Temecula Travel Guide

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Temecula Highlights

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     Beautiful City, No Smog, Great Place 

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     Suspiciously restored? 

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     I live here! Its awesome I'm never moving anywhere else! 

Temecula Things to Do

  • Best of old Town Temecula

    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...

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  • Best golf in Temecula

    Temecula Creek InnTemecula 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...

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  • Temecula Wineries

    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...

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  • Mt. Palomar Winery

    Temecula is the "wine country" of San Diego like Napa/Sonoma is for San Francisco. Mt Palomar is one of the venues with beautiful grounds. The tasting room is small but their port is excellent.

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  • Picking Strawberries

    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...

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  • TEMECULA WINERIES

    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...

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  • OLD TOWN TEMECULA

    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...

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  • Gallery at the Merc

    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...

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  • Original Site of Temecula Hotel 1885

    Built around 1885. In 1887, Peter Mouren served as proprietor. From 1898-1907 the owner, Louis Escallier, ran the hotel, which contained a saloon and pool hall. It was torn down in 1928.

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Temecula Restaurants

  • Good food, good beer, excellent company

    It was a Saturday evening, the mall was crowded and the restaurants were packed. So we decided to try Karl Strauss Brewing Company since it seemed to have the smallest waiting line. Not a bad call as the wait was less than 15 minutes and we were seated at our table. Yes I know this is a chain, but they are consistent in that the food is good,...

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  • Best Italian Restaurant in Temecula

    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...

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  • Food before wine tasting

    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...

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  • Great food and drink

    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...

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  • OLD TOWN TEMECULA GOURMET

    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...

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  • A STIFF DRINK AND A GOOD BURGER

    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...

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Temecula Nightlife

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    PLAIN AND SIMPLE...FUN 1 more image

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    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.

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Temecula Shopping

  • NOT JUST OLD BUT AN ANTIQUE

    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...

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  • OIL, OLIVE OIL, THAT IS.

    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....

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  • BIKERS LEATHER SHOP

    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....

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Temecula Local Customs

  • TEMECULA VALLEY BALLOON & WINE FESTIVAL

    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...

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  • Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival

    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...

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Temecula Warnings and Dangers

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    OLD TOWN BOUTIQUE WASTE CONTAINER

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 24, 2008

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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.

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Temecula Off The Beaten Path

  • MAURICE CAR'RIE WINERY VICTORIAN...

    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...

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  • Sam Hick's Memorial Park

    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,...

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  • Old Town Temecula Mural

    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...

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Temecula Sports & Outdoors

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    UP, UP, AND AWAY

    by travelgourmet Updated Jun 26, 2008

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    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.

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Temecula Favorites

  • ATM, Directory, & Stage Stop

    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...

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  • Public Parking

    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...

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