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How to Plan a Successful Family Vacation

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While there are a lot of things to coordinate when planning a family trip to San Diego, there are several ways that you can ensure your trip’s success. Check out these four tips by the San Diego Pacific Inn for making your next family vacation a happy one.

1. Cushion Your Budget
One of the most crucial elements to planning a great family vacation is to stay within your budget. Since there can be a number of unplanned expenses on your trip, be sure to leave some breathing room in your budget when you’re booking the essentials. This way, if you do have money left over towards the end of your trip, you may get to splurge for a fancy dinner, or, if an emergency arises, you have the financial flexibility to take care of it.

2. Check for Deals
Along with planning some wiggle room in your budget, you may want to look for deals on discount sites before coming. Groupon has deals for small groups, so you may be able to get a deal on tickets for the whole family to attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, or even Disneyland. Some companies offer special rates for groups of 5 or more people, so if you have a big family, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts before you purchase your tickets.

3. Invite a Friend
Traveling can be more fun for you and your children if they have a friend or sibling to share it with. If you will be traveling with just one child, consider having your child invite one of his or her friends along on the trip. While you will need to foot the bill for an extra person, having a friend along means that your child will be kept occupied, which means you can have some time to relax.

4. Get a Consensus
Another important step for making your trip successful is to make sure that everyone’s interests are given equal attention. Before the trip, make a list of all of the destinations in the city that are interesting to your family. Then, let everyone vote for their top 2 choices. Make sure to visit everyone’s top destination choice, and then try to squeeze in each person’s secondary choices if time allows. This way no one will feel left out, and everyone will get to do at least one thing that they’re interested in.

Planning family vacations is a challenge for most families, but picking a hotel that will work for your family doesn’t have to be. Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn San Diego and rest assured that your stay will be a comfortable and affordable one. Call a Reservation Manager today to learn more about our complimentary amenities and to find out about our availability. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Make the Most of Your Business Trip

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San Diego is a major destination for business professionals and for hosting conventions. Unfortunately, business travel often sounds more glamorous than it really is. It can be challenging to find time to see the sights and relax when you’re busy attending meetings or conferences. The following tips will help you make the most of your trip and enjoy some personal time away from work.

Plan Ahead
No matter how busy you expect to be during the trip, spend some time researching things to do in the city before you go. You can also email friends and colleagues who have been to San Diego for recommendations. Prepare a list of the restaurants, destinations, and events you hope to see while you’re in town so you have suggestions at hand if you can find time to get away.

Meet Clients at an Exhibition or Restaurant
If there’s something you want to see in town, plan to meet clients or colleagues there instead of in your hotel’s lobby. Meeting at the restaurant or museum maximizes your time and gives you an excuse to visit a location you otherwise would not have had time to see.

Add Extra Time
If possible, add an extra day or two to your trip to get in a bit of sightseeing. Arriving even a day early for a business trip gives you time to get settled in your hotel in downtown San Diego and explore.

Use Travel Time
A great deal of business travel involves merely waiting to get to a destination. Use your wait time on the plane or in the taxi to get through your work to-do list so you have more time to explore the city.

Get in a Workout
If your days are packed with meetings, nothing melts away the stress of work and travel better than getting in some exercise. When you have little downtime, take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather to go for a walk or run before work and see the city up close.

Try New Foods
Instead of eating the lunch your company provides, suggest that your coworkers explore local restaurants near your hotel or business destination. Use Yelp and other review apps to find out where the locals like to eat. Work up the bravery to try some local cuisine, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Nopales (cactus) tacos are a favorite at many San Diego Mexican restaurants.

Coming to San Diego for a work trip? Book a room at one of the top hotels in downtown. The conveniently located Pacific Inn is close to the San Diego International Airport, as well as local attractions, like the Gaslamp Quarter and the famous San Diego Zoo. Reach out to one of our Reservation Managers at 1-800-571-2933 for available dates, or reserve your room today!

