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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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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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