Sing Your Way through San Diego at the Hottest Karaoke Bars

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Karaoke Bars San Diego

San Diego holds a reputation of being the mecca for karaoke lovers, with karaoke nights featured throughout the city in establishments ranging from country joints to Irish pubs. When planning your vacation, be sure to grab a cheap hotel near the Gaslamp Quarterbecause this area in particular provides some of the hottest karaoke bars when it comes time to belt out your favorite radio hits.

Analog Bar
801 5th Avenue
With a mixed feeling of a 1970′s recording studio and a sleek downtown lounge, Analog provides a chic stop for karaoke every Saturday night. The menu here lives up to their slogan “good food, strong drinks” with foodie-friendly offerings like pork BanhMi street tacos, lobster corn dogs and specialty cocktails made from scratch.

The Double Deuce
528 F Street
The Double Deuce is for those looking for more of a constant party atmosphere with four floors of DJs spinning everything from rock to new country. Unleash your wild side and go for a ride on the mechanical bull. While there’s no food menu here, this bar prides itself as having one of the best happy hours in the Gaslamp alongside its Whiskey Wednesday karaoke. Grab $5 Jameson or Heineken for a little liquid courage before belting out a tune.

Whiskey Girl
702 5th Avenue
One of the longest running venues in the Gaslamp, Whiskey Girl features karaoke each Saturday night. Pair your night of singing with food creations like whiskey basted burgers and one of the largest selections of whiskey you’ll find in San Diego. Jump in front of the mic and capture your daring deed by posing for the on-stage photobooth camera.

Hennessy’s Tavern
708 4th Avenue
If Irish Pub fare and a pint of Guinness are more your style, then Hennessy’s is the place. Catch some karaoke on Wednesday nights while enjoying cheap and traditional Irish food and beverages. If you love samplers, check out Hennessy’s liquor tasting menus for three shots of bourbon, tequila, scotch or Irish whiskey. After a potentially embarrassing and entertaining experience you can head next door to their adjoining bar, the Gaslamp Speakeasy, for a classy end to your evening.

While the list of Downtown San Diego karaoke bars is seemingly endless, these four popular bars should provide you with a good start. Practice warming up those pipes now and book your affordable Downtown San Diego hotel room so that you’re in the middle of all the action. At Marina Inn & Suites you can get the convenience of being located just 1.5 miles from the Gaslamp Quarter and 1 block from the San Diego Bay at an extremely affordable price without giving up your favorite amenities. We provide all of our hotel guests with a complimentary breakfast, free parking, free WiFi and premium in-room cable television.

For information about our available savings and discounts or to reserve a room, call our reservations hotline at 1-800-571-2933. Also be sure to follow us on Facebook for exclusive specials, San Diego travel tips and upcoming events.

Traveling to San Diego with Toddlers

Activities for Toddlers in San Diego

If you’re a first time parent, traveling with your toddler may seem like a challenging and somewhat daunting task. Fortunately, there are many vacation destinations that are great for families with toddlers, San Diego being one of the best. Although popularly praised for its active nightlife scene, America’s Finest City offers a variety of new experiences for little ones that will provide endless discovery and delight.

If you haven’t yet made reservations for your family vacation, start by booking a room or suite at the Marina Inn, a family friendly and affordable hotel in downtown San Diego. Then, check out our top picks for mom-approved activities that are great for toddlers to complete your vacation itinerary.

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!

The San Diego Zoo is located in the heart of downtown San Diego and offers plenty of space for your toddler to roam and meet new friends. This zoo is world-renowned with more than 4,000 animals in 9 distinct habitats. Although it seems like a lot of walking around, there is a bus and an aerial tram where you can catch a glimpse of zebras, lions, and giraffes without having to exert too much energy. With numerous playgrounds and play areas, movie theaters, live shows and a carousel, there are plenty of activities for your toddler to enjoy. If you’re on a budget this vacation, know that kids under 3 are admitted into the park free of charge and there are a few options for quality, yet cheap San Diego Zoo hotels that will help keep you and your wallet happy.

