Belmont Park’s New Beer Restaurant

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 New Belmont Park Beer Restaurant

Belmont Park in San Diego, CA has a fun and relaxed atmosphere for inexpensive summer fun full of theme-park style attractions, an arcade with laser tag, and plenty of new restaurant options. The Mission Beach boardwalk’s newest addition, Draft, offers an exciting place for casual, relaxed, beachfront enjoyment with your friends or family. This new craft beer hotspot is sure to be one of your favorite pit stopsalong the shoreline during your weekend vacation in San Diego.

Draft knows its craft. This beer lover’s paradise has over 60 beers on tap and over 80 bottles for a true exploration of flavors. With a daily happy hour and a bottle sharing program, you have no excuse not to try a vast array of brews. Bottle sharing is a unique experience where beer aficionados bring a personal bottle of a rare brew to share with everyone in attendance. With events like these, a view that can’t be beat and constantly rotating beer seasonal beers there’s always a new reason to visit Draft.

While it may have a good selection of specialized craft beers on tap, Draft isn’t stuck up. The owners are making a concentrated effort to make sure Draft is comfortable for long time connoisseurs and casual beach goers alike. There may be over 140 beers to choose from, but no one will judge you for ordering a good old fashioned Coors Light and watching the sun go down on their expansive patio.

Draft has an intriguing menu prepared by Chef Brad Wise to pair with its beer selection. Pork belly corn dogs with truffled mustard and pistachio encrusted salmon are just some of the fare available at this location. These gourmet flares on boardwalk classics add to the relaxed yet sophisticated vibe.

The space itself can hold 500 customers at a time and has a large video projector screen, in case people-watching isn’t enough to keep you entertained. Whether you’re brand new to beer tasting and are looking for a little Beer 101 or you know exactly what you’re looking for, Draft is a fun addition to a budget friendly summer day in San Diego and is a great way to wind down after heart-pumping rides at San Diego SeaWorld or Belmont Park.

During your vacation in San Diego you can get the best of both worlds by staying at the Downtown Marina Inn hotel located less than 2 miles from Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and less than 7 miles from Mission Beach, CA.

To reserve your cheap hotel near Downtown San Diego call Marina Inn & Suites today at 1-800-571-2933to take advantage of our early booking super savings!

Last Minute Cheap Hotels for San Diego Travel & Adventure Show

San Diego Travel and Adventure Show Hotels

Are you looking for cheap San Diego hotels near the San Diego Convention Center for the upcoming Travel & Adventure Show? You’ve come to the right place. The Marina Inn & Suites is an affordable hotel located in downtown San Diego, within minutes of both the San Diego Airport and the San Diego Convention Center. Our close proximity to everything a conventioneer would ever want or need makes us a great option for those looking for a home base during their trip. Other benefits of our hotel include but are not limited to:

  • Free parking (a necessity in downtown San Diego where fees can reach up to $30 a day)
  • Complimentary wireless internet and premium cable television including HBO and ESPN
  • Incoming fax service for business and personal use
  • Daily continental breakfast at no additional charge for a quick bite to go
  • In-room amenities including a microwave, refrigerator, iron, laptop size safe and AC

If you’re attending the San Diego Travel & Adventure Show, you’re likely one who likes to try new things. While the exhibition gives you ample opportunities to discover authentic travel experiences around the globe, here are a few new adventure filled destinations that you can enjoy near our San Diego Travel & Adventure Show hotel:

  • Gaslamp Quarter – Be sure to check out the Gaslamp Quarter for exciting nightlife and ample options for shopping and dining. Conventioneers should also take advantage of the handful of shops restaurants in, and nearby the Gaslamp Quarter, that offer discounted meals and even free items when a valid Convention Center badge is shown upon arrival.
  • Little Italy – The Taste of Travel Stage will be highlighting local, regional and world cuisines and is one of the most highly anticipated showcases at the 2014 show. If you aren’t able to attend the cooking demonstration of your choice, fear not as neighboring Little Italy can offer you a taste of authentic Italian pastries, pastas, pizzas and more.
  • Balboa Park – After a day of being inside, spend some time outdoors soaking up the beautiful San Diego sunshine and head to Balboa Park. This more than 100 acre park nestled in the heart of the city offers winding pathways to explore and stunning gardens with flora and fauna from around the world. And if you’re up for a bit of educational fun, stop by one of the dozen museums found on the park’s grounds.

For more information about where to stay, play, eat and explore, contact the Marina Inn & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 and speak with a Reservation Manager directly. Don’t forget to ask about our current hotel specials, which have helped us earn the reputation of being one of the best valued San Diego Travel & Adventure hotels. Don’t worry if it’s last minute, we’ll do our best to help you find a room or suite to match your travel needs and preferences.

San Diego Mardi Gras Events!

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If you’re visiting San Diego during the weekend of March 4 you couldn’t have picked a better time! If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, San Diego’s celebrations come in a very close second.

Did you know that Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday? Fat Tuesday is traditionally the Tuesday before lent begins and is a day of stuffing yourself full of fatty foods and alcohol before the fasting and religious practices begin on the following day known as Ash Wednesday. However, you don’t need to be religious in order to enjoy Mardi Gras in San Diego on Tuesday, March 4!

