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INTRODUCING THE NEW MAYOR OF FUNNER, CA
DAVID HASSELHOFF DRINK
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WELCOME TO FUNNER,CA
Words by Darrell Pilant, Senior Vice President and General Manager Photo by Troy Doney
FIRST OFF, LET ME WELCOME YOU TO FUNNER,
creating the city of Funner, we started with the
We know that “funner” will mean different
CALIFORNIA. We know … it’s not a word—it’s a
customer experience at the core. If you’re going to
things to different guests. And our goal is to create
place. By now you’ve seen the billboards. You made
create a place that’s known for being “funner” than
a place where, whatever funner means to you, it
it here. And hopefully, from the booking experience
anywhere else, then you have to start with the
can happen here. Where you can be lighthearted,
to opening this magazine, you’ve already figured
teammate experience. Because if the teammates
you can joke and you’ll find a lighter atmosphere
out that something is different here at Harrah’s
aren’t having fun, then how can we expect the
where you’ll actually be rewarded for having a
Resort Southern California. Something funner.
same from our guests?
I’ve worked in the casino industry for 20 years, and what we’re doing here is something that’s never been done before. But it’s about so much more than just creating a small city—the new city of Funner, Calfornia. Sure we could promise that your experience here at Harrah’s Resort SoCal—the number one resort in Funner, California—would be different than anywhere
“This isn’t just a campaign for us. This is a way of life. This is who we are now, and going forward this is who we’re going to be.”
—Darrell Pilant, Senior Vice President and General Manager
else. But without the support of our team, then you’d see right through us.
To help facilitate this for you, in addition to a new attitude and a new address, we’ve also expanded your opportunities for excitement from the casino floor. We’re doing this by adding new experiences like our state-of-the-art Fitness Center, SR76 Beerworks, our newly remodeled Spa and an ever-evolving entertainment line up to bring you shows that you really want to see. We want you to relax, have a good time and enjoy this
We are empowering our team and allowing
escape from your everyday lives.
As the Senior Vice President and General
them to create an environment where they can
Don’t get me wrong—we take your experience
Manager, one of my main responsibilities here is
be their authentic best selves and have fun while
with us very seriously. And as we get feedback
to oversee the culture of the property. For me, to
they’re doing it. If that happens, they will in turn,
from you we’ll continue to evolve and grow this
be able to affect the lives of 1,700 people is a very
have created that kind of environment for you—
idea of an elevated level of fun. But our hope
important thing. Everybody has to work. So why
our guests. And I think we’re on to something here.
is that while you’re here in at Harrah’s Resort
wouldn’t we want to create an environment where
This isn’t just a campaign for us. This is a way
SoCal, in the heart of Funner, California, you’ll
people have fun while they’re doing their work? When we started developing this idea of
of life. This is who we are now, and going forward this is who we’re going to be. ESCAPE
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TRIBAL NATURE TRAIL STEPPING BACK THROUGH TIME Words by Rob Schafer Photo by Zach Cordner
FOR THREE THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE the arrival
time of year and weather patterns such as
The Spanish began referring to the Indians
of Columbus in the New World, the Indian
drought or f looding. Larger villages could have
associated with the San Luis Rey Mission as San
tribe that came to be known as Luiseño had
numbered as many as 300 or more, with the
Luiseño Indians, or, more generally, as “Mission
well-established population patterns in the
smaller villages averaging between 50 to 100
Indians.” The name has evolved to simply Luiseño.
geographic region now known as Southern California. Archaeological evidence indicates the distant ancestors of the Luiseño had lived in the area for 5,000 years. By the time the Spaniards arrived in the 18th century it is believed as many as 10,000 people occupied the region. The Spaniards found as many as 10 permanent and seasonal
“We wanted to give visitors to Harrah’s Resort SoCal an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of our ancestors”
—Tribal Council Member Laurie Gonzalez
The natives called themselves Payomkawichum— meaning, the “Western People.” The geographical and botanical diversity of the territory covered nearly every ecological zone: From the ocean and its sandy beaches, shallow inlets, freshwater marshes, salt marsh estuaries, and coastal chaparral—to lush interior grassy valleys, valley woodlands and extensive oak groves—to the pines and cedars on the peaks of
villages from the mouth of the San Luis Rey
River eastward along the river’s edge to the
inhabitants. The village of Topamai, located
on the Santa Margarita River about nine miles
Lakes, streams, marshes and the Pacific
Over the centuries, the populations of the
from the Pacific, had continual habitation for
Ocean provided the Luiseño with a great variety of
various villages f luctuated depending on the
approximately 6,000 years.
food. These included river catfish, many varieties
Take a relaxing stroll on the Nature Trail .
of clam, as well as mussel, oyster, tusk, Pismo
animals (such as bears) to be sacred. Bears
and moon shells from the estuaries. The people
were hunted for their skins and claws, but the
constructed in 2015 by the Rincon Band of
favored abalone, lobster, stingray, numerous
flesh was not eaten. Prayers were offered when
Indians Tribal Government’s Cultural Resources
species of shallow water fish and many species of
a bear was killed, and a stone erected where
Department. “We wanted to give visitors to
the animal fell. The mountain lion was also
Harrah’s Resort SoCal an opportunity to walk in
revered. The places where they died were also
the footsteps of our ancestors,” added Council
marked with stones.
Member Gonzalez. “We also wanted to give them
Using bows made from the wood of the ash tree and arrows fashioned from greasewood,
the Luiseño hunted black-tail deer and antelope,
The San Luis Rey River was the lifeblood
an opportunity to get away from the casino for a
jackrabbits and cottontail, ground squirrel and
of the Luiseño. The river was the artery upon
few moments and appreciate the tranquility of
wood rats. Commonly hunted birds included
which they built their culture and lifestyle.
the river area.”
ducks and valley and mountain quail. Plant foods
The river served as the highway to maintain
enjoyed by the people were pinon nuts, toyon
communication with relatives, as well as migrate
berries, sumac and Manzanita berries, currants,
back and forth between coastal regions and the
gooseberries, blackberries, elderberries, wild
mountains—depending on the seasons. “To us,
grapes, prickly pear fruit, chia seeds, sage, tree
water is life,” said Tribal Council Member Laurie
mushrooms, watercress and wild celery.
Gonzalez. “And the river brought that life to our
people. We did everything along this river.” #HARRAHSSOCAL
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KJ CHINESE RESTAURANT
THE FAR EAST HAS NEVER BEEN CLOSER Words by Adam Sullivan Photos by Zach Cordner
House Special Steam Chicken
Crispy Deep Fried Flounder Sole
Bai Ling Mushroom with Baby Bok Choy
Roasted Duck Sauteed Beef (French Style) Scallop and Crab Fried Rice
IN ADDITION TO ITS EXCITING GAMES, lavish relaxation
waiting. The people waiting in these lines came
areas and all-around fun, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is
back again and again, they brought friends and
also famous for its wide variety of amazing food.
word eventually got out.”
And that variety got even more authentic with
So explained that, as fortune would have it,
the recent opening of KJ Chinese Restaurant—the
this word-of-mouth reached an executive at the
third location for this notable dining experience.
Rio Casino in Las Vegas: “This executive would
KJ Chinese Restaurant is a Las Vegas staple
always go there [to KJ Chinese Restaurant’s
that’s been around for over a decade. Co-Owner
original location] and eat. He saw that it was
David So explained that it began with just one
busy all the time and that the clientele was
location in Las Vegas’ Chinatown district: “We
mostly Chinese. So he wanted to bring them
[have been] open since 2006. As soon as we
to the Rio.” The second location opened up in
opened the door, business has been really good.
December of 2011.
We have about 100 seating in the restaurant.
In addition to the restaurant buzz, So
Every day at dinnertime there’s a line of people
also stated that the strategy was to help lure a
"So when the craving for authentic Chinese food hits, you know exactly where to go" #FUNNER
TASTE/KJ CHINESE RESTAURANT
(Continued from page 16)
FAMOUS KJ DIM SUM MENU DISHES FAMOUS DISHES BLACK PEPPER TENDER BEEF HONEY WALNUT CREAMY SHRIMP STEAM FRIED CLAM WITH BASIL
HA GAO (SHRIMP BALL) EGG CUSTARD SIU MAI
GINGER AND GREEN ONION (SCALLION) LOBSTER HOUSE SPECIAL CRAB
greater Asian clientele to the casino. “Rio was
People come from miles around to try them, at
Resort SoCal (290 miles each way!). “We have a
not busy with Chinese games like Pai Gow,”
the original location in the heart of Las Vegas, in
big prep room at the Rio,” he said. “Three times
So remembered. “But as soon as KJ Chinese
its second location at the Vegas Rio, and now, its
a week, we will use a refrigerated van [to drive
Restaurant opened, Asian business for them was
third location at Harrah’s Resort SoCal located
them], because none of the airports are close to
better.” The KJ location at the Rio offers the same
adjacent to the casino floor next to Fiore.
great quality food and because it was a much
When asked to reveal the secret to a good
So when the craving for authentic Chinese
larger location, they were able to add Dim Sum to
dumpling, So had one simple tip: “They have
food hits, you know exactly where to go. Head
the menu—a delicacy that soon became KJ’s claim
to be fresh.” In order to maintain the quality,
to where the Dim Sum and dumplings rack up
KJ Chinese Restaurant drives fresh Dim Sum
more road miles than you do.
Another menu item that sets KJ Chinese
and dumplings from the prep room at the Rio
Restaurant apart is its hand-made dumplings.
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KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE WHEEL Words by Adam Sullivan Photos by Zach Cordner EXOTIC IN ORIGIN, exciting to play and the potential for a hefty payout—Roulette might just be the sexiest casino game around. And nobody knows Roulette better than Harrah’s Resort SoCal, where there can be up to four wheels spinning on any given night. When you first walk across the casino f loor, Roulette may appear the same as Poker, Blackjack and all the rest of the table games. But what sets Roulette apart from the others is its wheel. Wheels make everything more exciting, don’t they? In fact, wheels are a common theme in games of every kind from Let’s Make A Deal to Wheel of Fortune. Even Twister has a little spinning wheel. Not since the creation of fire has man been so impressed with such an invention. And yeah, we may have evolved a bit, but the wheel still holds a tender place in all our hearts. Don’t be intimidated, though—Roulette is surprisingly easy to understand. Harrah’s Resort SoCal Table Games Supervisor Rita Pasquarelli explained what newcomers to the game should do to get started: “We have little handouts that explain the basic strategy of Roulette. They’ll show you the different odds. The dealers are very friendly here and they’re more than happy to walk you through the game.” As with all casino games, the object is to bet on what you think will come up as a winner, but Roulette is a bit sexier—and it’s all because of that wheel. One of the most fascinating elements of Roulette is the myriad of ways you can play.
“IT’S A VERY SOCIAL GAME AND ROULETTE PLAYERS ARE VERY SOCIAL PEOPLE.” —RITA PASQUARELLI, TABLE GAMES SUPERVISOR
MAKING A BET ON ROULETTE There’s more to the game than just placing your chip on a number. Here’s a quick explanation for placing Roulette bets and their payouts.
