Another College football season is coming to an end, meaning we get to shift our focus to the exciting bowl games! San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium will play host to two of these games, starting with the Poinsettia Bowl on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, and closing with the Holiday Bowl on Saturday, December 27, 2014.
Whether you are tailgating and attending the actual games or simply planning to watch them at your favorite local bar, the Ocean Park Inn will make the perfect home base during your San Diego fun. Located within walking distance to Pacific Beach’s most sought-after sports bars, as well as a short taxi ride away from the stadium, the Ocean Park Inn is your best choice for a post-holidays San Diego getaway.
The Holiday Bowl isn’t all football, however! To mark the kickoff of this exciting game, San Diego presents a 5k, Balloon Parade and more! The 20th Annual 5K Bumble Bee Foods Run/Walk will take begin on the corner of Harbor Drive and Ash Street and finish near Tuna Harbor Park. After the run you will have the chance to stay and watch the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade where you will be able to enjoy the scenic bayside streets of San Diego. The parade boasts live marching bands, beautiful hand made floats, drill teams and a balloon ceremony. If you are not participating in the 5K run/walk, you can purchase your tickets at the Port of San Diego Big Bay Balloon Parade site.
Make your way down to Pacific Beach and enjoy a weekend filled with football festivities and family fun. Gear up and join us for a touchdown weekend!
This year, spend Christmas in San Diego where the sun is shinning and the people are always smiling! Skip out on the white Christmas this year, and enjoy all of the traditional holiday festivities in the sun. Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn where you can hang up your snow jackets in favor of bathing suits, and build sand castles instead of snowmen.
To help you plan the perfect celebration, we have compiled the following list of our favorite things to do in San Diego this winter:
View the Christmas Lights:
Many neighborhoods around San Diego gather together to deck their halls with street after street of holiday lights and decorations, perfect for a moonlit stroll or family drive. In some neighborhoods you’ll even find friendly decorating competitions and homemade family treats for sale. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy a neighborhood full of Christmas cheer! Click here to read more information about participating neighborhoods.
Ice Skate Outdoors:
Enjoy an outdoor ice skating experience in the heart of downtown San Diego! Bring the family downtown to Horton Plaza where you can skate under the moonlight and enjoy the featured Christmas tree and abundant holiday spirit. The ice skating rink will remain open until January 4th and you can buy your tickets for $12 for children (under 12) and $14 for adults. All proceeds will benefit Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego.
Holiday Amusement at San Diego’s Parks:
You can also visit the local parks to ring in the holiday season. Visit the San Diego Zoo for their Jungle Bells parade where you can enjoy activities, animal experiences and entertainment all backed by a different holiday theme for each day of the month. Or consider taking the family to SeaWorld for their Christmas celebration, visits with Santa, and of course famous Orca.
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.
The spooky excitement of Halloween has passed, and now we move onto giving thanks and spending quality time with loved ones. This year, consider getting away from your city’s cold November weather and enjoy a sunny Thanksgiving at the beach! Bring the whole family and book your stay at Ocean Park Inn where you are located just steps away from the sand. As Pacific Beach’s favorite family-oriented boutique beachfront hotel, the Ocean Park Inn will provide your family the perfect setting for warm holiday fun! Enjoy a day in the ocean or take a stroll down the boardwalk where you all will be able to enjoy each other’s company, and give thanks for the time away from the hustle-and-bustle of the holiday season.
But what about the big feast? We suggest any of the local restaurants in Pacific Beach, or you can enjoy an amazing and scenic Thanksgiving Dinner on the Hornblower! Celebrate this heart-warming holiday with your loved ones in a classically San Diegan fashion: onboard a Hornblower yacht which will sail around San Diego Bay while you enjoy a traditional holiday buffet complete with all the trimmings! This Thanksgiving you will be able to enjoy a two and a half hour comfortable cruise, champagne upon boarding, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and a beautiful view complete with entertainment. Book your tickets with Hornblower Thanksgiving Cruises and enjoy a stress-free holiday on the water.
There’s more to Thanksgiving than the food, right? Consider giving back this holiday season by taking part in the Thanksgiving Del Mar Family Fun Run. Kick off your holiday with a one-mile run around the track at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. The run will begin at the actual starting gate, loop a one-mile lap all the way around the track, and finish in the Winners’ Circle where you will get your picture taken. You’ll even get the chance to run or walk alongside some of horse-racing’s most well-known jockeys! Participants in the Fun Run will receive admission to the racetrack, parking, and a Fun Run t-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Arrive at the track early for extra family fun! Activities that will precede the Fun Run include games and prizes for kids, face painting, Thanksgiving Day hats with the Rad Hatter, entertainers, holiday crafts and much more. Be sure to sign up for the Del Mar Family Fun Run and enjoy Thanksgiving by giving back.
Along with these great Thanksgiving celebrations, many restaurants around San Diego are offering a wonderful Thanksgiving Dinner where you won’t have to do the cooking or the cleaning. Check out your turkey day restaurant options by clicking here. So come join San Diegans for Thanksgiving to make exciting and unique memories with your family.
Book your stay at Ocean Park Inn for a Thanksgiving with your family and friends in the heart of Pacific Beach. Whether you are looking to enjoy an elegant Thanksgiving or just want to relax and spend time with your family, Ocean Park Inn is the place to be.
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.