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The 2014 Little Italy Summer Film Festival in San Diego

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The Little Italy Summer Film Festival shows fantastic Italian movies every Saturday night from the middle of June to the end of August at the Amici Park amphitheater, which is on the corner of State and Date streets. Admission is $5 per person for each show, which starts at 8:00 p.m. Just remember, no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed, and the movie won’t be rescheduled if it rains. Since it almost never rains in San Diego during the summer, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about your evening being ruined.

Some of the excellent films you can expect include Giuseppe Tornatore’s suspense movie, “The Unknown Woman”, Giulio Menfredonia’s heartfelt comedy, “We Can Do That”, and Elio Petri’s Oscar-winning thriller, “Investigation of a Citizen Beyond Suspicion”. There’s something for everyone from adult thrillers to family films, and all these movies have been made by Italy’s finest contemporary directors. People come from miles around to see these great films, so you should make sure to come at least an hour early.

If you’re looking for somewhere to go after watching the movie, then keep the Italian flavor going with an excellent dinner at Cafe Zucchero, which is just two blocks away from Amici Park. This restaurant offers unique pastries that you won’t find anywhere else, including the cassata, and they also have fine dishes such as rigatone palermitana, calamari parmagiana and saltimbocca. And if you like fine wine, then you’ll love the nearly 65 wine varieties that Cafe Zucchero offers.

If Italian isn’t your preference, the Princess Pub & Grille can be found on the corner of Date and India streets. This is considered San Diego’s first and finest English pub and offers up classics such as fish & chips, steak & ale pie and homemade Cornish pasties.

The streets of Little Italy usually get jam packed with interested movie goers on these fun summer night, so save yourself the hassle of driving and get a cheap Little Italy hotel room at Pacific Inn.

Our downtown San Diego hotel is located 0.4 miles away from Amici Park, making it an easy 8 minute walk to see your favorite Italian film this summer. For information on available discounts, or to book a room over the phone, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.

The 2014 Del Mar Horse Racing Season Events

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Horse racing is an exciting event that offers guests a chance to enjoy the pageantry that goes along with watching some of the fastest horses and most talented jockeys in the world compete against each other. In San Diego, guests and locals alike have the chance to join the fun at the Del Mar track. The season is almost here so it is time to get your race day hat and choose an event.

Opening Day
This year guests are looking forward to the opening day at Del Mar on July 17th. More than 45,000 guests are expected to arrive to watch the races and enjoy the spectacle. For the fashion forward, on opening day there is the One and Only Truly Fabulous Hats Contest. Contestants will be judged on the beauty, originality and creativity of their hats. Stretch Run admission is $10, while Clubhouse admission is $20. Admission does not include refreshments or bets.

Summer Concert Series
On Friday evenings during the race season, the Del Mar racetrack offers music concerts. The cost of the concert is included in the cost of admission; however, guests who arrive after the last race begins will have to pay a $20 admission fee. The concerts begin at 7pm west of the Grandstand and it is held outside, standing room only. Featured bands scheduled to perform this season include Weezer, Counting Crows and The Cult.

Family Fun Weekends
During the summer race season, Del Mar celebrates enjoying time with the family. On Saturdays and Sundays, admission to the track is only $6 for adults and free for children. The infield area becomes a haven for children looking to having fun. There will be inflatables, bouncy houses, a giant slide, games and of course pony rides. Children can test their skills on the obstacle course and have their faces’ painted by an expert. This is a fun-filled day for children of all ages!

For more fun with animals while you’re in San Diego, stop by Sea World or snag one of the cheap hotels near San Diego Zoo.

Whatever wild adventure you decide to have, make sure you’re home base is set up at the San Diego Pacific Inn hotel. Our family friendly amenities will have both you and your kids satisfied as you settle into the Kids Suite and chow down on the complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

To make your hotel reservation at the San Diego Pacific Inn, call our reservations hotline today at 1-800-571-2933.

