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Keeping Kids Safe While on Vacation

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San Diego Little Italy hotels are the perfect place for families to stay when visiting America’s Finest City. However, parents should still err on the side of caution to prevent any mishaps with the kiddos. Following are few ways to keep your kid safe on vacation.

Use a Safety Leash

Most children are prone to running wild while visiting an amusement park or spending time in a downtown area, making it important to use a leash to keep your kid in tow. Although the product may make you feel like you’re walking your pet, it will prevent your child from getting lost in a crowd.

Scan Your Hotel Room

After checking into your hotel, look around the room that you’ve booked to look for dangerous items that may threaten the safety of your child. Cords on blinds can cause strangulation and shower doors may not be secure.

Avoid Seating Your Child on the Aisle

Keep your children safe by placing them in the middle or window seat on a plane to avoid an injury that can occur when someone walks by or when the serving cart that comes through. If they use a car seat on the plane, check to see that it’s smaller than 16-inches wide and is FAA approved.

Update Your Child’s Immunizations

Before you depart on a trip, schedule an appointment with your doctor to get your child up-to-date on his or her immunizations to prevent diseases while visiting a new location. You can also visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Travel Information site to stay updated on any warnings for travelers who are visiting specific parts of the world.

Scour Playgrounds

Prevent an injury on the playground by looking for dangers that may include protrusions, sharp edges, or places where kids are at risk of falling. You’ll also want to examine the slides and different parts of the jungle gym to determine if everything is cleaned and maintained well. The playground should also be age-appropriate for your child to ensure that they remain safe and aren’t too heavy or small for the equipment.

When you implement these rules, you and the kids are sure to have a lot of fun in San Diego. Just remember to make your reservation at a family-friendly hotel like Pacific Inn near Little Italy. Our affordable hotel offers comfortable accommodations, friendly customer service, and a best rate guarantee. Just call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today to book your stay with us.

5 Fun Downtown San Diego Events to Enjoy in October

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When you stay in San Diego Petco Park hotels this October, you won’t be disappointed. There are plenty of spectacularly fun and even spooky events you can take part in when you visit.

1. Kids Free in October at San Diego Zoo

Throughout October

Have a close encounter with your favorite animals at the San Diego Zoo where your kids can get in free throughout the month of October. Tour various exhibits and take a few photos of the lions or zebras during your visit.

2. Bow Wow Brunch Cruise on Hornblower

October 9 at 11:30am

All dogs and pet owners are invited to indulge in a buffet and some drinks aboard the Hornblower. The event will be hosted to raise money for the Helen Woodward Animal Center. You can even bring your pup along and enter your dog in a costume contest on the Halloween-themed cruise to win a dog-themed prize.

3. A Night in California Benefit

October 14 at 5:30pm

This annual event will welcome visitors to explore The New Children’s Museum while sampling appetizers, cocktails, and desserts. A live auction and paddle raise will also be hosted with music and dancing to follow.

4. San Diego Zombie Crawl Gaslamp Takeover Halloween

October 28-30 from 6pm-2am

Visit Fluxx Nightclub on October 28 through the 30 for a two-day event that will allow you to indulge in hosted drinks and free admission to the best bars and nightclubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. Dress up in your best costume and get ready to dance the night away and make a stop at locations including Sevilla Nightclub, Quad AleHouse, and Parq Nightclub.

5. Hallo-Wine and Spirits Party

October 29 at 7pm

The Hotel del Coronado welcomes adults to dress in their best Halloween costumes while eating and drinking in a ghoulish setting. This year’s theme is “Vixens & Villains”, so be sure to come as your favorite bad guy. You can dance the night away with other villains and indulge in spooky themed hors d’oeuvres and beverages. You can even participate to win the best costume at the event. Tickets are $125 per person.

October is an exciting month in San Diego. If you don’t believe us, don’t miss out on the five events above. Just remember to top off your visit by staying at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our convenient downtown location puts guests within easy distance of San Diego’s most treasured attractions including the Gaslamp Quarter, the San Diego Zoo, and the marina. Book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to talk to a friendly Reservation Manager.