Top Tips to Make the Airport a Breeze

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No matter how excited you might be to head out to a warmer climate, going to the airport at the start of your trip can be a real mood-killer. This is especially true if you happen to be traveling with kids in tow, during a busy season, or with lots of luggage. Fortunately, you can make travel a breeze with these innovative airport hacks.

Take a Quick Picture of Your Parking Spot

You think you’ll remember where you parked, or you write it down on scrap paper at your hotel in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter but accidently throw it in the trash. Instead, use your phone to photograph your parking space before flying will eliminate all of the stress and hassle of finding your car once you get back in.

Secure Luggage Zippers with Cable Ties

Before checking your bags, use a few zip ties to keep your zippers securely closed. This will prevent your luggage from falling open when loaded and unloaded, and it will also protect all of the important items that you have stowed inside.

Use a Mobile App to Find the Fastest Security Line

If there are multiple security stations at the airport that you’re leaving from, use a mobile phone app like MyTSA to find out which of these is moving fastest.

Pack Inflatable Toys for the Kids

An empty gate and an inflatable beach ball are all you need to keep kids entertained when experiencing flight delays. You can also pack board games, playing cards and drawing kits. Making sure that kids have plenty to do will make it easier for you to manage them while waiting to depart.

Carry a Refillable Water Bottle

While you can’t carry a full bottle of water onto the plane, you can carry your own refillable water bottle. This way, you can fill it up once you’ve made your way through the security station and won’t have to spend money to buy expensive beverages in the airport.

Look for a Luggage Cart in the Pick-Up Area

If you need a luggage cart, you may be able to save a little cash by snagging one that was recently used. You can usually find these in the pick-up zone.

Hang Near an Airport Lounge for Free Wi-Fi Access

Although some airports have free Wi-Fi, many limit your access to 30 or 60 minutes. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi offered in airport lounges by sitting close to the lounge entrances. For more room to spread out and full-access to all of the features offered in airport lounges, you can also consider splurging on a day pass.

Before you ever take off, don’t forget to book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. We don’t believe in sacrificing comfort for price, so in addition to our low rates we offer newly remodeled rooms, HBO and ESPN, and 24/7 customer service. Find out how much you can save by calling 1-900-571-2933 and reserving your room today!

Tips for Traveling During Peak Allergy Season

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Allergies can derail even the best-planned vacations. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that make it much easier to prepare for new climates, exposure to new allergens and the ravages of an unexpected allergy attack. Following are several things you can do to ensure your next trip is a smooth one, in spite of food allergies or negative responses to airborne allergens.

Stow Your Allergy Medicines in Your Carry-On

Lost luggage can create significant problems for people who are reliant upon prescription allergy medicines or over-the-counter products that are difficult to find. Antihistamines and epinephrine pens might additionally be necessary in-flight if people come in contact with dust mites or foods that trigger allergic reactions. You should also make sure to have a bracelet, necklace or card on hand at all times that lists your allergies and any essential medications. If you plan on bringing prescription medicine, be sure to bring the actual prescription just in case.

Opt for a Pet-Free Room

Make sure your hotel puts you in a room that has always been pet-free. Discuss your allergies with the Downtown San Diego hotel manager when making your reservations so that the likelihood of in-room allergens is minimized. Make sure your room is away from indoor swimming pools and bring your own hypoallergenic pillow case and mattress cover.

Find a Nearby Allergist

If you suffer from severe allergies, find the name and contact information of a reputable allergist before departing. Should you need an urgent appointment after having reached your destination, you won’t have to spend time hunting down a good provider.

Get Your Prescriptions Refilled Before Departing

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor before heading out. He or she may be able to recommend several short-term adjustments to help limit adverse responses to new allergens. This is also a good time to get all of your prescriptions refilled. Make sure you have sufficient amounts of each medication for the duration of your trip.

