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Neighborhood Spotlight: North Park, San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 30, 2015

From good eats to plenty of activities, there are many reasons that North Park is a great neighborhood to explore when you’re staying at the Marina Inn Hotel San Diego. If you have not yet visited the area, here are some reasons why you should. An Award Winning Community Men’s Magazine recognizes San Diego to be among the top 5 cities for beer lovers, and 30th Street in North Park is often dubbed “America’s beer boulevard.” From plenty of local brews to exotic flavors imported from overseas, the drinks are always flowing and the company is always fun. Some of the local favorites for microbreweries in North Park include Fall Brewing, Belching Beaver, and Hess …

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Upcoming Fairs and Festivals in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 22, 2015

Summers in San Diego are characterized by an overwhelming parade of fairs and festivals. At the San Diego Marina Inn, our staff has come up with the following list to give you some information about the favorite fests and fairs of local San Diegans. OB Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off Festival When: June 27, 2015 While the big draw for this annual event in Ocean Beach is the chili cook-off, there will be more to do here than just vie for bragging rights. Highlights include five stages of continuous live music, a community art mural project, and tons of local vendors and restaurants that will be selling handcrafted goods and giving out samples. Plus, no …

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Top Tips for Staying Healthy While on Vacation

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 15, 2015

Many of the travelers that we welcome at the Marina Inn of San Diego find it difficult to maintain healthy diets, regular exercise routines, and other healthy life habits during their vacations. To help our visitors remain healthy during their stays in San Diego, we’ve come up with six easy-to-follow diet and exercise tips. 1. Make Exercise Fun Between morning jogs on the Embarcadero, renting bikes to get around the Gaslamp Quarter, or strolling around downtown, there are hundreds of ways to spend most of your San Diego trip outdoors. Before you arrive, brainstorm a few ways that you can put your body in motion without actually feeling like you’re working out. Get stumped? Ask …

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Tips for the Best Beach Day Yet

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 8, 2015

Your vacation in San Diego won’t be complete without some time at the beach! Make the most of your family beach days by following our tips below. 1. Decide What Matters Would your older children like some surfing lessons? Do you need a pet friendly beach? Would you rather stay close to your downtown San Diego hotel, or are you up to a short drive? Once you know what your priorities are, you’ll be able to find the right spot for you and your fam. 2. Go Early… Beat the crowds to the beach so you can find a spot to spread your towels and keep your gear. This also gives you a chance to …

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San Diego Activities for Thrill Seekers

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 1, 2015

For those seeking adrenaline-pumping fun in the sun, San Diego has more than enough extreme activities to get your heart pounding. The Downtown San Diego Marina Inn has put together this list to help you on your way. Cage-Free Dive with Sharks Mako Mike Kazma, known locally as the shark whisperer, will show you how to have the apex predators of the ocean eating raw meat straight from your bare hands. Hang Glide Over La Jolla If jumping off a cliff isn’t enough to get you going, try being suspended mid air with a sail attached to your back as you defy gravity. You’ll have a tandem instructor latched to you, but it certainly won’t …

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What to Eat at Petco Park

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 25, 2015

Dining at Petco Park brings together two longtime San Diego passions: sports and great food. Padre fans have just begun to sample the park’s new menu for the 2015 season, and these foodies are ready to give a standing ovation. Read on for some of the best new noshes discovered by the staff at a local Gaslamp Quarter hotel. Signature Sips and Sushi Drinks at Petco extend far beyond typical ballpark tipple. Slip away to the new Deep Eddy Vodka Hideaway for drinks made with the eponymous spirit’s Ruby Red and Lemon flavors. The Hideaway has far more to offer than these signature cocktails, however. Zenbu sushi also serves up bar menu treats from salmon …

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Travel Tips to Improve Your Trip

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 18, 2015

Let’s be honest, very few of us have actually mastered the art of packing. To make your upcoming trip a little easier, the staff at a local San Diego Airport hotel is sharing the handy packing tricks they’ve learned from travel-savvy customers over the years. 1. Use Shower Caps for Shoes Instead of allowing the bottom of your shoes to create stains on the clothing that you’ve packed, use shower caps to hold each pair. 2. Use Cotton for Cosmetics Prevent your pressed cosmetic powders from breaking on the flight by placing a piece of cotton on the makeup to keep it intact. 3. Pack Necessities in Your Carry-On Bag Instead of going without your …

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Don’t Miss These 5 Hole-in-the-Wall Spots in SD

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 14, 2015

San Diego has a huge foodie scene that’s growing exponentially, making it easy for tourists to find great eats just about anywhere in the city. However, if you want to eat like the locals do, here are 5 not-to-miss hole-in-the-wall spots San Diegans swear by. 1. Paesano Paesano is an old-school Italian diner in North Park. You can’t go wrong with their barebones menu: pasta, pizza, and salad. Although limited, the menu offers just about every delicious comfort food you could ever want. Added bonus—they show sports on the TVs so you can enjoy your pasta while watching some ball. 2. Las Cuatros Milpas Just this side of San Diego Convention Center hotels, Las Cuatros …

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San Diego’s Best Kept Secrets Worth Seeing

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 11, 2015

Certain features of San Diego are common knowledge, like its famed weather, fun attractions, and outstanding universities. However, if you’re planning a visit to San Diego, you might want to consider these little-known items throughout the city as you arrange your itinerary. 1. Musical Bridge The 25th Street Bridge is actually a musical instrument! Its sidewalk railing is crafted with chimes, and each vertical rod is encased in bronze. Striking the bells in sequence creates a melody dubbed “Crab Carillon.” 2. Secret Stairs San Diego has stairways to heaven. Hidden within La Mesa are three sets of stairs off the beaten track. The staircases were installed around 1913 to facilitate neighborhood foot traffic. Each climbs …

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Where to Find the Best Oysters in Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 7, 2015

If you’re visiting from somewhere lacking delicious seafood, put that at the top of your “to eat” list. From melt-in-your-mouth sushi to fish tacos, San Diego wants for nothing. Although the appearance of an oyster can be a little off-putting to the amateurs, there’s no better place to get your first taste than just steps from your hotel room in downtown San Diego. The Oceanaire Seafood Room Where: 400 J Street (East Village) Offering one of the best oyster selections in town, Oceanaire presents a diverse selection of oysters from Prince Edward Island, New York and New Zealand. Just park yourself at the raw bar and sample one of nature’s most notorious aphrodisiacs. Spike Africa’s …

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