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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas Made Easy at Pechanga Resort Casino



 TEMECULA, Calif. – (Jan. 17, 2019) – Searching for something fun and unique to do with that special someone for Valentine’s Day can be difficult. Looking to Pechanga Resort Casino for the perfect solution is easy. The resort offers an array of sure-to-impress activities throughout the month of love, and beyond.

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Did you know Pechanga offers 15 distinct hotel packages offering unbeatable savings? The most popular of these in February are the Bed & Breakfast Package which includes AAA Four Diamond accommodations and breakfast for two brought to your room. You don’t even need to call room service to order; the other is the Spa Couples Package featuring AAA Four Diamond accommodations, a Spa welcome gift, a 50-minute couple’s treatment in a signature suite at Spa Pechanga which includes champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries and spa facility access for two guests, and to top it off, sleep in with a 1 p.m. late check out.  The Breakfast in Bed hotel package starts at $159 in February, and the Spa Couples Package starts at $359. For reservations or more information, visit


Couple’s massages are nice, even when not paired with a hotel stay and Spa Pechanga specializes in therapeutic, health-restoring treatments. The signature couple’s treatment starts at $240. Guests can also indulge with an 80-minute warming stone massage, an 80-minute acorn and walnut treatment utilizing native botanicals, HydraFacial winter refresher or a wintermint pedicure, both 50-minute treatments. Spa Pechanga gift cards also makes a thoughtful present for Valentine’s Day. Gift cards may be used toward massage, facials, body treatments, beauty products, and hair and nail salon services. Spa reservations may be made online or by calling (877) 711-2946.


Laughing out loud together can help bring people closer. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, a show at the Pechanga Comedy Club can make a fun outing date-night outing. Comedian headliner Joey Medina and featured comic Cari Tillery take the stage in the 250-seat comedy club for Thursday, Feb. 14’s 7:30 p.m. show. Medina has enjoyed his own SHOWTIME comedy special, touring the world with major comics such as Russell Peters, and performed for thousands of US Armed Forces troops in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and more. Latin Style Magazine describes his as being one of the few comedians who can bridge urban with mainstream comedy to make his style a hit throughout the country. Pechanga Comedy Club tickets are $18 with a two-drink minimum. Medina and Tillery also perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Comedy Club stage. Guests must be 21 and older. Tickets may be purchased online, via phone at (877) 711-2946 or in person at the Pechanga Box Office.


Pechanga features five distinct shopping outlets to find a great gift for a special someone. The resort-casino is also the only location within Southwest Riverside County to carry high end, designer handbags, sunglasses and fine jewelry. Pechanga gift cards also make a nice gift. Available in any denomination, gift cards can be used toward dining, spa, hotel stays, show tickets, retail purchases, and golf at Pechanga Resort Casino


Make plans to visit any of Pechanga’s 13 restaurants for Valentine’s Day, or celebrate on a different day and avoid the crowds. Six Pechanga restaurants feature Valentine’s Day dining specials so whether the day includes a quick bite or first-class dining, there’s something for every craving and any budget. Dining specials are offered at the following restaurants:

Paisano’s – Prix Fixe dinner for $58 per person (opens at 5 p.m.)

Four-course dinner with choice of filet mignon in a port-wine reduction or housemade parppardelle pasta with shrimp, lobster, scallops finished with wild mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and parmesan cream. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.
Great Oak Steakhouse – Prix Fixe dinner for $72 per person (opens at 5 p.m.)
Three-course dinner with prime filet mignon with Maine lobster tail with champagne butter and parsnip puree entrée. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.
Kelsey’s – Prix Fixe dinner for $45 per person (opens at 11 a.m.)
Three-course dinner with petite filet mignon with mushroom ragu and pan seared scallops entrée. The restaurant’s nightly menu will also be served.

Pechanga Café – Prix Fixe meal for $35 (open 24 hours)
Three-course dinner with prawns stuffed with blue crab served over angel hair pasta in scampi butter as the entrée.
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.
Journey’s End – Individually priced entrée and dessert special (opens at 7 a.m. Dining specials served starting at 11 a.m.)

