Are you looking for the perfect combination of fun, adventure, and relaxation for your next getaway? Head to the west coast for an amazing experience.
The Temecula Valley is in a perfect location in the rich hills of Southern California. Situated conveniently near both Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s a prime location. The weather is great, the people are friendly, and there’s loads of fabulous wine. What’s not to love?
Plus, the area has something for everyone. There is a huge variety of things to do and places to explore. You won’t want to miss these amazing and memorable things to do in the Temecula Valley.
Wine Enthusiasts Dream
A visit to the Temecula Valley is an opportunity to experience what the area is so famous for, great wine. A delicious variety of wine can be enjoyed all around the region. Plus, there are plenty of unique ways to experience everything these amazing wineries have to offer!
Visiting a winery is a must-do in Temecula. Not only will you get to enjoy the sprawling vineyards and fresh, Southern California air, but you’ll learn from some of the world’s most experienced winemakers.
Enjoying a wine tasting is a perfect chance to discover new wines. You just may fall in love with a varietal that you’ve never tasted before. It’s also a fun bonding experience to enjoy with friends and family. You’ll learn about each other as you explore the rich tastes and aromas of amazing wine.
Bel Vino Winery
One of these stunning wineries is the classic Bel Vino Winery. With an expansive patio, it’s an ideal setting to take in the beautiful countryside. Combining old-world charm with modern amenities, it’s the perfect place to spend the afternoon or evening. Some nights, they even offer local music to enjoy while you’re sipping your favorite vino under the stars.
Somerset Winery is another charming place to visit. Their friendly staff is happy to guide you through your tasting as you experience their unique menu of offerings. Enjoy fresh snack options paired with your wine as you overlook the lush hills of grapevines.
Robert Renzoni Vineyards
Bursting with Italian charm, Robert Renzoni is another can’t miss winery. By using their techniques, honed for generations in Italy, the family-owned winery makes some of the best vino. After your tasting, you can settle into the cozy Mama Rosa’s Trattoria, for a delicious meal cooked in the area’s only brick oven.
Wanting to experience the ultimate in wine experiences? Take a wine tour! This gives you the chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery as you are shuttled around to some of the area’s finest wineries.
Temecula Cable Car
Temecula Cable Car’s All-Inclusive wine tour is an awesome way to spend the day. Stopping at some of the area’s best wineries during your five-hour ride, you’ll create memories of the beautiful region and get to sample some amazing wines!
Your knowledgable guide will teach you all about the area and its history. You’ll also get a delicious lunch to refuel along the way. Plus, you get to ride around in a super cool trolley, cable car, or limo bus! It’s the perfect and safest way to explore the stunning region.
Nature Lover’s Playground
Given its amazing geographical location, it’s no surprise that the Temecula Valley has some pretty fantastic weather. This, combined with the stunning scenery makes the area perfect for nature lovers.
Amazing Outdoor Experiences
The city of Temecula has some spectacular bike trails – 90 miles worth. Whether you are looking for a relaxing ride or something a little more challenging, there’s a perfect route for you. Take to the trails for a great way to take in the diverse scenery.
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve
For a truly memorable outdoor adventure, check out the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve. This 7,500-acre haven is home to native wildlife and flora. Exploring the areas many hiking trails gives you a peaceful way to take in the environment and all of its splendor.
Vail Lake Resort
Is camping your thing? Check out Vail Lake Resort to spend the night under the stars. You can also bring your RV for a convenient camping option. With mini-golf and a dog park on the site, there’s truly something for everyone. The sparkling pools and group activities ensure family-friendly fun for all ages.
Another unique way to experience animal life is by visiting Sugarplum Farm. This fun outing will put you face to face with exotic animals like zebras, camel, and water buffalo. There are also furry residents like friendly pigs and adorable goats to love on.
Plus the animals aren’t the only thing sweet about Sugarplum Farm. The zoo also doubles as a chocolate shop. Grab yourself a one -or ten- of the shop’s delicate handmade truffles. They will pair perfectly with your selection of wine.
