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Spa Week 2014 – Top 3 San Diego Spa

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

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

Artesia | 40 5th Avenue

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

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

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

Sweet Cheeks Beauty Bar | 540 Grand Avenue

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

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

San Diego Kids Free Month: Best Picks for Downtown Travelers

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In an effort to appeal to families with children, for the whole month of October San Diego is offering free admission for kids to more than 100 activities as long as there is a paying adult. Locals and visitors alike are able to get into some of the city’s biggest and best attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and a variety of hotspots located near family friendly hotels in Downtown San Diego.  Pacific Inn, one such hotel, has compiled a list of the top participating locations near Downtown San Diego.

Hornblower Cruises

When accompanied by an adult, children 12 and under gain free passage on any of the Hornblower San Diego Bay cruises that sail for one or two hours along the coastal waters. Guides offer narrations of the more than 50 landmarks found around the city. Vessels also travel to locations known to feature sea lions and bird species. Each ship also offers complimentary beverages and snacks.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Learning about the human body and looking at demystifying illusions are but some of the exhibits waiting for young guests at the science center. Various hands-on exhibits offer guests the chance to be an engineer while exploring a variety of sensory details. There is no doubt that the Reuben H. Fleet Center actually makes science fun.

San Diego Air & Space Museum

This museum welcomes guests to explore air and space travel through a number of exhibits that include historic planes, an ever fascinating Ripley’s Believe It or Not area, and a specially designed hanger just for kids. See equipment used by real astronauts and gaze in awe at the reproductions of actual Apollo and Gemini space modules.

Japanese Friendship Garden

Located in Balboa Park, the renowned facility welcomes families to tour the picturesque setting and learn a little more about the Japanese culture. The tranquil destination features buildings constructed using authentic Oriental architecture. The gardens boast plant life commonly found in native settings and includes a collection of unusual Bonsai trees. Other exhibits include a Koi pond that is sure to capture the interest of young visitors.

The San Diego Zoo

Also located in the beautiful Balboa Park is San Diego’s world-famous zoo. With at least one paying adult, children 11 years old and younger are granted free admission! Take advantage of this offer by booking a cheap San Diego Zoo hotel and taking your family to enjoy the animals, shows, exhibits and informational tours.

For a complete list of the Kids Free San Diego participants, visit sandiego.org/promotions/kids-free. And for a popular and affordable hotel located close to the above listed attractions, call San Diego Pacific Inn & Suites at (619) 232-6391.

 

What’s Trending in San Diego

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

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

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

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

Sidebar | 536 Market Street, Downtown Gaslamp Quarter

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

Art and Adult Libations

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

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

 

Fun and Interactive Mystery Dinners in San Diego

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Detectives & Dinner in SD

Among its many attractions, San Diego is also home to a thrilling new way to eat dinner. So farewell to the stereotypical chit chat over a standard meal and glass of wine. San Diego is home to a slew of fun, entertaining and affordable Mystery Dinners! This is a great option for travelers who want to have their dinner and entertainment conveniently wrapped into one package. While visiting the city, don’t forget to book your Downtown San Diego hotel before you check out one of these fun and engaging eateries:

The Mystery Café Dinner Theater | 505 Kalmia Street, near Balboa Park

This popular restaurant provides an interactive, comedy based mystery dinner where the cast is known to move around and talk to the crowd. Guests can expect to be highly involved with the show. Dinner is included and features a garden salad, soup du jour, choice of main entrée (including stuffed chicken breast or braised beef short ribs), and a dessert. They also offer a service called “Mysteries to Go” where they will bring the performance to your event.

The Dinner Detective | 8651 Spectrum Center Blvd, Kearney Mesa

Known as the largest venue in murder mystery comedy shows, this venue offers a highly interactive show where everyone is guilty until proven innocent. In fact, the killer might just be sitting at your table right next to you! A four course dinner is included with the show and features scrumptious dishes such as Seasonal Fish En Papillote and Grilled Portobello with Goat Cheese. A cash bar is available onsite.

The San Diego Old Spaghetti Factory | 275 5th Ave., Downtown San Diego

The Murder Mystery Company puts on a series of public and private events at this well-known and historical restaurant. Tickets to the show include a three course meal with salad, choice of a pasta dish, and homemade ice cream. They also offer gluten free, vegan, and lactose free options. This is a popular venue, so be sure to buy tickets in advance as many shows sell out.

