Stay and Experience’s New, Midweek, Down-to-Earth, Luxury Top 10 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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Temecula Valley's new, down-to-earth, Luxury Top 10 includes exclusive and authentic winery, dining, spa, and outdoor experiences. Stay in Temecula midweek to enjoy especially memorable attention and nightly room rates.

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Meaningfulness for-business-and-for-pleasure, informs our newly-identified, midweek, Down-to-Earth, Luxury Top-10

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, “Fresh-skies, quality, and authentic Temecula Valley experiences are inspiring to individuals, couples, family, friends; tour/travel, corporate, and association groups. Meaningfulness for-business-and-for-pleasure, informs our newly-identified, midweek, Down-to-Earth, Luxury Top-10,” explains Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Memorable and satisfying are also the value of Temecula resorts’ and hotels’ Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) room- and group-rates.” With natural gifts of climate and geography, and bolstered by Pu’eska Mountain, the popular, boutique-destination is 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½-hours from Los Angeles. Temecula accommodations are located minutes from Downtown Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley Wine Country; Pechanga Resort & Casino.

1-Tour and Wine-Taste in Temecula Valley Wine Country
With potential to meet winemakers/winemaking family-members, less-busy weekdays are ideal for experiencing gracious Temecula Valley Wine Country, Southern California’s only major American Viticulture Area (AVA). By-appointment, local tour-and-transportation companies provide private, relaxed/carefree, wine-country outings. Briar Rose Winery handcrafts small-lot, premium-wines; ‘Snow-White’s-Cottage’-replicas built by original-artisan-owner (who helped build Disneyland’s Fantasyland) inspired “taste-the-enchantment” motto; seated wine-tasting by-appointment. Callaway makes quality, special-selection wines; Ely Callaway established vineyards/winery; later Callaway Golf; private tour-and-wine-tasting (10+ guests), by-appointment. With Argentine-and-Italian family-heritage, Doffo makes small-lot, handcrafted, red-wines; estate includes MotoDoffo (100+ racing/vintage-motorcycle collection); VIP guided-tours/wine-tasting, by-appointment. With 70-acre estate-vineyard, Leoness produces exceptional wines with care, patience; private tours/wine-tasting, by-appointment.

2-Dine in Temecula Valley Wine Country
At Temecula Valley winery-restaurants, winery-chefs pair award-winning wines with fresh, local, seasonal foods. With Southern California Restaurant Writers’ 5-stars, Thornton’s Café Champagne features contemporary-cuisine. Wilson Creek’s Creekside Grille offers seasonal-menu, gluten-free selections. Callaway’s Meritage features seasonal small-plates/tapas, salads, Mediterranean-entrees. With hilltop-views, Falkner’s Pinnacle offers Mediterranean-inspired appetizers, sandwiches, entrees. South Coast’s Vineyard Rose offers fresh/local, wine-country cuisine.

3-Relax and Rejuvenate
Temecula Valley spas beckon: GrapeSeed Spa (vine-based treatments, private yoga-sessions); Spa Pechanga (sea-clay wraps, couples serenity-soaks, hot-stone pedicures); Murrieta Day Spa (heated mineral-pool; massages/facials).

4-Savor Downtown Old Town Temecula
Less-busy weekdays mean more personalized-attention from Old Town’s independent merchants/artisans/chefs. Old Town Spice Merchants’s 100-year-old barn beams support shelves of fine-herbs, spices, sea-salts, teas. Temecula Olive Oil Company features fresh, sustainably grown, hand-blended, 100%-California, 100% extra-virgin olive oil; signature-flavors/blends; complimentary tasting-bar. Baily’s fine-dining offers inspired California/Continental cuisine; uber-customizable prix-fixe menu. Palumbo’s Ristorante features truly authentic, Italian cuisine; homemade sausage/meatballs/gnocci/tiramisu; vegetarian minestrone, manicotti Florentine; excellent service.

5-Savor Uptown Temecula
On Jefferson Avenue, farm-to-plate E.A.T. Café features breakfast-items, lunch, dinners-to-go; local, artisan-created foods (eclectic cupcakes; macaroons). Vail Ranch Steakhouse’s dry-aged process produces tender, prime steaks; menu includes brandy-infused, French-onion soup.

6-Experience Pechanga Casino
With Four-Diamond amenities, courteous dealers/floor-staff, 200,000 square-foot gaming-floor, Pechanga Casino is largest in Western U.S.; 3,800 state-of-the-art slot/video machines; 130 table- games; 54-table Poker Room; upscale High-Limit-Gaming Area.

7-Shop Promenade Temecula
Promenade Temecula features 170+ specialty-stores including highly regarded Macy’s; COACH (handbags); LOFT (fashion); White House Black Market (simplicity/individuality); Apple (technology); Pottery Barn (stylish home-furnishings); Williams Sonoma (gourmet-cookware).

8-Take-Flight in a Hot Air Balloon
Among Temecula Valley’s distinguished, visitor-activities is a private hot-air-balloon flight over vineyards, rolling hills, some of Southern California’s last-remaining rural-countryside. California Dreamin’, D&D, Grape Escape, and Magical Adventures launch at sunrise year-round (weather permitting). Fleets of multiple, hot-air-balloons accommodate larger groups.

9-Golf Temecula
Temecula Valley is highly regarded for golf courses with great course-design, elevation changes, impressive views. Arthur Hills-designed Journey at Pechanga, a top California course, rises and falls 300-feet along awe-inspiring native-canyons, boulder-strewn mountains. Journey’s signature par-4, hole-6 has a spectacular, 175-foot drop – largest on a California course. Dick Rossen/Ted Robinson, Sr.-designed Temecula Creek Inn features prestigious, championship-golf on 350 rustic/natural acres with three distinctive nines (Creek, Oaks, Stonehouse).

10-Stay in Comfort
For down-to-earth luxury, Temecula Valley offers canyon/valley resort and select-hotel accommodations. Nestled on 350 private acres, Temecula Creek Inn features soothing, nature-inspired guestrooms/suites (rustic furnishings, plush-bedding); Temet Grill; in-room dining; championship golf-course; outdoor swimming-pool. Premium corner-rooms have wrap-around patios/balconies, panoramic views. Nightly: $119-$219-and-up.

With architecture reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright, Pechanga Resort & Casino’s 400+acre-footprint displays relaxed harmony. Casual elegance, hospitality, and attentive service are evident throughout the resort. Spacious guestrooms/suites have pillow-top mattresses, 300 thread-count linen, floor-to-ceiling windows-with-views. Amenities include fully-equipped health-club; seasonal pool, sundeck, private cabanas; knowledgeable concierge-service; complimentary valet-parking; 9 restaurants; Spa Pechanga; Journey golf-course; casino-gaming; live-entertainment. Nightly: $129-$199-and-up.

Embassy Suites boasts newly renovated accommodations; two-room deluxe-king-suites (wrap-around patios/French doors); salt-water swimming pool. Nightly: $124-$154-and-up. A number of Uptown Temecula hotels offer upgraded accommodations. Hampton has king-studio-suites (whirlpool-tub or fireplace); $112-$159-and-up. Fairfield’s honeymoon-suite has living/sitting area, pillow-top Euro-mattress, whirlpool-bathtub; $104-$139-and-up. For affordable-luxury: Springhill Suites, $99-and-up; La Quinta Inn & Suites, $89-and-up.

*Information believed accurate but subject to change.

The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official resource-for-visitors is online at; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; and Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center (Old Town Temecula, Third Street/Mercedes, adjacent Temecula Civic Center) is open-7-days. For visitor information-and-assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.

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