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Combining Work and Play on a San Diego Business Trip


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As a successful corporate traveler, you practically live in the airport, going from city to city, meeting to meeting. We’re here to remind you how to slow down and stop to enjoy the wonderful places your company is sending you to. San Diego is called America’s Finest City for a reason and there are plenty of things you can do in between work obligations and shaking hands with VIPs.

If you’re attending a conference at the Convention Center, then you are already in a prime location for strolling along the Big Bay, shopping at Seaport Village or trying one of the over 100 restaurants available in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Getting outside is a great way to distress and take in the beautiful San Diego sunshine.

Use the trip to reconnect with old friends or make new ones! Schedule that get together with a friend you haven’t seen in years, meet new people at your work gathering, or just go mix and mingle with the friendly people of San Diego.

Maybe you only have a little bit of time but want to see as much of San Diego as possible. Book a city tour on SanDiego.org and choose from whale watching, birding or a guided Gaslamp tour. Another option is the popular GoCar tour. Drive your own mini GoCar during a guided San Diego tour through downtown, Old Town or the beaches.

Perhaps most importantly, use this time to relax. Book an appointment for a massage, take a hot yoga class or detox in a comfortable downtown San Diego hotel room.

Pacific Inn is a great option because it’s close to downtown San Diego and the MCRD, has affordable rates and you can book a room with a Whirlpool Jacuzzi tub! If you’re interested in booking one of our luxurious Jacuzzi suites for your next business trip, call a reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933 today!

A Salute to Our Soldiers


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While last week we celebrated Veteran’s Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Pacific Inn & Suites wanted to take the time to recognize our soldiers for their dedication and service. Plus, with homecomings abound, military families are always looking to get away no matter what time of year, making it fitting for us to share some of the top money saving discounts available to the military in San Diego.

With a valid military ID, the following restaurants in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter offer military discounts and are also great for those traveling with little ones:

  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster – 15% off food and beverage purchases
  • Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza – 20% off food purchases
  • Café Sevilla – 20% off food and beverage purchases
  • Ciro’s Pizzeria – $1 off all draft beer and $2 slices
  • Hardrock Café – 15% off food and non-alcoholic purchases

Other family attractions that offer notable discounts include the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park which offer single one day admission tickets to active duty military, cadets of military academies and reserves with active orders, as well as SeaWorld who also offers single one day admission to active duty service members, activated or drilling reservists and National Guardsmen. The Birch Aquarium and the San Diego Air and Space Museum offer a $2 discount for military and family ticket purchases, and the New Children’s Museum offers a 50% discount!

For those who are traveling without the little ones, enjoy a romantic dinner at Katsuya which offers a 10% discount off one’s total purchase, or head to Latitude Lounge for 15% off food purchase. If you’re looking to dance the night away after date night, the popular nightclub Stingaree has no cover for military before 10pm.

Here at the Pacific Inn & Suites, we always offer 10% off to active military and veterans. While some may be here enjoying the coastal city of San Diego, others may be in town for graduation! Located within a few minutes of the San Diego MCRD, the airport and downtown San Diego, we are an affordable and convenient choice for travelers.

Also keep in mind that San Diego is a popular military city and most restaurants and retailers offer some form of a discount, even if it’s not advertised so be sure to ask! If you have a loved one in the military in San Diego or know a military family traveling to the seaside city in the future, help them save by sharing this article with them on Facaebook or Twitter.

Pack Up & Head to Julian for the Day


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If you’re vacationing in San Diego and want to take a day to enjoy the country life of Julian, located an hournorth east of downtown, we have a guide to get you there. Julian is one of the closest places to San Diego that gets enough snow for snowball fights, sledding and snowman making. It’s also a great place for handmade crafts, delicious desserts and wine tasting.

