18th January 2012
It’s that time of year again when we anxiously await the revealing of that ever-elusive groundhog Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd, Groundhog Day. Groundhog Day celebrations began in the 18th century in southern Pennsylvania, but stem from European roots where similar celebrations are found in many different cultures. The celebration is based around the belief that if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow on February 2nd, winter will last for six more weeks. And while this is a story of folklore, it’s hard to deny the excitement we feel when Phil does not see his shadow and the dark days of winter are finally coming to an end! Groundhog Day has become a popular holiday, with celebrations occurring all over the country that include food, speeches, live bands, and plays detailing the holiday’s origins. The largest celebration occurs in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, hosting over 40,000 people each year. Even if you cannot make it to Punxsutawney for the big celebration, you can still enjoy turning over a new leaf in refreshing San Diego, California.
Many people see Groundhog Day as a time to revamp their life, especially if Punxsutawney Phil tells us that spring is almost here. It is also a time to learn from Bill Murrays infamous mistakes in the 1993 film Groundhog Day—where he is forced to relive his mistakes over and over until he gets the day right. There’s no better way or place to rejuvenate and improve yourself than beautiful Pacific Beach, located in the heart of San Diego, with a weekend getaway to one of the area’s premier hotels, Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn is located on the beach, and is the perfect place for you to relax because of its tranquil views and proximity to local attractions. You can also unwind by the beach front pool, or with the family in a spacious family suite.
Refuse to let the Bill Murray Groundhog Day syndrome get you in a rut. Make a fresh start this Groundhog Day by celebrating at the Ocean Park Inn and seeing all that Pacific Beach has to offer the new and improved you!
11th January 2012
When traveling to San Diego there can be an overwhelming number of attractions to visit, and things to do. Due to this abundance of activities, some of the most interesting local spots can be overlooked, including the museums. The San Diego area has one of the richest art cultures in the state, and houses several museums that are considered the oldest in the region and offer varied and eclectic exhibits.
One museum that is a must see is The San Diego Museum of Art. The museum is one of the oldest art museums in the San Diego region. The museum contains a wide variety of exhibits, including 19th and 20th century American art, an Asian collection, as well as growing collections of contemporary, Latin American, and old European masters art. The museum also holds daily and weekly events and exhibitions such as special Southern California art and modern Mexican painting shows. And don’t forget the kids – the museum has ‘Private Eye Gallery Cards’ with various art activities for them to enjoy.
Another museum to add to your itinerary is the San Diego Air and Space Museum located in San Diego’s Balboa Park. The museum offers science, space, and aviation history in a variety of exhibits. Historic aircraft and spacecraft memorabilia is housed here from all over the world. There are even interactive exhibits that are sure to please all ages.
There is one more stop to make on the museum tour – the Maritime Museum of San Diego. This museum has several historical ships that show the nautical history of the area, country, and world. It even hosts family overnight stays on one of its most popular attractions, the Star of India.
To top it off, the month of February 2012 is Museum Month in San Diego. The San Diego Museum Council lists all ongoing events and attractions at the area museums. And after a long day of educational fun, you’ll need a comfortable place to rest. Look no further than the Ocean Park Inn, located in popular Pacific Beach. The Inn offers the perfect end to your day with its spacious rooms, breath-taking views, and numerous amenities. There are family and group rate packages to accommodate all. Visit www.oceanparkinn.com for details and photos.
04th January 2012
Connecting with nature is one of the most amazing and breathtaking experiences we can have. It can be accomplished through many different avenues, from nature hikes to visiting rare waterfalls and forest reserves. Some like to visit beaches and coastlines, while others like to have a more hands on experience by scuba diving or swimming with the dolphins. No matter what your preference, one of the most captivating experiences in nature is whale watching, and there is no better place to do it than San Diego.
Whale watching is a very unique and awe-inspiring adventure. Each year, mainly between the months of December and March, the California gray whales migrate from Alaska toward the coastline around the San Diego area. Visitors have the opportunity to book a charter cruise with a number of different companies to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Cruises can last a couple of hours or even longer if you decide to book one that includes dinner and entertainment. If you would prefer not to go out on the water, you can also go to Cabrillo National Monument or the Birch Aquarium to view the magnificent “giants of the sea” from land. The Cabrillo National Monument, located on the Point Loma peninsula, offers a glassed-in observatory to see the whales. It also offers whale exhibits and narrations about the various characteristics of these animals. The Birch Aquarium hosts a “Whalefest” in the months of January, February, and March that teaches all about the whales and their migration to the San Diego area. Enjoying a cruise on the ocean or exhibits on land are sure to give you unique insight into the beauty of these creatures.
