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Downtown Restaurants

Traveling on a budget frees up money you can spend in other ways while you’re on your trip in San Diego, CA. Whether you’re visiting sunny San Diego to see the sights or taking a trip for Comic Con and need some prime places to eat near your San Diego Convention Center hotel, here are a few choice eateries in the Gaslamp Quarterthat are worth every penny.

  1. Bertrand at Mr. A’s – Nested comfortably on the twelfth floor of a skyscraper, at the cusp of Downtown San Diego, Bertrand at Mr. A’s offers a select menu of seasonal delights, including seafood, meats, and more. They also have an impressive wine selection. Bertrand at Mr. A’s offers New American cuisine with one of the best views of San Diego, stretching all the way from the Coronado Bridge and across the bay to the San Diego Airport. Want to stay nearby? Look into cheap San Diego Airport accommodations and enjoy close proximity and extra savings which you can use toward your meal!
  2. Donovan’s of Downtown – This classy restaurant is not your typical steakhouse. They offer fine dining for the discriminating carnivore. This renowned steak house has an award-winning wine selection and delectable cuts of high-quality steak, along with many tempting chicken, chop and seafood choices. Unlike other steakhouses, Donovan’s provides a side and a vegetable with your entrée of choice, helping in terms of affordability as these sides are often an additional cost at similar restaurants.
  3. Nobu - Fans of Asian fusion, Japanese cuisine and sushi will appreciate this restaurant. Nobu offers some of the most exquisite sushi you’ll ever have, without hopping a plane to Japan. This is a trendy, upscale restaurant that’s earned every bit of the hype surrounding it. While it is on the more expensive side of San Diego’s dining spectrum, they have a daily happy hour from 5pm to 7pm and all night every Friday. Enjoy a few appetizers in the bar and a hot sake before heading to your table to save on your final bill.
  4. Acqua Al 2 – With a menu that’s firmly rooted in traditional Tuscan classics, this trattoria-style restaurant is one you can’t afford to miss. They offer a tantalizing selection of cold and hot menu options, along with a wide array of freshly made pasta dishes.
  5. Opaque - For a more novel fine-dining experience, foodies should make a point to reserve a table at Opaque. The dining room is bathed in complete darkness, allowing diners to enjoy their meal using all of their other senses. They offer a New American menu, with delicately cooked selections of beef, chicken, vegetarian and fish to choose from.

Once you’ve unpacked and settled into your affordable Downtown San Diego hotel room, call and reserve a table at one of these five popular restaurants to get a taste of San Diego. Looking for more information on things to see and do during your San Diego vacation? Follow Marina Inn on Facebook and Twitter and don’t forget to reserve your discount hotel room with us by calling 1-800-571-2933!

San Diego Craft Beer News: March 2014

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The craft beer scene in San Diego is undeniably amazing, drawing in beer enthusiasts from around the country! Every month there are amazing brewery events and this month is no exception. Read on to discover what’s new in the world of San Diego craft beer.

Bagby Beer Co. has already got it in the Bag

This brand new Oceanside brewery has just begun the process of building and remodeling. While they’re not slated to open until the end of the year, they’re already attracting a lot of attention. In January, right after starting construction, they woke up to find their brand new building covered in graffiti. What did they find written on it? “Cancer Can’t Kill Me” sprayed in giant blue and yellow letters. However, once owners Jeff and DandeBagby discovered the story behind the mural they decided to keep it as a tribute. The taggers were friends of a man named Kenny, who was living out his last days with terminal cancer. Not only did the Bagbys decide to keep the mural as a permanent installment, but they also hosted a small memorial after Kenny recently passed.

Waypoint Public kicks off their Brewery Series

Waypoint Public, a newish bistro and beer bar in North Park, is kicking off their new beer dinner series this week with Lost Abbey. The 9-course dinner will be paired with specially made Lost Abbey beers and seating is limited to 25 people. If you don’t make it this week, count on making reservations for one of their other six scheduled dinners through September. Unpack at your budget hotel near the San Diego airport and then call Waypoint to make your reservation before they sell out (and they will sell out)!

Rip Currant Brewing Celebrates 1 Year

This highly acclaimed San Marcos Brewery will be celebrating its 1st Birthday this weekend with lots and lots of delicious beer. Their 1st Anniversary Party will take place this Friday and Saturday and their tasting room will be closed off to everyone except party ticket holders. Your ticket it good for one five-hour brewery session where you can drink up your ten 5oz tasters and then go home with limited release, hand bottled 22oz beer.