 

An Out-of-towners Guide to San Diego Restaurant Etiquette

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San Diego has a reputation not unlike the rest of California — casual and laid back. However, that’s not to say San Diego doesn’t have its own restaurant etiquette. Knowing a bit about the local way of doing things will ensure that you have an excellent stay during your time in San Diego and that you get to enjoy all of the vibrant and diverse cuisine that this city has to offer.

Reservations

Just as you want to call ahead to book your cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego, you should do the same when it comes to making Gaslamp Quarter dinner reservations. San Diego is home to plenty of fine-dining experiences and it can be helpful to make a reservation if you plan to eat out at any popular restaurants during your stay. Calling 3-5 days ahead of time to make a reservation is usually sufficient to snag a table at a mid-level restaurant, but some establishments may require several weeks’ notice. When in doubt, call ahead as early as possible and ask as every restaurant has its own way of doing business.

Tip

Unlike some Midwestern cities, where a 15% tip of the total bill might be considered a signifier of good service, people in San Diego tend to tip 20% for standard-to-good service — higher for a really excellent experience. Servers in the States usually only make minimum wage for their services and therefore rely on tips to make up most of their income. Plan accordingly and bring a printable tip card, which can be found online, if doing math at dinner isn’t your forte.

Tipping is also an important part of going to bars. San Diego is home to many microbreweries and has been nicknamed the “Craft Beer Capital of America.” While you’re in San Diego you may find yourself sampling a locally-made IPA or a pint of stout — remember that bartenders also expect to be tipped. One dollar per drink is usually sufficient to communicate that you’re an appreciative customer but if the bar is busy and you want fast service, $3 a pop will usually ensure that the bartender gets to you first.

Valet

Many bayside and Gaslamp Quarter restaurants use a system of valet parking, so be prepared to let the valet handle your car upon arriving. You can leave the keys in the ignition as the valet approaches the car. Let him know of any quirks your car may have, grab anything you don’t want to leave in plain sight, and let the valet take care of the rest. When it comes time to get your car back, you can present your ticket to the valet and he’ll bring the car around. Make sure to keep some cash on hand so that you can tip the valet around $2-5 for the safe keeping of your vehicle.

Seafood

San Diego’s close proximity to the ocean means that you can find high-quality, inexpensive seafood options all throughout the city. For an extra special experience, consider making a reservation at one of San Diego’s many Oceanside seafood establishments. You can get a prime view of the San Elijo Lagoon or Coronado Bay while enjoying fresh food, great wine, and a beautiful sunset. Our San Diego tip? Always ask for the catch of the day.

San Diego, California is home to a wide array of delicious and unique dining experiences. With a little knowledge about the local way of doing things, you’ll be able to take advantage of the city’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and its diverse ethnic options, giving you a never-ending list of great dining possibilities during your stay.

Start off by finding affordable hotels near Seaport Village, where you can shop around at the new Headquarters at Seaport District and experience restaurants like Puesto. For an affordable hotel close to San Diego’s top dining destinations, book your vacation stay at Pacific Inn located near downtown San Diego and the San Diego Bay. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a reservations specialist about our available discounts.

Kid-Friendly Art Studios in San Diego

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Finding ways to keep children occupied while traveling can be a bit of a challenge. Children often tire of the typical dining out and shopping excursions that encompass most trips. A creative and fun activity that parents and children can do together is spending some time at an art studio. San Diego boasts several art studios that are kid-friendly and will offer you and your children a fun, interactive and educational experience.

Art Soup is an art studio in Encinitas that caters to children ages 2 to 14. A small fee will allow your children complete access to activity tables, chalk walls, and a huge create-your-own craft bar for an hour and a half.

Bravo School of Art features different activities daily, including acrylic painting, paper mache, jewelry making, and photography. Classes are held in the city of San Diego and are geared towards specific age groups, which is why registration for classes is required.