INSIDE BETS (ALL NUMBERS INCLUDING 0 AND 00) STRAIGHT UP: A bet straight up on the number. (35:1) SPLIT: A bet on the line between two numbers. (17:1) STREET: A bet on three numbers in a line. To do this, place a bet on the outer edge of the number. (11:1) CORNER: A bet on the corner line of four numbers. (8:1) SIX-LINE: A bet on six consecutive numbers. This bet is made on the line of three numbers each that lie next to each other—a total of six numbers. (5:1) TRIO: A three-number bet including “0” or “00.” Place your bet on the line of “0,” “1 & 2 or 00,” “2 & 3.” (3:1) BASKET BET OR BUCKET: A bet on the line of 0, 00, and 2. (3:1) TOP LINE: A bet on five numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, and 3. Place your chip on the line of 1 and 0. (6:1)
OUTSIDE BETS (OUTSIDE AROUND THE PERIMETER OF THE NUMBERS) EVEN MONEY BETS: Red or Black, Even or Odd, High 19 through 36, Low 1 through 18. (1:1) TWO TO ONE BETS: First Dozen 1 through 12, Second Dozen 13-24, Third Dozen 25-36. (2:1) TWO TO ONE BETS: Column Bet: 3 columns that consists of 12 numbers at the bottom of layout. (2:1)
“There’s a basic strategy,” said Pasquarelli.
here every week. It’s a very social game and
then by all means—read on. But while you do,
“There’re a lot of players that have their favorite
Roulette players are very social people.”
it’d certainly behoove you to keep the word
numbers. There’s also a tote board that lists
Pasquarelli is speaking from experience—
“theory” in mind (also the word “crackpot”
previous numbers. Everybody has their own
she’s been working with the game since 1979. “We
for some of them). Obviously, there’s no magic
specific way of playing.”
have family and friends that like to play together.
formula that’ll turn your “ones” into “10s,”
We have four tables and on the weekends they
“100s,” or even 1 million.
At its most basic level, you can place a bet on a specific number and get a 35 to 1 payout when it hits.
like to jump from game-to-game.”
Like all games of chance, the operative
As with any other topic, you can Google
word here is “chance.” However you play (and
Another great aspect of Roulette is that
“How to win at Roulette” and read all sorts
with whomever you bring with you), the best
it’s particularly fun to play in a group. “We
of dubious and conf licting “theories” until
way to ensure you win is to set the right goals.
have a large number of regulars who we see
you go cross-eyed. If that’s your cup of tea,
If your goal is to have fun, then everybody wins!
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FUNNER, CALIFORNIA
MAYOR DAVID HASSELHOFF Words by Robyn Lass Photos by Zach Cordner
Every town needs rules and regulations for their citizens and guests to follow—even a place like Funner, California. As we prepared to christen our new city with its new name and new objectives, we sought high and low for the perfect person to lead this community in the right direction—the direction of fun. This town needed someone who represented everything we stand for in Funner. They needed to have a positive outlook on life, they needed to be someone who didn’t take him or herself too seriously and they needed
to embrace the overarching goal of Funner, California—to be a place where everyone is encouraged to enjoy fun their way. Meet David Hasselhoff—the first official mayor of Funner, California. “The Hoff,” as his fans and followers affectionately refer to him, is the embodiment of everything Funner stands for. Actor, singer, producer and businessman, The Hoff is an international icon and a household name. He’s also familiar with wearing many hats and having a great time doing it. If you haven’t
seen it yet, check out his first Funner, California TV commercial at visitfunner.com. You’ll see exactly what we mean. Mayor Hasselhoff was sworn in to his new position on May 18, 2017 (if you missed it, check out visitfunner.com/blog for a recap of the event). We caught up with the Hoff before he took office to get his view on his new position, how he thinks his background and celebrity status can help him in his new role and his hopes and dreams for Funner, California.
WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE PLANS AS MAYOR FOR THE
WHAT INITIATIVES OR LAWS DO YOU PLAN ON
it that you don’t really know until you actually
CITY OF FUNNER, CALIFORNIA?
PUTTING IN PLACE?
become president or you become mayor. You find
My immediate plan, as mayor, is to have fun. I plan
The thing that’s most exciting is that people are
out all the tough, negative stuff. Inspiring people
on being hands on. I’ve been hands-on my whole
going to be rewarded for having fun. If people are
is where I’m at. The theme of “Knight Rider” was
life. People seem to consider me one of their family
having fun at the slot machines, they’re going
“One man can make a difference.” And I give
members because I was in their living rooms with
to be rewarded. They’re going to be rewarded
“Knight Rider,” I was in their living rooms with “Bay-
if they’re out at a restaurant and they’re with
positive thinking and positive reinforcement to
watch” and I’ve just never left. And I keep coming
their family and having fun. They’re going to
a lot of people all over the world. I always start
back. Like Christmas, I come back every year.
be rewarded if they’re out in the Lazy River and
with either singing, or I start with “One man can
they’re laughing and having fun.
make a difference.”
I want to show people how to have fun on their
adventure at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. We’re going to
The most important thing is to have fun.
I always say I might be making a difference
put the emphasis on fun and entertainment and not
I have a saying that I continually make my
in your life today, but you have made a difference
taking life too seriously.
fiancé say to me, and when I’m in a bad mood
in my life. Without you, making a difference, I
It’s a serious world out there right now and I
or I’m tired and I can’t go on stage after the
wouldn’t have a career. Without 3,000 people
think people need to get away and look at something
second show, I say to my daughters “What are
sitting there listening to me talking about
familiar. And they’re going to see David Hasselhoff
we having?” and they say “Fun!”
“One man can make a difference,” I’d have
and they’re familiar with David Hasselhoff. From
We forget to have fun in life. I forget to
no audience. And you inspire me to inspire
“America’s Got Talent,” to “Knight Rider,” to
have fun, and I constantly demand that people
you to say, “Never give up” and keep smiling.
Baywatch and the emphasis is on “hands on.”
remind me to have fun. Because we’re living a
No matter what happens, realize that there’s
blessed, fantastic life and also you can win a
somebody probably sitting right next to you
lot of money, which is a lot of fun.
that’s a thousand-percent worse off than you,
We shot a really cool commercial that’s in and around Harrah’s Resort SoCal and basically showed what I’m capable of doing and that will
The funny part about it is David Hasselhoff
so you better wake up and smell the coffee
answer a lot of questions, because once you see
is on some of the slot machines with “Sharknado”
because life is what you make it. You can either
this—you’ll see I’m planning on having a lot of
at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. So not only will you
watch it or you can live it.
see the mayor of Funner, California making sure And there were a lot of things in there
specifically for fun, like surprising people as a
everyone has fun—you’re going to see him on slot machines as well.
