California's Sunny & Wine Region
3-Day Escape Among the Vineyards of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is affordable luxury close to home. Our sunny and picturesque wine region will inspire you to explore our destination for all it has to offer. Temecula Valley is a short drive from anywhere in Southern California, less than 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Rolling hills covered with vineyards, expansive views reaching to 11,000-foot-high mountains, air swept by ocean breezes and world-class wines make the Temecula Valley an exciting place to visit.
Temecula Valley is the premier winemaking region in Southern California. Over the last decade, the number of wineries in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has doubled and more new wineries are in the planning stages. More importantly, the region's reputation for making fine wine is on the rise as local wines continue to win major awards at wine competitions.
Spend your first day wine tasting at some of the close to 40 wineries in the Temecula Valley. There are many wineries to experience including approachable and friendly family-owned wineries offering relaxing and unpretentious tastings. After experiencing two or three of our wineries, visit one of the many unique dining venues within Wine Country and sample some truly amazing cuisine while overlooking rows of lush vineyards. Behind-the-scene tours and private barrel tastings offer additional unique experiences in this casual locale. Complete your day of play dining al fresco in the vineyards as you watch the sun set over the beautiful Southern California sky.
On the second day of your trip, take a romantic sunrise balloon ride. Experience tranquility while soaring over dew-kissed vineyards and awe-inspiring scenery. Once back on the ground, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast, sip on champagne and reflect on the wonderful experience. After your morning flight, continue your day exploring the many unexpected discoveries in the growing Old Town district. With history dating back to the 1800s', this charming escape offers a fun and friendly way to experience the many boutiques, theaters, and museums dotted along its wooden boardwalks. Temecula, established in 1859, is one of the most historic communities in Southern California. 2009 marks the 150th anniversary of the first post office in Temecula. A visit to Temecula Valley wouldn't be complete without a visit to the Temecula Museum, where you will step back in time. Catch a matinee theatrical performance at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater. After a memorable performance, recharge at one of the many restaurants that offer home-style barbecue, authentic Mexican, and Southern California Wine Country-inspired cuisine. When evening rolls around, make a stop at Pechanga Resort and Casino, California's largest casino and one of the best entertainment venues around. Visit the gift shops for Luiseno Indian-inspired gifts, perfect mementos of your visit to the valley. End your day of exploration with dinner at one of Pechanga's many fine and casual-dining restaurants, followed by a show or concert at the resort's various entertainment venues.
With your past two days of exploring and playing, you will want to find time to relax and reflect upon your time in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. For some, an early round of golf and breakfast at the "turn" is the perfect way to relax as the morning mist floats along the fairway. For others, breakfast and then a deep-tissue massage at one of Temecula Valley's inviting full-service spas is the ideal way to relax. For those last few remaining hours of your trip to Southern California Wine Country, revisit Old Town for a casual lunch and additional exploring or venture back out to the vineyards for some final tastes and relaxation.
Modest, refined, rustic or upscale, the Temecula Valley offers a wide variety of accommodation alternatives from quaint bed and breakfasts, luxurious winery and golf resorts to four-diamond casino resorts. Temecula Valley is the perfect getaway with all the excitement you could ask for under the warm California sun.
For more ideas and information, please call the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau at (888) 363-2852 or visit www.temeculacvb.com