Hillcrest Mardi Gras 2014

If you’re staying in a cheap hotel near Balboa Park taking a short 2 mile trip to University Ave in Hillcrest on this festive Tuesday to celebrate with a wild, eclectic and energetic group of party people will be easy. From 6 pm to 11 pm Hillcrest will go head-to-head with New Orleans for the best party parade. People will be flooding this popular street, between 10th Ave and Herbert St., donned in colorful costumes, masks and beads. A Masquerade Parade will kick the party off right followed by bead tossing, stilt walkers, trapeze performers, fire dancers, live music, DJs, private bars and VIP lounges. Need we say more?

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $50 for VIP admission. Want to splurge on Mardis Gras while sticking to your San Diego vacation budget? Save money on your hotel stay by booking a cheap San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites!

Gaslamp San Diego Mardi Gras

The biggest Fat Tuesday temptations will be found in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Just down the street from the San Diego Convention Center is where 5th Avenue will be transformed into a one night wonderland full of circus acts, pop-up bars, beads and fried foods from 5 pm to midnight. Those who choose to celebrate San Diego style will see 5 different stages, 20 DJs and performers, the Fat Tuesday Parade and drink specials galore! And that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. As if you need more reasons to show up, San Diego’s sexiest professional dancers will be wow-ing the crowd and plenty of show-stopping surprises are to be expected.

Tickets range from $30 to $75 based on whether you want general admission, the Voodoo Lounge VIP Pass or the Club VIP Passport.

Looking for a cheap hotel near Downtown San Diego and Hillcrest? You can get 10% off on your weekday stay at San Diego’s Marina Inn with discount code 10WEEK. Just call 1-800-571-2933or click here to book your reservation online so that you can start your San Diego Mardi Gras party planning today!

Family Day Details for MCRD San Diego Ceremony

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Are you attending an upcoming MCRD Graduation or Family Day in San Diego? If so, that means you’re the proud parent of a soon-to-be Marine who just passed a grueling 13 week boot camp. Now it’s time to celebrate!

The MCRD’s 2 day graduation day ceremony consists of a Family Day, usually on a Thursday, followed by Graduation Day. There is no limit on the amount of friends and family that are allowed to come participate on both days so the more the merrier! While we all know that themain ceremony will take place on Graduation Day, what can you expect during Family Day Festivities?

It all starts with an optional family breakfast at The Bay View Restaurant at MCRD from 6 to 9 a.m. but keep in mind that your marine won’t be able to join you just yet. If you booked an affordable San Diego hotel near the MCRD with a complimentary hot breakfast you can always sleep in and attend the Drill instructor Brief at the Command Museum at 9:30 a.m. During the brief you will be informed of the day’s proceedings and on-base regulations. Finally, at 10:30 a.m. you get the first glimpse of your son or daughter during the Motivational Run, or “Moto Run”, at the Depot Theater. This run usually allows for some good photos so have the camera ready!

Afterwards you don’t want to miss the Welcome Orientation where parents and friends can meet drill instructors and watch a short film about the MCRD. With much anticipation Marines are finally released to mix and mingle with loved ones from 1 to 6 p.m. while enjoying a Liberty Lunch at the Bay View Restaurant.

Recruits aren’t able to leave the depot but there’s plenty to do on site! Guests can visit the MCRD museum, go shopping, and meet fellow marines and instructors. Come 6 p.m. recruits must return to their barracks to prepare for the next day’s graduation while family and friends need to head back to their budget hotel near the MCRD.

The Marina Inn is proud to be an MCRD hotel, located less than 3 miles from the recruiting base. We also offer military discounts to show our appreciation and gratitude for past and present military personnel. If you’re interested in booking a room for an upcoming MCRD graduation, call us today at 1-800-571-2933 to see how much money we can save you.

San Diego Shopping Districts for Last Minute Gifts

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How time flies! Christmas is just over a week away so it’s time to finish up all of that last minute holiday shopping. The question is- where should you go to get fun and affordable gifts in San Diego? There is certainly not a lack of shopping destinations in America’s Finest City, it’s just a matter of choosing the right mall or shopping center that’s right for you.

Seaport Village is a great place to go if you’re looking for handmade gifts or San Diego memorabilia. This quaint shopping village is less than a mile from the Marina Inn, an affordable San Diego hotel, and its bayside outdoor setting makes for a great day trip. If you have time, check out the village’s Christmas decorations. Those who are lucky might even get to chat and take a picture with Santa.

San Diego’s Gaslamp District is just a few miles up the road and offers a vast array of boutiques and stores around every corner. Whether you are looking for antiques and art or clothing and shoes, you’re sure to find it here in the Gaslamp. Horton Plaza mall is also located downtown and they offer three-hours of parking free with validation.

Fashion ValleyMall is the place to go for upscale gifts at designer stores like Coach, Prada and Hugo Boss. You can also pick up gifts for your techy friends and family at Microsoft, Apple and Brookstone.  The mall is also home to a movie theater, an outdoor food court, as well as a variety of sit-down restaurants, perfect for relaxing after getting a gift for everyone on your list.

For classic one-of-a-kind gifts, hop on the trolley and head to Old Town San Diego. Here is where you’ll find their Bazaar Del Mundo and the Old Town Market where you can buy authentic Mexican handmade items like well décor and purses. If you’re in town visiting a marine for the holidays or are staying at a cheap hotel near the MCRD for graduation, Old Town is just minutes away and will offer some of the most convenient shopping in the area.

As an affordable hotel next to SeaWorld, major shopping districts and public transportation we believe we’re the best spot for people who are looking to get their holiday shopping done while on vacation. And you can fuel up on our complimentary breakfast before you hit the stores! If you’re interested in booking a room, call a reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933.

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