Travel: Sycuan Band sets the hospitality bar high with casino

"Uninvited, under-dressed, but not unwelcome.

That's how I found myself enjoying a beautiful garden wedding at California's Sycuan Resort earlier this year.

A guest of the San Diego-area golf and tennis resort, I had been wandering the 425-acre property's lush landscape, when I spotted the pretty gazebo chapel under towering palms.

A short time later, wedding guests graciously welcomed me to the gathering. Even a professional photographer, often more stressed than the bride, could not have been more accommodating.

Indeed, I thought these southern Californians had set the hospitality bar high, but was soon to realize such friendliness is par for the course at Sycuan.

Located in East County, about 30 minutes from San Diego, the Sycuan Resort aims to satisfy passions for great golf, fine dining, relaxing spa treatments and casino cravings. And this tempting combo of amenities is administered by courteous professional staff."

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