Download a Pollen Report

Many companies offer comprehensive pollen reports online. Find a report that is specific to your destination, and follow this before and during your trip. This will let you know which days are best for outside activities. You can also download a mobile app to stay current with local pollen counts while visiting San Diego.

Order Local Honey

Although there is still limited evidence concerning the efficacy of consuming local honey to control pollen allergies, many people assert local honey has helped them naturally manage seasonal allergies. You can use the web to find a supplier of honey that is local to your intended destination. Consume at least one teaspoon per day starting several weeks before your trip. This could minimize your response to airborne pollen, thereby making it easier for you to get outside and enjoy yourself, even on high pollen days.

The Pacific Inn hotel near the San Diego Convention Center is a great choice for location and comfort. We offer several discounts, including a Park & Fly package, 24/7 customer service, and the best rate around. To speak with a Reservation Manager, call 1-800-571-2933 and book a room today!

Keep It Safe in San Diego This Summer

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Summer Safety Tips for San Diego

Every year, millions of tourists flock to San Diego, especially in the summer. Generally speaking, locals will tell you San Diego is a safe place. But we are a big city with a bustling nightlife, so there are a few basic safety precautions worth taking to ensure your vacation is memorable in a fun way. As a leading downtown San Diego hotel for summer breakers, we’d like to share a few tips with incoming tourists.

Know What Areas to Avoid

When you’re exploring on vacation, most people don’t know the good from the bad areas and it can be easy enough to wander into the wrong side of town. Do your research ahead of time and avoid locations that are isolated or away from tourist attractions. Know which streets to avoid and stay in areas that are well-lit with plenty of traffic.

Place a Napkin Over Your Drink

When you’re mingling with other people at a bar or party, place a napkin over your drink as you socialize. Although it may be a difficult habit to begin practicing or you might feel funny at first, holding a napkin over your drink (you can poke a hole for the straw) can prevent someone from easily slipping something into your drink the moment you turn the other way.

Rely on Taxis

Even if you “feel fine,” if you’ve been drinking at all rely on taxis and car sharing. Aside from the fact that this is just responsible behavior, San Diego sets up check points for all the big holidays as well as sporadically throughout the year, especially during summer months. Have the phone number of a local taxi company on hand ahead of time for a plan of action that ensures that you arrive safely back at your hotel without an accident. You can also reserve a hotel room in the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easy to just walk (or stumble) back to your hotel at the end of your night.

Go Home with Friends

One of the most common mistakes made on vacation is going to a party or bar with friends and leaving the event with a stranger. This can easily threaten your safety and make you vulnerable to a dangerous situation. Stick with your friends and have a buddy system in place to ensure that you don’t succumb to a stranger’s ulterior motives.

As with any vacation, it’s important to plan ahead (at least a little) and keep a few safety tips in the back of your mind at all times. For more safety ideas, or to book a downtown or Little Italy hotel, reach out to the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are minutes from downtown, the airport, and the convention center, and we also offer great rates and promotions. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more!

Visiting the Beach While in San Diego? Read These Tips First

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Beach Tips for San Diego Tourists

Thinking of heading out to one of the beaches in San Diego? Follow these simple tips to have the most enjoyable experience during your day of sun and sand!

1. Check your beach attire.

While Black’s Beach may be clothing optional, most of San Diego’s beaches are family oriented. Unless you’ll be in a secluded location, make sure your beach attire is appropriate for eyes of all ages. You don’t want to feel uncomfortable, have to buy a new suit, or drive back to your Little Italy San Diego hotel to change.

2. Don’t assume Fido is welcome.

Want to bring your pup to frolic in the surf as well? For the majority of the beaches, from April 1st to October 31st, dogs are not allowed on the beach from 9am to 6pm and must be leashed when at the beach.

Dog Beach, North Beach Dog Run, Fiesta Island, and Del Mar Dog Beach all cater to the canines and have individual rules. Dog Beach is one of the oldest dog-friendly sites and is open 24 hours. Leashes are optional.

