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Take a Hike and Explore San Diego’s Natural Beauty

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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.

Tastiest Restaurants in the Gaslamp

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Best Gaslamp Restaurants

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. It offers a picturesque backdrop of modern offices and historical buildings, and boasts dozens of shops, clubs, bars, and, of course, restaurants offering a variety of tastes from local fare to international cuisine. After you get situated at your hotel in the Gaslamp Quarter, head out for a bite at one of these four local favorites.

1. Blue Point – 565 5th Avenue
This popular seafood and oyster bar was the first of its kind in the Gaslamp. The food is fresh and delicious, and mouthwatering assorted fresh oysters go for $16. Indulge in the chef’s seafood tower or the rich lobster bisque, a hearty soup that entices the palate. Seafood entrees range from $36-$48. Steaks are over $40.

2. La Fiesta – 628 5th Avenue
This is the spot for authentic Mexican food bursting with bold flavors. Menu options include tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas and tortas. Complement your meal with a margarita, and, depending on when you go, music from a DJ. Lunch entrees range from $11 to $16.

3. Nobu – 207 5th Avenue (Hard Rock Hotel)
The finest and freshest Japanese delicacies are here, from sushi and sashimi to unique tobanyaki-style beef and seafood. Creative menu options are seemingly endless, though any choice will stun you with an explosion of taste. Look to spend about $30 for most items, including salmon tataki, red snapper sashimi, and octopus carpaccio.

4. Royal India – 329 Market Street
Royal India offers an elegant dining atmosphere with an outdoor patio for when the weather is nice. The tandoori butter chicken is succulent and tender in texture, and the chicken tika masala is a local favorite. Most chicken items are priced at $18, while beef dishes, like seekh kebab curry, are closer to $20.

Pack your bags and come eat your way through the historic Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego. If you haven’t found a hotel yet, don’t worry, the San Diego Pacific Inn has a room waiting for you. We offer flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, complimentary coffee and tea around-the-clock, and, best of all, a best rate guarantee. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our great rates and promotions.

Eat, Drink, Shop: Guide to Little Italy, San Diego

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Everything You Need to Have Fun in Little Italy

Little Italy is one of San Diego’s liveliest neighborhoods, brimming with great restaurants and popular bars serving stiff drinks. If you’re just in town for a few days, book a cheap hotel in Little Italy and take advantage of all the area has to offer. If you’re pressed for time, (and aren’t we all), do your best to check out the following places. You won’t be sorry you fit them into your schedule.

The Waterfront Bar & Grill
This reasonably priced bar was established in 1933, making it one of the oldest and most historic bars in San Diego. It is frequented by visitors and locals alike and known for its great beverages and delicious food. Whether you are craving breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Waterfront is the place to go for great food and a relaxed atmosphere. Swing by on a Friday or Saturday night to see how the locals do weekends in Little Italy.

Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market
Open every Saturday morning, the Little Italy Mercato Farmers’ Market draws in lovers of fresh and organic fruits and vegetables at good prices. With over 150 vendors, no visitor will walk away empty-handed. Most Saturdays, farmers’ market regulars enjoy live music and all types of art in addition to the fresh produce.

Piazza Basilone
Built in 2004 and located on Fir and India Streets, the Piazza Basilone gets its name from the Italian war hero John Basilone, but it was also constructed in reverence to other war veterans. Although small in size, Piazza Basilone is a serene and beautiful plaza that includes a statue, fountain, and places for people to sit and enjoy the sights. During your visit, spend a relaxing morning in the piazza with a cup of coffee and good people watching.

San Diego Firehouse Museum
This museum houses firefighting equipment used from the late 1800s. It also features a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, the first fire engine from the city of La Jolla, and numerous other artifacts. Kids and history buffs will enjoy exploring the extensive exhibits and displays. Admission is reasonably priced at $3 for adults and $2 for children.

Looking for a cheap hotel room in Little Italy? Check out the San Diego Pacific Inn. Come stay in one of our newly remodeled rooms and enjoy free Wi-Fi, 24/7 fresh coffee and tea (great for those long nights at Waterfront), and our best rate guarantee. Reserve your room with one of our friendly Reservation Managers by calling 1-800-571-2933 today.

Places to Eat Near the San Diego Airport

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Top Restaurants Near San Diego Airport

San Diego is a foodie heaven. Each and every neighborhood has its own unique flare and diverse offerings to excite taste buds. If you’re staying in a hotel near SAN airport, you have the pleasure of being centrally located among some of the best neighborhood restaurants.

Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop – under $10
Lucha Libre is an authentic, family-owned Mexican restaurant that uses all fresh ingredients. The taco shop holds the community award for best burrito, and is vegetarian friendly. The eclectic menu features both traditional dishes, like burritos, and tasty innovations like pork carnitas topped baked potatoes.

C-Level – $15-30
C-Level’s stunning waterfront views and outdoor seating make this restaurant a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Their menu features American fare like seafood, burgers, steaks, lettuce wraps, and salads. Local favorites include the lobster mac and cheese and the sweet potato fries. Happy hour offers great discounts for travelers looking to pinch a few pennies.

