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Sunbathing in San Diego: What You Have to Bring

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No summer trip to San Diego is complete without a trip to the beach. While you may not be much of a swimmer, sunbathing is a relaxing and beneficial alternative. Before you leave your cheap Petco Park hotel in downtown San Diego, make sure you have the following sunbathing essentials to optimize the experience.

Sunblock

Soak up San Diego’s rays with the protection of a good sunblock that has a minimum of SPF 30. Be sure to reapply every two hours, too. You don’t want to suffer painful sunburn during your trip.

Hat

Sunblock can protect your skin from the sun, but it never hurts to have a little additional defense. Bring a wide-brimmed hat to give your skin extra shielding from the sun’s rays. You get extra points if you opt for a UV sun hat that’s equipped with built-in sun protection, too.

Water

Hydration is key for anyone who wants to have a pleasant sunbathing experience. Make the most out of your sunbathing session by bringing along some refreshments. Keep a sports drink, coconut water or classic H20 by your side to stay alert, energetic and in good spirits. Keep a cooler on hand to ensure your beverages are nice and cool when you’re ready to gulp them down.

Book

Few things can be more fun and relaxing than feeling the warm glow of the sun, unless you’re enjoying a really engaging book while you sunbathe. If you’re in the mood for lighter reading material, a couple fashion or cooking magazines should be able to keep you entertained during your time in the sun.

Playlist

Music is an essential component for anyone who loves sunbathing. While it can be lovely to revel in the sounds of the waves crashing against the beach, it can also be fun to change things up and bring in some mellow tunes that match your laid-back mood.

Beach Blanket

Last but not least, a cozy and large beach blanket is a must-have item for anyone who wants to get comfortable while sunbathing. Beach blankets can keep messy sand at bay and also feel pleasantly soft against the body.

After a relaxing day on the beach, head back to the Pacific Inn to refresh and prepare for a night out on the town. Our budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located in downtown San Diego near popular attractions like Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

What to Do in Downtown San Diego This August

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Downtown San Diego is always bustling with activity, which means if you’re spending part of your summer in SD this August, you won’t have any trouble finding something to do in the downtown area. Be sure to book your stay in a hotel in Little Italy so you can have easy access to the following events.

Padres Games

When: August 1-3; 5-7; 18-24
Where: Petco Park
Price: $15 to $100 depending on the day

There are plenty of opportunities to catch the San Diego Padres playing at Petco Park this August. Don’t forget to get some peanuts, Cracker Jacks, and fish tacos during the game to round out your Padres experience.

Film in the Garden

When: August 1 from 7:45pm-9:45pm
Where: 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park
Price: Free

How to Make an American Quilt, starring Winona Ryder and Anne Bancroft, will be one of the featured movies at the San Diego Museum of Art in August. Get to Balboa Park around 4pm to scope out a good seat. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic or order from Panama 66, the restaurant and bar at the museum, to complete this movie in the garden.

Bayside Summer Nights: Summer Pops 2016

When: August 7 from 7:30pm-10pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South on Marina Park Way
Price: $20 to $85

Listen to the San Diego Symphony perform selections inspired by the Bard during A Midsummer Night’s Concert at the city’s waterfront park. Actors will also give short performances from Shakespeare’s most popular plays sonnets for fans of this literary genius.

Maks & Val Live on Tour: Our Way

When: August 10 from 8pm-9:45pm
Where: San Diego Civic Theatre at 1100 3rd Avenue
Price: Tickets start at $49.50

Dancing with the Stars alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy joins his brother Valentin for Maks & Val Live On Tour: Our Way. The two will bring their passion for the art of dance to San Diego in a show that’s sure to keep you captivated from start to finish.

Bike the Bay

When: August 28 from 5:30am-12:30pm
Where: Embarcadero Marina Park
Price: $55 to $60

Explore San Diego by taking a 25-mile bike ride that will start and finish at Embarcadero Marina Park in downtown SD. Riders of all skill levels are welcome to participate in this non-competitive bike ride that will go through five different, yet incredibly scenic, communities before wrapping up with a post-ride celebration.