Many may be afraid that these experiences are out of budget, but think again! Vacation peak times in San Diego are from May to August, and because of this tickets are in higher demand and offered at higher prices during these Summer months. Choose to visit the San Diego area during the winter months of February and March and you will find lower prices and fewer crowds. This is the same for area hotels such as the Ocean Park Inn. The Ocean Park Inn is located in San Diego’s Pacific Beach, and is in close proximity to several attractions, including various whale watching tour starting points. The hotel offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, spacious rooms, affordable prices and packages, and several in-room amenities that cannot be beat. Go to www.oceanparkinn.com for more information about the hotel, whale watching hot spots, and other local attractions.
28th December 2011
As you plan your next vacation, do you find yourself craving something totally different than you’re used to? If you are looking for a change of scenery consider traveling abroad! There are many top-rated vacation destinations across the world, and especially in the United States. One of the most visited destinations in the U.S. is sunny San Diego, located in gorgeous Southern California. San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and is a favorite amongst national and international tourists.
Aside from its most well-known attribute–the wonderful year-round mild weather–San Diego also offers numerous attractions, restaurants, and accommodations at affordable prices. The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, LegoLand, Sea World, and Balboa Park top the list of famous attractions. But don’t forget the ocean, with more than sixty miles of breath-taking beaches, there is plenty of opportunity to experience all types of water fun. There are many five-star restaurants in the area, with varied cuisines and price ranges. San Diego also offers top-notch accommodations such as the Ocean Park Inn. With its spacious rooms, luxurious amenities, breath-taking views, and affordable family and group rate packages, the Inn can’t be beat. Located on the beach in San Diego, you need only to walk out of the front door to start enjoying the wonderful setting and let your adventure begin.
Besides planning your itinerary, you can’t forget to prepare for the trip. There are many requirements when traveling abroad, such as attaining passports, visas, updating vaccinations, etc. Luckily, there are places that can help you get everything you need in order and on time. Utilize your favorite internet search engine to look up the list of approved and not approved travel items if visiting us by plane. If you are traveling by plane, you may have to stop by the customs check point as well. You may also want to consider travel insurance or medical insurance in case of a last minute emergency. Visit the Department of Transportation website for more information about required documentation and additional travel tips.
21st December 2011
San Diego is a fantastic place to visit year-round, but due to its “fun-in-the-sun” stigma, it is most popular during the summer. Luckily for you, this can mean amazing off-season deals at some of the area’s hottest spots. With the San Diegan climate typically ranging from 60-80 degrees, you can escape the cold winters of the east coast or central states, and step out into the sunshine of the west coast. There is always something to do so the options are limitless as to how you can spend your time while staying here, and because it is the off-season, prices for all types of adventure and accommodations are sure to go down. Are you ready for some of our top picks on how to spend your winter days in San Diego?
Let’s start with a very unique and awe-inspiring adventure – whale watching. Each year the California gray whales migrate from Alaska toward the coastline around the San Diego area from January to April. Visitors have the opportunity to book a cruise with a number of different companies to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Cruises can last a couple of hours or even longer if you decide to book one that includes dinner and entertainment. Vacation peak times are from May to August, and because of this tickets are in higher demand during the summer, and are often offered at higher prices. Visit during the winter months and you will find lower prices and less crowds, but an equally amazing experience!
If you are a sports enthusiast there are a variety of spectator and participant events to meet a wide range of interests during the off-peak season. For example, several marathons are scheduled in the San Diego vicinity, and it’s a great time of the year to be a runner as the weather and scenery provide an optimum experience whether you’re new to the marathon scene, or a seasoned veteran. Plus, there are plenty of other attractions in the area so it’s fun for the whole family. Knott’s Berry Farm, the Air and Space Museum, Sea World, and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are just a few of the local attractions that offer exciting and affordable day ventures.
Finally, because there are less tourists visiting the area during the winter months, many hotels offer great deals. One such place is the Ocean Park Inn. Located just steps from the sand in sunny Pacific Beach, the Inn is the perfect place for you to enjoy all that San Diego has to offer. Ocean Park Inn offers many amenities including spacious rooms, complimentary continental breakfast and wireless internet, and an amazing value for your dollar. Visit their website today at www.oceanparkinn.com to discover what off-season perks you can take advantage of this year.
Let the ‘off-season’ become your ‘on-season’ this year with an exciting and affordable winter getaway!