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Top Bars Near Train Stops on the Way to San Diego

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Bars by Train Stops Heading to San Diego

In addition to stunning views and the romance of train travel, people often choose the train for road trips, so to speak, over driving because drinking on the train is totally legit. If you’re taking the train down to San Diego, not only can you can get off and stretch your legs, you can pop in and enjoy a drink at a few nearby bars before boarding the train again. In all fairness, the staff at the Pacific Inn, a leading downtown San Diego hotel, hasn’t stopped by every one of these, but we have serious sources confirming the following bars are some favorites among train riders.

Union Ale Brewing Company
214 State Street
Santa Barbara
Enjoy a cold, crafted brew at this Santa Barbara microbrewery. You can also snack on one of their delicious gourmet hamburgers or a Canadian wowie pie while you enjoy a short break from the train. Time your stop right and you can catch part of the game (pick a game, any game) on one of their many televisions.

Blue Tavern
119 State Street
Santa Barbara
Here, you can enjoy a beer or one of their specially designed cocktails. Local faves include the pisco sour, maracuya caipirnha, and the classic margarita. In addition to an extensive drink menu, there are a variety of scrumptious salads and brick-oven fired pizzas.

Traxx Restaurant & Bar
800 North Alameda Street
Los Angeles
This quaint bar is actually tucked away in a corner of the train station, making it especially convenient if your stop isn’t very long. They offer beer, wine and delightful selection of cocktails.

Far Bar
347 East 1st Street
Los Angeles
If you are looking for something a little off the beaten path, you can select from among their large selection of Japanese beers or try one of their specialty cocktails. Also, they offer a selection of Asian fusion dishes and tasty sushi to satisfy your hunger.

Old Town Saloon
2495 San Diego Avenue
San Diego
From the outside, this bar looks like it was meant to be in the Wild West era. Grab a drink before your train departs or upon arrival in San Diego. While you enjoy a cold brew, you can shoot a game of pool or select some music from the jukebox.

Ready to board the train? We thought so. When you arrive in San Diego, unpack your bags at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, conveniently located near the train station, SAN airport, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. Booking with us is quick and easy, your dates are flexible, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Contact us here or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room!

Valentine’s in San Diego: Unique Spots for You and Your SO

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Date Ideas for Valentine's in San Diego

San Diego is known for beaches, not romance. However, if you’re visiting over Valentine’s weekend, you will find many wonderful options to celebrate. Whether you thrive on heart, flowers, and chocolates or see it as just any other date night, San Diego has a Valentine’s date perfect for you. Here are a few suggestions from the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn.

For the Romantic Couple

This year, Hornblower Cruises has a special evening planned for those with romance on the brain. This special cruise includes a four-course meal and dancing under the stars. You and your special someone can enjoy unlimited champagne and beautiful views of the San Diego skyline as you sail along San Diego’s coastline. You and your sweetie can also take the special Valentine’s brunch cruise, which includes a full brunch buffet, decadent dessert buffet, and all-you-can-drink champagne.

For the Just-Another-Day Couple

If you want to do something fun this year for Valentine’s Day without all the pressure, the Mad House Comedy Club has just what you are looking for. On February 14, the club will have a special show featuring Paul Ogata (you may have seen him on Showtime, Comedy Central, or Comics Unleashed). There are two shows, 7:30pm and 9:45pm, and you can purchase individual tickets or splurge on a table.

For the Nature-Loving Couple

Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to do some whale watching because this holiday falls smack in the middle of the blue whale’s migration season from Alaska to Baja, California. You can use this holiday as the excuse you and your sweetheart need to treat yourself to day out on the water, enjoying the beauty and majesty of these animals. There are several tour operators in San Diego that regularly take groups out on the water to whale watch. Or, if you and your SO aren’t much for boats, you can watch on land near Birch Aquarium at Scripps, Torrey Pines State Reserve, or Cabrillo National Monument.

If you are planning a romantic getaway in San Diego for Valentine’s this year, you’ve made a good choice. Make another good choice and reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites.  Our hotel near Little Italy San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the San Diego Airport is an ideal choice for visitors whose number one priority is great location. We also offer excellent promotions (meaning more moolah to spend on a nice night out), flexible dates (in case you need an extra day of romance), and 24-hour fresh tea and coffee (because that’s just a nice thing to do). Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about rates and reserve your room!

