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How to be Eco-Friendly While Traveling

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Travel Tips to Stay Eco-Friendly in San Diego

If you try to be eco-conscious in your day-to-day life, going on vacation can throw a wrench in your plans. However, even when you travel, there are easy ways to stay green. Read on for some eco-friendly suggestions from the staff at the Pacific Inn in San Diego.

1. Eat Local

While you may already know that eating locally grown foods is healthy, eating local foods can also save a lot of energy. During your trip to San Diego, try finding some delicious, locally sourced restaurants to try. Not only will this make for an eco-friendly meal, but you will get to enjoy local dishes made with fresh ingredients.

2. Unplug Your Home

Before you arrive in San Diego, spend a few minutes going around your home and unplugging your electronics and lamps. While it may be a trial to do this on a daily basis, if you will be away from home for a few days, freeing up some of your outlets can save electricity. Even when turned to off, electronics and appliances still use energy when they are plugged in.

3. Keep Your Thermostat Low

In your hotel room, you can conserve energy by keeping your thermostat on a neutral setting when you’re not in the room. Closing the drapes can also help prevent your room from getting too hot while you’re out exploring the city. Likewise, if your room is cold, instead of leaving the heat on, bundle up with a couple blankets.

4. Share Maps

Many tourist attractions hand out pamphlets of papers, ads, and maps to visitors, which can add up over your vacation. Avoid wasting paper by making it clear that your group would only like one map. This way, you can keep the copy you have as a souvenir, and save a significant amount of paper from the trash.

5. Choose Your Hotel’s Location

The best way to have an eco-friendly trip is to do a bit of extra planning before your arrival. One way to be green and to remove some travel stress when you’re on vacation is to pick a hotel that is close to public transportation. If you’re staying close to bus stops or trolley stations, you can avoid renting a car and dealing with parking. This way, you can be eco-friendly and avoid the stress of driving in an unfamiliar city.

Though trying to be eco-friendly while traveling can be a challenge, at the Pacific Inn & Suites, our central location can help. Our downtown San Diego hotel is conveniently located only a minute’s walk from a trolley station, which makes getting around the city in an eco-friendly way fast and easy. Call a Reservation Manager today at 1-800-571-2933 to find out about our availability and learn more about our central location, just minutes away from major San Diego attractions. Book your reservation today!

How to Plan a Successful Family Vacation

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Family Friendly San Diego

While there are a lot of things to coordinate when planning a family trip to San Diego, there are several ways that you can ensure your trip’s success. Check out these four tips by the San Diego Pacific Inn for making your next family vacation a happy one.

1. Cushion Your Budget

One of the most crucial elements to planning a great family vacation is to stay within your budget. Since there can be a number of unplanned expenses on your trip, be sure to leave some breathing room in your budget when you’re booking the essentials. This way, if you do have money left over towards the end of your trip, you may get to splurge for a fancy dinner, or, if an emergency arises, you have the financial flexibility to take care of it.

2. Check for Deals

Along with planning some wiggle room in your budget, you may want to look for deals on discount sites before coming. Groupon has deals for small groups, so you may be able to get a deal on tickets for the whole family to attractions like the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, or even Disneyland. Some companies offer special rates for groups of 5 or more people, so if you have a big family, don’t be afraid to ask for discounts before you purchase your tickets.

3. Invite a Friend

Traveling can be more fun for you and your children if they have a friend or sibling to share it with. If you will be traveling with just one child, consider having your child invite one of his or her friends along on the trip. While you will need to foot the bill for an extra person, having a friend along means that your child will be kept occupied, which means you can have some time to relax.

4. Get a Consensus

Another important step for making your trip successful is to make sure that everyone’s interests are given equal attention. Before the trip, make a list of all of the destinations in the city that are interesting to your family. Then, let everyone vote for their top 2 choices. Make sure to visit everyone’s top destination choice, and then try to squeeze in each person’s secondary choices if time allows. This way no one will feel left out, and everyone will get to do at least one thing that they’re interested in.

Planning family vacations is a challenge for most families, but picking a hotel that will work for your family doesn’t have to be. Reserve a room at the Pacific Inn San Diego and rest assured that your stay will be a comfortable and affordable one. Call a Reservation Manager today to learn more about our complimentary amenities and to find out about our availability. We look forward to welcoming you!

 

6 of San Diego’s Hidden Gems

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San Diego Hidden Locations

With an evolving craft beer community, innovative college students, and a young entrepreneurial population, San Diego is constantly growing, and new hot spots are popping up all the time. Check out some favorites from the Pacific Inn San Diego, where our staff members have a flair for finding the latest hip places to visit and dine. 