Entrée: Filet mignon with red wine demi glace, grand marnier seared jumbo shrimp served with candied carrots, asparagus and panko-crusted polenta – $27
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake in Chocolate Cup $6
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.

Lobby Bar & Grill – Individually priced appetizer, entrée and dessert specials (Dining specials served starting at 4 p.m.)
Appetizer: Lobster Ravioli with Smoked Parsnip Puree, Apple, Celery, Browned Butter Sage Vinaigrette – $15

Entrees: center cut New York sirloin bordelaise with roasted garlic mashed potato, poached king crab with béarnaise sauce, and asparagus – $45; pan seared barramundi with saffron clams, crispy sun chokes, peas, and rainbow carrots – $30

Dessert: vanilla prickly pear panacotta trifle – $8
The restaurant’s daily menu will also be served.

The Pechanga Buffet also features a Valentine’s Day special menu from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Prices for $45.99 for adults and $22.99 for children. Stations at the buffet include fresh seafood and sushi, Americana with grilled chicken, strawberry-glazed salmon, beef and shrimp kabobs, from the wood grill with fire-grilled steak, grilled pork chops, more than four selections of fresh pasta, Far East dishes, herb-crusted prime rib, smoked BBQ brisket and more from the carving station and an extensive selection of freshly made desserts.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the Great Oak Steakhouse and for Paisano’s. Plan ahead by calling (877) 711-2946 or reserve online at


About Pechanga Resort Casino

Pechanga Resort & Casino offers one of the largest and most expansive resort/casino experiences anywhere in the United States. Voted the number one casino in the country by USA Today and rated a Four Diamond property by AAA since 2002, Pechanga Resort & Casino provides an unparalleled getaway, whether for the day or for an extended luxury stay. Offering more than 4,600 of the hottest slots, table games, world-class entertainment, 1,090 hotel rooms, dining, spa and golf at Journey at Pechanga, Pechanga Resort Casino features a destination that meets and exceeds the needs of its guests and the community. Pechanga Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. For more information, call toll free (877) 711-2946 or Follow Pechanga Resort & Casino on Facebook and on Twitter @PechangaCasino.


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Tickets on sale now for Southern California’s #1 Rated Oktoberfest



Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest Welcomes the Return of a Band from Germany

Tickets to the 52nd Annual Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest are now on sale. Organizers of Southern California’s #1 Oktoberfest are ready to deliver another authentic Bavarian-style celebration for nine consecutive weekends from September 10 to November 5. Ticket options range from general admission, preferred seating options, Sunday Family-Fun Packages, and Über Bürgermeister Party Packs. Other big news for Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest is Frankenrebellen Express, a band direct from Bavaria, will perform two weekends in October. 

“This marks the first time since 2019 that we were actually able to get a band direct from Germany to travel to the United States,” said Monica Marini, director of Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest. “The Frankenrebellen Express will definitely bring the spirit of Munich’s Oktoberfest right here in Big Bear Lake.” 

Frankenrebellen Express derives from the Franconia region of Bavaria. They’re slated to perform in Big Bear October 1-2 and the following weekend, October 7-9. They sing with thick German accents and deliver exuberant party music that’s driven by a hearty, rhythmic oompah-pah sound. The other seven weekends are booked with Southern California’s top German-style bands, which includes Die Sauerkrauts, Hazelnuss Das Music, Da Stuben Buden, and Ladyhosen featuring international yodeling sensation Kathrin Jakob. These bands perform on the main stage inside the Big Bear Lake Convention Center. Each band is renowned to stir up good times with a mix of popular cover songs such as “Sweet Caroline,” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” original tunes, and of course traditional Bavarian sing-alongs like “Ein-Prosit,” “Hands to Heaven,” and “Das Esellied” that are certain to bring plenty of smiles and cheers. A second stage located outside, in the High-Altitude Beer Garden, features a variety of regional bands that perform rock ‘n’ roll and country music. For the full entertainment lineup visit   

“We have two stages of continuous live entertainment, which provides a lively atmosphere throughout the day,” added Marini. “We give our guests plenty of activities to partake in too, from ‘Ein Prosit’ toasts, kids’ games, a mechanical bull, log-sawing contests and various interactive group dances that everyone seems to enjoy such as the ‘Fliegerlied’ and ‘Chicken Dance.’”

