21 Green, Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Things to Do and Experience in 2014 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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VisitTemecula.org invites visitors to enjoy green, sustainable, and eco-friendly, wine country events, destinations, and activities from tasting the difference sustainable farming in vineyards, groves, and ranches makes; and hiking rare, protected landscapes; to distinctive art, eclectic fashion, pure and natural products and spa treatments, and more.

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“Visitors are invited to experience green, sustainable, eco-friendly events, destinations, and activities in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country," announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

VisitTemecula.org invites visitors to enjoy green, sustainable, and eco-friendly, wine country events, destinations, and activities from tasting the difference sustainable farming in vineyards, groves, and ranches makes; and hiking rare, protected landscapes; to distinctive art, eclectic fashion, pure and natural products and spa treatments, and more. Less-busy weekdays are especially great for green visits – chance conversations with winemakers and artisans; and Temecula hotels and resorts offer appealing Sunday-through-Thursday (better-than-weekend) nightly room rates – just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.

TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, February 19, 2014: “Visitors are invited to experience green, sustainable, eco-friendly events, destinations, and activities in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. From tasting the difference sustainable farming in vineyards, groves, and ranches makes; and hiking rare, protected landscapes; to distinctive art, eclectic fashion, pure, natural products and spa treatments, and more,” announced Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “Less-busy weekdays make for potential conversations with talented winemakers and gracious artisans. Temecula hotels and resorts also offer appealing (better-than-weekend) Sunday-through-Thursday nightly room rates.” Welcoming 2 million visitors yearly and featuring Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail, casual picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Hollywood.

*1- Temecula Valley Wine Country World of Wine Barrel Tasting:
Recycled-Cork Art Contest (March 1 and 2)
Event includes self-guided, 30+ winery-tour; wine tasting; cuisine samplings. Vote in wineries’ recycled-cork art contest.

*2-Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Markets
(March 1-15-22-29; April 5-12-19-26; May 3-10-17-24)
Fresh-picked, organic strawberries are distinctively sweet. Shop for organic lettuces, spring vegetables, avocados, citrus; free-range eggs, chicken; natural, goat-milk soap.

*3-Olive Ranch Tours (March 8-22; April 12-26; May 10-24)
Reserve for Temecula Olive Oil’s rural-countryside tours; learn about sustainable agriculture, cold pressing; taste olive oil.

*4-Grape Day: Temecula Valley Wine Country (April 17)
Aspiring/current winegrowers, vintners, and wine-curious harvest full day of Temecula Valley Winegrowers winemaking education, sustainable winegrowing insights.

*5-Earth to Wine Tours at South Coast Winery (April 21-22-23-24-25)
Join exclusive tours at California certified-sustainable, 2013 California Winery-of-the-Year; includes wine pairing, chef’s selection.

*6-Recycled Art & Fashion Show at Monte de Oro Winery (April 26)
Savor wine, hors d’oeuvres; experience distinctive artwork; creative designers’ fashions.

*7-GrapeSeed Spa at South Coast Winery: Relax, Rejuvenate
Reserve to indulge in “Nature to Nurture” body treatments, luxuriant Vichy shower.

*8-Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve: Hike, See
Some of California’s rarest landscapes host wildflowers, California quail, meadowlarks. Learn of Vail family: stewards of property, 1904 to 1964.

*9-Cunningham Organic Farm: Tour, Taste
By reservation, tour, pick, sample tree crops in-season; oranges; avocados; guavas; loquats; kumquats; cherimoya; persimmons.

*10-Temecula Olive Oil Company: Taste, Shop
Old Town’s TOOC makes freshest, 100% extra-virgin, California olive oil. Savor purity at complimentary-daily tasting bar.

*11-Temecula Lavender Company: Browse, Shop
Old Town’s friendly TLC boutique handcrafts pure-ingredient, small-batch bath, body, home products: bath salts, hand lotion, candles, essential oils.

*12-Journey at Pechanga: Golf, Dine
With respect for nature and Pechanga heritage, design/construction of highly ranked golf course preserved native California oak trees including ancient Great Oak (one of world’s oldest), and mature oaks, holes 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 9. Beautiful clubhouse includes restaurant.

*13-Pechanga Resort: See, Dine
Pechanga Resort has dramatic, new, multi-million dollar, hotel lobby grand entrance. Replaced with responsibly sourced marble, 20,000 square-feet of old stamped-flooring was recycled. Water in the extraordinary focal-point water feature re-circulates. On-site are 11 restaurants.

*14-Extraordinary Artisan Table: Dine, Shop
Local artisan-food-movement champions, farm-to-plate eatery also features locally artisan-created foods (pickled vegetables; raw honey; eclectic cupcakes).

*15-Palumbo Vineyards & Winery: Tour, Taste
Reserve in advance to experience Mini-Tour and Tasting, at California certified-sustainable, artisanal wine estate; includes wine tasting.

*16-Ponte Estate Winery: Tour, Taste, Dine
Reserve for electric-bus tour of California certified-sustainable vineyard property; includes traditional wine tasting, taste from fermentation tank or oak cask. Restaurant features pizzas, sandwiches.

*17-Foot Path Winery: Wine Taste
Visit California certified-organic vineyards and small, no-frills winery tasting room (handcrafted reds).

*18-Monte de Oro Winery: Tour, Taste, Dine
By reservation, experience Barrel Tour and Tasting (Fridays-Saturdays-Sundays); includes traditional wine tasting, taste from oak barrel in subterranean cellar. Bistro serves pasta, paninis.

*19-Callaway Winery: Tour, Learn, Dine
Learn about sustainable vineyard practices; visit demonstration vines, crush pad, fermentation cellars, barrel room; tours, daily. Local, fresh, restaurant menu features tapas, entrees.

*20-Oak Mountain Winery’s new Cave: Tour
Call ahead or see website about under-construction tours; completion, autumn with tasting room, banquet room, barrel-storage.

*21-Wilson Creek Winery: Tour, Taste, Dine
Weekends, ask about environmentally conscious, vineyard efforts on wine-tasting tours. Restaurant serves salads, sandwiches.

*Information believed accurate but 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 recognized for scenic vineyards, quality wines, gracious, friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Popular boutique destination is home to 2013 California Winery-of-the-Year, South Coast.

Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, region’s tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors, is online with daily Events Calendar at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is in Old Town Temecula at Third Street and Mercedes (adjacent free Old Town Temecula Parking Garage).
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