How to have an affordable-luxury-style Escondido wine vacation
How to have an affordable-luxury-style Escondido wine vacation

Settled in the coastal mountains of Southern California, Escondido offers both an urban and natural atmosphere with easy access to San Diego. There are many boutique wine tasting rooms and vineyards to visit, along with a variety of culinary experiences and farmer’s markets.

If you’re looking for a unique foodie vacation or a lesser-known California wine region to explore, Escondido has everything you could want right at your fingertips. After visiting once, it’s likely you’ll want to return again. The Lawrence Welk Resort Villas are a great way to do that in affordable-luxury style.

While many vacationers only consider hotels and Airbnb when looking for accommodations in their favorite destinations, like Escondido, it can be more economical and convenient to consider a timeshare instead. They provide you with very nice accommodations and the perfect home base for exploring.

Many owners rent out their timeshares when they are unable to travel, meaning you can find incredible deals on weekly rates. Timeshare rentals give you a great one-time vacation solution, while still having access to all the benefits. So, whether you’re a wine country enthusiast or just looking for a one-time vacation to Escondido, be sure to check out the timeshares in the area.

Lawrence Welk Resort Villas in Escondido, California
Lawrence Welk Resort Villas in Escondido, California (courtesy photo)

The Lawrence Welk Resort Villas are the premier timeshare accommodations in the Escondido area. The Welk Resort brand started in Escondido in 1964 when Lawrence Welk bought 900 acres of land 20 miles north of San Diego. From there, the brand expanded into other destinations including Branson, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs, and Lake Tahoe. By owning a Lawrence Welk Resort timeshare, you have the added ability to exchange your week at your home resort and visit any of the other properties in the Welk network.

The Lawrence Welk Resort Villas provide high-end accommodations and services you’d have a tough time finding elsewhere in the region, and staying at this property can enhance your Escondido vacation experience. The resort is very close to the best local vineyards so you can easily plan a great Escondido wine tour.

Lawrence Welk Resort Villas in Escondido, California
Lawrence Welk Resort Villas in Escondido, California (courtesy photo)

You’ll want to visit some of the top Escondido wineries, like  Orfila Vineyards. They offer wine tasting and live music at the winery, and you can relax in the tasting room that overlooks the 70-acre estate. There is a picnic area, as well. Since opening in 1994, Orfila Vineyards has won over 1,000 awards, making it a “must visit” on your tour of Escondido wineries.

Another acclaimed vineyard in Escondido is the Hungry Hawk Vineyards and Winery. With 15 varietals, an air-conditioned tasting room, and an outdoor patio with views of the San Pasqual Valley, this winery is a real treat to experience. You can take a tour with the winemaker that includes a five-wine tastings, or you can sign up for a thirty-minute tour of the vineyard and winery (tastings including). Be sure to taste their unique blueberry wine.

Hungry Hawk Vineyards
Hungry Hawk Vineyards (courtesy photo)

When you’re done with wine tasting for the day, you can head back to the resort for a meal paired with local wines, like the Welk Resort Chardonnay and Field Blend Red, at the resort’s Canyon Grille.

One of the main reasons to choose a timeshare resort is the high-quality and selection of accommodations. Lawrence Welk Resort Villas are available in three different styles, allowing you to customize your vacation experience. The Mountain Villas offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom floor plans with luxury features like granite countertops, exposed beams, leather furnishings, fireplaces, and laundry machines. You also are able to take in stunning mountain views from the comfort and privacy of your own patio or deck area.

Villas on the Greens are located right on the resort’s golf course, allowing you to enjoy the picturesque views. Spacious one- and two-bedroom floor plans offer fully-equipped kitchens, living areas with large televisions, garden tubs, and a private balcony or patio area.

Finally, the Resort Villas provide guests with a classic two-bedroom suite with views of the fairways and a mountain backdrop. Fine furnishings, private bedrooms, a full kitchen, and an open concept living and dining area are just a handful of the amenities you’ll have access to.

A view of the golf course
A view of the golf course (courtesy photo)

In addition to dining options, Lawrence Welk Resort Villas offer a full vacation experience without stepping foot off the grounds. They have an on-site, 6,000-square-foot fitness center, with a rock-climbing wall. There are five separate recreation centers, with unique games and activities. You can see a live music or comedy performance at the Welk Resort Theatre. And you can play a round at either of the two golf courses – The Oaks and The Fountains. For some pampering, there’s the Elevate Day Spa, with a vast portfolio of services. There are pools with cabanas, bars, and snack shacks, hot tubs, and water slides, as well.

With all the amenities and services of this resort, you might imagine it costs a pretty penny to stay. If you buy or rent the timeshare directly from the developer, it can be quite expensive, but if you go through an online timeshare reseller, you can find resales and rentals that are advertised by-owner at significantly lower prices. When you buy or rent from an owner, you get the benefit of skipping the high resort fees, sales commissions, and lengthy, high-pressure timeshare presentations.

Once you’ve spent some time in Escondido, you’ll see why this lesser-known west coast destination has everything a wine enthusiast could want, with its stunning vineyards and award-winning wineries. While the crowds flock to Napa Valley wineries, you’ll have the insider track the hidden gem that is Escondido.

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