Eight Enchanting Ways to Experience Wine Country Romance in Temecula Valley Southern California

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“Perfectly romantic Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is always in the mood for love,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Happily-ever-after happens here and VisitTemecula.org happily shares eight enchanting ways to experience just that. From dream weddings, and charming elopements; to memorable proposals, vow renewals, and anniversary celebrations, magical honeymoons and vacations-for-two, truly romantic wine country days and nights here, are forever savored.” The casual, picturesque valley includes Downtown, Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino; and is 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, and 1½ hours from Los Angeles.

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From dream weddings, and charming elopements; to memorable proposals, vow renewals, and anniversary celebrations, magical honeymoons and vacations-for-two, truly romantic wine country days and nights here, are forever savored

1. Marry.
With the natural splendor of vineyard views, spectacular winery settings, and gracious wine country hospitality, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country weddings are uniquely romantic. “Our wedding was remarkable… Everything was perfect…Our day was flawless…” attest to beautifully orchestrated ceremonies and receptions, and award-winning wine and food that is sure to please.

Unique winery ambiance includes Bel Vino’s panoramic views; Callaway’s candlelit barrel-room; Falkner’s dramatic circular-room; Monte de Oro’s stunning patio; Mount Palomar’s Mediterranean-inspired terraces; Thornton’s romantic champagne-caves; Wiens’ elegant event-pavilion; and Wilson Creek’s lovely ballroom. For rustic atmosphere, Maurice Car’rie’s historic 100-year-old barn delights. Along the De Portola Wine Trail, are Gershon Bachus, Early California-inspired Keyways, Leoness’ chandelier-adorned barrel-room, and Oak Mountain.

2. Elope.
The newest testament to Temecula Valley So Cal romance is the Wine Country Wedding Chapel. By appointment 24-7, ala Vegas-style spontaneity, Old Town Temecula’s wedding cottage provides same-day marriage licenses on-site; the Rose Room and charming Gretna Green Room.

3. Honeymoon.
Many couples celebrate their new life together with romantic days and nights in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country. Sixteen inviting hotels, motels, and resorts, place you minutes from exploring the valley’s unique richness.

Blissful aromatic massages at South Coast Winery’s GrapeSeed Spa make for happy, relaxed, loving sighs. Tour award-winning wineries. Taste Thornton Winery’s celebrated champagnes; and dine at Café Champagne. Explore hip-and-historic, Old Town Temecula; discover the specialties of the district’s artisan food shops. Dine at Baily’s; the crème brulee is exceptional.

Hike then picnic at the Santa Rosa Plateau. At sunset, horseback-ride through Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country vineyards. Dine near the fireplace at Pechanga’s acclaimed Great Oak Steakhouse; thrill to the casino’s exciting slots and table games.

4. Propose.
One of a loving couple’s most remembered times is the marriage proposal. A perfectly romantic scenario for the meaningful occasion is aboard an incredible hot air balloon flight above the scenic, rolling hills of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country. Hot air balloon companies offer special proposal flights and packages.

5. Renew love and commitment.
Renewal of wedding vows is a couple’s opportunity to reaffirm their dedication to each other. All Temecula So Cal Wine Country wedding venues are ideal for renewing vows; many provide special offers for Sunday-events. Elegant South Coast Winery’s unique bell tower announces the ceremony. Ponte Family Estate’s barrel-room is dramatic and memorable.

6. Celebrate the years.
Temecula So Cal Wine Country wedding venues also welcome anniversary celebrations; many have special offers for Sunday-events. Beside age-old oak trees, Temecula Creek Inn’s 150-year-old Stonehouse is an elegant, rustic setting. Upscale, Pechanga Resort & Casino offers distinctive menus, Eagle’s View Ballroom, and Journey’s End Clubhouse.

7. Vacation: just-for-two.
Love itself is the special occasion for a romantic, vacation-for-two in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country. Pack rose petals and chilled champagne, and stay at one of the valley’s 16 inviting, hotels, motels, and resorts. Make reservations for Sunday through Thursday. Enjoy: the most personal attention; special midweek rates.

Catch Sunday afternoon’s live-classical music at Old Town Temecula’s The MERC then experience Palumbo’s Ristorante. Tour, wine-taste and dine in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country; purchase favorite sparkling wines to toast special moments back home.

Discover Spa Pechanga. The couple’s soak is a warm drawn bath in a private tub-for-two. Savor the local vintages of Old Town Temecula’s wine tasting rooms. Hot air balloon over Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country. Catch Thursday night’s live jazz at Old Town’s The MERC; dine at Soro’s Mediterranean Cuisine.

8. Make it a 2012 ‘date to remember.’
Whether getting married, proposing, escaping, or eloping, making the occasion ‘a date to remember’ is as easy as perusing the calendar for uniquely inspired, personally meaningful dates. Consider Valentine’s Day (Feb-14), Leap Day (Feb-29), the First Day of Spring (March-20), Earth Day (Apr-22), the First Day of Summer (June-20), Independence Day (July-4), Halloween (Oct-31), and the First Day of Winter (Dec-21).

***All 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 organization stimulates tourism and economic activity, and is the region’s official resource for visitors.

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