Let’s go on an adventure in Temecula, my travel writer friends proclaimed. We decided on lunch and a tour at Pechanga Resort and Casino as guests of Pechanga.

Pechanga was easy to drive to since it’s conveniently located off the 15 Freeway and Temecula Parkway. Once entering the resort and casino, there is a parking structure and valet parking making it easy to beat feet into the buildings.   It’s nicely arranged so the casino has a separate entrance from the resort, although there is a walkway connecting the two.

I had heard about the numerous restaurants on the property and started seeing the varieties of eateries near the resort’s lobby.  Casual restaurants with pub food, Asian and of course a buffet.  Then there’s fine dining in restaurants offering steaks, Italian and sushi with oyster bar.

Our group met for lunch at the Lobby Bar & Grill and it is a spacious dining room with upscale menu items.  I chose the pan-seared shrimp and grits with blackened jumbo shrimp, Parmesan cheese grits and pistachio relish. I’d rated it as excellent.


A tray of colorful macarons was passed around and each had a flavor to match the colors. The letter P  decorated the top of the macarons and I must say they melted in my mouth when I bit into one, rather two!

To walk off a bit of lunch, some of us toured the resort’s rooms in the new tower, including the entertainment venues.  Big named celebrities like Tony Bennett and Pitbull bring in the crowds and upcoming show schedules can be found at www.pechanga.com/entertain.  The comedy club keeps people laughing and there’s plenty of space for conferences and special events.

Resort tower rooms are fresh and inviting with light colors and amenities. I especially liked the suites which are spacious, and I spied a soaking tub perfect for the end of the day. The pool area named the cove is being expanded and when warm weather rolls around, the adult pool is where you’d find me.

Pechanga offers a casino, spa, golf, entertainment and many food selections which means there is something for any age.


Pechanga Resort Casino

45000 Pechanga Pkwy

Temecula, Ca 92589

Phone 888.Pechanga