In some parts of the country, the Winter Solstice, which marks the shortest day of the year, also marks the beginning of a long and cold winter. However, in San Diego, the Winter Solstice is nothing but another sunny Southern Californian day! With school and work breaking for the holidays, come celebrate the Winter Soltice away from your town’s freezing weather at the Pacific Beach’s premier beachfront hotel, the Ocean Park Inn.
From experience, we can tell you there is nothing better than a vacation spent with your toes in the sand and a drink in your hand. The Ocean Park Inn is located in the heart of San Diego’s Pacific Beach, where you can enjoy local eats and nightlife, as well as a sunset stroll down the boardwalk.
Here are some of our favorite things to do in San Diego during the winter:
1. Arrival of Surfin’ Santa:
Santa will ditch his red suit, dress up in his surfing attire and arrive at Seaport Village to celebrate the holiday season in true Southern California style. Families near and far venture to Seaport Village to enjoy a unique visit with the board shorts-clad Santa, and to explore more than 50 local shops all decked out for the holidays.
2. Ice Skating at Horton Plaza:
Gather up family and friends alike and head downtown to San Diego’s premier shopping district, where you can enjoy hot chocolate and get the feel of the holiday season. The ice skating rink will be set up alongside Horton Plaza’s beautiful Christmas tree, making it a great place to spend time with your loved ones.
3. Get out and explore the beauty of San Diego:
You can explore the wonders of San Diego by going on hikes throughout the city or renting bicycles to ride down the seaside boardwalk. If you can tear yourself away from your relaxing oceanfront room at the Ocean Park Inn, you may also want to consider renting paddleboards or kayaking in nearby Mission Bay. Enjoy the many wonders of San Diego as you unleash your adventurous side this winter!
Whether you are escaping the freezing temps or just visiting family in San Diego, Ocean Park Inn is the place to stay. You can watch the sunset from your balcony or visit the many different restaurants, bars and shops surrounding the hotel. Although it is the beginning of winter you will feel like summer has just arrived! San Diego is your summer getaway from winter, so book yourself some sunshine today!
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Kick off this holiday season by attending Balboa Park’s December Nights! On December 5th and 6th, the 36th annual holiday festival will bring families and friends together to learn about the cultural value of San Diego’s Balboa Park, all set to the undeniable sights and sounds of the holiday season.
Attending the premier holiday festival in 2014? Consider booking your stay at Ocean Park Inn, where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean during the day, then head into Balboa Park for holiday cheer by night. This boutique, ocean front hotel makes the perfect home away from home this holiday season. Whether you are visiting family in San Diego, want to attend Balboa December Nights or simply just want to escape your city’s winter weather, Ocean Park Inn is the place for you.
The December Nights event will host over 350,000 visitors and is among one of the largest free holiday festivals in the community. In the spirit of the holiday season, participating museums will open their doors from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., free of charge. In addition to free entry into participating museums, there will be a wide variety of entertainment options and holiday exhibitions to round out the festivities.
But the fun doesn’t stop at lights and music! If you’re attending December Nights, be sure to come hungry. Each year, vendors gather to bring the community the best of their holiday treats, including delicious offerings from around the globe. Balboa Park will be decorated for the holiday season with lights illuminating the entire park and a decorated Christmas tree in the center of the venue.
Learn more about Balboa December Nights and join our community to kick off the most wonderful time of the year. Holiday’s are a time to visit with family and friends, so book your stay at Pacific Beach’s boutique family hotel and enjoy a holiday that you’ll never forget.
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Celebrate Halloween Beach Side At Ocean Park Inn
It’s that time of year again! The ghost and goblins are set to make their appearances, and San Diegans are preparing to dress up in their favorite costumes. San Diego hosts a ton of Halloween events to fit just about every taste, and there’s no better place to rest your head after a long night of celebrating than at Pacific Beach’s top boutique hotel, Ocean Park Inn. This beachfront hotel is located within walking distance to many restaurants and bars, and sits just exits away from some of the largest Halloween celebrations in San Diego.