How to get to Julian from the downtown district near the SDCC:

  • Take CA 94 east, merge onto 94 E
  • Exit to the left for CA-125 north
  • Take I-8 east
  • Take the I-79 north exit towards Julian, turn left to stay on I-79 N
  • Turn left on Main Street

Julian is a very small and cozy town, which is why it makes for the perfect day trip if you’re visiting San Diego. Once you get to Julian, be sure to try the famous Mom’s Pies, pick apples at Julian Pie Company, go boating at Lake Cuyamaca, or go on a wine tour. All of the activities in this town make for a great romantic day date.

November 30 is a great day to plan a visit to Julian because you can shop at their Town Hall Market off Main Street or go to the Shelter Valley Art Fundraiser at the Shelter Valley Community Center. If you still haven’t had enough, head to Museum’s Memorial Park for the Julian County Christmas and Tree Lighting event for carols, Santa and more.

When it comes time to head back to the San Diego city lights, stop at Dudley’s Bakery for some apple pie and grab a bottle of wine at Witch Creek Winery to enjoy back at your Pacific Inn Jacuzzi suite, near San Diego’s Balboa Park.

To book a romantic room in San Diego at a discounted rate, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 today!

San Diego’s Snow Season Tips


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Winter is officially upon us and it’s time for San Diegans to prepare for ski and snowboard season! The best place to get everything you could possibly need is at this weekend’s San Diego Snow Jam Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tickets for the annual event are $15 online or $18 at the door, which also come with a free Snow Valley lift ticket and a SnowJam Card which has discounts on lift tickets and gear throughout the whole season.

After you grab all your gear and you’re set for the season, the question is where to go.The top snow resorts for San Diego vacationers and locals alike, just a couple hours away in San Bernardino County, are:

  • Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit
  • Mountain High
  • Snow Valley
  • Mt. Baldy

And then there’s Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth is a massive resort about six hours north of San Diego. If you don’t feel like a road trip just grab a hotel near the San Diego airport and hop on a direct flight the next morning. From December 13 through April 13, Alaskan Airlines offers direct flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the San Diego International Airport to Mammoth Lakes. The $80 one-way plane ticket is definitely worth the breathtaking views and immaculate slopes from an 11,000’ elevation (nearly twice as tall as Big Bear).

If you want a little snow closer to home, you can drive to Palomar Mountain in San Diego County! In December and January you will likely find some great snow tubing spots but leave the skis at home. Palomar Mountain State Park doesn’t allow any skiing or snowboarding, but it is a great day trip for San Diego families and friends.

Maybe, being a San Diegan and all, snow isn’t your thing. You can always stay in your sunny hometown and celebrate winter festivities near Little Italy. On December 7 you can partake in their Tree Lighting Ceremony within a snow-free Christmas Village. There will be vendors, food, hot cider, live music, dancing and did we mention food?

If you need a place to stay near Little Italy or the San Diego airport, call Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 today. We believe sharing is caring! So if you know someone who loves the snow season and the holidays, share this article with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Beware of Upcoming Travel Delays


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The holiday season is a busy time of year for a variety of businesses, and airlines are no exception. The day before Thanksgiving is recognized as “the busiest travel day of the year” and with December overflowing with holiday gatherings and extravagant New Years Eve celebrations, you can be sure that airports will be packed with people and flights at maximum capacity.

What that being said, any smart traveler will be prepared for flight delays and even the possible cancellation. As a San Diego hotel near the airport, we know how many airlines use our city as a layover destination and want travelers to know what they can do to handle a delayed or cancelled flight in San Diego!

The San Diego International Airport has recently undergone major renovations, creating a Zen-like atmosphere for those traveling in and out of terminal 2. With new shops, local restaurants and even an on-site spa, the airport has taken travel experience to a whole new level, trading layover horror to terminal bliss. However, for those not traveling internationally out of terminal 2, your options are still less than favorable with only a few minor updates to dining options.

So what will help you survive a layover in San Diego? First, pack your electronics and your chargers in your carry-on. There’s nothing worse than having your phone’s battery die with your charger stowed in your checked luggage. The San Diego Airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi and there are charging stations and outlets throughout the terminal so you can surf the web, catch up on emails or watch a movie while waiting for your flight. If you’re bored and want to pick up a keepsake to remember your short San Diego stint, Baja Books and Passport in Terminal 1 are good choices for local San Diego beach themed gifts. They might not offer much beyond your ordinary airport shops, but browsing will definitely help pass the time.

