Lawrence Welk Resort
8845 Lawrence Welk Drive, Escondido
The old baton twirler isn't around anymore (he died in 1992), but his legacy lives on in this enclave just north of Escondido proper. Of course the trip must include a tour of his museum, complete with a life-size statue of the polka-pusher and the world's largest champagne glass. And Gram will be delighted when she stands before the reconstructed bandstand, imagining that the musicians are playing a waltz just for her and a long-ago beau. Afterwards, if she's up for more fun, check out the activities including "build your own sundae," "make your own bath salts," and a workshop that uses myrrh, aloe vera, and bee products to "help release emotions that cause pain." Top the day off with a dinner buffet and musical theater. If you're all tuckered out at the end of the evening, Mr. Welk's hotel will be happy to accommodate you. Take I-15 north to the Deer Springs-Mountain Meadow Road exit. Turn right, then turn left onto Champagne Boulevard. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles.