25 Exciting, Entertaining, SummerFest 2011 Things To Do in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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"The get-away that is not far-away from anywhere in Southern California for easy, summer vacations and great mid-week escapes is how Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has become popularly known," spotlights Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. "To encourage SummerFest adventures are 5 ideas each for Food and Wine Lovers, the Great Outdoors, Authentic and Cultural Experiences, Romantic Get-Aways, and The Ladies -- or mix and match. It's easy to experience so much of Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Valley Wine Country in just a few days." The casual, picturesque valley celebrates SummerFest daily through Labor Day and is centrally located just 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1 1/2 hours from Los Angeles.

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The get-away that is not far-away from anywhere in Southern California for easy, summer vacations and great mid-week escapes is how Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country has become popularly known

For Food and Wine Lovers
1. Savor weekday escapes and refreshing Temecula Valley So Cal wines like Wilson Creek’s White Cabernet, Leonesse Cellars’ Melange de Blanc , and Palumbo’s Viognier.*
2. Dine on excellent cuisine and Temecula Valley So Cal wines at bistros like The Restaurant at Ponte; Palumbo’s Ristorante and The Edge in Old Town Temecula.*
3. Catch Sunday-afternoon guitar-rhythms in the cool of Cougar Winery's barrel room; sip Malvisia Bianco or Pinot Grigio.
4. Enjoy a mid-week, 3-course menu with South Coast wine on the Vineyard Rose terrace.*
5. Explore on the weekday Vineyard Picnic Tour tasting at 4 distinctive wineries; includes gourmet picnic lunch.*
*Reservations required or recommended.

In The Great Outdoors
1. Soar on a summer-morning, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, hot air balloon flight; A Grape Escape offers special weekday pricing.*
2. Experience Old Town Temecula Hot Summer Nights (live bands, Fridays, July 8 to September 2); sip summer wines like Tesoro’s Il Terrazza Rosso, Lorimar’s Viognier.
3. Enjoy golf on Temecula Valley’s outstanding courses; play all 5 in 3 thrill-seeking days.*
4. Soak in Pechanga Resort & Casino’s mid-week, pool scene for hotel guests; sundeck, cabanas, poolside bar, view of the Arthur Hills-designed Journey golf course.*
5. Take a sunset, horseback ride through Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country vineyards.*
*Reservations required or recommended.

For Authentic and Cultural Experiences
1. Rock to summer's Reggae Sundays at Old Town Temecula's Front Street Bar & Grill; live reggae music, all-you-can-eat Jamaican dinner.*
2. See the art show (July 9 to August 13) at Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve Visitor Center; learn the story of the plateau.
3. Experience Thornton Winery's champagne jazz including musicians like keyboardist Keiko Matsui (August 7); high-energy virtuosos Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (August 14).*
4. Dine at 8pm (Wednesday-Thursday special, mesquite-grilled cheeseburger and fries), and karaoke until midnight at Texas Lil's in Old Town Temecula.*
5. Discover the De Portola Wine Trail, Oak Mountain’s Sunday-afternoon jazz, and refreshing, sparkling Frisson or raspberry champagne.
*Reservations required or recommended.

For A Romantic Get-Away
1. Share the Pechanga Resort & Casino summer-concert experience; Grammy winners, Lady Antebellum ("Just a Kiss," July 27).*
2. Enjoy a private, summer-morning, hot air balloon flight over Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country.*
3. Savor fine-dining at Pechanga's Great Oak Steakhouse; Wednesday-Thursday dinner special for two, Caesar salad, petite filet, chocolate soufflé.*
4. Escape mid-week to natural beauty; relax at Temecula Creek Inn's secluded swimming pool for resort guests.*
5. Experience romantic, live, classical music Sunday afternoons at Old Town Temecula’s The MERC.*
*Reservations required or recommended.

For The Ladies (Friends, Mothers, Sisters, Daughters)
1. Refresh mid-week with summer wines (like Stuart Cellars’ Sauvignon Blanc, Maurice Car'rie’s pineapple sparkling wine, Briar Rose’s Citronier) at friendly Temecula Valley So Cal wineries.
2. Thrill to country music with Alan Jackson in-concert at Pechanga Resort & Casino (August 25); dine at the new Pechanga buffet (fresh variety of cuisines and desserts).*
3. Slip away mid-week; lounge at Embassy Suites' expansive, outdoor pool area for guests.*
4. Explore Callaway and cool down on a complimentary, weekday winery tour; taste refreshing wines like Rose' of Sangiovese and Pinot Gris.
5. Experience Sunday Sangria Serenade at Keyways (Temecula’s only woman-owned winery); sip thirst-quenching sangria, chilled Muscat or Riesling.
*Reservations required or recommended.

For more fun things to do in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, please go to http://www.VisitTemecula.org, see the Event Calendar, 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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