Environmental Systems Research Institute User Conference at San Diego Convention Center July 14-18

| Events, Greater San Diego

The Environmental Systems Research Institute 2014 User Conference will be held July 14-18 at the San Diego Convention Center. The conference is just around the corner so make sure to book your stay at Ocean Park Inn today!Esri User Conference 2010

The ESRI conference will provide five days of technical instruction, geographic information systems training, hands-on seminars and networking opportunities for those in this exciting field. According to ESRI, “More than 15,000 professionals will attend this user conference from just about every commercial sector, government organization, and non-profit field…The ESRI UC is your exclusive opportunity to meet the developers, engineers and product team behind the new ArcGIS Pro.” Don’t miss your opportunity to experience 900 real-life projects, and the chance to get involved with the latest geospatial innovations.

Along with many other activities, ESRI will host a 5K fun run, yoga classes, kid’s camp, a family night and a party in Balboa Park. Bring your family along to turn this conference into a memorable family vacation! After a long day spent in the midst of downtown, withdraw from the fast-paced atmosphere by booking your hotel at the relaxing and family-friendly Ocean Park Inn. San Diego’s premier beachfront boutique hotel is located 15 minutes away from downtown in the heart of Pacific Beach. Not only will you be just steps away from the boardwalk, but you will be located within walking distance to many shops and great restaurants. Experience everything that San Diego has to offer! Spend your day at the ESRI conference in exciting downtown, and your night’s being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the Pacific Ocean.

Esri User Conference Map GalleryThose interested in attending this five-day user conference can register at https://events.esri.com/uc/2014/registration/index.cfm. Before registering make sure you pick your conference and industry events as well as sign up for pre-conference seminars.

After you have completed your conference registration, head over to OceanParkInn.com to make your hotel reservations. Whether you are bringing your family or traveling solo, make sure to check out local Kono’s Café for breakfast, dine rooftop at Firehouse or take a stroll down the boardwalk during sunset—all within walking distance from your ideal accommodations at Ocean Park Inn. We look forward to hosting you for the ESRI user conference!

Event Location:

111 W Harbor Dr.

San Diego, CA



For more information, please visit: http://www.esri.com/events/user-conference

Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk – September 11, 2013

| Greater San Diego

If you’re visiting San Diego this September 11th you won’t want to miss the Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk, which is the ultimate night out for foodies. Tickets to the Walk are only $20, and offer the opportunity to dine on some of the best eats in town. To top it off, the event is being held in Pacific beach, home to your luxurious accommodations at PB’s premier boutique hotel: the Ocean Park Inn.

The Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk is sure to please any palate, with participating restaurants ranging from Spanish cuisine at Costa Brave, to Greek delicacies at Café Athena, and sweet-tooth fulfilling desserts at the Sugar and Scribe Bakery. There will even be craft beer tastings at the Fish Shop and tavern, so no one will go thirsty. The Walk will also include stops at Tap Room, The Patio on Lamont Street, Typhoon Saloon, Woodstock’s Pizza and more! The entire Pacific Beach community is getting in on the fun, so be sure to stop at local shops for great Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk deals being offered during your delectable stroll.

As if a night of good eats in scenic Pacific Beach weren’t enough, the proceeds of the Walk will also be going towards a great cause: keeping the community clean! Pacific Beach is one of the most amazing, laid-back and welcoming neighborhoods in San Diego, and we at the Ocean Park Inn are happy to support an event that helps to keep our home clean. After an evening spent enjoying your self-guided food tour, come back to a comfortable bed and the sound of the Pacific for some rest and relaxation at PB’s own Ocean Park Inn.

Click here, or stop by the front desk to get your tickets to this year’s Heart of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk today!

