Six Ways to Go Au Natural in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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“Nothing recharges one’s spirit like exercise outdoors in the natural environment surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling hills, vineyards, and spectacular views. Midweek vacations in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country provide beautiful advantages and opportunities to get out, get back to nature, and experience fresh air, big skies, and inspiration. Enjoy six ways to go au natural, plus special mid-week hotel rates Sunday through Thursday,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. 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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Nothing recharges one’s spirit like exercise outdoors in the natural environment surrounded by thousands of acres of rolling hills, vineyards, and spectacular views

1. Explore the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
Hikers and nature enthusiasts enjoy some of California’s rarest landscapes by exploring 40 miles of trails (for the novice, advanced, and even wheelchair-friendly) at the 8,300-acre Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. The 3,000-acre rolling grassland is widely regarded as one of California’s finest, remaining, native bunchgrass prairie. Coast live oak woodlands and the rare, ancient Engelmann oak savanna are home to acorn woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and great horned owls. Meanwhile, patches of coastal sage scrub are home to distinguished, horned lizards. Access to trails is daily from sunrise to sunset.

2. Golf Journey at Pechanga
Widely recognized as one of the finest golf courses in California, the Arthur-Hills designed, Journey at Pechanga, snakes through native canyons and along the boulder-strewn mountain, rising and falling 300 feet in 18 holes. Design and construction of the course on nearly 300 acres of ancestral land, preserved almost all of the mature, native oak trees including the ancient Great Oak visible from the back nine. At 850-1,500 years-old, it is one of the oldest, coast live oak trees in the world. Journey’s signature hole 6 has a breathtaking 175-foot drop – the largest elevation drop on a California course.

Journey’s amenities include a pro shop, driving range, locker rooms, pro lessons, tournaments, the 527-guestroom Pechanga Resort & Casino, golf packages, Journey’s End restaurant, Journey ala Carte snack bar, and Journey’s Lounge.

3. Saddle-up for a Horseback Ride through the Vineyards
A guided, horseback ride through the vineyards with Wine Country Trails by Horseback is an ideal way to experience Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s natural richness first-hand. Rolling hills of trellised vines comprise vast vineyard acreage making for a scenic, leisurely tour. Rides are on quality, well-seasoned horses in the early morning when dew is still fresh on the vines; in the afternoon with gentle ocean breezes; and in the evening with the setting sun as a backdrop.

4. Hike the High-water Lakeview Loop Trail
Hiking boots and plenty of water are requisites for hiking the High-water Lakeview Loop Trail at Southern California’s largest reservoir, 4,500-acre, Diamond Valley Lake. Located in what is known as the Valley of the Mastodons (for the fossils unearthed on-site during construction), the 21.8-mile trail loops around the lake over three dams and offers hikers incredible lake views and vistas.

5. Golf Temecula Creek Inn
Nestled against the Rainbow Gap – one of Temecula Valley’s most recognized geographic features – Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country’s original, prestigious course, features 27 holes of championship golf surrounded by 350 acres of rugged, natural beauty. With course designs by Ted Robinson Sr., and Dick Rosen; and a coveted 4-Star rating in Golf Digest’s Places to Play guide, each of Temecula Creek Inn’s distinctive nines offers a secluded layout with century-old oaks and towering sycamores. From the traditional adjoining fairways of the Creek Course, to the scenic beauty of the Oaks Course, to the dramatic elevation changes of the precision-demanding Stonehouse Course, each serves up challenge and reward. Well-marked trails wrap around the resort, leading hikers and joggers on morning and late afternoon jaunts; and birdwatchers revel in watching majestic, Red Tail Hawks soar high above.

Temecula Creek Inn’s amenities include a pro shop, driving range, pro lessons, tournaments, 130-guestroom Temecula Creek Inn, golf packages, and the Temet Grill restaurant and lounge.

6. Watch Solar Cup Boats on the Water
Just east of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and surrounded by rolling hills of chaparral, is 1400-acre Lake Skinner – home to the annual Solar Cup solar-powered boat race, the largest in the United States. Sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the event, (May 18, 19, and 20) features single-seat boats each with an official skipper and sunlight as the only power source; qualifying events, endurance races, and sprint races.

***All information is believed to be accurate but may be subject to change. 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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