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Top Downtown San Diego Events in Nov. 2014

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San Diego November Events

San Diego is a really dynamic, exciting city to visit. Special events, with food, drink, entertainment, culture, and fun are happening every single day somewhere in the city. November is going to be full of a variety of special events that locals and visitors can partake in. Here are some of the worthwhile events according to the staff at the Downtown San Diego Pacific Inn:

Nov. 5 – Dec. 7 | Del Mar Racing: New Extended Season

Nov. 7 – 16 | San Diego Beer Week- A whole lot of beer, food, and events!

Nov. 17 – 23 | San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival- The area’s largest wine and culinary event

Nov. 19 – Dec. 23 | Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!”- At the Old Globe theatre

Nov. 23 | Thanksgiving Jazz Festival- World-class bands perform at the Town & Country Hotel

If you are visiting San Diego for the first time, check online for San Diego events and activities that are happening on a daily basis. You can get a really quick and comprehensive look at just about everything that’s happening all around the city in mere minutes if you do a little research this way.

If you’re staying at a top-rated budget inn such as the Pacific Inn hotel in Little Italy San Diego, front desk staff would also be more than happy to help you map out your vacation itinerary. Staying in the heart of Downtown San Diego and Little Italy offers guests a seemingly endless amount of daytime fun and nightlife options just outside of the hotel’s front doors.

For information on Pacific Inn’s availability and exclusive discounts, call (619) 232-6391.

 

How to Plan the Best Downtown San Diego Business Trip

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Downtown San Diego Travel Tips

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

Location, Location, Location!

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

Hotel Business Amenities

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

Arranging Airport Transfers

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Guide to San Diego Beer Week & Top SDBW Events

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San Diego Beer Week hotels

San Diego Beer Week is a fun annual event to celebrate local craft beer and the city’s thriving brewing culture. With San Diego, CA being touted as the Craft Beer Capital of America, there is certainly no shortage of places to grab a handcrafted cold one, especially during beer week. So don’t wait to book your Little Italy San Diego hotel near all the action and read below for more information on what to expect!

When is It?

The 2014 Beer Week takes place from November 7 to 16, with multiple events sprouting up throughout the county. Top SDBW events include:

  • 12th Annual San Diego Brewers Guild Festival on Nov 7 and 8 at the Broadway Pier
  • The Brew Your Own Beer Lunch on November 7 at Karl Strauss Downtown
  • Brews, Views and Chews on November 10 at Tom Hams Lighthouse
  • Craft Beer and Bites on November 13 at SILO in Makers Quarter
  • The Beer Garden on November 16 at the Lodge at Torrey Pines

A list of all events can be found at sdbw.org. The main events of this celebratory week include the opening and closing parties. If you’re only able to select two events to attend, the Guild Fest and the Beer Garden satisfy appetites for good beer, fresh food and a fun atmosphere every year.

Guild Fest: Guild Fest is a two day event at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier in downtown San Diego and is the official kickoff of San Diego Beer Week. Attendees can sample beer from over 50 San Diego County breweries while raising funds for the Surfrider Foundation, Fight ALD, and the San Diego Brewers Guild. A variety of tickets are available for Guild Fest, including a two day pass and a VIP ticket with unlimited beer samples, unlimited food samples, and a commemorative glass.

The Beer Garden: The Beer Garden closes San Diego Beer Week on November 16 from noon to 3 PM. This event, which takes place at the Arroyo Terrace of the Lodge at Torrey Pines, brings the city’s best breweries and local chefs together to celebrate the craft beer movement. With one admission fee, attendees will be able to enjoy unlimited tastings of delicious and unique beer and food pairings from 24 local breweries and 12 chefs.

Don’t miss out on everything that SDBW has to offer during your upcoming San Diego vacation. For an affordable and conveniently located hotel, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn at (619) 232-6391. Pacific Inn is located just 1 mile from the Guild Fest at Broadway Pier and we’re currently offering advanced booking discounts of up to 12% off!

 

Family Theme Park Survival Guide

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San Diego Family Theme Parks

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

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

Parking

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

Public Transportation

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

Outline Your Day

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

Pack the Essentials

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

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

 

Spa Week 2014 – Top 3 San Diego Spa

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Cheap massages in San Diego

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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Free Family Fun in San Diego

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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Trendy Lounge in San Diego

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!

 

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