Resort near Temecula Valley wine country and San Diego offers a restaurant and a championship golf course; stay includes dining credit
Hotel at a Glance: Pala Mesa Resort
Every season is golf season in perpetually sunny Southern California. At the Pala Mesa Resort, you can tee off on an 18-hole championship golf course just steps from your room. The course is lined with sycamore, elm, and oak trees, and the Palomar Mountain Range provides a rugged backdrop. If you want to brush up on your game before hitting the links, you can do so at the onsite driving range.
- In-room amenities: Fairway and deluxe guest rooms feature free WiFi, cable TVs, and coffeemakers. Executive king rooms up the ante with wet bars and 485 square feet of space.
- Upscale American cuisine: Executive chef Sean Sullivan crafts dishes such as salsa verde salmon at the onsite Aquaterra restaurant. $10 or $25 dining credit is included in this getaway, depending on option selected.
- Go for a dip in the outdoor pool or hot tub.
- Squeeze in a workout at the fitness center or work up a sweat on one of four tennis courts.
- Try your luck: The Pala and Pechanga casinos are located less than 20 minutes away.
- Unwind at the spa: Visit the onsite Bello Vita Spa, for an array of spa services and massages; available for an additional charge.
Fallbrook, California: Quaint Town near Palomar Mountain, Temecula Wine Country, and San Diego
The quaint town of Fallbrook is located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean, between Los Angeles and San Diego near Camp Pendleton. Head to Palomar Mountain State Park to hike along scenic trails about 5,000 feet above sea level. In the nearby Temecula Valley wine country, you’ll find rolling vineyards that produce award-winning wines, particularly syrahs and zinfandels. Tours and tastings are a popular way to explore the wineries, but you can also take a horseback ride through the surrounding ranches and meadows.
About an hour south of San Diego, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 museums, as well as the world-famous and much-beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, a cart or an open-air tram chugs past habitats housing gorillas, warthogs, cheetahs, flamingos, elephants, and tigers.