Savor Vibrant, Full-Bodied SpringFest in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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“For SpringFest, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country will be fresh, vibrant, and fun with wine adventures, music and song, classic autos, western festivities, and more,” Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO declares. “It’s a full-bodied showcase. Natural beauty and premium excitement are set amidst three amazing backdrops: dynamic, Downtown Old Town Temecula with surrounding, untouched hillsides blooming with lilac; exciting, Pechanga Resort & Casino where faces of the mountains’ granite boulders glisten after spring rains; and fascinating, Temecula Valley Wine Country where vineyards’ plump, green buds thrive in air, refreshing and still.” Celebrating SpringFest daily March 1 through May 31, the casual, scenic valley is located an hour east of Orange County and southwest of Palm Desert; and 1½ hours southeast of Los Angeles.

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“For SpringFest, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country will be fresh, vibrant, and fun with wine adventures, music and song, classic autos, western festivities, and more,” Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO declares. “It’s a full-bodied showcase. Natural beauty and premium excitement are set amidst three amazing backdrops: dynamic, Downtown Old Town Temecula with surrounding, untouched hillsides blooming with lilac; exciting, Pechanga Resort & Casino where faces of the mountains’ granite boulders glisten after spring rains; and fascinating, Temecula Valley Wine Country where vineyards’ plump, green buds thrive in air, refreshing and still.” Celebrating SpringFest daily March 1 through May 31, the casual, scenic valley is located an hour east of Orange County and southwest of Palm Desert; and 1½ hours southeast of Los Angeles.

SpringFest Events
Temecula Valley Wine Country heralds SpringFest with World of Wine Weekend, March 5 and 6. Guests enjoy a self-guided tour to 30+ wineries. At each: exclusive wine samplings of worldwide grape varietals made in unique, Temecula style. Plus: food pairings. Event is a sure, sell-out; order tickets early.

Old Town Temecula sports the Temecula Rod Run, March 11 and 12 with hundreds of the West Coast’s finest, pre-1974 vehicles. For ‘Friday Night Cruise’, autos roam and show their stuff. Then it’s ‘Saturday Show and Shine’; get a look under the hoods of freshly detailed beauties.

The following weekend, the jubilant Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival, March 18, 19, and 20. Among bluegrass bands highlighting the West Coast’s finest such event: Byron Berline, the Grascals, Bluegrass Etc. Old Town streets’ daytime concerts, FREE; Old Town Temecula Community Theater’s evening concerts, paid ticketed events.

Not-to-be-missed! Chocolate Decadence (April 1) and Pechanga Wine Festival (April 2) at Pechanga Resort & Casino. Friday’s event pairs red, sparkling, late harvest, and dessert wines with the decadent chocolate treats of Pechanga’s world-renowned chocolatier, Jean-Marie Verhoeven. Saturday, wines from California and beyond will be paired with delicious offerings from Pechanga’s premier restaurants.

The Temecula Wine & Music Festival brings pop, jazz, rhythm-n-blues, and wine tasting to Vail Lake Resort, April 30. The oak-studded setting is ideal for enjoying a full day of entertainment and award-winning, local wines. This annual celebration is one of California’s largest wine and music events.

Old Town Temecula features popular Western Days, May 21 and 22: Temecula Gunfighters; Old West characters; western music; trick ropers; high-noon robbery of The Bank. Sunday also has: International Chili Society Cookoff/People’s Choice Event.

Old Town Temecula
Fully emerged for SpringFest is Old Town Temecula’s newest landmark: Mission Revival-style Civic Center with fountain inspired by Luiseño basket artistry. Charming Old Town invites strolling; admire rustic Western, Chateauesque, Classic Revival, historic Bungalow and Cottage architecture.

The dozen-block district is a favored shopping/dining/entertainment destination. Sixty+ unique, specialty stores feature a lush mix of merchandise. Excellent restaurants and cafés serve authentic and stylish cuisine. Adjacent Old Town Temecula Community Theater is The MERC with live jazz, popular bands, country, classical. Pennypickle’s Workshop Children’s Museum features fun, learning sessions; experience Old Town’s reverence for the past at Temecula Valley History Museum; Saturday mornings’ Farmers Markets are the best in the valley.

Pechanga Resort & Casino
With majestic mountains to the west, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s stylish structures are reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and infused with Native American art and culture. The gaming excitement is 24/7, and 130+ table games complement 3,700 Vegas-style slot machines.

Pechanga is recognized for superlative entertainment: Pechanga Showroom Theater; Comedy Club; Silk, mega-nightclub; Cabaret Lounge; plus Eagle’s Nest atop it all. Pechanga is also renowned for extraordinary dining.

Pechanga’s widely touted, world-class Journey golf course meanders the Pechanga River, taking full advantage of awe-inspiring terrain. Also magnificent: Spa Pechanga.

Temecula Valley Wine Country
With 5,000 protected acres of rolling hills and a big, beautiful sky overhead, Temecula Valley Wine Country is welcoming, relaxed, gracious. Local winemaking families ensure wine experiences are accessible and enjoyable for the novice; enriching and pleasing for the aficionado.

Taste and savor award-winning, premium wines at 30+ wineries. Experience specialty tastings and inquire about behind-the-scenes tours. Dine at terrific restaurants and bistros; picnic with casual fare. Also: cooking classes; happy hours; craft fairs; live music.

To learn more, please go to http://www.VisitTemecula.org or call 888/363-2852.

***PLEASE NOTE: Information is believed to be accurate but is subject to change. Please call ahead for the latest details.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau:
VisitTemecula.org is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that is the region’s official resource for visitors, and that stimulates tourism and economic development by promoting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

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