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Little Italy Will Welcome an Italian Market

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When you visit sunny San Diego this summer, be sure to stay at a cheap hotel near Little Italy. This area is known as a quaint neighborhood in San Diego to find authentic Italian cuisine and friendly storeowners. The popular locale is scheduled to welcome Roma Market, an Italian market that will sell specialty foods that are imported directly from Italy and are also locally sourced. Customers will get to choose from fresh fish, produce, meat, and baked goods at the store. The family-owned market currently has an original location in Pasadena that opened in the 1950s and is scheduled to expand by opening additional throughout San Diego, beginning with the one in Little Italy in either July or August of 2016.

Patrons can lounge on the large outdoor patio where they can dine outside and order different menu items from the kitchen, which will serve breakfast and hot or cold sandwiches throughout the day. You might also order a slice of their homemade pizza, baked fresh in an authentic pizza oven.

Some of the standout items to try at the market are the dried and imported pastas, which will be sold fresh or frozen and will all be made on-site. In-house, fresh, and frozen sauces will also be stocked on the shelves, each of which crafted with authentic ingredients in each jar. The deli will even sell a variety of premium meats and cheeses, which can be paired with the market’s freshly baked bread. Customers can even purchase wine, beer, and spirits to pair with their decadent Italian fare.

The produce section will feature fresh fruits and vegetables and will allow customers to choose from an assortment of items including pineapples, strawberries, and ripe tomatoes that are still on the vine. Nearby, you’ll find the fresh spices such as basil, rosemary, and oregano by the entrance of the building.

Italian desserts will also be available at the market including authentic gelato flavors like mango, amaretto, and tiramisu. Customers will be able to choose from a selection of warm, bold Italian coffee flavors to drink with these and other popular desserts.

Four to five more Roma Market stores are also expected to open in the San Diego area in the coming years in the North and East counties. You can take part in the grand opening this summer when you stay at an affordable downtown hotel near Little Italy such as the Pacific Inn. In addition to being near popular destinations like the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, and Little Italy, we also offer exclusive amenities and 24/7 customer service to make your visit more comfortable. Call 1-800-571-2933 or click here to book your stay with us online.

Skip Brunch and Take Mom on an Adventure This Mother’s Day

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Daughters, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching, it is time to think outside the standard brunch-and-flowers routine and take Mom on a real adventure! If you’re planning a mother-daughter day during a trip to San Diego, be sure to book a stay at one of our fine Little Italy hotels. With San Diego being one of the most beautiful cities in the country, it’s easy to plan a girl’s day that she won’t soon forget. Here are four great mother-daughter bonding activities to try with your mom this Mother’s Day.

Sign up for the Mother’s Day Run

Grab your mom and running shoes, ladies. It’s time for San Diego’s Annual Mother’s Day Run! Benefiting the San Diego Rescue Mission, this is a great event for mothers and daughters to race around San Diego together while helping raise money for valuable supplies, assisting the homeless mothers and children in the area.

Sail Away on a Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise

Like so many other holidays, Mother’s Day is filled with traditions and for most families, that means brunch. Take it a step further this year and jump on Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise! Tour over 25 miles of southern California waters while sipping on champagne and snacking on deliciously decadent treats.

Cycle Around San Diego

Jump on your bicycles and spend the day biking around downtown San Diego. Or to make it an even more fun mother-daughter bonding experience, try your hand at renting a tandem bike to cruise around the Gaslamp Quarter, making it her special day.

Spend the Day at Seaport Village

What better way to make Mom feel special than having a day with just the two of you strolling through Seaport Village, shopping in all the cute boutiques? Luckily, Seaport Village is also providing the rock’n'roll music of John Bowe to serenade your mom on Mother’s Day.

To complete the Mother’s Day experience for your mom, make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. We offer comfortable and affordable rooms, convenient amenities, and easy access to popular downtown attractions like Seaport Village, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability.

