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4 Little-Known Facts About the Star of India

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The Star of India has a rich history and is one of the main treasures of the San Diego Maritime Museum. Aside from providing a versatile space for parties and events, she has become a must-see landmark for those staying in a downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. Here are more fun and informative facts about the Star of India:

1. The 1863 Star of India is the oldest ship worldwide that still sails on a regular basis. Unlike most restored ships, her equipment, hull and cabins are almost 100 percent original.

2. In 1926, San Diego’s Zoological Society purchased the Star of India. They planned to use it as the focal point of an aquarium and museum they were developing. When War World II and the Great Depression occurred, it led the society to halt their plans. Not until 1957 did restoration plans commence. Progress was very slow, but the Star of India was finally restored and put to sea once more in 1976.

3. The vessel is kept completely seaworthy by the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Along with the many other vessels at this museum, the Star of India ships out at least once a year. The Star of India hosts dozens of educational school tours for well over 6,000 kids every year. The museum also offers a Living History Program where students are transported back in time and involved in history-themed activities during overnight visits on the vessel.

4. The Star of India has made an appearance in a few television shows including Dirty Jobs, Ghost Hunters, Great Ships, and Haunted History. Additionally, the 2013 San Diego Comic Con used the Star of India to advertise and promote Ubisoft’s new video game called Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.

When you come to San Diego, book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown to enjoy everything the city has to offer. Whether you tour the Maritime Museum ships, stroll through Balboa Park, or shop around in Seaport Village, you won’t be far from your comfortable and affordable hotel room. Go online to check for rates and availability, or call a knowledgeable Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today.

The Return of Mardi Gras to the Gaslamp Quarter

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When you stay at the Pacific Inn San Diego this February, be sure to take advantage of one of the most anticipated events in the city. Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp Quarter is one of the most popular events in San Diego and returns to the city for the party of the year. The annual event will be held on February 6th from 5pm until midnight, which means guests will enjoy the ultimate block party featuring the Big Easy Parade, and talented performers all night long.

Voted one of the top ten Mardi Gras events to attend in the world by USA Today, this event allows both locals and visitors to dress up in dramatic costumes and masks while enjoying the New Orleans feel of the Gaslamp Quarter. Guests will enjoy the energetic nightlife scene including popular bars, VIP venues, and delicious food in the area.

The Silent Disco stage will be set up at 6th and G Street where two DJs will battle over two separate frequencies to capture the crowd’s attention. The Brazilian Arts Stage on 4th and F Street will include exhilarating Brazilian performances by San Diego artists who will paint amazing art pieces as the music plays. Visit the EDM Stage to enjoy intoxicating electronic music including BASS and beats on the stage. For those with more mainstream tastes, Live Music Stage by Tin Roof will feature a number of big country and blues bands that will get the night started on 4th and G Street.

The parade will be one of the highlights of the event and will take place at 9pm. With extravagant floats and over 100 volunteers tossing beads to enthusiastic partygoers, it’s not hard to see why this event is so popular.

Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp is for patrons who are at least 21 years of age. You can choose from several experience packages including general admission for $35 to $60 and the VIP tickets, which cost $75 to $100 per person. To stay close to the action this year, make your reservation at the Pacific Inn. After experiencing the excitement of Mardi Gras, you can make yourself at home in one of our comfortable and affordable rooms with convenient amenities like cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability and make reservations.

Get a Chuckle at a Downtown San Diego Comedy Club in January

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Comedy fans will love discovering new comedians as well as popular performers at San Diego’s downtown comedy clubs. No matter what tickles your funny bone, the city is seeing a growing community of comedians honing their material. There is no shortage of great acts coming to the area in January, and when you stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn, you won’t have to miss out on any of them.

The American Comedy Co.

The American Comedy Co. is located in a historic downtown building that used to be home to a speakeasy. Food and drinks are always on the menu and when there isn’t an open mic night, there’s always a popular comic on stage.

Cristela Alonzo
January 14-16th
$18 Per Person
Comedian and TV sitcom star Cristela takes the stage after achieving national fame with her ABC show Cristela, which she also coproduced.