Beer & Food Pairings at SDMM BEERology

The San Diego Museum of Man has been showcasing one of man’s finest achievements over the past few months: beer. The beer exhibit, called BEERology, is running now through the end of summer. Not only do you get to learn about the history of beer but you can also taste various local brews at their tasting events. The next get-together is on March 20th for “Flavors in Harmony: Pairing Beer and Food.” Peruse the museum with a pint and learn how to match your dinner menu with the best brew. The SDMM is located in Balboa Park next to the San Diego Zoo. For more information on the San Diego Zoo and the surrounding area, click here!

So many beer events, so little time! Make sure that you pencil some of these craft beer experiences into your schedule during your San Diego vacation. It will also be helpful to book a cheap San Diego hotel room in a centralized location. Marina Inn and Suites is located right along the beautiful PCH near downtown San Diego, making it easy to access all of the above hot spots. To ask about our discounts or to book a room, call us today at 1-800-571-2933!

A Fun Day of Learning for the Entire Family

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When on vacation, your children are likely excited for the theme parks, afternoons on the sandy shores and trips to the pool. However, who says your kids can’t enjoy a little bit of learning too? San Diego is a premier vacation destination, appealing to individuals of all ages for its diverse range of activities. In addition to Mission and Coronado beaches and popular attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and LegoLand, be sure to stop at Balboa Park for an exciting day of hands-on learning and fun.

Balboa Park is home to more than a dozen museums, with some appealing to the younger individuals in your group. If you’re on a budget, be sure to reserve a cheap hotel near downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter and purchase the Balboa Park Museum Pass for the most savings. Then you’ll be set for checking out these family and kid-friendly museums:

  • San Diego Air & Space Museum – This museum highlights some of history’s top aircrafts and spacecrafts from around the world including the actual Apollo 9 Command Module spacecraft. There are also plenty of interactive exhibits including a space shuttle simulator and a 3D/4D interactive kids’ zone. If you’re visiting soon, don’t miss out on the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not exhibition which is sure to leave your kids in amazement and wonder.
  • San Diego Model Railroad Museum – If your little one has an affinity for model trains, there’s no better place to go than the San Diego Railroad Museum. As the largest indoor model railroad display in the world, there are countless trains to observe and even play with. The best part about this museum is that children 14 and under are free!
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center – Individuals of all ages will be captivated by the attractions that the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. In addition to a variety of hands on exhibits and attractions which allow visitors to explore the endless sky, stars and planets, there is a one-of-a-kind planetarium show. With the help of one of the museum’s experts, you’ll enjoy an in-depth and informational narration as you watch the stars fly by.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum – Dinosaur lovers unite! At the San Diego natural History Museum, kids can check out life size replicas of dinosaurs of the past or can play at Camp-o-Saurus, a campground just for kids. After a long day of checking out the exhibits, head over to the on-site restaurant and eat dinner with Al the Allosaurus or check out a movie at the Kaplan Theater.

If you haven’t yet reserved a hotel for your upcoming family vacation to San Diego, consider the Marina Inn & Suites. We are a family-friendly hotel in downtown San Diego and offer our guests all the essential amenities of home including free wireless internet, parking and hot breakfast prepared fresh daily. To learn more about our discounts for our popular Kids’ Suite, contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 today!

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!

Dive into the Nightlife in San Diego

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Fluxx, Stingaree, Hard Rock. If you’re familiar with downtown San Diego’s nightlife scene, you’ve likely frequented, or at least heard of these popular nightclubs. However, as a cheap hotel in downtown San Diego, we know that it’s not always in the budget to dance the night away at these often expensive clubs. That’s why we wanted to present a list of our favorite dive bars, perfect for the nights when you’re looking to relax with a cheap drink in hand.

