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Petco Park Will Host the 2016 MLB All-Star Game


For San Diego baseball fans, the MLB All-Star Game is one of the most anticipated events of the year. Scheduled to take place July 12 at Petco Park, the 2016 game will feature many of the league’s most prominent players. Before the game, fans can take part in FanFest from July 8-12. The annual event will be a festive and star-studded celebration not only for die-hard baseball fans, but also San Diego residents, business owners, and cheap Petco Park hotels that will be gearing up to welcome tourists into the city.

Petco Park, located in downtown San Diego, has been home to the Padres since 2004. In July 2016, the stadium will join Wrigley field, Yankee Stadium, and a long list of other famous ballparks in MLB All-Star history. This year, fans can look forward to the famed All-Star Sunday, which includes a softball match-up between celebrities and MLB Hall of Fame inductees. Among the celebrities slotted to join the lineup are model Nina Agdal, actor J.K. Simmons, and rocker Pete Wentz. The team will face off against the baseball legends such as Tim Raines and Ozzie Smith, an All-Star veteran who made his Major League Baseball debut as a San Diego Padre.

The first All-Star game took place in 1933 at Chicago’s Comiskey Park, and since then, the tradition has been an integral part of the baseball season. One of the more distinguishing aspects of the game is the incorporation of fan voting into the selection process. This year, fans have already chosen Baltimore Oriole, Adam Jones, who graduated from Morse High School in San Diego. Fans can also expect to get a close-up look at top minor league prospects at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game during All-Star Sunday on July 10. For those who don’t attend any of the games, the weekend will be filled with other exciting events like the concert, which will feature musical guests like Gwen Stefani, One Republic, and Tori Kelly.

Don’t miss the big game when you visit San Diego this July. Buy your tickets online and remember to book your stay at a nearby Petco Park hotel like the Pacific Inn. Our budget-friendly hotel offers easy access to popular attractions like Petco Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Convention Center. Click here to book online or call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Reasons to Celebrate Independence Day in Coronado


Independence Day is the perfect time to enjoy the best of what Coronado Island has to offer. In addition to patriotic parades and breathtaking fireworks displays, you can also treat yourself to free entertainment including concerts and swim contests. Book your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn so you don’t miss out on all the fun this 4th of July. Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss it.

1. Crown City Classic

Start the day off right with a little exercise by making your way to Tidelands Park to run in the Crown City Classic. You will have your choice of running a 12K or a 5K while children can partake in a kid-friendly half-mile fun run. Register online to join the Crown City Classic.

2. Rough Water Swim

Stay cool on a hot, sunny day by taking part in the annual Rough Water Swim at Central Beach. Swimmers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in at 9am. Register at the foot of the stairs if you wish to take part. Swimmers under the age of 18 must be USAS swimmers. For an alternate activity, make your way to family-friendly Glorietta Bay and enjoy a more leisurely swim at the beach.

3. Independence Day Parade

Starting on Orange Avenue from 1st Street and continuing to Churchill Place, Coronado’s annual Independence Day Parade kicks off at 10am and continues until 12:30pm. Towards the end of the parade, be sure to stick around to watch the 21 Gun Salute in honor of America’s 240th birthday.

4. Art in the Park

Take in an amazing concert performed by the Coronado Community Band in the gazebo. The show starts at 4pm in Spreckels Park on Orange Avenue, which also has picnic tables and a playground for kids to use.

5. Fireworks

Wrap up Independence Day with Fireworks Over Glorietta Bay, Coronado’s spectacular fireworks show. Avoid the traffic and walk over to the bay at a leisurely pace or rent a bike for the day. The fireworks are synchronized to music and start around 9pm. Tune into KYXY 96.5 FM to hear what patriotic songs they paired with the pyrotechnics.

Once the show is over, head back to your room at the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego. Our affordable hotel is a comfortable place for guests to unwind after an exciting day in the city. Take advantage of our convenient location by exploring local favorites including Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Seaport Village. Let us help you book your stay today when you call 1-800-571-2933 to check for rates and availability.

