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SOURCE: Temecula Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
“Southern California’s destination to celebrate California Wine Month is beautiful Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Make September lodging and activity reservations now so as not to miss-out,” encourages Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau (TVCVB) president and CEO. “With SIP Passports, Perfect Pairings, CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase, plus Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and vacation-worthy golfing – get Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country on your September calendar now. VisitTemecula.org is happy to share 5 essential tips to help make the most of your stay.” The casual, picturesque valley is 1 hour from Orange County and Palm Desert; 1½ hours from Los Angeles.
Temecula, CA (PRWEB) June 26, 2012
1. Where to Stay in Temecula
For best California Wine Month/Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country experiences, plan to stay at least 2 nights. For special, September midweek (better-than-weekend) hotel rates Sunday-through-Thursday ranging from $55++ to $99++ per night at Best Western Country Inn, Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Quality Inn Wine Country, Ramada Inn, Springhill Suites by Marriott, and Temecula Creek Inn; and a special, TVCVB “Buy 1-Get 1 SIP Temecula Passport” offer with a 2-night Sunday-through-Thursday minimum stay, go to VisitTemecula.org.
Temecula Valley’s hotels, motels, and resorts are conveniently off the I-15 freeway. Included from north-to-south are Quality Inn, La Quinta, Fairfield, Extended Stay, Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, SpringHill, Hampton, Embassy, Motel 6, Palomar Inn, Rodeway Inn, Ramada, Temecula Creek Inn, Pechanga Resort & Casino.
2. SIP Passport for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
Valid daily September 1-30, the SIP Passport (great value at $50 per-person) includes vouchers for full-tasting flights at any of approximately 40 Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association (TVWA) member-wineries. Read-up about Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country wineries then chart your winery-visits over 3 days: 1 winery, first afternoon; 2-on-day 2; 2-on-day 3.
Besides established wineries with considerable Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country history (Callaway, Hart, Keyways, Maurice Car’rie, Mount Palomar, Thornton, Van Roekel), consider wineries off-the-beaten-path (Briar Rose, Doffo, Europa, FootPath, Longshadow) and De Portola Wine Trail (Cougar, Danza del Sol, Frangipani, Leoness, Oak Mountain, Robert Renzoni). Consider also other wineries earning Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country accolades (Bel Vino, Churon, Falkner, Lorimar, Lumiere, Miramonte, Monte de Oro, Palumbo, Ponte, South Coast, Wiens, Wilson Creek).
3. Suggested Itinerary: Three Perfect Days/Two Wonderful Nights
Arrive in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country for lunch. Enjoy wine-country cuisine, vineyard views at Café Champagne, Carol’s at Baily Winery, Creekside Grille, Maurice’s Kitchen, MDO Bistro, Meritage, Pinnacle, Leoness Restaurant, Ponte Restaurant, Shorty’s Bistro, Vineyard Rose.
Next is SIP Passport wine-tasting. Toast Temecula’s talented, winemaking-families and winemakers.
Next is pedestrian-friendly Old Town Temecula with 60+ specialty-stores. A favorite activity is Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail with Temecula Olive Oil Company, Temecula Valley Cheese Company, Old Town Spice Merchants, Old Town Root Beer, Old Town Sweet Shop, Lorimar Winery Tasting Room.
For dinner, choose from Old Town’s 21 restaurants and bistros. Enjoy local, award-winning Temecula Valley Southern California wines at Baily’s, Front Street Bar & Grill, Palumbo’s, Soro’s, Sweet Lumpy’s, The Bank.
Launch the morning in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country with Grape Escape, California Dreamin, D&D Ballooning, or Magical Adventures hot-air-balloon flight. Then experience more, great-outdoors with Wine Country Trails by Horseback or Temecula Carriage Company ride through the vineyards.
SIP Passport wine-tasting follows. Make time for lunch between winery tastings; savor the vineyard views.
Next is Pechanga Resort & Casino, largest casino in the Western U.S. Enjoy poker tournaments in the 54-table, poker room; 130 table games; 3,800 Las Vegas-style slot machines.
Between gaming-action, dine at Pechanga’s award-winning restaurants. Great Oak steakhouse, Paisano’s Italian, and Seafood Grill feature award-winning Temecula Valley Southern California wines.
Golf at impressive courses like Arthur Hills-designed (Golfweek, GOLF Magazine top-California-course) Journey at Pechanga or Dick Rossen/Ted Robinson, Sr.-designed (Golf Digest, 4-star rated) Temecula Creek Inn. Relax afterward with Journey’s End or Temet Grill early-lunch.
Then it’s concluding Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country SIP Passport wine-tasting. Before departing, purchase favorite wines for enjoying at home, entertaining, sharing with friends.
4. Perfect Pairings
A September 1-15 Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country incentive, is Perfect Pairings. Offered with SIP Passports at participating TVWA wineries, “pairings” are tastes of top wines with a “perfect bite.”
5. CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase
CRUSH Temecula Valley Wine & Culinary Showcase is September 15. This always-a-sell-out, gala-event features TVWA member-wineries and wine country cuisine from local chefs, farms, restaurants (all-inclusive, early-bird tickets, $65; after August 15, $75).
***Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.
The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors, is online at VisitTemecula.org; Facebook, “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country”; Twitter, @Visit_Temecula. Open 7 days, the Temecula Valley Visitors Center is in Old Town Temecula, Third Street and Mercedes; call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.
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