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One Day Itinerary for the San Diego Zoo

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If you’re headed to San Diego for a summer vacation then be sure to experience the amazing sights at the World Famous San Diego Zoo. The popular park, located in the beautiful Balboa Park near Downtown San Diego, is a must-see when traveling to America’s Finest City. The zoo houses over 3,700 animals of over 650 different species so you will surely have plenty to see during a day-long outing.

If you only have a select amount of time to spend at the zoo, it’s important to plan your day wisely. We’ve provided some tips on how to make efficient use of whatever time you have to ensure that you and your family are able to see the best that this wildlife wonderland has to offer.

Zoo FAQs & Savings

 The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the summer months. The regular rate for a one day zoo pass is $46 for adults and $36 for children, ages 3 to 11. However, there are a variety of ways that budget-conscious travelers can save on admission.

  • AAA offers a ten percent discount on the tickets and sometimes discounts on food or merchandise.
  • October is FREE admission month for children ages 3 to 11
  • Costco offers Go Select Pass San Diego, covering many different attractions including the San Diego Zoo.
  • The price for 4-day tickets range from $162.99 for children to $189.99 for an adult
  • You can also save by staying at Pacific Inn, one of the area’s trusted hotels near the San Diego Zoo. Buy your discounted Zoo admission through Pacific Inn and you’ll also receive 15% off on your hotel stay!

Best Walking Route
The walking route through the zoo is via Park Way. This path stretches through the entire park, taking you alongside the biggest attractions such as: Outback, Africa Rocks, Urban Jungle, Elephant Odyssey, Panda Canyon, Asian Frontier and Northern Frontier. Be sure to pick up a map upon arrival so that you can arrange for any desired detours.

Restaurants
The most child-friendly place to eat at is Sydney’s Grill located near the Australian Outback. They have delicious sandwiches, wraps, salads and kids meals. You can even watch the koalas, giraffes and rhinos while dining in a shaded area.

Dining on your own
If you’re looking to save money, you can bring your own food and utilize one of the park’s shaded picnic areas located right outside the entrance. While you may bring food items into the park, coolers and other large storage containers are not permitted.

 

With a little planning and a few hours of time to spend walking through the “wild”, you could fully experience everything that the San Diego Zoo has to offer.

If you’re interested in booking an affordable family-friendly room at the San Diego Pacific Inn, call 1-800-571-2933 or click on the “Reservations” tab above.

San Diego Attracts Thousands for the Annual LGBT Festival

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With a rally, parade, block party, and music festival, the 2014 San Diego LGBT Festival promises to top all previous years’ gatherings. The festivities run throughout the weekend of July 18-20 with events occurring in and around Hillcrest and Balboa Park.

Rally

The 2014 Festival begins with a rally on July 18 at 6 p.m. at the corner of Normal and University Avenues. The rally is held to remember the moment in 1969 when guests of the Stonewall Inn in New York spoke out again police harassment. Since then, rallies have been held all over the country in remembrance of this event. The 2014 Spirit of Stonewall Rally marks the 40th anniversary of the first rally in San Diego and reminds the community of the work that still needs to be done for acceptance and understanding. At the rally, keynote speaker Laverne Cox will discuss the theme “Reflections of Pride.”

Block Party

After the rally is completed, the third annual Pride of Hillcrest Block Party will start. Get ready to dance from 7-11 p.m! This event is for guests 21 and older, and you must purchase a ticket to enter. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online.

The musical line-up includes Taryn Manning, DJ Nikno, and Booniez Dance Crew. Giant LED screens, go-go dancers, and carnival rides all add to the fun, festive atmosphere.

Parade

On July 19, 2014, more than 300,000 spectators are expected to view one of the nation’s largest gay pride parades. The 2014 San Diego Gay Pride Parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of University Avenue and Normal Street. The parade will continue west on University Avenue, turn south onto 6th Avenue, turn left onto Balboa Drive and end on Laurel Street.

Music Festival

Just after the parade finishes, you can head over to Balboa Park for the music festival. Performers will be on multiple stages from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. There’s sure to be something to appeal to every taste with performances from a wide variety of artists including Charice, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, DJ Trevi, and the Teagan Taylor Band.

A weekend pass is $20, and kids 15 and under are free.

Reserve your Hotel Room near the LGBT Festival Today!