3. Be mentally prepared for parking.

It might sound like an exaggeration, but if you aren’t mentally prepared for parking at a San Diego beach during high season you’ll quickly be overwhelmed and discouraged. Be polite, don’t engage people who swoop in and steal a spot even though you had your blinker on, and if you wait for a person leaving and follow them to their car let them know you want their spot and aren’t just being a creep. Most importantly, depending on the day, the time, and the beach, you could easily spend 20-30 minutes trying to park.

4. Keep your sunscreen to yourself.

Some beachgoers have shunned old-fashioned sun block in favor of the spray on brands. If you prefer the spray, make sure you pay attention to your nearest neighbors as well as the direction of the wind so your fellow beachgoers don’t end up with a mouthful of SPF.

5. Headphones are a must have.

Respect your neighbors on the sand and employ your headphones to listen to your favorite beats! They also come in handy if other beachgoers aren’t using headphones and you’re just not in the mood to listen to their music.

6. Watch your children.

While many beaches employ lifeguards, it is still your responsibility to keep an eye on your offspring and ensure they are not only safe, but not pestering other beach goers who are intent on relaxing.

7. Properly pack up.

When it’s time to head back to your hotel near the SDCC, ensure you shake out your beach towels away from the crowds. Also pick up all of the trash and ensure you leave your space clean for the next visitor.

Visiting a San Diego beach is a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day outdoors, and following these few simple tips will help ensure you have an amazing visit.

For more beach tips or to secure a room for your San Diego stay, reach out to the Pacific Inn San Diego. Our recently remodeled rooms are comfortable and spacious, we offer free Wi-Fi, and always have fresh tea and coffee brewing. You can also count on quick booking, no booking fee, and the best rate guaranteed. Speak with a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and reserve your room today!

Flying Solo in San Diego? Try These 8 Activities

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Fun Activities for Solo Travelers in San Diego

There are few cities in the U.S. that are as perfect for solo travel as San Diego. From the friendly locals to the huge selection of activities and events, folks flying solo to SD are sure to have fun, meet new people, and feel safe while doing both.

1. Sign Up for a Cooking Class at Hipcooks

Meet some new friends while learning to cook some delightful dishes at the same time. Classes are reasonably priced at $60 and include a wide range of options, from Cajun cuisine to flavorful Japanese favorites. You have to sign up for classes in advance, so you’ll want to be sure to book a class as soon as your travel plans are confirmed.

2. Browse the Boutique Shops or People Watch on Kettner Boulevard

If you’re staying at a hotel in San Diego’s Little Italy, do a little browsing and maybe a little shopping, too. You’ll discover an eclectic selection of boutique shops on Kettner Boulevard offering everything from contemporary furniture and fashion accessories to affordable wall art and unique collectables. Or, you can head over to 98 Bottles, Kettner Exchange, or Waterfront to partake in some local craft beer while doing a little people watching.

3. Buy a Club Crawl San Diego Ticket

Immerse yourself in some of the top clubs in San Diego’s iconic Gaslamp Quarter by buying a ticket for the SD Club Crawl. For $25, you get access to four clubs in one night, all of which are walking distance to several Gaslamp hotels in San Diego. You’ll also make new friends and might even find some other solo travelers.

4. Kayak Along the San Diego Coast

Looking for some solo adventure in SD? You can conveniently rent a kayak and any other supplies you need around at almost any waterfront area or in Seaport Village. La Jolla is noted for its caves, but you can pretty much kayak anywhere along the SD coast. La Jolla is also a good spot to grab lunch or relax in the sun.

5. Take the Winery Train Tour

A typical tour includes stops at various SD wineries, some tasty samples, a light lunch, prizes and games, some background info on San Diego and its association with the wine industry, wine making tips, a look at the wine making process and a casual train ride through one of the most scenic regions on the West Coast. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable, so you definitely get your money’s worth.

