These 24+ hour getaways are ideal for experiencing casual, picturesque Temecula Valley. Less-busy weekdays make for potential conversations with talented winemakers, winemaking-family members; local chefs, merchants, artisans
Temecula, CA (PRWEB) February 19, 2013
"From the first day of Spring, Summer, and Autumn; to Earth Day, Mother’s Day, Independence Day-July 4, Thursdays in August, Halloween Week, Thanksgiving, Christmas. Seize intriguing, seasonal-and holiday-occasions; more personalized-attention in Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, at Pechanga Resort & Casino; and appealing, Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) nightly room-rates,” suggests Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “These 24+ hour getaways are ideal for experiencing casual, picturesque Temecula Valley. Less-busy weekdays make for potential conversations with talented winemakers, winemaking-family members; local chefs, merchants, artisans.” Travel time to the popular, boutique-destination is 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles.
1-Spring Equinox (Tuesday-Wednesday, March 19-20)
Tuesday, play Journey-at-Pechanga. See Old Town Temecula’s: California poppies; Luiseño-basket-artistry-inspired fountain; wild lilac on untouched hills to-the-west. Enjoy Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spices’ seasonal-inspirations; Palumbo’s (spaghetti-with-fresh-spinach-and-sundried-tomatoes). Greet Spring-sunrise hot-air-ballooning (California Dreamin’, D&D, GrapeEscape, MagicalAdventures). Wine-taste/shop Temecula Valley, award-winning, perennial-favorite wineries (BriarRose, Callaway, Keyways, Maurice Car’rie, Mount Palomar, Thornton, VanRoekel).
2-Earth Day (Sunday-Monday, April 21-22)
Sunday, play 350-private-acre-Temecula Creek; brunch, TemetGrill. Enjoy South Coast Winery’s “Blessing of the Vines;” Wilson Creek’s behind-the-scenes-sustainable-vineyard-tour; fresh/estate-grown VineyardRose. Greet Earth-Day-sunrise hiking Santa Rosa Plateau. Experience hand-blended, 100%-extra-virgin, Temecula Olive Oil; Old Town Spices; Granny’s Attic vintage-pieces/antiques; Temecula Valley wine-country lunch (Meritage, Pinnacle). Visit FootPath Winery; Palumbo Vineyards; GrapeSeed Spa (VaVaVerde-special).
3-Mother’s Day (Sunday-Monday, May-12-13)
Enjoy brunch (Baily’s, Café Champagne, Creekside Grille), “Sunday-Monday-Girls-Getaway.” Reserve BriarRose Winery’s “taste the enchantment.” Enjoy Temecula Valley Rose Garden; Old Town Sweet Shop’s chocolate-covered-strawberries; Old Town Spices’ teas/teapots; Temecula Lavender’s salt-scrubs/foaming-baths/lotions; MERC chamber music; TemetGrill dinner; dessert: croissant-bread-pudding-with-Chantilly-crème. Monday: shop Promenade (Macy’s, LOFT, White House/Black Market); VineyardRose lunch; nourishing GrapeSeed Spa.
4-Summer Solstice (Thursday-Friday, June 20-21)
Thursday-pizza dine Palumbo’s (heirloom-tomato-topped-margherita), Front Street Grill (pear-and-gorgonzola). Shop seasonal-inspirations: Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spices, Temecula Lavender. Hike/enjoy Campini’s/EAT-Marketplace-picnic-dinner Santa Rosa Plateau. Greet Summer-sunrise hot-air-ballooning (California Dreamin’, D&D, GrapeEscape, MagicalAdventures). Discover Temecula Valley’s Lorimar winery-art-gallery; wine-taste/shop Falkner, GershonBachus, Leoness, Miramonte, MonteDeOro, Wilson Creek; lunch, Carol’s, M.D.O., Ponte, Shorty’s.
5-Independence Day (Wednesday-Thursday, July 3-4)
Wednesday, enjoy hand-scooped ice cream (Old Town Sweet Shop); nostalgic-soda (Old Town Root Beer); Temecula WBTG/wine-by-the-glass (TemetGrill). Dine, Pechanga’s Great Oak; after, casino. Thursday-morning, Bank Restaurant window-seating: Star-Spangled-4th-of-July Parade. Post-parade dine: Sweet Lumpy’s barbecued-ribs, Front Street Grill’s California-avocado-BLT-burgers. Taste/purchase refreshing, Temecula Valley summer-wines; sparkling: South Coast, Thornton, Wilson Creek.
