Stay, Play, Wine, and Dine in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country During California Restaurant Month

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TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, December 29, 2011 – “January is Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Restaurant Month with remarkable dining at extraordinary prices,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Combine incredible restaurant offerings with activities like excellent golfing, wine-country tours, specialty shopping, outdoor adventures, nightlife, and entertainment; and experience it in a dozen, delicious days and nights. Arrive on Sunday for mid-week hotel rates as low as $58.99++.” The casual, picturesque valley is 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1½ hours from Los Angeles. For more information, go to VisitTemecula.org.

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January is Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Restaurant Month with remarkable dining at extraordinary prices

The following itinerary features Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Promenade Temecula dining.

1-SUNDAY
Taste premium-vintage Baily wines; lunch at Carol’s at Baily Winery. Next, experience Old Town Temecula’s artisan-food shops like Temecula Olive Oil Company, Old Town Spice Merchants, Old Town Sweet Shop.

Dinner on Old Town Baily’s 3-course specials ($15++, $20++, $30++); the butternut-squash soup, legendary.

2-MONDAY
Awaken early for an incredible, hot air balloon flight. Visit wineries with one of many wine transportation companies. Lunch at Falkner Winery’s The Pinnacle: panoramic views, salad, winemaker’s jumbo shrimp pasta, just $15++.

Come evening, Thornton Winery’s Café Champagne: country French elegance, contemporary cuisine.

3-TUESDAY
Three, Golf Digest 4-star-rated, 9-hole courses comprise Temecula Creek Inn’s 27-holes. Play 18 by morning; 9 in the afternoon. Between, lunch at Killarney’s; shepherd’s pie (just $5++); dessert: Irish cream bread pudding.

Make dinner memorable at Temet Grill. Tantalizing dinner offerings ($15++, $20++, $30++) include seared scallops, spicy crab linguine, sirloin.

4-WEDNESDAY
Discover historic Old Town Temecula: They Passed This Way monument; Temecula Valley Museum; Civic Center’s Luisueño-inspired, basket-shaped fountain. Lunch at The Bank; specials ($5++, $10++, and $15++) include house-margarita and your-choice Mexican entrée.

The afternoon is adventurous, Old Town shopping: art, antiques, collectibles, crafts, décor, fashions.

Dinner is Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Seafood Grotto freshest seafood. After, thrill to casino gaming.

5-THURSDAY
Ranked by GOLF Magazine as one California’s best courses, the Arthur Hills-designed Journey at Pechanga is well-worth the splurge. Afterward, lunch on authentic Asian noodle dishes ($5++, $10++, $15++) at Pechanga’s Bamboo.

Afternoon is more Pechanga gaming excitement then dinner at nearby Fish Monger Café. The evening’s entertainment is live-jazz at Old Town Temecula’s The MERC.

6-FRIDAY
Dedicate the day to discovering De Portola Wine Trail’s boutique wineries. Lunch ($5++, $10++, $15++) at The Restaurant at Leoness.

Dinner on Italian fare at Pechanga’s Paisano’s then enjoy great laughs at Pechanga’s Comedy Club.

7-SATURDAY
Shop for fresh seasonal fruit, citrus, avocados, artisan foods at the festive, Old Town Temecula, California-Certified Farmers’ Market.

Then head to Mount Palomar Winery’s Shorty’s Bistro; offerings ($5++, $10++, $15++) include stone-oven pizza. Afternoon at wineries with live music, an arts-and-crafts fair.

Dinner is “It’s All Good” Bar & Grill ($10++, $15++, $20++): specials like fajita bites. Then - opry-style, country music at Old Town’s The MERC.

8-SUNDAY
Roundtrip the Class-1 walking trails: Uptown to Downtown, Old Town Temecula. Lunch at Front Street Bar & Grill; the menu ($5++, $10++, $15+) includes flat-bread pizza, salad-and-pasta.

Afternoon in Old Town’s friendly, wine-tasting rooms like Lorimar, Tesoro, Villa di Calabro. Mid-afternoon, catch live classical-music at The MERC. Dinner at Old Town’s popular Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ .

9-MONDAY
Tricky and beautiful, Red Hawk Golf Club is a must-play challenge. Lunch at Callaway Winery’s Meritage; grilled jumbo-shrimp kebob, taste of paired wine.

Catch a winery tour; learn about handcrafting Callaway wines. After, taste wines only available at the winery.

The evening’s dining is inspired cuisine at Scarcella’s Italian Grill.

10-TUESDAY
Make it a day at Promenade Temecula. Explore specialty-shops like Apple, Express, Coldwater Creek, Walking Company, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Papyrus, Barnes and Noble.

Lunch is Tilted Kilt ($5++, $10++, $15++): flatbread pizza, huge burgers. Dinner is cozy with Lazy Dog Café’s eclectic menu.

Then catch a top movie or IMAX 3D at Edwards Temecula Stadium 15.

11-WEDNESDAY
Old Town Temecula’s Living Yoga Center welcomes walk-ins. Experience flexibility, balance, peace.

Lunch at Wilson Creek Winery’s Creekside Grille; any two sandwiches (Gerry’s Reuben, exceptional) and kabocha-pumpkin dip, just $25++.

Afternoon highlight is a Wine Country Trails by Horseback ride through the vineyards.

Come evening, Pechanga’s ale-house-inspired Kelsey’s: exceptional food, microbrews.

12-THURSDAY
Play the Robert Trent Jones-designed, Golf Club at Rancho California: hilly terrain, wide fairways. Then lunch at Sizzler – touted as ‘best Sizzler in the world.’

Head to the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve; explore miles of hiking trails, rare oak woodlands.

Last night in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country: return to a favorite establishment to savor again.

***Information is believed to be accurate but may be subject to change.

VisitTemecula.org is the official website of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau. The 501(c)6 non-profit stimulates tourism and economic activity, and is the region’s official resource for visitors.

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