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Lounge and Listen at the Sunset Poolside Jazz Festival

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 23, 2016

Downtown San Diego is a popular destination for its sparkling sandy beaches, amazing shopping, and the San Diego hotels near little Italy. This summer, it will also be a hotspot for jazz lovers! The Westgate Hotel is celebrating its Sunset Poolside Jazz Series, which will be in its third year. Starting this June, every Thursday night from 6:30 until 9:30pm will be jazz night at the Westgate Hotel. Jazz listeners, lovers and newcomers alike can dance and snap to the silky sounds of San Diego’s finest jazz crooners. The lively sunset jazz festival will be held on the Westgate Hotel’s third floor, outside by the outdoor pool.  Check out some of the highlights from the …

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Joyous June Events to Look Forward to in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 16, 2016

When you visit San Diego in June, you don’t just have to look forward to the beginning of summer. There are also plenty of festive and exciting events to take part in. Grab some sunscreen, pack some shorts, book a room at a cheap hotel in Little Italy San Diego and you’re on your way to taking part in these thrilling events. Rock n’ Roll Marathon Rock out while racing around the Rock n’ Roll Marathon from June 3rd to June 5th in downtown San Diego. The race will allow participants to run through historic neighborhoods in the city while listening to live rock music from local bands. Participants can register for the half marathon …

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Get Your Pork on at the Bacon and Barrels Festival Downtown

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 9, 2016

The Bacon and Barrels Festival in downtown San Diego will welcome foodies from far and wide to try bacon-based and inspired flavors during an all-day event. You, too, can get a slice of the action when you stay at a San Diego hotel near the airport. The all-inclusive festival will be held at the Embarcadero Marina Park south on Saturday, May 21st for a chance to pig out on a variety of different flavors of bacon dishes and drinks that come right from the barrel. Some of the main highlights of the outdoor event will include food demos from some of the best chefs in the city.  Chefs will be challenged to create new bacon …

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Improvements to Amici Park Is Good News for Furry Friends

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 2, 2016

Little Italy is planning to give dog lovers a new reason to visit San Diego. Nearly 1,800 canines reside in this intimate little village, and you are likely to see each one, at one point or another, trotting the community’s pet-friendly sidewalks. Listed among the best U.S. cities in which to own a dog, it seems inevitable that San Diego would eventually designate to these furry creatures a space all their own. The idea is to build a play area for owners and their dogs that would rival the rest of Amici Park. If you plan on traveling with your pet this summer, be sure to stay at a cheap hotel in Little Italy San …

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Unique Mother’s Day Activities in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 25, 2016

San Diego is a wonderful place to spend any holiday, especially when you stay at one of the affordable downtown hotels. The diversity and culture also make it one of the best cities in the world to spend time with loved ones, particularly Mom. Regardless of your interests, San Diego has some unique Mother’s Day ideas for your bonding pleasure! Visit Coronado The island of Coronado is a favorite for outdoor lovers. With one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of California, it is a great place to catch a beginner surf lesson or rent a jet ski to enjoy the water. Take a bicycle ride around the island on a well-kept trail. …

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Making the Most of Your San Diego Vacation this May

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 18, 2016

April may be over, but San Diego is gearing up for some fun and excitement this May. When you stay at one of the affordable downtown hotels in the city, you can take advantage of the following exciting opportunities. CJ Chenier in Concert at Gator By The Bay May 5th Attend a live performance of legendary zydeco musician C.J. Chenier during a concert on India Street that will include an appearance by Todd Wait’s Pigpen and The Palominos. The concert is part of the Gator by the Bay festival, a Louisiana-themed event with 10,000 pounds of crawfish that will be served to guests. The festival will even include family-friendly activities and dramatic parades on the …

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7 Fun Facts About Petco Park

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 11, 2016

There’s no place like home, and until 2004 the San Diego Padres badly needed one. The MLB team was stuck sharing Jack Murphy Stadium, now known as Qualcomm Stadium, with the Chargers football team. Approval was obtained from the San Diego voters and the City of San Diego to acquire funding for the construction of a 42,000 capacity ballpark in downtown San Diego. The first pitch at Petco Park was thrown on March 11, 2004. When you stay at the San Diego Marina Inn, you can easily walk to a game at this glorious ballpark during the spring season. 1. Off to a Great Start The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 …

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Restoration Underway at Horton Plaza Park

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 4, 2016

This May, the newly renovated Horton Plaza Park fountain will be open to the public in all its classic glory. For over a century, this downtown San Diego historic site near San Diego Little Italy hotels has occupied the space of Fourth Avenue and Broadway. Its popular domed fountain serves as a reminder of the city’s unique and extensive culture. San Diego’s leading preservation activist, Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO,) has fought long and hard to maintain this important part of the city’s history. In fact, the group has saved the fountain three times in the past four decades.  In collaboration with city staff, SOHO made Horton Plaza Park Historic Site number 51 in 1971. …

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Hotel Room Cooking Tips for Budgeting Travelers

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 28, 2016

One of the most expensive costs of traveling is the food tourists buy at restaurants or even fast-food chains. This can easily add up to hundreds of dollars in just a few days and can make it difficult to enjoy as many attractions or activities in the city. To reduce your expenses, there are a few budget-friendly tips for preparing meals in your hotel in downtown San Diego. Check them out below. Bring Salad Bar Ingredients Enjoy a fresh salad right in your hotel room by visiting a salad bar at a local grocery store and storing the ingredients in your mini fridge for the week. You can use vegetables and meat to make salads …

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Exciting April Events Tourists Will Love

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 21, 2016

Once the spring season begins, there are a number of outdoor activities and events to enjoy while visiting San Diego. To enjoy the laid-back culture of the city and maybe meet some of the locals, there are a few events in April to include in your itinerary. Fortunately when you stay at the Marina hotel in San Diego, you have access to a whole host of exciting events. Check them out below. ArtFest April 9th – 10th View a large selection of art at this festival, which will include art demonstrations, a quick draw contest, and an Asian art show. Over 20 artists will be featured including glass artists, sculptors, and painters who will have …

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