1. Edna and Alex Harper’s Hillside Topiary Garden

Frequently described as something out of Edward Scissorhands, this private garden features over 50 giant tree creatures in an environment that feels like a storybook. While the garden is located on the Harper family’s private residence, Edna and Alex welcome guests to enter for free, take photographs of the topiaries, and stroll the property.

2. Bankers Hill

This San Diego neighborhood is frequently passed over because of its reputation as an affluent residential area. For locals, however, Bankers Hill is a lovely place to stroll, with historical footbridges, like the Spruce Street suspension bridge or the Upas Street bridge, that take you through idyllic and scenic areas of San Diego.

3. Cinema Under the Stars

Cinema Under the Stars, located in Mission Hills, is a cute spot to see a film. At $15, the tickets are a bit more expensive than regular theaters, but the Looney Tunes cartoons before the film, combined with the gravity chair seating under outdoor heaters, and real views of the stars make the price worth it.

4. Noble Experiment

If you’re looking for a blast from the past, check out Noble Experiment. Accessible through a secret door in a restaurant called Neighborhood located on G Street in downtown, this speakeasy is a salute to the Prohibition era. One of the best-kept secrets in San Diego, Noble Experiment exclusively serves high-end, traditional drinks in an old-timey atmosphere.

5. Oscar Wilde’s Irish Pub

Located in Hillcrest, this Irish pub stands out in the community for welcoming guests to lounge on their dog-friendly patio while munching on giant pretzels slathered with beer cheese. They offer a versatile selection of craft beer on tap with a happy hour that makes the prices extremely affordable.

6. The Secret Cave at Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument has a gorgeous location for hiking. With a hidden cave on the western side of the national monument that is unknown to most hikers, come here to escape the city and enjoy nature. The cave can only be accessed during low tide and is a great place to enjoy the natural beauty in San Diego.

If you’re looking for economical hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter so that you are close to these best-kept secrets, check out the Pacific Inn. We offer convenient, comfortable, and affordable lodging in San Diego. Give a Reservation Manager a call at 1-800-571-9233, or book your room online. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Make the Most of Your Business Trip

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Business Travelers in San Diego

San Diego is a major destination for business professionals and for hosting conventions. Unfortunately, business travel often sounds more glamorous than it really is. It can be challenging to find time to see the sights and relax when you’re busy attending meetings or conferences. The following tips will help you make the most of your trip and enjoy some personal time away from work.

Plan Ahead

No matter how busy you expect to be during the trip, spend some time researching things to do in the city before you go. You can also email friends and colleagues who have been to San Diego for recommendations. Prepare a list of the restaurants, destinations, and events you hope to see while you’re in town so you have suggestions at hand if you can find time to get away.

Meet Clients at an Exhibition or Restaurant

If there’s something you want to see in town, plan to meet clients or colleagues there instead of in your hotel’s lobby. Meeting at the restaurant or museum maximizes your time and gives you an excuse to visit a location you otherwise would not have had time to see.

Add Extra Time

If possible, add an extra day or two to your trip to get in a bit of sightseeing. Arriving even a day early for a business trip gives you time to get settled in your hotel in downtown San Diego and explore.

Use Travel Time

A great deal of business travel involves merely waiting to get to a destination. Use your wait time on the plane or in the taxi to get through your work to-do list so you have more time to explore the city.

Get in a Workout

If your days are packed with meetings, nothing melts away the stress of work and travel better than getting in some exercise. When you have little downtime, take advantage of the beautiful San Diego weather to go for a walk or run before work and see the city up close.

Try New Foods

Instead of eating the lunch your company provides, suggest that your coworkers explore local restaurants near your hotel or business destination. Use Yelp and other review apps to find out where the locals like to eat. Work up the bravery to try some local cuisine, even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Nopales (cactus) tacos are a favorite at many San Diego Mexican restaurants.

Coming to San Diego for a work trip? Book a room at one of the top hotels in downtown. The conveniently located Pacific Inn is close to the San Diego International Airport, as well as local attractions, like the Gaslamp Quarter and the famous San Diego Zoo. Reach out to one of our Reservation Managers at 1-800-571-2933 for available dates, or reserve your room today!

Petco Park Offers New Delights for 2015 Season

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2015 Season Delights  in Petco Park

Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres, is a great place to catch a game and grab a delicious bite to eat. San Diego’s famous ballpark has more than 60 concessions to choose from, including several new menu items this year. Before you head to the park, plan your in-game dining around these great options hand-picked by the staff at the Pacific Inn Downtown San Diego.

