It took us two long months but we finally had the opportunity to celebrate our anniversary at Pechanga Resort and Casino this year! We live just 5 minutes away but had never stayed the weekend there and we were always curious as to what it would be like….we were VERY pleasantly surprised. Let us show you why. 😉 Special thanks goes out to Pechanga for sponsoring our stay so we could share our pictures and experiences with you.
One of my favorite spots outside this resort and casino is this bridge that goes between a fabulous restaurant and their golf course (we didn’t play a round this time). There is a lot to do at Pechanga, located in Temecula, CA., so much so that we literally never left the entire weekend. From fabulous restaurants, to entertainment, gaming, Bingo, spa services and more we definitely could’ve stayed longer. 😉
Here are 10 reasons to visit
- Fabulous hotel rooms – super spacious and the bed was SO comfy! Complete with shower, desk, sitting area, and closet to hang our clothes…even an ironing board to use when we went out for a nice dinner.
- Entertainment – Pechanga has a comedy club with regular acts as well as a theater that has BIG names, like Gary Allen who will be there in December (LOVE his music), Musicals and more. You can see their full schedule here.
- Restaurants – I could write an entire post on the food we had there….it was SO fabulous. There is NO way to capture a magnificent picture of food in my opinion, nor can you smell or taste just how good it really is but I took a few just to give you a peek inside. These are the restaurants we visited while we were there.
- Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar – if you love sushi and/or Asian fusion this place was amazing. Instead of ordering a few meals we had Chef Ikeda (great guy) make us several bites of things he loved on the menu including; poki tacos, Hamachi Crudo, oysters, pork belly sliders (personal favorite), Chilean sea bass, salmon, and the dessert was something I had to show you (real gold on top)!
- Journey’s End – this is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and happy hour just on the other side of the gorgeous wood bridge you see up above. It has a great view of the golf course and mountains and the food was really good as we started our day. I had corned beef hash which I hadn’t had in years and had this view as we ate out on the patio area.
- The Great Oak Steakhouse – great dim ambiance and the food was fabulous. I don’t eat steak very often but I am always open to try new things and I will say it was the best filet I had probably ever eaten! The most flavorful piece of meat and my favorite side too, risotto. Chef Vinegas brought us small portions of some of their most popular items so we could try them and they were all great, but I will say the lobster bisque and crab cakes you see here were incredible (the creme brûlée topped off the meal too)!
- Casino – needless to say there are TONS of games to choose from. Whether you like Poker, slot machines, or something in between Pechanga has you covered!
- Bingo – seriously, if you haven’t played this as an adult (with great monetary prizes) you must! I have been during the week for their morning session where you can play for as little as $10 AND it includes free donuts, coffee, and drinks. During the weekend they offer different things including a black light session and a costume contest during Halloween time.
- Spa – we had a couples massage and the first thing I noticed was their robes!! Ok so I notice the small things sometimes but seriously these were the softest most plush robes I’ve ever worn (totally wanted to take one home), and it just got better. We both went into a room and got a 50 min. massage, then after there was a bottle of my favorite Almond champagne from Wilson Creek Winery, and a large jetted tub and huge walk in shower were there to use and freshen up before heading to the casino again.
- Pool – We went down to the pool after our massages and enjoyed the evening under a cabana that had sparkling cider and grapes for us to enjoy. A television and super comfy couch were available and would’ve been perfect to spend the day under had we not been so busy elsewhere that day. 😉
- Golf – we aren’t golfers ourselves but it’s a beautiful course that we saw as we walked across “my favorite bridge”. You can find out more information about golfing at Pechanga here.
Ok so that was 11 reasons to visit Pechanga Resort and Casino! It was a great weekend away and a great destination right in the middle of San Diego / L.A. / Orange County / Palm Springs really. They are expanding too! Pretty soon they will have another BIG spa, lots more rooms, and more fun! Check out the expansion plan here (you can see them at work below). If you’d like more information or to make a reservation you can do so here and enjoy my friends!