6. Run, Walk or Jog in and Around the City

There’s no better way to explore SD on your own than to take advantage of the many trails and pathways throughout the city. Run along the embarcadero and see Seaport Village, jog through Balboa Park to explore the cultural heart of the city, or hit the boardwalk and grab a drink at a beachfront bar after.

7. Visit Spanish Village in Balboa Park

If you’re on your own in San Diego, consider a visit to the collection of artisan shops in Balboa Park known as Spanish Village where you’re free to take your time browsing and chatting with the friendly craftspeople. You’ll find a bunch of handmade trinkets and other goodies that can serve as a reminder of your trip to SD.

8. Stop By the San Diego Museum of Art

Since you’re visiting on your own, you’re free to take as long as you wish to soak up the sights, ask questions to the courteous staff members or even chat with artists who may be on-site setting up their exhibits. The museum also hosts special events throughout the year, including Art Alive every spring.

Have you booked your room yet? No? Let the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites be your number one choice. We have a great location near the airport, Little Italy, the Gaslamp, and public transportation. And, our guests can always count on friendly service, flexible dates, and a low rate. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability!

The 6 Types of San Diegan’s You’ll Meet During Your Visit

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San Diego's Top Personalities

San Diego entices people from all over the world, turning the city into a mini melting pot of unique personas and eclectic characters. Here’s a look at six types of people you’ll see around the city that help give San Diego its je ne sais quoi.

Fitness Fanatic Guy

There’s not an ounce of fat in this guy’s diet and none on him either. He’s the hunk you saw running through Torrey Pines in the morning and again in the evening. He’s also frequently spotted jogging along the embarcadero near SDCC hotels and over the convention center stairs.

Surfer Dude

Surfer Dudes are ubiquitous in San Diego, hanging out everywhere from Ponto Beach and Leucadia to Bird Rock and Ocean Beach. Chances are, he owns a chocolate Lab, a pickup truck or SUV, and his own biz that lets him catch waves whenever he wants. He feels a little nervous about that “No Kooks” t-shirt, though, because he’s secretly from Jersey and has done his fair share of dropping in on people who grew up here.

Yogis and Crossfitters

With a yoga studio, crossfit studio, or free yoga meet-up group on almost every corner in San Diego, they’re pretty easy to spot. Yoga pants and green juice are a way of life, and they will happily engage anyone, anytime, anywhere on all things related to health and fitness.

Student Transplant

San Diego County has five big universities, half a dozen or so junior colleges, and tons of technical schools, making the student transplant a very popular species in the city. They’re most often spotted between Pacific Beach and Mission Beach, or partying it up at Gaslamp Quarter hotels. We don’t really need to say more, you’ll know this type when you see them.

Fun Baby Boomers

They grew up here or migrated in the ’70s because they felt trapped in their hometown. Now that the kids are out of the house, they’re making up for lost time and can often be spotted out and about on the weekends at the best restaurants, newest bars, or even dancing at the club. The barely-legal youngsters roll their eyes, not realizing the fun baby boomers give more business to the establishment than them and all their friends combined.

Young Immortals

They have perpetual tans, perfect white teeth, great hair, and new cars. You can’t quite figure out where these people get their money from, but they’ve got a lot of it and love to spend it on liquor and luxury items. They’re usually the ones ordering rounds, expensive champagne, sporting a new Gucci bag every month, and partying until the sun comes up.

San Diego wouldn’t be San Diego without its many distinctive residents from all walks of life. Want to experience the San Diego charm for yourself? Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites in San Diego and come see what we mean. We have 24/7 customer service, a great location, and even better rates. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 and a Reservation Manager can help you book a room today.

How to Plan the Best Downtown San Diego Business Trip

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Downtown San Diego Travel Tips

Downtown San Diego is home to a vast array of restaurants, nightlife and business ventures. If you’re headed to San Diego for business reasons, there are some surefire ways to ensure you have a stress-free and fun trip to America’s Finest City.

