Temecula Off The Beaten Path

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    MAURICE CAR'RIE WINERY VICTORIAN FARMHOUSE

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 9, 2011

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    SIGN OF THE WINES
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    Visiting the Temecula Wine country on the weekend and you can't miss the Maurice Car'rie Winery with all the white tent canopies near the parking lot by Rancho California Road. This is the Arts & Crafts Fair that takes place from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays on the front picnic grounds of the winery. Before or after you go in for wine tasting, you can browse the different vendors with hand made jewelry, maybe finding a nice necklace in wine country as a reminder of your visit. All types of arts and crafts are displayed and most are hand made.

    Okay, so now the real reason you stopped in the parking lot of the white tent canopies is to have a little wine tasting at Maurice Car'rie Winery. Just behind the tents sits a Victorian-style farmhouse that is the winery. It has a feel of coming home to apple pie, but no, this is the time for wine. Inside the front doors you are treated to a gift store of wine glasses, wine racks filled with bottles of wine, accessories for wine picnics and your home bar. So, where is the wine tasting bar? In the back, behind all this paraphernalia that is a distraction from the reason you are here. I felt it was a little over kill. I came for wine tasting and if I enjoy your wine then I may purchase some or I may look around to see what you are displaying for me to maybe pick up. Not the other way around.

    Finally at the wine tasting bar. Must admit it was busy, so I was looking forward to some excellent tastes. I found two wines to my liking and with all the ribbons and awards the winery has won, I was a little disappointed in only having two wines that made me want more. They were a 2008 Riesling and a blush wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon called Sara Bella 2008. In fact, the 2008 Riesling was the first semi-sweet Riesling I have enjoyed in a long time. I usually like my Riesling dry. The winery, itself, is a nice walk-around with the wrap around veranda. The Maurice Car'rie Winery is located at 34225 Rancho California Rd Temecula, CA and is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

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    Sam Hick's Memorial Park

    by Yaqui Updated Aug 5, 2010

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    This lovely park has lots to offer. A really wonderful play area for kids, picnic tables to sit on and relax, plus there is this wonderful rock sculpture that is a wonderful centerpiece of the park. This 150-ton granite monument honoring frontier people who brought the town its very proud heritage.

    Sam Hicks Monument Park
    41970 Moreno Road
    Temecula, CA 92592

    Amenities:
    Children's Play Area
    Picnic Tables
    Restrooms
    Handicap Accessible
    1.8 acres

    To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street.

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    Old Town Temecula Mural

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    This wonderful mural is located by the public parking area and bus stop. It depicts many of the local pioneers of Temecula and California Southern Railroad that serviced Temecula. Earl Stanley Gardner and his dog, Rip are captured in this wonderful mural.

    Old Town Temecula

    To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street.

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    St. Catherines of Alexandria's Church 1915

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Built in the early 1920's with construction fund raised by a big fiesta thrown by Mahlon Vail, the building was moved from its original location to Sam Hicks Park where it will serve as part of our new Museum Facility.

    To visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79 south and follow the signs leading to Old Town Front Street.

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    FALKNER WINERY HIGH ON A HILL

    by travelgourmet Updated Jul 7, 2009

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    FALKNER WINERY HIDDEN ON A HILL TOP
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    It was party time at the Falkner Winery when the owners Ray and Loretta Falkner celebrated their grand opening in business on July 1, 2000 with a party over the 4th of July. Today, the 4th of July, 2009 and they are celebrating their ninth year as Falkner Winery with a celebration. The wine was flowing, the owners were glowing, and Jason Weber, sax player, was blowing. Wow! Happy Birthday Falkner Winery. Let's see, who else is celebrating a Birthday today. Oh yes, the USA. Double reason to celebrate.

    Wine tasting at Falkner is a lot of fun. The wine host or hostess puts a lot of effort into making sure you are not only getting the right nose out of the wine but that you are having a good time in doing so. Falkner wines with names like Luscious Lips or Sweet Loretta have to be explained and to the delight of those imbibing. A dry Riesling white wine was a hit with my party which made purchasing the Riesling easy to say yes to along with good ol' Luscious Lips, a red wine whose time had come to be opened. The reds were well balanced and had a great finish. The Syrah was my favorite.

    Having a great winery would be sufficient for most but not here where a first class restaurant was built with a view of the vineyards below. The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery is not only beautiful to look at, the service is excellent, and the Mediterranean style food dishes are gourmet. The Pinnacle Restaurant was awarded a "Best Restaurant of 2008" award from the Inland Empire Magazine. The Pinnacle, the finest Temecula wine country restaurant, is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm. It is also open Friday through Sunday from 11:30am to 2:30pm. Reservations are advised. The Falkner Winery is located at 40620 Calle Contento Temecula, CA and is open daily from 10 am - 5 pm.

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  • Summer dips at Tenaja Falls

    by StreetLegal Written Aug 18, 2003

    I love going hiking at Cleveland National Forest. There are natural pools to swim in and it's a blast. Drive up the 15 freeway to Clinton Keith exit, turn left and just keep driving. go past Santa Rosa Plateau (another great hiking spot) and turn right on Tenaja Road. Keep following that curvy road until you reach Cleveland Nat Forest. If the gate is open, a forty minute drive along a dirt road will take you to a trailhead from which the falls is a half an hour hike. If the gate is closed, the first trailhead will guide you on a beautiful hike along the stream.

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