With thousands of people expected to be swarming San Diego from out of town, we’re sure cheap San Diego hotels won’t be vacant for long. If you’re interested in attending the annual San Diego LGBT Festival, or are just looking to enjoy a Southern California vacation, be sure to reserve your room at Pacific Inn & Suites.

The Pacific Inn near Downtown San Diego is located just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Bay, Little Italy and Balboa Park.  To make sure your hotel stay is schedules, call 1-800-571-2933 and don’t forget to ask about our available discounts and vacation packages!

Fashion Forward Trends at the 2014 Del Mar Race Track

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The Del Mar Race season is one of the most elite and anticipated events of the year in San Diego. People come from far and wide to attend one of these horse races, especially on July 17 which is Opening Day.

Besides the sound of the cheers of the crowd and the excitement of the horses racing, one of the most important aspects of the Del Mar Race Track is the eye-catching fashions seen around the track. Between the decorative hats to the full skirts, the Del Mar Races are not a place to be shy with your wardrobe. For those looking to attend a race in style, we have some trendy tips on how to stand out as a stylista.
Women should think about trying to audition to be a cast member of “The Real Housewives of San Diego.” Think: classy and flashy. Consider finding a skirt or dress that hits the knee or mid-thigh and avoid short body-hugging garments. Flared skirts and wrap dresses will look stunning when paired with a stylish head piece. If you’re getting stadium seating, be considerate by wearing a small brimmed hat or head piece, but if you plan on wandering the grounds, go all out with a wide-brimmed statement sun hat. Don’t forget to accessorize, ladies! Bright colored chunky jewelry will set you apart and you can’t go wrong with chandelier earrings.

When it comes to shoes, consider how much you plan on walking and remember that much of the racetrack consists of dirt pathways. We recommend comfortable wedges or fashionable sandals.
Men can choose to wear semi-formal clothing to the races with a lightweight button-down dress shirt or polo that will offer comfort throughout the day. Men are also known to wear hats at the track- try a trendy fedora or straw hats that nods to the 1950s. Men should wear lightweight linen pants or trousers and will need to pair it all with a coat if they plan on attending the Turf Club. Some of the latest dress shoe trends at the event include sleek loafers with a tassel for high-end and sophisticated attire.
The Del Mar Race Track has events held from July 17, 2014 to November 7, 2014 with ticket prices starting at $6.00 for the stretch run and $10 for the clubhouse. Diamond Club members get half-price admission with additional discounts on other services at the location.

Planning your vacation in San Diego to attend the Del Mar Races? Don’t forget to book your cheap San Diego hotel near the beaches. Pacific Inn is a great option for Southern California vacationers because we’re conveniently located next to the San Diego Airport, Gaslamp Quarter and a bus and trolley stop which allows ease of access to major San Diego attractions.

To book your room at Pacific Inn San Diego call 1-800-571-2933 today and don’t forget to ask about our available discounts!

A Walkable One Day Itinerary along the San Diego Bay

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Plenty of excitement can be found along the San Diego Bay. Many of the best attractions are situated just off Pacific Highway close to affordable downtown San Diego hotels and can easily be reached by foot. If you’re interested in exploring the local area, try our one-day walking itinerary along the beautiful San Diego Bay. Everything on our DIY walking tour is less than a couple miles away from Pacific Inn & Suites located near Little Italy in Downtown San Diego.

Visit the Firehouse Museum

You can reach this museum by turning up West Cedar Street and walking to the intersection of Columbia Street. Once inside the museum, you can spend some time observing firefighter memorabilia dating back to the beginning of the last century.

Head Down to the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Located just off North Harbor Drive on the waterfront, this fascinating museum lets you learn more about the area’s naval history. You will also have the opportunity to view famous ships such as the Californian, the HMS Surprise and the Star of India. The museum additionally features a library containing vintage photographs and important documents.

Shop and Dine at Seaport Village

If you walk south along Pacific Highway to its end point, you will enter this charming shopping complex. Notable shops include Seaport Island Fashion and Safari Animal Collection. You can also choose from eateries such as the Seaport Village Deli, the San Diego Pier Cafe and Buster’s Beach House.

End Your Day at Embarcadero Marina Park South

Situated just off East Harbor Drive, this waterfront park is the perfect place to witness a glorious San Diego sunset. The numerous yachts that moor at this location provide an air of prestige for visitors to admire. You also have the option of partaking in activities like biking and fishing.