May Events: What to Expect in Downtown San Diego

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May is steadily approaching and with that comes some fun and adventurous events in the city. To easily enjoy these downtown events, be sure to stay at the Pacific Inn, one of the most affordable and conveniently located hotels in Little Italy.

Downtown/Little Italy San Diego City Tour

May 7th

Participate in this five-hour leisurely walking tour where you can learn more about the history of the city while sampling some of the best food from top restaurants in the downtown area. You’ll get the chance to try deep-dish pizza at Berkeley Pizza downtown, farmed organic salads from Napizza in Little Italy, and authentic curry with various Indian dishes from Royal India in the city. Tickets are $47 per person.

Old Town Fiesta Cinco de Mayo

May 7th – 8th

Visit historic Old Town on Cinco de Mayo to attend their annual festival where guests can listen to live music from The Marine Band San Diego and Desert Goma Calphonic on the Café Coyote Stage. Try new flavors at the cantina beer garden or take your kids to visit a petting zoo complete with pony rides. Retail and food booths will also be in attendance with an impressive Low Rider Lane that celebrates the Mexican holiday. Admission is free.

Navy’s Bay Bridge Run/Walk

May 15th

This four-mile marathon will begin at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront to commemorate 30 years of celebrating the military and their families. The event will benefit the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs that serve over 500 individuals. Participants will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the water and will receive a finisher’s medal and event shirt at the finish line. Tickets are $21 to $215 per person.

Amgen Tour of California

May 15th

The Amgen Tour of California will kick off its first day at Mission Bay with a cycling race before participants make their way through Balboa Park. The tour will include breathtaking views of the Gaslamp Quarter and the Coronado Bridge. Admission is free for spectators.

There is a lot going on in downtown San Diego this May. Be sure to make the most of it when you book your stay at the Pacific Inn downtown. In addition to being conveniently located in the city, we offer quick and easy booking and complimentary amenities to make your stay with us more comfortable. Go online now or call 1-800-571-2933 today to make your reservation.

San Diego Padres Baseball Trivia

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Springtime has arrived in San Diego, which means it’s baseball season at Petco Park. When you stay at a cheap Petco Park hotel, you can catch a game almost any day of the week. Before you head to the ballpark, here are some fun and interesting facts about our beloved San Diego Padres baseball team.

1. Eric Show has won the most games out of all of the Padre’s pitchers. He won 101 games with 89 losses and his overall earned run average (ERA) was 3.66. He debuted on the team in 1981 and his last pitch was thrown on September 30, 1991.

2. Tony Gwynn has been by far the best hitter on the Padre’s team. He was at bat 9,288 times in his career with 135 home runs and a batting average of .338. He was also in the National League All Star game for fifteen years and only missed the 1988 season. He became a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

3. The Padres had their first game in San Diego stadium on April 8, 1969 with 23,370 fans attending. They beat the Houston Astros 2-1. They played in what later became Qualcomm Stadium until 2004 when the team opened up that season in their new home, Petco Park.

4. The Padres have won the National League pennant twice: once in 1984 and again in 1998. Both seasons they lost the World Series. Since 1969, they have had 14 winning seasons.

5. The San Diego Padres and the Anaheim Angels are the only two Major League Baseball teams to originate in California. The Dodgers were originally from Brooklyn and the Giants were from New York City. The Athletics were originally from Philadelphia and moved to California from Kansas City.

6. The Padres have played their spring training games in the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona since 1994, after moving from Yuma, Arizona.

Even if you don’t catch a Padres game this season, be sure to take a walk around Petco Park during your trip. Stay close to this amazing stadium and make your reservation at the Pacific Inn downtown. Our convenient location puts guests within easy distance of popular San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, and Petco Park. Call 1-800-571-2933 today or go online to check for rates and availability.