Mad House Comedy Club

Mad House Comedy Club is conveniently situated in the Horton Plaza Shopping Center. The staff validates parking for guests using the Horton Plaza Parking Garage.

Open Mic Night
Various Nights
No Charge
The club promises no cover, no drink minimum and no promises during their famous open mic nights. Take a shot at becoming a comedian or watch others try to become the next great stand-up act.

The Tipsy Crow

Comedian Mal Hall leads a group of comedians that bring east coast humor to San Diego.

The Gaslamp Comedy Show
Various Nights
$7 Per Person
The Tipsy Crow presents a wide range of music and comedy acts. This multi-level venue also offers VIP experiences.

National Comedy Theatre

National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s home for improv comedy.

Mainstage Show
Fridays and Saturdays Throughout the Month
This 100-minute improv show features some of the finest comedians in the country. The comedians have performed for audiences over the world, and now they come to San Diego to share their talents with locals and tourists alike.

Stay within the city when you book your trip to San Diego and grab some tickets to the hottest comedy acts in town. While you purchase your tickets, be sure to reserve a room at the Pacific Inn. Our downtown hotel is conveniently located near the San Diego Airport, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village and we offer exclusive amenities to our guests. To book your stay, go online or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

Will Comic-Con Remain in San Diego?

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For over 40 years, millions of comic book and pop culture fans have streamed into San Diego for Comic-Con, a massive convention that has been an economic boon to the local community since its inception. In 2014 alone, Comic-Con generated almost $200 million in revenue for San Diego’s economy. That good fortune could be at risk, however, due to the city’s failure to follow through on plans to expand the popular San Diego Convention Center. If you plan on visiting San Diego this year and stay at a San Diego Convention Center hotel like the Pacific Inn, this may be one of the few summers left to enjoy Comic-Con at its original venue.

Other cities were quick in their efforts to capitalize on the stalled expansion of the convention center. Many have made Comic-Con International lucrative offers in an attempt to secure a hosting agreement for the convention. While Comic-Con organizers have stated that they wish to keep the convention in Southern California, they have not ruled out contenders from Anaheim and Los Angeles if San Diego is unable to provide additional space for convention vendors and guests.

In order to retain Comic-Con and stop the move to Los Angeles, a city that is already known forattractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios, San Diego needs to find a way to provide more exhibition space for vendors. The loss of Comic-Con would certainly hurt the city from an economic standpoint, but the event also has sentimental value for residents. Even the community leaders appreciate the popular event. In the past, San Diego’s mayor and city manager have zip-lined into opening ceremonies and even rechristened San Diego in honor of famous comic book locales like Gotham City. These are the kinds of gestures that resonate with comic book fans and why it would be a devastating loss for the city if the organizers relocate the convention.

Still, it is an economic issue at heart and one that San Diego should not take lightly. A Comic-Con exodus could cost San Diego’s local merchants more than $1 billion dollars in revenue over the next ten years. Fortunately for tourists, the organizers of Comic-Con International have promised the city that the convention will take place in San Diego through 2018. Be sure to take advantage of this deadline and book a room at the Pacific Inn & Suites this summer. Our convenient location allows guests to take a quick trolley ride to the Convention Center without the hassle of finding a parking spot. The Pacific Inn also provides guests with comfortable and affordable rooms so they can relax after a long day at Comic-Con. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

Thrilling Downtown San Diego Parties on New Year’s Eve

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Downtown San Diego will be buzzing with activity on New Year’s Eve, and if you find yourself staying at one of the Little Italy hotels, you won’t be far from all the action. Finding extravagant celebrations that welcome the New Year won’t be difficult when you hit up any of the following New Year’s Eve parties.

Big Night San Diego’s New Year’s Eve Gala

Visit the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for a chance to see a number of massive balloons drop after the countdown to the New Year in twelve different party areas, which will each have their own theme. Guests can also enjoy ordering drinks at the open bar and getting party favors to celebrate the end of 2015 and launch the New Year. Tickets start at $94.99.