Phil’s BBQ – $10-25
A chain exclusive to San Diego county, Phil’s BBQ’s dishes feature the secret homemade family BBQ recipe. Phil’s prides itself in being a restaurant for clientele driving in on “skateboards or Bentleys.” The restaurant serves quality comfort food like beef ribs, onion rings, and pulled pork.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen – $10-20
Bencotto Italian Kitchen has a modern atmosphere that serves old-world Italian food. The menu is filled with family style dishes, making the restaurant a great place to dine for families or groups traveling together. The  pasta is handcrafted, and “pasta your way” allows guests to create their own dish combinations.

Island Deli – under $10
Island Deli serves breakfast and lunch only, and is a great stop for a quick bite. Everything is made in-house, including roasted turkey, slow cooked pulled pork, handmade chips, and fresh coleslaw.

Depending on how long you’re staying and your budget, you might be so inclined to try every place rather than making  the toughest decision of your trip and choosing just one. In addition to being near the airport, all of these yummy restaurants are located just minutes from the historic Gaslamp Quarter and several San Diego Convention Center hotels.  Haven’t booked a hotel yet? Don’t pass up the Pacific Inn. We offer a best rate guarantee, flexible dates, free Wi-Fi, and newly remodeled rooms. Contact us to learn more about current rates and promotions, or call 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your room.

 

Cool December Concerts in San Diego

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Best December Concerts in San Diego

Take a break from the snow falling around the country and visit sunny San Diego. From museums to parks, sporting events to the beach (yes, even in winter), there’s plenty to see and do this winter. At the top of the to-do list are some cool concerts coming this month.  Find Gaslamp Quarter accommodations walking distance to most of the following concerts and enjoy a fun and safe night out with friends while you’re in town.

  • See Ryan Adams with his mix of rock, blues, and alternative country music as he performs at the historic 2,200 seat Copley Symphony Hall within the palatial Jacobs Music Center on 12/15 at 7:30pm. Tickets from $44 – $133.
  • The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs a mixture of big band, swing, and blues at Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach on 12/16 at 8pm. Belly Up is San Diego’s premiere live music venue offering concerts from all kinds of performers in an intimate setting. Tickets from $165 – $190.
  • The highly-acclaimed gospel singers Blind Boys of Alabama will perform on 12/23 at 7:30 pm in Escondido’s California Center for the Arts. The Center combines a concert hall, theater, museums, and conference rooms to provide a wide variety of cultural experiences in one location. Tickets from $43 – $54.
  • Enjoy some high-powered orchestral music for the holidays with Mannheim Steamroller on 12/28 at 7:30pm. The San Diego Civic Theatre feels intimate and concertgoers will dig the music from any one of the 3,000 seats. Tickets from $109 – $175.
  • San Diego’s Balboa Park is a 1,200 acre paradise featuring museums, theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The park is well-known for its free-of-charge outdoor entertainment. Throughout December, enjoy several performances of Classical Melodies, offering orchestral music for the whole family. Admission is free.

If this list doesn’t do it for you, click here to search for more concerts coming to the San Diego area. While you’re debating which act to see, book a room at the San Diego Pacific Inn, located just minutes from both the San Diego Airport and the Convention Center.  As a guest, you will enjoy our newly remodeled rooms, free Wi-Fi, and fresh coffee and tea served 24/7. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about current rates and book your room or suite.

Up and Coming Breweries and Wineries in Baja

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Baja Breweries Giving San Diego Competition

San Diego is known for its beer and wine culture, and is home to some of the nation’s best distilleries and breweries. However, San Diego’s neighbor just across the border is a little town that should garner some praise and recognition of its own. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from hotels in downtown San Diego, Baja has seen its beer and wine culture blowup in recent years, and its beginning to make some serious contributions to the beer and wine culture of the West Coast.

Cervecería Tijuana
This is the top brewery in Tijuana, and the true-to-form Czech pilsners crafted here use only locally grown ingredients. The owner, Jose Gonzalez Ibarra, imported the equipment, technique and even the brew master straight from the Czech Republic in order to replicate the authentic pilsner taste, while augmenting the flavors with a south-of-the-border flair. The brewery offers tours to groups of two or more throughout the day until 5pm.

Vinícola L.A. Cetto
This winery is just off Avenida Consitucion in Tijuana and offers a wide variety of wines. They also provide a selection of sparkling ciders in addition to a very nice house brandy. Tastings here are inexpensive, and the brewery features a beautiful veranda setting with arbor shade and picturesque surroundings.

Bodegas Cieli
Further south along Route 3 and about 45 minutes from Tijuana along the now famous Ruta del Vino (Wine Route), you’ll find the picturesque vineyard and brewery of Bodegas Cieli. Here, they brew spicy Pale Ales with tropical fruit esters and offer a world-class signature wine called Brunello di Guadalupe. Tours are available by contacting the proprietor Don Cieli directly.

Winery – AlXimia Vino
While you’re visiting , stop and see Alvaro Alvarez-Parilla, the mathematician-turned-winemaker and owner of Alximia. He offers a fine selection of wines including Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. Each one is crafted using his unique technique and the lovingly grown grapes that have made Guadalupe valley the new wine country.

Our friendly neighbors to the south have been working hard to revitalize tourism and put their tasty wines and brews on the map. If you have time while visiting San Diego, look into a tour that takes you from one side of the border to the other, stopping at all the best spots along the way. Consider staying in one of the hotels near the San Diego Convention Center, located in downtown San Diego, to be near the action on both sides of the border. To speak with a Reservation Manager at the Pacific Inn, conveniently located near the San Diego airport, Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy, call 1-800-571-2933 and find out about our budget-friendly rates.

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