I guess the first question has to be, “Who is Lawrence Welk and why does he have a bunch of resorts named after him?”
Well, here is the answer.
Lawrence Welk was actually a very famous bandleader who is best known for his variety show that was launched in 1955 and lasted 16 years plus many seasons in syndication. This popular TV show included music, comedy routines, guest musicians, and singers.
Even though his roots were in the entertainment industry, Lawrence Welk stumbled into the resort business in 1964. The story goes that he was driving in the north county of San Diego to potentially invest in an orange grove but instead purchased a motel and a nine-hole golf course. He later staged one of his shows there and it became an instant hotspot especially for the multitude of Welk fans.
Today there are five resorts including the original in Escondido, California which we are featuring in this story. Situated just off of the Interstate 15 freeway, this location has two golf courses, a theater, shops, vacation homes, and timeshares. The other resorts are in Lake Tahoe, Cabo San Lucas, Palm Springs, Branson, Mo., and are ranked among the top resorts in the world by TripAdvisor.com. All are still owned by the Welk family and managed by the grandson.
The Escondido resort
I have had the pleasure of visiting the Palm Springs resort and was very impressed by the grounds, rooms, and especially the pool. Although I have never stayed at the resort in Escondido, I have been there many times for either a round of golf or to the theater for one of their high caliber musicals.