Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country Has Five Seasons and 366 Days to Build 2012 Vacations Around

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TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country: January 10, 2012 – “Casual, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country celebrates 2012 daily with seasonal fests, festivals, and special events. From Winterfest January-February and Springfest, through Summerfest, Autumnfest, and Winterfest Holidays, there is a unique variety of experiences to build robust 2012 vacations around,” enthuses Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. The scenic destination releasing its 2012 Event Calendar is 1-hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1½-hours from Los Angeles; and encompasses Downtown, Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino.

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From Winterfest January-February and Springfest, through Summerfest, Autumnfest, and Winterfest Holidays, there is a unique variety of experiences to build robust 2012 vacations around

Winterfest January-February Celebrated Daily Throughout January and February
Mostly sunny days make for panoramic views of snow-capped mountains and an ideal time to experience the unique synergy of people and place. Restaurant Month (January 1-31) means imaginative cuisine at affordable prices. 29 Days of Romance (February 1-29) embrace food, wine, adventures, overnight-packages.

Springfest Celebrated Daily, March 1 to May 31
Wildflowers bloom; grapevines’ plump green buds thrive; events provide vibrant fun. Chocolate Decadence and Pechanga Wine Festival (March 2-3) incorporate chocolates, fine vintages, distinguished cuisine. World of Wine Weekend (March 3-4) includes exclusive Temecula Valley So Cal wine samplings, perfect food pairings.

Old Town Temecula Spring Rod Run (March 9-10) has pre-1974 vehicles for Cruise, Show and Shine. Old Town Temecula Bluegrass Festival (March 16-18) offers jubilant concerts, jam sessions, fiddling bands. Easter (April 8) features special menus and events for a memorable holiday.

Reality Rally Temecula Valley (April 13-15) means reality stars, Amazing Race-style event, and more. Taste of Temecula Valley (April 28) offers tastes of restaurant items, specialty foods, wines, microbrews. Temecula Wine & Music Festival (April 28) is a grand mix of music and wine tasting.

Mother’s Day (May 13) features special menus and events for a memorable holiday. Old Town Temecula Western Days & Chili Cookoff (May 19-20) has Old West portrayals, music, and more.

Summerfest Celebrated Daily, June 1 to Labor Day
Cooling ocean influences make for breezy, summer afternoons and cooler nights ideal for casual, summertime rendezvous. Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival (June 1-3) is colorful: glows, lift-offs, wine-tasting, live entertainment.

Father’s Day (June 17) features special menus and events for a memorable holiday. Old Town Temecula Street Painting & Plein Air Festival (June 22-24) are grand performance art.

Star-Spangled 4th of July Parade has patriotic equestrians, marchers, and floats. 4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza includes a musical simulcast and spectacular, fireworks display. Pechanga Pow Wow (July 6-8) showcases dancing, drumming, and amazing fireworks. Hot Summer Nights (Fridays, July 6-August 31) have live bands throughout Old Town Temecula.

Autumnfest Celebrated Daily, Labor Day to Thanksgiving Day
Nowhere else in Southern California can autumn’s abundance be experienced as it can in Temecula Valley. California Wine Month (September 1-30) means a special SIP passport for experiencing premium, award-winning Temecula Valley So Cal wines. Temecula Valley CRUSH (TBD) is a one-night-only Temecula Valley So Cal wine and culinary showcase.

Peltzer Farm Pumpkin Patch (September 29-October 31) has pony-rides, petting zoo, mound of hay, homegrown pumpkins. Old Town Temecula Quilt Show (October 6) displays hundreds of quilts, thousands of yards of fabric. Big Horse Feed & Mercantile Corn Field Maze (October 6-31) is Southern California’s largest-such multi-path puzzle of 7-foot tall corn stalks. Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure (October 21) includes an expo, ceremonies, 5K Run/Walk, awards.

Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting (November 3-4) includes exclusive, Temecula Valley So Cal wine samplings, spectacular food pairings. Thanksgiving (November 22) features special menus for a memorable holiday.

Winterfest Holidays Celebrated Daily, November 23 to New Year’s
With a chill in the air, Temecula Valley sparkles with twinkling lights and warm holiday cheer. Santa’s Arrival (November 23) by horse-drawn carriage is heralded by joyful, caroling voices. The Nutcracker ballet (November-December) graces Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Santa Claus (weekends) entertains holiday wishes on Old Town Temecula’s Town Square.

A Christmas Carol (November-December) is on-stage, Old Town Temecula Community Theater. Santa's Electric Light Parade (December 7) travels through Old Town. Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland (December 14) means tons-of-snow to play in. Holiday Ice Skating Rink (December 14-January 6) is the coolest place to take-a-spin.

Christmas Eve features special menus for a memorable holiday. Festive New Year's Eve Celebrations happen throughout Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino. Great Temecula Grape Drop on Town Square (December 31) is 9pm and midnight as illuminated, 8-foot by 5-foot grape bunch descends for a warm, boisterous welcome to the New Year.

To learn more, please go to http://www.VisitTemecula.org. Please note: 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, a 501(c)6 non-profit organization that stimulates tourism and economic activity, and is the region’s official resource for visitors.

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