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Maritime Museum CEO and President Becomes a Knight


If you’ve ever visited sunny San Diego, you might be familiar with our renowned Maritime Museum near the cheap downtown San Diego hotels. This popular attraction is gaining more attention than usual thanks in large part to museum CEO and President Dr. Raymond Ashley. His dedication and ingenuity has attracted the attention of not only tourists, but also Spanish royalty.

San Diego native and accomplished sailor, Dr. Raymond Ashley, has been the director and curator at the Maritime Museum in San Diego since 1995. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of California San Diego, he continued his studies at East Carolina University where he obtained a Master’s Degree in Maritime History. He completed his education at Duke University with a PhD in History. Throughout his decorated career, he published several anthropology-related articles, which have helped bolster his reputation as an authority in maritime history. He serves on the Board of the Council of American Maritime Museums and a handful of other national organizations, where his expertise has contributed profoundly to the preservation of America’s naval history.

On May 7th, 2016, Dr. Ashley received a rare honor, at least for a resident of San Diego. You might even say this distinction has been a few centuries in the making. However, we’ll flashback 20 years when he endeavored to replicate a 3500-year-old Spanish ship, called San Salvador, to which the original California settlement is credited. The ship landed on what is now the San Diego harbor in 1542, becoming one of the most important events in not only California’s but also Spain’s legacy. Word of Dr. Ashley’s nearly impossible feat inspired the Spanish government to bestow upon him the prestigious honor of knighthood.

Following in the tradition of San Salvador’s September of 1542 arrival, Dr. Ashley’s 131-ton replica set sail a little less than a year ago in September 2015 and returned to San Diego four months and four days later. What’s even more impressive is the ship’s construction, despite the absence of documented plans. Thanks to donations and experts specializing in centuries-old building techniques, the project is sure to live among the most memorable in San Diego history.

Don’t miss your chance to meet Dr. Ashley yourself or tour this extraordinary ship in person. Book your stay at the Pacific Inn near the marina and enjoy a fun-filled day touring the famous Maritime Museum of San Diego. After an exciting day of exploring historic vessels, head back to your comfortable and affordable room to unwind. We offer numerous amenities to make you feel right at home and help you recharge for another exciting day in the city. Click here to book your stay online or call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

Catch a Show at the Coronado Promenade Concert Series


When it comes to San Diego, summer is all about fun, music and happiness. Celebrate sunny, carefree days by checking into one of the MCRD hotels and taking in a concert as part of the Coronado Promenade Concert Series! The series will start on Memorial Day Weekend, May 29th, and end with a special 9/11 commemoration on September 11th. From 6pm to 8pm every Saturday, you can head to beautiful Spreckels Park to relax and listen to San Diego’s amazing bands and singers.

Concerts in the park are classic elements of the Coronado experience. Most people bring friends, family and delicious picnic meals to accompany the music and create memories that are sure to last a lifetime. This summer’s Coronado Promenade Concert Series will be as entertaining and lively as it is touching and memorable.

Here’s a list of featured bands and times so you won’t miss any of the fun this summer!

May 29th – Coronado Community Concert Band

Kicking off the series is the Coronado Community Concert Band. The band is integral to the community, creating opportunities for musicians of all ages to develop key music skills and have some fun.

July 3rd – U.S. Navy Band (4pm)

The premier musical organization of America’s Navy will be hosting a special Independence Day music event! Don’t miss your chance to celebrate America and its heroes.

July 17th – Hotel California

This Eagles tribute band boasts five uniquely talented professional musicians who present an exciting show for all ages.

July 24th – AbbaFab

You’ll be on your feet the entire performance of ABBAFAB! This tribute to the music of ABBA features a sensational lineup of world-class musicians.

Visiting San Diego and only have time to catch one special band? No problem! With the Hotel Del California spotlighted on July 17th, you can plan your family visit around this special event and still gain the memories of a lifetime!

Be sure to book your stay at a comfortable hotel near Coronado like the Pacific Inn. Our affordable rooms offer guests a chance to rest and relax after a beautiful day in the city with cable TV and free Wi-Fi. In addition to exclusive amenities, the Pacific Inn offers guests easy access to world-famous sites such as the Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the U.S.S. Midway. Click here to make your reservations online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to check for rates and availability. Booking is quick and easy and we’re always available to take your call.