The hardest part of Halloween in San Diego will be choosing which event to attend! Check out our top picks for spooktacular fun this October 31st:
Where: Market Street
Make your way through the largest haunted house in all of San Diego and experience the most heart-pounding and shiver-inducing special effects in town. The haunted Hotel will have you screaming from start to finish! If you dare, explore Freddy Krueger’s workshop, and visit rooms inspired by Legion and Shutter Island. Haunt World Magazine named Haunted Hotel as one of the top 13 haunted houses in America. Purchase your tickets online here and get ready for a night full of fright!
Where: Balboa Park
Balboa Park’s mile-long haunted trail will have you twisting through mysterious groves of pines and gnarled oaks. Our best tip? Don’t get too caught up in worrying about what will jump out ahead of you…be aware of what might catch you from behind! This year’s trail takes you through a haunted old Plantation and Bourbon Street, offers the chance to meet the murderous residents of Silent Hill, squeezes participants through a crowd of creepy clowns in the Haunted Ghoul Bus, and even gives you the chance to survive live scenes from American Horror Story. Buy your tickets now and discover all Balboa Park has to offer for Halloween weekend.
Monster Bash Block Party
Where: Downtown San Diego
On Friday night, the scariest demons, most lustful vampires, spookiest ghosts, and craziest villains will take over the Gaslamp and East Village, covering over eight blocks for the largest Halloween Party in California. The Monster Bash Block Party will boast five over-the-top decorated stages, and will feature over 17 of the best DJs in the nation. Monster Bash is known for its insane costume contest, so make sure dress your best to be eligible to win up to $5,000. Buy your tickets here before this popular event sells out.
Haunted Halloween Carnival
Where: Hard Rock Hotel
Enjoy the most remarkable Halloween night-life in all of San Diego at Hard Rock Hotel’s Haunted Halloween Carnival. This event will have over 20 DJs, three floors and five epic rooms decorated to theme with Halloween surprises around every corner. Put together your most creative costume, grab your friends and plan for a night filled with drinks, dancing and fun. Buy your tickets from Hard Rock Hotel and don’t miss out on the party of the year!
Whether you plan to make your way downtown for Halloween festivities, or would like to stay close to your luxury Ocean Park Inn accomodations in beautiful Pacific Beach, there will be plenty to do on Halloween weekend. Dress up in your best-looking costumes and check out some of the local bars, including nearby Firehouse, Miller’s Field, Duck Dive or Tavern. You simply can’t go wrong spending a spooky, sun-filled Halloween in America’s Finest City.
Visit www.oceanparkinn.com today to book your spooky weekend getaway!
Kick off the beginning of Fall 2014 with Ocean Beach’s 10th annual Oktoberfest. On October 10th and 11th Newport Avenue and Abbott Street will play host OB Oktoberfest, promising a weekend filled with live music, beer and bratwurst.
Book your stay at Pacific Beach’s Ocean Park Inn to be just minutes away from this event and just steps away from the beach. This weekend is a hit so be sure to make your hotel reservations here.
The weekend’s festivities are set to include:
Friday October 10, 2014:
Band Slam (Battle of the Bands): The preliminary Battle of the Band contest was held and the winners of the show have been chosen. Now it’s time to come enjoy live local music and help cheer on your favorite band as you watch them battle to victory. The semifinalists will play Friday night, and the judges’ scorecards along with audience votes will determine the winners. So come out and support your favorite performers!
Beer Garden (Blonde-a-thon): Join us Friday night for happy hour in the beer garden and don’t forget to participate in the “Blonde-a-thon”. Wear your best blonde wig or braid your real blonde hair to participate in the German-themed costume contest for free admission. The doormen will be checking for the best dressed and if you arrive during happy hour you will receive a free raffle ticket!
German Beer Tasting: Get in touch with German flavor when you join us for VIP German beer tasting. For just $20.00 you will receive seven 7oz flights of delicious German Beer. Sign up online and be the first of 100 people to receive VIP seating.
Ms. Oktoberfest: It’s back! It wouldn’t be an Ocean Beach event without the Ms. Oktoberfest competition. The semi-finals of this Ocean Beach beauty pageant will take place on Friday night at happy hour, with the finals held Saturday afternoon. Be sure to stop by to watch the ladies show off their white cocktail dresses and compete in the stein-holding bikini contest.
