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Great Shopping Spots Near Downtown San Diego

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If you’re in San Diego for a visit and are looking for some of the best shopping spots in the city, look no further! The staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn can recommend some of the most impressive shops and outlets near the downtown area.

Old Town

Old Town is the place to go if you’re looking for some authentic and intriguing cultural shops. Just outside of Old Town Historic Park, you’ll find a plethora of stores featuring Latin and Native American influenced items, including folk art, clothing and accessories. You can also find some specialized items and gifts here, like one-of-a-kind glass art pieces and nautical antiques like submarine equipment and diving suits.

Hillcrest and Uptown

This hip and trendy town will satisfy the style of any potential shopper. Whether you’re looking for some the latest fashion picks, stylish household accessories, or want to get lost in a treasure trove of books, Hillcrest can provide a full day of shopping and exploration. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find something chic and unique to suit your needs.

Mission Bay

With San Diego’s pristine oceanside location, it’s only proper to do a bit of beach-themed shopping just outside the city center. This laid-back atmosphere offers plenty of surf shops and beach gear stores, and includes some unique outlets like head shops and pottery stores sprinkled into the mix. No San Diego visitor can properly experience our city without shopping for some beachside essentials.

Coronado

As a naval community, Coronado isn’t typically known for its shopping options, but you can still find your fair share of interesting boutique shops in the crown of San Diego. Some notable boutiques include fine jewelry shops, women’s clothing, beach shops, and a unique bookstore that hosts a diverse selection of novels. Coronado is worth a stop for shoppers with a flare for unique and interesting stores.

After a fun and exciting day of browsing the local shops and boutiques, why not admire your latest purchases from the comfort of one of our affordable Pacific Inn rooms? Our centrally located hotel offers free parking, swimming pool, and easy access to San Diego’s most popular attractions like the Gaslamp, San Diego Zoo, and the bay. Click here or call a helpful Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for details.

Travel Tips for Pet Owners

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When you go on vacation, it doesn’t mean your pets have to stay behind. The friendly staff at the San Diego Pacific Inn has some helpful tips for including your furry friend on your trip.

Find Pet-Friendly Accommodations

As soon as you begin planning your trip, you should search for pet-friendly hotels. Accommodations that accept pets tend to fill up faster than those that don’t because more people are bringing pets on vacation these days. Check with the hotel to see if there are any additional fees for pets and if there are any weight limits.

Locate the Nearest Pet Hotels

If you can’t find a pet-friendly hotel, consider taking your pet to a kennel. Many kennels are more like pet hotels complete with private or shared suites, playtimes, potty breaks, and sometimes even TVs. Food is given at least twice a day and there is always trained staff to look after the animals every day and night.

Bring Familiar Items

Your furry friend may get homesick on your journey, so it might help to bring a familiar toy or blanket on your trip. Stuff his or her favorite chew toy in the travel crate and watch the anxiety melt away. Be sure to also include some tasty treats for your travel buddy as it may make a good bribe for good travel behavior.

Pull Over Every Few Hours

Plan on pulling over every four hours with your pet so he or she can stretch and walk around. If you’re concerned about your pet having an accident in the car, you may consider using a portable crate. Map out a few places you would like to visit on the way to your destination so you and your pet can enjoy some side trips.

While planning a vacation with your four-legged friend, be sure to book your stay with us at the Pacific Inn. Our pet-friendly accommodations are spacious and affordable with pillow-top beds and climate control AC. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager.

Public Transit vs. Rental Cars: Which Is Best for San Diego Tourists?

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Downtown San Diego is an amazing place. The area is vibrant, filled with activities, and best of all,it’s completely accessible using public transportation. If you’re considering renting a car while visiting our beautiful city, the helpful staff at the Pacific Inn San Diego can provide some insight as to why you should stick with public transportation instead.

Renting a Car Can be Expensive

San Diego is legendary for its high cost of living, but visitors can also feel the pinch. Using public transportation instead of renting a car can save visitors an estimated $63 per day, even if you could finagle a good deal on a rental car. Rental cars are expensive, and when you factor in the fluctuating cost of fuel,you’re much better off riding the trolley or a bus.