San Diego Restaurant Week – Round 2!

| Greater San Diego

Would you consider yourself a foodie, a person devoted to refined and pure enjoyment of good food and drink? If you find yourself nodding yes, San Diego has the perfect event for you! San Diego Restaurant Week, held twice annually, will be taking serving its second course September 15-20, 2013. Over 180 restaurants in 12 unique regions throughout San Diego will be participating by offering discounted menus which do not require tickets or passes. You are sure to find something to satisfy your palate as participating restaurants range from sweet tooth connoisseurs to proponents of spicy, authentic Mexican food. There will even be a few participating restaurants located within walking distance from your favorite Pacific Beach accommodations at the Ocean Park Inn! Local participants include Cannonball, an Asian-inspired restaurant, which will be offering an exquisite menu to include a 2-course lunch option for $20 and 3-course dinner for only $30. If Asian isn’t your thing, swing over to Café Athena for a delicious, 3-course Greek feast. Café Athena boasts a menu with multiple options for as low as $20, so it is not to be missed! More details on some of the menus and participating restaurants are available at: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/restaurants.

If summer fun has left you strapped for cash this September, take advantage of the “Dine Out Free” contest taking place! One lucky winner will be selected to dine out every weekend for an entire year for free! Sign up for the contest now at: http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com/home/dine_out_free.

The kick-off party for San Diego Restaurant Week will be held September 12 from 5:00-9:00 PM at the Broadway Pier. This will be a delicious sneak peak, and will showcase culinary works of art from top chefs around San Diego. This premier tasting event will present over 40 of the areas best restaurants and over 20 local breweries. Each establishment will be serving samples of their specialties along with beverages to enhance these distinguished flavors. But what would a food-focused event be without a bit of entertainment? The kick-off party will include live music brought to you from Dave Patrone. Tickets to this divine culinary experience will be sold at $60.00 per person.

For a chance to win a FREE ticket to the kick-off party, all you need to do is visit a Mini Cooper dealership to test drive a vehicle. Participating dealerships include MINI of San Diego on Kearny Mesa Road and MINI of Escondido on Auto Park Way. This opportunity is only available while supplies last so get your free ticket today! For more information visit http://www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.

New Eats in Pacific Beach

| Greater San Diego

When you visit Pacific Beach and stay at its premier boutique hotel, the Ocean Park Inn, you’ll be confronted with almost too many options for great restaurants in the area. While there are old standards that we’ll always recommend, there are also tons of new places to grab a bite during your San Diegan adventure! Check out some options below:

Fat Sals:

Holy sandwich, Fat Sals will give you one food coma you’ll never forget, and we’re not messing around. This New Jersey inspired, gluttonous deli was the creation of actor Jerry Ferrara, famous for playing Turtle on HBO’s Entourage. Jerry and his two childhood friends, Josh and Sal, wanted to bring the mouth-watering East Coast grub to the young West Coast neighborhood of Pacific Beach.

Since it’s opening in December 2012, flocks of PB natives have lined up, waiting to get their next “Fat Jerry” (cheesesteak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, bacon, fried eggs, fries, mayo, ketchup, salt & pepper) or “Fat Joey” (pastrami, turkey, melted swiss, cole slaw, fries, Russian dressing). Don’t even get us started on their shakes. Check out the menu at


The Patio on Lamont:

“(The Patio is) not a raucous sports bar, not a locals’ dive bar, not a hipster beach bar, but a bar for the more distinguished folk of Pacific Beach with an appetite for something more upscale – something with class, if you will,” (sandiegoville.com).

The Patio features a mouth-watering Mediterranean and Asian inspired menu, with dishes like an 8 oz. Kobe beef burger, braised pork shank, beef & blue flatbread and bacon & panko crusted sea scallops. “Yum” is an understatement.

Unlike most surrounding restaurants, The Patio is dog friendly. Diners are encouraged to bring their pooch onto the outdoor patio and order Fido a homemade doggie biscuit. The Patio also features “Dawg Grog,” the only dog-friendly, non-alcoholic beer!

