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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.

Holiday Events in San Diego

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San Diego may not get a lot of snow or cold weather, but locals sure know how to get into the holiday spirit! Visitors far and wide can have the best of both worlds by enjoying the winter festivities with some pretty mild temperatures. If you’re going to visit San Diego this December, you don’t want to miss out on the following yuletide events. The staff at the Pacific Inn San Diego is getting in the spirit of the season a little early this year, and they recommend tourists join in the fun with these holly jolly celebrations!

Coronado Christmas Parade & Open House – December 5th

This event is free to enjoy and includes a snow mountain, carolers, and ice skating at the Hotel Del Coronado. Head over to the Coronado Ferry Landing and witness an appearance by Santa himself. Families can watch the Coronado Christmas parade before the Christmas tree is lit at Rotary Plaza. Live music will also be available from the Community Band.

December Nights – December 5th and 6th

As one of the most popular events that attracts thousands of locals each year, December Nights is a truly magical experience in Balboa Park. Entry is free and guests are welcome to enjoy various meals from around the world while browsing different booths for Christmas crafts and fare. Several musical and dance performances will be showcased from the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet and the San Diego Junior Theatre.

Annual Little Italy Tree Lighting & Christmas Village – December 5th – 16th

For a true Italian Christmas in the heart of San Diego, guests can explore Little Italy for a tree lighting ceremony that provides plenty of photo opportunities for tourists. The event will be held on W. Fir between India and Kettner, and Santa will arrive at 4:30pm. Guests can enjoy munching on Italian cookies, coffee, and cider that will be handed out on the streets for a great way to get in the holiday spirit.

Christmas is a special time of year for family and friends, and the staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn hopes you will include us in your holiday celebrations. Our affordable accommodations put you in the center of the action in San Diego, which means you’ll always be near the fun and excitement the city has to offer. Book your stay in any of our comfortable rooms and enjoy the complimentary climate control and fresh coffee during those brisk November and December nights. Go online or call a festive Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 today.

Top 4 Tearooms in San Diego

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When you think of San Diego, you probably don’t envision elegant tearooms, delicious finger sandwiches, or china cups filled with artisan teas. It may come as some surprise to tourists, but our fair city is home to some of the most celebrated tearooms in the state. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a traditional British tea or hope to capture the essence of the Victorian era, the staff at the Pacific Inn can tell you where to go. As one of the more affordable hotels near Gaslamp Quarter, the Pacific Inn allows guests easy access to the following tearooms.

1. Shakespeare Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea

Guests can enjoy dining over finger sandwiches, sausage rolls, water infused with herbs, and a variety of flavorful teas for a magical experience that will leave you feeling like royalty. The meal costs $25 per person and includes dining in a quaint outdoor setting that features lovely flowers and lights on the patio.

2. Tea-Upon-Chatsworth

Located in Point Loma, this tea room allows patrons to enjoy tea from delicate china cups while seated in a room that feels like an outdoor garden. The premium teas include South African rooibos, tisanes, Indian chai, and a selection of green and white teas. Guests are expected to dress in semi-formal attire befitting a venue that is ideal for birthdays, bridal showers, or special occasions.

3. Aubrey Rose Tea Room

The Aubrey Rose Tea Room features antique and floral furnishings with fine china that is used to serve lemon curd and cups of tea. Guests are welcome to dine during the afternoon or shop at the boutique for gorgeous gifts and souvenirs. All of the teas served are fine loose-leaf teas that are paired well with the pastries and sandwiches that are made on site.

4. Coral Tea Tree House

Located on Heritage Park Row, Coral Tea Tree House offers specialty blended tea accompanied by fresh scones with strawberry preserves and lemon curd. The tearoom offers an Afternoon Tea for $24.95, Queens High Tea for $29.95, Cream Tea for $11.95, and Princess Tea for children between the ages of six and 10 for $16.95 per person. Tea service also provides gluten-free and vegetarian options to patrons. It’s a great place to visit for two or to host a sorority meeting, a reunion, or a baby shower.

For more information regarding other exciting things to do in San Diego, contact a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn by calling 1-800-571-2933. Booking with us is quick and easy and our customer service representatives are available 24/7. When you book your stay in one of our affordable rooms, you will be treated to convenient amenities like AC and heating, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and freshly brewed coffee. We look forward to your stay!

Will the Chargers Remain in San Diego?

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Expedited efforts to appease the NFL and keep the Chargers in San Diego could be too little, too late. The San Diego Pacific Inn staff has information regarding whether or not the Chargers are still expected to leave their San Diego home unless they are forced to stay. California Governor Jerry Brown has certified the Mission Valley stadium proposal for an urgent environmental review in an attempt to provide the team with more desirable headquarters. Moreover, attorney Cory Briggs has designed and launched a citizens’ initiative that will increase the hotel tax and help fund the development of this stadium.

What the Governor Can Do

Because these latest attempts have not given the NFL sufficient reason to pause its plan to relocate the team, many San Diego locals are wondering what more, if anything, the governor can do to bring the relocation effort to a halt. The governor’s current push to expedite the environmental review of the stadium proposal will limit this process to only nine months. Locals believe, however, that Gov. Jerry Brown should do more to show how the state can and will support the development of a new and improved stadium.

Time Is Running Out

The NFL will officially decide whether or not it intends to move the team by 2016. For the time being, team chairman Dean Spanos is publicly reporting that he would like to stay in San Diego. Unfortunately, the Chargers themselves are currently for the move. There are, however, a number of outside factors that could weigh heavily in favor of the Chargers staying right where they are. With Los Angeles being the intended home for the team’s new location, the Chargers are facing heavy competition for this area from the St. Louis Rams. If the Rams leave St. Louis and claim this coveted territory, the Chargers may be forced to give San Diego more time to find a way to finance the new stadium proposal.

While the Chargers are weighing their options, tourists visiting San Diego still have time to catch one of their thrilling games at Qualcomm Stadium. Reserve a room at the nearby Pacific Inn and catch the downtown trolley for quick and easy access to your football fix. In addition to our prime location, our hotel offers exclusive amenities like free Wi-Fi, in-room safes, and cable TV. Go online or call a friendly Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933.

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