Juicy Lucy Burger at The Patio

The Patio has two spaces in the park this season behind sections 228 and 128. While you will undoubtedly have trouble narrowing down the menu options, the famous cheddar-stuffed Juicy Lucy burger topped with caramelized onions on a brioche bun is a must-have.

Swell Coffee Roasting Co.

If you need a little pick-me-up by the seventh inning, try a coffee from the park’s new concession. The Patio in Left Field will be serving up smooth coffee from Mission Beach’s Swell Coffee Roasting Company all season long.

Cocktails at Deep Eddy Vodka Hideaway

The Vodka Hideaway, from Austin-based Deep Eddy Vodka, will debut in Petco Park this May with a bar located on the Toyota Terrace level. Be sure to try the official craft vodka brand of the Padres during your next game and follow it up with a roll from Zenbu Sushi, which will be featured on the bar’s menu.

Garlic Beer Buddies at the Pizza Port

What’s a game without a good beer? Enjoy a cold one along with the restaurant’s signature garlic beer buddies, served with marinara and ranch sauce. While there are many beers to choose from, try the exclusive Petco Park Pale Ale brew.

Mahi Mahi Tacos at Rimel’s Rooftop Grill

Make game day complete by dining atop the Western Metal Supply Co. Building–previously reserved for private groups only–and enjoying fine Mahi Mahi tacos or rotisserie chicken at Rimels Rotisserie.

Coming to San Diego to catch a few baseball games? Reserve a Gaslamp Quarter hotel room and you can walk to the field as well as all the action after. Give the Pacific Inn a call at 1-800-571-2933 to find out about our great rates and ongoing discounts!

Top Tips to Make the Airport a Breeze

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SAN Aiport Tips

No matter how excited you might be to head out to a warmer climate, going to the airport at the start of your trip can be a real mood-killer. This is especially true if you happen to be traveling with kids in tow, during a busy season, or with lots of luggage. Fortunately, you can make travel a breeze with these innovative airport hacks.

Take a Quick Picture of Your Parking Spot

You think you’ll remember where you parked, or you write it down on scrap paper at your hotel in San Diego Gaslamp Quarter but accidently throw it in the trash. Instead, use your phone to photograph your parking space before flying will eliminate all of the stress and hassle of finding your car once you get back in.

Secure Luggage Zippers with Cable Ties

Before checking your bags, use a few zip ties to keep your zippers securely closed. This will prevent your luggage from falling open when loaded and unloaded, and it will also protect all of the important items that you have stowed inside.

Use a Mobile App to Find the Fastest Security Line

If there are multiple security stations at the airport that you’re leaving from, use a mobile phone app like MyTSA to find out which of these is moving fastest.

Pack Inflatable Toys for the Kids

An empty gate and an inflatable beach ball are all you need to keep kids entertained when experiencing flight delays. You can also pack board games, playing cards and drawing kits. Making sure that kids have plenty to do will make it easier for you to manage them while waiting to depart.

Carry a Refillable Water Bottle

While you can’t carry a full bottle of water onto the plane, you can carry your own refillable water bottle. This way, you can fill it up once you’ve made your way through the security station and won’t have to spend money to buy expensive beverages in the airport.

Look for a Luggage Cart in the Pick-Up Area

If you need a luggage cart, you may be able to save a little cash by snagging one that was recently used. You can usually find these in the pick-up zone.

Hang Near an Airport Lounge for Free Wi-Fi Access

Although some airports have free Wi-Fi, many limit your access to 30 or 60 minutes. Take advantage of the free Wi-Fi offered in airport lounges by sitting close to the lounge entrances. For more room to spread out and full-access to all of the features offered in airport lounges, you can also consider splurging on a day pass.

Before you ever take off, don’t forget to book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel like the Pacific Inn. We don’t believe in sacrificing comfort for price, so in addition to our low rates we offer newly remodeled rooms, HBO and ESPN, and 24/7 customer service. Find out how much you can save by calling 1-900-571-2933 and reserving your room today!

Tips for Traveling During Peak Allergy Season

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Allergy Season Tip for Travelers

Allergies can derail even the best-planned vacations. Fortunately, there are a number of strategies that make it much easier to prepare for new climates, exposure to new allergens and the ravages of an unexpected allergy attack. Following are several things you can do to ensure your next trip is a smooth one, in spite of food allergies or negative responses to airborne allergens.

