rest assured that the price is worth it.

4. San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

The 12th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival will run from November 15th through the 22nd at various locations throughout the city. Ranging from $75 to $200, tickets for this event are pricey, however even the basic packages include access to beer and wine tasting, auctions, and more. If you’re really interested in getting involved at this event, the more expensive packages also offer access to different events, such as celebrity chef dinners, culinary classes, and tastemaker meals.

Whether you only spend an afternoon or an entire day at any of these events, you are going to want to sleep off your food coma by the end of the festival. At the Pacific Inn & Suites, our recently remodeled hotel rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, which is why our plush pillow-topped beds are the perfect place to crash at the end of the night. Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more, or reserve your room now. We look forward to greeting you!

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