David Hasselhoff—who’s the mayor of Funner,
And that’s not about alcohol—that’s about just having fun.
waiter, maybe showing up for room service, or I’d surprise people by driving valet. There’ll be
And I intend as mayor to show you how to live, and have fun and have a party “Hoff” style.
HAVE YOU ALWAYS ASPIRED TO GET INTO POLITICS? Well, seeing what’s happening in the
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT ELSE
world and realizing the politicians that get the
YOUR FANS CAN EXPECT FROM YOU IN THE COM-
We’re still planning on what will be fun, but
farthest are basically actors and celebrities
most of it’ll be a surprise. Basically, when you’ve
in their own right. I’ve never wanted to get
I’m a part of the Baywatch movie. I had a lovely
been “Hoffed,” the mayor will show up at different
into politics on a real serious level, because I
time on the set with Dwayne Johnson. I’ve
places unannounced, and people will get a real
think that when you become president or mayor,
known him for many years, even back when he
kick out of it.
there’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with
started a wrestler. He brought his mom down
California—valeting their car.
to meet me. I met Zac Efron. I’ve met Zac before and he came down to see me on the set, even though he wasn’t shooting and he asked me a lot about “Baywatch”. And I wish them well. I hope the movie does really well. It’s sometimes a
playing characters that we created and loved and characters that people know and loved, so I hope that they pay homage to “Baywatch” in a positive way. I think they will because The Rock [Dwayne Johnson] and Zac both have a great sense of humor, and I think it’s going to be very funny. I’m also part of a movie that I can’t really talk about now that’s going to be a huge movie coming out in May. [Editor’s note: David is referring to his cameo role in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” released on May 4, 2017.] You’ll basically have to go see the movie. And that’s really, really exciting to me. Marvel Comics is a really classy organization, and the
not true. And what really is the truth is what’s
as well. So I’ll let the lifeguards do their job.
director is amazing. It’s great to be a part of that.
in this show. I encourage everyone to turn on
I’ll just walk around, look nice and smile and
I’m also coming out with my own film
Netf lix and watch it. Not only will you love it,
make sure everyone is having fun.
called “Killing Hasselhoff,” which is about a
it also won the Emmy and it’s got five stars. I
death pool. I developed the script and raised
think it’s going to go on for a long time.
SO MAYOR HASSELHOFF, WHEN YOU COME DOWN TO VISIT US IN FUNNER, CALIFORNIA, WILL YOU
all the money for it, and it’s been a long time. It’s gone through a lot of changes almost like
WE’RE CURIOUS IF YOU’LL TAKE ON SOME
VALET KITT OR WILL HE PARK HIMSELF?
“Forrest Gump” took 14 years to get made.
LIFEGUARD DUTIES HERE AT THE LAZY RIVER?
KITT won’t go near a valet. He’ll probably drop
We’re going on two years—almost three, but
I’m sure you’ll see me by the pool. As far as
me off on the side of the building where nobody
we finally got it made and it’s ready. I think it’s
jumping in to rescue anybody, I’ll say with
is. Then he’ll probably go out and hide because
going to be released sometime in September.
a smile and a wink that I’m retired. I’m sure
he hates valets. He will not let anybody else
You can look for it on Netf lix.
they’ll have good-looking young boys and girls
drive that car but me. And if a valet driver tries
out there to help.
to get in there—or if anyone else tries to drive
But I’m extremely proud of “Hoff the Record”
that car—they’ll be in for a real experience
life. It’s what David Hasselhoff is all about. I
everybody in America, at one point, took offense
because KITT will take them for a ride they’ll
did something really interesting, I think, and it
that we had such a good looking cast. But if you
worked. I took everything anyone ever printed
go to the beach and you look at the real lifeguards
about me or anything anyone thinks about me,
you’ll see that they’re really good looking people.
put it to a script and blow it out of proportion
They have to be good looking because they have
and find the joke.
to be in shape. These guys and girls are not just
more than anything. And Hoff the Record is my
I found the fun in not taking yourself
in cosmetic shape—they’re in athletic shape
too seriously and also answering the press’
“I want to show people how to have fun on their adventure at Harrah’s Resort SoCal. We’re going to put the emphasis on fun and entertainment and not taking life too seriously” questions through entertainment. It’s really funny—funny in “weird” kind of way. It was almost therapeutic because I couldn’t wait to do another episode. Because something happens in your life and everyone perceives it because the press puts out something, and it’s #FUNNER
FOR MORE FROM OUR MAYOR, CHECK OUT PHOTOS, QUOTES, VIDEOS AND MORE AT VISITFUNNER.COM
MEMORIALIZE YOUR TRIP WITH FUNNER, CA MERCHANDISE Words by Robyn Lass Photos by Christopher Donez
Get all your Funner gear at Bazaar.
REMEMBER THAT ROAD TRIP you took with your parents when you were a kid? You know, the one to the Grand Canyon, or Yellowstone, or the Santa Monica Pier? Remember that postcard you picked out to send to your best friend at home? Or what about that trip you took last summer with your own kids, when you bought that T-shirt that’s now your favorite one to wear every Sunday? Collecting memorabilia on a road trip is a fun part of the travel experience. When you visit Funner, California you can commemorate your trip in the same way you would if you stopped into a gift shop at any national park or tourist destination. “Since Funner, California is the newest, funnest destination in Southern California, we wanted to offer our visitors the opportunity to take a piece of this lifestyle home with them,” ESCAPE
“When you visit Funner, CA you can commemorate your trip in the same way you would if you stopped into a gift shop at any national park or tourist destination”
said Bonnie Quintero, Harrah’s Resort SoCal
tumblers for those sunny days at Dive. You’ll
retail manager. “All of our merchandise is
quickly become the Funner king or queen as
meant to be fun and nostalgic, taking people
you strut your stuff and sip away by the pool.
back to a time when life was simpler. When
While you’re here having a blast, why
collecting key chains and shot glasses from
not make your friends back in Boredom-opolis
your road trip destination was the best way to
jealous with a Funner, CA postcard? Nothing
show off where you’ve been.”
says, “Wish you were here” like a postcard from
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
a beautiful Southern Californian paradise.
