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Unique Mother’s Day Activities in San Diego

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

San Diego is a wonderful place to spend any holiday, especially when you stay at one of the affordable downtown hotels. The diversity and culture also make it one of the best cities in the world to spend time with loved ones, particularly Mom. Regardless of your interests, San Diego has some unique Mother’s Day ideas for your bonding pleasure! Visit Coronado The island of Coronado is a favorite for outdoor lovers. With one of the most beautiful beaches in the state of California, it is a great place to catch a beginner surf lesson or rent a jet ski to enjoy the water. Take a bicycle ride around the island on a well-kept trail. …

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Making the Most of Your San Diego Vacation this May

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

April may be over, but San Diego is gearing up for some fun and excitement this May. When you stay at one of the affordable downtown hotels in the city, you can take advantage of the following exciting opportunities. CJ Chenier in Concert at Gator By The Bay May 5th Attend a live performance of legendary zydeco musician C.J. Chenier during a concert on India Street that will include an appearance by Todd Wait’s Pigpen and The Palominos. The concert is part of the Gator by the Bay festival, a Louisiana-themed event with 10,000 pounds of crawfish that will be served to guests. The festival will even include family-friendly activities and dramatic parades on the …

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7 Fun Facts About Petco Park

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

There’s no place like home, and until 2004 the San Diego Padres badly needed one. The MLB team was stuck sharing Jack Murphy Stadium, now known as Qualcomm Stadium, with the Chargers football team. Approval was obtained from the San Diego voters and the City of San Diego to acquire funding for the construction of a 42,000 capacity ballpark in downtown San Diego. The first pitch at Petco Park was thrown on March 11, 2004. When you stay at the San Diego Marina Inn, you can easily walk to a game at this glorious ballpark during the spring season. 1. Off to a Great Start The San Diego Padres defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 …

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Restoration Underway at Horton Plaza Park

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

This May, the newly renovated Horton Plaza Park fountain will be open to the public in all its classic glory. For over a century, this downtown San Diego historic site near San Diego Little Italy hotels has occupied the space of Fourth Avenue and Broadway. Its popular domed fountain serves as a reminder of the city’s unique and extensive culture. San Diego’s leading preservation activist, Save Our Heritage Organization (SOHO,) has fought long and hard to maintain this important part of the city’s history. In fact, the group has saved the fountain three times in the past four decades.  In collaboration with city staff, SOHO made Horton Plaza Park Historic Site number 51 in 1971. …

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Hotel Room Cooking Tips for Budgeting Travelers

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 28, 2016

One of the most expensive costs of traveling is the food tourists buy at restaurants or even fast-food chains. This can easily add up to hundreds of dollars in just a few days and can make it difficult to enjoy as many attractions or activities in the city. To reduce your expenses, there are a few budget-friendly tips for preparing meals in your hotel in downtown San Diego. Check them out below. Bring Salad Bar Ingredients Enjoy a fresh salad right in your hotel room by visiting a salad bar at a local grocery store and storing the ingredients in your mini fridge for the week. You can use vegetables and meat to make salads …

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Exciting April Events Tourists Will Love

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 21, 2016

Once the spring season begins, there are a number of outdoor activities and events to enjoy while visiting San Diego. To enjoy the laid-back culture of the city and maybe meet some of the locals, there are a few events in April to include in your itinerary. Fortunately when you stay at the Marina hotel in San Diego, you have access to a whole host of exciting events. Check them out below. ArtFest April 9th – 10th View a large selection of art at this festival, which will include art demonstrations, a quick draw contest, and an Asian art show. Over 20 artists will be featured including glass artists, sculptors, and painters who will have …

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Easter’s on Its Way to Downtown San Diego

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 14, 2016

When you come to San Dieg this March, you can take advantage of some family-friendly Easter events in America’s Finest City. Be sure to stay at an affordable downtown San Diego hotel during your stay so you can splurge on some of the following fun and exciting Easter festivities. Easter Bunny Teas Celebrate the Easter holiday with traditional European afternoon tea at The Westgate Hotel. Children will be able to participate in an Easter egg hunt and watch a live magic show at this enchanting tea party. There will even be an opportunity for kids to get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Tickets are $35 to $40 per person with reservations required. Spring …

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The Trouble with Purchasing Comic-Con Tickets

By Marina Inn, 9:00 am on March 7, 2016

As one of the most exciting pop culture events of the year, San Diego’s Comic-Con can be difficult to attend. Although Comic-Con is months away, tickets (otherwise known as badges) sold out completely in just under an hour. The convention has seen record-breaking sales for the past several years, a trend that is likely to continue. So how can tourists get in this summer? Before you book your stay at one of the cheap downtown San Diego hotels, read on to find out how you can get your hands on some Comic-Con badges. The demand for Comic-Con badges exceeds the available amount exponentially. Fans from all around the world come to Comic-Con to experience the stories …

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Hearty Irish Food in San Diego

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

San Diego has no shortage of authentic and delicious Irish cuisine for tourists to enjoy this St. Patrick’s Day. With live bands, karaoke nights, and savory dishes that are served every morning, noon and night, both locals and tourists can always find amazing pubs to dine in near some of the San Diego hotels in Little Italy. Blackthorn Irish Pub & Grub The Blackthorn Irish Pub & Grub offers an eclectic mix of drink, entertainment, and food. From traditional eggs Benedict to massive Irish sliders, this restaurant has a diverse menu that aims to please. Located on Clairemont Drive and known for its savory garlic rib eye, double bacon cheeseburgers, and crunchy fish and chips, …

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Join in on the March Madness in Downtown San Diego

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

March is right around the corner, and with it comes some hopping springtime events. Mark your calendars because San Diego is blossoming with entertainment this spring, especially when you stay at the Marina Inn, a hotel near Little Italy San Diego. Here are just a few fun events that the “city in motion” has in store for you. Spring Busker Festival This free event will take place on March 5th and 6th. Head down to Seaport Village between 12pm and 6pm to watch professional street performers show off their fascinating talents. This festival includes performances by sword eaters and fire breathers. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the bay front. Pop into a few …

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