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Blessed with a warm climate that doesn’t see too much rainfall, high-quality soil and cooling winds from the Pacific, the Temecula Valley is truly a wine grower’s paradise. The vineyards here produce grapes of the Chardonnay, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc varieties, as well as Syrah and Pinot Gris. Wine tours are of course the premier reason for visiting the area, and the first weekend of June sees a highlight on the Temecula calendar, the Balloon and Wine Festival when the skies are filled with colourful hot air balloons. Culturally there’s a lot going on too, from museums to art galleries, and naturally if you’re in the mood for a spot of pampering, you’ll be able to sink into a hot tub at any of a number of spa resorts.
Old Town - Browse for antiques or a unique piece of vintage clothing on the bustling streets of Temecula Old Town, where the the storefronts and historic buildings pay tribute to the area’s proud 19th century heritage.
Lake Skinner - Just a short distance from the Temecula, Lake Skinner is a paradise for birdwatchers and anglers, well-stocked as it is with bass, carp and catfish. The rural location makes for an idyllic picnic spot or for some evening stargazing, as well as the annual ballooning festival.
Murrieta - Neighbouring Temecula, the city of Murrieta is an easy journey from the valley’s 40 or so vineyards, and was once well-known for its hot springs. It holds a particular attraction for golfers, with three courses including one designed by Jack Nicklaus, at which both Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford were known to hit a few balls around.
While it’s easy to get around the Temecula Valley by car, without a doubt the best way to really take in the outstanding natural beauty of the landscape is from above. So, for a splash of colour and romance, take flight in a hot air balloon for a sunrise or sunset tour, chink glasses as you soar above the vineyards, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Pacific coast. Don’t miss the Temecula Valley Museum, with permanent collections that trace the history of the region, from the impact of the stagecoach and railroad to famous inhabitants. A section purely for children lets them try Native American grinding stones and play shop in an authentic 1880s store.
The Temecula Valley really is the place to spoil yourself rotten. If you’re interested in visiting some vineyards or wineries then why not take a luxury, VIP tour by limousine or private 4x4 that will take you on a guided trip to some of the area’s most prestigious estates? You can play a few rounds of golf in the Californian sunshine, relax in a sophisticated spa resort, browse for designer couture in independent boutiques or even take a horseback ride out on the Santa Rosa Plateau.