For those delayed by a few hours or longer, you may have time to explore a bit of San Diego. Liberty Station is home to a variety of restaurants including the new Stone Brewery and the USS Midway and Marina District are only a few minutes’ drive. Hail a taxi outside the airport and for about $10, head to San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter and grab a quick bite while walking down the historic 5th and 6th streets. Also, check with your airline and see if they can forward travel updates to your cell phone. This way if there are any changes in your flight schedule, you can rest assured you won’t miss your boarding, further delaying your holiday travels.

If your flight is unfortunately delayed overnight, know that airlines might not provide you with accommodations. Generally speaking, travelers will only be reimbursed if there are mechanical problems. Travel that is delayed overnight due to weather is considered out of the airline’s control, and typically requires passengers to find and pay for their own overnight lodging. Also be aware that San Diego has a “no fly” policy after 11:30pm, meaning no flights are allowed to depart from the airport after said time.

If you are in need of an affordable place to stay to accommodate a cancelled or delayed flight in San Diego, contact the Pacific Inn located a few miles from the airport. Our nightly rates are available year round, even during the busy holiday season and we always have a variety of hotel promotions so be sure to ask about current deals for additional savings. We understand delayed travel can be stressful and want to help make the process of finding a clean and cheap hotel last minute as hassle and headache-free as possible. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve a room or suite!

Downtown San Diego Bars that Stay Classy


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San Diego is home to more than just the San Diego Zoo and glorious beaches, we are also full of hot up and coming clubs and bars which are made even better by the beautiful people that frequent them. If you’re visiting San Diego and happen to be single and ready to mingle, we have a list of the top bars in San Diego that are known for their good looking clientele and easy-on-the-eyes wait staff.

  1. Southpaw Social Club is a newer bar and restaurant right next to San Diego’s Petco Park. They have a Social Hour in lieu of a Happy Hour where San Diego’s casually sexy crowd chat each other up over $5 cocktails and half priced bottles of wine. They also have live music on Thursday and Friday and a DJ spinning beats Friday through Sunday.
  2. Bang Bang, which opened downtown last summer on Market Street, has quickly become the new go-to spot in San Diego. Complete with a Ryan Gosling-covered bathroom and an ambiance that combines a Tokyo subway with San Diego’s Comic Con, it’s clear why the city’s socialites flock to this unique bar and restaurant. This is the place to grab a late night dinner and then stay for drinks and dancing.
  3. Searsucker is impossibly crowded on weekend nights with good looking business men and women, both locals and tourists alike. If you’re tired of the booming club scene and wants somewhere that is classy and trendy at the same time, then Searsucker will likely meet your needs. If you’re lucky you might catch the celebrity-chef owner, Brian Malarkey, who is known to stop by for cookbook signings and a friendly ‘hello.’

Less than two miles away from these hot spots is the classy and affordable downtown Pacific Inn. If you’re interested in getting our advanced booking rate, call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak to a reservations specialist.

Off the Beaten Path in San Diego


San Diego is famous for its beautiful weather, tourist attractions and premier dining. Almost every guide book will recommend a trip to the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and La Jolla Cove. And after, if budget permits, will encourage you to stop at Donovan’s Steak and Chop, Blue Point Coastal, Oceanaire or Fleming’s for a first class meal and an unparalleled dining experience.

However, what if you’re looking for something off the beaten path? That’s where we come in. The Pacific Inn offers a list of our favorite “hidden gems” of San Diego. Whether it’s your first, second or tenth time visiting San Diego, check out these “not-as-popular” but just as exceptional, attractions, activities and restaurants:

  • Mount Soledad

    Mount Soledad is the perfect landmark for the outdoorsy vacationer. Climb to the peak of Mount Soledad and take in some of the most breathtaking views of San Diego’s coastal shoreline. On clear days, visitors can enjoy the 360 degree view which includes the entire city of La Jolla, all the way to the edge of Mexico. Additionally, at the top of the hill sits a cross, acting as a memorial and tribute for our nation’s fallen soldiers.