Wrap up any of these exciting days by heading back to your room at the Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our affordable hotel is conveniently located near some of downtown San Diego’s most famous attractions including Horton Plaza, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Click here to book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

How to Protect Your Fragile Souvenirs During the Packing Process

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Packing fragile souvenirs can seem rather tricky. Items made out of glass, for example, may be particularly intimidating. The reality, however, isn’t that daunting. Before leaving your room at the Pacific Inn San Diego, follow these simple packing tips to protect your souvenirs while in transit.

Use Clothing as Padding

Wrap especially fragile objects using clothing items such as T-shirts, socks, and jeans. Remember, too, that layers are your best friends when it comes to protecting your valuables. People often say that the key to successful packing is packing light, but that isn’t always the case. Packing light can be a recipe for disaster for people who have fragile souvenirs waiting inside of their suitcases. Fill up any gaps with smaller pieces of clothing including undergarments and socks to keep your fragile souvenirs from bumping into each other and breaking.

Wrap Items in Bubble Wrap

Some people like to bring home lovely wine or perfume bottles after fun-filled vacations. The only problem is that these items can be rather fragile. After you return home from a trip, the last thing you want to see is all of your belongings drenched in liquid and covered in glass. You can avoid this nightmare scenario, however, by cautiously and meticulously wrapping any glass items you have in bubble wrap. Once your bottles are fully covered with bubble wrap, put them in the middle section of your suitcase. This placement can offer your items the most secure protection during travel.

Store Objects in Small Boxes

Get some extra protection from boxes. Keep any fragile souvenirs you’re bringing home in tiptop shape by getting durable boxes to put them in. A simple shoebox, for example, can be extremely useful for the packing of fragile items. That doesn’t mean that you can neglect the use of bubble wrap or clothing to protect your items, however. Keep your fragile souvenirs safe and sound by carefully wrapping them and placing them in small boxes.

Buying souvenirs is one of the best parts of traveling to San Diego. Fortunately when you stay at the Pacific Inn, you won’t be far from nearby shopping centers and boutiques in downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel also offers quick and easy booking, friendly customer service, and convenient amenities to help you make the most of your visit. Make your reservation online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Petco Park Will Host the 2016 MLB All-Star Game

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For San Diego baseball fans, the MLB All-Star Game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Scheduled to take place July 12 at Petco Park, the 2016 game will feature many of the league’s most prominent players. Before the game, fans can take part in FanFest from July 8-12. The annual event will be a festive and star-studded celebration not only for die-hard baseball fans, but also San Diego residents, business owners, and cheap Petco Park hotels that will be gearing up to welcome tourists into the city.

Petco Park, located in downtown San Diego, has been home to the Padres since 2004. In July 2016, the stadium will join Wrigley field, Yankee Stadium, and a long list of other famous ballparks in MLB All-Star history. This year, fans can look forward to the famed All-Star Sunday, which includes a softball match-up between celebrities and MLB Hall of Fame inductees. Among the celebrities slotted to join the lineup are model Nina Agdal, actor J.K. Simmons, and rocker Pete Wentz. The team will face off against the baseball legends such as Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith, an All-Star veteran who made his Major League Baseball debut as a San Diego Padre.

The first All-Star game took place in 1933 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, and since then, the tradition has been an integral part of the baseball season. One of the more distinguishing aspects of the game is the incorporation of fan voting into the selection process. This year, fans have already chosen Baltimore Oriole, Adam Jones, who graduated from Morse High School in San Diego. Fans can also expect to get a close-up look at top minor league prospects at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game during All-Star Sunday on July 10. For those who don’t attend any of the games, the weekend will be filled with other exciting events like the concert, which will feature musical guests like Gwen Stefani, One Republic, and Tori Kelly.

