Travel & Leisure

Readers of USA TODAY Name Pechanga the #1 Casino in U.S.

10best logoTEMECULA, Calif. — (June 30, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California is the favorite United States casino, according to a nationwide poll by 10Best.com,  part of USA TODAY Travel, that ended Monday, June 22. The Native American owned and operated resort/casino claims the top spot after four weeks of voting by readers. It edged out well-known resort/casinos including the Bellagio, Borgata and L’Auberge in established gaming destinations such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and the South. Pechanga, the largest resort/casino in the state, initially made the 10Best.com list, along with two other California resort/casinos.  Read More

Sushi Chef with Ties to Iron Chef Takes Over at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar

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Chef Kiyokuni Ikeda at Pechanga

TEMECULA, Calif. – (June 24, 2015) – Kiyokuni Ikeda, a self-taught sushi chef who dropped out of high school to aid his ailing father, has landed the top job at Umi Sushi & Oyster Bar at Pechanga Resort & Casino. After spending nearly 15 years working at prestigious sushi restaurants in Philadelphia such as Zama and Morimoto (of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto fame), Ikeda is happy to call Southern California home.

Though they lived in Tokyo, Chef Ikeda’s parents ran a successful coffee and soba noodle shop in Nagano Prefecture, Japan, more than two hours away. He helped in the shop occasionally as a child, but he recalls one singular moment when food opened his eyes to another world.

“When I was 10 years old, I tried an Egg McMuffin. It was kind of a shock to me, in a good way,” Chef Ikeda explained. “The texture and flavor were so different from anything I’d ever eaten before. English muffins weren’t something you could find at the market, and in Japan, or at least in my family, we never cooked eggs that way.”  Read More

NEW GOLFERS MASSAGE PRIMES & SOOTHES MUSCLES BEFORE & AFTER TIME ON THE LINKS

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Golfers Massage at Spa Pechanga

Temecula, Calif — (June 24, 2015) – Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort & Casino introduces its newest massage treatment specifically for golfers who want to relax after a round, or who want to loosen up before tee times. The Golfers Massage incorporates deep tissue and Swedish massage, aromatherapy techniques, plus alternating cool and hot on tired muscles. The 50-minute treatment concentrates on areas golfers use most – the upper and lower back, shoulders and forearms. The Golfers Massage can be booked for $125 at Spa Pechanga, open from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 8:00a.m. to 9:00p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (877) 711-2WIN to make a reservation, or visit www.Pechanga.com/Spa for more information.  Read More

100th Ace at Journey at Pechanga Wins Golfer a Cadillac

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Roger Thai hit 100th Hole in 1 @ Journey

TEMECULA Calif. — (May 4, 2015) – Journey at Pechanga championship golf course, opened in 2008 in Southern California, recently awarded its 100th hole in one. Roger Thai, a dentist from Westlake Village, Calif., came to the resort/casino course to play in a tournament raising money for children who have undergone open heart surgery. He hit the ace on Hole No. 8, a 220-yard, par 3, and won a 2015 white Cadillac CTS worth $50,000, courtesy of Paradise Chevrolet. Read More

Journey’s End Wedding Featured on TheKnot.com

theknotTemecula, Calif. — (April 21, 2015) — One of the top wedding planning sites in the world, TheKnot.com, features a gorgeous black and white themed wedding that was set amid the ancient coastal oaks of Journey at Pechanga and Journey’s End.

See TheKnot.com’s wedding feature, shot by Murrieta, California’s London Light Photography HERE.

World-Acclaimed Pastry Chef Takes Over Sweet Department

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Jean-Jacques Granet Takes Over Pastry Department

 

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Pechanga Ranks No. 2 Best Casino Outside of Vegas

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From: USA Today Travel

 TEMECULA, Calif. – (March 16, 2015) – Pechanga Resort & Casino represents Southern California proudly as the No. 2 best casino outside of Las Vegas as ranked by USA Today Travel. In an online visual slide show  presentation called “Leaving Las Vegas: The best casinos outside of Las Vegas,” Pechanga Resort & Casino is described as “modern and inviting.”

The article continues by highlighting the massiveness of the casino floor (about a quarter mile end to end), the luxurious amenities of the 517-rooms and suites, the ability to get some rest and relaxation in the on-site spa or on the golf course, and dining at the resort’s 11 restaurants. Atlantis Resort Casino in Reno, Nev. Came in at No. 1.

Top Ten Casinos Outside of Las Vegas – As named by USA Today Travel:
1. Atlantis Casino Resort – Reno, Nev.
2. Pechanga Resort & Casino – Temecula, Calif.
3. Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood, Fla.
4. Casino Arizona – Scottsdale, Ariz.
5. L’Auberge Casino Resort – Lake Charles, La.
6. Viejas Resort & Casino – San Diego, Calif.
7. Little Creek Casino Resort – Shelton, Wash.
8. Seneca Niagra Resort & Casino – Niagra Falls, N.Y.
9. Four Winds Casino  – Harbor County region, Mich.
10. The Silverado-Franklin – Deadwood, S.D.

Vegas Siren & Journey Lead Singer Take Over Pechanga Theater this Spring

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Arnel Pineda

TEMECULA, Calif., (Feb. 18, 2015) — Filipino recording artists Lani Misalucha and special guest Arnel Pineda are coming to the Pechanga Resort & Casino Theater on May 22, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Feb. 20 at $90, $80, $70 and $60 for an 8:00 p.m. show time, and are available at the Pechanga Box office, 877-711-2WIN (2946) or www.Pechanga.com. Both well-known stars, Lani Misalucha is known as the “Siren of the Las Vegas Strip” after a long time headlining residency and Arnel Pineda is best known as the new lead singer for the legendary rock and roll band Journey.


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Pechanga Announces $285 Million Hotel Addition

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Pechanga Unveils Plans for New Hotel, Spa, Pools

Pechanga Indian Reservation, Calif, November 10, 2014 – The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today unveiled plans to add a new luxury four-diamond hotel wing, a luxury spa, new ballroom and meeting space, a resort-style pool complex, two restaurants, and related improvements to the award-winning Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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Pechanga New Hotel Conceptual View

“Almost 20 years ago we started our journey toward self-sufficiency,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “It’s a journey that has allowed us to provide for our people and the community, improving the quality of life along the way. To continue our viability and enable our competitiveness, we announce the next leg of our journey. As our region grows and matures, we must do so as well to position ourselves for the next 20 years. We believe this project will take us there.”
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Pechanga Wins Big with Eight Top Honors in Industry “Best of” Awards

Casino AwardsTEMECULA, Calif. (Oct. 7, 2014) – Voted on by readers of Casino Player Magazine in their annual “Best of Gaming: 2014 Native Southwest” poll and by readers of the Southern California Gaming Guide in its Best Casinos AwardsPechanga Resort & Casino was recognized with many top accolades, placing first in a remarkable eight categories. Winning the classifications of “Best Golf Course,” “Best Hosts,” “Best Table Game Tournaments,” “Best Video Poker” and “Casino with the Best Facebook Page” in Casino Player, Pechanga lives up to its Four Diamond property designation. Readers gave top nods to Pechanga for “Best Casino Resort,” “Best Resort Rooms” and “Best Poker” in the Southern California Gaming Guide.

“At Pechanga we strive to provide a truly exceptional experience to all of our guests – on the casino floor, at the hotel, in the spa and on the golf course, so to be recognized by those guests for our efforts is an honor,” said Rudy Prieto, Pechanga Resort & Casino General Manager. Read More