Harrah’s Resort SoCal Has Never Been Funner
Written By: Keri Bridgwater
Photographed By: Harrah’s Resort Southern California Harrah’s Resort So Cal
Located in the epically-named city of Funner, California, Harrah’s Resort SoCal is the perfect weekend getaway for couples, minus any major travel days. Boasting stylish suites, beautiful pools, a Swim-Up Bar and romantic restaurants, this hip casino hotel meets buzzy (and award-winning) resort is just an hour drive from San Diego. There’s a state-of-the-art Fitness Center and full-service luxury spa, plus entertainment aficionados will dig the bustling gaming floor and a wide range of big-name shows.
1 | Food and Drink Harrah’s Resort So Cal
For bespoke cocktails fashioned with exclusive spirit brands, housemade syrups and artisanal ice cubes, stop by prohibition-style bar, Spiked. Bartenders here specialize in creating custom libations that inspire guests to explore new flavor profiles and lesser-known liquors like Fernet-Branca and vermouth. Next, get cozy in the private Champagne room and snap a free keepsake pic in the LED mirror selfie circle before heading to Oyster Bar for an intimate dining experience. Tucked inside the award-winning Fiore steakhouse, their menu highlights include fresh-shucked oysters, sushi, a majestic seafood tower and solid sake list.
Native Knowledge: Southern California’s first Native American owned brewery, SR76 Beerworks offers craft beer brewed on site plus handcrafted cocktails made to your liking.
2 | Play
There are slot machines aplenty, weekly poker tournaments and table games including Rincon Craps, but the new jewel in the casino floor crown is the Topgolf Swing Suite––and another first for Harrah’s Resort SoCal. Square off for an interactive date night game of zombie dodgeball, virtual ice hockey or golf in one of two private luxury lounge areas. They can each be rented by the hour and include a dedicated server, plus access to a full bar and special food menu.
3 | Poolside Harrah’s Resort So Cal
Towering palms and cascading waterfalls set the scene at Harrah’s Resort SoCal’s gorgeous outdoor oasis which comprises the distinctively-shaped Main Dive Pool, separate Swim-Up Bar and meandering 400-foot Lazy River. Secure prime poolside seats with a private cabana package––the ‘Brunchbana’ special includes a Mimosa or Bloody Mary Bar, chips and salsa, plus your own server. Guests also get access to the Dive Concert Series, which showcases live bands and DJs––think upbeat sounds on Friday and Saturdays with reggae on Sundays––every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Native Knowledge: If you can only “splash and play” for a day, the ResortPass provides guests 21 and over access to all of the pools at Dive including the 400-foot Lazy River, the state-of-the-art Fitness Center and free self-parking.
4 | Stay
With over a thousand rooms and suites spread across two towers—some with pool views—there are lots of lodging options. And, while all are modern and well-appointed, why not make the weekend super special and elevate the experience with a well-deserved upgrade? Want extras like a Vitamin C shower, Philips Wake-Up Light, hand weights and yoga mats? Try a Zenfully Suite! It’s a spacious living area and separate bedroom with a king bed, private balcony and luxe bathroom—complete with an oversized soaking tub—or go big with the Oh So Suite. Director of Resort Marketing Amber Lussier said, “Harrah’s Resort SoCal prides itself in offering unique experiences that can only be found in Funner, California.”
5 | Activities + Spa Harrah’s Resort So Cal
Gambling aside, there are a ton of fun activities, amenities and happenings to explore, including Movie Night Under the Stars every Thursday, plus regular karaoke and DJ nights every weekend. There’s the monthly maker series Get Crafty, plus an A-list line up of entertainers that come through The Events Center. Hike the one-mile Nature Trail or treat yourselves to a couple’s massage at The Spa at Harrah’s––a modish haven of tranquility that also features a barbershop, nail and hair salon, soothing salt water baths and two relaxation lounges. “Don’t be shy!” exclaimed Beau Swanson, VP of Marketing. “Our teammates are here to guide you to your best experience, so bend their ears, make new friends and discover your ‘funner!’”
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
777 Harrah’s Rincon Way
Funner, CA 92082