6-August Thursdays (Thursday-Fridays, August 1-2/8-9/15-16/22-23/29-30)
Arrive Thursday, Motodoffo/Doffo Winery; lunch: Café Champagne, Carol’s, Creekside Grille, Meritage, Pinnacle, Shorty’s, VineyardRose. Explore Temecula Valley Mediterranean-varietals Churon, Cougar, DanzaDelSol, EuropaVillage, Ponte, Robert Renzoni. Enjoy Soro’s Old Town (romantic), Sweet Lumpy’s (tri-tip/sangria); Lorimar wine-tasting/art, MERC live-jazz, Stampede country-western; Pechanga Casino. Friday-morning play Journey-at-Pechanga, Temecula Creek, Legends, RedHawk, RanchoCalifornia, PalaMesa; spa (GrapeSeed, Pechanga, Murrieta); exclusive wine-taste (Wiens).
7-Autumnal Equinox (Sunday-Monday, September 22-23)
Celebrate California Wine Month (Temecula Valley Winegrowers SIP-passport); among stops: Falkner, Pinnacle, art-gallery; Leoness, Touch-the-Vine-and-Tasting-the-Wine; Maurice Car’rie, craft-fair; live music, Callaway, Cougar, OakMountain. Dine Baily’s Old Town (uber-customizable-prix-fixe). Greet Autumn-sunrise hot-air-ballooning (California Dreamin’, D&D, GrapeEscape, MagicalAdventures). Return/purchase wines: favorite wineries. Shop seasonal-inspirations: Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spices.
(Sunday-Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday, October 27-28-29-30-31)
Enjoy South Coast Winery’s Haunted-Behind-the-Scenes-Wine-Tour; dine, VineyardRose, Baily’s, Pechanga Buffet. Morning-hike Santa Rosa Plateau; experience Peltzer Farm (pumpkin-patch, corn-maze, tractor-display, pig-races). Old Town dine Bank, Gambling Cowboy, Nitza’s, PUBlic House, Rosa’s, Texas Lil’s. For dessert, Sweet Shop: pumpkin-ice-cream; Robin’s Nest: pumpkin-cheesecake, pumpkin-pie. Old Town establishments feature October 31 masquerade/costume parties.
9-Thanksgiving (Thursday-Friday, November 28-29)
Give thanks, Santa Rosa Plateau: sycamore trees’ leaves turning-from-green-to-shades-of-walnut-mahogany-and-gold; play Journey-at-Pechanga, Temecula Creek, Legends, RedHawk, RanchoCalifornia, PalaMesa. Dine, Baily’s, Creekside Grille, TemetGrill, VineyardRose, Pechanga-restaurants. Enjoy after, Pechanga Casino; first-run movie, Promenade 15-screen cinema. Friday, shop: Temecula Olive Oil, Old Town Spices; lunch: Palumbo’s (ravioli/gnocci); shop Temecula Valley wineries: gift-box sets, gift-baskets.
10-Christmas (Tuesday-Wednesday, December 24-25)
Wine-taste/shop Temecula Valley red wines: BelVino, Doffo, Foot Path, Lumiere, Palumbo, Wiens. Enjoy Old Town Sweet Shop’s gourmet-caramel-apples; Robin’s Nest cheesecake; Town Square ice-skating. Dine Baily’s, Creekside Grille. Greet Christmas-morning hot-air-ballooning (California Dreamin’, D&D, GrapeEscape, MagicalAdventures); golfing (Journey-at-Pechanga, Temecula Creek). Christmas dine TemetGrill, VineyardRose, Pechanga-restaurants; after, first-run movie, Promenade 15-screen cinema.
**Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.
ABOUT TEMECULA VALLEY AND TEMECULA VALLEY CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
With natural gifts of climate and geography (Pu’eska Mountain, Rainbow Gap, Santa Margarita Gap), Temecula Valley is widely recognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country – considered Southern California’s only major, American Viticulture Area (AVA). With a trio of main attractions (Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino), the popular boutique destination recently received TripAdvisors’ Travelers Choice “Best U.S. Wine Destination Top-10” award.
Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, official tourism-marketing organization and visitors’ resource, is online at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country;” Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. Temecula Valley Visitors Center (Old Town Temecula, Third Street/Mercedes) is open 7 days. For visitor assistance, call 888/363-2852, 951/491-6085.