Changes Coming to Seaport Village

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As one of the most popular tourist locations in San Diego, Seaport Village is a well-known gem thanks to its small boutiques and eateries that are situated next to the scenic bay and affordable hotels near Petco Park. Although the complex is known for its charm and originality in the downtown area, it could be undergoing serious renovations in the near future due to developers who are looking to bring in more revenue by attracting more visitors. After 35 years of operation, the current village tenants could be replaced by national retailers to attract more crowds after the Port of San Diego goes through with extensive renovations to the beloved seaside community.

The decision to renovate Seaport Village and makeover the attraction could come in the next few months after port officials work through a bid selection process that will determine if the construction will occur as soon as 2019. A group called “Save Seaport Village” is currently protesting the changes and wants to preserve a major part of San Diego’s history that welcomes locals and tourists to walk, shop, and dine near the ocean.

Many of the current tenants in Seaport Village are beginning to voice that they’re not opposed to these change that will bring in more revenue, but simply want to preserve the charm that the village currently offers rather than starting from scratch. Most visitors to Seaport Village have also vocalized their disapproval of the Port’s plans to renovate the area.

The Port earns most of its revenue from real estate leases and is looking to obtain public input to determine the plans that they’ll eventually settle on. A developer could be chosen as early as July of 2016. Renovations may include building hotels, entertainment, public art, public spaces, restaurants, water taxis, and parking. The new development may also include other areas of downtown San Diego such as the Embarcadero Marina Park North, the G Street Mole, and Ruocco Park.

Before plans are finalized, there is still plenty of time for tourists to visit our beloved Seaport Village as it currently stands. Remember to book your stay at the Pacific Inn in downtown to stay near iconic attractions including Seaport Village, the Convention Center, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability.

Budget Travel: Hotel Room Cooking Tips

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While there’s something to be said for experiencing the dining delights unique to San Diego, there’s something equally appealing about doing some of the cooking yourself in your cheap Petco Park hotel room. In addition to saving some dough, you’ll also get to explore area markets and mingle with locals as you do your pre-meal shopping.

Ironing Board Basics

Make use of your travel iron to do some quick cooking. If you don’t have an ironing board, place a towel on the counter. With cheese quesadillas, for instance, you’d wrap the flour tortillas and shredded cheese in aluminum foil and press with a hot iron.

Buy Fresh Locally

San Diego has plenty of farmer’s markets where you can find affordable fruits and veggies for your hotel room cooking needs. Deli cold cuts and fresh bread can also serve as the basis for some tasty meals.

Pack Shelf-Ready Food

Pack stuff that’s fairly durable and resistant to going bad. Shelf-ready basics include jars of peanut butter and jelly, packages of crackers, dehydrated veggies and cans of soup. You might also consider bringing some dried seasonings in plastic containers to add some pizzazz to your meal.

Bring Microwave Cooking Aids

From bacon holders to baked potato pouches, there are many handy microwave-cooking products you can bring with you. Don’t forget to bring a few microwave safe bowls and cups to make simple delights like French toast in a cup (torn bread and whisked eggs) and 4-minute corn on the cob (leave the husks on!).

Go Instant

There are several budget-friendly foods requiring minimal prep you can either bring with you or pick up in San Diego. You can’t go wrong with instant oatmeal, instant rice, and even instant refried beans. You could also bring some ramen along for some comfort food on lazy days.

Minimize the Mess

Remember other people will be doing the cleaning when you leave the hotel. Clean up spills, throw garbage into grocery or brown bags and line the sink with napkins when dumping anything greasy down the drain. It will save you and your housekeeper a major headache.

While pre-planning your hotel room meals, remember to book a room at a budget-friendly hotel with the necessary amenities. The Pacific Inn & Suites offers affordable rooms that are equipped with microwaves, refrigerators, irons, and ironing boards to make hotel room meal prep quick and easy. We are also conveniently located near some of San Diego’s most beloved attractions including Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to get our best rate guarantee.

Must-See April Events That Tourists Will Love

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Spring is in the air and the sunny city is in full bloom this April. It is a great opportunity for tourists to come out and experience San Diego, CA at its best and brightest. You can experience and fall in the love in the city when you stay at one of the San Diego downtown hotels. Here are just a few of many events taking place in downtown San Diego throughout the month April.

