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4 Activities Under $20 in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 17, 2015

If you’re traveling to San Diego for a summer vacation, you may be looking for ways to reduce your travel costs. At the Marina Inn San Diego, we understand that vacationing can be expensive, which is why our staff members have come up with four fun San Diego activities that you can do for under $20.  1. Go to a Padres Game If you’re visiting San Diego during baseball season, consider going to a Padres game. Even if you’re not a diehard fan, Petco Park offers a gorgeous view of downtown San Diego. Lawn seating tickets, located just outside of the stadium with a view of the game on a large-screen TV and access to …

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4 Benefits of Traveling Solo

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 10, 2015

If you’re considering visiting San Diego for a summer vacation, you might have imagined coming with family or friends. For many people, however, traveling alone can be more fun and relaxing than traveling with a group. Read on to learn more about why the staff members at the Marina Inn San Diego suggest coming to explore the city on your own.  1. Streamlined Planning Traveling by yourself makes trip planning much simpler. Since group travel involves taking several people’s different interests, schedules, and budgets into consideration, planning can get confusing and complicated. Solo travel, on the other hand, only requires that you have to plan for your own needs. This way, you can choose whether …

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5 Ways to Spoil Yourself Rotten in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 3, 2015

If you’re traveling to San Diego for a vacation, you’re probably excited to be leaving the monotony and stress of work and home. One of the best ways to take advantage of time away from everyday life is to give yourself a little treat. Read on for ways that the staff members at the Marina Inn Hotel San Diego suggest you spoil yourself while on vacation in San Diego.  1. Coronado Island Take a ferry or drive over to the sparkling, gold-flecked sand beaches on Coronado Island. If you decide to drive, parking can be a bit challenging, but it’s a worthwhile tradeoff for a long and lazy afternoon lounging in the sunshine. Make sure to get …

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San Diego’s Neighborhood Spotlight: Normal Heights

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 27, 2015

Called “one of the most walkable neighborhoods in San Diego,” Normal Heights was founded in 1906. Today, this neighborhood is full of unique book and antique stores, restaurants, and coffee shops covering about a dozen blocks on each side of the restored business district on Adams Avenue. If you’re going to head to this funky neighborhood, be sure to include the San Diego Marina Inn’s top 6 hotspots on your list. 1. Mariposa Ice Cream An old-school ice cream shop, Mariposa specializes in unique flavors, such as cappuccino almond fudge. With Will Ferrell and Kristen Bell among its fans, the ice cream here is famed by celebrities and locals alike. 2. Dark Horse Coffee Roasters …

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San Diego’s Strangest Eats

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 20, 2015

For the gastronomically inclined, San Diego has some exciting food options. If you’re feeling adventurous on your vacation to this city, be sure to give some of the local fare a try. Presented by the Marina Inn San Diego, here are some of the strangest eats in city to try on your vacation. 1. Tongue When you think of beef, the tongue is a cut that rarely comes to mind, but at George’s California Modern in La Jolla, this dish is a delicacy. Take a short drive up the coast and stop at George’s and order Beef Tongue with a creamy avocado mousse, grilled onions, and a touch of habanero spice. While the dish might …

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Free Summer Concerts in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 13, 2015

If you love music, but you don’t want to break the bank on your San Diego vacation by paying for concert tickets, there may be a solution. Presented by the San Diego Marina Inn & Suites, here are three free local concert series in the San Diego area to check out this summer. 1. Carlsbad TGIF Concerts in the Parks When: Now through August 21st on Fridays from 6 to 8pm Where: Various parks in Carlsbad, including the Alga Norte and Stagecoach community parks While Carlsbad is just outside of San Diego, this concert series is worth the drive. Meet friendly local people and enjoy a variety of free tunes, all while relaxing in the …

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How to Plan a Successful Family Road Trip

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on July 6, 2015

While road trips are a fun and inexpensive way to take the whole family on vacation, the planning process can be demanding. At the Marina Inn San Diego, our staff members are full of tips for making the road trip planning process a breeze. Here are some ideas to help you plan the perfect road trip for your family. 1. Bring Entertainment When you’re traveling with children, they are bound to get bored after several hours in the car. One way to make sure that boredom won’t become a problem is to bring along entertainment for the backseat. Consider looking into buying or borrowing a tablet, a handheld gaming device, or a portable DVD player …

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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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