Don’t miss the big game when you visit San Diego this July. Buy your tickets online and remember to book your stay at a nearby Petco Park hotel like the Pacific Inn. Our budget-friendly hotel offers easy access to popular attractions like Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Convention Center. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Reasons to Celebrate Independence Day in Coronado

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Independence Day is the perfect time to enjoy the best of what Coronado Island has to offer. In addition to patriotic parades and breathtaking fireworks displays, you can also treat yourself to free entertainment including concerts and swim contests. Book your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn so you don’t miss out on all the fun this 4th of July. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss it.

1. Crown City Classic

Start the day off right with a little exercise by making your way to Tidelands Park to run in the Crown City Classic. You will have your choice of running a 12K or a 5K while children can partake in a kid-friendly half-mile fun run. Register online to join the Crown City Classic.

2. Rough Water Swim

Stay cool on a hot, sunny day by taking part in the annual Rough Water Swim at Central Beach. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in at 9am. Register at the foot of the stairs if you wish to take part. Swimmers under the age of 18 must be USAS swimmers. For an alternate activity, make your way to family-friendly Glorietta Bay and enjoy a more leisurely swim at the beach.

3. Independence Day Parade

Starting on Orange Avenue from 1st Street and continuing to Churchill Place, Coronado’s annual Independence Day Parade kicks off at 10am and continues until 12:30pm. Towards the end of the parade, be sure to stick around to watch the 21 Gun Salute in honor of America’s 240th birthday.

4. Art in the Park

Take in an amazing concert performed by the Coronado Community Band in the gazebo. The show starts at 4pm in Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue, which also has picnic tables and a playground for kids to use.

5. Fireworks

Wrap up Independence Day with Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay, Coronado’s spectacular fireworks show. Avoid the traffic and walk over to the bay at a leisurely pace or rent a bike for the day. The fireworks are synchronized to music and start around 9pm. Tune into KYXY 96.5 FM to hear what patriotic songs they paired with the pyrotechnics.

Once the show is over, head back to your room at the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel is a comfortable place for guests to unwind after an exciting day in the city. Take advantage of our convenient location by exploring local favorites including Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Let us help you book your stay today when you call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

4 Fabulous Events to Enjoy This July

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Staying in a San Diego downtown hotel this July and looking for something to do? That’s easy! Summertime is when America’s Finest City shines the brightest in terms of exciting events. We’ll help you get started on your quest for summer fun. Here are four exciting events coming up this July that you’re sure to love.

1. Summer Movies in the Park

Enjoy the Summer Movies in the Park event at the USS Midway Museum. Venture to the picturesque Navy Pier on Saturday, July 2, to watch the 1989 Kevin Costner fantasy classic Field of Dreams. When you want to combine high-quality cinematic entertainment with fresh air and friendly company, Summer Movies in the Park is exactly what you need.

2. Coronado Independence Day Parade

Show off your patriotic side in lovely downtown San Diego by spending the day at the Coronado Independence Day Parade. This awe-inspiring Fourth of July event begins on Orange Avenue and First Street and goes all the way to Churchill Place. If possible, try to get to the event early. It’s always fun to have a good spot that allows you to see the wonders of the parade up close.

3. Twilight in the Park

Experience the joys of Twilight in the Park’s free summertime concerts. You can listen to beautiful live music when you head to Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Tuesday, July 21t, to witness the extraordinary talents of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Twilight in the Park is perfect for people who want to enjoy cultural experiences in San Diego. This concert is an hour in length and begins at 6:30pm.

4. Trade Winds Concert

Seaport Village is a popular San Diego dining and shopping destination located right by the stunning San Diego Bay and is the perfect spot for summertime fun. Head to Seaport Village’s East Plaza Gazebo on Sunday, July 31, to revel in some classic rock tunes from Trade Winds, a well-known local musical act. If the idea of classic rock with a breezy island flair sounds appealing to you, this free concert will make your day.