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest represents Southern California’s most authentic Oktoberfest, which is well-known as the closest thing to the original celebration in Munich, Germany. Just like the original, Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest starts its celebration in September and goes into October (due to popular demand, it now stretches into November). What really makes this Oktoberfest more special than others is Big Bear Lake is situated in an Alpine environment with evergreens trees, mountain vistas, and a town-square village. This environment naturally reflects the scenery and heritage of the Bavarian Alps of Germany. At 6,750’ altitude, it marks the highest altitude Oktoberfest in California, and second highest in the U.S. The food served at Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest respects German traditions to the tee, including grilled bratwursts and knockwurst sausages, fresh-made colossal pretzels, home-style sauerkraut, German potato salad served warm, Bavarian-style potato dumplings, and apple strudel served with a warm vanilla sauce.  

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest even serves the very same beer poured at Munich’s Oktoberfest! There are two full-service bars located inside the Convention Center and three different beer gardens outside, including the Tiki Bar, which provides a variety of micro brews and craft beer, ideal for beer connoisseurs.

The true spirit of Bavaria comes to life in Big Bear Lake for nine consecutive weekends, which starts September 10 and ends November 5, 2022. The weekend festivities take place at Big Bear Lake Convention Center, located at 42900 Big Bear Blvd. Event times are Saturdays 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m. and Fridays (October only) 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. This year’s event has limited capacity, and some dates are anticipated to sell out. Saturdays in October have set arrival entry time blocks to ensure everyone with a pre-purchased tickets get a speedy entrance into the event. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis, and guests are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online. Ticket options range from general admission, preferred seating options, Sunday Family-Fun Packages, and Über Bürgermeister Party Packs. Ticket prices for Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest vary per ticket type and per date. For complete details regarding tickets, pricing, and general information, log on to, or call 909-585-3000.

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Eureka! Opens in Ontario



Offering Guests a Local Blend of America’s Best Burgers and Spirits in an Exciting and Social Atmosphere, the all-American Restaurant is the Perfect Dining Destination in the Inland Empire

Making its delicious debut today, Eureka! opens in Ontario, across the street from the Toyota Arena. With a commitment to being a scratch kitchen and providing exceptional hospitality, Eureka! creates a one-of-a-kind dining experience like no other restaurant: great food accompanied by a creative craft beverage program. Eureka! features an elevated collection of the best local craft beers, small-batch whiskeys, and classic yet modern cocktails at an approachable price point that is perfect for the local community to dine, drink, and socialize.

Whether guests are looking to enjoy a delicious gourmet burger, grab a craft beer during “hoppy” hour, or listen to live music, Eureka! is the ideal restaurant for any occasion. Adding a contemporary charm to Ontario, Eureka! boasts its expansive restaurant seating 179 guests with a Californian modern design atmosphere nearing a 4,700+ square feet in total. The restaurant features a spacious interior with a mural tributing the California Jam festival by artist Nichole Blackburn, a modern lounge area, and a weatherized patio for guests that like to dine al fresco. The center-focus of the dining room is the indoor/outdoor bar top which carries the lively atmosphere throughout the entire restaurant.

Eureka! specializes in American classics with a modern twist with its diverse selection of appetizers, all natural, carrot-fed Angus burgers from Santa Carota, signature plates, innovative salads, and delectable desserts. Menu highlights include the Mac N’ Cheese Balls with a scratch made beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles; Double Smash Burger featuring parmesan-crusted brioche, two patties, American cheese, housemade pickles, onion, and secret sauce; Bison Burger topped with spicy charred Fresno chile, bacon-infused jalapeno jam, smoked mozzarella, and whiskey caramelized onions; and Damn Good Chocolate Cake finished bourbon whipped cream, Buffalo Trace chocolate sauce and lava salt.