  • Whaley House

    If you love paranormal activity, the Whaley House in Old Town San Diego is a must stop for visitors. While the area attracts tourists for its Mexican and Latin inspired cuisine, visitors should consider touring the Whaley House premises. Ranked in the number one position on the “America’s Most Haunted” show on the Travel Channel, you’ll have to see for yourself if the historic 1800’s home is truly haunted.

  • 30th Street in North Park

    Are you a foodie or mixologist? Maybe you’re both! Either way, anyone with a serious passion for gourmet food and drinks will fall in love with the colorful neighborhood of North Park. The neighborhood’s main drag, 30th Street, is overflowing with bars, breweries and gourmet eateries, all with a whole lot of flair. For those staying in a more popular area such as downtown San Diego, worry not, as a simple hop on the SDMTS or a short taxi ride can get you to and from North Park in no time.

  • 3rd Corner in Ocean Beach

    This premier wine bar and bistro is tucked away amongst Ocean Beach’s dive bars and coastal retail shops. Once a small wine shop, the eatery began serving small plates and soon an expansion became necessary to accommodate its growing popularity. The true California Bistro menu can be paired with more than 800 and champagnes from around the world, guests enjoy fantastic food for great prices. Love brunch? Stop by on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm and enjoy Bottomless Mimosa Brunch which includes a decadent entrée, all for less than $20 per person.

Need a place to stay during your trip? Reserve a room at the cheap Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Although our convenient downtown location isn’t necessarily off the beaten path, you can travel to any desired sites and attractions with ease. Plus, our affordable accommodations ensure you’ll have plenty of cash left to spend on dining and entertainment. For more information about our hotel deals, rates and availability, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933.

Guide to San Diego Beer Week


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San Diego Beer Week officially kicks off with the Brewer’s Guild Festival this Friday and Saturday. Appropriately named “Beer on the Pier,” the brew tasting event will take place on the Broadway Pier in Downtown San Diego.

This event is a short 12 minute walk from some of the top Downtown San Diego hotels, like the Pacific Inn, which is perfect for those who plan on using all of their 15-20 beer taster tickets. Friday’s $75 VIP Brewery Takeover tickets include unlimited beer and food tasting and an opportunity to get to know local brewing experts. A combo ticket, good for Friday and Saturday, is on sale for $100, or you could opt for general admission which is $40 for 15 samples. For an extra hour of tasting and 5 more beer ticket, purchase the premiere pass for $55.

You can purchase tickets online at www.brownpaperbag.com or get your general admission tickets at the door. If you feel like going to soak up the experience without soaking up the suds, designated driver tickets are $50 for Friday and $25 for Saturday’s event.

This downtown festival, which is less than two miles from San Diego’s Horton Plaza, is bringing in live music to entertain beer aficionados as well as food trucks to satiate those alcohol-induced munchies. Another bonus is that all beer drinkers receive a free commemorative glass, in which you’ll have the opportunity to sample everything from the hoppiest of IPAs to smooth and rich porters from some of the best local breweries.

The Brewer’s Guild Festival is just the start of a 10 day long series of beer events designed to celebrate San Diego’s growing microbrewery industry. There will be exciting tasting events and parties throughout the county, all of which you can find on the SDBW website.

Those staying near Balboa Park and the Gaslamp in downtown San Diego can also check out some nearby SDBW participants including Hamilton’s, Monkey Paw, Carnitas Snack Shack, and Ritual Kitchen. One thing’s for certain, residents and visitors will definitely have plenty of options when it comes to an ice cold brew!

Car Sharing Services Gain Popularity in San Diego


If you are visiting San Diego, you’re probably faced with the age old question of should you rent a car? For most visitors, it comes down to price and convenience. Your vacation budget and how much you’re willing to spend, as well as what area of San Diego you are staying in are going to be key factors in helping make a decision.