Where Will You Park a Car?

The city seems to have more cars than places to park them, whichcan often leave you hunting for a less-than-favorable parking space, which is often a brisk hike from your intended destination. Parking (especially in the downtown district) is almost never free and can easily range from $10-$25. If you don’t want to pay a premium for a compact space several blocks away, pay $5 for an all-day MTS pass.

Public Transportation Reduces Stress

Instead of navigating unfamiliar streets and traffic jams, transit riders can text and ride, peruse their maps, or just enjoy the sites while someone else is behind the wheel, no horn blowing necessary! It’s also a preferred method of transportation if you plan on hitting up the local bars and clubs, so everyone can enjoy a cocktail or two without drawing straws for a designated driver. San Diego mass transit offers a comfortable, affordable, and low-stress transportation for travelers visiting the city.

The Trolley Hits the High Points

You can grab the trolley or bus and visit many of the city’s most popular tourist destinations, including Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, Old Town, Petco Park, Qualcomm Stadium, and the San Diego Convention Center. Additionally, you have the experience of riding the trolley, which is becoming an increasingly popular activity for visitors who simply want to take in the sights.

For an added convenience to your stay in downtown San Diego, why not reserve a room at the Pacific Inn? Our affordable, newly remodeled rooms offer free Wi-Fi, in-room safe, AC and heating, and cable TV. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 for quick and easy booking!

Unforgettable San Diego: A Day in Hillcrest

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Sometimes the best way to make a trip memorable is to find the hidden wonders and live like a local. Hillcrest is a popular San Diego neighborhood with an eclectic range of activities for both tourists and locals to enjoy. The friendly staff of the nearby Pacific Inn Hotel and Suites can recommend a host of activities to make the best of your time there.

Breakfast

Start your morning in Hillcrest at Hash House a Go Go and fill up on their amazing breakfasts, including griddled French toast, farm scrambles, or farm Benedicts. If these options are too extravagant for your taste buds, you can always order the basic two-egg breakfast with potatoes, fruit, and a biscuit.

Morning Stroll

Walk off your breakfast and head toward the Quince Street Bridge. This route is part of the Seven Bridge Walk as seen in the San Diego Reader. Be prepared for stunning views and continue on to the Spruce Street Bridge, or spend the rest of your morning perusing local bookstores.

Lunch

After an eventful morning, consider dining at the Bread & Cie café. Their menu includes assorted gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, pastries, and breads. Cozy up with your new book and indulge at this fragrant bakery and cafe.

Matinee

For travelers who enjoy the Avant Garde, purchase a ticket to the Hillcrest Landmark Theater, a venue that caters specifically to the distribution and support of independent films. They offer a variety of flicks that have eluded the mainstream movie industry and provide thought-provoking insight to the viewer.

Dinner

Head to 100 Wines for a delicious menu and outdoor seating perfect during the warmer months. Their specialties include appetizing steaks, flavorful flatbreads, specialty pastas, and ridiculously delicious ribs. Don’t forget to top off your dinner with a seasonal cobbler, a chocolate floreplay, or their signature 100 Wines cinnamon rolls for a tasty treat!

After exploring Hillcrest like a local for the day, why not reside like one at our Pacific Inn Hotel? The Pacific Inn is a pet-friendly and affordable hotel located downtown near Little Italy, Seaport Village, and Hillcrest. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 or reserve your room online.

Love and Adventure, San Diego Style

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Are you and your significant other planning a romantic trip to San Diego? We at the Pacific Inn of San Diego have some fabulous recommendations for an amorous tour of our beautiful city.

Bertrand at Mister A’s                               

San Diego is home to some truly incredible restaurants that will appeal to every craving, but it’s hard to top the romantic dining experience of Bertrand at Mister A’s. Located in the Banker’s Hill neighborhood, this restaurant’s excellent cuisine, elegant setting, and incredible views of the bay and downtown make it a top pick for special occasions.

