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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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Travel Tips to Improve Your Trip

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 18, 2015

Let’s be honest, very few of us have actually mastered the art of packing. To make your upcoming trip a little easier, the staff at a local San Diego Airport hotel is sharing the handy packing tricks they’ve learned from travel-savvy customers over the years. 1. Use Shower Caps for Shoes Instead of allowing the bottom of your shoes to create stains on the clothing that you’ve packed, use shower caps to hold each pair. 2. Use Cotton for Cosmetics Prevent your pressed cosmetic powders from breaking on the flight by placing a piece of cotton on the makeup to keep it intact. 3. Pack Necessities in Your Carry-On Bag Instead of going without your …

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Don’t Miss These 5 Hole-in-the-Wall Spots in SD

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 14, 2015

San Diego has a huge foodie scene that’s growing exponentially, making it easy for tourists to find great eats just about anywhere in the city. However, if you want to eat like the locals do, here are 5 not-to-miss hole-in-the-wall spots San Diegans swear by. 1. Paesano Paesano is an old-school Italian diner in North Park. You can’t go wrong with their barebones menu: pasta, pizza, and salad. Although limited, the menu offers just about every delicious comfort food you could ever want. Added bonus—they show sports on the TVs so you can enjoy your pasta while watching some ball. 2. Las Cuatros Milpas Just this side of San Diego Convention Center hotels, Las Cuatros …

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San Diego’s Best Kept Secrets Worth Seeing

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 11, 2015

Certain features of San Diego are common knowledge, like its famed weather, fun attractions, and outstanding universities. However, if you’re planning a visit to San Diego, you might want to consider these little-known items throughout the city as you arrange your itinerary. 1. Musical Bridge The 25th Street Bridge is actually a musical instrument! Its sidewalk railing is crafted with chimes, and each vertical rod is encased in bronze. Striking the bells in sequence creates a melody dubbed “Crab Carillon.” 2. Secret Stairs San Diego has stairways to heaven. Hidden within La Mesa are three sets of stairs off the beaten track. The staircases were installed around 1913 to facilitate neighborhood foot traffic. Each climbs …

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Where to Find the Best Oysters in Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 7, 2015

If you’re visiting from somewhere lacking delicious seafood, put that at the top of your “to eat” list. From melt-in-your-mouth sushi to fish tacos, San Diego wants for nothing. Although the appearance of an oyster can be a little off-putting to the amateurs, there’s no better place to get your first taste than just steps from your hotel room in downtown San Diego. The Oceanaire Seafood Room Where: 400 J Street (East Village) Offering one of the best oyster selections in town, Oceanaire presents a diverse selection of oysters from Prince Edward Island, New York and New Zealand. Just park yourself at the raw bar and sample one of nature’s most notorious aphrodisiacs. Spike Africa’s …

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Point, Click, and Shoot These 7 San Diego Spots

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on May 4, 2015

When you land in San Diego, it won’t take long before you whip out your camera and begin clicking away. Heck, even the locals can’t help but snap pictures of blooming flowers, great waves, and stunning sunsets (have you seen our Instagrams?). However, if you’re serious about getting good snaps, there are a few places you don’t want to miss. Here are 7, brought to you by the Marina Inn Downtown San Diego. 1. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Discover some 2,000 acres of stunning coastal bluffs nestled between La Jolla and Del Mar by making a trip to this reserve. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can snap pics while following the eight miles of …

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Best San Diego Locales for Pictures

Make the Most of Your Trip with 3 San Diego Pub Crawls

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

While San Diego’s warm weather is an undeniable plus, this city doesn’t lose its spark when the sun goes down. Tourists and residents alike are drawn to the downtown area, where dozens of watering holes keep the city dancing and laughing into the wee hours. With so many options available, pub crawls are a great way to take advantage of local expertise and see the city’s best spots. Try out one of the popular options below next time you’re in the area! 1. San Diego Pub Crawler This four-hour tour is a beer aficionado’s dream. An expert tour guide takes guests to three spots in the Gaslamp District, the heart of San Diego’s burgeoning craft …

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Top Pub Crawls in San Diego

Where to Spend a Happy Mother’s Day in San Diego

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

There’s no better way to say “thanks” to mom than spending a day doing things she’ll love. If you’ll be in San Diego for the weekend and need a few fun suggestions, consider one of the following Mother’s Day activities moms everywhere will enjoy. 1. Spring Arts and Crafts Fair Dates – May 9-10, 10am-5pm Admission – Free Although it’s a little bit of a drive from a Little Italy or San Diego Convention Center hotel downtown, Mom will have a great time browsing this spring arts and crafts event. The fair will showcase the work of over 125 vendors. Among the handcrafted items will be clothing, jewelry, honey, soaps, pottery, paintings, and sculpture. The …

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Soggy San Diego: 6 Rainy Day Activities

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

While San Diego weather is usually just about as perfect as it gets, every once in a while we get a bit of rain. If the inclement weather puts a stop to your outdoor plans while on vacation, here are six things you can do instead. 1. Museums at Balboa Park It may be too drizzly to run around Balboa Park itself, but did you know it has 17 museums as well? Favorites include the Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the Air and Space Museum. Another popular choice is the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, where kids and adults alike can enjoy a hands-on experience and visit their IMAX Theater. …

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What to Do in San Diego When it Rains

Where’s the Party At? San Diego Beaches for 20-Somethings

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

It doesn’t take tourists long to realize every San Diego beach is not like the next. Some are good for surfers, some are best for families, and some have been handed over to the hedonists, also known as the millennials. If you’re looking for a beach with a party vibe, these are the spots for you. Mission Beach For millennials, Mission Beach is a hot spot with lots to do. Beachgoers can grab a cheap slice of pizza or hop a ride on the wooden roller coaster that sits near the sand, play at the arcade, or listen to live music. It also includes a new bar and restaurant right on the boardwalk called Draught …

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San Diego Beaches for Party People