The Coppelia Ballet

Balboa Park’s San Diego Civic Youth Ballet presents a comedic performance of love and jealousy. Enter the world of Dr. Coppelius and his all-too-real creations. Delve into the life of a young village girl named Swanhilda and follow her on a romantic journey with her suitor, Franz. Catch this must-see performance on Saturday, April 9th at 2pm and 7pm.

Taste of Hillcrest

It’s a culinary adventure in the neighborhood of Hillcrest near downtown San Diego. This event features 35 different restaurants, all prepared to serve the best international dishes you’ve ever tasted. Experience the explosive flavors of Bombay Exotic Cuisine of India, Rakitori Japanese Pub, and much more. Taste of Hillcrest begins at noon on April 16th. Save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance.

MotorCars on MainStreet

Rev your engines! It’s time for the annual Downtown Coronado car show! Featuring over 400 beautifully restored classic cars, the MotorCars on MainStreet has the best hot rods and custom vehicles you could ever ask for. This free event also includes a live musical performance and prize drawings. This blast from the past begins Sunday, April 24th at 10am.

Mission Federal ArtWalk

Visit Little Italy in San Diego and experience life in color on April 31st between 11am and 6pm. Mission Federal ArtWalk is celebrating 32 years of beauty and local talent. View amazing art galleries, catch live performances and shop around for unique items that you won’t find anywhere else.

While planning your April trip to San Diego, remember to book your stay at a comfortable hotel near the city. The Pacific Inn & Suites is a conveniently located hotel near downtown San Diego, Hillcrest, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. In addition to being near some of San Diego’s most popular neighborhoods, we also offer comfortable amenities such as free Wi-Fi and cable TV. Learn more about popular events or book your stay by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

Downtown San Diego Is Hopping with Fun This Easter

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When you visit San Diego this March, you and the family can enjoy some of the city’s most popular Easter events. Make sure you book your stay at one of the comfortable hotels in Little Italy so you can enjoy these fabulous downtown festivities.

The Easter Bunny at Seaport Village

Head over to Seaport Village for a meet and greet with the Easter Bunny to choose from several photo packages for the family. Children will love dressing up in their best Easter attire and getting a professional photo from March 19th to March 26th between the times of 11am to 4pm.

Easter Buffet Brunch

Enjoy a decadent Easter brunch at Extraordinary Desserts with a large buffet that will include a variety of pastries, signature desserts, smoked meats, and gourmet cheeses. Guests will even be able to indulge in a Princess Kaiulani cake, which comes with caramelized coconut cream vanilla bean mousse and white chocolate shortbread chunks. Coffee and tea will also be served during the meal.

Hornblower Easter Brunch Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing brunch cruise, which will allow you to take in beautiful views of the San Diego Bay while dining over an elaborate buffet. Live music and entertainment will be available with free flowing champagne and a chance to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $62 per person.

Benito Bunny’s Great Easter Egg Hunt at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater

Both children and adults can enjoy seeing a live theater performance from March 23rd to March 27th in Balboa park. Watch a family-friendly story about Benito Bunny and his search for the missing Easter eggs that were stolen by Freddy Fox. Hand puppets and props will be used to tell this fun and festive story. Tickets are $5, but children under the age of 2 are free.

Kroc Church Presents Easter Eggstravaganza

Over 17,000 eggs will be hidden during this elaborate Easter egg hunt that will feature an appearance by the Easter bunny, a bounce house, music, and numerous games. Breakfast will also be served until 9am to fuel your kids as they search for hidden eggs. Admission is free for guests to attend.