Top Local Breweries in San Diego

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Top San Diego Breweries

If you love trying locally crafted beer, San Diego will not disappoint. This beachside town has become a big player in the small brewery market. The staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotel, carefully evaluated San Diego’s breweries to narrow the long list down to a handful of must-try microbreweries.

Latitude 33 Brewing Company
When you want to find a beer that blends the best of California with the British Isles, this is the place for a pint. From wheat ale to brown ale with a hint of rye, this is the brewery that dares to try something new.

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits
At Ballast Point it is all about choices, and they have something for everyone. You can enjoy ales or lagers, and if you are feeling adventurous you can try the chili beers or a smoked beer. Whatever you choose, no one leaves unsatisfied from this local hotspot.

Green Flash Brewing Company
This brewery made the decision to hire a master brewer a decade ago and the brewer breathed new life into the company. Today, people flock to the brewery in search of delightful high-flavored beers like the 30th Street India Pale Ale with fruity and floral aromas and the Double Stout Black Ale that balances a hint of coffee against bittersweet chocolate.

Alpine Beer Co.
Although a little further out, this tiny brewery offers a wide selection of brews that are worth making the trip. It has become one of the most popular breweries to visit by local beer aficionados for the large selection of lagers, ales, and sours.

Pizza Port
This local brewery offers a variety of beers perfect for washing down a few delicious slices of pizza. It is one of the oldest breweries in the city, and has been home to many amazing brewmasters that have since opened their own local breweries. (Don’t worry–as one awesome brewmaster exits, another stellar one joins the staff).

Feeling excited yet for your trip to San Diego? How about knowing you can get the best hotel rate guaranteed by reserving a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites? Aside from unbeatable rates, we offer flexible dates, around-the-clock customer service, and no booking fees. Ready to reserve your room? Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today.

Top Live Music Bars and Venues in San Diego

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San Diego's Best Live Music Bars and Venues

Live music is widespread in sunny San Diego; after all, this city has so much culture that there’s musical talent on every corner. From jazz to indie rock, you can find your favorite tunes played at a number of local bars and restaurants. Listed below are five of the top places to hear live music in San Diego, handpicked by the staff at the Pacific Inn, an affordable hotel in downtown San Diego.

1. Soda Bar
This small, loveable dive bar on El Cajon Boulevard specializes in providing guests with cheap drinks and local music. It regularly features live performances by rock, metal and Gothic bands, but other musicians also occasionally play here.

2. Moonshine Flats
Country music and culture is the main focus at Moonshine Flats on 7th Avenue in downtown. Everything here contributes to the timeless “honky tonk” bar atmosphere, from the bouncers and line dancers to the beer varieties on tap and Southern-style live music. Moonshine Flats has delicious food as well, featuring pork sandwiches and seven layer dips among other dishes.

3. 710 Beach Club
710 Beach Club on Garnet Avenue is a sports bar during the day and a live music venue at night. Performances here are usually given by rock, EDM, acoustic or reggae artists. If you’re hungry, tasty cheeseburgers and quesadillas are served while musicians play throughout the night.

4. Gaslamp Speakeasy
Gaslamp Speakeasy on 4th Avenue, just minutes from several affordable San Diego Convention Center hotels, features prominent jazz and blues bands. Customers say it’s a small bar with a lot of musical heart to make up for the lack of space. Cocktails are served alongside tasty plates of nachos, calamari, rib sliders and much more.

5. House of Blues
Located on 5th Avenue, House of Blues has a reputation for excellent live rock and blues music. This place is a much larger venue than the other bars featured here and often hosts big name, mainstream artists, in addition to other private events. House of Blues serves up classic country dishes and also has a small sidebar for people looking for something more low-key.

If you’re heading to San Diego for an upcoming show but haven’t booked a hotel yet, make the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites your first choice. We offer a variety of promotions to help our guests save, flexible dates, and the best rate guaranteed among hotels in Little Italy. Call a helpful Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room today!

Where to Go for Business Dinners in Downtown SD

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Top Downtown SD Restaurants for Business Dinners

Besides awesome beaches, amusement parks, and the Zoo, San Diego is a mecca for business meetings, largely in part to the many conventions hosted each year. If you’re coming to visit sunny San Diego on business, the knowledgeable staff at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites near downtown urges you to consider these downtown San Diego restaurants perfect for discussing details of a new deal or catching up with associates you haven’t seen in a while.

