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Soggy San Diego: 6 Rainy Day Activities

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.

2. Little Italy

There’s just something about cozying up on a rainy day in an Italian restaurant. Part of the reason you’re staying in Little Italy is for the food anyway, so why not visit regardless of the weather? Grab an umbrella and make the short walk from your hotel room in Little Italy to one of the cafes or restaurants nearby. A hot Italian meal and a big latte may be exactly what you didn’t know you needed.

3. Tour of USS Midway

Did you know the USS Midway aircraft carrier is permanently berthed in San Diego? It’s now open to the public as a museum and offers an amazing look at what life is really like on one of these floating military cities. Get your information first-hand from retired military docents, and don’t forget to give the flight simulator a whirl.

4. Olympic Training Center

About 20 minutes southeast of downtown lies the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, a sure hit for athletes of any age. You can take self-guided tours daily or get a guided tour on Saturday mornings. As some of this tour involves being outdoors, this is a good option for days when the beach may be a bit too chilly but you won’t get drenched going outside. Proceeds from the shop on campus benefit the athletes representing the US in the Olympic Games.

5. Birch Aquarium

Most of the exhibits at the Birch Aquarium (about 15 minutes north of downtown San Diego Convention Center hotels) are indoors. This may be a great rainy day alternative to Sea World or the zoo if your family had hoped to see some animals.

6. Sky Zone

Need a place for kids to burn off some serious steam (or sugar)? Try Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline park, with several locations in San Diego. They can bounce away their energy for an hour, and it may look like so much fun you’ll want to join in too.

Of course, you don’t have to move indoors for just a little shower. Pack a rain jacket or umbrella, and have the usual tourist destinations all to yourself in the rain. Do you need to make a reservation for your upcoming trip? Look no further than the San Diego Marina Inn, a cheap and family-friendly hotel near downtown, the convention center, Little Italy, and the airport.  There’s no fee when you book with us, we keep your info secure, and we have great, low rates. To speak with a friendly Reservation Manager, call 1-800-571-2933. We look forward to hearing from you!

Where’s the Party At? San Diego Beaches for 20-Somethings

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 and a simulated wave machine at the neighboring beach bar, WaveHouse. This is perhaps the most popular beach in San Diego and is crowded most days of the week.

Pacific Beach

About 10 minutes from most SAN airport hotels, Pacific Beach is just north of Mission Beach. Here, you’ll find sunbathers, rollerbladers, and young adults who are all there to take in the beautiful views and electric vibe. Twenty and thirty-somethings often enjoy grabbing a bite to eat at Woody’s or Kona’s after taking a stroll on the wooden pier. There are also dozens of bars and restaurants along the boardwalk and down the main drag, bustling Garnet Avenue.

Ocean Beach

For tourists who are seeking a more laid back but still youthful and fun vibe, head to Ocean Beach. San Diegans know this at the hippie spot, where it’s not uncommon to play a game of bocce ball with some of the locals, see a 60-year-old with dreadlocks, or smell a certain herbal scent hanging in the air. There are the occasional spontaneous drum sessions near the pier, a large farmers’ market on Wednesday, and some of the city’s best fish tacos at South Beach Bar & Grille.

Imperial Beach

Imperial beach is a little further south, maybe 10 or 15 minutes from an SDCC hotel in downtown San Diego, but it’s the perfect place to find beach volleyball games or try your hand at body boarding. There’s also a beachfront farmer’s market and an annual sandcastle competition where competitors build huge castles over the course of a weekend. The surf here is also some of the best in the city.

Don’t plan your trip to San Diego before securing a hotel room in downtown San Diego. When the weather warms, the rooms go fast! Make the Marina Inn & Suites part of your vacation plan. We offer fast and easy booking, low rates, great promotions, and friendly customer service. Call 1-800-571-2933 to make your reservation today!

Top San Diego Walking Tours

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
Cost: $49.50 to $99

Old Town is the cultural hotspot of San Diego, and this tour is jam-packed with history and beauty. Tour participants will visit quite a few sights including Mission Bay, Presidio Park, Old Town State Historic Park, and more.

Gaslamp Walking Ghost Tour
Cost: $20

This fun and spooky tour lasts about an hour and takes you through the historic part of the Gaslamp Quarter. Tour guides set the mood with stories of the area’s notorious past, as you visit the Horton Grand Hotel, a leading hotel in downtown San Diego, and an old haunted brothel.