Score reservations at Pacific Inn & Suites, one of the top affordable hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter, and set a date for one of these enthralling dinner shows. The savings you’ll get at our comfortable San Diego hotel paired with one of these mystery dinner delights will surely make for a memorable San Diego vacation.

If you’re interested in saving up to 12% on your hotel stay just for booking at least 14 days in advance, click here and enter promo code 14DAB during checkout.

 

Specific & Unique San Diego Date Ideas

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Romantic San Diego Vacation

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Essential Apps For Your San Diego Vacation

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Top San Diego Travel Apps

If you’re planning a trip to sunny San Diego and are looking for a little guidance, it may be as easy as making sure to pack your smartphone or tablet. With twenty-first century technology, it’s easier than ever to “do as the locals do.” America’s Finest City is renowned for more than just its beautiful beaches and world-class zoo. Lucky for you, there are a slew of apps that can help you decide how to spend your vacation days, from planning your itinerary to picking an top restaurants near your hotel in Downtown San Diego.

First things first, you want to think about your transportation options. San Diego has a fairly comprehensive trolley system, as well as integrated bus lines throughout the city. Plan your trip with the Metropolitan Transit System’s free MTS GO! app, which will allow you to track arrival times for your bus or trolley line. If you prefer, you can join Zipcar and download their mobile app, for on-the-go, short-term car rentals. There’s also the option of letting someone else chauffeur you. San Diego is now home to both Lyft and Uber drivers, who are available 24/7 to get you to your destination. Both ride-share systems run on easy-to-use apps that handle the entire process from ordering a ride to paying the driver.

For the beer enthusiasts among you, a tour of San Diego’s lauded craft beer scene is a must. Apps like TapHunter (free) and San Diego Beer Guide (99 cents) will track the availability of your favorite local brews and suggest new options you may not be familiar with. If you’re on a budget, make sure to download the free Happy Houred app- perfect for pinpointing the best beer deals in town!

If live music is more your speed, you should check out the popular Bandsintown app, which was created by innovative San Diegans to show fans which artists are playing nearby. Simply input your location and select a musical style. With a variety of venues, San Diego is the perfect place to catch an amazing show.

As far as dining goes, you can’t go wrong with the available, and free, apps from Yelp or Urbanspoon. Apps like these allow you to base your dining choices on quality and price as well as location. No matter your price range, San Diego abounds with delicious international cuisine. Search for the best fish taco in town on either app, and you won’t be disappointed. San Diego is also known for its many diverse and high end food trucks. Download SD Food Truck Map for a daily listing of each truck’s whereabouts. Incidentally, you’ll often find them parked at one of the city’s many breweries during happy hour.

With these apps in hand, your San Diego vacation is well on its way to being unique and memorable. Not only are you able to get a lot of insider tips from locals by using these apps and reading reviews, but you’ll also be able to score some of the city’s best deals! For a surefire way to save, don’t pass over the multitude of discounts available at the San Diego Pacific Inn. Not only is our hotel right in the mix of things – located in the heart of Little Italy just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter and the San Diego Airport – but we also special discounts from 8 to 15% off! Call (619) 232-6391 for more information and to reserve your room today!

 

San Diego Restaurant Week 2014: Top 2 Picks

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San Diego Fine Dining

San Diego, CA is graced with restaurants devoted to mouthwatering food and culinary innovation. Just in time for San Diego’s Restaurant Week, which runs through September 26, here are three top picks deemed “must eats” when vacationing at a San Diego hotel near the Gaslamp Quarter . These establishments are even more worth the wait during San Diego Restaurant Week due to discounted multi-course menu options.  From old world Italian infused with a 21st century approach, classic American barbecue, and experimental cuisine, your palate will surely be satiated after a few bites at one of the following famous eateries.

Cucina Urbana | Lunch: $20-27 | Dinner: $30-44
Set in the Banker’s Hill area, this experimental Italian kitchen doubles as a wine shop. Cucina Urbana uses locally grown ingredients and produce and their chefs have a passion for organic, environmentally sustainable items. From their Cucina burger or Jidori chicken to gourmet pizzas and stuffed squash blossoms, Cucina Urbana has it all.