Saturday October 11, 2014:
Brat Trot: Ocean Beach’s 3rd annual Brat Trot Beach Run will take place on Saturday October 11th. There are two events to participate in: the 2K Family Fun Run and the 5K Beach Run! The 2014 OB Brat Trot Beach Run is sponsored by Ocean Beach Community Foundation and all proceeds will benefit local youth sports! The course starts and ends near the entrance of the OB Oktoberfest Beer Garden and runs along the beach from the OB Pier to the river channel and back. Don’t forget to dress up as costumes are highly encouraged. Click here for more information.
Contests: On Saturday, the OB Oktoberfest will give out cash prizes for contests that include:
- Stein Holding
- Bratwurst Eating
- Balloon Blow
- Sausage Toss
With all of these fun activities planned for the weekend, you will not want to miss out on OB Oktoberfest! Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn located just minutes away in exciting Pacific Beach and you’ll be able to make use of the Oktoberfest Bus that leaves from the nearby 710 Beach Club. Throw on your lederhosen and yodel your way down to the beach for beer and bratwurst!
Visit www.oceanparkinn.com to book your weekend get away!
And away they go! After training all year, the horses are finally coming out of the stables and on to the tracks for Opening Day at Del Mar! The racing season begins Thursday, July 17, 2014, and you won’t want to miss the exciting Opening Day action. Book your reservation for a race-filled getaway at Ocean Park Inn located in Pacific Beach, to experience all that San Diego has to offer.
Saddle up and kick off the start of an amazing racing season. The Del Mar racetrack will be hosting a handful of events on opening day, and the excitement will continue throughout the season. Don’t miss these key events:
Opening Day Events:
- Hat Contest: Starting in the early 1900s, female fashion at horse races included a mass of pastel and spring colored hats and dresses. As the tradition continues, Del Mar racetrack is hosting a hat contest on opening day with chances to win up to $5,000 in prizes. More information about the contest can be found here: http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=2
- Party on Opening Day: Join the ultimate opening day experience! Enjoy food trucks, DJs and a microbrew beer garden. You will have the chance to participate in interactive activities, photo booths and prize giveaways. If you’re a thrill seeker and are ready for a day of fun in the sun click here to purchase your tickets. http://www.dmtc.com/season/events/index.php?id=98
- Newcomers Seminar: Are you not exactly sure how the horse races are conducted? Are you confused about how to bet on a horse when the time comes? Join the newcomer’s seminar to understand the odds, how to manage your money and also learn helpful insider racing tips to be more successful during this racing season.
Events Throughout the Season
- Summer Concert Series: Enjoy a variety of summer concerts at Del Mar’s Thoroughbred club every weekend on Friday and/or Saturday. The warm summer weather makes for an enjoyable evening filled with live bands and nice cold beverages. With the purchase of your track admission you can enjoy a variety of artists all performing on the grounds of the racetrack.
- Family Weekend: Are you trying to come up with something different to do with the family this summer? Consider joining in on the family fun every Saturday and Sunday at the Del Mar Races! Children receive free racetrack admission and adults are only $6. The free activities include a giant scramble slide and obstacle course, inflatable games and rides, the Del Mar Mascot “Pony Boy”, Pony Rides, magic shows & game zone, jockey stilt walkers and face painters. So pack your cars and head over to enjoy a day full of activities with your family.
- San Diego Beer Festival: Join the Del Mar Race Track for San Diego Beer Fest on Saturday July 26th. Tickets will go on sale at 1:00 p.m. the day of the event. Sample five 7oz tastings for $18 and have the chance to talk to brewery representatives and check out brewery merchandise. Don’t miss out on this event!
- Day Break at Del Mar: Come join the Del Mar racing team for breakfast while watching the team’s morning workouts. The Clubhouse Terrance Restaurant will serve breakfast from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Enjoy delicious breakfast sandwiches, oatmeal, fruit, and other items all while learning racing tips and more about the notable workers on the track.
After enjoying a day under the sun packed with horse racing festivities, the last thing you’ll want to do is sit in traffic. So whether you are just joining the races for opening day or are making this a weekend long vacation, be sure to book your hotel reservations at Ocean Park Inn. This affordable beachfront boutique hotel sits 20 minutes from the racetracks in the heart of Pacific Beach. With a view of the ocean and a location just steps away from restaurants and shops, you’ll be sure to find something to do that fits your family’s needs!
Call 858-483-5858 or visit oceanparkinn.com to complete your reservations.