CeramiCafe Art Lounge offers a huge selection of blank ceramics for you and your children to paint. There is also an extensive mosaic station and clay available if you wish to capture your child’s feet or hand prints during your visit to this La Mesa studio.

Clay ‘N Latte is a full-service art studio with locations in Carmel Mountain, San Diego and one in Vista. They offer pottery painting, glass fusing, mosaics, and clay prints. People of all ages are welcome and specials discounts oftentimes run throughout the week.

Fire & Mud Studios offers classes and workshops, as well as open studio times. Visitors can sculpt their very own piece of artwork out of clay and watch instructors use unique firing techniques to finish off their masterpiece. This studio in San Marcos can accommodate different age ranges and large groups for parties.

Fun Dabbles features an indoor play area alongside its art studio in Carlsbad. Parents and their children can paint their own pottery, make their own candles and scented soap, and paint a beautiful portrait on canvas. There are no studio fees and children can enjoy the play zone for one low price.

If you’re looking to schedule a play date that you’ll enjoy just as much as your children, these art studio will surely provide you with the space and materials you need to make lasting memories. In order to fully enjoy your studio time, make sure you’ve reserved a room at one of the trusted and affordable hotels near Balboa Park in San Diego. Balboa Park is home to several museums and will be a great place to get some art inspiration before heading to one of the above mentioned studios.

To find a coastal hotel that’s within your budget, visit San Diego Pacific Inn and Suites. For more information about our current specials and vacation packages, contact a reservations specialist by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

 

Stay Classy Bike Rentals in San Diego

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There’s perhaps no greater way to explore a new city than on a bike. H.G. Wells once said, “Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.”

Whether you’re an avid cyclist or someone who simply craves an unobstructed view of San Diego, you’ll find that Stay Classy Bike Rentals makes it quick and easy for you to hop on a bike and go.

Stay Classy Bike Rentals goes the extra mile by delivering your bike of choice straight to your hotel free of charge. If you’re concerned about adjusting your bike to fit your height, you can request a free bike adjustment beforehand. Choose from four impressive models which include performance class road bikes, comfort class hybrid bikes, and commuter class bikes. You can book your reservation online or over the phone. If you’re not sure which bike is right for you, Stay Classy’s knowledgeable staff will be more than happy to give you some helpful suggestions. Your bike will be delivered to you within thirty minutes of requesting it, and once you’re done with it for the day, it’ll be picked up free of charge. Gone are the days of hunting for the nearest bike rental shop.

You’ll find that every Stay Classy Bike Rental comes with a helmet, hand pump, lock, tire lever, patch kit, and your choice of flat or strap pedals at no additional cost. You can also choose from a wide selection of accessories which includes everything from a cyclometer to a GPS to pre-paid roadside assistance. Worried you might get hungry for a snack on the way back from your ride? Don’t forget to purchase a number of Clif Bar products to be delivered along with your bicycle.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the many sights you want to see or aren’t comfortable navigating the new streets alone, consider taking advantage of Stay Classy Bike Rental’s Bike Concierge Service which pairs you with a professional guide and biking partner. Choose your skill level and length of trip, and your guide will create a customized tour of the city especially for you.

Regardless of what you choose, you’ll quickly discover why San Diego is often referred to as a cyclist’s paradise. One of the best rides is along the San Diego Bay, through Little Italy and Seaport Village. That’s why we recommend looking for hotels near Little Italy, which serve as a great starting point for a scenic and safe bike ride.

Pacific Inn & Suites is an affordable downtown San Diego hotel located less than a mile from some of San Diego’s most beloved attractions. For more information on our location, discounted room rates, and complimentary amenities, call 1-800-571-2933.

Your Guide to Craft Cocktails in San Diego

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Cool craft cocktail bars are one of the hottest nightlife trends in San Diego, and city mixologists are concocting some amazing shaken and stirred creations. Check out some of San Diego’s liveliest cocktail venues and sample the best of SoCal’s innovative libations.

