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5 Things to Do in Downtown San Diego This September

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 22, 2016

Summer might be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. After you check in to a San Diego hotel near Little Italy, check out these five exciting downtown San Diego events for one last summer hurrah.  1. U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge and Dimensional Art Exposition Starting on September 2, head on down to North Harbor Drive for the art gallery experience of a lifetime. Spend your Labor Day weekend marveling over the works of talented sand sculptors from all around the world.  2. Festival of Sail This annual event also takes place over Labor Day weekend, beginning on September 3. Hosted by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, the …

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Tijuana’s 6 Finest Breweries

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 15, 2016

There’s really no point in staying in an affordable downtown San Diego hotel if you aren’t going to venture across the border. Part of the fun of visiting San Diego is having the option to venture to Tijuana for a day trip or a night out. While you may be tempted to hit up the tourist traps on Avenida Revolucion, check out the following breweries for a fun day of beer tasting instead. 1. Mamut Brewery Co. This is a friendly Tijuana brewery that’s known for amazing beer, a delicious selection of pizza (be sure to try the pepperoni) and courteous service. Stop by Mamut Brewery Co. to enjoy a refreshing beer in the outdoor …

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Chargers Update: Will Their New Stadium Come with Another Convention Center?

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on August 8, 2016

The San Diego Chargers are hoping a new convention center-football stadium hybrid will quash any plans to relocate to another city. The franchise’s owners are pushing for what some have coined a “convadium” as an alternative to moving the team to Los Angeles. Reaction to the plan has been mixed, although owners are hoping to get a nod from voters and some reluctant city officials and business owners. Dean Spanos, the Chargers’ Chief Executive, hired a consultant to respond to opponents’ financial objections. The consultant’s submitted report illustrates how the project would be economically viable. Supporters say the convadium would increase business downtown, especially on game nights, and entice out-of-towners to stay in cheap downtown …

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Optimize Your Sunbathing Experience with These Essential Items

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

It’s not surprising that tourists flock to San Diego beaches during the summertime. In fact, we bet you plan on spending a relaxing day at the beach after you arrive. Before you leave your room at the San Diego Marina Inn & Suites, however, remember to bring the following sunbathing essential with you. Sunscreen Sunbathing is a fun and relaxing experience, but safety comes first. Bring a good sunscreen and apply it all over exposed areas of your body. Sunscreen can protect you from intense UVA and UVB rays that cause skin cancer and premature aging. Umbrella Come prepared with an umbrella. A trusty umbrella can help make your sunbathing day comfortable and a little …

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Check Out What’s Going on in Downtown San Diego This August

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

Still planning your August trip to downtown San Diego? Let us at the Marina Inn & Suites San Diego help. Following are just a few of the exciting events taking place in downtown this August. Don’t hesitate to add them to your itinerary today! Fashion Food and Spirits August 4-5 On August 4 and 5, Californians will gather for an extravagant two days filled with food, fashion, spirits, and much more. The annual show is held to raise money for Fashion Group International, which brings emerging designers and models to the runway. Each night will blend the latest trending styles with live music during a tasting party that promises to make this summer an unforgettable …

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How to Safely Transport Your Souvenirs

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

Deciding on the perfect souvenir is hard enough. The last thing you want is to arrive home and find it shattered inside your suitcase. After all, it’s not as if you can hop on another plane to San Diego, pick up a replacement, and be back home in time for dinner. Packing your souvenirs properly the first time around ensures this is a lesson you’ll never have to learn the hard way. Here are a couple of helpful packing tips to follow before leaving your room at the Marina Inn San Diego. Cushion Your Breakables Whenever you are packing figurines, plates, or any other breakable souvenirs, you will need lots of insulation. Wedging them between a …

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Developers Submitted 6 Proposals for the Seaport Village Site

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

Seaport Village spans over 70 acres of waterfront property in San Diego, making it a prime tourist destination where shops, restaurants, and affordable downtown San Diego hotels are located. It was recently announced that the location would undergo significant changes in the near future because developers want to attract more business to the area. Six proposals have been released by the Unified Port of San Diego to determine which plans will be considered. A public open house was scheduled in the San Diego Convention Center on June 13 and 14 from 3-7pm to discuss the different options that are available. The following six proposals were put forth. 1. The first proposal from Protea Waterfront Development …

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5 Best Spots to Watch the Big Bay Boom this 4th of July

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 27, 2016

While planning your 4th of July celebrations in San Diego, be sure to add the Big Bay Boom to your itinerary. This amazing firework display is spread out along four different barges but can be seen from numerous locations along the bay. When you stay at a hotel in Little Italy, San Diego, you have you won’t be far from any of the five best spots to watch the show. 1. Shelter Island Spend time on Shelter Island this July 4th to get a spectacular up-close view of the fireworks. Take advantage of the free shuttle service, which will be provided from the corner of Carleton Street and Rosecrans Street in Point Loma. Dine at …

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4 Fun July Events Near Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 20, 2016

San Diego truly shines when July rolls around and it’s not just because it’s summertime. There are numerous events taking place this month that no tourist should miss. So make your travel arrangements, book your stay at a hotel near Little Italy San Diego, and check out these four fun events near downtown San Diego. 1. Star Spangled Pops Enjoy Star Spangled Pops at the San Diego Symphony. Visit the Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 1 through July 3 to show off your patriotic side and listen to some incredible music. This show can be an exciting event for people who want to listen to well-known Broadway ditties, pop songs and film hits. It …

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5 Fun Father’s Day Ideas to Try in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on June 13, 2016

While planning your family trip to San Diego this June, don’t forget to schedule some fun activities for Father’s Day. If you’re staying at the San Diego Marina Inn in the downtown area, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. The following are five of the best Father’s Day activities the city has to offer. 1. Take in a Boat Show Spend Father’s Day at the 2016 San Diego International Boat Show at Spanish Landing Park. This event begins at noon and makes a pleasant and carefree Father’s Day event for the whole family. If you want to bask in the sun and gaze at stunning San Diego Bay, this boat show will surely …

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