  • Aero Club Bar – A little off the beaten path, Aero Club Bar is located in the Midtown neighborhood of San Diego. However, if whiskey’s your drink of choice, the distance from the Gaslamp is worth the 5 minute cab ride. With more than 800 types of whiskeys available, the perfect whiskey is waiting for you to find it. And for those who prefer their drinks a little bit lighter, there are also craft cocktails available. We recommend the Aero Mule at an affordable $5.50.
  • Star Bar – The definition of a dive bar, the Star Bar offers cheap, but stiff drinks that are sure to hit the spot after a long day of sightseeing. Combine this with friendly service and attentive bartenders and you’re sure to enjoy your evening out. While the décor might be a bit outdated, the bar makes up for it with a crowd that’s always ready to have a good time. Keep in mind that this bar is cash only so don’t forget to stop at the ATM before you go.
  • Tivoli Bar – Established in 1885, Tivoli Bar is known as “The Gaslamp’s Oldest Bar” with a daily happy hour from 12pm to 7pm as well as a late night happy hour from 10pm to 12am. Head over for $3 wells and domestic drafts and $10 pitchers. Tivoli’s location right besides the San Diego Convention Center always draws a crowd, creating a scene of locals and visitors from around the world. If you’re looking for a hotel in the area, learn more about cheap San Diego Convention Center hotels and availability for your upcoming trip.
  • The Field – If you’re looking for authentic, nothing beats The Field Irish Pub. The restaurant was literally shipped from Ireland piece by piece to recreate the Irish drinking hole. Hosting live music, games and trivia and playing international sporting events including the English Premier League and 6 Nations, there’s always something to do at the Field. They also have a complete menu with great bar snacks and happy hour you can soak up your Guinness with something more substantial.
  • The Local – As its name states, The Local is the place for San Diegans to gather to watch the best of sports while enjoying an ice cold brew. They have a wide selection of craft brews from San Diego’s finest including the popular Ballast Point, Stone, Green Flash and Karl Strauss to name a few. Don’t forget to check out The Local’s daily chalkboard specials which are perfect for trying something new without spending too much.

No matter which bar you choose to frequent, the friendly people at these dives are sure to make you feel right at home. Always drink responsibly and take advantage of San Diego’s public transportation system, hail a cab or make use of cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotels so you don’t have to drink and drive. For more information about inexpensive hotels near San Diego bars, contact the Marina Inn & Suites at 1-800-571-2933 and learn about our current hotel deals for our already discounted rates!

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!

Sushi in Old Town San Diego?

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Believe it or not, San Diego’s Historic Old Town – an area that celebrates its Spanish founders – is home to some of the best Japanese cuisine in the county! Everyone already knows about the fresh made tortillas, California burritos and small Mexican markets, but what about the hand rolls and sake shots?

If you want to experience Old Town like the locals, skip over the Mexico-inspired tourist hot spots and head straight to the small hole-in-the-wall eateries that are serving up the best sushi in San Diego. Unpack your bags at your budget hotel near Old Town San Diego and head over to these top restaurants located just steps away from Marina Inn:

  1. Sushi Tadokoro serves traditional Edo-mae style sushi or Nigiri (raw fish over small balls of vinegar-marinated rice). This warm and inviting restaurant on San Diego Ave. has some of the best fresh shrimp in the city and is the place to go for sashimi (raw fish) and ama-ebi (sweet shrimp). There’s always the option of ordering Omakase which means “I’ll leave it to you.” Just have an open mind and give the sushi chef a price range and they’ll make you something special, unique and delicious. Seating is limited so be sure to make a reservation beforehand and sit at the bar if you want one-on-one service with the chef himself.
  2. Yoshino Japanese Restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but when it comes to the food they’ll leave your taste buds dazzled. This cozy restaurant on the outskirts of Old Town serves up a vast array of Japanese food items like fresh sashimi, traditional and trendy sushi rolls and their famous sesame chicken. Seating is first come first serve so you’ll want to show up when doors open at 5 pm for a guaranteed seat, especially on busy weekend nights.
  3. Harney Sushi breaks all the rules in a wonderfully delicious way. This sushi restaurant strays from tradition and instead creates new and interesting combinations that are sure to please your palate. Their lively atmosphere is largely due to the late night happy hour from 10 pm to 12 am and the in-house DJ that mixes up tunes while you down sake bombs. Don’t leave without trying the Flaming Lip Roll which is a tempura fried California roll with cream cheese, spicy mayo, jalapeno and sriracha.

Reservations at an Old Town Japanese restaurant could be the cherry on top of a wonderful fun-filled day in San Diego during your vacation. Take time to wonder around Old Town soaking in the rich foods, history and shops before you stray over to the nearby Marine Corps Recruit Depot Museum just across the street near the San Diego Bay. Click here to learn more about the San Diego MCRD and why it’s a great tourist stop even if you’re not a military member.

If you’d like to make your travels easier you can always book a cheap downtown San Diego hotel room that’s walking distance from the above mentioned activities. No need spend extra money on a rental car when Marina Inn & Suites is located less than 2 miles from the MCRD, just 3 miles from Old Town San Diego and the Old Town trolley stop.

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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.

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