Alchemy, South Park
This aptly named lounge whips up some amazing beertails, the hot national trend of mixing beer with spirits, syrups and liqueurs. Sip a Skip and Go Naked, mixing gin, Ballast Point Old Grove, lemon juice and lager, or sample one of Alchemy’s clever beer-less cocktails like Tricolore, a spicy blend of pepper-infused vodka, tomato juice and secret spices. Relax at the organically-designed curved bar amid changing exhibits of work by some of San Diego’s most talented artists.

Craft and Commerce, Little Italy
San Diego’s sexy and sophisticated Craft & Commerce is nestled between shops, cafes and hotels in Little Italy, drawing an eclectic crowd to its airy, open space lined with vintage bottles and books. From airy champagne cocktails to trendy beertails and shaken and stirred twists on classics, C&C coolly evokes the warm and chummy ambience of days gone by. Try unique concoctions like Black Sheep, a mix of coffee bean-infused whiskey, verna, cynar and bitters, or come with a group and hoist antique cups full of communal punch brews like Mother’s Ruin, a potent blend of gin, sweet vermouth, cinnamon spiced, lemon, grapefruit and champagne.

Grant Grill, Gaslamp District
Channeling old San Diego’s speakeasy scene, this glitzy art deco lounge boasts live jazz, rock, blues, samba and pop Thursday through Saturday nights. Stop by and savor one of mixologists Jeff Josenhans’ sexy creations, whipped up with ingredients fresh from the hotel’s roof garden. Favorites at this popular San Diego hangout include house-made amber vermouth and Cocktails sur Lie, the lounge’s unique bottle-conditioned cocktails.

Prohibition, Gaslamp District
You’ll have to look carefully for Prohibition’s exclusive “secret door”, a nod to the speakeasies of the 1920s. Dark wood, sumptuous leather seating and moody lighting create a lush ambience perfect for enjoying a rotating seasonal cocktail menu created with all sorts of prohibition-era favorites. Ask for a “Dealer’s Choice”, custom concocted for each guest depending on their mood and preferences. Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday nights features excellent jazz, blues and soul. House rules include a strictly-enforced weekend dress code.

After tasting all of San Diego’s top craft cocktails, head back to your affordable downtown hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. We are ideally situated for visitors looking to explore the city, and are a great option for locals who don’t want to drive home after a long night. Call 7-800-571-2933 for rates and availability.

Dad’s Day Out: San Diego Father’s Day Itinerary

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Father’s Day weekend promises to be a lively one around San Diego, with events ranging from camping with wild animals to a quirky surf competition. Following is a sample itinerary to keep any dad happy, just so long as he has a nice and affordable downtown San Diego hotel to unwind in come days end.

Friday, June 13
Petco Unleashed Surf Dog Competition, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Start the day at Imperial Beach cheering on the unusual surfers at this quirky competition. Check out the sand sculpting competition, relax in the beer garden and watch some courageous canines paddle out and hang 20.

Foodie Friday, 6:00 pm
If your guy loves food and theater, Foodie Friday at the La Jolla Playhouse is the place to go this weekend. The cost of a ticket to the rock n’ roll musical “Chasing the Song” includes access to gourmet food trucks and a beer tasting by Stone Brewing Co.

Saturday, June 14 
San Diego Fair, 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
With loads of food, contests, rides, animals, games and exhibits, this is the place to go for some old-fashioned fun. The family-friendly extravaganza features wild and wooly events from a turkey stampede to six magic shows.

San Diego Zoo Father’s Day Sleepover, 4:00 pm – Sunday, June 15, 9:00 am
After the fair, head to the zoo and get ready for an amazing overnight adventure including animal presentations, bus tour, moonlight stroll and morning feeding. This year’s theme is animal superheroes and the price includes tent, dinner, evening snack and a hot breakfast.

