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Top Seasonal Theater Shows in San Diego

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What better way to celebrate the holidays than by taking the entire family out for a festive show? Whether you are a San Diego resident or are visiting extended family for winter festivities and gatherings, check out these great holiday performances taking place throughout the remainder of December:

  • Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! At the Old Globe Theater through Dec. 28. This classic Christmas play is a must see for the whole family, especially if you’re staying at a hotel near the Convention Center. The Old Globe Theater is just 10 minutes from the SDCC, so come celebrate and sing along with the cast in the temporary San Diego Whoville.
  • The Nutcracker is a stunning and highly anticipated holiday ballet performance based on it’s namesake E.T.A. Hoffman story. There have been many variations and recreations throughout the years, but the closest to the original is going to be coming from The Moscow Ballet at Copley Symphony Hall for two days only- Dec. 16, 17. The California Ballet will also have their choreography locked in for their performance alongside the sugar plum fairies at the Civic Theater or catch the City Ballet at Spreckles Theater.
  • Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is being describes as a Christmas card come to life. This play can be seen at The Birch North Park Theater through Dec. 23 and is based on the classic beloved holiday. With music by Irving Berlin and a beautiful WWII age love story, this promises to be a performance worth seeing.
  • Bearded at Circle Circle Dot Dot at the 10th Avenue Theater (through Dec. 21) is the city’s new highly acclaimed seasonal comedy and is close to some of the top Gaslamp San Diego hotels. Bearded features a young cast that shines a humorous light on the lives of Mall Santas and what it’s like to be the man behind the beard. Who knows, Santa might even be there for a photo opp.

If you’re looking for a cheap San Diego hotel near all these theaters, contact a Reservations Specialist at Pacific Inn today at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to ask about our available discounts.

Combining Work and Play on a San Diego Business Trip

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As a successful corporate traveler, you practically live in the airport, going from city to city, meeting to meeting. We’re here to remind you how to slow down and stop to enjoy the wonderful places your company is sending you to. San Diego is called America’s Finest City for a reason and there are plenty of things you can do in between work obligations and shaking hands with VIPs.

If you’re attending a conference at the Convention Center, then you are already in a prime location for strolling along the Big Bay, shopping at Seaport Village or trying one of the over 100 restaurants available in the Gaslamp Quarter.  Getting outside is a great way to distress and take in the beautiful San Diego sunshine.

Use the trip to reconnect with old friends or make new ones! Schedule that get together with a friend you haven’t seen in years, meet new people at your work gathering, or just go mix and mingle with the friendly people of San Diego.

Maybe you only have a little bit of time but want to see as much of San Diego as possible. Book a city tour on SanDiego.org and choose from whale watching, birding or a guided Gaslamp tour. Another option is the popular GoCar tour. Drive your own mini GoCar during a guided San Diego tour through downtown, Old Town or the beaches.

Perhaps most importantly, use this time to relax. Book an appointment for a massage, take a hot yoga class or detox in a comfortable downtown San Diego hotel room.

Pacific Inn is a great option because it’s close to downtown San Diego and the MCRD, has affordable rates and you can book a room with a Whirlpool Jacuzzi tub! If you’re interested in booking one of our luxurious Jacuzzi suites for your next business trip, call a reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933 today!

December Nights at Balboa Park

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The 35th Annual Balboa Park December Nights holiday festival will begin this Friday, December 6 and run through the following Saturday. The park will be covered in lights, holiday decorations and festive cheer this weekend as staff prepares for upwards of 350,000 San Diego visitors.

Select park museums will be opening their doors free of charge from 5 to 9 pm for holiday spectators. There will also be cuisine from around the world along with multicultural music and entertainment. According to the Balboa Park visitors website, some things not to miss at this year’s festivities include:

  • The Opening Ceremony on the stage of the Balboa Park’s Organ Pavilion. This is also when the winner of the Leo Hamel Perfect Proposal Contest will pop the surprise question!
  • The International Christmas Festival foods at the House of Pacific Relations Cottages
  • Annual Santa Lucia Procession at the Plaza de California
  • Music and dance recitals courtesy of the San Diego Junior Theatre
  • San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
  • The Del Cerro Baptist’s Christmas Story Tree

There will also be ample opportunity for shopping, drinking, dancing. To stay in the loop on everything Balboa Park, text PARK to 27722 so that the park’s conservancy can send you important messages and updates. You can also download the free December Night’s app for your smartphone or iPad. The app will help you find festival activities and give you turn-by-turn directions and will also provide a list and time schedule of events.