New Year’s Eve at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Party like a rock star at the Hard Rock Hotel for a night that will include multiple venues and some of the best DJs in the city, each of which will play top 40s music. You’ll also be able to order drinks and rub shoulders with other locals for an exciting night downtown. Ticket prices start at $70 per person.

Casino Royale New Year’s Celebration

Those who want to celebrate the New Year like James Bond can attend this party for a party that will offer more than just dancing. Guests can have fun playing baccarat games, craps, and roulette as they gamble while wearing secret agent attire. There will also be wine pairings served with a five-course gala dinner. The night will end with a ball drop and a champagne toast. Tickets are $295 for guests.

Black & Gold: New Year’s Eve | Maritime Museum of San Diego

Enjoy partying in a luxurious environment on two different stages with DJ Mancat and Goose + Mavrk. You’ll be able to party on the Berkeley ship in a classy lounge with an available open bar with classy cocktails, or you could enjoy tasty sweets at the candy bar. Guests can also enjoy participating in drawings and taking a few pictures in the photo booth with their friends. Tickets cost $60 per person.

Don’t miss out on all of the fun and excitement this New Year’s Eve. Book a room at the affordable Pacific Inn and stay near all of the downtown parties in the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, or Seaport Village to welcome 2016. In addition to the convenient location, our downtown hotel offers specious rooms and useful amenities to enhance your comfort. Click here or call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability and make your reservation.

Exciting Events to Take Place in San Diego This January

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With all of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s easy to forget what’s right around the corner in January. If you happen to be visiting San Diego for the start of the New Year and plan on staying at one of the Gaslamp Quarter hotels, you won’t be far from some exciting events taking place throughout the city. Check out these fascinating events near downtown San Diego and Mission Valley.

Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at Copley Symphony Hall

January 1st

This annual performance will feature Viennese music that will be paired with Strauss waltzes and beautiful melodies, all performed by talented European singers. Guests can enjoy watching the professional dancers perform in elegant costumes and bask in the romantic atmosphere of the venue. The event starts at 2:30pm and tickets cost anywhere between $25 and $85.

SD International Auto Show at the Convention Center

January 1st – 4th

Car enthusiasts can visit this event downtown to observe cutting edge designs of over 400 vehicles from 40 global manufacturers, which will include Ferrari, Bugatti, and Lotus. The event will be open to the public from 10am until 7pm. Tickets cost $8 to $12 per person.

Pajama Jam: New Year’s Family Night Out at the Children’s Museum

January 2nd

This event is perfect for children who want to jump around in their cozy pajamas while listening to music and count down to the big balloon drop. Adults can also enjoy the event by obtaining a drink ticket and participating in a silent auction. Pajama Jam will be hosted from 5:30pm until 8:30pm. General admission is $35 per person.

Desserts & Beer Tasting at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park

January 14th

San Diego will kick off the start of the New Year with dessert and beer tasting events in Balboa Park’s Museum of Man where local foodies can indulge in refreshing beverages from the best craft breweries. Decadent treats from Extraordinary Desserts will also be served to satisfy your sweet tooth. The event will be hosted from 6pm to 8pm and tickets cost from $20 to $30 per person.

2016 San Diego Beer Fest at Liberty Station

January 16th

This annual beer fest will be held at Liberty Station with dozens of food trucks, live music, and local and international beers available for all to enjoy. Come on down, eat some good food, taste some well-crafted beer, and support a noble cause in the process. General admission is $40 per person and all proceeds will benefit the Noah’s B-ark Pet Rescue.

Looking forward to your trip in January yet? Be sure to book your stay at a conveniently located hotel like the Pacific Inn & Suites downtown. Our hotel boasts affordable accommodations and convenient amenities like free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, AC and heating, cable TV, and fresh coffee served daily. Additionally, guests enjoy the convenience of being a short distance from popular sites, events, and attractions in our fair city. Call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 or go online to make reservations.

Delicious Seasonal Treats at Hillcrest Cafes

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San Diego is home to a variety of intriguing neighborhoods, but the most popular has to be Hillcrest. This hip community near downtown boasts trendy nightclubs, incredible restaurants, and decadent cafés. If you’re staying in one of the cheap hotels in downtown San Diego this December, be sure to venture to Hillcrest and indulge in these delicious seasonal treats.