Taking a one-day walking tour around the San Diego Bay will give you the chance to enjoy some of the finest things this wondrous city has to offer. Start off by reserving your room at Pacific Inn, one of the most popular and affordable Little Italy San Diego hotels.

For more information about the available rooms and discounts currently being offered at Pacific Inn, call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly front desk receptionist and booking agent.

The 2014 Little Italy Summer Film Festival in San Diego

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The Little Italy Summer Film Festival shows fantastic Italian movies every Saturday night from the middle of June to the end of August at the Amici Park amphitheater, which is on the corner of State and Date streets. Admission is $5 per person for each show, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Just remember, no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed, and the movie won’t be rescheduled if it rains. Since it almost never rains in San Diego during the summer, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your evening being ruined.

Some of the excellent films you can expect include Giuseppe Tornatore’s suspense movie, “The Unknown Woman”, Giulio Menfredonia’s heartfelt comedy, “We Can Do That”, and Elio Petri’s Oscar-winning thriller, “Investigation of a Citizen Beyond Suspicion”. There’s something for everyone from adult thrillers to family films, and all these movies have been made by Italy’s finest contemporary directors. People come from miles around to see these great films, so you should make sure to come at least an hour early.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go after watching the movie, then keep the Italian flavor going with an excellent dinner at Cafe Zucchero, which is just two blocks away from Amici Park. This restaurant offers unique pastries that you won’t find anywhere else, including the cassata, and they also have fine dishes such as rigatone palermitana, calamari parmagiana and saltimbocca. And if you like fine wine, then you’ll love the nearly 65 wine varieties that Cafe Zucchero offers.

If Italian isn’t your preference, the Princess Pub & Grille can be found on the corner of Date and India streets. This is considered San Diego’s first and finest English pub and offers up classics such as fish & chips, steak & ale pie and homemade Cornish pasties.

The streets of Little Italy usually get jam packed with interested movie goers on these fun summer night, so save yourself the hassle of driving and get a cheap Little Italy hotel room at Pacific Inn.

Our downtown San Diego hotel is located 0.4 miles away from Amici Park, making it an easy 8 minute walk to see your favorite Italian film this summer. For information on available discounts, or to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.

Kid-Friendly Art Studios in San Diego

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Finding ways to keep children occupied while traveling can be a bit of a challenge. Children often tire of the typical dining out and shopping excursions that encompass most trips. A creative and fun activity that parents and children can do together is spending some time at an art studio. San Diego boasts several art studios that are kid-friendly and will offer you and your children a fun, interactive and educational experience.

Art Soup is an art studio in Encinitas that caters to children ages 2 to 14. A small fee will allow your children complete access to activity tables, chalk walls, and a huge create-your-own craft bar for an hour and a half.

Bravo School of Art features different activities daily, including acrylic painting, paper mache, jewelry making, and photography. Classes are held in the city of San Diego and are geared towards specific age groups, which is why registration for classes is required.

CeramiCafe Art Lounge offers a huge selection of blank ceramics for you and your children to paint. There is also an extensive mosaic station and clay available if you wish to capture your child’s feet or hand prints during your visit to this La Mesa studio.

Clay ‘N Latte is a full-service art studio with locations in Carmel Mountain, San Diego and one in Vista. They offer pottery painting, glass fusing, mosaics, and clay prints. People of all ages are welcome and specials discounts oftentimes run throughout the week.

Fire & Mud Studios offers classes and workshops, as well as open studio times. Visitors can sculpt their very own piece of artwork out of clay and watch instructors use unique firing techniques to finish off their masterpiece. This studio in San Marcos can accommodate different age ranges and large groups for parties.

Fun Dabbles features an indoor play area alongside its art studio in Carlsbad. Parents and their children can paint their own pottery, make their own candles and scented soap, and paint a beautiful portrait on canvas. There are no studio fees and children can enjoy the play zone for one low price.

If you’re looking to schedule a play date that you’ll enjoy just as much as your children, these art studio will surely provide you with the space and materials you need to make lasting memories. In order to fully enjoy your studio time, make sure you’ve reserved a room at one of the trusted and affordable hotels near Balboa Park in San Diego. Balboa Park is home to several museums and will be a great place to get some art inspiration before heading to one of the above mentioned studios.

To find a coastal hotel that’s within your budget, visit San Diego Pacific Inn and Suites. For more information about our current specials and vacation packages, contact a reservations specialist by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

 

Dad’s Day Out: San Diego Father’s Day Itinerary

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Father’s Day weekend promises to be a lively one around San Diego, with events ranging from camping with wild animals to a quirky surf competition. Following is a sample itinerary to keep any dad happy, just so long as he has a nice and affordable downtown San Diego hotel to unwind in come days end.