Sunday, June 15 
Family Kayak Adventure Center Kayak Tour, 9:00 am
Glide out on the water early for a guided kayak tour of lively San Diego Bay, complete with all equipment and a certified instructor. Paddle along enjoying views of the downtown skyline and Coronado Island while listening to fascinating tales of the area’s history.

San Diego Wooden Boat Festival, June 14, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and June 15, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wooden boat fanatics will love this annual Shelter Island festival at the Koehler Craft Boat Yard featuring over 80 wooden water craft in various stages of restoration. Take an afternoon stroll around the grounds admiring vessels from rowboats to schooners, along with nautical displays, music, food and crafts.

Concert Humphrey’s on the Bay, 7:00 pm
A perfect ending to Father’s Day weekend just might be the Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson performance at Humphrey’s on the Bay, one of the highlights of the spectacular outdoor venue’s summer series.

A packed weekend full of dad-focused activities is the perfect way to say “I love you.” Dad will also appreciate the top-notch amenities offered at Pacific Inn. We have in-room ESPN/HBO, daily buffet breakfast free of charge and Jacuzzi suites with an in-room whirlpool tub. If you really want to make sure the man in your life feels appreciated, book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites today – our cheap San Diego zoo hotel offers all the frills without excessive bills.

To schedule your Father’s Day room reservation at Pacific Inn, call 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s top Arcades

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When visiting San Diego, most people think of spending time at the beach or exploring the downtown area. But did you ever think of rallying your friends or family together for a friendly game of laser tag, pool, or air hockey? Arcades and game rooms offer fun for people of all ages, encourage friendly competition and best of all, they’re extremely affordable. There are several game-themed entertainment venues in San Diego, offering different vibes based on the age requirement to get in. So scrape up all the spare change you can find and hit one of these fun establishments for a fun-filled outing:

Rush Laser Tag & Arcade

For a chance to enjoy good old fashioned skee ball or to try your hand at laser tag, Rush’s offers a number of activities for all ages. Located at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, it’s a hot spot that makes it easy to enjoy classic arcade games in a prime location that is next to the rides on the boardwalk. Rock climbing is an additional outdoor feature that is available next to the arcade.

Nickel City Amusement Center

Nickel City Amusement Center is a larger arcade that offers classic games with $2 admission and only nickels needed to play select games. A free play section is even offered for unlimited use to customers. Patrons can enjoy playing on the pinball machine or use new games that are based on the latest Hollywood films. With a large selection in prizes available after collecting tickets, it makes for a great place to visit on the weekend or when hosting a birthday party.

Brewski’s Bar

For adults looking to have a bit of fun on a Friday night, Brewski’s bar offers a free arcade to its customers with video games, air hockey, and plenty of pool tables. Guests can leave their laundry money at home and enjoy the adult playground with classics that will remind them of their childhood. Perhaps the best part is enjoying food and adult beverages while playing in the arcade.

So book your room at one of the city’s top cheap hotels near the San Diego airport today! Pacific Inn & Suites offers everything a budget-conscious traveler is looking for: cheap room rates, discounts, money-saving vacation packages, free in-room WiFi, free parking, and a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning.

Don’t wait until our guest rooms book up during your ideal dates this summer. Call Pacific Inn hotel today at 1-800-571-2933.

 

How to save money at the San Diego County Fair

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A family event like Del Mar’s beautiful San Diego County Fair is known for its great deals and bargain offers. The San Diego County Fair can be a very cost-effective and memorable event for everyone. Whether you’re attending the fair with your partner or as a family, there are some expert tips to maximize fun while minimizing the impact on your entertainment budget.

Discount tickets and special admissions can be purchased through San Diego County businesses like Ford and Toyota Dealerships. San Diego County Albertson’s and Sav-On stores also offer deeply discounted tickets including $4 specials on Saturday, June 7 and Wednesday, June 11.