Tide Pool Tour
Cost: $134.10 to $149.00

A professional, educated tour guide leads the way on this costal adventure to San Diego’s tide pools. This tour is hands-on and you will get to hold marine life like brittle stars and tickle sea anemones.

A Taste of San Diego
Cost: $75, including all food and water (beverages extra)

This tour works like a progressive dinner. The group walks to four different restaurants and samples a variety of foods and desserts over about 2.5 hours. You can take the tour in South Park or in downtown.

Come explore San Diego today! The Marina Inn has a room ready and waiting for you! We are a leading SAN airport hotel, near Little Italy, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the convention center. Speak with a Reservation Manager today by calling 1-800-571-2933. Booking is quick and easy, we offer flexible dates, and our rates are unbeatable!

Where to Go Wine Tasting in San Diego

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 San Diego National Wine Competition. Tastings are by appointment only: Monday-Friday, 10am-4:30pm ($20/five wines), and weekends, 10am-4:30pm ($30/five wines).

Milagro Farm Vineyard and Winery, Ramona

The third largest vineyard in San Diego County, the Milagro Farm Vineyard and Winery is located in Ramona, East County San Diego. You can enjoy the sweeping vistas from the elevation in Ramona and the view of the vineyard’s pond while you listen to live music as you sip your red or white of choice. Milagro Farm is committed to sustainable winemaking and loves to educate their visitors about their unique process. They produce 11 varietals, including estate-grown Cabernets, Sangiovese, Barbera, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Tastings can be enjoyed Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm ($12/six wines).

Bernardo Winery, San Diego

The Bernardo Winery in Rancho Bernardo offers their own homemade food for sale, such as olive oil and pasta, in addition to red and white wines. Established in 1889, they are Southern California’s oldest winery. The Winery Village Shops are open from 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Tasting are available 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and 9am-6pm, Saturday and Sunday ($10/five wines). Tours of the winery are available to the public, and you can bring your own picnic to enjoy on their grounds. Whatever your favorite wine, they are sure to have it here, from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah to Chablis, Chardonnay and Riesling.

Altipiano Vineyard and Winery, Escondido

If you’re heading northeast to the San Diego Zoo Wild Animal Park, you might want to add a stop at the Altipiano Vineyard and Winery, a newcomer on the winemaking scene. This family-owned and operated vineyard is in a gorgeous location above the San Pasqual Valley, in an area once decimated by wildfires. Altipiano offers a range of reds and whites, and if you take home a bottle of their Sangiovese or Pinot Grigio, it will be the perfect accompaniment to an Italian meal. Their tasting room is open Friday-Sunday, 12-6pm.

The only downside to these wineries is their distance from San Diego Airport hotels. However, there are a number of winery tours that depart from Downtown San Diego and take you around to San Diego’s top wineries. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about driving after drinking. Reach out to the Marina Inn & Suites, and besides helping you book a cheap room in Downtown San Diego, we can help you find a winery tour. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about our low rates and availability.

San Diego in the Spring: April Events Around Town

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, which include Lies for the Liars and In Love and Death. Find a hotel room in the Gaslamp Quarter and it will be a short walk to the show. Tickets start at $29.

April 10 – Fragile Waters

Photography enthusiasts can enjoy an exhibit of pictures that were taken by names including Ansel Adams and Dorothy Kerper Monnelly. The show is centered on the beauty and power of water, and the gallery will be on display at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Tickets start at $8.

April 13 – The Discovery of King Tut

This educational experience will offer a glimpse of ancient Egypt with over 1,000 replicas of tombs and treasures at the San Diego Natural History Museum. Tickets start at $8.

April 21 – Think and Drink Trivia

Enjoy drinking wine while playing trivia with other contestants. Think and Drink Trivia is an entertaining experience that offers awesome prizes to the winners. The event will be hosted at Winston’s Beach Club. Tickets are $2.

April 24 – Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Explore the city with other visitors and locals alike on a giant scavenger hunt. Clues will take you through Little Italy, Old Town, and near the waterfront. Tickets start at $9.

Spring is a great time to visit San Diego, but when the sun is out hotels start to fill up fast. Find a room at the San Diego Marina Inn & Suites and enjoy a great location, low rates, and the amenities of home. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 and book your room today!

Food & Wine Fests Around San Diego

Split your time in San Diego between the beach and a fun food and wine festival. The city hosts several throughout the year. Here are just a few coming up.