Under the Sea

Your toddler will have plenty of space to explore what marine life’s all about at SeaWorld in San Diego. Before heading out for a full day of fun, be sure to grab breakfast at your affordable SeaWorld San Diego hotel or outside of the park. This will help ensure your little one has all the energy he or she needs for a full day at the park. Your toddler will delight in watching the dolphins play and perform tricks, and even has the opportunity to get up close and personal with the penguins at the park. SeaWorld also has a section of the park devoted just to younger visitors and your toddler can meet, greet and have their photo taken with their favorite Sesame Street characters. And for a bit of fun, don’t forget to stop and check out the rides including Elmo’s Flying Fish or Oscar’s Rocking Eel.

Touching Allowed

The New Children’s Museum is a hands-on museum for children to touch and discover the world around them. The exhibits have been created with younger visitors in mind, making for a stimulating yet fun activity that isn’t offered at many attractions. If you’re visiting on a Friday, be sure to stop by in the morning because the museum offers a fun weekly activity that is geared towards toddlers. After participating in the day’s arts and crafts and the weather is nice (which it almost always is in San Diego), check out the bubble fountain in the outdoor area. Here you and your little one can select from a variety of bubble wands, creating bubbles of all shapes and sizes and can also chase some of the larger ones around.

With the proper planning, your first vacation with your toddler can be an experience that the entire family will enjoy. While planning is important, also be flexible with your schedule, allowing extra time at lunch to eat or pushing your itinerary for a much needed mid-day nap. For more tips for visiting San Diego with the family, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Activities for Spending 1 Day in Coronado

Coronado Day Planning

 

If you are planning to visit San Diego, you undoubtedly want to spend some time in Coronado. Don’t allow your limited resources to prevent you from experiencing this luxurious and beautiful manmade island. If you plan your visit right, you can enjoy virtually everything that Coronado has to offer within a short period of time, all while staying within your budget. Here are some ideas on what you can see and do on Coronado Island in one day:

  1. Any itinerary should begin at the Coronado Visitor’s Center. Inside, you will find plenty of information on the island’s sights and attractions.  Pick up a map, a list of events and ask about the best modes of transportation.
  2. Coronado Beach is one of the must-see places during your day trip. This beach was voted the #1 beach in the U.S. in 2012 and for good reason. When you combine Coronado’s almost perfect weather with expansive beach space and a scenic backdrop, you’ll see why this beach consistently draws in tourists and locals alike.  It is renowned for being not only one of the best beaches to stay near in San Diego, but it is undoubtedly one of the best spots in the country for surfing and sunbathing.
  3. The Segway of Coronado is also something fun to experience. The tour guides will help you learn how to ride a motorized Segway as you are guided through a stunning sightseeing tour of the city. This is an excellent way to see some of the city’s top attractions in a short period of time. Fly by Glorietta Bay and this historic boat house and wind up at Ferry Landing for a photo op with the Coronado Bridge.
  4. Coronado is also known for its high quality arts venues. The island is home to theaters such as the Lamb’s Players Theater, the Coronado Playhouse, and the Village Theater. However, art galleries offer another great reason to spend a day in Coronado. The Dan McGeorge Gallery features stunning photographic art that can’t be seen anywhere else. If you love photography, make sure to put it on your itinerary.
  5. The Vietnam Memorial Monument is a beautiful tribute worth seeingthat commemorates local Navy and Coast Guard members who were killed in action. Coronado Island has strong ties to the U.S. military and currently has two military bases that call this beautiful city home: Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base Coronado. If you’re interested in learning more about San Diego’s military history, head over to the San Diego Marine Core Recruit Depot museum near Old Town San Diego.
  6. Coronado is also famous for its delicious restaurants. The Burger Lounge features a huge, mouth-watering array of choices. It’s the perfect place to stop by for a quick bite. Miguel’s Cocina is a great option for anyone who loves Mexican food. Peohe’s and Brigantine both serve sizzling seafood for lunch and dinner. Leroy’s Kitchen and Lounge is an enticing nightlife option.

As long as you plan out your time and your finances you can enjoy everything that Coronado Island has to offer in one day. Try picking one “splurge item” and then save money on all the rest. Definitely don’t book your hotel stay in Coronado as it will certainly be lavishly overpriced. Instead book an affordable San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn, located less than 5 miles away. You can get to Coronado Island from our hotel by enjoying a bayside walk, taking a quick taxi or you can easily hop on the trolley’s Green Line to the 12th& Imperial Exit and then the 901 transit bus toward Iris.