The beverage program at Eureka! revolves around the restaurant’s commitment to serving premium products that are highly sought after. Eureka! offers 17 craft beers on tap including the best local breweries: Kinds Brewing Co., Hamilton Family Brewery, Claremont Craft Ales, Ritual Brewing Co., and Ironbark Ciderworks, and many more. The signature cocktail program includes guests’ favorites: Wild Child with vodka, watermelon, mint, lemon, aloe, rosé and habanero salt, the Tipsy Pig Old Fashioned with bacon-infused Whiskey Pig 10 Yr. Rye, bitters, and barrel aged maple syrup, and the perfectly designed for the summer, The Headhunter King, a tiki cocktail featuring Jamaican rum, macadamia nut, lime, pineapple, orgeat, and falernum (limit 2 cocktails per guest). Additionally, there are 40+ small batch whiskeys and a special off-menu selection featuring various hard-to-get and strictly allocated whiskeys like Pappy Van Winkle and offerings from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection available to the most discerning whiskey drinkers.

Eureka! Ontario is located at 900 Via Piemonte, St 101, Ontario, CA 91764 underneath the Element Hotel. The restaurant’s hours are: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30am with Monday – Friday “hoppy” hours from 3p.m. to 6p.m. Weekly events include half-off wine on Tuesdays, Steal the Glass on Wednesdays, live music on Thursdays, and $6 Bloody Marys and Mimosas on the weekends.

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Glen Ivy Hot Springs Reopens with New Leadership, Upgraded Facilities and Record Sales



GOCO Hospitality, the dedicated global wellness consulting, development, and management company, continues the revitalization of Glen Ivy Hot Springs to create the ultimate West Coast wellness destination. Reopening late January 2022 following a $2.5 million property-wide enhancement project, Glen Ivy Hot Springs welcomed a new General Manager, Hervé Blondel, whose most recent role was General Manager at the internationally acclaimed Rancho La Puerta, fitness resort and spa in Mexico, to further enhance the guest experience.

“Strong leadership is the key to Glen Ivy Hot Springs’ continued growth and development,” commented Ingo Schweder, CEO of GOCO Hospitality and Glen Ivy Hot Springs. “Hervé’s 30 years of experience at top wellness destinations complements GOCO’s expert leadership team of multidisciplinary professionals.”

Hervé Blondel joins GOCO Hospitality’s team of seasoned, global wellness experts with decades of experience at the most exclusive resorts worldwide. Prior to founding GOCO Hospitality, Ingo Schweder was co-owner and head of development at award-winning destination wellness resort, Ananda in the Himalayas. GOCO Hospitality also developed and managed the highly regarded and award-winning SHA Wellness Clinic in Spain. Before joining GOCO in 2014, Group Director, Clive McNish, was wellness director and general manager at world class holistic wellness destination Kamalaya Koh Samui in Thailand. GOCO’s Group Director of Design and Development, Josephine Leung, oversaw the $380 million wellness community Sangha by Octave Living in China. Currently working on more than 400 projects in 45 countries, GOCO offers the leading go-to wellness hospitality specialist group, working with sovereign funds, individual developers, and leading architects around the globe.

“The company has not only seen exponential growth during the pandemic, but also new segments and investors enter the wellness arena as health becomes the new luxury,” added Schweder.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs is no exception to post-pandemic growth. Southern California’s iconic and leading wellness destination saw membership and gift card sales rise by 50% from 2019 to 2021. The increase is attributed to the consumers’ commitment to outdoor wellness and the benefits of thermal mineral water as an increasing part of daily routines, as well as an interest in sharing the experience with others through the pandemic.

The Glen Ivy Hot Springs $2.5 million renovations included the re-engineering of eleven historic mineral springs, as well as upgrades and enhancements of pool decks and pool facilities, in the guest reception area, treatment facilities, the Bath House, the Ivy Kitchen and gardens, which are a part of the 18-acre Glen Ivy organic farm.

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