Don’t forget to make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites while planning your vacation. Our budget-friendly hotel makes it easy for guests to save their money for San Diego’s star attractions like Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Coronado Island. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after a fun-filled day of exciting summertime events. Book your stay when you call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Fun Father’s Day Ideas to Enjoy in San Diego

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When you come to America’s Finest City with your dad this June, you’ll need to have some exciting Father’s Day plans in place. Start by booking your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn downtown and pencil in a few of the following activities on your itinerary. Your dad is sure to love them!

1. Take a Father’s Day Walk

Explore our famous Balboa Park by booking a spot in the Father’s Day Walk. The pair of you can check out California’s native plants on a private tour that will consist of a mile hike on the Florida Canyon trails. Guests can learn about the history of the plants and how they’re grown, which can inspire dads who have a green thumb and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

2. Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum

Some dads are natural history buffs and will enjoy a visit to the Natural History Museum where they can take advantage of free admission during the day. Located in Balboa Park, the museum features an amazing 3D theater showing different documentaries and rotating exhibits.

3. Take a BBQ Cooking Class

Father’s Day isn’t complete without cooking meat on the barbecue and learning the art of grilling by enrolling in a cooking class in the city. You can bond over cheeseburgers or steak while learning a few lessons from chef Bernard Guillas at The Marine Room. What you learn here you can take home with you for future meals.

4. Play Paintball

Get competitive with your father and celebrate his role in your life by shooting him with paintballs at Total Combat Paintball. The activity will provide plenty of adrenaline and will allow your dad to feel young again in this unique warehouse environment where you can play on teams or make each other a target for the day.

5. See a Baseball Game

Visit Petco Park for a classic baseball game that allows you to cheer in the stands and root on the Padres while bonding over the sport together. You can grab a couple of beers and hot dogs while taking in views of the city from your seats and celebrating your relationship together.

No vacation to San Diego is complete without a comfortable place to stay. Book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites where you and your dad can take advantage of our convenient downtown location, free parking, friendly customer service, and exclusive amenities. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a knowledgeable Reservation Manager about staying with us.

Maritime Museum CEO and President Becomes a Knight

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If you’ve ever visited sunny San Diego, you might be familiar with our renowned Maritime Museum near the cheap downtown San Diego hotels. This popular attraction is gaining more attention than usual thanks in large part to museum CEO and President Dr. Raymond Ashley. His dedication and ingenuity has attracted the attention of not only tourists, but also Spanish royalty.

San Diego native and accomplished sailor, Dr. Raymond Ashley, has been the director and curator at the Maritime Museum in San Diego since 1995. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of California San Diego, he continued his studies at East Carolina University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Maritime History. He completed his education at Duke University with a PhD in History. Throughout his decorated career, he published several anthropology-related articles, which have helped bolster his reputation as an authority in maritime history. He serves on the Board of the Council of American Maritime Museums and a handful of other national organizations, where his expertise has contributed profoundly to the preservation of America’s naval history.

On May 7th, 2016, Dr. Ashley received a rare honor, at least for a resident of San Diego. You might even say this distinction has been a few centuries in the making. However, we’ll flashback 20 years when he endeavored to replicate a 3500-year-old Spanish ship, called San Salvador, to which the original California settlement is credited. The ship landed on what is now the San Diego harbor in 1542, becoming one of the most important events in not only California’s but also Spain’s legacy. Word of Dr. Ashley’s nearly impossible feat inspired the Spanish government to bestow upon him the prestigious honor of knighthood.

Following in the tradition of San Salvador’s September of 1542 arrival, Dr. Ashley’s 131-ton replica set sail a little less than a year ago in September 2015 and returned to San Diego four months and four days later. What’s even more impressive is the ship’s construction, despite the absence of documented plans. Thanks to donations and experts specializing in centuries-old building techniques, the project is sure to live among the most memorable in San Diego history.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Dr. Ashley yourself or tour this extraordinary ship in person. Book your stay at the Pacific Inn near the marina and enjoy a fun-filled day touring the famous Maritime Museum of San Diego. After an exciting day of exploring historic vessels, head back to your comfortable and affordable room to unwind. We offer numerous amenities to make you feel right at home and help you recharge for another exciting day in the city. Click here to book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

Catch a Show at the Coronado Promenade Concert Series

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When it comes to San Diego, summer is all about fun, music and happiness. Celebrate sunny, carefree days by checking into one of the MCRD hotels and taking in a concert as part of the Coronado Promenade Concert Series! The series will start on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29th, and end with a special 9/11 commemoration on September 11th. From 6pm to 8pm every Saturday, you can head to beautiful Spreckels Park to relax and listen to San Diego’s amazing bands and singers.