Top 6 Hot Spots in TJ

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Why should you be resigned to stay in your San Diego downtown hotel for the entirety of your vacation? The city isn’t far for from another popular destination: Tijuana. During your trip to San Diego, venture across the border for a spell and check out the following six hot spots.

1. BCB Tasting Room

As a top dive bar and lounge in Tijuana, BCB Tasting Room is an ideal place to stop by for craft beer when you need a change from drinking Coronas or Pacificos. They offer a variety of exclusive beers available on tap with menu items that include pizza and fries with cheese.

2. Maíz

Maíz prides itself on its traditional Mexican cuisine where you can order canasta tacos, fresh pozole, and blue corn quesadillas. The laidback environment is relaxing and is an ideal place to find other tourists who want authentic Mexican food.

3. Pancake Place

Stop by the Pancake Place when you want to indulge in a hearty breakfast or brunch after a late night out on the town. The establishment offers valet parking and a large menu that includes everything from chocolate pancakes to huevos rancheros.

4. La Mezcalera

La Mezcalera is a popular bar in town that features minimalist decor with a variety of flavored Mezcals served around the clock. Once the jukebox starts playing, it becomes a bustling environment where both tourists and locals enjoy mingling with one another.

5. La Casa del Habano

To purchase products that are imported from Cuba, visit La Casa del Habano for cigars and delicious coffee where the staff that speaks both Spanish and English. The walk-in humidor is impressive and will leave you with plenty of options. You can also purchase lighters, ashtrays, and shirts for sale. There are even a few chairs available where you can watch the soccer game and smoke a few cigars.

6. Hand Art

Visit Hand Art where you can purchase handmade Mexican goods including clothes, jewelry, and unique souvenirs. The items are often made delicate and beautiful details that are indicative of Mexican culture and aesthetic, which make perfect souvenirs to bring home.

When you’re lucky enough to vacation in San Diego, you can always make time for a day trip to Tijuana. Just remember to make your reservation at a downtown San Diego hotel like Pacific Inn. Our Little Italy hotel gives guests the opportunity to visit popular nearby attractions like Seaport Village, Old Town, and Tijuana. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to make your reservation over the phone.

Will Seaport Village Become Seaport San Diego?

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Many tourists stay in downtown San Diego hotels in the hopes of visiting Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and of course, Seaport Village. Serving as a link between the San Diego’s picturesque bay and the city’s bustling downtown district, Seaport Village may be getting a re-imagining on a grand scale. If plans by Protea Waterfront Development are approved, the popular 90,000-square-foot shopping and dining destination will be transformed into Seaport San Diego.

The new Seaport Village, according to developers, will become a shopping, dining, education, hospitality, and entertainment hub that is “authentically San Diego.” The ambitious upgrade will include an outdoor gym, a freshwater lap pool, tide pools, a charter school, new hotel concepts, a public living room, 30-acres of public parks, and other appealing amenities.

One end of Seaport San Diego would be anchored by what’s being described as a cutting-edge, deep-sea aquarium that would be one of the planned educational features of the redeveloped Seaport Village. The 150,000-foot aquatic facility would have both aboveground and belowground attractions. The new Seaport area would be accessible to residents and tourists year round.

The envisioned three-level spire on the other end of the area would have an observational platform to allow visitors to see a panoramic view of the San Diego. The proposed structure would also be an educational experience thanks to a recreated rainforest complete with thousands of butterflies and an innovative virtual-reality program that would show the city’s distinctive geographic features and present its dynamic history in a new, engaging way.

The $1.2 billion makeover that would take nearly a decade to fully complete isn’t being met with universal approval. A group called Save Seaport Village is attempting to put a stop to the redevelopment proposal before it receives the green light from the city. Opened in 1980, the 14-acre waterfront spot, which used to be a railroad yard, is home to more than 50 unique shops and galleries and over a dozen casual eateries and restaurants both tourists and locals have grown to love.

To see all that Seaport Village currently has to offer, book your stay at Pacific Inn near downtown San Diego. Our budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located near all of downtown San Diego’s most popular attractions such as the Convention Center, Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 today to gain access to the best America’s Finest City has to offer.