Spirit of Baja Tequila and Wine Pairing Dinner
April 10 at Westgate Hotel
Cost: $129

Need a little help with wine pairing? There’s no easier way to learn than to attend a dinner event like this, hosted at a hotel with some of the nicest Gaslamp Quarter accommodations in San Diego. You’ll be treated to a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres made by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel. Celebrity chef Flor Franco will handle the dinner and wine pairing part of the evening, which also includes tequila tasting. The largest importer of Baja wines, Fernando Gaxiola, will be doing some of the wine pouring.

3rd Annual VinDiego Wine and Food Festival
April 10-11 at NTC Liberty Station
Cost: $95

This annual event is considered one of the largest gatherings of wine aficionados in California. Guests will enjoy gourmet food and sample wine from top chefs and winemakers. The selection will include more than 300 wines, offering a wide range of flavors sure to be enhanced with the mouthwatering cuisine available to guests.

Fourth Annual San Diego International Wine Show
April 25-26 at The Paddock at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Cost: Pricing unavailable

Enjoy a mix of Californian wines and international vintages at this 2-day event. Local chefs will also be on-site to demonstrate recipes sure to go with any of the wines served.

Junior League of San Diego Food and Wine Festival
May 2 at La Jolla Cove
Cost: $75

The theme of this year’s festival is the Kentucky Derby. While not required, attendees are more than welcome to wear their sun hats while sampling wine from more than 50 of the top restaurants in San Diego. Selections will include exotic cocktails, local craft beers and regional wines.

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Learn a Little Something at These Historical San Diego Homes

San Diego has done a remarkable job preserving many of its unique historic buildings. The varied architecture includes examples built by colonial settlers and missionaries, fortune-seekers who came to California in the mid-nineteenth century, Gilded Age millionaires, and innovative Modernist architects. Many of these buildings were created as private homes; some of them still are, but others are now open to the public. Here are a few worth checking out, recommended by the staff at a premier downtown San Diego hotel.

Casa de Estudillo, 4000 Mason Street

Built in 1827, when the state was part of Mexico, this grand adobe mansion is a classic example of Spanish Colonial architecture. It became briefly famous in the 1880′s as the site of the fictional “Ramona’s” wedding, from the novel by Helen Hunt Jackson, and endured the ravages of tourists who literally took chunks out of the walls. The house was restored in the 1960s and is now open to the public.

Whaley House, 2476 California Ave

Known as one of the most “haunted” houses in San Diego, the Whaley House was built in 1857 in the Greek Revival style. Over the years, members of the Whaley family suffered numerous tragedies, and their spirits are said to lurk about the house today. Tourists can test the rumors themselves, as the house is now a museum.

Hubert H. Bancroft Ranch House, Spring Valley

Located in Spring Valley, about 20 minutes from several inexpensive San Diego Convention Center hotels, the Bancroft Ranch House was made out of the wooden beams and planks from a wrecked ship in the San Diego Bay. This was in 1863, which makes it the oldest Anglo-American structure in the area. It is now a museum housing Native-American artifacts.

Villa Montezuma, 11925 K Street

A beautiful example of the sumptuous “Esthetic” style, Villa Montezuma has a history as colorful as its paint job and remarkable stained glass windows. In its heyday, the mansion saw writers, artists, playboys, spiritualists, and musicians throw parties and practice their crafts within its walls. Sadly, this house is now closed to the public although a local group is working hard to reopen it.

William Heath Davis House, 410 Island Ave

Like several other old San Diego houses, the William Heath Davis House has made numerous appearances on ghost-hunting shows and tours, but there are many other reasons to visit this fascinating old place. Shipped from the East Coast and assembled in 1850, it is the oldest building in New Town. It is well preserved and open for tours daily.

Although the Marina Inn & Suites lacks historic charm, we make up for it with our great amenities, flexible dates, and low rates. We are an affordable hotel near San Diego Airport, offer complimentary parking and Wi-Fi, and offer a Kids Suite for families traveling together. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to inquire about availability and our ongoing discounts.

Best Green Spaces in San Diego

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 park if you’re so inclined.

Grape Street Dog Park
The city’s largest play area for pooches, Grape Street Dog Park near the downtown area includes 5 acres populated with wide lawns, eucalyptus trees, and cascading water fountains. You’ll also find benches and picnic tables, ideal for a day in the park with your furry friend.

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve
Nestled between Rancho Penasquitos and Sorrento Hills, this particular San Diego green space offers some 4,000 acres of land encompassing 14 different types of habitats and a waterfall. Wander along the 40 or so miles of multi-use trails and you’ll discover many rare and endangered animal and plant species.

Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park, located near inexpensive San Diego airport hotels, offers themed gardens and a central plaza with a seating area where you can take some time to soak in your surroundings. The park also includes broad plazas with elevated terraces, a children’s play zone, picnic areas, and plenty of well-maintained green spots.

Del Mar Mesa Preserve
Del Mar Mesa includes more than 900 acres of protected habitat and open space. The area also has more than 10 miles of biking, hiking and riding trails open to the public where you can enjoy the beautiful, green surroundings found here.

Balboa Park
Named for Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Balboa Park is an easily accessible green space that offers something for just about everybody who happens to be in San Diego. The 1,200-acre park is home to the San Diego Zoo, natural vegetation zones, green belts, a botanical garden, a Japanese friendship garden, walking paths, a huge fountain, and tons of museums.

Now that you’ve got a full itinerary, you just need a place to stay. Let the Marina Inn & Suites in San Diego take care of that for you. We make booking easy and quick, dates are flexible, and we have the best rate guaranteed. Give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a friendly Reservation Manager today!

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

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 one of the best Farmers’ Markets in town, and there is even an old-fashioned trolley that shuttles people up and down the main drag for free Thursday – Sunday from 6pm-10pm, with extended hours for certain events and festivals.

Little Italy
Little Italy is a tiny urban district in San Diego offering a chain of delicious Italian restaurants, pizzerias, cafés, and dessert shops. On Saturdays, Little Italy hosts a large Farmers’ Market, as well as additional events, street fairs, and fests throughout the year. Its also home to quaint galleries, furniture stores, breweries, and boutique Little Italy hotels.

La Jolla
This elegant and lavish beach community is a favorite of both tourists and locals alike. La Jolla is home to the University of California San Diego, Museum of Contemporary Art, Birch Aquarium, the famous Torrey Pines Golf Course, and the Scripps Institute. Aside from stunning coastal views, guests coming here can indulge in excellent restaurants, souvenir shops, boutiques and coffee shops.

Old Town-Mission Valley
Mission Valley is the heart of San Diego’s historic district and home to the first Spanish settlement in California. Just a few minutes from the Presidio of San Diego, is Old Town. Old Town is the oldest San Diego neighborhood and has preserved some of the rich history at Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. Visitors can tour original buildings, eat authentic Mexican food, or partake in Cinco de Mayo festivities every May.

Come explore the many wonderful communities in San Diego. Reserve a room at the Marina Inn in San Diego, and put money you save towards fun local activities! We offer a variety of discounts to ensure every guest has extra vacation funds for the things that really matter. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manger.

What to Do on Coronado Island in San Diego

Coronado Island is treasured among locals and draws throngs of visitors every year, and when you cross the bridge, you immediately understand why. The island, which is also home to a naval base on the far end, is a great place to spend the day. No matter what season you visit San Diego, Coronado offers families, friends, and couples plenty of things to do. Here are a few picks from the staff at the Marina Inn in San Diego to get you started.

Bike Along the Bay
With the beautiful California weather and amazing natural beauty, Coronado Island is a great place to get out and go biking. Cruise along the scenic Coronado Bike Loop for amazing views for the bay and downtown San Diego. There are several places to rent traditional bikes as well as 4-person surrey bikes.

Visit the Beach
This one is a given. Even in the winter, the beach on Coronado is sure to stun. The Travel Channel regularly features Coronado as one of the best beaches in America thanks to the shimmering mica in the sand and rolling dunes that open to an exceptionally wide beach.

Shop in the Downtown Area
You can enjoy a variety of quaint and trendy shops in the downtown area. There are numerous specialty shops as well as art galleries featuring local artists. While visiting the downtown area, you can pick up some souvenirs to take home or a pair of flip-flops for the beach.

Relax at Babcock & Story Bar and Grill
Located in the magnificent Hotel Del Coronado, Babcock’s is a great place to enjoy a cocktail and the hotel’s elegant surroundings. Most evenings there is live music during cocktail hour, and the concise selection of apps and meals, although spendy, won’t disappoint.

Golf
The Coronado Municipal Golf Course is one of the best public golf courses in the entire country. It features wide fairways, spectacular greens, and equally amazing views of the beach, bay, and Coronado Bridge. The Coronado Bayside Grill onsite is a great place to enjoy lunch and a cold beer after a round of golf.

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