Green Acres Ranch
If you’re still craving some animal fun, you can head over to Green Acres Ranch to meet some equine friends. There, you can go on a ranch ride on the 50-acre property. Saddle up on one of the stunning horses as an experienced guide shows you around the working ranch.
The family-owned ranch caters to both adults and children. With safety as a priority, they are a great option for a family activity. You’ll be in awe of the stunning mountain views as you trot along atop your new four-legged friend.
Other Outdoor Adventures
A visit to a new area is the chance to do something special. Thinking outside the box can pay off with big memories. Fortunately, Temecula is the perfect place to try something new.
View Temecula From Above
One of the most popular adventures in Temecula is hot air ballooning, and for good reason. The flight allows you to take in the beauty from above with stunning 360-degree views. It’s truly one of the best ways to see the valley.
At Magical Adventures, your hot air balloon experience will be just that, magical. You’ll be swept off in the morning for your flight, complete with champagne in hand. Enjoy breakfast in the sky and professional photographs to remember your special trip.
Come in Under Par
The beautiful valley is home to some of the country’s most stunning golf courses. Pack your clubs or rent a set and swing away. Even if you’re off your game, the amazing scenery is still a big win.
The Temecula Creek golf club is a rolling 27 holes of beauty. Such an amazing course it was featured in Golf Digest as one of the “Places to Play”, it’s a can’t miss for avid and expert golfers alike. Choose one of the three courses for a beautifully backdropped tee time.
Journey at Pechanga
Journey at Pechanga is a sprawling green course set against the majestic Southern California mountains. The award-winning course is the perfect chance to take advantage of the valley’s ideal golfing weather. Not a fan of the course? Visit the nearby spa or pool and relax the day away.
True Foodie’s Paradise
For many, traveling is a chance to try out new food and drinks. Luckily, Temecula is a haven of diverse eateries and food choices. Check out these amazing places for memorable meals and snacks.
Diverse Food Choices
Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar
Looking for a great seafood meal with an Asian twist? Umi Sushi and Oyster Bar is calling your name. The Japanese spot features dishes straight from the sea. With fresh oysters and an expansive sushi menu, seafood lovers will be thrilled. However, the eatery also features fish and chips and rib-eye steak for those looking for a little less adventure.
Finding yourself in Temecula on Taco Tuesday? You’re in luck! Espadin offers a great selection of Mexican-inspired eats and drinks. With shells full of fresh produce and a variety of meats, it’s sure to fill your taco craving. Traveling with meat-free companions? No worries! The menu also features plenty of vegan and vegetarian options!
Few cuisines pair with wine quite like Italian. If your wine tastings leave you craving pasta, head over to Gourmet Italia for a divine meal. This heavily awarded eatery features ingredients grown right in the property’s six-acre garden. So whether you choose the rich Spaghetti Carbonara or the crisp salad with pears, you know your meal will be fresh and delicious.
Fine Dining Choices
Sometimes a night out is the perfect opportunity to splurge on a great meal. If you’re looking for a great fine dining experience, check out Bolero Restaurante. With a menu inspired by dishes all across Spain, it’s a true culinary journey. Try out the Iberico Ham, known as one of the finest meats in the world. The watermelon salad and wrinkled potatoes are creative and flavorful dishes you’ll thoroughly enjoy.
The Gambling Cowboy
Wanting a delicious steak? Head over to The Gambling Cowboy for a tasty and unique experience. The third story views of the restaurant and saloon make for a great evening. Plus, their corn fed beef makes the menu of steak options mouthwatering. Wash it all down with a glass of vino from the eatery’s great wine list.
Spas and Shopping
All of this wine tasting and adventure can be exhausting. Plus, you need an awesome souvenir to remember your time in Temecula Valley. Fortunately, the area has no shortage of spas and shopping.
Relaxing Spa Spots
Murrieta Day Spa
Looking to unwind after a day of wine tasting? Check out Murrieta Day Spa and their tempting menu of services. Refresh with a facial or get your toes poolside ready with a pedicure. This is a great way to spend some relaxing time with friends or family.