Book your hotel room today and you could save up to 12%! Call us at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to ask about our available discounts and special rates.

Check Out San Diego Zoo Play Days 2014

San Diego Zoo Play Days

Spending the day at the San Diego Zoo can be a great way to have fun with your family while also educating your kids. While the zoo can be a budget buster without proper planning, one zoo event, the San Diego Zoo Play Days, will be taking place over the next few weeks and will help you get the most out of your trip to the zoo. The Marina Inn, a preferred cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, offers information about the Play Days and how you can save additional dollars when attending!

The San Diego Play Days event runs from March 29-April 20, 2014 and provides visitors with extra activities they wouldn’t normally get to enjoy. With the regular price of admission, you get to participate in special events such as:

  • Exclusive Keeper Talks where the zoo caretakers answer questions and talk about the unique animals and plants they care for
  • Expert Meetings based on specific animal behavior topics
  • Digital Easter Egg Hunt where you use the camera feature on your smartphone for a chance to win backstage zoo passes for additional exploration and fun
  • A visit with the Easter Bunny where families can take pictures

Special events such as these give you more bang for your buck since you’re not only getting to enjoy the animals you would normally see, but are also able to take advantage of additional activities for no additional cost.

Another way during the San Diego Zoo Play Days is to bring your meals with you! Spending money on food and snacks throughout the day is a huge expense and can be a budget buster for any size family. Save those dollars for souvenirs or special attractions by bringing food with you to enjoy. Though coolers aren’t allowed in the park, you are allowed to bring food with you in backpacks or purses. Items to consider packing for the day include water, granola bars, cookies, crackers, and sandwiches that don’t require refrigeration. You also have the option of bringing a cooler to leave in the car and enjoying your meal just outside the zoo at their picnic area. Since paid ticket holders are able to get their hands stamped for re-entry, taking a break to eat lunch outside the zoo won’t keep you from enjoying the rest of your day.

Spending a day at the zoo can be both fun and inexpensive if you take advantage of the tips above. For more information about affordable accommodations near the San Diego Zoo for Play Days 2014, contact the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a San Diego hotel offering discounted prices on our clean and spacious rooms and suites. Call a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 for summer availability and don’t forget to ask about our current promotions for additional savings.

Free Monthly San Diego Art Walks

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San Diego is a diverse city that loves to celebrate art, culture and local businesses and one of the best ways to do this is through monthly art walks. Every month throughout San Diego county various cities, towns and villages host art walks where locals and tourists are welcome to come wander the streets, sample food, browse through art galleries, sip on vino and mix and mingle among local artists and business owners. Want to know the best part? It’s all free! Of course if you want to leave with a stunning new sculpture or some handmade jewelry you’ll have to fork over some cash, but just wandering through the city streets is an experience in and of itself.

Each of the events listed below aim to celebrate the eclectic avenues available for art, cuisine and entertainment. Stroll through the doors of local galleries, sample tasty food vendor bites, grab a drink at a street-side wine bar or sit and listen to live music while people watching.

Here are the regular monthly art walks happening each month in San Diego:

  • Art in the Park | The 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, Spreckles Park in Coronado Village | 9 am to 4 pm
  • Friday Night Liberty | First Friday of every month, NTC at Liberty Station | Starts at 5 pm
  • Ray at Night | 2nd Saturday of every month, North Park | 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Second Saturday Art Walk | 2nd Saturday of every month, Downtown Escondido | 5 pm to 9 pm
  • Kettner Nights | 2nd Friday of every month, Little Italy North | 6 pm to 9 pm
  • Family Sunday | Every 3rd Sunday of the month, Balboa Park | noon to 4 pm

For more information on what to see and do in Balboa Park and Downtown San Diego during your family vacation, click here! You’ll also find information on affordable Gaslamp Quarter accommodations.

