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Tips for an Easy and Fun Road Trip to San Diego

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

Planning a trip to San Diego? Before you grab your closest friends, jump in the car, and sing along to your favorite Katy Perry song, make sure you have a few things to make your trip more enjoyable. Of course you need to ensure you have all the basics, like sunscreen and an emergency kit (and probably a cheap hotel room in downtown), but here are a few ideas you might have overlooked. 1. Baby wipes Remember, you are in a confined space. Even if you’re bosom buddies, you need to be able to freshen up on the go. They’re also great for wiping your hands after snacking. Bonus: You get to smell baby fresh. …

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Road Trip Tips for San Diego

San Diego in the Spring: April Events Around Town

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 26, 2015

We know you’ll find plenty to do around San Diego, and if the weather is nice you might not even leave the beach. However, if you find yourself needing a break from the sand, here are some April events worth checking out. April 1 – The Sleeping Beauty in Balboa Park Sit back and relax at the Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park for a live performance of this classic story, which will feature student ballet dancers from SDCYB. Tickets start at $10. April 3 – The Used at House of Blues San Diego Alternative music fans can rock out to a live performance by The Used with songs off of their old albums, …

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San Diego Events in April

Upcoming Concerts in Sunny San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 23, 2015

The beach is a great way to keep yourself busy during the day, but what about when the sun goes down? Put on your dancing shoes and check out these upcoming concerts in San Diego. Maroon 5, Magic! and Rozzi Crane When: Wednesday, April 1 Where: Viejas Arena Tickets: Starting at $40 The hit-making machine that is Maroon 5 comes to San Diego State University this spring. The band will perform hits from their current album, V, along with a slew of catchy tunes from their repertoire. New comers Magic! (“Rude”) and Rozzi Crane, the first artist signed to Adam Levine’s 222 Records, will also entertain the crowd. Blue October When: Thursday, April 9 Where: …

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A Guide to Concerts in San Diego

Food & Wine Fests Around San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 19, 2015

Split your time in San Diego between the beach and a fun food and wine festival. The city hosts several throughout the year. Here are just a few coming up. Spirit of Baja Tequila and Wine Pairing Dinner April 10 at Westgate Hotel Cost: $129 Need a little help with wine pairing? There’s no easier way to learn than to attend a dinner event like this, hosted at a hotel with some of the nicest Gaslamp Quarter accommodations in San Diego. You’ll be treated to a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres made by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel. Celebrity chef Flor Franco will handle the dinner and wine pairing part of the evening, which also includes …

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Food and Wine Events in San Diego

Travel Size Items You’ll Wish You Had in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 16, 2015

Sometimes those travel size versions of your favorites can cost a lot more per ounce than their full-size peers. But there are times when a regular size item just won’t do, and traveling is one of those times. Aside from not wanting to lug around the weight of full-size products, you won’t be able to get them past the TSA at airport security either. If you’re heading to San Diego, here are a few travel size items you’ll want to be sure you pack. Hand Sanitizer Whether you spent your day petting animals at the zoo or your kiddo touched everything in sight as you walked from your San Diego Convention Center hotel to Seaport …

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Best Travel Items When Visiting San Diego

San Diego’s Hottest Rooftop Bars

By Marina Inn, 8:16 pm on March 12, 2015

It goes without saying that the beach is the best place to enjoy San Diego’s fine weather. But if you’re over the sand or want to sip on a little something while getting some sun, there’s no better place to be than at a rooftop bar taking in amazing views. Float at Hard Rock If you prefer to party on the roof, this is the place to go. Voted the top rooftop bar in San Diego, Float is located at the Hard Rock, one of the leading hotels in downtown San Diego, and provides a decent selection of drinks with lively music, comfortable seating, cozy fire pits and a pool. RoofTop600 at Andaz This is …

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Rooftop Bars Near Downtown San Diego

Learn a Little Something at These Historical San Diego Homes

By Marina Inn, 8:01 am on March 9, 2015

San Diego has done a remarkable job preserving many of its unique historic buildings. The varied architecture includes examples built by colonial settlers and missionaries, fortune-seekers who came to California in the mid-nineteenth century, Gilded Age millionaires, and innovative Modernist architects. Many of these buildings were created as private homes; some of them still are, but others are now open to the public. Here are a few worth checking out, recommended by the staff at a premier downtown San Diego hotel. Casa de Estudillo, 4000 Mason Street Built in 1827, when the state was part of Mexico, this grand adobe mansion is a classic example of Spanish Colonial architecture. It became briefly famous in the …

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Historical Homes in San Diego

Tips for Getting Into San Diego’s Most Popular Clubs

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 5, 2015

If you’re visiting San Diego, you may be interested in checking out the city’s nightlife and club scene. Getting into a trendy club, however, is not like walking into a neighborhood bar. There are often long lines, ropes (usually not velvet), and intimidating bouncers at the door, if you are lucky enough to get so far. There are, however, some steps you can take to improve your chances of being let in. Grab a pen and paper, the staff at the Marina Inn & Suites, a leading Gaslamp Quarter hotel, are going to let you in on a few secrets. Dress Appropriately This is the number one tip for getting into a good club. Out-of-towners …

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Tips for San Diego Nightclubs

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 2, 2015

San Diego doesn’t shy away from St. Patrick’s Day and offers a number of activities and attractions for all ages of revelers. From lavish parades to live musical performances, find yourself the perfect party to celebrate the Irish holiday this year. shamROCK 2015 March 14 – $35 This outdoor party is the largest on the West Coast and will feature green AstroTurf on the streets of Downtown San Diego with a pot of gold hidden for attendees to find. Guests can enjoy live music, an on-site Irish pub, and a lighting extravaganza. Word to the wise: Book a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown and avoid the parking and traffic fiasco. 35th Annual St. Patrick’s …

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Celebrate St. Patty's Day in San Diego

San Diego’s Hangover Cures

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 26, 2015

It’s possible you will come to San Diego and not go out a single night—it’s also not that probable. When you can finally pry yourself from the bed of your San Diego hotel downtown, try one (or all) of these local hangover helpers. Pho San Diegans love them some pho noodle soup (phonetically it sounds like fuh), and it has been hailed as one of the best hangover cures since black coffee. You’ll find plenty of Vietnamese restaurants serving the soup throughout San Diego, with top spots in Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and the SDSU area. Surfing Catch a wave and surf off your hangover at Pacific Beach. Since it’s an exposed beach, you can …

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Local San Diego Cures for Hangovers