Pechanga Resort Spa and Fitness Center
Nestled within the Pechanga Resort, the property’s spa and fitness center is both peaceful and invigorating. Get a firming skin treatment or customizable massage. The stunning surroundings are the perfect way to recharge and continue your adventures.
Great Retail Therapy
The Nifty Gift
Shopping is abundant in Temecula. Looking for a fun piece of memorabilia? The Nifty Gift is the perfect spot to find a little something for someone special back home -or yourself! The adorable little shop is full of items made by local makers and unique gift items.
Temecula Olive Oil Company
Grapes aren’t the only great crop in the area. The region’s olives are fresh, rich, and delicious. Head over to Temecula Olive Oil Company for locally grown olive products. With everything from flavored oils to handmade soap, there’s something for everyone. Purchase one of the shop’s awesome gift boxes for a truly unique gift.
Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants
For a shop to delight your senses, stop into Old Town Spice and Tea Merchants. The quaint shop is brimming with all things aromatic. With a wide variety of loose leaf teas and spices, you’re sure to find something that fits your tastes. Plus, the ready to prepare soups and sides make for easy dinner prep options.
The fun in Temecula doesn’t end when the sun sets over the vineyards. There’s plenty to do for night owls. The hardest part is deciding where to start.
Dance the Night Away
Eagle’s Nest at Pechanga
Who doesn’t want to boogie with a view? Head up to the Eagle’s Nest at Pechanga for great music and an even better view of the valley. The best deejays around will be spinning the best beats to keep you moving into the night.
Baily’s Old Town
Baily’s Old Town is a great spot to move to live music. With great artists every Friday and Saturday, you’re sure to have an awesome time. Hang on the patio and enjoy some amazing rhythm.
Beat the Dealer
Pechanga Resort Casino
If gambling is more of your thing, you can definitely experience some excitement in Temecula. The Pechanga Resort Casino is a great place to wage your bets. No matter your favorite game, you’ll have an awesome time.
Featuring everything from roulette to slots, you can try your luck at everything the casino has to offer. Are card games more your thing? The poker and blackjack tables are always happening at Pechanga. The enormous casino is also home to some of the best high-limit rooms in the country so, with a bit of luck and skill, you can win big!
For the Non-Wine Lover
Dragging a non-wine lover to Temecula might take some convincing. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The valley is home to more than just wine!
Looking for some great liquor? Maybe you’re looking for a break in the wine tasting. A spirits tasting can also make for a fun experience.
Galway Spirits is definitely worth the visit. Its high-quality spirits are smooth and their diverse offerings can fit the tastes of everyone in your group. Whether you love fruity vodka or smoky whiskey, Galway will have something you love. Stop in for a drink or a tasting and check out this unique spot.
Cheers with a Beer
Being under the hot California sun can leaving you craving a cold one. Good news! Temecula has some awesome breweries to quench your thirst.
Stone Church Brewery
With eighteen beers on tap, Stone Church Brewery is sure to have something you’ll love. The craft brewery features everything from hoppy IPAs to rich oatmeal stouts. Check out their beautiful brewery to find your next favorite beer.
Ironfire Brewery is another great place to try a sudsy one. With a menu ranging from light lagers to thick stouts aged in bourbon barrels, the brewery truly considers everyone’s tastes. Plus, the rustic decor makes your trip feel cozy and enjoyable.
Something For the Whole Family
It may seem like the Temecula Valley is just for adults. However, there’s plenty to do for the whole family. Members of all ages can have fun exploring the valley.
For The Littlest Travelers
Pennypickles Workshop, Temecula’s very own children’s museum, is a great place to learn and play for all ages. Full of hands-on science lessons, it’s the perfect way to add a little education to your trip.
