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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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.more
34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, California, 92591, United States
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
As a frequent business traveler to Temecula, I routinely stay at the Hampton Inn and Suites. The...more
27330 Jefferson Avenue, Temecula, California, 92590, United States
Good for: Solo
Hidden off the main street Winchester and Nicolas in Temecula one of the best Italian restaurant, La Bella Vita, is located. Nice location, high ceiling, large tables and when it come to food! Wow!We started with Antipasti Portofino (A collage of steamed shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, clams, served over mix greens with olive oil & fresh lemon...more
The Meritage Restaurant at the Callaway Winery is an excellent way to begin a day of wine tasting. The "outdoor" dining is perfect for the sunny days that the southern CA climate provides. The menu is not extensive, but everything is well prepared and delicious. I had the smoked chicken sandwich but all the others in our party thought their dishes...more
We met up with friends of ours who had driven in from the San Francisco area for a nice evening of conversation, laughter and catching up. Got to the restaurant and since the evening was comfortable, asked for a table outside. I know that the Yard House is a chain, but food is consistently good and the large selection of beers is a definite...more
Baily's is like a mirage in Old Town. A beautiful building on the corner of Front Street and Second Street, on the second floor, and gourmet food. Having a winery up the road a bit doesn't hurt, either. Wine and dine is the theme of Chef Torres California/Continental Cuisine. You can dine near a fireplace or the covered balcony. The ambiance is...more
Temecula has it's restaurants with specific ethic foods, but one has the all American cuisine from the regions of the United States and calls it the "Temecula Casual Cuisine". Located on Front Street in Old Town Temecula, what else could it call itself except Front Street Bar and Grill. This is a good lunch stop or an early evening fun spot. Great...more
Pancakes. Sounds like someone is off the diet. Well, it is well worth visiting "The Original PANCAKE HOUSE" and trying out what is, in my opinion, the best pancakes I have eaten. I use to believe that Amsterdam and the many pancake houses there were the best, but now I have to say I have found their equal, if not superior. pancake house."The...more
YAHOO!!! No, I don't mean the search engine, I'm talk'in about letting out a hoop and a hollar as you boot scoot across the floor of the West Coast's largest country music venue. Temecula Stampede is the location for top notch fun and yahooing with bull riding, drink'in and danc'in, and just plain ole chit-chattin with a bunch of yahoos. Well, actually, the yahoos are only yells of delight. The folks inside are just havin some good ole country boy and girl fun.
The Temecula Stampede is open on Friday and Saturday Nights from 6pm until that late night time of 1:30am. Why buckaroos, they even give dance lessons from 6-8pm. Age limit is a minimum of Eighteen with proper ID up till the age that you can't breathe after a couple of two steps. Good behavior by all is expected.
Dress Code: The dress code is also a word code. No vulgar or offensive words, slogans, or designs. No plain white T-shirts. Oh heck, look at their website for all the dad burn rules. Just have fun.
The Country Porch. Makes you think of sitting on a rocking chair on an old dilapidated wood floor, sipping a cool cider. In reality, it is a store located in Temecula full of old stuff. Junk to some, gold to others. Oh, and the old stuff is referred to as antique. To be old is one thing and not of value. To be an antique the price tag goes up. Way...more
OLIVE OIL. Yes, a store that is dedicated to the precious oil, olive oil, that is. This store has many types of olive oils, eight that I counted, from a limited production Fresh Basil olive oil to my favorite, the Roasted Garlic olive oil, as well as the different artisan foods that accompany fine dining are ready to pack and take home with you....more
Leather is the shop, leather is the goods, Leather is the man, and it is bikers heaven. The owner of this shop, Leather, makes most of his goods for those that take to the road with two wheels. His label is "Bonewrap" biker gear, but he sells all sorts of accessories for the biker. Leather's "Bonewrap" label gear is only availble at the store....more
Once a year, Temecula Valley puts on a festival that will excite anyone who has a desire to fly up, up, and away all the while enjoying great tasting wines from the vineyards of the valley. The 25th Festival had the added delight of seeing a rare 5 balloon formation lift off. I captured this not only on the photo but in a video. If you wondered how...more
A tradition since 1983, the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival welcomes guests from all over Southern California, The festival is held near Lake Skinner where you can also camp. Over 50 colorful balloons launch from the grassy fields of Lake Skinner Regional Park Saturday and Sunday mornings. Enjoy a flight over Temecula's Wine Country...more
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Like all tourist destinations, OLD TOWN, likes to keep it clean. With all the food and drinks being consumed on Front Street, the main walking part of OLD TOWN, the city has come up with a clever way of having you dispose of trash, without having a trashy can. The wood barrels every so often along Front Street are the nice old west look trash cans. You might even call them boutique waste containers. If in town, do your part with that crumpled napkin in your hand and toss it in the barrel. OLD TOWN SAYS, THANK YOU.
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...more
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,...more
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 TemeculaTo visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to...more
Wake up! It's 4:30 in the morning and you are getting ready to find out if you can take the rush of lifting into the air in a hot air balloon. Hot Air Ballooning is available in Temecula with CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' and they are experts at giving you a thrill or two. Most lift-offs take place before 7:00am due to the air/wind conditions and FAA rules. So, you arrive before the sun tells you to arise, it's morning.
After all the prep work to get a balloon ready, see my travelogue on getting a balloon ready, you are instructed as to what to do and jump out is not an option. With the roar of the butane driven jets filling the balloon with hot air, you start to lose your balance a bit, but hey, that's why my hands are frozen on the side of the basket. Basket? Did I say basket. Yes, and I'm not singing the song "A tisket, a tasket", it's more like "A risket, a casket". After a few seconds, you realize the bottom of the basket will hold all of you without making me a bombing run. Look around, right. I can barely open my eyes, whoa, that's high. The Temecula Valley vineyards are below and I am handed a glass of local champagne. What a surprise that was gratefully drunk. Now, the sky was my home. Goodbye.
Equipment: You don't have to bring anything except warm clothes, a camera, and an empty stomach or else bring the Charmin. The experience in the air will last anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour. Great crew and super pilot do most of the work. Charming breakfast after the flight included. Thank you very much.
The ATM booth also had tourist information including some wonderful maps that everyone kept asking me where I got them. This booth is next to the public parking and bus stop area.41000 Main Street Temecula, CA 92589(800) 757-2471Stage StopTo visit the cultural district of Old Town Temecula take the 15 Freeway to Rancho California Road or Highway 79...more
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. Public parking is free. RV parking is available in town for $30 for the weekend. There are two public areas:28690 Mercedes Street, Temecula, CA 92590The Old Town Parking Garage...more