For instance, if you have a larger vacation budget, you may opt to stay in a central area such as downtown San Diego, not far from the SAN Airport. Then, you can walk or cab to a variety of activities, allowing you to skip the rental car. On the other hand, if you have a more limited budget, staying further from the city center may allow you to save on your accommodations and reserving a rental car will allow you travel on your own schedule. What if we told you there was a new way of travel that gave you the best of both worlds?

Ride sharing, also known as car-sharing services are taking San Diego and other major cities such a San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta and New York by storm. Ride sharing makes transportation accessible to individuals with a simple smartphone app. All you have to do is request a ride and a driver will arrive at your destination within minutes to take you to your desired destination. While it sounds like a cab, the drivers are people just like you, and their fares are significantly less.

In San Diego in particular, you can expect a ride to be almost a third less of what it would cost from a typical cab. A few well known services in San Diego are Uber and Lyft. Both provide transportation throughout the San Diego County. This type of transportation was introduced to provide car-reliant metro areas with large college populations (where transportation might not be preferred), a more efficient travel solution. However, in addition to being great for locals, it’s also a great option for visitors.

Visitors who are interested in staying downtown can opt for more affordable hotels outside of the Gaslamp Quarter and do not have to worry about the expensive daily rate for renting a car as a car-sharing service can get you from the airport to your downtown hotel or the San Diego Convention Center for about $9 including tip! And if you’re going a few blocks, you can expect fares to be less than $5. Everything is cashless making the transaction even more convenient.

So the next time you’re in a new city, check to see what ride sharing services are available and if you’re visiting San Diego, think about skipping the rental car!

6 Reasons to Visit San Diego in the Fall


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San Diego is known for its sunshine, beautiful beaches and laid back surf culture. However, that doesn’t mean that summer is the only great time to visit America’s Finest City. If you’re planning an end of the year trip, you really should consider San Diego as a destination. Need some convincing? Here are the top 7 reasons to visit San Diego in the fall.

  1. Weather

    Although we can’t promise clear blue skies, San Diego generally doesn’t get too much rain. You’ll likely still be able to do a variety of activities during your trip and the chances that you’ll be hindered by storm weather make taking a gamble worth it. Plus, unless your other options for a fall vacation include a few tropical destinations, finding great weather is a problem you’ll run into in most places.

  2. Price

    San Diego during the fall is the perfect for budget vacationers because it is considered “off-peak” season. Prices for downtown hotels and rental cars will likely be offered at a cheaper price in order to entice visitors to stay. You can stay at a clean, centrally located hotel, for prices around $75 a night. Who can beat a deal like that?

  3. Attractions

    Many of the San Diego attractions in San Diego are just as beautiful during the fall as they are in the summer. Plus, with places like the San Diego Zoo, it’s often better to come during the cooler months as this is when the animals will be the most active. In addition to the zoo, other attractions vacationers can still visit during the fall include SeaWorld, Balboa Park, Little Italy and Old Town.

  4. Events

    With a variety of holidays scattered throughout the fall and early winter, a visit to San Diego allows visitors to enjoy a variety of highly anticipated events that only come around once a year. A few of our favorite annual November and December events include San Diego Beer Week, the Old Globe Theatre’s production of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, San Diego Thanksgiving Dixieland Jazz Festival, Holiday of Lights in Del Mar and Balboa Park’s  December Nights.

  5. Restaurants

    The restaurants in San Diego highlight cuisines from around the world at price points comfortable for all visitors. Many restaurants and eateries also change their menus seasonally, using only the freshest produce. Enjoy some of the area’s top fall produce, seafood and more.

  6. Crowds

    No matter where you go in San Diego during the fall, there is likely going to be less people. So whether you’re heading to a theme park or checking out some of area’s local attractions, there won’t be as many people checking them out with you. You’ll get to take advantage of the same great events without having to worry about waiting in long lines.

What more reason could you need to visit San Diego this fall? Visit www.pacificinnsd.com to check out our current hotel deals or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak to a Reservation Manager and start planning your autumn vacation!

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