Visit Temecula Valley Invites Families to Stay and Feast this Thanksgiving in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

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Gather the family to stay in Temecula Valley, Southern California Wine Country for a Thanksgiving full of gratitude, togetherness, and restful celebration.

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Gather the family to stay in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country for a Thanksgiving full of gratitude, togetherness, and restful celebration. Thanks to the region’s central location (60 minutes from San Diego, 60 minutes from Orange County, and 90 minutes from Los Angeles), Temecula Valley offers easy access to ideal fall weather and fall colors on the vines, beautiful scenery overlooking the valley’s sprawling vineyards, quality wine tasting, award winning dining options, family-friendly activities, and great mid-week rates.

Thanksgiving Dinner Options at Temecula Valley Wineries & Restaurants

For families seeking the privacy of a hotel room or patio while enjoying a Thanksgiving feast with family, the Thanksgiving "Dinner To-Go" package offered from the Pechanga Resort & Casino is an absolute best-bet. Orders must be placed in advance (by November 21) and will feature all the traditional Thanksgiving fixings including butternut squash soup, mashed potatoes, yams, savory stuffing, fresh green beans, cranberry sauce, handmade rolls and butter, turkey gravy, apple pie, pumpkin pie, and turkey. Portions are offered for groups of 6 or 12. Pickup is a breeze, customers simply drive through the valet parking near the Blends Coffee & Wine Bar on Thanksgiving day and the ready-to-eat, chef-prepared feast will be delivered to the car.

On property, guests can enjoy meals at seven of Pechanga’s onsite restaurants featuring Thanksgiving-themed dinners: Pechanga Café, Kelsey’s, Great Oak Steakhouse, Paisano’s, Umi, Journeys End, and a special Thanksgiving Day menu at Pechanga Buffet.
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Thornton Winery, boasting old world charm and an elegant French-style chateau overlooking Temecula Valley’s vineyards is offering a 3-course-dinner at their Five-Star Award-Winning Café Champagne. Options include starters such as Butternut Squash Soup, Roasted Beets & Burrata, and Apple & Pecan Salad; entrée options including Traditional Roasted Turkey Breast (served with Mashed Potatoes, Cashew Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Turkey Gravy), Steak Frites (served with Fries, Mushrooms, and Steak Sauce), Pork Loin (served with Creamed Spinach, Roasted Parsnip, and Pomegranate), and Pan Seared Salmon (served with Roasted Fall Squash, Lentils, and Pistachio; in addition, all pairings come with choice of dessert.

Ponte Winery, set on 300 acres of mature vineyards and gardens, will feature a Thanksgiving Dinner at Bouquet Restaurant. Families staying overnight at their boutique hotel, The Ponte Vineyard Inn, might also want to attend their Black Friday Shopping Event in the Ponte Winery Tasting Room.

The award-winning Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery will host a 4-course Thanksgiving meal orchestrated by Executive Chef Jason Rivas, including goat cheese arancini, maple butternut squash coulis, cauliflower bisque, lamb bacon lardon, sage butter turkey, challah stuffing, garlic smash, green beans, and delicious desserts. Additional meat choices include pepper crusted pork tenderloin or TNT braised short ribs with pairings. Kids under 12 can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner with dessert for a special rate of $20.

Stay overnight at the Temecula Creek Inn, where hospitality, relaxation, and pampering will have families wishing Thanksgiving came around more than once a year. The award-winning Cork | Fire Kitchen will serve as the backdrop to a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving meal. The restaurant will offer an afternoon of Thanksgiving favorites, both traditionally prepared as well as some with a Cork|Fire Kitchen spin including fresh carved turkey, Thanksgiving prime rib and fresh, local seafood. Supplement your feast with a visit the following day to enjoy their new 3-course fall prix fixe tasting menu crafted by Chef Darrell and inspired by the flavors of fall spices. The tasting includes oyster mushroom risotto, scented chicken escalope, and a roasted pumpkin spiced roll cake.

Old Town Temecula’s favorite steakhouse, The Gambling Cowboy, will feature a reservation only 4-course Thanksgiving dinner. First course offerings include choice of brie sachet, shrimp cocktail, herb roasted artichoke, and the cowgirl kiss (a bacon-wrapped jalapeno filled with serrano cream cheese and topped with raspberry chipotle sauce). A salad and soup course includes a roasted butternut squash bisque or cranberry walnut salad, among more “standard” options. Patrons have their choice of main dish including traditional roast turkey, signature prime rib, or brown sugar maple glazed ham. All courses include all the fixings and choice of dessert.

Reservations are required for all of the above dining recommendations.

Activities to enjoy while staying in Temecula

Families visiting the Temecula Valley region have a myriad of options for entertainment and activities.Visitors can enjoy the simple pleasures in life while wine tasting at award winning wineries and vineyards. Artisan shopping experiences in wine country and Old Town Temecula make holiday shopping fun and easy.

Adventurous families can bond together while riding in a hot air balloon over the sun-shimmering region, horseback riding at Green Acres Ranch, or taking to the links at the region’s numerous public golf courses. Families with young children won’t want to miss a visit to Pennypickle’s Workshop, Temecula’s hands-on children’s museum.

About Visit Temecula Valley
With natural gifts of climate and geography Temecula Valley is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and gracious, friendly wineries as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. The popular boutique friendly destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and the Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.

Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.

*Information is believed to be current as of October 2016.

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