From rolling hills of vineyards and welcoming wineries with high mountains forming a dramatic backdrop to a lively and historic entertainment, dining and shopping district, to a luxury resort casino with spectacular golfing and entertainment, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes visitors with a great variety of premium varietal things to do.
A full, robust visit can include: discovering local, award-winning, premium varietal and proprietary blended wines, along with the fun of companion foods and music; exploring the festive events and entertainment; friendly wine tastings rooms; artisan food shops, specialty stores and boutiques, restaurants, bistros and coffee houses of Old Town; one of the finest golf courses in California; the excitement and amenities of the largest casino in the West; plus an incredible range of headline entertainment and fabulous dining.
Casual and picturesque, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country includes three tourism destinations: Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino. Each is located within minutes of the other and has unique, premium varietal character; welcoming visitors with the sunny, relaxed spirit that is synonymous with Southern California. The area is recognized as the get-away that is not far away.
Downtown Old Town Temecula: Hip, historic and fun
With a backdrop of untouched hillsides that bloom with lilac in spring, dynamic Downtown Old Town Temecula is Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country's lively entertainment, dining and shopping district. Located just west of Interstate 15, the vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, hip and historic 12-block neighborhood melds genuine respect and appreciation for the Old Town Temecula legacy with casual, contemporary, Downtown Temecula style and enthusiasm.
Visitors enjoy Downtown Old Town Temecula for its festive special events, lively nightlife and entertainment; friendly restaurants, cafes and coffee houses; welcoming wine tasting rooms and wine bars; and a noteworthy collection of specialty stores and boutiques with something for everyone -- from art and antiques to vintage records.
The Old Town district is especially popular for festive, holiday shopping. Special events include the annual Bluegrass Festival, Western Days, Street Painting & Festival of the Arts, 4th of July Parade, Hot Summer Nights with live music on patios and stages throughout the district, Autumn Quilt Show, Old Town Temecula Rod Run, Santa's Electric Light Parade, and the Old Town Temecula New Year's Eve Celebration with the Great Temecula Grape Drop. Old Town also hosts a Holiday Ice Skating Rink, and the contemporary, state-of-the-art, 361-seat, Old Town Temecula Community Theater showcases fine artistic talent, and presents excellent theatrical performances and concerts year-round. For a lively and sociable nightlife scene and live music, visitors and locals, too, head to Old Town's restaurants and wine bars.
Old Town's welcoming, wine tasting rooms are popular for swirling, sniffing, and sipping some of the quality, premium varietal and proprietary blended, award-winning wines of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Local, artisan food shops like Temecula Olive Oil Company garner an exceptional following for their quality products, and Old Town has an amazing variety of specialty stores and boutiques. Dining options abound with friendly restaurants and bistros serving excellent California, Continental, Italian, Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, plus steaks, burgers, gourmet hot dogs, barbecue and coffee houses specializing in robust java.
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country: Relaxed, gracious and friendly
With rolling hills and a big, wide-open sky overhead, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is where vineyards thrive in morning air that is refreshing and still, and ocean breezes cool summer afternoons.
More than 30 wineries prosper in a significant and diverse appellation that is gaining well-deserved recognition for its quality, premium varietal and proprietary blended wines. A growing collection of more than 5,000 awards attests to the quality of Temecula Valley vintages. The valley's microclimate makes for a general pattern of morning mist, warm midday sun, cooling afternoon breezes and cooler nights. These weather factors combined with the perfect balance of great geography and well-drained soils create an ideal environment for growing high-quality wine grapes.
One of the signature Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country events is the annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, which attracts 40,000 attendees over three days to savor balloon glows, balloon lift-offs, wine tasting and live entertainment.
The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association also hosts annual events, including: World of Wine Weekend - WOW! (March); California Wine Month, Temecula Style (throughout September); Temecula Valley CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase (September); and the Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting (November).
Meanwhile, visitors enjoy winery special events like concerts, live music, happy hours, winemaker dinners, cooking classes, wine appreciation classes, behind-the-scenes tours, arts and crafts fairs, blessing of the grapes, harvest and crush events, and holiday celebrations including New Year's Eve, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and others.
Visitors from throughout California and beyond continue to discover and return to the region's gracious and friendly wineries (most offer wine tastings daily), excellent winery restaurants (serving the pleasures of food and wine overlooking beautiful rolling hills and vineyards), relaxed and carefree wine country tours (local transportation companies are terrific guides), hot air balloon flights (exhilarating serenity with a commanding wine country view), horseback rides through the vineyards; and vintage relaxation for body, mind and soul at The GrapeSeed Spa.
Pechanga Resort & Casino: Upscale, exciting and great
Approaching Pechanga Resort & Casino, the iconic hotel tower -- tallest structure for miles -- complements the land with a reverent view of sunrise. With majestic mountains to the west, there is a relaxed harmony within the AAA Four Diamond resort's 400-plus acre footprint. The casino is the largest in the western United States and the Orange County Register's People's Choice for Best Casino.
The spectacular Arthur Hills-designed Journey at Pechanga golf course garners accolades from top golf publications as one of the finest golf courses in California.
Pechanga is also one of Southern California's premier live venues for concerts and entertainment. Annual New Year's celebrations rival those of Las Vegas; more than 79,000 people descend upon Pechanga Resort & Casino for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
Visitors seeking entertainment and luxury head to the upscale and relaxed resort as do visitors who appreciate casino gaming excitement 24/7. Those who enjoy high-stakes wagering are at home in the luxurious, High Limit Gaming Area. Poker enthusiasts converge in the state-of-the-art, 54-table, smoke-free Poker Room, while others head for the 130-plus table games and 3,000-plus Vegas-style slots.
For golfers, Journey at Pechanga is on the GolfWeek Magazine "Best Courses You Can Play" list and features a signature Hole 6 with a spectacular 175-foot drop to the fairway -- the largest elevation drop on a California course. Journey also boasts a 62,000-square-foot clubhouse with high-end resort amenities, pro shop and restaurant.
Pechanga's elite entertainment venues host superstar, headline acts at summer outdoor concerts and the state-of-the-art Pechanga Theater, and leading comedians at Comedy Club at Pechanga. The resort also features magnificent dining for every taste with nine restaurants to choose from.
For more information about the three inviting destinations that contribute to a full, robust experience -- Downtown Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort & Casino -- please go to VisitTemecula.org, like Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country on Facebook, follow @Visit_Temecula on Twitter, or call 888-363-2852 or 951-491-6085.
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