Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is the New Pet-Friendly Destination

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“For get-aways and vacations, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has become the popular, new, pet-friendly place to stay and play,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. "Many lodging establishments welcome pets and visitors with pets can share a variety of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country and Downtown Old Town Temecula experiences with their four-footed family members: from wine tasting, dining, and shopping to enjoying back-country and playing unleashed.” The casual, picturesque valley is centrally located just 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1 1/2 hours from Los Angeles.

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“For get-aways and vacations, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has become the popular, new, pet-friendly place to stay and play,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. "Many lodging establishments welcome pets and visitors with pets can share a variety of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country and Downtown Old Town Temecula experiences with their four-footed family members: from wine tasting, dining, and shopping to enjoying back-country and playing unleashed.” The casual, picturesque valley is centrally located just 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1 1/2 hours from Los Angeles.

Wine Tasting
A variety of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country tasting rooms welcomes leashed, well-mannered dogs. Hart Winery (resident-dog, Bosco) is a family operation with a stellar array of wines. Miramonte (resident-dog, Mira) is a popular boutique winery. Falkner specializes in Super Tuscan and Meritage blends; and Stuart Cellars, is passionate about its quality reds for wine lovers. Casual, Bella Vista Winery and gracious, Danza Del Sol are pet-friendly. Visitors with canine companions also head to Gershon Bachus (water bowls and breadsticks) and Oak Mountain (water bowls and dog cookies). Nearby, pet-friendly Robert Renzoni Vineyards grows classic Bordeaux and Italian grape varietals.

Old Town Temecula tasting rooms also welcome leashed, well-mannered dogs, including Lorimar, Tesoro (Mediterranean-style wines), and Villa di Calabro (wines and olive oils). For the alfresco wine tasting experience, Monte de Oro’s veranda has a panoramic view. In Old Town, seek the outdoor patio of premium wine bar, The Collective; outdoor patio at Longshadow Ranch; outdoor deck at Stellar Cellar.

Dining
In Old Town, Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill caters to leashed, well-mannered pets at the outdoor tables with complimentary doggie treats and water. Texas Lil’s canine menu features meaty beef ribs.

Old Town’s Front Street Bar & Grill welcomes leashed, well-mannered pets on the patio with complimentary dog biscuits and a bowl of water. Additional pet-friendly, Old Town-dining destinations include the outdoor tables at Palumbo’s Ristorante; Bank Mexican Restaurant; Soro’s Mediterranean Grill; Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ; Rosa’s Cantina; Granddadz Hot Dogs; and burger-haven, Mad Madeline’s Grill. Old Town coffee houses also welcome leashed, well-mannered dogs at outdoor tables; enjoy java at Café Bravo, Café Daniel, and Starbuck’s.

In Wine Country, Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery (resident-dog, Baily) welcomes leashed well-mannered pets on the restaurant patio (dog biscuits and fresh water). Nearby at Maurice Car’rie, enjoy companionship of your leashed, well-mannered pet in the picnic area.

Shopping
Many Old Town shopkeepers welcome leashed, well-mannered pets. For home, garden, and décor, shop The Painted Garden, Rooster Creek, and European Living; specialties, Old Town Records and Quilter’s Coop; feminine attire, Up Your Alley; variety of old and new, Serendipity; collectibles, Fourth Street Antiques, and Country Porch (small dogs only).

Back Country and Playing Unleashed
Unleashed dogs love the play areas at Temecula’s Red Hawk Community Park. Many pets love the scents and sites of the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve’s shared, dogs-on-leash trails: sage, oaks, chaparral, rabbits, horned lizards.

By special, advance arrangements, leashed, well-mannered, canine companions may accompany their owners on recreational outings. Wine Country Trails by Horseback* provides rides into the vineyards; Maxx Taxi* offers back-country, winery tours. (*Fully inquire about pet policies and procedures at time of reservation.)

Lodging
Temecula’s pet-friendly lodging is just minutes from Old Town Temecula, and Temecula Valley Wine Country. On 350 oak-studded acres, Temecula Creek Inn* is a grand experience for guests and their canine companions. Rooms with private outdoor space welcome up to 2 pets. At Embassy Suites Hotel**, first floor suites (private bedroom, separate living room) allow for dogs up to 25 pounds (limit, 2).

For stretching legs with dogs-on-leash, pet-friendly hotels and motels are nearby Jefferson Avenue and Old Town Front Street’s Class 1 walking trails. Quality Inn* allows dogs up to 40 pounds (limit, 2). La Quinta Inn & Suites* welcomes pets up to 25 pounds (limit, 2). For travelers with pets seeking studios with kitchens, Extended Stay America* is an ideal destination. Pet-friendly, Motel 6* is adjacent Sam Hicks Monument Park (dogs-on-leash welcome). (*Fully inquire about pet policies and procedures at time of reservation.)

To learn more about Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, 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. The 501(c)6 non-profit organization is the region's official resource for visitors, and stimulates tourism and economic development by promoting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country.

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