Friday, June 13
Petco Unleashed Surf Dog Competition, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Start the day at Imperial Beach cheering on the unusual surfers at this quirky competition. Check out the sand sculpting competition, relax in the beer garden and watch some courageous canines paddle out and hang 20.

Foodie Friday, 6:00 pm
If your guy loves food and theater, Foodie Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse is the place to go this weekend. The cost of a ticket to the rock n’ roll musical “Chasing the Song” includes access to gourmet food trucks and a beer tasting by Stone Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 14 
San Diego Fair, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
With loads of food, contests, rides, animals, games and exhibits, this is the place to go for some old-fashioned fun. The family-friendly extravaganza features wild and wooly events from a turkey stampede to six magic shows.

San Diego Zoo Father’s Day Sleepover, 4:00 pm – Sunday, June 15, 9:00 am
After the fair, head to the zoo and get ready for an amazing overnight adventure including animal presentations, bus tour, moonlight stroll and morning feeding. This year’s theme is animal superheroes and the price includes tent, dinner, evening snack and a hot breakfast.

Sunday, June 15 
Family Kayak Adventure Center Kayak Tour, 9:00 am
Glide out on the water early for a guided kayak tour of lively San Diego Bay, complete with all equipment and a certified instructor. Paddle along enjoying views of the downtown skyline and Coronado Island while listening to fascinating tales of the area’s history.

San Diego Wooden Boat Festival, June 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and June 15, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wooden boat fanatics will love this annual Shelter Island festival at the Koehler Craft Boat Yard featuring over 80 wooden water craft in various stages of restoration. Take an afternoon stroll around the grounds admiring vessels from rowboats to schooners, along with nautical displays, music, food and crafts.

Concert Humphrey’s on the Bay, 7:00 pm
A perfect ending to Father’s Day weekend just might be the Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson performance at Humphrey’s on the Bay, one of the highlights of the spectacular outdoor venue’s summer series.

A packed weekend full of dad-focused activities is the perfect way to say “I love you.” Dad will also appreciate the top-notch amenities offered at Pacific Inn. We have in-room ESPN/HBO, daily buffet breakfast free of charge and Jacuzzi suites with an in-room whirlpool tub. If you really want to make sure the man in your life feels appreciated, book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites today – our cheap San Diego zoo hotel offers all the frills without excessive bills.

To schedule your Father’s Day room reservation at Pacific Inn, call 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s top Arcades

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When visiting San Diego, most people think of spending time at the beach or exploring the downtown area. But did you ever think of rallying your friends or family together for a friendly game of laser tag, pool, or air hockey? Arcades and game rooms offer fun for people of all ages, encourage friendly competition and best of all, they’re extremely affordable. There are several game-themed entertainment venues in San Diego, offering different vibes based on the age requirement to get in. So scrape up all the spare change you can find and hit one of these fun establishments for a fun-filled outing:

Rush Laser Tag & Arcade

For a chance to enjoy good old fashioned skee ball or to try your hand at laser tag, Rush’s offers a number of activities for all ages. Located at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, it’s a hot spot that makes it easy to enjoy classic arcade games in a prime location that is next to the rides on the boardwalk. Rock climbing is an additional outdoor feature that is available next to the arcade.

Nickel City Amusement Center

Nickel City Amusement Center is a larger arcade that offers classic games with $2 admission and only nickels needed to play select games. A free play section is even offered for unlimited use to customers. Patrons can enjoy playing on the pinball machine or use new games that are based on the latest Hollywood films. With a large selection in prizes available after collecting tickets, it makes for a great place to visit on the weekend or when hosting a birthday party.

Brewski’s Bar

For adults looking to have a bit of fun on a Friday night, Brewski’s bar offers a free arcade to its customers with video games, air hockey, and plenty of pool tables. Guests can leave their laundry money at home and enjoy the adult playground with classics that will remind them of their childhood. Perhaps the best part is enjoying food and adult beverages while playing in the arcade.

So book your room at one of the city’s top cheap hotels near the San Diego airport today! Pacific Inn & Suites offers everything a budget-conscious traveler is looking for: cheap room rates, discounts, money-saving vacation packages, free in-room WiFi, free parking, and a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

Don’t wait until our guest rooms book up during your ideal dates this summer. Call Pacific Inn hotel today at 1-800-571-2933.