Stow Your Allergy Medicines in Your Carry-On

Lost luggage can create significant problems for people who are reliant upon prescription allergy medicines or over-the-counter products that are difficult to find. Antihistamines and epinephrine pens might additionally be necessary in-flight if people come in contact with dust mites or foods that trigger allergic reactions. You should also make sure to have a bracelet, necklace or card on hand at all times that lists your allergies and any essential medications. If you plan on bringing prescription medicine, be sure to bring the actual prescription just in case.

Opt for a Pet-Free Room

Make sure your hotel puts you in a room that has always been pet-free. Discuss your allergies with the Downtown San Diego hotel manager when making your reservations so that the likelihood of in-room allergens is minimized. Make sure your room is away from indoor swimming pools and bring your own hypoallergenic pillow case and mattress cover.

Find a Nearby Allergist

If you suffer from severe allergies, find the name and contact information of a reputable allergist before departing. Should you need an urgent appointment after having reached your destination, you won’t have to spend time hunting down a good provider.

Get Your Prescriptions Refilled Before Departing

Discuss your travel plans with your doctor before heading out. He or she may be able to recommend several short-term adjustments to help limit adverse responses to new allergens. This is also a good time to get all of your prescriptions refilled. Make sure you have sufficient amounts of each medication for the duration of your trip.

Download a Pollen Report

Many companies offer comprehensive pollen reports online. Find a report that is specific to your destination, and follow this before and during your trip. This will let you know which days are best for outside activities. You can also download a mobile app to stay current with local pollen counts while visiting San Diego.

Order Local Honey

Although there is still limited evidence concerning the efficacy of consuming local honey to control pollen allergies, many people assert local honey has helped them naturally manage seasonal allergies. You can use the web to find a supplier of honey that is local to your intended destination. Consume at least one teaspoon per day starting several weeks before your trip. This could minimize your response to airborne pollen, thereby making it easier for you to get outside and enjoy yourself, even on high pollen days.

The Pacific Inn hotel near the San Diego Convention Center is a great choice for location and comfort. We offer several discounts, including a Park & Fly package, 24/7 customer service, and the best rate around. To speak with a Reservation Manager, call 1-800-571-2933 and book a room today!

Amp Up Your Adrenaline

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Adrenaline Seekers in San Diego

Sure, you could spend your time in San Diego laying in the sun and listening to the waves crash. Or you could channel your inner adrenaline junkie and check out some of the thrilling activities the city has to offer. There are at least a dozen to choose from, but the staff at a friendly and affordable hotel downtown San Diego has selected 6 of the best.

1. Cliff Diving in La Jolla

Get a bird’s eye view of San Diego and feed your need for adventure at the same time by diving off the cliffs of La Jolla–attached to a hang glider, of course. You’re welcome to hang glide or paraglide with an instructor or go it alone if you’re experienced enough. While in the air, enjoy miles of gorgeous shoreline and the glamorous mansions of La Jolla.

2. Chill with Dolphins and Whales

Hop in an authentic, inflatable, low-profile Navy S.E.A.L boat and get up close and personal with the playful dolphins and magnificent whales (depending on the season) that call the waters off the San Diego coast home. A U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain will fill you in on all the wildlife that happens to be in your line of view.

3. Swim—Cage-Free–with the Really Big Fishes

Get chummy with sharks without a cage. “Mako Mike” offers shark diving expeditions that literally put you eye-to-eye with the feisty creatures. Mike safely handles the sharks while you snorkel or free-dive.

4. Extreme Circus Flying

If you want to kick your fear of heights while having lots of fun, make your way to Trapeze High. The friendly instructors cater the tricks they teach to your abilities and comfort level. Be warned though, you could very easily become addicted to the highflying fun you’ll experience here.

5. Discover Your Inner Marty McFly

While Back to the Future’s hoverboards have yet to become reality, you can come close to the experience thanks to some heavy-duty waterpower. You can’t go shimmying across San Diego’s sidewalks. However, you do get to check out the view from 30 feet in the air when on a water-powered Flyboard or Hoverboard.

6. Kayak the Caves of La Jolla

Nestled within a 75 million-year-old sandstone sea cliff, the seven sea caves of La Jolla are a breathtaking sight to see, especially if you’re in a kayak. You’ll be safely guided through the waters in and around the caves (weather permitting) and introduced to sea lions, leopard sharks, dolphins and other regional delights along the way. You can also do some snorkeling or rent a kayak and do a little kayak fishing.