4 Jaunty June Events in Downtown San Diego


June is approaching fast, which means you don’t want to miss out on these amazing downtown San Diego events. If you choose to spend this month in the city and stay in a cheap hotel in Little Italy, there are four fun and exciting things to take advantage of during your stay in San Diego.

1. Rock n’ Roll Marathon

Check out the Rock n’ Roll Marathon that’s coming to San Diego on June 5th. This rockin’ marathon allows runners to race throughout the famous historic districts including Balboa Park and Old Town to the tune of exciting music. The race ends at the Waterfront where you can cool off and have fun with other participants. Register online and run for free when you support St. Jude Children’s Research hospital.

2. San Diego Festival of the Arts

Formerly known as the La Jolla Festival of the Arts, the San Diego Festival of the Arts is a great opportunity for tourists to experience the vibrant culture of Southern California. Between 10am and 5pm on June 11th and 12th, you have the chance to witness the works of 200 talented artists. Experience live music, delicious food, and craft beers all while strolling along Waterfront Park.

3. Father’s Day Cruises

The San Diego Bay is the perfect place to show Dad just how much he means to you. On June 19th, you and your dad can enjoy a feast on the bay complete with a scenic view he’ll love. Take part in the Beer ‘N’ Brats Brunch or Prime Rib Dinner where you’ll both enjoy a meal fit for a king.

4. An Evening with America’s Space Heroes

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is giving the public a chance to meet the men who walked on the moon. On June 23rd, meet with Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke, and many others to hear what they have to say about their historical space exploration. You and your family can even join the reception or dinner. Purchase your tickets now to reserve your spot.

The month of June isn’t just about welcoming summer to San Diego. It’s about hosting numerous events tourists can enjoy! To make the most of your visit, make your reservation at the downtown Pacific Inn near Little Italy. We are conveniently located near popular attractions and offer exclusive am amenities to make your stay more comfortable. Whether you’re coming back from a day on the town or relaxing in your newly remodeled room, you can make yourself at home. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a friendly and helpful Reservation Manager.

What to Expect When the Bacon and Barrels Festival Comes to San Diego


Are you a fan of pork and beer? You’re in luck if you’re staying one of the downtown San Diego hotels. Pig out at the Bacon and Barrel Festival in downtown San Diego on Saturday, March 21st where the best chefs in the city will serve small plates of bacon throughout the day. Guests can sample a variety of different bacon flavors, which will be paired with bourbon, wine, and craft beer. Guests will also be able to vote on a mixologist and chef that will be named 2016 Jefe del Porko with celebrity judges in attendance. The artisan festival is one of the most anticipated events of the season for foodies who want to try new twists on traditional bacon and order unique beverages that come straight out of the barrel.

All of the beverages that are served will be bacon-based or bacon-inspired with cocktails and brews that foodies can enjoy sampling all throughout the day. The event will also have local and artisan vendors in attendance for a chance to shop for handmade goods to take home.

Guests can enjoy chowing down on the best bacon in the city while listening to live music from The Spazmatics and other local bands that will rock the night away with their original tunes. You might also get a chance to play different games while checking out live chef and mixology demos every hour.

Bacon and Barrels Festival is an all-day event that will be hosted at the Embarcadero Marina Park south with doors opening at 12pm for VIP ticket holders and those with early entry tickets. General admission ticket holders can enter at 1pm. The event supports the Create Community Foundation, which provides financial assistance and grants to Youth-at-Risk in the city. The event will even use biodegradable and compostable napkins, cutlery, and cups in order to keep downtown green.

General admission is $50 and VIP tickets are $90 per person. All ticket holders must be at least 21 years of age.

If you plan on drinking during the event, be sure to plan ahead and book your stay at a downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. Our affordable hotel is centrally located in the city and enables guests to visit some of the most popular destinations in San Diego, including Seaport Village, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Go online to check for rates and availability or call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager.

Little Italy Will Welcome an Italian Market


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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