The youngest travelers will get a kick out of donning a lab coat and learning about all things science. Check out the museum’s kitchen for a fun chemistry lesson. Plus, the museum’s namesake and notable resident has all kinds of fun things to explore. From time-traveling devices to aged books and gadgets, inquisitive minds will have a great time learning at Pennypickles!
Temecula Valley Museum
Attention history buffs! The valley has a rich past and a visit to the Temecula Valley Museum gives you the chance to witness it first hand. Check out the museum’s display of artifacts and unique cultural relics. Plus, it’s a great place to take the kiddos. There is a mock mercantile store where little hands can explore the play stove and even have a puppet show!
Temecula City Parks
Sometimes, the beautiful Southern California weather just calls for a day at the park. Take the kids to run off some steam at Harveston Lake Park where they can frolic on the playground and check out the beautiful lake. On a hot day, Margarita Community Park is the perfect place to cool off. The park’s Eagle Soar Playground and Splash Pad is a fun attraction for kids of all ages.
A Little Culture
Sometimes it’s nice to relax from exploring and take in a show. Luckily, Temecula has some fun and diverse offerings to fill your craving for culture.
The Pachanga Theater
The Pachanga Theater is the perfect setting to immerse yourself in music. The stunning 1200-seat venue plays host to talented artists. With a full-service bar, it’s convenient to enjoy drinks and a show.
The Old Town Temecula Community Theater
The Old Town Temecula Community Theater is a charming brick building that plays home to many community shows. Hosting the Temecula Theater Foundation, the theater boasts a fun line up full of musicals, plays, and dance numbers. Whether you’re looking for something unique or classical, the theater has a show for you.
The Temecula Valley Symphony
Do you have a love for classical music? The Temecula Valley Symphony’s concert series can be the perfect way to experience the stunning sounds of some of the area’s most talented musicians. Plus, you can catch a Youth Symphony concert to witness the next generation of instrumental stars.
Exploring Local Areas
Some days, it’s best to throw out the itinerary and explore spontaneously. Luckily, the Temecula Valley has some great areas to wander and roam.
Pass under the stunning carved arches as you venture into the Old Town area. The historic streets are full of charming shops. There’s plenty to see as you get to know this quaint area.
You can stop into E.A.T. Marketplace for a delicious brunch to start your day. With a menu full of fresh options from the areas best farmers, you’re sure to get a healthy start. The avocado toast or granola bowl are perfect ways to fuel up for your adventure.
Check out the Sam Hicks Monument park with its impressive stone Monument across the street before heading southeast through the lined streets. The wooden boardwalk sidewalks are the perfect way to explore the area on foot. Take your time as you check out the diverse and historic architecture of the area.
You can also head uptown for a more modern experience. Here, you can grab breakfast at the local favorite, Moe’s Egg House. With classic breakfast dishes and a nostalgic diner feel, you’ll be ready to start your day.
Exploring the area gives you plenty of options. You can check out the shops from locally owned boutiques to large chain stores. You can also head north and check out the vast green space of the Murietta Creek area.
Of course, the wine country is one of the best places to explore leisurely. Winery hopping is a perfect way to spend the day in the valley.
Conveniently catch a ride and head out to the vineyards. Spend the day tasting all of the amazing wines that the region has to offer and mingling with expert winemakers. Taking in the beautiful scenery along the way is just an added perk.
The Cave Cafe at Oak Mountain Winery is the perfect place to break for lunch. Enjoy a delicious flatbread or satisfying sandwich before heading back out on your adventure.
Making it to Lorimar Vineyards by sunset will pay off big time. The winery’s stunning views make it the perfect place to end the day. Enjoy a tasting in the cozy wine room or schedule a tour for the ultimate experience.
Memories To Last A Lifetime
However you choose to explore the Temecula Valley, it’s sure to be an experience that you won’t soon forget. With rolling hills of grapevines and immaculate weather, you’ll have an unforgettable time.
Tasting great wine and touring vineyards are just some of the amazing experiences to be had in the valley. With restaurants, culture, and family-friendly activities, there’s truly something for everyone. So grab your suitcase and start planning your Temecula escape today!