Fun and nostalgic is the bread and butter of
We all know souvenirs can get repetitive—
Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Forget snow globes and
the same old items visit after visit. Maybe
NY” bumper stickers. Take a bite out of
that Funner, CA shirt you wear every Sunday
Funner, CA with a Funner chocolate bar. Turn
needs to tap out for a few rounds and take a
that Seriousville frown upside down with a
breather. Lucky for you, the Funner offerings
Funner T-shirt or catch some rays in a bright
at Bazaar will change regularly, so grab what
you like now. There’ll be plenty more where
And don’t forget about koozies and metal
that came from! #HARRAHSSOCAL
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EXPERIENCE LUXURY IN YOUR LAP Words by Adam Sullivanâ€‚ Photos by Zach Cordner
The quote “If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right” is one of those old sayings that everyone’s grandfather used that still holds true in any situation. And when it comes to enjoying yourself—doubly so. If you’re ordering steak, go for the porterhouse. Rumand-Coke? Make it a double. And when you’re booking accommodations, make your memories—well, memorable.
You have 48 hours in the Newport Suite. Lucky you. Here’s what we recommend you do upon first arrival:
Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s Newport Suite
“Luxury Accommodations” means that
is the pinnacle of luxury. Located at the tip-
Harrah’s Resort SoCal has anticipated—and
top of the Hotel, you can check out what’s
going on at the Dive pool area, or peer out at
of you can’t decide on what to watch? No
SET A WAKE-UP CALL: Heavy hotel
the mountains—your view from the balcony
problem—you’ve got two 32-inch televisions to
curtains and the Newport’s king-size bed
stretches for miles around. And that’s just the
choose from. Want a quiet night in? Order up
will make it all too easy to wile the day
outside. Turn around, and that’s when it gets
some room service, fill up the hot-tub bath and
away. When you first check in, set a wake-
melt your cares away.
up call for a decent hour so you don’t miss out on breakfast!
This 1,345 square-foot suite offers everything
Maybe you and your special sweetheart
you want from a luxury room and so much
are getting out of town for a romantic weekend
more. The king-size bed is big enough, soft
getaway. Of course Harrah’s Resort SoCal is the
MOVE IN: Take five minutes and put your
enough and cozy enough to send you off to
perfect destination for anyone living in San
stuff in the vanity and the drawers to really
dreamland. And when you get up— you’ll have
Diego, Orange County or Los Angeles. It’s far
set the mood.
everything you need at your fingertips to make
enough to “get out of town” and just different
those dreams come true.
enough from the usual humdrum day-trips.
Feel like dining in? Room service is only
You can head out to the resort after work on a
the wet bar, and sit for a few out on the
a phone call away. Bringing friends back to
Friday, be checked in by dinnertime and catch
balcony. Inhale. Exhale. Welcome to
the room for an after party? The wet bar is
a show in The Events Center or by the pool in
ready to stock, plus there’s a pool table, so
TAKE IN THE VIEW: Mix a drink from
you can entertain in your room before you’re SELFIES WELCOME: Ordinarily, selfies are
entertained on the gaming f loor.
And as for the old saying itself—“If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing
Of course, as with all Harrah’s Resort
right”—no one knows where it originally came
going to want to share this experience with
SoCal rooms, you get access to the Fitness Club,
from, but once you stay at the Newport Suite,
the world. #HarrahsSoCal #NewportSuite
lux amenities in the private bath and AAA Four
you’ll have a pretty good idea of where it might
#Funner #Luxury #thegoodlife
Diamond level comfort.
have been written.
a faux pas, but we’re pretty sure you’re
SPLASH DIVE CABANAS
THE PERFECT POOLSIDE PARKING SPOT Words by Adam Sullivanâ€‚ Photos by Troy Doney
By now you’re probably making plans for the “dog days” of summer and looking to beat the heat in style. Well there’s one way to be a V-I-P at the P-O-O-L. A cabana. Reserving a cabana is the easy, completely stress-free way to kick back and soak up some rays without fighting for a lounge chair or worrying about where to hide your hotel keys.
WHAT’S A CABANA? Have you cruised out to a resort pool and noticed lounge chairs ensconced in those
yourself (and let’s face it, you are), upgrade
bachelorette party, birthday celebration or
your lounge game by reserving your private
just a casual get-together with friends, there’s
a theme for every occasion. All cabanas are complete with loungers, food and beverage
half tent/half gazebo things? Yeah, those are cabanas. If you’re anything like me, you’ll turn
WHAT’S IN A CABANA?
green with envy because you didn’t think to
The short answer is this: Everything you need,
book one. Then you’ll turn red with sunburn,
anything you forgot to bring and even a few
because you didn’t.
things you hadn’t thought about.
The good news is that Harrah’s Resort
Harrah’s Resort SoCal offers a wide range
SoCal makes renting and reserving cabanas
of cabana packages to suit the needs of you
super easy. If you’re in the mood to treat
and your guests. Whether it’s a bachelor/
service, refrigerator, safe, fan, fruit-infused water, snacks, TV and more. In fact, the only thing missing is you.
HOW TO ENJOY A CABANA Sometimes, you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. So why not create your own personal party? Get some friends together and plan an agenda with the number one item—lounging at the pool. Arrive at the crack of Noon and post up until the sun goes down—or longer on Fridays or Saturdays when Dive After Dark gets the tunes going. Let’s think this through: How long can you spend in the pool before you get “wrinklefinger?” How long can you be in the sun before you start to fry? In order to plan an ideal day at the pool, you have to plan ahead. Remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. With a cabana, you have a place to enjoy a quiet moment at any point in the day. Think of it as your “home
HOW TO RESERVE A CABANA Be 21 years of age or older (Kids are allowed in the cabanas near the Lazy River)
away from home.” By reserving a cabana, you’ve just given yourself and your crew a home base—a comfortable,
with loungers where you can get out of the elements, but also keep the party going. It’s
Call Harrah’s Resort SoCal concierge at 760-651-3506
a safe place to store your stuff while you mill
Select the package that works for you (Basic, VIP, Party, etc.)
about the pool area, showing off your new suit or summer bod.
