Go Play – Golden State Casinos Close to Home

When people want to gamble, dine out, and see a spectacular show all in one place, Las Vegas is often the first city that comes to mind. However, with a growing market of casinos in The Golden State, California is becoming a comparable destination for fun-filled weekend trips. In California, only casinos on Native American land, are allowed to have gaming machines. Los Angeles casinos only offer table games. Nowadays, visitors to casinos in California want to do more than just gamble; they want an experience. Nowadays, visitors to casinos in California want to do more than just gamble; they want an experience similar to one they can get in Sin City. Over the past few years, many local casinos have undergone renovations, in part to compete with the big-name Las Vegas casinos. Local casinos have upped their game by introducing multiple dining choices including name branded restaurants, as well as adding additional guest rooms. This includes Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula. The newly renovated Pechanga now offers an astonishing twenty restaurants and bars to choose from, in addition to their golf course, multiple event venues, comedy club, theatre, spa, and various shops. The Cove at Pechanga, features four pools, including a zero-edge Main Pool that features a swim-up bar, a Family Pool with two waterslides and splash pad and three spas. Guests can have the experience of a lifetime without leaving Southern California. The Vegas flair is apparent, and though they’re not boasting any celebrity chef branded restaurants yet, several other resort and casino destinations throughout California are evolving as well.
Harrah’s Resort in Funner, CA offers a wide variety of gaming options and houses Southern California’s largest array of video poker games. In addition to the multitude of games, Harrah’s boasts a lazy river, spa, brewery, a variety of cuisines for dining, as well as shows for entertainment.
Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage also features a casino, resort and spa with a large venue for its extremely popular shows. These destinations are just a few of the many exceptional casinos available in California. With fabulous dining spots, spas, bars, gaming and entertainment all in one location these establishments can offer the experience of Vegas while being many miles closer to home. When it’s time for a weekend getaway, consider taking a trip to one of the many great casinos California has to offer.

Dive into this magazine, which features these admirable restaurants and their chefs:

Chef Leanne Kamekona, Executive Chef of Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa – Rancho Mirage

Chef Israel Oritz, Executive Chef of Harrah’s Resort Southern California – Funner

Chef Kieran Fleming, Executive Chef of Spa Resort Casino – Palm Springs

Chef Duane Owen, Executive Chef of Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula

Chef Francisco Duarte-Piza, Buffet Chef of Pechanga Resort Casino – Temecula

Great Taste Magazine 2018 Sept Oct Issue

September/October 2018


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