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Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 2, 2015

San Diego doesn’t shy away from St. Patrick’s Day and offers a number of activities and attractions for all ages of revelers. From lavish parades to live musical performances, find yourself the perfect party to celebrate the Irish holiday this year. shamROCK 2015 March 14 – $35 This outdoor party is the largest on the West Coast and will feature green AstroTurf on the streets of Downtown San Diego with a pot of gold hidden for attendees to find. Guests can enjoy live music, an on-site Irish pub, and a lighting extravaganza. Word to the wise: Book a cheap San Diego hotel in downtown and avoid the parking and traffic fiasco. 35th Annual St. Patrick’s …

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Celebrate St. Patty's Day in San Diego

San Diego’s Hangover Cures

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 26, 2015

It’s possible you will come to San Diego and not go out a single night—it’s also not that probable. When you can finally pry yourself from the bed of your San Diego hotel downtown, try one (or all) of these local hangover helpers. Pho San Diegans love them some pho noodle soup (phonetically it sounds like fuh), and it has been hailed as one of the best hangover cures since black coffee. You’ll find plenty of Vietnamese restaurants serving the soup throughout San Diego, with top spots in Pacific Beach, Mission Valley, and the SDSU area. Surfing Catch a wave and surf off your hangover at Pacific Beach. Since it’s an exposed beach, you can …

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Local San Diego Cures for Hangovers

Bad Decisions You Can Make While Visiting San Diego

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

At the Marina Inn & Suites, a leading provider of hotel rooms in downtown San Diego, we pride ourselves on taking good care of our patrons, so we are just going to come right out and say it: There are bad decisions you can make while here that will essentially ruin your trip. We aren’t talking about that thing with the stranger from the bar or forgetting your sunblock. We are talking about missing out on the real side of San Diego by making these bad decisions. Not Trying a California Burrito The California burrito will be on nearly any San Diego list you look at, and when you eat one you will see why. …

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Mistakes You Can Make in San Diego

You Came to Visit San Diego: 12 Reasons You’ll Stay

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 19, 2015

Oh, you came to visit San Diego and now you want to stay? Join the club! Trust us, we understand. There are millions of reasons you’ll never want to leave San Diego (no, that is not hyperbole). The staff at the Marina Inn, a leading San Diego Airport hotel, has selected 12 of the most common reasons people come to visit and never leave. 1. Hot Air Balloon Rides You’ll be hard-pressed to find another city where you can take a hot air balloon ride with views this spectacular. If you’ve never had a balloon ride, the coastal Del Mar Sunset Flight will definitely have you wanting to stick around SD. 2. The Allure of …

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Reasons You Won't Leave San Diego

Best Green Spaces in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 16, 2015

If you’re heading out to sunny San Diego, it’s guaranteed you’ll spend quite a bit of time outside. However, if you aren’t familiar with the area you might miss out on some of the city’s best green spaces. During your stay, make time to explore the following areas, selected by the friendly staff at the Marina Inn, a cheap San Diego Convention Center hotel. Mission Trails Regional Park Encompassing nearly 6,000 acres of green space, this park provides plenty of opportunities to ride, hike, walk or simply enjoy a family picnic right smack dab in the middle of one of the most scenic areas of San Diego. There’s also a campsite (Kumeyaay Campground) within the …

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San Diego's Top Green Spaces

San Diego Mardi Gras Events

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 12, 2015

Although New Orleans is the best-known location to celebrate Mardi Gras, you can still pay homage to the holiday in San Diego. From throwing beads in the Gaslamp Quarter to running a marathon, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Fat Tuesday. Here are a few of the best local Mardi Gras celebrations, handpicked by the staff at the Marina Inn, an inexpensive San Diego Convention Center hotel. Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras February 14 Featuring plenty of beads, masks, and flare, Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras is one of the most popular parties celebrating Mardi Gras in San Diego. Revelers can enjoy live Brazilian music, Samba dancing, and Capoeira performances. Tickets range from $30 to $130. …

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Celebrate Mardi Gras in San Diego

Seeking San Diego: Discover the City’s Most Charming Areas

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 9, 2015

San Diego is not just about beaches and whale watching tours. The city has many vibrant and colorful neighborhoods tucked away in San Diego’s coolest districts, offering everything from kid-friendly attractions to business hubs. While you’re staying in town, the staff at the Marina Inn, an affordable San Diego Airport hotel, recommends spending some time exploring these distinct San Diego neighborhoods. Hillcrest Just a few minutes north of downtown, you’ll find Hillcrest, the lively LGBT hub of the city. This happening urban district offers some of the city’s best dining options (the brunch at Hash House on 5th is legendary) and nightlife for all tastes every night of the week. Every Sunday Hillcrest puts on …

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Charming Neighborhoods in San Diego

Swing by the Farmers Open in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 5, 2015

If you are spending this weekend in San Diego and looking for something unique to do, consider checkout out the Farmers Open. Even folks who don’t know much (or anything) about golf will be able to enjoy the atmosphere, view, and overall experience. If you’re interested, the San Diego Marina Inn has everything you need to know. When: February 5-8, 2015 Where: Torrey Pines Golf Course Price: $30 to $200 Ticket Info: (844) 868-7465 (also available on the event’s website) The Farmers Insurance Open is coming to the gorgeous, 36-hole Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, located less than 20 minutes from the heart of San Diego and several SAN Airport hotels. You missed …

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Check Out the Farmers Open in Torrey Pines

Best Vegetarian Restaurants in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 6:58 pm on February 2, 2015

As one of the most health-conscious cities in the country, it’s no surprise that San Diego has an abundance of vegetarian restaurants. The city offers some of the finest vegetarian cuisine in the country and those looking to skip the meat won’t be let down by the fresh ingredients and bold flavors. Although not all of the restaurants on the list are strictly vegetarian, they all offer some of the best vegetarian options around town. After booking a cheap hotel near the San Diego Convention Center, open your Yelp app (you know you will) and get ready to peruse reviews of these delicious restaurants. Loving Hut – $ Known for its exotic plates and authentic …

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Great Vegetarian Restaurants in San Diego

Apps for First-Time Visitors in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 29, 2015

One of the easiest ways to navigate your way through San Diego on your vacation is with the help of smartphone and tablet apps. From finding great deals to learning about local events in the area, there are a number of apps that can help you make the most of your first time in the sunny city. After booking a cheap hotel near the San Diego Airport, make space on your phone for these handy apps. LocalEats When you’re craving a scoop of Italian gelato or want to find the best burgers in town, LocalEats makes it easy to find highly-reviewed establishments nearby. Chain restaurants aren’t included in the app, so you’ll only be sampling …

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San Diego Apps for Tourists