The festival will be open to the public from 3pm to 11pm on Friday and from noon to 11 pm on Saturday. If you need somewhere to stay that’s near the park and San Diego’s Little Italy, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933.Given our central location, not more than five miles from most major San Diego attractions, our hotel would make an ideal place to stay over the holidays.

Jungle Bells at the San Diego Zoo

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“Jungle Bells, jungle bells, jungle all the way!” That’s the tune San Diego visitors will be singing this holiday season when they experience the special wild winter wonderland attractions at the San Diego Zoo. From December 15 through January 6, the local zoo will feature themed exhibits, shows and celebrations that guests of all ages will enjoy.

Every day a small group of no more than 10 people can be guided on the Jungle Bells Jungle Tour. The group departs at 10 am or 1 pm from Front Street and gives adventurers an opportunity to get up close to some of the Zoo’s wildest animals. Cost is $69 a person and reservations need to be made in advance.

Little ones and adults alike can hop on the North Pole Elf Express for a train ride around a lit up track. Word on the street is that kids might even catch a glimpse of Santa!

If you’re thinking of getting a meaningful gift for a loved one or work event this year, what’s better than adopting a zoo animal? The San Diego Zoo will set up an Adopt-A-Animal booth where guests can “adopt” a polar bear or panda. The gift comes with an adoption certificate, plush animal and a tote bag.

Catch a fun holiday show like Dr. Zoolittle’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Chocolate Town and the Twelve Days of Christmas at the Zoofari Party Area, or watch the gravity-defying Jumping, Jamming Elves at Syndey’s Grill.

Don’t leave the Zoo without watching Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas in 4-D. You can purchase tickets for this cinematic adventure at the entrance so you and your family can watch Sid the Sloth’s humorous journey to the North Pole.

If you need an affordable family friendly hotel near the Zoo and San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, contact Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933. You can save time by purchasing you Zoo admission tickets through us and we’ll even give you 15% off on your hotel stay in return!

A Salute to Our Soldiers

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While last week we celebrated Veteran’s Day on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the Pacific Inn & Suites wanted to take the time to recognize our soldiers for their dedication and service. Plus, with homecomings abound, military families are always looking to get away no matter what time of year, making it fitting for us to share some of the top money saving discounts available to the military in San Diego.

With a valid military ID, the following restaurants in the downtown Gaslamp Quarter offer military discounts and are also great for those traveling with little ones:

  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster – 15% off food and beverage purchases
  • Sammy’s Woodfire Pizza – 20% off food purchases
  • Café Sevilla – 20% off food and beverage purchases
  • Ciro’s Pizzeria – $1 off all draft beer and $2 slices
  • Hardrock Café – 15% off food and non-alcoholic purchases

Other family attractions that offer notable discounts include the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park which offer single one day admission tickets to active duty military, cadets of military academies and reserves with active orders, as well as SeaWorld who also offers single one day admission to active duty service members, activated or drilling reservists and National Guardsmen. The Birch Aquarium and the San Diego Air and Space Museum offer a $2 discount for military and family ticket purchases, and the New Children’s Museum offers a 50% discount!

For those who are traveling without the little ones, enjoy a romantic dinner at Katsuya which offers a 10% discount off one’s total purchase, or head to Latitude Lounge for 15% off food purchase. If you’re looking to dance the night away after date night, the popular nightclub Stingaree has no cover for military before 10pm.

Here at the Pacific Inn & Suites, we always offer 10% off to active military and veterans. While some may be here enjoying the coastal city of San Diego, others may be in town for graduation! Located within a few minutes of the San Diego MCRD, the airport and downtown San Diego, we are an affordable and convenient choice for travelers.

Also keep in mind that San Diego is a popular military city and most restaurants and retailers offer some form of a discount, even if it’s not advertised so be sure to ask! If you have a loved one in the military in San Diego or know a military family traveling to the seaside city in the future, help them save by sharing this article with them on Facaebook or Twitter.

Pack Up & Head to Julian for the Day

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If you’re vacationing in San Diego and want to take a day to enjoy the country life of Julian, located an hournorth east of downtown, we have a guide to get you there. Julian is one of the closest places to San Diego that gets enough snow for snowball fights, sledding and snowman making. It’s also a great place for handmade crafts, delicious desserts and wine tasting.

How to get to Julian from the downtown district near the SDCC:

  • Take CA 94 east, merge onto 94 E
  • Exit to the left for CA-125 north
  • Take I-8 east
  • Take the I-79 north exit towards Julian, turn left to stay on I-79 N
  • Turn left on Main Street

Julian is a very small and cozy town, which is why it makes for the perfect day trip if you’re visiting San Diego. Once you get to Julian, be sure to try the famous Mom’s Pies, pick apples at Julian Pie Company, go boating at Lake Cuyamaca, or go on a wine tour. All of the activities in this town make for a great romantic day date.