The culturally rich and trendy community of Little Italy is also hosting the Mission Federal Art Walk next month on April 26-27, from 11 am to 6 pm. This two day event will go above and beyond by featuring special 30th Anniversary Art, live street painting, a special hands-on Kids Walk, and live performances from acclaimed musicians and dance troupes. Turn this special event into an excuse to take an extended San Diego vacation and book a nearby Little Italy budget hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites.

To book your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room at Marina Inn & Suites you can click on the “Reservations” tab above or call a friendly reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933. Don’t forget to ask about our available discounts and follow us on Facebook for exclusive offers!

Blooming Spring Activity for Nature Lovers

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With the month of March only a few days away, spring is in the air! If you’re planning a trip to San Diego for spring break or a weekend getaway, there are countless things to do from visiting top attractions like the Zoo and SeaWorld to roaming the streets of historic neighborhoods such as at the Gaslamp Quarter and Little Italy. Yes, these activities are fun all year-round, but what San Diego destination can’t be missed by springtime visitors? Balboa Park!

This month, we’re highlighting San Diego’s Balboa Park as our must-see attraction. This urban outdoor park, located minutes from our cheap downtown San Diego hotel, is filled with winding pathways, rolling hillsides and lush tropical gardens that come alive in the spring. In fact, the natural beauty of the park is so breathtaking, an entire tour has been dedicated to exploring the brilliant spring blossoms.

There are rotating tour themes including Balboa Park History, palm trees, other trees in the park, desert vegetation and tour del dia, each highlighting the unique botanical offerings that thrive during the season. Other destinations within the park that you won’t want to miss are the Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden, overflowing with more than 2,500 roses, and the Alcazar Garden which has won national awards for its intricate composition of floral designs.

Interested in going on the tour? Here’s what you need to know.

  • When: Every Saturday morning at 10am
  • Where: Meet outside the Balboa Park Visitors Center
  • Duration: 1 hour (from 10am to 11am)
  • What to Wear: Comfortable walking shoes and a hat or sunscreen

Because of the early Saturday morning start time, visitors have plenty of opportunity to explore the rest of San Diego during the day. Stop for lunch at the popular Prado at Balboa Park or head back towards your cheap hotel near San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants that line 5th Street, before continuing your city explorations.

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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!

Online Coupons Save San Diego Visitors Buckets of Money

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Are you tired of scouring the internet just to save a buck or two? Ready to hang up the scissors and toss out the coupon booklets? Printing and cutting coupons is now a thing of the past. Wallet conscious shoppers and diners can now easily find discounts and savings online from their laptop or smartphone at home or on the go. This is why it’s also important to book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room with free WiFi so you can do your browsing without burning through expensive data rates. Once you settle in to your room, don’t forget to check out these helpful websites and smart-phone apps that could save you from spending an arm and a leg:

  • U-T Deals
    This local San Diego newspaper is expanding their horizons by offering a plethora of online deals, discounts and giveaways at utsandiego.com/offers. Save at local hair salons, bars, restaurants and much more. Shopping discounts online is best for this website because their smartphone app is hit or miss when it comes to purchasing your deal of the day.
  • Goldstar
    Planning on getting tickets to a San Diego event? Goldstar.com has discounted tickets to shows throughout San Diego County. If you’re planning on attending the San Diego Travel and Adventure Show at the San Diego Convention Center grab your 50% off admission tickets at Goldstar! To learn more about the San Diego Convention Center, like cheap hotels near the SDCC and parking tips, click here.
  • Groupon.com
    Groupon has quickly become the largest online source of savings and for good reason. Users can easily plug in their email address and zip-code (be sure you change yours to San Diego if you’re from out of town) and then they can sift through hundreds and hundreds of deals. Looking for something specific? Use the filters located in the left hand column.
  • LivingSocial.com
    This money-saving site is great for quick tips on where and how to save. Their homepage showcases the most popular deal of the day and the large colorful photos help make your decision on whether to buy or not a little easier. Try using their smartphone app for money saving discounts while you’re out and about.
  • Get1Free.com
    This website and monthly mailer is specific to San Diego but allows you to select different regions in the county. From their website you can purchase deals, print coupons, and even read restaurant reviews. This website is definitely worth a look before you head out for dinner.

