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Pechanga Resort & Spa Family Vacation Review- 2018

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Welcome to our second annual Pechanga Family Vacation Review! Last year we had such a great time at Pechanga in Temecula that we went back again for more fun and to see the upgrades, remodel and expansion! Special thanks to Pechanga for the invite and hosting us for this fun weekend.

Emmy (and uni-kitty) could barely contain their excitement for our weekend getaway to Temecula. Temecula is an easy drive from San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles so it makes for a great quick getaway for so many of us in SoCal. 

Since we were able to experience the upgraded rooms last time I'm sharing what is new and what we absolutely loved. This includes all the new areas to just relax and enjoy the view and warm weather.

The Food.

They have really outdone themselves. We really thought it was great before, but they even made that better. Some of our favorites were drinks around the pool. There were alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Be sure to get something with prickly pear because it is going to be the drink of summer. It is so refreshing, just the right sweetness and beautifully colored.

I'll be telling you all about the new pool area in just a second, but first, you need to know about The Cove, the Pool Bar & Grill. We had lunch there with a pool view one way and the beautiful mountains the other direction. You can order everything from homemade ice cream sandwiches to frozen grapes, as well as salads, sandwiches, potato chip nachos, hummus & pita plates, veggie burgers and much more.

It can be enjoyed at the Grill or served to you poolside. 

The girls made multiple trips to Blends Coffee and Wine Bar. Don't worry, they only had sweet treats and coffee. No wine for them! Ha! Emmy was a bit bedazzled by the Macaroons and chocolate covered strawberries. Maddie was all about the iced coffee, while Ash had fruit and acai bowls galore!

The big girls bought Emmy a huge lollipop there and she did her best to finish it. I'm happy to say she failed miserably… but she has a good time trying! 

Emmy even took a picture of Maddie on one of her coffee runs. We really appreciated that there were options for the adults, teens and little ones every single place we went to.

You didn't think we would go to Pechanga and not have the buffet, right? We didn't! This is one of our local favorites and it was still awesome. When we were there, we were offered the upgrade to include lobster so if that is your thing, everyone looked quite happy with their heaping plates of seafood. Emmy, on the other hand, was very happy with the dessert options. There is a whole area dedicated to all things sweet!

On our last visit, we fell head over heels in love with Journey's End Restaurant located overlooking the golf course. We were so happy to go back. The food is so fresh and we would visit just to eat here. It is that great! Yes, Emmy had mac n' cheese for breakfast. It is her favorite! If you love banana bread, be sure to order their fruit platter because it is served with their popular banana bread! Yummy!

The pool area.

When we were last here the pool was good for cooling off, but not for hanging out at all day long. Now that The Cove is completed, this is going to be the place to be this summer!

The Cove is a 4.5-acre tropical oasis that brings comfort, cool and the ultimate tropical chill to Pechanga. The Cove features three pools, including a zero-edge Main Pool that features a swim-up bar, a Family Pool with two waterslides and a splash pad and five spas. The Cove also features an emerald-green grassy area perfect for gatherings, parties or small weddings under the Southern California sun.

Want to take your vacation to a whole new level? Reserve a cabana for the day. They are spacious and perfect as a home base while everyone is having fun at the pool.

The spa.

Oh, my! This spa is AWESOME! I have been looking for a truly indulgent spa that friends and I can meet up at for the day and I found it. Not to say that Pete and I won't be coming up here together too. 

Spa Pechanga is a brand new 25,000-square foot sanctuary of luxury, wellness, and serenity designed for year-round rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit. Offering luxurious treatment rooms and relaxation areas with panoramic views of the surrounding hillside. The numerous amenities include steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools, a fitness facility and outdoor patios specifically created to offer an intimate escape into wellness and tranquility. As of right now, the spa is for adults only, but we were given a little media experience for the girls to get manicures and Pete got a massage. I sadly had to cancel my massage because of a random headache (I almost never get them so I'm thankful and mad all at the same time), but Pete said it was wonderful. 

I hope they eventually add family treatment options because I know like us, many of you like to experience spas together as a family. My girls live for spa visits and they gave this one two thumbs up!

Picture proof I was really there. Emmy wasn't thrilled that Pete photobombed us!

We had so much fun and it was a great staycation/getaway. We can't wait to go back!

Be sure to watch our video above to see all the fun and a look inside our connecting rooms!

the authorHeather
Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.


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