 La Jolla Cove

With approximately 70 miles of beachfront, San Diego is a great place to relax and enjoy the surf and sun with your loved one. La Jolla Cove is a particularly beautiful place to swim, snorkel, scuba dive, or kayak. For an exceptionally sensual experience, head to the Cove just before dusk and experience a truly remarkable sunset with your significant other. As far as dreamy experiences go, an evening stroll under the colorful San Diego sky with your partner is hard to beat.

The Drive-In

For an old-school romantic experience, make a date to visit one of San Diego’s two drive-in movie theaters located in the South Bay and Santee. What better way to spend an amorous and nostalgic evening than snuggled up next to your sweetie in the front seat of your (rental) car while taking in a great movie? Don’t forget the buttered popcorn and a cozy blanket for that authentic drive-in date night experience.

 Balboa Park

If an afternoon full of art, culture, and recreation sounds appealing, don’t miss a trip to Balboa Park. This 1200-acre park provides the perfect setting for couples to explore the Japanese Friendship or Botanical gardens or visit the various museums, like the Museum of Man or the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Perhaps your partner would enjoy a stroll through the hiking trails or a dining experience at one of the park’s fine restaurants, like the Prado. Balboa Park is surely a must on anyone’s date night wish list.

For a comfortable and affordable room in a convenient location, book a room with our downtown San Diego hotel. We are a pet-friendly hotel offering free parking, cable TV and Internet, and a swimming pool for you and your partner to enjoy. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 or make your reservation here

Tourist Traps in San Diego Still Worth Seeing

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The amount of amazing places to visit in the San Diego area can be overwhelming, and many of these spots are tourist traps that can poke a hole your wallet if you’re not careful. Whether you are on a budget or on the fence about checking out some of these places, the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites has a few tips on how to enjoy some of San Diego’s best-known tourist traps.

Seaport Village

Though Seaport Village is known for high parking fees, overpriced merchants, and large crowds, it can still be worth a trip for the breathtaking scenic views of the San Diego Bay. There are also a lot of quaint shops and unique themed stores, so if this piques your interest, your best bet is to avoid visiting Seaport Village on weekends, park a little ways away (it’s a nice walk along the embarcadero), and make sure you have plenty of cash on hand.

San Diego Zoo

Located near Balboa Park, there is a full day’s worth of fun to be had at the San Diego Zoo. However, when you’re walking around for that long, you’re bound to get thirsty or hungry. It isn’t uncommon to find $10 souvenir drinks and $5 onion rings, all of which adds up quickly when you’re hydrating and feeding the entire family. Consider bringing your own snacks and drinks to save money.

Tijuana

Just across the San Diego/U.S. border in Mexico, tourists visiting San Diego often feel inclined to take a day trip to visit Tijuana and experience the culture there, but don’t realize they’ll likely spend hours sitting in traffic to cross the border back into the U.S. Should you choose to visit Tijuana, consider traveling across the border on foot and be prepared with your passport and identification when crossing back.

LEGOLAND

With tickets starting at nearly $80 for children, admission to LEGOLAND can be pricey for a full family, and that’s without spending any money on food. Though LEGOLAND does not allow outside food into the park, visitors can bring bottled water. The park also has lockers for rent and there are some grassy areas just outside the park gates where you can eat a sack lunch and save some money.

If you have yet to book a room for your stay in San Diego, give the Pacific Inn a try. We are located in the heart of downtown, which is a quick trip from the airport and close to many amazing attractions in the city. Give us a call and speak with a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933. We hope to hear from you soon!

4 Great Activities For Animal Lovers in San Diego

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If you’re coming to San Diego and you’re interested in animals, then you’ve picked the right destination. As one of the top animal attraction locations in the U.S., San Diego has a number of cool activities and places to go to learn about and see animals. Read on for four of the Pacific Inn San Diego staff members’ favorite activities for animal lovers.