The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Enjoy some of the best seafood in San Diego while having a business dinner at this popular downtown restaurant. The servers are friendly and the food is fresh and perfectly prepared. The fresh selections at the oyster bar are available a la carte and the wine selection is impressive. Oceanaire is also conveniently located near several inexpensive San Diego Convention Center hotels.

Café Chloe
This cozy café nestled in the heart of downtown San Diego is an ideal spot for mouthwatering business dinners with a French twist. The waiters are more than willing to make helpful suggestions should you have trouble narrowing down your menu selections. If you’re planning a larger business gathering, consider booking at Olive & Rose, Café Chloe’s event space conveniently located right next door.

Greystone the Steakhouse
If you prefer upscale dining for your business dinner, you can’t go wrong with Greystone, a multilevel space with plenty of ambiance. Greystone’s signature elk chop prepared with a blackberry glaze comes highly recommended, and the steak selection is outstanding.  Wrap up dinner with some creme brûlée cheesecake and you won’t be disappointed.

Bice Ristorante
You’ll find it hard to keep your mind on business when sampling the delicious Italian cuisine found at this downtown San Diego dining destination. The service is attentive and the atmosphere is at a level where you can still conduct business or catch up with associates without shouting or struggling to hear. Sample something from the cheese bar or dive right into the classic, yet modern, entrees. Bice also offers a private dining room for larger parties.

If your convention ticket is paid for but you haven’t found a room yet, make the Pacific Inn, a top San Diego Gaslamp Quarter hotel, your first choice. The Pacific Inn offers free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fresh coffee and tea, and the best rate around guaranteed. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and reserve your room today.

Take a Hike and Explore San Diego’s Natural Beauty

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San-Diego-Hiking-Spots

The San Diego area offers visitors more than just beaches, SeaWorld and the other familiar tourist destinations. It’s also a great place to hike and explore some of Southern California’s natural beauty. The adventurous staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown, has selected some of the best places to hike while visiting San Diego.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
This coastal state park in La Jolla provides some of the wildest and most unspoiled hiking areas within the San Diego city limits. It has hikes suitable for all levels while offering some amazing views of the ocean and surrounding areas. Novice hikers can try the Guy Fleming Trail, which is under a mile, or the Razor Point Trail, which is about a mile and a quarter. More skilled hikers can head out for the Beach Trail, which is steeper and brings hikers to a stairway leading down to the beach.

Cowles Mountain
This is a fairly steep three-mile hike in east county San Diego and poses little difficulty for people in good physical condition. Cowles is good for all levels and even children, and is really as tough as you want to make it (some hikers prefer to run the entire 3 miles, while others take 2 hours to complete the trail). The summit, which is the highest point in all of San Diego, provides an impressive 360° view of the city. There is a visitor’s center at the trailhead with information and restrooms, and aside from the main trail up the mountain, there are less popular and more challenging trails, such as Big Rock Park trailhead.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
This is a good place to hike if you want to travel outside the city. Located in the Laguna Mountains 40 miles east of San Diego, this state park has more than 100 miles of hiking trails with beautiful scenery that includes meadows, oak forests, creeks and two family campgrounds. One of the most popular destinations is the Green Valley camp area, which has pools and cascades where you can cool off.

3 Sisters Waterfalls
This is a scenic and fairly challenging trail in Cleveland National Forest that leads to a series of pools and waterfalls. This is good hike for people who are fit and experienced enough to deal with steep inclines and some boulder climbing. Some parts of the hike involve rope climbing as well. There are many scenic spots along the way that provide views of all three waterfalls and the surrounding area. Many hikers also enjoy swimming in the pools. It’s a long hike, be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks as well.

Are you planning a San Diego getaway? Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a San Diego Little Italy hotel, and enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24-hour fresh tea and coffee, flexible dates, and a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about current rates and ongoing promotions.

Spas Near Downtown that Won’t Break the Bank

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San Diego Spas for a Budget

If you’re looking to escape the winter and enjoy the fine weather of San Diego for a few days, relax and treat yourself to some quality pampering after a long day of exploring. And, it doesn’t have to make your wallet cry. The refreshed staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, have selected a handful of the top affordable spas in and around downtown San Diego.