Happy hour is offered everyday from 3pm-6pm. The look at the menu, visit http://thepatioonlamont.com/

The Baked Bear:

Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day? The Baked Bear, PB’s newest addition, has taken the neighborhood by storm with its handcrafted, delectable frozen treats. With 12 premium ice cream flavors and 8 different cookies to choose from, customers can custom-build the ice cream sandwich of their choice. For less than $3, you’ve got a drool-worthy concoction any child would be envious of. Add an extra $1, and replace your cookie(s) with a waffle or Ghiradelli brownie. Ice cream sandwiches not your thing? No problem! The Baked Bear also offers root beer floats, ice cream sundaes, chocolate dipped bananas, and even coffee floats!  Located just 2 blocks from Ocean Park Inn, The Baked Bear is open daily until 11pm. For more information about The Baked Bear, visit http://thebakedbear.com/

California Kebab & Beer Garden:

This restaurant has quickly grown into a local favorite. Located just one block from the beach (and 3 blocks from Ocean Park Inn), California Kebab provides a laid-back atmosphere ideal for watching the sunset while you sip on a homebrewed beer.

With Mediterranean inspired dishes like lamb skewers, falafel sandwiches, and veggie rice bowls, California Kebab holds a reputation for serving some of the healthier options in Pacific Beach. The “Bounty” salad, a personal favorite, includes a variety of seasonal vegetables from San Diego local farms.

The specials at California Kebab are endless. From 3 – 6pm on Monday through Friday, select draft beers are half off. On Tuesdays, get any pitcher for $10 and kebab tacos for $3, with flavor options of falafel, lamb or chicken. On Wednesdays, enjoy “Stein Night” and get a 32 oz. stein of German beer for only $5! Thursdays, come over for “Koozin’ for a Brews’n” and get $4 pints all night with the purchase of an Amplified Aleworks (California Kebab’s in-house brewpub) Koozie. Bring the Koozie back for another Thursday, and you’ll still receive the $4 pint special. On Sunday’s, enjoy a savory brunch of 4 slices of smoked bacon, rosemary fingerling potatoes, smoked cheddar cheesy egg scramble, french toast with pomegranate sangria syrup and a beer flight for only $20!

To browse the menu and current beer listings, visit http://www.cali-kebab.com/zgrid/themes/842/intro/index.jsp

Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk – Tuesday, May 21st

| Greater San Diego

Our hotel guests often ask, “Where’s the best place to grab a bite in Pacific Beach?” With a multitude of restaurants here worthy of the “Best Food in San Diego” title, it’s often hard to pinpoint the perfect place. However, on Tuesday, May 21st, the Coast of Pacific Beach Restaurant Walk will give our guests the unique ability to sample some of the best plates from an array of dining establishments in the PB area.

For only $20, attendees will sample some of the best grub Pacific Beach has to offer. With 26 participating restaurants, hometown and visiting foodie’s alike will be given the chance to devour a plethora of PB’s coastal cuisine—from fish tacos, to pulled pork sliders, and delicoius surf and turf burritos. Your taste buds will feel like they’re on a joy ride!

Pacificbeach.org claims, “What could be better than a leisurely self-guided restaurant stroll set by the Pacific Ocean?” Our answer: nothing! Add in the gorgeous sunset you’ll enjoy after a delicious day of food and ocean breeze, and this event truly offers you the ideal day in Pacific Beach.

Participating restaurants include Bareback Grill, Big Kahunas, California Kebab, Firehouse Eatery and Lounge, Duck Dive, Fat Sals, PB Alehouse, Ciro’s Pizzeria and Beerhouse, Miller’s Field, Chupacabra, Ra-ka-de-ka, Shore Club, Bub’s, Cabo Cantina, Gelato Bus Stop, Liberty Pizza, Cass St. Bar and Grill, Morays and more.

Event proceeds will go back to the PB community in order to keep the neighborhood and surrounding area clean. And while you’re here for the food, stay for the atmosphere at Pacific Beach’s premier boutique hotel, the Ocean Park Inn. Located right on the boardwalk with gorgeous views of the glittering Pacific Ocean, the Ocean Park Inn is the best place to rest after a long day of sampling delicious local cuisine. Please visit the Ocean Park Inn website to view rates for Tuesday, May 21st.

Purchase tickets online for $20 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346235, or get them at the door for $25.