Location, Location, Location!

If you are planning a business trip to downtown San Diego, then naturally you want to stay in the heart of the city. Why deal with traffic and a commute when you can simply wake up and walk to your destination? Book a room at one of the convenient hotels near the San Diego Convention Center allowing you quick access to everything in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Hotel Business Amenities

When selecting a hotel, make sure that they offer the business amenities that you need to have a successful trip. For example, the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn offers free in-room amenities such as: wireless internet, a coffee/tea maker for those early mornings (or late nights), refrigerator and microwave, an iron and ironing board and a laptop-size safe. We also provide a complimentary breakfast every morning so that you can fuel up before a day full of meetings.

Arranging Airport Transfers

Although San Diego International Airport is just a few miles from downtown, it is best to be aware of your transport options.

TaxisUpon arriving at SAN,follow the signs to the Transportation Plazas, where a Transportation Coordinator will place you in the first available taxi.

Shuttles – A variety of private shuttle companies operate from the Transportation Plazas across from Terminals 1 and 2, as well as from the curb at the Commuter Terminal.

Public Transportation – The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System operates convenient bus service to downtown on Route 992. The service operates from 5 AM to 11:30 PM, departing every 15 minutes on weekdays and every 30 minutes on weekends.

Don’t let the fact that you’re coming to this great city for business stop you from having a good time! The Pacific Inn places guests in the heart of downtown San Diego Little Italy which is full of top-rated restaurants and nightlife options. In-between obligatory businesses lunches and meetings with clients, it’ll be easy for you to see some of the city’s top sights.

Call (619) 232-6391 or click here to schedule your reservation today!

 

Family Theme Park Survival Guide

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San Diego Family Theme Parks

If you are planning your San Diego family vacation and have 1 or 2 local theme parks on your itinerary, it’s important to plan ahead, especially when you have young kids in tow. Certainly you are hoping your day will be relaxing and free of stress; however, a theme park trip can quickly escalate into a whirlwind of temper tantrums, crankiness and excess spending if you’re not equipped with these essential Theme Park Survival Tips, provided by the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn & Suites.

Top San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, LEGOLAND California and the San Diego Zoo attract tourists in droves. That is why it’s so important to pre-plan your trip to these major parks to get the most out of what is supposed to be a fun-filled day.

Parking

The parking lots at theme parks can be some of the most sinister places on the planet. They are expensive, huge, and a terror to navigate with a mini-van full of excited children. Before you go to your theme park, research the layout of the park and know exactly which parking lot will be your best location. If possible, purchase your parking pass ahead of time.

Public Transportation

You could also consider getting a hotel near your desired attraction and using public transportation to avoid all parking lot-related obstacles. For example, if the zoo is on your vacation to-do list, you could reserve a room at one of the hotels near San Diego Zoo, such as the Pacific Inn which is located less than 4 miles away. From Pacific Inn, you can easily take the Blue line bus route #215 from the Santa Fe Depot Transit Center towards SDSU, departing at Park Blvd and Zoo Pl.

Outline Your Day

Before entering the park, ask each child what their number one activity is. Looking at a park map, plan out the best route to make sure that every family member feels like a part of the vacation planning process. This way, no one will leave the park disappointed.

Pack the Essentials

There are some things you must bring to a theme park if you want to avoid paying exorbitant park prices. These items include water, aspirin, sunscreen, sunglasses, diaper items, and snacks. Pack a backpack the day before your theme park trip and leave it next to your downtown San Diego hotel door to ensure you don’t forget it.

These simple tips should help you avoid some common theme park pitfalls during your family vacation in San Diego. The staff at Pacific Inn truly hopes you have a wonderful, fun and affordable vacation. If you’re still looking for local accommodations, don’t hesitate to contact us at (619) 232-6391 if you’re interested in seeing how much money we could help you save during your stay in San Diego.

 

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