Whether you’re seeking thrill after thrill or hours of relaxation, one thing is for sure. You’ll want to rest and recharge in a comfortable hotel room with a convenient location. Don’t hesitate to book a hotel near the SAN airport like the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We’re near all the major attractions, offer all the comforts of home, and have some great ongoing discounts. Find out more by calling 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room today!

3 Pizza Places in Little Italy You Won’t Soon Forget

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Best Pizza in Little Italy

No doubt, San Diego is a food lover’s paradise. If you’re staying in a Little Italy San Diego hotel, you have the good fortune of being in one of the best neighborhoods for noshing at all hours of the day. With so many options, you’ll find it hard to prioritize. However, one thing is for certain: When in Little Italy, you must try the pizza!

Isola Pizza Bar

Smack dab in the middle of Little Italy, Isola offers a “fresh, inspired twist on Italian traditions,” and serves pies featuring delicious local ingredients. Favorites like the salciccia with fennel sausage, red onions, tomato, and mushrooms, and the arugula con l’uovo topped with Parmesan, panna, farm egg, arugula, pancetta, and truffle oil have locals in the area coming back time and time again.

Napizza

Also in Little Italy, Napizza serves gourmet, organic pizza. The crust is homemade, light, and all natural, and pizza is sold by the slice, half-tray, and whole tray. Unique combinations include potato, bacon, and mozzarella; organic chicken, goat cheese, tomato, and pesto; and truffle, porcini, and mozzarella. Gluten-free and vegan pies are also available. As if that wasn’t enough, all food is free of hormones, chemicals, and preservatives.

Cucina Urbana

Just north of Little Italy in Bankers Hill, Cucina Urbana features organic, local produce on every pizza. Pies average $15 and include unique toppings, such as smoked salmon and lemon crème Fraiche; lamb sausage and honey ricotta; olive, fontina, and baby chard; mission fig and Gorgonzola; and smoked prosciutto and pineapple. On Thrifty Thursdays, pizzas are half-off the regular price.

When (or if) you’re ready to branch out, the friendly staff at your hotel in Downtown San Diego can offer some other excellent dining suggestions. Aside from friendly customer service, at the Pacific Inn you can also count on complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi and fresh coffee and tea served 24-hours a day. We also offer special park and fly and park and cruise packages for our guests. Call 1-800-571-2933 to learn more and book your room!

7 Cool Places to Take Pictures in San Diego

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Spend some time at the touristy locales like Balboa Park, downtown, and Coronado, and then head out to find the hidden treasures that make for standout pictures. To make it a little easier for out-of-towners, the San Diego Point Loma Inn & Suites has put together a list of our favorite off-the-beaten-path photo ops.

1. Harper’s Topiary Garden

Tucked away in Mission Hills, this zany garden is truly a treat for the eyes. Artist Edna Harper keeps over 50 topiary sculptures in this space, ranging from whimsical animals to shrubbery replications of famous landmarks.

2. Chula Vista Salt Mounds

Visitors in San Diego might not know that they are in prime salt production territory. However, these enormous, glacier-like mounds of salt extracted from the ocean will quickly dispel any doubt.

3. Hidden Cemetery

In 1889, a streetcar line was built over a small city cemetery in what is now Old Town. City planners didn’t discover what lies beneath this patch of street until 1993 and has since placed tiny markers on the paved ground denoting each gravesite.

4. The Mushroom Beach House

Black’s Beach is home to the inimitable mushroom-shaped beach house, constructed in 1986 as the guesthouse for a seafront residence. With cliffs to one side and the ocean to the other, this futuristic hut looks a bit like a James Bond villain’s lair.

5. Heritage Park Victorian Village

Just outside of Old Town lies a picturesque cul-de-sac of old Victorian mansions. Pay them a visit for some gorgeous antique architecture and sweeping views of the city.

6. The Jail Cell at The Headquarters at Seaport

Patrons of this bustling complex might not know that they’re shopping in a former jail. Head to the hallway between Madison Leather and Kitson Boutique to take a picture in one of the few preserved cells.

7. Banker’s Hill Footbridges

Before the days of modern infrastructure, engineers linked San Diego’s neighborhoods by spanning the city’s canyons with footbridges. Head to Banker’s Hill for some fine vertigo-inducing examples and great views of downtown.

A great way to make sure you see all the city has to offer is by booking a centrally located cheap San Diego Convention Center hotel like the Point Loma Inn. We’re close to restaurants, great sights, and plenty of things to do. You can even save 15% just by booking in advance! Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more and reserve your room!

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