November 30 is a great day to plan a visit to Julian because you can shop at their Town Hall Market off Main Street or go to the Shelter Valley Art Fundraiser at the Shelter Valley Community Center. If you still haven’t had enough, head to Museum’s Memorial Park for the Julian County Christmas and Tree Lighting event for carols, Santa and more.

When it comes time to head back to the San Diego city lights, stop at Dudley’s Bakery for some apple pie and grab a bottle of wine at Witch Creek Winery to enjoy back at your Pacific Inn Jacuzzi suite, near San Diego’s Balboa Park.

To book a romantic room in San Diego at a discounted rate, call Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 today!

San Diego’s Snow Season Tips

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Winter is officially upon us and it’s time for San Diegans to prepare for ski and snowboard season! The best place to get everything you could possibly need is at this weekend’s San Diego Snow Jam Expo at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Tickets for the annual event are $15 online or $18 at the door, which also come with a free Snow Valley lift ticket and a SnowJam Card which has discounts on lift tickets and gear throughout the whole season.

After you grab all your gear and you’re set for the season, the question is where to go.The top snow resorts for San Diego vacationers and locals alike, just a couple hours away in San Bernardino County, are:

  • Big Bear Mountain and Snow Summit
  • Mountain High
  • Snow Valley
  • Mt. Baldy

And then there’s Mammoth Mountain. Mammoth is a massive resort about six hours north of San Diego. If you don’t feel like a road trip just grab a hotel near the San Diego airport and hop on a direct flight the next morning. From December 13 through April 13, Alaskan Airlines offers direct flights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the San Diego International Airport to Mammoth Lakes. The $80 one-way plane ticket is definitely worth the breathtaking views and immaculate slopes from an 11,000’ elevation (nearly twice as tall as Big Bear).

If you want a little snow closer to home, you can drive to Palomar Mountain in San Diego County! In December and January you will likely find some great snow tubing spots but leave the skis at home. Palomar Mountain State Park doesn’t allow any skiing or snowboarding, but it is a great day trip for San Diego families and friends.

Maybe, being a San Diegan and all, snow isn’t your thing. You can always stay in your sunny hometown and celebrate winter festivities near Little Italy. On December 7 you can partake in their Tree Lighting Ceremony within a snow-free Christmas Village. There will be vendors, food, hot cider, live music, dancing and did we mention food?

If you need a place to stay near Little Italy or the San Diego airport, call Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 today. We believe sharing is caring! So if you know someone who loves the snow season and the holidays, share this article with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Beware of Upcoming Travel Delays

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The holiday season is a busy time of year for a variety of businesses, and airlines are no exception. The day before Thanksgiving is recognized as “the busiest travel day of the year” and with December overflowing with holiday gatherings and extravagant New Years Eve celebrations, you can be sure that airports will be packed with people and flights at maximum capacity.

What that being said, any smart traveler will be prepared for flight delays and even the possible cancellation. As a San Diego hotel near the airport, we know how many airlines use our city as a layover destination and want travelers to know what they can do to handle a delayed or cancelled flight in San Diego!

The San Diego International Airport has recently undergone major renovations, creating a Zen-like atmosphere for those traveling in and out of terminal 2. With new shops, local restaurants and even an on-site spa, the airport has taken travel experience to a whole new level, trading layover horror to terminal bliss. However, for those not traveling internationally out of terminal 2, your options are still less than favorable with only a few minor updates to dining options.

So what will help you survive a layover in San Diego? First, pack your electronics and your chargers in your carry-on. There’s nothing worse than having your phone’s battery die with your charger stowed in your checked luggage. The San Diego Airport offers complimentary Wi-Fi and there are charging stations and outlets throughout the terminal so you can surf the web, catch up on emails or watch a movie while waiting for your flight. If you’re bored and want to pick up a keepsake to remember your short San Diego stint, Baja Books and Passport in Terminal 1 are good choices for local San Diego beach themed gifts. They might not offer much beyond your ordinary airport shops, but browsing will definitely help pass the time.

For those delayed by a few hours or longer, you may have time to explore a bit of San Diego. Liberty Station is home to a variety of restaurants including the new Stone Brewery and the USS Midway and Marina District are only a few minutes’ drive. Hail a taxi outside the airport and for about $10, head to San Diego’s downtown Gaslamp Quarter and grab a quick bite while walking down the historic 5th and 6th streets. Also, check with your airline and see if they can forward travel updates to your cell phone. This way if there are any changes in your flight schedule, you can rest assured you won’t miss your boarding, further delaying your holiday travels.