4 Fabulous Events to Enjoy This July


Staying in a San Diego downtown hotel this July and looking for something to do? That’s easy! Summertime is when America’s Finest City shines the brightest in terms of exciting events. We’ll help you get started on your quest for summer fun. Here are four exciting events coming up this July that you’re sure to love.

1. Summer Movies in the Park

Enjoy the Summer Movies in the Park event at the USS Midway Museum. Venture to the picturesque Navy Pier on Saturday, July 2, to watch the 1989 Kevin Costner fantasy classic Field of Dreams. When you want to combine high-quality cinematic entertainment with fresh air and friendly company, Summer Movies in the Park is exactly what you need.

2. Coronado Independence Day Parade

Show off your patriotic side in lovely downtown San Diego by spending the day at the Coronado Independence Day Parade. This awe-inspiring Fourth of July event begins on Orange Avenue and First Street and goes all the way to Churchill Place. If possible, try to get to the event early. It’s always fun to have a good spot that allows you to see the wonders of the parade up close.

3. Twilight in the Park

Experience the joys of Twilight in the Park’s free summertime concerts. You can listen to beautiful live music when you head to Balboa Park’s Spreckels Organ Pavilion on Tuesday, July 21t, to witness the extraordinary talents of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Twilight in the Park is perfect for people who want to enjoy cultural experiences in San Diego. This concert is an hour in length and begins at 6:30pm.

4. Trade Winds Concert

Seaport Village is a popular San Diego dining and shopping destination located right by the stunning San Diego Bay and is the perfect spot for summertime fun. Head to Seaport Village’s East Plaza Gazebo on Sunday, July 31, to revel in some classic rock tunes from Trade Winds, a well-known local musical act. If the idea of classic rock with a breezy island flair sounds appealing to you, this free concert will make your day.

Don’t forget to make your reservation at the Pacific Inn & Suites while planning your vacation. Our budget-friendly hotel makes it easy for guests to save their money for San Diego’s star attractions like Balboa Park, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Coronado Island. We also offer convenient amenities to help you relax after a fun-filled day of exciting summertime events. Book your stay when you call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today.

5 Fun Father’s Day Ideas to Enjoy in San Diego


When you come to America’s Finest City with your dad this June, you’ll need to have some exciting Father’s Day plans in place. Start by booking your stay at the San Diego Pacific Inn downtown and pencil in a few of the following activities on your itinerary. Your dad is sure to love them!

1. Take a Father’s Day Walk

Explore our famous Balboa Park by booking a spot in the Father’s Day Walk. The pair of you can check out California’s native plants on a private tour that will consist of a mile hike on the Florida Canyon trails. Guests can learn about the history of the plants and how they’re grown, which can inspire dads who have a green thumb and enjoy spending time in the great outdoors.

2. Visit the San Diego Natural History Museum

Some dads are natural history buffs and will enjoy a visit to the Natural History Museum where they can take advantage of free admission during the day. Located in Balboa Park, the museum features an amazing 3D theater showing different documentaries and rotating exhibits.

3. Take a BBQ Cooking Class

Father’s Day isn’t complete without cooking meat on the barbecue and learning the art of grilling by enrolling in a cooking class in the city. You can bond over cheeseburgers or steak while learning a few lessons from chef Bernard Guillas at The Marine Room. What you learn here you can take home with you for future meals.

4. Play Paintball

Get competitive with your father and celebrate his role in your life by shooting him with paintballs at Total Combat Paintball. The activity will provide plenty of adrenaline and will allow your dad to feel young again in this unique warehouse environment where you can play on teams or make each other a target for the day.

5. See a Baseball Game

Visit Petco Park for a classic baseball game that allows you to cheer in the stands and root on the Padres while bonding over the sport together. You can grab a couple of beers and hot dogs while taking in views of the city from your seats and celebrating your relationship together.

No vacation to San Diego is complete without a comfortable place to stay. Book your stay at the Pacific Inn & Suites where you and your dad can take advantage of our convenient downtown location, free parking, friendly customer service, and exclusive amenities. Go online or call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak with a knowledgeable Reservation Manager about staying with us.

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.

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