Concerts in the park are classic elements of the Coronado experience. Most people bring friends, family and delicious picnic meals to accompany the music and create memories that are sure to last a lifetime. This summer’s Coronado Promenade Concert Series will be as entertaining and lively as it is touching and memorable.

Here’s a list of featured bands and times so you won’t miss any of the fun this summer!

May 29th – Coronado Community Concert Band

Kicking off the series is the Coronado Community Concert Band. The band is integral to the community, creating opportunities for musicians of all ages to develop key music skills and have some fun.

July 3rd – U.S. Navy Band (4pm)

The premier musical organization of America’s Navy will be hosting a special Independence Day music event! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate America and its heroes.

July 17th – Hotel California

This Eagles tribute band boasts five uniquely talented professional musicians who present an exciting show for all ages.

July 24th – AbbaFab

You’ll be on your feet the entire performance of ABBAFAB! This tribute to the music of ABBA features a sensational lineup of world-class musicians.

Visiting San Diego and only have time to catch one special band? No problem! With the Hotel Del California spotlighted on July 17th, you can plan your family visit around this special event and still gain the memories of a lifetime!

Be sure to book your stay at a comfortable hotel near Coronado like the Pacific Inn. Our affordable rooms offer guests a chance to rest and relax after a beautiful day in the city with cable TV and free Wi-Fi. In addition to exclusive amenities, the Pacific Inn offers guests easy access to world-famous sites such as the Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the U.S.S. Midway. Click here to make your reservations online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability. Booking is quick and easy and we’re always available to take your call.

4 Jaunty June Events in Downtown San Diego

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June is approaching fast, which means you don’t want to miss out on these amazing downtown San Diego events. If you choose to spend this month in the city and stay in a cheap hotel in Little Italy, there are four fun and exciting things to take advantage of during your stay in San Diego.

1. Rock n’ Roll Marathon

Check out the Rock n’ Roll Marathon that’s coming to San Diego on June 5th. This rockin’ marathon allows runners to race throughout the famous historic districts including Balboa Park and Old Town to the tune of exciting music. The race ends at the Waterfront where you can cool off and have fun with other participants. Register online and run for free when you support St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

2. San Diego Festival of the Arts

Formerly known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, the San Diego Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity for tourists to experience the vibrant culture of Southern California. Between 10am and 5pm on June 11th and 12th, you have the chance to witness the works of 200 talented artists. Experience live music, delicious food, and craft beers all while strolling along Waterfront Park.

3. Father’s Day Cruises

The San Diego Bay is the perfect place to show Dad just how much he means to you. On June 19th, you and your dad can enjoy a feast on the bay complete with a scenic view he’ll love. Take part in the Beer ‘N’ Brats Brunch or Prime Rib Dinner where you’ll both enjoy a meal fit for a king.

4. An Evening with America’s Space Heroes

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is giving the public a chance to meet the men who walked on the moon. On June 23rd, meet with Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, and many others to hear what they have to say about their historical space exploration. You and your family can even join the reception or dinner. Purchase your tickets now to reserve your spot.

The month of June isn’t just about welcoming summer to San Diego. It’s about hosting numerous events tourists can enjoy! To make the most of your visit, make your reservation at the downtown Pacific Inn near Little Italy. We are conveniently located near popular attractions and offer exclusive am amenities to make your stay more comfortable. Whether you’re coming back from a day on the town or relaxing in your newly remodeled room, you can make yourself at home. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly and helpful Reservation Manager.

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