If your flight is unfortunately delayed overnight, know that airlines might not provide you with accommodations. Generally speaking, travelers will only be reimbursed if there are mechanical problems. Travel that is delayed overnight due to weather is considered out of the airline’s control, and typically requires passengers to find and pay for their own overnight lodging. Also be aware that San Diego has a “no fly” policy after 11:30pm, meaning no flights are allowed to depart from the airport after said time.

If you are in need of an affordable place to stay to accommodate a cancelled or delayed flight in San Diego, contact the Pacific Inn located a few miles from the airport. Our nightly rates are available year round, even during the busy holiday season and we always have a variety of hotel promotions so be sure to ask about current deals for additional savings. We understand delayed travel can be stressful and want to help make the process of finding a clean and cheap hotel last minute as hassle and headache-free as possible. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve a room or suite!

Downtown San Diego Bars that Stay Classy

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San Diego is home to more than just the San Diego Zoo and glorious beaches, we are also full of hot up and coming clubs and bars which are made even better by the beautiful people that frequent them. If you’re visiting San Diego and happen to be single and ready to mingle, we have a list of the top bars in San Diego that are known for their good looking clientele and easy-on-the-eyes wait staff.

  1. Southpaw Social Club is a newer bar and restaurant right next to San Diego’s Petco Park. They have a Social Hour in lieu of a Happy Hour where San Diego’s casually sexy crowd chat each other up over $5 cocktails and half priced bottles of wine. They also have live music on Thursday and Friday and a DJ spinning beats Friday through Sunday.
  2. Bang Bang, which opened downtown last summer on Market Street, has quickly become the new go-to spot in San Diego. Complete with a Ryan Gosling-covered bathroom and an ambiance that combines a Tokyo subway with San Diego’s Comic Con, it’s clear why the city’s socialites flock to this unique bar and restaurant. This is the place to grab a late night dinner and then stay for drinks and dancing.
  3. Searsucker is impossibly crowded on weekend nights with good looking business men and women, both locals and tourists alike. If you’re tired of the booming club scene and wants somewhere that is classy and trendy at the same time, then Searsucker will likely meet your needs. If you’re lucky you might catch the celebrity-chef owner, Brian Malarkey, who is known to stop by for cookbook signings and a friendly ‘hello.’

Less than two miles away from these hot spots is the classy and affordable downtown Pacific Inn. If you’re interested in getting our advanced booking rate, call 1-800-571-2933 today to speak to a reservations specialist.

What to do at the San Diego Bay

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The big San Diego Bay is like Southern California beach’s ignored little brother. So many people flock to the endless sandy coastline of San Diego that they forget about our magnificent bay. The San Diego Bay has seven waterfront areas where you can play and find a place to stay near downtown San Diego.

There’s dining, boating, touring, shopping, and entertainment, all available within a few steps of the San Diego Harbor’s Pacific Inn, if you happen to be looking for a place to stay (hint hint). As for what to do once you get to the large harbor town, here are our suggestions:

  • Dining: There is certainly not a lack of delicious bayside dining options for those that are craving dinner with a view. Our favorites include Point Loma Seafoods, Mistral in Coronado, Top of the Market at The Embarcadero, and Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island.
  • Adventuring: Two of the five natural refuges in Southern California happen to be located right along the Big Bay. You can find the Living Coast Discovery Center and Sweetwater Marsh, as well as the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge Complex along South San Diego Bay. These protected habitats are a great place to see rare and endangered wildlife and plants.
  • Sight Seeing: Taking a glimpse inside the Maritime Museum of San Diego and the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum are great ways to soak in some local nautical history. Another exciting option for learning about San Diego is from the sea via a Hornblower or Flagship cruise along the coast.
  • Fishing & Boating: Whether you have your own boat or would like to rent one, sailing on the San Diego Bay makes for a wonderful day. Bring a fishing pole for some open water luring or set up shop at one of five piers in the hopes of reeling ‘em in.
  • Shopping: The more than 50 small boutiques and niche stores scattered throughout the quaint and picturesque Seaport Village makes for a shopper’s paradise. Visitors can find the perfect souvenir, one of a kind gift, or small handmade keepsakes.

Visitors will need a whole weekend to enjoy everything that San Diego and its bay have to offer. Pacific Inn is conveniently located just one block from the bay and the Maritime Museum and we offer a variety of discounts that make your stay extremely affordable. Call 1-800-571-2933 to book a room today!

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