Temecula Things to Do

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    Best of old Town Temecula

    by SherelPurcell Written Mar 18, 2014
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    Old Town Temecula's (some original) 1890's buildings, wooden sidewalks and granite hitching posts all suggest a bygone era of the wild west. Be sure to check out the Old Temecula Jail. While the antique stores, bars and great al fresco dining spots around town are fun to explore, don't miss the locally produced goodies including flavored olive oils, lavender blueberry cookies and chocolate (dark and milk) covered bacon strips.

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    Best golf in Temecula

    by SherelPurcell Written Mar 18, 2014

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    Temecula Creek Inn

    Temecula Creek Inn is the only golf resort with an on-site 27 hole championship golf course, given a 4 star Places to Play rating by Golf Digest.

    Designed by Dick Rossen and Ted Robinson, Temecula Creek Inn's 27 holes offer golfers three distinct 9-hole courses: The Creek, Oaks and Stone House. Be sure to make the Stone House course part of your 18. Doglegs both left and right and elevation changes make a fun and challenging nine holes you’ll want to play again starting with the dramatic par-4 blind uphill tee shot.

    The Temecula Creek Inn is a cozy country and western themed place with high ceilings and balconies overlooking the course. The attractive on-site restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating which also overlooks the golf course.

    The saltwater pool at Temecula Creek Inn is heated to a comfortable temperature and there's a hot tub down below. A free business center including printing is available in the lobby.

    Cross Creek Golf Club

    Located about 15 minutes west of old town Temecula, Cross Creek Golf Club was designed by Arthur Hills in 2001.

    Mature trees, rolling hills and water hazards gave Hills a great natural starting point for his course. Sycamore Creek runs through the first five holes. Do not try to cut the corner on the first hole. The smart play is short and left for an easy par and a great start to your round.

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    Temecula Wineries

    by SherelPurcell Written Mar 18, 2014

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    Wilson Creek Winery, Temecula
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    Separated from the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Rosa mountain range, mild beach air is funneled through the Rainbow Gap into Temecula Valley, creating Temecula's idyllic Mediterranean-type climate. Warm, sunny, dry days and cool evenings make it ideal for wine making. Grapes have been growing here since the late 1700s. Tempered by coastal fog, this warm region is best known for its Italian and Rhône varietals.

    Temecula is zoned for 60 thousand acres of wineries but so far only 16 thousand are used. Potentially, Temecula could grow to the size of Napa or Sonoma. Visitors can also tour the wineries by bike or horseback and those visiting in September can score free wine by helping out with the harvesting and bottling. A local specialty and popular product, almond champagne, tastes better than it sounds.

    Wilson Creek Winery

    Home of an award-winning Almond Champagne and a Chardonnay the Tuscan-themed Wilson Creek Winery sits on beautiful grounds and gardens that include a 25-foot gazebo overlooking a stream and a large lawn set up with dining tables for groups of all sizes. Nearby, the Creekside Grille near the cabernet vines features seasonal cuisine that pairs well with the wines.

    Callaway Winery

    Eli Callaway of Callaway golf fame was a pioneer wine producer in Temecula for 30 years. Fruit is sourced locally to produce a well-balanced wine, full of fresh fruit flavor that pairs well with contemporary lighter and more eclectic food found at the onsite restaurant, Meritage.

    Here, pork belly and fried potato tacos served with avocado and salsa pairs well with the 2009 Special Selection Grenache. Seafood lovers will appreciate the seared Ahi tuna tostadas with avocado, tempura Scallions, cabbage and jicama topped with a habanero salsa paired with a 2011 Special Selection Roussanne.

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  • Picking Strawberries

    by belizeanbus Written Jul 12, 2012

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    Temecula Valley Strawberry Farm is a great little spot just south of Temecula on the 15 freeway. They are open to the public for picking strawberries which they grow hydroponically in stacked containers. When we went, there were beautiful strawberries in incredible abundance. This is a great activity for families with children, though I was somewhat surprised to see several young couples arriving during the time that we were there. They charge $4/pound and are open weekends only. Recommended.

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    TEMECULA WINERIES

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 14, 2010

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    Temecula Valley has it's own viticulture area named the same as of 2004. It was the Temecula Appellation since 1989 and grew to become a major player in California wines. There are about 28 wineries in Temecula and most are in the valley portion about 15 minutes from the I-15 freeway. Temecula is the perfect week-end getaway that can include many wine tastings at the wineries located just on Rancho California Road. Eleven such wineries line this road up into the valley. Many wineries have tasting rooms, tours, restaurants, and picnic areas. My two favorites are Callaway Vineyard and Winery and Baily Vineyard and Winery. Callaway has complimentary tours at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Both wineries are class operations with Baily's being a family business with many wine gold medals. My wife and I have lunch at Baily's Winery when we go wine tasting in the Temecula Valley.