Pappalecco

Those who visit Pappalecco in Hillcrest are in for treat. This café serves fresh shortbread cookies that are available throughout the day. Pappalecco takes pride in using natural ingredients, which produces cookies that are moist and taste like they came from your grandmother’s kitchen. They also go well with a rich cup of hot chocolate.

Chocolat Hillcrest

Located on 5th Avenue, Chocolat Hillcrest is known for serving some of the best crepes in the city. Each crepe is made to order and dusted with powdered sugar for the ultimate sweet snack. Enjoy the Nutella crepes anytime of year, or indulge in a seasonal apple, walnut, and caramel crepe this holiday season.

La Bonne Table

This French café is known in the Hillcrest community for serving decadent country food that is beautifully displayed on each plate. Their raspberry tart offers the perfect amount of rich flavor with fresh ingredients and is considered a seasonal favorite.

Crest Café

Crest Café sits on Robinson Avenue in Hillcrest and offers a unique twist on traditional menu items. During the holiday season, the butterscotch pecan apple crunch is a favorite dessert among patrons. It’s available for $7 and is good enough to order seconds.

Bread & Cie

Those with a sweet tooth can indulge in a box of macaroons from Bread & Cie. The tasty treats are made in-house and come in a variety of flavors and colors. Whether you’re giving them as a gift or nibbling on them over a hot cup of coffee at the café, you’ll be glad you stopped by.

Are you still looking for more seasonal sweets to try during your stay in San Diego? The staff at the Pacific Inn & Suites has you covered. Book your stay at our affordable hotel and you’ll be within walking distance to various restaurants and cafés near the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, and Seaport Village. Go online or call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

The Cost of the Chargers’ Relocation to Los Angeles

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If you’re staying in one of the cheap San Diego hotels in downtown, this could be your last chance to see the Chargers as a local team. After 14 years of requesting a new stadium in San Diego, the Chargers have decided to attempt to relocate to Los Angeles, which Chargers spokesman and representative Mark Fabiani blames on local politicians in San Diego. Fabiani is the point man that handles stadium issues for team chairman Dean Spanos. The step comes at the disapproval of Chargers fans with many disagreeing with the team’s relocation to another city, which is expected to cost $500 to $600 million.

Since 1961, the Chargers have played in San Diego and are currently one of three teams who are attempting to move to Los Angeles. NFL owners are waiting to vote on the decision, which can be made as early as next year. Public hearings are currently being held to dispute the move, although many fans don’t feel as if their voice will be heard.

Some argue that Fabiani is the one to blame because politicians have changed over the years, and so has the management of the team. However, Fabiani has been employed by the Chargers for the last 14 years and maintains his belief that the team has little hope of building a new San Diego stadium.

The St. Louis Rams are the second team who has a chance of relocating to Los Angeles, but the city will only approve the two teams’ move if they’re able to provide the space. Both the Chargers and the Rams are expected to apply for the move in January of 2016. The Chargers hope to build a joint stadium with the Oakland Raiders who also hope to relocate. Currently, 25 percent of the Chargers’ revenue is from Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

After 55 years of housing the Chargers, fans in San Diego are beginning to lose hope due to the length of time that the issue has remained a problem for the team. This could be your last chance to see your beloved Chargers in action this December, so be sure to take advantage and buy your ticket to a game during your next San Diego vacation. Before coming to town, be sure to reserve a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn downtown. We aren’t far from the trolley station which will take you directly to nearby Qualcomm Stadium to see the Chargers in action. Go online or call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to check for availability.

Honeymooning in Downtown San Diego

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Newlyweds visiting San Diego for their honeymoon can enjoy a vast array of romantic and enticing experiences, no matter what their personal style. If you lovebirds will be staying in any of the San Diego Little Italy hotels, we recommend you stay at the conveniently located Pacific Inn. Our hotel is near some of San Diego’s most enchanting places for couples to enjoy an amorous honeymoon, including the following indulgent experiences.

