Graduation time is nearly here, and this big event is particularly exciting for San Diegans, who have a number of great universities to celebrate each year. These ceremonies mark the achievement of students’ hard work and dedication to their education. San Diego State University, University of San Diego and University of California San Diego’s graduations are right around the corner, and local hotels and restaurants are gearing up for the influx of visitors who will be attending the ceremonies in our city. Make sure you book your stay at Ocean Park Inn and make a graduation dinner reservation before it books up!
To help you plan the post-ceremony party, we have put together a few recommendations for great Graduation Dinner spots throughout San Diego:
Downtown: Mister A’s offers a modern American cuisine with French and Mediterranean influences. Mister A’s easily accommodates large groups, making this fining dining restaurant the perfect place to get the whole family together. The stunning panoramic views are the ultimate pair with their tantalizing menu.
La Jolla: Donovan’s by the Cove is known for its standard of fine dining excellence. It is truly a classic steakhouse that is a classy place to celebrate any achievement. Private dining rooms are available as well as regular seating. This La Jolla staple will put an elegant touch on any college graduation celebration.
Little Italy: Bencotto is one of our favorites. Their unique approach to Italian cooking offers hand-made “home style” dishes in a modern and inviting way. The menu is “designed-to-share” so that guests can casually pick and choose dishes, making it ideal for a big family celebration.
Mission Beach: For a laid back, beach celebration, we recommend Cannonball. Newly renovated oceanfront views and irresistible sushi are the name of the game. Enjoy some cocktails, layback and enjoy the views. The open feel of the restaurant is stress free, and it is the perfect place to let loose with friends after four years of hard work.
Mission Valley: King’s Fish House has many special occasion rooms and is a seafood lover’s paradise. The owners have been in the restaurant business for three generations, and it really shows at King’s. This would be a great family style option for any graduation celebration.
Wherever you decide to dine, there is nothing quite like celebrating with great company amongst the positive and exciting buzz of the graduation season. Congratulations to all of San Diego’s 2015 graduates! We wish you the best of luck. Don’t forget to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn!
Get your puns and witty banter ready, because we’re bringing you another #CaptionClassySD contest for January! Throughout January, our Facebook fans will have the opportunity to caption our photo of the month. Each caption submitted is entered into a contest where entrants will have the chance to win a $100 credit toward a stay at Ocean Park Inn. How do you ensure that your caption wins the grand prize? Get the most votes for your caption!
Here is our January photo. This month, our photo recognizes one of the biggest industries in San Diego and it’s also what brings most of our clients to town: the hospitality industry. We’re giving a shout out to our bartenders that pour drinks and witness all of the hipster, beer-loving locals in their natural element.
Use this link to enter the contest, http://woobox.com/ivkneb. Caption your heart out and let the smack talk begin. Don’t worry. As locals, we’re also loyal San Diego sports fans. We can handle the truth.
For full contest rules, click here.
Dreaming of a weekend getaway to unwind from the madness of the holidays? The Martin Luther King holiday weekend is just around the corner, and San Diego makes a great destination for a quick weekend trip! For accommodations, look no further than Ocean Park Inn, which is located just across the boardwalk from the Pacific Ocean, and close to all of the action in San Diego.
On Saturday, January 17th, start off the weekend watching San Diego State University’s Aztecs vs. UNLV’s Runnin’ Rebels. Tip off is at 3:00pm at the Viejas Arena, and you can still get your tickets here. If you’d rather take in the game on TV, check out nearby Pacific Beach hotspots like The Local Pacific Beach, where you can enjoy brunch with $10 bottles of Champagne!
On Sunday, January 18th make sure to check out the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown at the San Diego Bay Waterfront! The festivities start at 2 p.m. on Harbor Drive and are a must attend for all ages. The parade is a San Diego tradition and will include everything from detailed floats to peace and youth group gatherings. Enjoy the beauty of the waterfront with the family or friends. It is the perfect way to honor the holiday, and explore “Americas Finest City.” If you have extra time, stop by Seaport Village after the parade to enjoy local cuisine, and tour the 50+ shops it has to offer!