Additionally, there are free admissions days on June 24 and July 1 for kids under 12. To encourage your children to get their nose in a book, they could partake in the readers program in which children can read their way to free admission. Pepsi Pay-One-Price Ride Day is always a great way for the thrill-seekers to save on great rides and attractions. Purchase any Pepsi product at Albertson’s to score a $30 fair ticket that includes unlimited access to rides (only available on select days).

Even transportation doesn’t have to be an expensive hassle. There is free parking at off-site lots with regular shuttles to the main gate. There is a Fair Tripper bus and train package which includes transportation and fair admission.

Going to events will often mean big food bills when mealtime arrives, but the San Diego County Fair invites you to pack in your own food, with some safety exceptions. There are in-fair special deal days at food booths and kids meal discounts.

San Diego County Fair has been a memory making event for San Diego County families for many decades. With all the value packages and savings offers, there has never been a better time to make your own memories. For a complete list of savings, head to sdfair.com and click on “Tickets & Promotions.”
No matter what your vacation budget is, we’re sure you can rack up enough savings to make a fun-filled day at the fair a possibility. Save money by booking a room at a cheap hotel in Downtown San Diego and utilizing public transportation, such as the Coaster, to get to the fairgrounds.

Pacific Inn offers close access to the San Diego trolley and we have family friendly amenities to help you get the most bang for your buck. Enjoy everything that San Diego has to offer during your trip and stay at our cheap hotel near Seaworld, the Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter and Balboa Park.

For more information on our available discounts and savings, call a Pacific Inn hotel reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933.

San Diego’s June 2014 Concert Calendar

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If you’ve come to San Diego to hear live music, you couldn’t have chosen a better time than June. Whether you’re interested in classical symphonies or classic rock, there’s an event for every single genre of music you can imagine in San Diego.

The sensational pop star Lady Gaga opens up the June concert scene with a show at San Diego State University’s Viejas Arena at 7:30 PM on June 2. Her show, called artRave – The ARTPOP Ball, has yet to sell out with tickets starting at $39 and topping off around $230. Lady Starlight and Hatsune Miku will be her opening acts.

The San Diego Symphony has five events in June, including tributes to Elvis on June 27 and the Beatles on June 28 at 7:30 PM.  Concerts will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, with Grandstand and Cabaret section tickets available for $25 – $84.

Steve Winwood ,60s and 70s rock sensation, will take the stage for one show only at Humphrey’s Concerts by the Sea at 7:30 PM June 17. Tickets are going fast with only select tickets available online at websites like stubhub.com. We’re hoping Winwood excites concert goers by singing some of his classics like “Gimme Some Lovin” or “Arc of a Diver.”

The “Greatest Love of All” is a tribute to soul queen Whitney Houston and hits the Balboa Theater on June 1. This tribute band, starring powerhouse singer Belinda Davids, will perform the 2.5 hour concert as a tribute to Whitney’s legacy, doing her biggest hits justice. Tickets are available from San Diego Theaters starting at $39. Out of towners can also take advantage of summer discounts being offered at hotels near Balboa Park in San Diego.

The annual San Diego County Fair running for nearly a month starting June 8 brings with is some of the most talented musical artists in the country. From big name bands to amateur singers, the fair’s multiple stages have something for every kind of music lover, with many of the shows included in your fair admission price. You can catch 24 Days of The Beatles’ Music or headliners such as Third Eye Blind, Creedence Clearwater Revisted, the 10th Annual Gospel Festival, Smokey Robinson, Huey Lewis and the News and REO Speedwagon.

June is truly the monster music month for San Diego and one of the best times for music lovers to take in a show or two during summer vacation visit. Spending a little bit of money on a concert ticket is going to be much more feasible if you saved a ton by booking a room at a cheap hotel in San Diego. Save even more by reserving a room at Pacific Inn & Suites where your stay comes with a free breakfast buffet, free parking and free in-room WiFi.

Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to book your June stay in San Diego.

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