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6 Finest Comic Shops in Sunny San Diego, California

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 26, 2016

When you stay in a hotel in Little Italy, San Diego, the food isn’t the only perk. Visitors to this unique suburb also get easy access to some of downtown San Diego’s most popular shops, including comic book stores. If you’re an avid collector of comic books, don’t miss out on the following shops scattered throughout San Diego. 1. Comics-N-Stuff Comics-N-Stuff is a beloved Gaslamp Quarter comic shop. It’s located in Westfield Horton Plaza, a bustling and popular San Diego shopping mall. People who are keen on graphic novels, comics and even card games are frequently drawn to Comics-N-Stuff. 2. On Comic Ground On Comic Ground is a staple among San Diego comic enthusiasts. This …

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5 Highly Anticipated October Events in Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 19, 2016

When you stay in an affordable downtown San Diego hotel this October, you can spend your money on more exciting events like the ones below. Not only will you get your fill of Halloween-themed fun, but you’ll also get the chance to attend a throwback dance or a charitable event. 1. Back to the ’80s October 7 at 7pm The House of Blues will be hosting an ’80s throwback party where you can listen to hits from this exciting decade and sport your favorite fashion accessories. For $20 per person, you can watch the Molly Ringwalds perform where they’ll play your favorite ‘80s hits while sporting teased hair and heavy blue eye makeup. 2. Bow …

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7 Things Your Flight Attendant Is Keeping from You

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 12, 2016

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the life of a flight attendant? While waiting to reach your destination and check into an affordable downtown hotel, here are seven flight attendant secrets for you to consider. 1. There’s No Secret to Fitting Oversized Luggage Many passengers make the mistake of leaving oversized luggage out in the overhead compartment, hoping a flight attendant will have the secret to making it fit. Unfortunately, this irritates the flight attendants and will cause them to ask you to move it or have it checked. 2. They Hate Diet Coke Flight attendants dislike pouring Diet Coke while serving drinks in the air because it takes the longest time to …

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Do the Ride Thing Launched in Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on September 5, 2016

While staying at a San Diego hotel near Little Italy during your next vacation, check out the Do the Ride Thing movement that swept across the city. Launched in 2016, this movement stemmed from the need for travelers and locals alike to find good parking spots in downtown San Diego. Though the city features great restaurants, bars, nightclubs, museums, shops and even historic sites, finding a parking spot in that area is nearly impossible these days. Thanks to the Do the Ride Thing movement, you can now enjoy all the amazing attractions downtown without having to worry about parking. Do the Ride Thing started in June of 2016 as a way to show visitors and …

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Dressing for a Night of Clubbing in the Gaslamp Quarter

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 29, 2016

Many people make the mistake of wearing the wrong attire when they head out for a night on the town. Although you may enjoy wearing a t-shirt and jeans, it can also limit the amount of clubs that you enter. To ensure that you get into your favorite club in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, there are a few dressing tips to keep in mind before leaving your hotel room in downtown San Diego. Wear Dress Pants When spending the evening bar hopping or going to clubs in the Gaslamp Quarter, many establishments maintain a strict dress code that prohibits jeans. Men should opt for dress pants that are tailored and fit well to …

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5 Things to Do in Downtown San Diego This September

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 22, 2016

Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. After you check in to a San Diego hotel near Little Italy, check out these five exciting downtown San Diego events for one last summer hurrah.  1. U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition Starting on September 2, head on down to North Harbor Drive for the art gallery experience of a lifetime. Spend your Labor Day weekend marveling over the works of talented sand sculptors from all around the world.  2. Festival of Sail This annual event also takes place over Labor Day weekend, beginning on September 3. Hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the …

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Tijuana’s 6 Finest Breweries

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 15, 2016

There’s really no point in staying in an affordable downtown San Diego hotel if you aren’t going to venture across the border. Part of the fun of visiting San Diego is having the option to venture to Tijuana for a day trip or a night out. While you may be tempted to hit up the tourist traps on Avenida Revolucion, check out the following breweries for a fun day of beer tasting instead. 1. Mamut Brewery Co. This is a friendly Tijuana brewery that’s known for amazing beer, a delicious selection of pizza (be sure to try the pepperoni) and courteous service. Stop by Mamut Brewery Co. to enjoy a refreshing beer in the outdoor …

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Chargers Update: Will Their New Stadium Come with Another Convention Center?

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 8, 2016

The San Diego Chargers are hoping a new convention center-football stadium hybrid will quash any plans to relocate to another city. The franchise’s owners are pushing for what some have coined a “convadium” as an alternative to moving the team to Los Angeles. Reaction to the plan has been mixed, although owners are hoping to get a nod from voters and some reluctant city officials and business owners. Dean Spanos, the Chargers’ Chief Executive, hired a consultant to respond to opponents’ financial objections. The consultant’s submitted report illustrates how the project would be economically viable. Supporters say the convadium would increase business downtown, especially on game nights, and entice out-of-towners to stay in cheap downtown …

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Optimize Your Sunbathing Experience with These Essential Items

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 25, 2016

It’s not surprising that tourists flock to San Diego beaches during the summertime. In fact, we bet you plan on spending a relaxing day at the beach after you arrive. Before you leave your room at the San Diego Marina Inn & Suites, however, remember to bring the following sunbathing essential with you. Sunscreen Sunbathing is a fun and relaxing experience, but safety comes first. Bring a good sunscreen and apply it all over exposed areas of your body. Sunscreen can protect you from intense UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer and premature aging. Umbrella Come prepared with an umbrella. A trusty umbrella can help make your sunbathing day comfortable and a little …

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Check Out What’s Going on in Downtown San Diego This August

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 18, 2016

Still planning your August trip to downtown San Diego? Let us at the Marina Inn & Suites San Diego help. Following are just a few of the exciting events taking place in downtown this August. Don’t hesitate to add them to your itinerary today! Fashion Food and Spirits August 4-5 On August 4 and 5, Californians will gather for an extravagant two days filled with food, fashion, spirits, and much more. The annual show is held to raise money for Fashion Group International, which brings emerging designers and models to the runway. Each night will blend the latest trending styles with live music during a tasting party that promises to make this summer an unforgettable …

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