When you plan to spend Easter in San Diego this March, make sure you make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites. Our comfortable hotel is located near some of San Diego’s most popular attractions including Balboa Park, Seaport Village, and Little Italy. After a fun and festive day celebrating Easter with the family, head back to your home away from home and enjoy some convenient amenities such as cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

Pop into the Pop-Up Beer Garden Downtown

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One of the most anticipated attractions coming to downtown San Diego area is the pop-up beer garden at the Andaz San Diego hotel, which is located at 600 F St. in the Gaslamp Quarter near the cheap Petco Park hotels. The mini beer garden will welcome hotel guests, tourists, and locals in the city to try a variety of craft beer flavors in a laid-back setting at RoofTop600. Guests can order different types of bottled beer and German classics while indulging in a setting that adds to the popular beer culture that’s gained momentum in our beautiful city.

Patrons will also be encouraged to try a variety of German-inspired appetizers, which includes pretzels, schnitzel, and currywurst a few other flavorful menu items with an American twist. The pop-up beer garden stands out from other establishments by offering German-inspired beers from local breweries from around the San Diego area including unique flavors that hail from Lightning Brewery, Ballast Point, and Mike Hess Brewing.

A number of outdoor games will also be available for patrons to partake in while visiting the rooftop location each day to mingle with other guests. Giant Jenga, Cards Against Humanity, Connect Four, Ping-Pong, and other lawn games are all offered at this exclusive location. Guests can also take a dip in the rooftop pool or lounge in one of the private cabanas that can be reserved for groups.

The panoramic views of the city are another benefit of this trendy location, including picturesque sights of the Coronado Bridge, the ocean, and the San Diego skyline. Guests can enjoy soaking up some sun while sipping craft beers and lay out on one of the many lounge chairs set up along the rooftop.

Tourists who want to enjoy the benefits of this upcoming pop-up beer garden can visit the location for a limited time throughout the month of April. The establishment is open daily at 12pm until the evening.

To make a day of it, be sure to enjoy other downtown breweries and beer gardens near the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. Our affordable hotel offers spacious rooms, great rates, and flexible dates for San Diego tourists. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after an exciting day sampling popular beers in our fine city. To book your stay today, click here or call 1-800-571-2933 and speak to a friendly Reservation Manager.

Downtown Irish Pubs to Visit on St. Patrick’s Day

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Downtown San Diego is always ready to celebrate any occasion, and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception. Book a room at a cheap downtown San Diego hotel, put on your best green outfit, and do as the Irish do at these leprechaun-approved restaurants and pubs in the city.

The Field Irish Pub

This ambient Gaslamp Quarter hot spot will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Emerald Isle. Enjoy homemade Irish dishes including Guinness Beef Stew, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Shepherd’s Pie this St. Patty’s Day. Their extensive drink menu includes draft beers and signature cocktails like Irish Mule and Sweet Mickey. Use the Code “Field” to get $5 off admission tickets for the 22nd annual ShamROCK celebration on March 17th.

Stout Public House

This neighborhood Irish pub offers a full menu featuring specialty burgers and sandwiches, along with Irish classics like Irish Bangers & Mash. Happy Hour starts at 4pm daily and runs until 8pm. Take advantage of their drink selection and kick back with a cold Guinness to get you in the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub

Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub has been serving pints since the end of Prohibition. Experience the joys of Happy Hour on any day at any time. Domestic drafts start at $3.50 and bottles start at $3. This historic pub is known as the primer blues club in San Diego and you can enjoy live music every night at 9pm. What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than at Patrick’s?

Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill

Whether you’re looking for a hearty meal or a tall glass of Guinness, Dublin Square has you covered. Experience authentic Irish dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and couple it with some tasty cocktails. With dishes like Dublin’s Hangover Scramble and Guinness Braised Beef, you’re in for a dining experience like no other.

If you’re planning on enjoying a wild night in the city this St. Patrick’s Day, it’s important to be responsible and have a nearby place to crash. When you book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites, not only will you have access to these and other bars and pubs in the Gaslamp Quarter, but you will also enjoy convenient amenities such as free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and in-room coffee makers. To check for rates and availability, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today.

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