Visit the Botanical Gardens at Balboa Park

The Botanical Building at Balboa Park features over 2,000 different plants in a large lath structure that allows the sunlight to pour in. The building features a romantic lily pond in the front and is a beautiful location to take honeymoon photos.

Sit on the Rooftop of the Hotel St. James

The hotel St. James in the downtown area allows guests to take a vintage elevator to the rooftop of the building, which offers panoramic views of the city. There are even park benches and lampposts available for a great place to sit as a couple and look out at gorgeous downtown San Diego.

Enjoy a Couple’s Massage at Spa Velia

The perfect way to unwind after the wedding is to enjoy a couple’s massage to rejuvenate and relax. You’ll be able to listen to relaxing music and the sound of a fountain in the background while getting pampered with your spouse.

Dine in Elegance at Mister A’s

Mister A’s on 5th Avenue offers spectacular bay and skyline views with a menu that serves upscale steaks, poultry, and fish. The establishment also has an expansive cocktail menu including the Hemingway Daiquiri, Thai Gimlet, A’s French 75, and the Boilermaker’s Manhattan, any of which will make for a fine honeymoon toast.

Treat Yourself to Extraordinary Desserts

Extraordinary Desserts serves decadent plates of pastries that are each beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. The setting is intimate and cozy with candles lit on each table. You and your new spouse can enjoy fresh desserts by candlelight.

Listen to Exciting Live Jazz Music

After dining at a romantic restaurant, listen to live jazz in a dimly lit room at Patrick’s Gaslamp Pub. It’s a great place to find a small table in the corner and order a few drinks while listening to rhythmic jazz for the rest of the night.

As the evening winds down, we hope you and your spouse will retire at the affordable Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Our convenient location allows guests to enjoy all of the nearby shops and attractions, including Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Zoo. Go online to reserve your room or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today to check for availability.

Horsing Around in San Diego

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While San Diego is best known for warm beaches and metropolitan skylines, it’s also home to amazing opportunities for horseback riding. Tourists visiting our beautiful town can enjoy some equestrian fun at any of the following venues recommended by staff at the Pacific Inn hotel in Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego Beach Rides, Horse Rentals & Wagon Rides

Located at 2180 Monument Road near Imperial Beach, the rates at this venue range from $50 to $150 per rider, depending on the package you choose. Your horseback riding experience will include private rides to some of the most scenic locations in San Diego, including the Tijuana River Valley Nature Preserve and nearby beaches. Horseback riding options include beach rides, pony rides, and riding lessons. Photography packages are also offered.

Surfside Ranch

This establishment is located at 2225 Hollister Street. Rates range from $1 per minute for pony rides (with a 15 minute minimum) to horseback rides from $50 to $120 per person, depending on the type and duration of the ride. Sandy beaches and pristine nature trails are what you’ll discover while horseback riding here. In addition to horse rentals, they also offer guided beach, trail, and pony rides. There’s also a petting zoo for kids who don’t want to ride. Don’t be surprised if you see dolphins off in the distance as you trot along the beach.

Blanco Brothers Ranch

2181 Hollister Street is home to the Blanco Brother Ranch where beach rides are $100 per person for a three-hour experience. Whether you’re a beginner or more advanced, you’re sure to have a memorable experience here. Beach rides will take you along Imperial Beach. Services offered include riding lessons, pony rides, horse rentals, and horse boarding. The horses are well trained and well behaved. Guided rides are also offered.

Bright Valley Farms

Bright Valley Farms is located at 12310 Campo Road in Spring Valley, which is less than 20 minutes from San Diego. Rates range from $20 per half-hour for pony rides to $60 for one-and-a-half hour rides. You’ll find a wide selection of horses and trails when riding here. If you’re an experienced rider, you’re welcome to bring your own horse for the day. For new riders, lessons are offered. Thousands of acres of trails will take you through some of the most scenic locations in the area.

For more fun and adventure in the San Diego, make sure you book your stay at the conveniently located Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites in downtown SD. Guests can enjoy classic San Diego hotspots like Little Italy, Seaport Village, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the Convention Center when they reserve one of our affordable rooms. Click here to book online or call 1-800-571-2933 for quick and easy booking.

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