Dressing for a Fun Night in the Gaslamp Quarter

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There are plenty of clubs to choose from in San Diego’s famous Gaslamp Quarter, especially when you stay in downtown San Diego hotels. While it’s a fairly casual city, dressing for a fun night out will require some basic knowledge of what’s appropriate for most of the clubs found in this lively metropolis of San Diego.

Ladies

Women have a lot of leeway with what they can wear at most clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter. You’ll want to skip beach attire, which means no bikinis, bathing suits, flip flops or sandals. Dresses can be somewhat fancy or completely casual. So long as you wear something sexy but not trashy, you will be abiding by the dress code.

Tees are the only definite no-no for any club, especially ones with graphic art, colorful sayings, or brand names. While it’s not a rule, you might want to keep a pair of comfy shoes in your bag if you’re going to wear high heels and plan to be walking from one club to the next throughout the night.

Gentlemen

Guys need to sport a clean, fresh look. If you look like you can star in your own rap video, go back to your closet and start over. Jeans are usually acceptable as long as they’re not overly baggy or look like they’ve seen better days. Shoes should be semi-formal and close-toed.

Most of the nicer venues request that guys wear a collared shirt, which usually means a dress shirt and not a Polo shirt. You don’t have to wear a jacket unless you want to get tips when you go to the restroom. Sporting a tie is entirely up to you, but not required.

Exceptions

Each Gaslamp Quarter club differs with its specific dress code. Some will allow sneakers and hats and others will not. If you’re not sure where the line between acceptable and unacceptable is for an intended destination, call and ask or check the website for any posted guidelines.

When you visit San Diego, remember to book your stay at Pacific Inn in Little Italy. Our budget-friendly hotel is conveniently located near popular downtown attractions like the Gaslamp Quarter, the Convention Center, and Old Town San Diego. Make your reservation online or call 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Downtown San Diego Events to Check Out in September

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If you are traveling to the great city of San Diego and staying in downtown San Diego hotel this September, there are several events that you want to be sure not to miss.

1. U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition

What do you get when you cross 300 tons of sand, great entertainment, gourmet food trucks, and an art show? The U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition of course! Taking place over Labor Day weekend, this spectacular event features four days of world-class sand carving by experts from the U.S. and abroad and lots to do for the whole family.

2. Festival of Sail

Also on Labor Day weekend, the Festival of Sail is the biggest tall ship festival on the West Coast and is a celebration of all things nautical. Beginning with an impressive parade of ships, the festival continues with activities such as pilot bay cruises, Maritime Museum tours, and many sailing opportunities. Perhaps the highlight event is the tall ship cannon battles that pit one ship against another in classic 1800s-style battle.

3. Fleet Week: Sea and Air Parade

For the first time in eight years, Fleet Week: Sea and Air Parade will be hosted in San Diego. Celebrating the U.S. Navy and the men and women who serve, the parade will showcase all kinds of incredible ships and aircraft. Destroyers, amphibious ships, submarines, Navy aircraft, and many more will be visible from many viewing areas along the Port of San Diego. While the parade takes place on September 10, ship tours and other events will run through the 14.

4. Annual Taste of Downtown

Experience all the culinary delights San Diego has to offer during the Annual Taste of Downtown on September 15. With one ticket price of $30 or $35, you can tour and taste over forty outstanding participating restaurants in the East Village, Core District, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Getting around is easy with free shuttle rides.

5. Landlubbers Day

Calling all pirates! Landlubbers Day is a celebration of all things pirate in Seaport Village. There’s a performance from a pirate-themed band, pirate-themed specials at local eateries, activities for kids, and costumes are strongly encouraged. So practice your pirate lingo and get down to Seaport Village on September 17.

While making your travel plans, remember to make the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego your number one choice. In addition to our convenient location, guests will enjoy our affordable accommodations, friendly customer service, and complimentary amenities. Call 1-800-571-2933 today or click here to make your reservation with us.

