A small-town western destination that transcends time
Wine, wine, wine and more wine. If you love a top quality tipple, this is your ideal California holiday destination. Combine the outstanding beauty of Temecula Valley Wine Country with Old Town Temecula and you get something seriously special: a small southern California town that's big on nature, culture and history. Add the excellent Temecula Valley Polo Club, International Film Festival and championship golf courses and it's quite simply unforgettable.
Temecula has been voted one of the top 10 Best Weather Cities in the United States.
If you're the life and soul of the party you'll feel right at home in this amazing place. Here are just three things to do in a destination that holds more festivals than you can shake a stick at.
The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Pechanga Resort and Casino, California's biggest with more than 3000 slot machines
Magical year-round hot air balloon rides
Take in all three and you'll return home steeped in that famously laid-back California vibe, truly, madly and deeply in love with this very special place.
San Francisco and Wine Country Delights From £2929.00 (inc flights and hotels)
Taste some of the best wines in the world and make the most of the glorious site seeing opportunities along the way.
In Temecula the average January high is 70 degrees and in June it's a delightful 83 degrees. There's so much to do in and around this very special city, the only one in California named in the local Luiseno Indian language: it means 'place where the sun breaks through the mist'.
The Temecula Valley International Film & Music Festival and the Street Painting Festival
Explore the city's 39 parks and 116,500sq feet of recreational facilities
Enjoy 7 golf courses in the town itself and 17 more within 20 miles
This is horse country. You'll find show jumping at Galway Downs, cross-country and dressage, the annual three-day Galway Downs International Event and the valley's Polo Club... plus the Temecula Eq-Wine Riders, the perfect way to enjoy all-day horseback fun exploring the breathtaking countryside.
The natural landscapes are simply stunning. The towns and cities are colourful, warm-hearted and friendly. And the weather is absolutely perfect. Welcome to Temecula!
Pennypickle's Workshop is 7,500 magical square feet of hands-on inventions, gadgets and experiments, the perfect inspiration for children of any age and just as much fun for grown-ups. Dedicated foodies fit right into this place, and the Temecula cuisine scene is one you won't forget in a hurry, driven by the town's varied ethnicity with Italian, Mexican and Asian food a speciality. California's garden of Eden also offers top entertainment for train lovers. When the California Railroad first steamed its way through the area in 1882, local investors scrambled to set up banks, shops and saloons. Old Town Temecula is still here, in all its historical glory, testament to the town's deep railway roots. You'll get a real feeling of the old Wild West.
Sparkling Lake Skinner and lovely Diamond Valley Lake are both close by, not far from town. Head over there for excellent camping sites and endless beautiful hiking trails, plus heavenly fishing for striped bass, largemouth bass, carp, bluegill, catfish and trout. Love chilli? The city marks its old Western roots every May with a brilliant Western Days celebration, complete with a seriously good chilli cook-off. If you love nothing better than skateboarding you'll find a top class skate park including a 60-foot diameter bowl, pyramid, fun box, curbs, ramps, stairs and handrails. Whatever your age, whatever your tastes in entertainment, Temecula has it all.
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