Mark Carpowich 9 a.m., Dec. 26
You generally wouldn't think of a casino as a place of zen-like contemplation. But that's where you'd be wrong if you didn't check it out. Barona casino is not only a fun place for gaming and eating (I think they have the best buffet of all the southern California casinos) but the grounds of Barona are striking. The view of the valley and the surrounding foothills is beautiful and they have a wonderful little wedding chapel built out over a large, lushly landscaped koi pond, complete with waterfalls. The chapel's large windows smartly face towards the sunset. Inside the casino, it's bustling with action and excitement. Outside you will be surrounded by natural beauty and serenity. I thought this photo of the koi fish well represented the latter.
Posted September 18, 2009