Get some friends together (Cabanas are ideal for groups of 8-10 guests)
THE FREEDOM OF HAVING A CABANA
Show up and relax!
When you’ve reserved a cabana, you’re free splash away, cruise the Lazy River or make some new friends at the Swim-up Bar, without concern for your stuff or your premium sunning spot. Stay away as long as you like, because you know that your cabana is there for you when you need it. And every cabana comes with and added luxury, your own personal server ready to take your drink order, bring you a snack or clear away those pesky cups every time you get to the bottom of your drink. Think booking a cabana is out of your price range? Think again. Dive offers a range of pricing options mid week and on the weekends. So if you plan on cruising out to the pool with the intention of being “seen” just ask yourself this question: When was the last time you walked by a row of cabanas and didn’t peek inside? ESCAPE
“ALL CABANAS ARE COMPLETE WITH LOUNGERS, FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE, REFRIGERATOR, SAFE, FAN, FRUIT-INFUSED WATER, SNACKS, TV AND MORE. IN FACT, THE ONLY THING MISSING IS YOU”
MAKE A LIFE OF LUXURY A BIT MORE LUXURIOUS AT THE SWIM-UP BAR Words by Adam Sullivan Photos by Troy Doney
Southern California's only Swim-up Bar awaits you.
PICTURE THIS: YOU’RE RELAXING IN THE POOL. The sun is out and the water’s just right. Everything’s going your way, but then you look down—your drink’s empty. To
ordinary resorts, you’d have to get out of your comfortable spot, walk up to the bar and drip and shiver while you stand in line to catch the bartender’s eye. It’s a luxury problem, for sure, but a problem nonetheless. The good news is that Harrah’s Resort SoCal takes your fun seriously. They’ve stepped in to solve this dilemma—with
Swim-up Bar. Yes, you read that right. Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s
a ZACH CORDNER
perpetual shallow-end with a wraparound bar, so you can swim, wade or just kind of f loat your way over whenever your cup runs dry. The Swim-up bar offers submerged seating ESCAPE
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it’s an inviting treat in any temperature. If you really want warmth, the nearby hot tubs are kept close to 100-degrees! Plus, there’s a crackling fire pit nearby where you can toast your buns. If that’s not enough to get you in the pool, there are plenty of other reasons. In typical fashion, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has doubled down on their happy hours—there’s one at sunrise (50-percent off Bloody Mary’s until 10am) and again at sunset (50-percent off all well and frozen drinks, Monday through Friday from 6pm to 8pm). And just to make things more convenient, there are three ways to pay at the Swim-up Bar, so you never have to worry about getting your wallet wet. Resort Operations Manager Benjamin Petell explained: “Hotel guests have the option for room charge—we just need to verify their ID. And on weekends, we started a $10 bag check service at the wet bar on the Lazy River side.” If want to keep your phone handy for much needed “selfies,” but you’re worried about the splash effect, Harrah’s Resort SoCal and the shade of a thatched roof bungalow for
once more has a solution: “The Dive Shop sells
a waterproof case,” said Petell, “that can fit
In addition to the 11 in-pool seats, there
most cell phones as well as cards and cash.”
are an additional 15 loungers available so
Great minds will find a solution to any
you can still utilize your favorite bar (and
problem. And at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, it’s the
bartender) even when you’re on dry land.
attention to details that help make sure each
What if those pesky clouds roll in and
visit is the best visit. So even when there’s a
you’re feeling a bit chilly? Not a problem. The
nip in the air, you’re free to relax with a nip in
pool is kept at a bathtub-like 85-degrees, so
“The Swim-up Bar offers submerged seating and the shade of a thatched roof bungalow for maximum comfort”
GOOD FLAVORS, GOOD COMPANY Words by Adam Sullivan Photos by Brian Luna
“We definitely have the hometown bar feel. Everyone’s having a good time” —Brian Scott, SR76 brewmaster
IN JUST A FEW SHORT MONTHS the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indian’s own brewery SR76 Beerworks has gone from a f lickering startup to a house staple. And what’s not to like? As the first San Diego brewery owned and operated by a Native American Tribe, SR76 is
a red IPA. The Saison is Farmhouse Ale. We also
making histor y as well as turning heads in
have a Blueberry Saison in the tasting room
the beer community.
that’s an 8.5-percent, but it’s smooth—like
Brewmaster Brian Scott has a sought-
drinking a 5-percent. It’s easy drinking.”
after pedigree in the craft beer community. He’s worked for big names in the biz, including
100 steps across the parking lot from the hotel
Firehouse Brewing Company, Mission Brewery
Valet area, is busiest on Friday and Saturday
as well as the VP of the San Diego Brewers
nights. Scott explained that they worked to
Guild. But for Scott, what really matters is the
create a comfortable vibe in the tasting room
product itself: “The reception of the beer has
that’s inviting even for the craft beer newbie.
been great for all of us. It’s really rewarding to
“We definitely have the hometown bar feel,” Scott said. “Everyone’s having a good
create something people want.” SR76’s beers are both available in their
time.” According to Scott, the clientele that
frequents SR76 is a 50/50 mix of Harrah’s Resort
Harrah’s Resort SoCal itself. “We’ve got seven
SoCal guests, and local beer enthusiasts. “I was
beers on tap now,” said Scott, “and we’re slowly
pleasantly surprised,” said Scott.
adding to that. By the end of [May, 2017] we’ll have 10.” The tasting room, located approximately
Part of that comfortable vibe is encouraging guests to look up from their myriad of screens. “We still don’t have TVs,” stated Scott. “We just play music. There’s no gaming and no smoking—it’s a tasting room that’s more about experiencing the beer. We want to promote people to interact with each other.” This makes SR76 a perfect respite in between gaming sessions. It’s a place where you can relax, unwind, and get yourself ready for action—whatever your game may be.
Currently, the most popular drinks vary with availability. Scott explained: “Right now, it’s a toss up between the Apricot Saison and ESCAPE
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CLASSIC COCKTAILS WITH OUR TWIST Kick back. Sip slowly. Enjoy the craft with a cocktail. At our prohibition era inspired lounge, expert mixologists shake things up by blending authenticity with inspiration. The result? A fresh twist on traditional drink recipes. But never fear, the classics you love are always on the menu.
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ROBEKS FRESH JUICES & SMOOTHIES RECHARGE WITH GOOD STUFF Words by Adam Sullivan Photo by Christopher Donez
GAMING CAN TAKE QUITE A TOLL ON YOUR BODY. It
that love fresh juice in the morning, or an Acai
bite, there’s also a selection of healthy and
takes intense concentration, and then there are
bowl for breakfast,” she said. “The smoothies
tasty acai, fast break, or split banana bowls
the emotional highs of winning a hand—even
are more for the pool, or when guests go back
to choose from—you even have the option
your arm can get tired from pushing on the slot
to their rooms to relax.”
to make any smoothie into a bowl for the
machines all day. And don’t forget all the off-the-
Robeks has been around for more than 20
floor fun you can have, like laughing hysterically
years, delivering healthy pick-me-ups across
“I love the Lean Green,” said Sieyes. “It’s super
at a comedy show, soaking up the sun at Dive or
the country. With a central location right here
light and low-calorie—a refreshing afternoon
burning calories in the Fitness Center. The best way to combat casino fatigue is to ensure you’re eating right and are well hydrated. Let’s face it—it’s not hard to give in to decadence in a casino. At Harrah’s Resort SoCal,
“Robeks has been around for more than twenty years, delivering healthy pick-me-ups across the country”
ultimate frozen meal!
treat.” The Lean Green is made with Active Waters, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, fresh cucumber, fresh spinach, frozen yogurt, pineapple sherbet, pineapple and a touch of raw honey. Maybe you’re on a hot streak, and you want a
there’s tons of amazing food available around
at Harrah’s Resort SoCal—tucked in between
pick-me-up that won’t slow you down. Or perhaps
the clock. And with the excitement of the games,
the casino f loor, Starbucks and the Total
you want to be good, in advance, of that luxurious
events and shows—it’s all too easy to forget to
Rewards Center—it couldn’t be easier to pop in
dinner at Fiore you’re planning. Or maybe it’s the
take care of your own body. Not to worry. Robeks
and replenish, and clear your head so that you
morning after, and you want something healthy
has the solution. And it tastes great.
can get back to the games!
to sip on as you catch some quiet time on the
“People want something healthy and
And for the calorie-conscious, Robeks
refreshing for their afternoon,” said Robeks
makes it easy with a handy chart. You’ll see
Manager Sandra Sieyes. She explained that
at a glance just what you’re getting: Vitamins,
Robeks has something to offer wherever you’re
minerals, protein, calories and more. And if
headed. “For the most part, we have customers
you’re craving something with a little more ESCAPE
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GET WILD AT THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Words by Elizabeth Schwartzeâ€‚ Photos by Zach Cordner
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR AN IDEAL, family-friendly
that they aim to get to the park to ride the first
destination that’s perfect for all guests visiting
tram safari of the morning or the last one of
Funner, California there’s something wild
the day as this is when the animals are most
just a short jaunt away. Nestled in the lush
active. If guests want to splurge (knowing their
San Pasqual Valley of Escondido (a quick
splurge helps conservation in the process), I
30-minute drive from Harrah’s Resort SoCal),
recommend a caravan safari where you go out
the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is an 1,800-acre
on the savanna and even get to feed giraffes.”
conservation park that contains close to 3,000
It’s worth arriving early to take advantage
animals representing more than 300 species—
of daily schedules and plan out your day.
most living in open-field habitats. The park
Animal Encounters are available such as
is also home to 1.7 million plants growing
the Animal Ambassador Stage, Lemur Walk,
throughout the property. Visiting is not only
Lorikeet Landing, Nairobi Station, Petting Kraal
enriching, but you can feel good knowing that
and Tiger Keeper Talk. To get the inside scoop
proceeds of the park benefit the conservation of
on some of the species, try a caretaker-led
species locally, and in more than 80 countries
Animal Show such as the Frequent Flyer Bird
around the globe.
Show, Shiley’s Cheetah Run, Tiger Keeper Talk
extended hours during peak months, the
and Training Talk that educates the audience with an informative show.
Safari Park is one of the favorite spots for the
If you’re more of the wandering type, try
Concierge team at Harrah’s Resort SoCal to
strolling at your own pace and enjoying the
recommend. “When I send guests to the Safari
plant and animal exhibits in the authentic
Park, I not only know they’ll see amazing
African safari-style setting at your own pace.
animals and have a great time, but also that
The Safari Park also offers multiple safari
I’m supporting the fight to end extinction,”
experiences to purchase that meet the needs
said Ben Scholl, Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director
of visitors wanting a comprehensive trip.
of Operations. “I always recommend to guests
Harrah’s Resort SoCal guests can customize an
“When I send guests to the Safari Park, I not only know they’ll see amazing animals and have a great time, but also that I’m supporting the fight to end extinction,” —Ben Scholl, Harrah’s Resort SoCal Director of Operations
SAFARI EXPERIENCES OFFERED AT SAFARI PARK INCLUDE:
CARAVAN SAFARI is out in the field in an open-
aerial tightropes, swinging log steps and
air safari cart for an opportunity to hand-
moving platforms. You can customize this
feed animals, such as giraffes and rhinos. A
extreme adventure under the instruction of
knowledgeable interpreter guides the safari.