Karma Relaxation Spa ($$)
As you receive a stress-relieving massage in this eastern influenced spa, complete with orchids and a relaxing waterfall, you’ll know that luxury really can be affordable. If you want to go all out, try The President. The package includes a body detox, 60 minute foot massage, and 60 minute body massage for $85.

The Sanctuary Day Spa ($$)
This hidden gem in Point Loma boasts unique offerings such as synergy and wellness packages, spiritual waxing, and deep tissue massages. With a clean, white look, this spa will heal you in more ways than one. Enjoy a two-for-one special on the weekends.

San Diego Spa and Wellness ($)
Just 10 minutes from downtown, you’ll feel transported into a world of serenity and calmness at San Diego Spa and Wellness. The spa specialize in back pain, and services include Swedish, deep tissue, and other customized massages.

Absolute Skin ($)
As you enter this sleek, modern spa, you’ll have a variety of cleansing and uplifting services to choose from. Whether you seek a purifying facial acne massage, full body waxing, or simply a mini treatment, you can have it all without spending a fortune here.

Spa Kingston ($$)
Located just a hop and a skip from downtown, this affordable palace of pampering is known for its upscale appearance and luxurious offerings. Daily specials like the “facial royale” keep loyal customers coming back.

San Diego is the perfect place to treat yourself on a relaxing mini-vacation. Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites, a cheap downtown San Diego hotel, and use your savings to book a fantastic massage. Both your wallet and your body will thank you. We offer quick and easy booking, flexible dates, and the best rate, guaranteed! Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about rates and our ongoing promotions.

Where to Find the Best Trivia Nights in SD

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Top Trivia Nights in San Diego

Nestled in the southern region of the state, this “birthplace of California” has a lot to offer its guests. From soaking up the sun at the area’s extensive beaches to exploring the vibrant downtown region, travelers to San Diego will not be disappointed. If guests are looking for some unique San Diego fun, the city has an extensive network of trivia nights throughout the week. Here are the top five picks for trivia nights from the friendly staff at the Pacific Inn, a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego perfect for travelers on a budget.

1. East Village Tavern and Bowl
Wednesdays at 7:00pm
This unique location offers tons of food and beverage options (including 20% off on hump day) in addition to a plethora of flat-screen TVs and, of course, bowling! On Wednesday the bar offers hosted trivia and house cash prizes for winners.

2. 98 Bottles
Thursdays at 7:00pm
98 Bottles offers a mouth-watering selection of craft beers, wine, and sake, and caters to and art and music loving crowd. Its “back room” is famed for live music, and on Thursday nights the bars hosts a rousing trivia night. You can enter the inter-venue tourney for a chance at cash prizes, or stick to in-house trivia to win free bar tab prizes.

3. The Commons Bar
Wednesdays at 7:30pm
The Commons Bar offers a fun atmosphere where guests can relax and be served in style. The full menu boasts specialty entrees and cocktails anyone will love. On trivia night, bring as many people as you–there’s no cap on team size–and enjoy drink specials while you rack up those trivia wins.

4. Gallagher’s Irish Pub
Sundays at 7:00pm
Gallagher’s offers a traditional Irish atmosphere, food, and drinks in Ocean Beach. Guests will love the rowdy Irish feel of the pub as they compete for $1000 in prize money during trivia night. Specials include $3 beer of the month and $4 shots of Fireball of Jager.

5. Wonderland Ocean Beach
Tuesdays at 7:00pm
Also located in Ocean Beach, Wonderland offers a fun, laid-back atmosphere for its guests. Though the amusement park the bar was named after hasn’t been around since 1916, there’s no denying the bar captures the spirit of the park.

Pack your bags, head to San Diego, and unleash the years of useless knowledge you’ve accumulated. Whether you’re looking for a hotel near the San Diego Airport or the Convention Center, the Pacific Inn has you covered. We offer free Wi-Fi, flexible dates, and fresh coffee and tea 24/7 (perfect for those late trivia nights). Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more about our unbeatable rates and great promotions!