And don’t forget about dessert! Restaurant Week dinner guests can choose from a chocolate espresso budino, a cheese sampler or fig semifreddo!

Market Restaurant & Bar | Dinner: $40 + $25 for optional wine pairings

No list of top San Diego restaurants is complete without mentioning Market Restaurant + Bar. The restaurant, located in Del Mar, focuses on high class coastal cuisine, using local seafood, produce and meats. Everything from sushi to mesquite grilled chicken crosses their kitchen. The atmosphere is casual, but the staff is superior. An added bonus is that their special SDRW menu is being offered through October 5th due to high demand.

When you dine in for dinner during restaurant week, you won’t be disappointed by the vast array of options on their impressive menu. For appetizers guests can choose from such items as the Gingered Carrot Soup & Maine Lobster, Cirspy Skin Duck Leg Confit, or the Yellowtail Tartare. For the entrée, fill up on their roasted jidori chicken with sage-parmesan meatballs or try their spice-rubbed beef tenderloin with roasted chili-garlic whipped potatoes. Vegetarian? Fear not! They’re also serving a Farmer’s Market Vegetable Tasting with four different items.

When it comes time for treats, you’ll have the tough choice of choosing between their S’Mores Bar, Citrus Panna Cotta, or Garrotxa Spanish Goat’s Milk Cheese with cinnamon-raisin toast.

SDRW Hotels

Is your mouth watering yet? Because ours it! To take full advantage of the over 200 restaurant options during this fun-filled foodie event, be sure to book a room at a centrally located hotel such as the San Diego Pacific Inn located in Little Italy.

For information on our exclusive discounts and vacation packages, call (619) 232-6391 or click on the “Reservations” tab above.

Tips for Frugal Shoppers in San Diego

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Shopping in San Diego

Traveling to San Diego, California, is a great getaway from winter climates. Aside from its heavenly weather, San Diego is also a great place to do some bargain hunting while on vacation. While brand-name boutiques and designer labels certainly abound, so do many eclectic thrift shops, bargain brands and affordable retailers. With a little research, which the staff at the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn has already done for you, you can save major moolah on your mini San Diego shopping spree. Here are our tips on where and how to save when splurging in San Diego.

Downtown San Diego is a bargain hunter’s dream. The downtown area’s Gaslamp District includes a wide variety of restaurants and bars, but there are also some local worthwhile shops where travelers can score some rare finds and great deals. Some of the best bargains in downtown San Diego might be found at:

  • Bubbles Boutique
  • Buffalo Exchange
  • Eden Boutique
  • MS Vintage Clothing Boutique

Another way to save is by using mobile apps or scouring the internet for online coupons and savings, of course by using the free Wi-Fi available in your Gaslamp Quarter hotel room. Frugal shoppers want to be sure to check for coupons or special discounts and sales available through these local publications and websites:

  • San Diego Reader
  • San Diego Magazine
  • Local Deals (San Diego)
  • San Diego City Beat
  • Groupon San Diego
  • Living Social San Diego

Budget travelers could also gain some knowledge from the locals working at their San Diego hotel. The front desk staff at the Pacific Inn hotel is more than happy to direct guests to the best places for deals on clothing, or other items of interest like vintage jewelry and art. Let Pacific Inn Hotel in Little Italy save you money during your vacation so that you have more for shopping! Call us today at (619) 232-6391 and be sure to ask about our available discounts!

San Diego’s Top 5 Craft Beers

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Best Draft Beer in San Diego

Everyone loves a good beer and what better place to get it than San Diego- America’s Craft Beer Capital? The big craft beer boom hit San Diego in 2011 when, according to The National University System Institute for Policy Research, the number of craft breweries in the county more than doubled. Brewery tourism is something that attracts thousands of people to San Diego every month. If you’re interested in a beer tasting adventure, book your cheap San Diego hotel and head out to local brew pubs in search of the famous beers listed below. Tip: Visit taphunter.com or download their free smartphone app to find out exactly where you can find these beers.