1. San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is an absolute must-see for all animal enthusiasts who visit San Diego. The world-renowned Balboa Park destination is home to more than 3,700 creatures and including more than 650 species and subspecies, like cheetahs, giant pandas, grizzly bears, gorillas, koalas, tigers, and zebras. Plus, if you want to see a bunch of adorable animals up close and personal, there is also a petting zoo is for you, with everything from bunnies and rabbits to ducks and reptiles to get to know.

2. San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which was previously referred to as the San Diego Wild Animal Park, is a popular tourist draw located in San Diego’s San Pasqual Valley section. The park spans 1,800 acres and is a great spot for people who want to view diverse animals roaming around inside of spacious free-range enclosures. Some endangered animals can even be found at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, including cheetahs, tigers, ostrich, rhinoceroses, giraffes, African lions, and meerkats.

3. SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is a sprawling San Diego theme park that makes a wonderful destination for people who appreciate aquatic life. The lively park features a range of shows and exhibits that focus on animals such as killer whales, polar bears, dolphins and penguins. And, if you like amusement park rides, SeaWorld also has a number of water rides for all ages.

4. Sweetwater Farms

Animal lovers in San Diego may love Sweetwater Farms, which is located in the Bonita area of San Diego county. This farm is fun for children and adults alike, offering western and English horseback riding lessons, as well as trail rides with beautiful views. With friendly and down-to-earth employees, your whole family will love checking out the horses here.

If you’re planning a trip to San Diego and you haven’t yet booked your hotel, reach out to the Pacific Inn & Suites. Conveniently located in downtown San Diego, staying at the Pacific Inn can help ensure you can make the most of your vacation. To learn more about our comfortable and reasonably priced accommodations, reach out to a knowledgeable Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 or book your stay today!

Diminish Travel Fatigue with These 5 Tips

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Traveling is a tiring experience for most people and the fatigue that travelers experience can seep into their vacation time, making it hard to enjoy their time in a new city. Help manage the feelings of tiredness and fatigue that most travelers experience with these tips from the Pacific Hotel San Diego.

1. Be Prepared

Stress adds to travel fatigue by robbing you of quality sleep time. To alleviate the kinds of travel stressors that lead to fatigue, confirm hotel reservations, route driving directions, finish packing, and print your boarding pass ahead of time and get a full night’s sleep before your day of travel.

2. Forget Your Expectations

No matter how carefully you plan, flights can be delayed, baggage may be lost, and traffic can get backed up. Don’t let these stressors wear you out. Rather than stressing about what could go wrong, try to think about how nice it is to be away from work and home. Enjoy the fact that you are not working and appreciate your time to relax.

3. Stay Away from Caffeine and Alcohol

Drinking too many caffeinated or alcoholic beverages can aggravate travel fatigue by interrupting sleep cycles and making it difficult to get to sleep. Try to avoid drinking carbonated, caffeinated, or alcoholic beverages at least six hours prior to bedtime to help ensure you can sleep soundly.

4. Keep Normal Hours

As much as possible, try to stay on your home schedule, even if you’ve crossed into a new time zone. This is particularly important when it comes to your sleep schedule. As staying up later than you’re used to and then sleeping late can sometimes result in insomnia or poor-quality sleep, keeping to your normal hours can be the best way to stay refreshed.

5. Relax

Traveling can be exciting and winding down at the end of the day can sometimes be difficult, which can cause you to feel fatigued the next day. To help yourself relax and get to sleep, do a relaxing activity prior to turning in, like taking a bath or drinking herbal tea.

Are you traveling to San Diego for your vacation? Be sure to select a conveniently located hotel in the city. The Pacific Inn & Suites, a leading hotel in San Diego, is situated in the heart of downtown, making it an ideal spot for tourists looking to explore the beautiful Embarcadero and Gaslamp Quarter. Reach out to a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to book a room or reserve your stay online.

Top 4 Attractions of Kensington, San Diego

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Kensington is a vibrant neighborhood, sitting between the arid hills of Mission Trails Regional Park and bustling downtown San Diego. Though the area is primarily known for its rich history and stunning architecture, Kensington also offers a variety of other attractions for visitors to explore. Read on for four Kensington hotspots, compiled by the staff members at the San Diego Pacific Inn.

