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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

Cinco de Mayo Events in San Diego

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

Come celebrate Mexico’s victory over France during the Battle of Puebla (not Mexican Independence Day) in sunny San Diego. The city honors its southern neighbor by hosting fun events all around town. If you’re planning on being in town, here are a few Cinco celebrations worth checking out. Fiesta Old Town When: May 1-3 Cost: Free for all ages With live music, cantina beer gardens, and a special children’s area, this annual 3-day event celebrates all aspects of Mexican culture. In addition to an assortment of zesty treats and colorful accessories from local vendors, there’s also a high-end tequila sampling area for those wishing to try the unique flavors of Mexico. Kiwanis Concert in Balboa …

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in SD

Top San Diego Walking Tours

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 13, 2015

Sunny San Diego is the perfect spot to explore on foot. You’ll see things you wouldn’t otherwise, and you’ll get a better taste of the local flavor. Whether you’re interested in local history or want to sample the local fare, here are some of the best walking tours San Diego has to offer. San Diego Brewery and Beer Tour Cost: $49, including tour, brewery tastings, and pizza Offered every weekend, this walking tour is designed to be both educational and entertaining. The highlight of the tour is Ballast Point Brewery in Little Italy, near several Little Italy hotels, where you get a behind the scenes look at the much-loved facility. The Old Town Walking Tour …

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San Diego's Best Walking Tours

Where to Go Wine Tasting in San Diego

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

Visitors in San Diego might not know that the area has developed as a fine winemaking location. If you enjoy wine tasting, the Marina Inn & Suites San Diego offers a look at a few places you might want to try the next time you’re in the area. Fallbrook Winery, Fallbrook At the far northern edge of San Diego County lies the Fallbrook Winery, a lovely location amid avocado orchards and cypress trees. Their estate-grown grapes come from vines carefully selected to thrive in the microclimate of their latitude. The warm sunny days and cool nights experienced there produce wonderful Malbec, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Their 2004 Syrah took a silver medal at the …

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San Diego Wine Tasting

Restaurants in San Diego with Famous Chefs

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on April 6, 2015

If your vacation in San Diego goes by and you don’t experience the delicious culinary scene you will regret it, that’s just the way it is. The good news is most of the following restaurants offer good happy hours, a few reasonably priced menu items, or special menus during San Diego Restaurant Week (usually in January and September) so you don’t have to break the bank to try the goods. Tapenade Chef Jean-Michel Diot’s Tapenade features some of the finest French cuisine the San Diego area has to offer. Guests will delight in Diot’s masterful and inventive menu, with remarkably complex dishes such as the delectable wild boar stew cooked in burgundy wine. Besides the …

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Famous Chefs in San Diego

Best Downtown Bars for a Post-Padres Game Drink

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

Hitting up a nearby bar is a post-game tradition for many Padres’ fans. If you’re visiting San Diego and would like to partake in this local custom, the following bars are great choices. Each one is located just a short distance from Petco Park and walking distance to several places to stay in the Gaslamp Quarter. Whichever one strikes your fancy, you are sure to find many fellow baseball fans enjoying a beer or other drink there after each and every game. ALTITUDE Sky Lounge This rooftop destination is the perfect place to enjoy post-game food and drinks with a breathtaking view of San Diego–including Petco Park! If you come during a Padres game, the …

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Where to Drink in SD After a Padres Game

Tips for an Easy and Fun Road Trip to San Diego

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

Planning a trip to San Diego? Before you grab your closest friends, jump in the car, and sing along to your favorite Katy Perry song, make sure you have a few things to make your trip more enjoyable. Of course you need to ensure you have all the basics, like sunscreen and an emergency kit (and probably a cheap hotel room in downtown), but here are a few ideas you might have overlooked. 1. Baby wipes Remember, you are in a confined space. Even if you’re bosom buddies, you need to be able to freshen up on the go. They’re also great for wiping your hands after snacking. Bonus: You get to smell baby fresh. …

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Road Trip Tips for San Diego

San Diego in the Spring: April Events Around Town

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

We know you’ll find plenty to do around San Diego, and if the weather is nice you might not even leave the beach. However, if you find yourself needing a break from the sand, here are some April events worth checking out. April 1 – The Sleeping Beauty in Balboa Park Sit back and relax at the Casa del Prado Theater in Balboa Park for a live performance of this classic story, which will feature student ballet dancers from SDCYB. Tickets start at $10. April 3 – The Used at House of Blues San Diego Alternative music fans can rock out to a live performance by The Used with songs off of their old albums, …

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San Diego Events in April