    This can be an all day affair with a couple of wineries visited in the morning, well, wine tastes good in the morning, just as much as later in the day. Most wineries open at 10am and stay open until 5pm. Have lunch at a restaurant or picnic at a winery. Back out on the road for a couple of more wine tastings at two of the many wineries. Remember that in wine tasting, you can spit out the wine you are tasting into a container. This is the way to stay sober. If you do enjoy the tastings and drink up, please by careful and have a designated driver with you or hire out a limo to drive you around. The wine seems to taste better when you step out of a limo. There is golfing nearby and hot air ballooning. Several resorts are located right in the wine valley with many hotels/motels in Temecula, proper.

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    OLD TOWN TEMECULA

    by travelgourmet Updated Dec 14, 2010

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    Just off the I-15 in Temecula, on Front Street is the heart of Temecula, Old Town. the part of Temecula was started up in 1859 when the second post office in California was established. The first was in San Francisco. The Pechanga Band of Indians had been around for up to 10,000 years before the Spanish came in 1797 to look for an area to build a mission. One was built a few miles away in Pala.

    As for Old Town today, it is a great week-end getaway for most of Southern California. Within an hour's drive from San Diego and about two hours from Los Angeles, this area of Temecula calls out to the old west feel in most of us. Antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, bars, and one of the largest country western music venues in the Stampede.

    Aside from Old Town, Temecula also has 28 wineries in the valley, about 15-20 minutes up Rancho California Road. A lot of fun, a lot of walking, talking, eating, and drinking go on between Old Town and the winery road. Spend the week-end and enjoy this wonderful part of Southern California.

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  • Gallery at the Merc

    by TexturesFiberArts Written Jul 12, 2010
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    The gallery at the Merc always has a rotating show of different art types. It ranges from oils, watercolor, sculpture, etc. Always interesting and open during regular box office times.

    In October there is an outdoor quilt show (Oct 2, 2010) this year and in the gallery will be a contemporary art quilt show. I live local and have been there the every year they have held it.

    Wonderful day of wandering Front Street looking at the quilts, going to the gallery and dining in some fantastic restaurants. Check out The Public House for some wonderful organic and creative food. Several winery tasting rooms are also in the immediate area.

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    The Art Shack

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Popular local artist, minister, and musician, Ralph Love, opened an art studio in an abandoned shack near this location in 1957. Best known for his paintings of the Grand Canyon, his landscapes of the Southwest include many scenes of the Temecula Valley. Love’s art is now highly valued by international collectors.

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    Original Site of Mrs. Hall's Cafe 1915

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Opened in 1915 by Mrs. Lizzie Hall, who was both proprietor and chef until the 1930’s. Daughter, Edna Swanguen, served as the only local telephone operator from 1918-1961 and ran the café when her mother retired. The switchboard was located in the rear of the café, where Edna lived with her husband, Carl.

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    The Friedemann Meat Market 1902

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    The Friedemann family purchased the building about 1910. From 1916 into the 1940s, Will and Jessie Friedemann operated the meat market there. Will Friedemann also built and ran a nearby slaughterhouse.

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    Temecula Valley Museum

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    This wonderful museum has many exhibits represent life in the Temecula Valley through time and different cultures. Lots of beautiful displays of handcrafted artifacts, cultural items, ranching and farming equipment, documents, photographs, and more, Other exhibits depict key stories, including the Luiseno Indians, Mission San Luis Rey period, establishment of the ranchos, and transportation influences including the stagecoach and railroads.

    And so much more!

    Hours
    Closed Mondays
    Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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    Suggested donation $2.00

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    Machado's Store 1892

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Built in 1892 by Macedonia Machado, this general merchandise store later became the Temecula station post office with Mr. Machado serving as post master. For a long time it was the "Long Branch Saloon" and is now and antique mall.

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    The Temecula Hotel 1882

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Built in 1882 by R.J. and Mary Welty, the year the railroad came to Temecula, It burned down in 1981 and was rebuilt in the same year. Bought by Dr. and Mrs. Horace Parker in 1960, renamed "Temecula Hotel" and restored to its turn-of-the-century decor. It is now a private residence.

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    Burnham Store 1890

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Built in 1891 from local bricks, Mr. Burnham ran this complete "shop center" for ranchers for 60 years. A terminal for jerkline freighters who delivered supplies to isolated ranches. See granite hitching posts and steps. Now the home of the Old Town Community Theater.

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    Welty Building 1880

    by Yaqui Updated May 14, 2010

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    Mr. & Mrs. R.J. Welty built this store/saloon about the same time as the hotel. In 1902 Joe Winkles bought it and named it "Ramona Inn". In the 1920's a "Blind Pig Saloon" with gymnasium hosted prize fighters Jefferies, Sharkey and Dempsey for workouts. Today an antique store and deli occupy the building.

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