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Great Spots to Eat for Mardi Gras in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 13, 2017

When coming to San Diego to celebrate Mardi Gras, the first thing you’ll need is a cheap hotel in Little Italy San Diego because it’s close to where the action is. The second thing you’ll need is a list of local restaurants offering cuisine that is sure to make you believe you’re right in the heart of New Orleans. Make sure to check out one of the following spots when you get hungry during Mardi Gras. Cajun Kitchen Located in the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, Cajun Kitchen is one of the top places in the city to get authentic cuisine when you want Southern staples. The restaurant has a menu that features Lafayette-style family …

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All About the San Diego Chargers’ Move to LA

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on February 6, 2017

If you’ve been keeping up with football news, it’s not likely you’re booking a hotel room in downtown San Diego to see a Chargers game. San Diego’s favorite team has recently made a controversial decision to move. After calling San Diego home for 56 years, the Chargers are moving to Los Angeles. “[San Diego] will always be part of our identity,” Chargers chairman Dean Spanos said when the announcement was officially made. The move came after many years of trying to convince city officials in San Diego to pick up part of the tab for a new stadium. Spanos had tried for about 15 years to negotiate a deal with San Diego officials for the …

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5 Ways for Families to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 30, 2017

While planning your family’s visit to San Diego, remember to book your stay in an affordable downtown hotel. That way, you and your family won’t miss out on any of these exciting Valentine’s Day events this February. 1. Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K The Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K will be held in Tidelands Park and will include a post-race party to celebrate crossing the finish line. Runners can participate in the 5k or the 10k with the top three finishers receiving an islander hand-carved tiki, and each finisher will receive a medal with a cotton t-shirt to take home. Participants can also choose to wear a bib that displays their relationship status during the run at …

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Upcoming February Events in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 23, 2017

February is a great time to visit San Diego and stay in hotels in Little Italy. There is so much to do that you will need the whole month to see it all. If that is not possible right now, then choose from these popular events in America’s Finest City. Go to a Museum During Half-Off Month  Over 40 museums in San Diego will be celebrating with half off admission during the month of February. Popular museums include San Diego Natural History Museum, San Diego Museum of Art, The Veterans Museum and San Diego Air and Space Museum all located in Balboa Park. See the Art at the Small Image Art Show The Spanish Village …

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5 Cozy Places for Tea Lovers in San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 16, 2017

If you love tea, then there are five places in downtown San Diego near Little Italy hotels that you will want to check out very soon. 1. The Tea Pavilion Make a visit to the Japanese Gardens in Balboa Park even more delightful with a cup of tea at the Tea Pavilion located there. Keeping with its location, this tea shop features fragrant Japanese teas. They also serve a small amount of specialty and herbal teas.  2. Brickyard Coffee and Tea Located just a block away from Seaport Village, Brickyard Coffee and Tea offers patrons both inside and outside a chance to drink warm teas. The beautiful outside area is even pet friendly. Those who …

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Welcoming SMARTS Farm in East Village

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on January 9, 2017

Locals and visitors near San Diego Marina Inn & Suites who want a taste of fresh vegetables and fruit that are grown in a local backyard garden can now visit SMARTS Farm in East Village. The farm sits on 15th and F streets and first opened its doors to the public back in 2013. Downtown residents and visitors can enjoy the feeling of having fresh dirt in their hands as they rent garden boxes to grow produce, flowers and fruit trees in this urban setting.  On November 21, 2016, SMARTS Farm relocated to Broadway between 13th and 14th streets, which is also the future home of the local fire station in East Village due to …

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Tips for Preventing Stiff Neck During Your Flight

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 26, 2016

People who fly often complain about getting a stiff neck. Don’t wait until you arrive at Marina Inn & Suites in downtown San Diego to alleviate the pain. There are some simple tricks that you can use to stop a stiff neck during your next flight. Meditation Being stuck in an airplane seat is the perfect place to meditate, which can reduce your chances of developing a stiff neck. One simple meditation that you can use is to put your tongue just behind your upper teeth. Exhale deeply through your mouth making a slight whooshing sound. Now, close your mouth and breathe in through your nose while you count silently to four. Hold your breath …

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Can’t-Miss Downtown San Diego Events in January

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 19, 2016

When you stay at the Marina Inn and Suites near downtown San Diego this January, you can kick off 2017 with some amazing events. Below are a few must-see events you can’t afford to miss. International Auto Show Visit the International Auto Show to get a firsthand look at the latest models in multiple showrooms where you can view the latest designs and features from the top car brands. Dozens of manufacturers will showcase their latest entertainment technology and will welcome guests to test drive different vehicles on January 2 from 10am to 7pm. Tickets are $8 to $12 person at an event that welcomes guests of all ages. Monsters of the Midway Boot Camp …

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5 San Diego Venues Where Kids Can Go to See Santa

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 12, 2016

It’s that time of year again, as parents all over San Diego search for unique opportunities for their little ones to meet Santa Claus for some one-on-one time. Here’s a list of five great locations where tourists staying in downtown San Diego hotels can take the kids to see Santa this year! 1. San Diego Zoo The incredible San Diego Zoo is all decked out for Christmas, and it’s a not-to-be-missed experience! The zoo is illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights, and your family can enjoy a variety of holiday experiences including Santa’s elves doing acrobatics on a trampoline. Cap it all off with a visit to Santa’s igloo where your child can meet St. …

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Port of San Diego Approves Seaport Village Revamp

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on December 5, 2016

On November 8, 2016, the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the plan submitted by the 1HWY1 team for the redevelopment of Seaport Village near Little Italy hotels. The talks between the two entities have been ongoing since the original six plans were received by the port authority. New Seaport Village Plan Authorities with the port authority hope that the 70-acre development will link together the Midway Museum, the Coronado Bridge and the downtown area. The proposal calls for the construction of 1,077 hotel rooms that will be divided between three hotels, each catering to a different budget traveler. Also planned is a 480-foot observation tower, a 178,500 square foot aquarium, a …

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