It doesn’t take heaps of moola to vacation in San Diego. First-rate, budget hotels abound, without compromising cleanliness or amenities. Urban dwellers and beachophiles alike have choices galore. From the hip Little Italy neighborhood and Gaslamp District, to Coronado Island and Del Mar. There’s a choice for any taste or budget. Here’s just a few.

Just in time for holiday travel, Monica Dean welcomed Marcel I on air to share pet travel tips with NBC viewers. My furry friend and I discussed the pet-friendly hotels, restaurants, activities, and shops outlined in my book The Privileged Pooch: Luxury Travel With Your Pet in Southern California. Copies on sale at Barnes & Noble

February 11, 2011 (Friday). Barnes & Noble, 72840 Highway 111, Palm Desert, CA 92260. Signing 2pm to 3pm.

December 10, 2010 (Friday). Readers, Inc., 8219 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91941. (619) 461-1400. Signing 6pm.

November 20, 2010 (Saturday). Barnes & Noble, 829 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. (805) 962-8509. Signing 2pm to 4pm.