These website all have corresponding smartphone apps to make it easier for your to save money while you’re traveling. Another way to save money during your San Diego vacation is by booking a discounted room with Marine Inn and Suites in Downtown San Diego. We save you money by offering discounts of up to 12% off just for booking in advance. Also, if you purchase your discounted SeaWorld admission through us we’ll give you 15% off already affordable SeaWorld San Diego hotel rates.

Call a Marina Inn reservations specialist at 1-800-571-2933 to book your discounted room today!

Balboa Park’s Secret Nightlife Scene

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Call your babysitter because it’s time for an adults-only night out in San Diego! Balboa Park is kicking out the kids after dark for a nightlife centric array of events featuring live music, cocktails, art and socializing. Once you unpack your bags at your centrally located and affordable San Diego Airport hotel, don’t waste any time hopping into a taxi and heading to Balboa Park!

Here are three events happening in San Diego’s Balboa Park, located next to the Gaslamp Quarter, that you should pencil into your vacation schedule:

  • The San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park is getting ready for their next Culture and Cocktails event on February 20. This 21+ event turns the museum into a social mixer where the city’s young up and comers mix and mingle. The museum will be decked out with a DJ booth, lighting effects, performances and interactive exhibits. Guests can walk around the museum with a cocktail while viewing famous South Asian Art amidst Bollywood dancers, a Henna body art station and a slow motion photo booth. Expert mixologists will be on hand to prepare a Mumbai Mule Cocktail for you or you can nibble on some sweets at the colorful candy booth. Tickets to this event, which starts at 6 pm, are free for SDMA members and $20 for non-members.
  • The Rock in the Park concert series began with a bang this month all in celebration of the new guitar exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Stop by from 7 to 10 pm on select Fridays through March to enjoy a guitar-heavy rock concert. Each show will feature two performances, food made available by The French Gourmet, a no-host bar and access to the museums exhibits. The February 21 concert will feature multiple musicians in a tribute show to celebrate beloved local weatherman Loren Nancarrow. On March 7th rock out with Venice and Michael Tiernan or catch their last show on March 21st with a special surprise guest. Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.
  • Do you like beer? If so, you can’t miss the annual San Diego Winter Brewfest on February 22. Plan ahead for a day full of drinking and reserve a room at a cheap hotel near Gaslamp Quarter before purchasing your Winter Brewfest ticket. Tickets will include access to some of the best local craft beer, a souvenir glass and concerts performed by Headshine and Soda Pants. If you want to take your beer tasting experience to the next level, purchase the VIP ticket for entrance into the festival an hour early with a special cheese and beer pairing. If purchased in advance, general admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $60. All of the action will be taking place in The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 6 to 10 pm. Food trucks will also be rolling up to prepare some gourmet goods on the go for starving beer guzzlers.

The Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 3 miles from Balboa Park and just a block from the San Diego Bay. Book with us today and you could save up to 12% off on already cheap room prices! Click here or call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your budget downtown San Diego hotel room before we sell out.

Balboa Park’s Secret Nightlife Scene

Call your babysitter because it’s time for an adults-only night out in San Diego! Balboa Park is kicking out the kids after dark for a nightlife centric array of events featuring live music, cocktails, art and socializing. Once you unpack your bags at your centrally located and affordable San Diego Airport hotel, don’t waste any time hopping into a taxi and heading to Balboa Park!

Here are three events happening in San Diego’s Balboa Park, located next to the Gaslamp Quarter, that you should pencil into your vacation schedule:

·         The San Diego Museum of Arts in Balboa Park is getting ready for their next Culture and Cocktails event on February 20. This 21+ event turns the museum into a social mixer where the city’s young up and comers mix and mingle. The museum will be decked out with a DJ booth, lighting effects, performances and interactive exhibits. Guests can walk around the museum with a cocktail while viewing famous South Asian Art amidst Bollywood dancers, a Henna body art station and a slow motion photo booth. Expert mixologists will be on hand to prepare a Mumbai Mule Cocktail for you or you can nibble on some sweets at the colorful candy booth. Tickets to this event, which starts at 6 pm, are free for SDMA members and $20 for non-members.