African field habitats for 2.5 miles in an open-
CHEETAH SAFARI allows an up-close-and-
ROAR AND SNORE SAFARI is an overnight tent-
air vehicle to emulate an African safari.
personal experience with trackside seating
camping experience offered February through
during the Shiley’s Cheetah Run, and
November where campers’ tents overlook
BEHIND-THE-SCENES SAFARI is a small group tour
there’s a “meet-and-greet” with the animals
the plains of East Africa. It includes meals,
on a safari cart to experience areas not open
tours, campfire and up-close-and-personal
THE AFRICA TRAM transports guests around the
to the general public. You can also learn about the care of animals at the park.
experiences with the animals. FLIGHTLINE SAFARI is a zip-line course that includes instruction and allows guests to zip
ULTIMATE SAFARI is for the VIP that wants a
CART SAFARI is an intimate small group tour
over two-thirds of a mile of Asian and
customizable five-hour guided tour for a one-
with a knowledgeable tour guide that goes
on-one and up-close-and-personal experience.
at a slower pace. It’s a great way to learn
Advanced reservations required.
about the park’s history with abundant photo
JUNGLE ROPES SAFARI is a daring experience
that lets guests choose between rope bridges,
experience online before leaving the resort, or you
Bonsai Pavilion, Conifer Arboretum, Epiphyllum
can do it at the park.
House, Herb Garden, Hidden Jungle, Mombasa
Of course, kids take a front seat at the Safari
Lagoon and Nativescapes Garden.
Park. Little ones can enjoy Samburu Jungle Gym,
Single day passes for adults (ages 12 and
Village Playground and Tiger Trail’s Play area. In
up) run $52 and children (ages three to 11) run
warm weather months, kids can swing by the
$42. These standard passes include access to
Lion Camp’s Savanna Cool Zone with a bathing
the Africa Tram, Cheetah Run and all regularly
suit and towel to get drenched and refreshed. The
scheduled shows. Guests can also purchase
Petting Kraal is the perfect place for little ones to
multi day passes as well as multi-park passes
touch and engage with docile animals. And for
that allow access to the San Diego Zoo Safari
a nominal fee, you can take the kiddos (and big
Park two days, two days at the San Diego Zoo,
kids) to the Conservation Carousel where up to
or single day access to each. Plus guests at
60 colorful animals can take them around and
Harrah’s Resort SoCal who want to visit the park
around. And be sure to mark your calendars for
while avoiding the parking fee can request a car
October Kids Free Days that allow children (ages
service through the Concierge at $90 each way.
11 years and younger) free admission to the park! Botanical
international trip through the flora and fauna. The Safari Park offers regionally themed gardens including the Baja & Old World Succulent Garden, ESCAPE
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK, PLEASE VISIT THE CONCIERGE OR GO TO SDSAFARIPARK.ORG.
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HELPING SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY STAY HEALTHY Words by Robyn Lass Photos by Christopher Donez
SENIOR CITIZENS CAN BE one of the most vulnerable groups in our communities. Getting healthy, affordable meals can be difficult— especially when they’re alone and facing health or mobility challenges. But thanks to Meals on Wheels, seniors in the San Diego area have been receiving a nutritious, home delivery meal service since 1972. As an extension of the work Caesars Entertainment began doing with the Meals on Wheels organization in 2002, Harrah’s Resort SoCal began supporting the national program with volunteers in North San Diego County in 2010. Currently, Harrah’s Resort SoCal has eight teammates who volunteer for the program by ESCAPE
“It’s the small gestures that can go a long way to brighten someone’s day” Meals on Wheels volunteers, Direct Marketing Manager, James Hinkle and Table Games Dealer, Gwen Behler.
the only daily visitors some seniors receive. Volunteers are trained to look for certain signs that all may not be well with the seniors they visit and report this so that the appropriate organizations (or case workers) can follow up to ensure that the senior is receiving the care they may need.” Volunteering for Meals on Wheels also provides a terrific emotional reward for Harrah’s Resort SoCal team members. “I joined the Meals on Wheels team 2.5 years ago and it has been a rewarding experience giving back to our community,” said Jerrod Phillips, business and process improvement manager for Harrah’ Resort SoCal.
delivering food once a month. Teams of two
public health and safety information with them.”
“The seniors we deliver to always seem
are sent out together with prepared meals and
To sign up, a customer must be 60 years
so happy to see us and their smiles make me
directions for delivery to ensure the seniors get
or older. Meals are delivered six days a week
feel like I’m really helping them and giving
their food in a timely manner.
(with Sunday meals delivered on Saturdays) and
them something they need.” As Harrah’s Resort
As of 2016, over 3,200 seniors received home
customers can sign up to receive healthy food for
SoCal’s Meals on Wheels team coordinator
delivery in San Diego County. Charlotte Fan,
a small fee. In order to make the service available
Phillips organizes the monthly teams of two and
manager of the North County San Diego chapter
to even more members, a sliding scale is offered
ensures volunteers are always available to help.
of Meals on Wheels has been working directly
to provide financial support for those in need.
In addition to the food, Meals on Wheels
with Harrah’s Resort SoCal volunteers since the
“While there are other senior nutrition
also brings birthday gifts and special little favors
beginning and says these volunteers have a huge
programs, Meals on Wheels not only provides
for their clients during the holidays. It’s the
impact on the community.
meals, but they also provide a daily ‘check-in’
small gestures that can go a long way to brighten
with homebound seniors,” said Sheryl Sebastian,
“North San Diego County is 100-percent volunteer coverage,” she said. “The volunteers
bridge the gap between the community and the
manager for Harrah’s Resort SoCal.
client. They bring smiles and share important
“Often, Meals on Wheels volunteers are HARRAHSSOCAL.COM
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO GET INVOLVED, PLEASE VISIT MEALS-ON-WHEELS.ORG OR CALL (760) 736-9900.
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