1. Art Produce

An eclectic art destination on University Avenue, Art Produce offers an array of artwork aimed at promoting activism within the community. With a gallery, studio, cafe, and sustainable urban garden, this venue ensures that, whether you’re admiring the exhibits or sampling sugar snap peas under the garden’s fairy lights, you’ll have a great time.

2. Alchemy Skin Spa

For a relaxing interlude after your exploration of the gallery, visit Alchemy Skin Spa. Offering everything from massages to organic facials, the warm atmosphere at Alchemy will make you feel as though you’re relaxing in a sunny orchard. But be warned: Since Alchemy is very popular with the locals, remember to book a spot in advance!

3. Kensington Vine

If you’re interested in tasting local wines, your opportunity awaits at Kensington Vine, a local wine bar. Known for its homemade tapenade and delicious cheese platters, the Vine has happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m., boasting glasses of wine and appetizers at only five dollars apiece.

4. Kensington Circus Pub

When dinnertime rolls around, the best option in this neighborhood is Kensington Circus Pub. With the vibe of an old British pub, neither the shepherd’s pie nor the fish-and-chips will disappoint. Plus, as it offers kid-friendly service and a fantastic play area in the back, you can bring the whole family to this location. Stick around long enough and you can check out a few songs from local musicians who specialize in bluegrass and folk.

Planning a vacation to San Diego? Reach out to the Pacific Inn & Suites. Located in downtown San Diego, our recently renovated hotel offers a prime location, comfortable accommodations, and complimentary amenities, including fresh coffee and tea around-the-clock, premium cable, and plush, pillow-topped beds. Give a Reservation Manager a call at 1-800-571-2933 to find out about our availability or book your stay online. We look forward to meeting you!

Fun and Feasts in San Diego

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Are you a foodie who is planning on visiting San Diego sometime in the near future? If so, you will feel right at home attending one of San Diego’s fun food festivals. While there are many such celebrations held in San Diego, our staff members at the Pacific Inn of San Diego have compiled four of their top favorite San Diego food fests.

1. San Diego’s Brew and Food Festival

The San Diego Brew and Food Festival will be held on August 29 at Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, with tickets ranging in price from $40 to $110. Admission to the event includes access to live music, beer tastings, as well as some of the best food in San Diego cooked by nearly two-dozen top chefs from the area. As San Diego is well known for its craft beer companies and brews, this event is also an excellent place to feel out the local beer scene.

2. The Great American Foodie Fest

During the month of September, you will not want to miss the Great American Foodie Fest. Held at Qualcomm Stadium on Friars Road, this fun-filled event will include more than 50 specialty food vendors, food contests, live entertainment, carnival rides, and a beer garden. Ticket prices and the exact date are still TBA, however keeping your eye on the Great American Foodie Fest website is a good idea as these tickets sell fast.

3. Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest

The Hormel Black Label Bacon Fest is scheduled to take place on September 5 at Liberty Station Park on Cushing Road. This event promises to be an exhilarating day full of live musical performances, nearly two-dozen food vendors, and a variety of delicious alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets to the Bacon Fest are $60 for a general admission ticket or $100 for a VIP ticket. While tickets may be pricey, admission includes unlimited food and drink, so you can rest assured that the price is worth it.

4. San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival

The 12th annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival will run from November 15th through the 22nd at various locations throughout the city. Ranging from $75 to $200, tickets for this event are pricey, however even the basic packages include access to beer and wine tasting, auctions, and more. If you’re really interested in getting involved at this event, the more expensive packages also offer access to different events, such as celebrity chef dinners, culinary classes, and tastemaker meals.

Whether you only spend an afternoon or an entire day at any of these events, you are going to want to sleep off your food coma by the end of the festival. At the Pacific Inn & Suites, our recently remodeled hotel rooms are designed with your comfort in mind, which is why our plush pillow-topped beds are the perfect place to crash at the end of the night. Contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more, or reserve your room now. We look forward to greeting you!

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