 

·         The Rock in the Park concert series began with a bang this month all in celebration of the new guitar exhibit at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. Stop by from 7 to 10 pm on select Fridays through March to enjoy a guitar-heavy rock concert. Each show will feature two performances, food made available by The French Gourmet, a no-host bar and access to the museums exhibits. The February 21 concert will feature multiple musicians in a tribute show to celebrate beloved local weatherman Loren Nancarrow. On March 7th rock out with Venice and Michael Tiernan or catch their last show on March 21st with a special surprise guest. Tickets are $25 in advance online and $30 at the door.

·         Do you like beer? If so, you can’t miss the annual San Diego Winter Brewfest on February 22. Plan ahead for a day full of drinking and reserve a room at a cheap hotel near Gaslamp Quarter before purchasing your Winter Brewfest ticket. Tickets will include access to some of the best local craft beer, a souvenir glass and concerts performed by Headshine and Soda Pants. If you want to take your beer tasting experience to the next level, purchase the VIP ticket for entrance into the festival an hour early with a special cheese and beer pairing. If purchased in advance, general admission tickets are $50 and VIP tickets are $60. All of the action will be taking place in The Hall of Champions in Balboa Park from 6 to 10 pm. Food trucks will also be rolling up to prepare some gourmet goods on the go for starving beer guzzlers.

The Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 3 miles from Balboa Park and just a block from the San Diego Bay. Book with us today and you could save up to 12% off on already cheap room prices! Click here or call us at 1-800-571-2933 to reserve your budget downtown San Diego hotel room before we sell out.

Fashion Valley Mall Food Guide

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If you’re planning your San Diego shopping excursion to Fashion Valley Mall, which we highly recommend, you’re going to need to rest those feet and your wallet during the day, and one of the many restaurants or cafes is the perfect place to do it. This newly renovated mall has tons of options for every preference, taste and budget.

First, some basic information about the mall: it’s open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. There are five department stores, 200 shops and restaurants and an 18-screen AMC movie theatre. The stores cover big name brands like Burberry and Gucci and budget stores like Forever 21 and H&M.

If you’re making the mall trip a fun family outing, then take a play break with the kids at the Geppetto’s children area on the first floor next to Gap Kids. The mall also has multiple baby changing stations, including one near Guest Services on the lower level.

If you’re coming from another country to vacation in San Diego you might want to utilize the mall’s Foreign Currency online ordering with Travelex option. You can have U.S. currency delivered right to your door or you can have money preloaded onto your Cash Passport. Something else that might make your travel easier is staying at a cheap hotel near the San Diego International Airport.

Now that you have content kids and the right currency, it’s time to eat! Here are our suggestions for Fashion Valley Mall food destinations:

Cafes

  • 59th& Lex on the third floor in Bloomingdales is a nice quiet reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the busy outdoor mall.
  • The Zodiac is a hidden gourmet gem nestled inside Niemen Marcus that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Nordstrom Café also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner but caters to the busy grab-and-go shopper who’s just looking for a quick bite.

Restaurants

  • California Pizza Kitchen in the top level food court is a great place to bring the kids. Their diverse menu has everything from pizza (of course) to chicken plates, pastas and kids meals.
  • Cheesecake Factory is the place to go for large plates and hot dates. The expansive restaurant has a hot happy hour, large booths and an inviting patio.
  • True Food Kitchen is the one true option for the health conscious eater who wants delicious food options while still sticking to their diet.
  • Stacked is a great burger and pizza joint that lets you decide when you get your bill and when the food arrives. This is a great option for families with sometimes fussy kids.

For a full listing of Fashion Valley stores and restaurants you can visit the Fashion Valley mall website at simon.com/mall/fashion-valley. Its central location makes it a great destination to relax whether you spent the day at SeaWorld San Diego, the zoo or one of the fantastic beaches along the coast.

Now that you’ve got some information about San Diego, start planning your vacation! To see what a nearby family friendly budget hotel in San Diego can offer you, click here. The Marina Inn near downtown San Diego has all the family friendly amenities you’re looking for: free breakfast, affordable rooms, and a Kid’s Suite that has an adjoining room with a bunk bed for the little ones! To book a room at the Marina Inn, please call our Reservations desk at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to inquire about our available discounted rates.

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