7 Places to Your Hangover in Downtown San Diego

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Did you wake up in your affordable Petco Park hotel with a raging headache and a sour stomach? Are you regretting your time partying in the Gaslamp the night before? No worries. Downtown San Diego is fraught with places to nurse your hangover. We recommend the ones below.

1. Cafe 222

We’re willing to bet you’re never too hungover for a bowl of oatmeal with bananas and raisins. It’s made with two key hangover-fighting ingredients and there is no better place to get this fiber-loaded dish than Cafe 222.

2. Hom Korean Kitchen

Tofu is another great way to recharge during a hangover. If you’ve never tried it, the hodo organic tofu at Hom Korean Kitchen is guaranteed to brighten your day and recharge your batteries.

3. Salvatore’s Cucino Italiana

For a tasty cure, try to order something substantial like the zuppa del frantonio. It’s packed with essential veggies and beans, which will replenish your lost nutrients from the night before.

4. Richard Walker Pancake House

Some of the best foods for a hangover can be found at your favorite breakfast eatery. Eggs, toast, and oatmeal are just a few traditional dishes, all of which can be found at downtown San Diego’s award-winning Richard Walker Pancake House.

5. Brickyard Coffee and Tea

Believe it or not, a hangover can have its perks. For a classic remedy, head to Brickyard Coffee and Tea, where you can relax out on the patio and enjoy one of the best cups of coffee or tea in San Diego.

6. BodyFit

If you’re having trouble keeping your breakfast down, try stimulating your metabolism instead. BodyFit has all the state-of-the-art equipment, including free-motion treadmills and professional trainers to help you get the most from your workout and stave off your hangover.

7. B Medical Spa

It might feel like a scene from a sci-fi movie, but B Medical Spa’s IV lounge is no fantasy. It may also be the quickest remedy for those hangover blues. Vitamin cocktail injections are the most efficient way to get antioxidants absorbed into the body, but you can also choose additional services like body sculpting and medical spas to overcome your hangover.

Let’s not forget the most popular hangover remedy: a good night’s sleep. You can get some shuteye to rest and regroup at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. Our affordable hotel offers comfortable private rooms with convenient amenities to help you relax. Just call 1-800-571-2933 or book your stay online today.

What Will Become of the Quartyard in Downtown San Diego?

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There aren’t very many outdoor multipurpose spaces that locals and visitors to downtown San Diego can enjoy. One of these outdoor areas can be found near affordable hotels near Little Italy, but the urban park’s days in downtown San Diego may be numbered.

Quartyard on Park Blvd and Market Street is a downtown San Diego urban park that is considered to be the local’s backyard. The area consists of over 25,000 square feet available for multiple uses. The park began as an empty lot in 2014 but was transformed into a popular hangout where visitors can play corn hole or attend a concert with 1,000 other guests. A Kickstarter campaign was organized to raise $60,000 to cover the costs of building the park and city fees after multiple workshops were held with the community members. Although the urban park is designed with moveable shipping containers as a temporary structure, the architect behind Quartyard never expected it to be at risk of closing so soon.

Philip Auchettl designed Quartyard to include a coffee shop, a beer garden, and a restaurant. The park even features a gated dog park where locals can bring their four-legged friends to play in a grassy area. The lot is currently owned by the City of San Diego with plans in the works to possibly sell the property when Quartyard’s lease ends in July of 2017. A developer is now interested in the lot and wants to build a condo complex that includes 34 floors and 613 parking spaces, which could force Quartyard to leave even sooner than expected.

If Quartyard is closed down, the architect behind the project will begin looking for another location in the East Village. Civic San Diego and the Downtown Community Planning Council are currently reviewing the proposed plans of the condo complex and will determine whether or not the urban park is allowed to stay long-term. Community members are now petitioning the plans and have voiced their interest in making Quartyard a permanent fixture in the community to continue enjoying outdoor space in the city.

Be sure to visit Quartyard during your next visit to downtown San Diego. When you do visit, be sure to make your reservation at the affordable Pacific Inn. We are a pet-friendly hotel that offers convenient amenities, comfortable rooms, and friendly customer service. In addition to all this, guests will also have easy access to all that downtown San Diego has to offer. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to book your stay with us.

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.

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