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Eat, Drink, and Shop Your Way Through San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 18, 2014

No one visiting San Diego should miss out on the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter where scores of shops, restaurants, and nightclubs inhabit sixteen historic blocks of repurposed Victorian architecture. It’s a must-experience playground for the senses with distinctive boutiques, eclectic dining, and nightlife like none you’ve seen before. Eat Café Sevilla You’d need a month to experience all the epicurean delights of the Gaslamp Quarter. (Helpful hint: Book a cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotel and use the extra cash for grubbing). A good place to start is Café Sevilla. You can nosh on some genuine tapas while enjoying live music and flamenco dancers who add flair and fun for all ages. Tapas from $6 and dinners from …

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January Events in San Diego for the Whole Family

By Marina Inn, 11:54 pm on December 15, 2014

If your family plans to visit San Diego in January, there is no shortage of fun, affordable things to do that are sure to keep the kids happy and the parents relaxed. Here are a few staff favorites from the amiable employees at the San Diego Marina Inn. The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure The Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure takes place daily in January and February, and offers a unique way to see the sights while the family competes as a team. The hunt starts in Old Town, runs through Little Italy, and leads your family to the War Memorials at the waterfront. Using promotional code SDMAG at, $39.20 will cover the cost for a …

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Things to do Near the San Diego Convention Center

By Marina Inn, 7:48 pm on December 11, 2014

You’ve landed in San Diego and made it to your hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, now what? After you get settled in, head out to explore the area. The San Diego Convention Center is centrally located near tons of great activities whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or something a little more grown up. If you’ve got some time to spare while visiting sunny San Diego, check out the following things to do. Family Friendly - The New Children’s Museum is an art museum for children featuring interactive art exhibits like clay sculpting and painting. Located less than one-quarter of a mile from the Convention Center, this is a great place to spend the …

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5 Places to Dine in Little Italy

By Marina Inn, 9:10 pm on December 8, 2014

The Little Italy area of San Diego has a lot to offer visitors. The neighborhood has outstanding cafes, is located just minutes from San Diego hotels in downtown, and, of course, boasts wonderful food. Although Little Italy is, as one might expect, full of delicious Italian restaurants, there’s actually a wide variety of cuisine available. Here are five of the most popular and most delicious restaurants in Little Italy. 1. Queenstown Public House is a great spot to relax, unwind, and people watch. The casual atmosphere and American food will delight even the pickiest of eaters. Unique burgers and sandwiches head up the lunch menu, while the fish & chips, steak & chips, rack of …

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New Year’s Eve on a Budget in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 5:06 pm on December 4, 2014

You don’t have to bust the bank to ring in the New Year in San Diego. Whether you are looking for an adults-only event, or something that will be fun for the whole family, there are plenty of wallet-friendly options in San Diego. The staff at the Marina Inn San Diego has hunted down some of the best deals to be had this December 31st. Johnny V’s Pacific Beach offers a different slice of San Diego nightlife. This club, just a few blocks from the beach, features complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a midnight champagne toast, and balloon drop. Tickets start at $10 for the first 100 tickets purchased, so plan ahead. After the first 100, tickets …

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Check Out San Diego’s Growing Brewery Scene

By Marina Inn, 11:00 am on December 1, 2014

San Diego has a reputation for its great beaches where visitors and natives alike spend time sunbathing, surfing and swimming. However, San Diego is developing a growing reputation as the home for some of the region’s best breweries. In fact, more than a dozen new breweries have opened in San Diego within the last few years. Book a hotel in downtown San Diego to be within stumbling distance of several of these great breweries, and remember to be responsible when getting to and from the rest. Latitude 33 Brewing Company 1430 Vantage Court #104, Vista A little rye adds flavor to the brown ale and the vanilla porter at Lattitude 33, which are usually characterized …

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Winter Events for the Whole Family in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 11:00 am on November 27, 2014

Spending the holidays in San Diego is some of the most fun your family will have all year. When the rest of the nation is experiencing harsh cold and snow, San Diegans are taking walks along the beach and playing pick-up football games at local parks. Book your room at one of the many hotels in downtown San Diego and come enjoy one of these top winter events this December. December Nights December 5th, 3-11pm & December 6th, 12-11pm Celebrate Christmas with your entire family at the December Nights event in Balboa Park. This event is held every year during the first weekend of December. Admission is free, and all museums inside the park offer …

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Where to Find the Best Thanksgiving Dinners in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 10:46 pm on November 20, 2014

Whether you are visiting San Diego from out of town, or you are a local who is not keen on spending the entire day cooking, there are tons of delicious options for dining out on Thanksgiving. With over one hundred restaurants in the San Diego area serving up turkey dinner, you can sit back, relax, and let professional chefs do the cooking. Here are a few of the top spots selected by the local staff at the San Diego Marina Inn. Cohn Restaurant Group This year, eight restaurants owned by the Cohn Restaurant Group will be serving Thanksgiving dinner. Three-course menus are priced from $39.95 to $54.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids. From wine …

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Our Favorite Restaurants for Traditional Thanksgving Dinners

Hot & Trendy Restaurants in Little Italy San Diego

By Marina Inn, 6:19 pm on November 10, 2014

The expansive food scene is one of the many charms of San Diego, California. There is always something new to tantalize every palate. The foodie revolution in San Diego has been rapidly taking over as some of the most prominent chefs in town show us what they can do. Some of the newer spots in Little Italy San Diego have been getting rave reviews and are definitely worth checking out. For a foodie-filled vacation, book your San Diego Little Italy hotel so that you’re within walking distance of these downtown hotspots. Juniper & Ivy From the mastermind of Top Chef winner Richard Blias, Juniper & Ivy showcases his flare in ever evolving California cuisine. Chef …

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Top Restaurants in Little Italy San Diego

Your Guide to Fun Holiday Runs in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 7:31 pm on November 6, 2014

The magical time of year, full of festivity and family time, is rapidly approaching. A great way to enjoy the holiday season and run your way to health is to participate in one of many running events held annually in the San Diego area. Fun holiday runs encourage us to put down our electronic gadgets, celebrate the spirit of giving, and get involved in healthy family activities. Whether it is a one mile run or a 5K, combining holiday vacations with destination races is growing in popularity. Crossing the finish line together after weeks of training is fun, exciting, and rewarding, especially when you know you’re supporting a worthy cause. So book your downtown San …

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San Diego Races 2014