And the best part of Sunday during a holiday weekend? No work on Monday! Continue your weekend fun by walking the Pacific Beach boardwalk directly in front of Ocean Park Inn and explore fun shops, restaurants and beautiful scenery. San Diego has everything you could want in a long weekend getaway: great eats, exciting events, and gorgeous sandy beaches. Visit www.oceanparkinn.com to book your stay in Sunny San Diego.
This November 16th-23rd, travel to America’s Finest City to join foodies and wine connoisseurs at the exciting 11th Annual San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival. This event is the biggest wine and food festival on the West Coast, with over 200 wineries and breweries, as well as over 70 restaurants set to participate this year. Over 10,000 attendees from all over the country will make the trip out for this delicious soiree, making it a culinary celebration you will not want to miss. Make the most of your trip to San Diego by booking your stay in Pacific Beach at Ocean Park Inn, a luxurious boutique hotel located just exits away from the event and only steps away from the sand.
This year’s action-packed event features culinary classes, wine tasting seminars, celebrity chef dinners, wine reserve tasting events, auctions and more. Get your taste buds ready for this talked-about showcase of San Diego’s delicious food scene.
The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival will host the region’s top restaurants, and will usher in the newest food trends for a foodie experience you won’t soon forget. The vast amount of culinary talent in San Diego combined with a display of premiere wines and beer make this is an event we’re sure you’ll want to attend for years to come.
The Wine and Food Festival isn’t all tasting, however! Attendees can also enjoy a large variety of wine tasting seminars and culinary classes taught by guest celebrity chefs from all over the country. Shopaholics will also enjoy browsing the sponsorship and exhibitor festival where local and national companies will showcase their brands. The event is set to be non-stop bliss for culinary lovers and wine gurus! And if you take our advice, you can relax and take in a sunset beachfront at your Ocean Park Inn accommodations after a fun-filled day enjoying wine and delicious eats bayside. Be sure to purchase your tickets for the San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival before they sell out, and visit www.oceanparkinn.com to book your accommodation reservations.
Come enjoy San Diego’s premiere art show while sipping on the best local beers and signature wines at the sixth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival. This October 11th and 12,th La Jolla’s Girard Street will host this exciting San Diegan event. The Festival is free and open to the public, so locals and visitors alike are welcome to come for a weekend of artistic fun. Make sure to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn by clicking here. This luxurious boutique hotel is located in beautiful Pacific Beach, which sits just a short drive away from the event.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival will boast over 150 artists from all over the world, who will be displaying their masterpieces for visitors to purchase and enjoy. In addition to the artist showcases, this festival will have a food court featuring local restaurants and farmers market vendors cooking up their delicious dishes. You will also be able to relish in roving entertainment and music performances while browsing the amazing art creations. It’s easy to get caught up in the amazing art, but attendees won’t want to forget about the Festival’s silent auction. Be sure to take a look at the variety of beauty treatments, medical services, restaurant packages and gifts for animal lovers and sport enthusiasts featured in the auction.
The La Jolla Art & Wine Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. There are expected to be over 20,000 attendees, with proceeds from this event benefiting La Jolla’s under funded education programs, at the three local elementary and middle schools. Last year’s Festival raised over $100,000, and we’re hoping for equal success in 2014!
After you have enjoyed an assortment of beer and wine, as well as the beautiful artwork that La Jolla Art & Wine Festival has to offer, you can make your way back to Ocean Park Inn to watch the sun set over the Pacific from your hotel balcony. Located just a hop, skip and jump away from the sand, Pacific Beach’s premier hotel, Ocean Park Inn, is the perfect place to relax after a fun-filled day at the festival. Ocean Park Inn is located in the heart of San Diego’s favorite beach town, and sits just walking distance from local restaurants and bars where you can continue to enjoy your evening out in San Diego.
Visit www.oceanparkinn.com today to book your weekend getaway!