Cigar City Ramblin’ Rye – AleSmith Brewing Company
This is a rye brown ale that receives fantastic ratings from guests all over. With a rich rye spice flavor and a toasty taste and a rich and creamy texture, this delightful beverage goes down smooth. Most visitors compare this beer to a Roggenbier as well as a rye.

10 Commandments – The Lost Abbey
With a dark and sweeter taste, this Belgian Strong Dark Ale is a favorite among beer aficionados world-wide. It has a full-bodied feel with a hint of carbonation, adding to the fruity taste.

19/10 O’Brien’s Anniversary IPA – Alpine Beer Company
An IPA that has an outstanding rating everywhere, the rich golden craft beer keeps guests coming back to this brewery over and over. It has a citrusy smell, reminiscent of oranges, with just a tad of bitterness to add with the sweetness of the citrus. It is subtly carbonated and easy to drink.

AleSmith Speedway Stout Vietnamese Coffee – AleSmith Brewing Company
One of the highest rated American Doubles and Imperial Stouts in the San Diego area, this brew is a mix of imperial stout and Vietnamese coffee. It is a favorite amongst the locals, having a mocha flavor and heavier feel. The high alcohol content is said to sneak up on you, so drink with caution.

Chez Monus – Alpine Beer Company
Tons of San Diego locals flock to this brewery just to get their hands on this American Wild Ale. It has an apricot taste and smell with slight carbonation. A dry finish ends a fantastic sour brew.

Now that you have a list of some of the best craft beers in San Diego, you know exactly what to do- get out there and try them all! When beer tasting, it’s best to start with small samples so that you can experience a wide variety of beers at each location.

For the most bang for your buck, head to San Diego during San Diego Beer Week taking place November 7-16th. Enjoy beer-themed events, special workshops, meet-and-greets, and limited edition brews and tasting events. Head to sdbw.org for more information and don’t forget to book your San Diego Beer Week hotel in Downtown San Diego.

Click here or call the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn at (619) 232-6391 for information on exclusive hotel discounts and availability.

 

San Diego, California: Your Mini-Guide to a Stress-Free Vacation

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Stress Free in SD

Perhaps you’re thinking of visiting sunny San Diego, California, in the near future. Without a doubt, this city is a great destination for all types of travelers. Balboa Park and LEGOLAND offer endless family fun, Pacific Beach offers endless nightlife options, and over 70 miles of coastline offer perfect places for relaxing. No matter what your goal is, I think we can all agree that vacations are intended to shed stress, not take on more of it. Here are some suggestions from a popular downtown hotel in San Diego on how to avoid common vacation debacles, hopefully saving you from a headache or two.

Getting Lost in San Diego County

For visitors, the city of San Diego often seems like a maze. That’s nothing compared to the county, which encompasses over 25 cities. Cities are connected by a handful of freeways that see tens of thousands of motorists each day. Therefore, navigating throughout San Diego County often proves difficult for tourists. Know your route ahead of time and avoid rush hour traffic from 3 PM to 5 PM on major freeways.

Stay Safe from the Sun

Fortunately, visitors rarely deal with rain in San Diego. The sun shines bright throughout most of the year, even in fall and winter months. However, summer temperatures and periods of abnormal heat might cause the mercury to rise to 90 degrees or more. Visitors should wear plenty of sunscreen, drink more water, and always wear sunglasses to shield eyes from dangerous UV rays.

Hit the Main Tourist Spots

Tourists often avoid doing the “touristy” activities in a given city. Don’t make this mistake in San Diego. Families can visit key attractions including the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld while sports fans can catch a home game at Petco Park or Qualcomm Stadium, rooting for the Padres and Chargers respectively.

Less Stress, More Rest

Careful planning ensures that your visit to San Diego runs smoothly. Visitors should book discount airfare and an affordable hotel near the San Diego airport well in advance to get the best rates. From there, vacationers can rely on a rental vehicle or public transportation to get around. The Pacific Inn in Little Italy is a great spot for a stress-free San Diego getaway. We offer a Best Rate Guarantee, free in-room Wi-Fi, pillow top beds, and we’re located within 6 miles of San Diego’s biggest attractions.

For more information or to book your room over the phone, call the San Diego Pacific Inn today at (619) 232-6391.

 

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