Halloween 2014 in San Diego

| Entertainment, Events, Greater San Diego

Celebrate Halloween Beach Side At Ocean Park Inn

Halloween Pumpkin On The BeachIt’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:

Haunted Hotel
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!

Haunted Trail
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!


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