5 of San Diego’s Must-Drink-At Oldest Bars

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Unwind at One of San Diego's Oldest Bars

If you want to experience the real heart of San Diego’s great entertainment and nightlife, venture to some of the city’s oldest bars. Leave your hotel room in downtown San Diego and you’ll find hidden treasures offering a unique atmosphere, cheap drinks, and a good time.

1. Tivoli Bar and Grill
Located in the middle of the historic Gaslamp area, Tivoli was once a boarding house used as a brothel. Opened in 1885, it’s the oldest bar in the old red light district and famous for its wild west history. Wyatt Earp used to drink and gamble here, and the bar still reflects its old saloon atmosphere with the original wooden bar and silver cash register.

2. Tower Bar
Tower Bar is a funky two-level bar in City Heights established in 1932. Originally a drive-in ice cream parlor, the fun ambiance with bright colors and a care-free vibe attracts a large university crowd. It’s a fun night out with great tap beer, punk/alternative music, and a large selection of absinthe.

3. Waterfront Bar and Grill
A Little Italy staple, Waterfront is San Diego’s oldest tavern. Opened in 1933 just days after Prohibition ended, it was a cool waterfront bar for local fishermen in the early days. Today, it has a relaxed vibe with a jukebox, pinball machines, three varieties of grilled cheese, and an awesome happy hour with cheap beer. If you’re staying in one of the boutique Little Italy hotels during your stay, this is a must-do.

4. Pacific Shores
Opened in 1941 just one day before Pearl Harbor was bombed, Pac Shores is a small, funky Ocean Beach dive with cheap drinks and kitschy, under-the-sea decor. The unique atmosphere and cool ocean breeze draw a diverse crowed who love the original jukebox that plays everything from Johnny Cash to The Clash.

5. Albie’s Beef Inn
Albie’s is a kitschy hotel bar and restaurant with a 70′s retro vibe in Mission Valley. Known for great steaks and live piano music, Albie’s offers an intimate setting with dim lighting, Naugahyde booths, and paintings of nude ladies. It’s a great place to enjoy dinner, soft music and a variety of fine wines, liquors, and tap beer.

The best part about this list? More than one bar is within walking distance to Gaslamp Quarter accommodations. Don’t wait too long to book your room at the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We offer the best rate guaranteed, newly remolded rooms, and flexible dates. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and ongoing promotions.

San Diego’s Best January Activities

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San Diego's Best January Events and Activities

Coming to San Diego this January? You’ll find mild weather, fewer tourists, and a whole calendar of great events happening around town. It’s hard to pick just a few to spotlight, but the staff at the Pacific Inn in San Diego has managed to do just that.

San Diego Restaurant Week 2015
This unique event happens twice a year, and the first restaurant week of 2015 runs from January 18 to 24. Over 180 restaurants across San Diego County take part in this event, and all of them will be offering excellent food on prix-fixe menus for lunch and/or dinner. Lunch is two courses for $15 or $20, and dinner is three courses for $20 to $50. There’s something for every type of food lover from the Fogo de Chao Brazilian steakhouse in downtown to The Prado at Balboa Park, which offers excellent California cuisine.

30th Annual Plays by Young Writers Festival
Culture lovers and older kids will enjoy this festival, which runs from January 22 to February 1 at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, located at the Old Globe. This festival offers two programs for different age groups, and there’s a combined total of eight plays being performed. All of these plays have been written by local playwrights under the age of 18, and all of them have been selected out of the best young talent in the San Diego area. The price for this event ranges from $10 to $60.

Sea World’s 50th Celebration
Even though this legendary park turned 50 in March 2014, the celebrations are still going through January. As part of the celebration, visitors now enter through Explorer’s Reef, which immerses you in an area with multiple pools of small sharks, rays and fish. There’s also a squad of employees surprising people with prizes and giveaways. Admission to SeaWorld San Diego is between $78-84 depending on age. SeaWorld tickets aren’t inexpensive. Save some money during your trip by booking a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport, located just minutes from SeaWorld, and put the money you save towards tickets for the whole family.

Heading to San Diego? The Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites has you covered. We are conveniently located near Little Italy, the San Diego Convention Center, and are one of the most affordable places to stay near the Gaslamp Quarter. We also offer 24-hour fresh brewed coffee and tea, free Wi-Fi, and a best rate guarantee. Call a friendly Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our unbeatable rates and ongoing promotions.

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