 

How to save money at the San Diego County Fair

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A family event like Del Mar’s beautiful San Diego County Fair is known for its great deals and bargain offers. The San Diego County Fair can be a very cost-effective and memorable event for everyone. Whether you’re attending the fair with your partner or as a family, there are some expert tips to maximize fun while minimizing the impact on your entertainment budget.

Discount tickets and special admissions can be purchased through San Diego County businesses like Ford and Toyota Dealerships. San Diego County Albertson’s and Sav-On stores also offer deeply discounted tickets including $4 specials on Saturday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 11.

Additionally, there are free admissions days on June 24 and July 1 for kids under 12. To encourage your children to get their nose in a book, they could partake in the readers program in which children can read their way to free admission. Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day is always a great way for the thrill-seekers to save on great rides and attractions. Purchase any Pepsi product at Albertson’s to score a $30 fair ticket that includes unlimited access to rides (only available on select days).

Even transportation doesn’t have to be an expensive hassle. There is free parking at off-site lots with regular shuttles to the main gate. There is a Fair Tripper bus and train package which includes transportation and fair admission.

Going to events will often mean big food bills when mealtime arrives, but the San Diego County Fair invites you to pack in your own food, with some safety exceptions. There are in-fair special deal days at food booths and kids meal discounts.

San Diego County Fair has been a memory making event for San Diego County families for many decades. With all the value packages and savings offers, there has never been a better time to make your own memories. For a complete list of savings, head to sdfair.com and click on “Tickets & Promotions.”
No matter what your vacation budget is, we’re sure you can rack up enough savings to make a fun-filled day at the fair a possibility. Save money by booking a room at a cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego and utilizing public transportation, such as the Coaster, to get to the fairgrounds.

Pacific Inn offers close access to the San Diego trolley and we have family friendly amenities to help you get the most bang for your buck. Enjoy everything that San Diego has to offer during your trip and stay at our cheap hotel near Seaworld, the Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park.

For more information on our available discounts and savings, call a Pacific Inn hotel reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s June 2014 Concert Calendar

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If you’ve come to San Diego to hear live music, you couldn’t have chosen a better time than June. Whether you’re interested in classical symphonies or classic rock, there’s an event for every single genre of music you can imagine in San Diego.

The sensational pop star Lady Gaga opens up the June concert scene with a show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena at 7:30 PM on June 2. Her show, called artRave – The ARTPOP Ball, has yet to sell out with tickets starting at $39 and topping off around $230. Lady Starlight and Hatsune Miku will be her opening acts.

The San Diego Symphony has five events in June, including tributes to Elvis on June 27 and the Beatles on June 28 at 7:30 PM.  Concerts will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, with Grandstand and Cabaret section tickets available for $25 – $84.

Steve Winwood ,60s and 70s rock sensation, will take the stage for one show only at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Sea at 7:30 PM June 17. Tickets are going fast with only select tickets available online at websites like stubhub.com. We’re hoping Winwood excites concert goers by singing some of his classics like “Gimme Some Lovin” or “Arc of a Diver.”

The “Greatest Love of All” is a tribute to soul queen Whitney Houston and hits the Balboa Theater on June 1. This tribute band, starring powerhouse singer Belinda Davids, will perform the 2.5 hour concert as a tribute to Whitney’s legacy, doing her biggest hits justice. Tickets are available from San Diego Theaters starting at $39. Out of towners can also take advantage of summer discounts being offered at hotels near Balboa Park in San Diego.

The annual San Diego County Fair running for nearly a month starting June 8 brings with is some of the most talented musical artists in the country. From big name bands to amateur singers, the fair’s multiple stages have something for every kind of music lover, with many of the shows included in your fair admission price. You can catch 24 Days of The Beatles’ Music or headliners such as Third Eye Blind, Creedence Clearwater Revisted, the 10th Annual Gospel Festival, Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis and the News and REO Speedwagon.

June is truly the monster music month for San Diego and one of the best times for music lovers to take in a show or two during summer vacation visit. Spending a little bit of money on a concert ticket is going to be much more feasible if you saved a ton by booking a room at a cheap hotel in San Diego. Save even more by reserving a room at Pacific Inn & Suites where your stay comes with a free breakfast buffet, free parking and free in-room WiFi.

Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to book your June stay in San Diego.

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