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how many days to do Temecula right?

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how many days to do Temecula right?

My husband and I were thinking of coming to Temecula to check out some of the wineries and enjoy some "us" time. I was looking at booking a room from a Thursday to a Tuesday. Is this enough or too much time? We are in our early 50's. One thing that looks fun is a Jeep wine tour. We enjoy nature, history, I am into landscape photography and am always open to finding unique photo ops.

Ideas and Suggestions on things to do are welcomed. Thanks.

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1. Re: how many days to do Temecula right?

You can drive the wine region in 10 to 15 minutes. So it depends on how many of the Temecula wineries you want to visit. There are some wineries with restaurants so you can combine a day of wine tasting with lunch and so forth.


Of course, the area offers a lot if you combine it with San Diego visit, etc.

However for wine tasting, I tend to think 6 days for Temecula Wineries are a bit much. You might want to combine it with many other activities in the area to make for a delightful trip. The wineries are fun - and dining at one or two would be delightful.

My personal opinion is that you can do justice to the wineries in 1 to 2 days so plan accordingly. There are lots of great photo ops in and aournd the area.

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2. Re: how many days to do Temecula right?

Temecula is a one-hour drive from San Diego, a direct drive south on Interstate 15. Temecula is approximately a one-hour drive from Orange County, or maybe a bit longer, on Ortega Highway, a winding, twisting mountain road.

Not far from Temecula is Palomar Mountain State Park, with mountain-type scenery. Also not unreasonably far is Julian, an historic mining town now an apple-growing area, and south of that, Sunrise Highway, which winds through Laguna Mountain Recreation Area and has views of the desert far below.

Another mountain area within a reasonable drive from Temecula is Idyllwild, so you may want to consider a side trip up there.

If you are interested in deserts, Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are all close enough to Temecula to make a day trip, though visiting any of them then going back to Temecula would take up a whole day. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway takes you from the desert floor to cool forests in Mount San Jacinto State Park at the top in a matter of 10 minutes.

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3. Re: how many days to do Temecula right?

Hello and welcome to the Temecula Forum! Most certainly, you can 'do' Temecula in 2-4 days depending on your interests.

We only have about 30 wineries, and many of those are small, family owned wineries that offer limited hours of operation, and some require reservations. To learn more about the wineries - you can go to this website www.temeculawines.org. Each winery listed on that site has a direct link to their own personal website where you can explore their hours of operations or if you need reservations. Not all of the wineries are listed on that site, but most are. The website also has information on any special events that are happening in the wine country area as well coupons for tasting and most of the restaurants.

As to nice places to eat, Meritage at Callaway Winery, or Pinnacle at Faulkner Winery have excellent views of the valley and offer good food as well. I'm still trying to get into Carol's Restaurant at Bailey's Winery - it has odd hours of operation and I seem to miss it every time, but I hear that it is good. Wilson Creek, South Coast, Thornton and Ponte Winery all have restaurants as well. Food has been good at Ponte and Wilson Creek, but service at all of these locations can have a bit of an attitude attached to it. Seems to be a common problem in the wine country restaurants though. South Coast's restaurant and facilities are very nice, but their service runs really hot or really cold and the meals are underwhelming IMO for the price they charge. Same with Thorton. None of these restaurants have any view of anything as they all sit down in the valley. Here's a recent thread discussing some of the wineries: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33165-i650-k42096…

Old Town Temecula is essentially a long street with a lot of boutique shops and restaurants. Many of the shops sell antiques. This - at most - is an afternoon trip. This is a favorite destination among many of our visitors.

As to unique photo ops - the Santa Rosa Plateau is located up in the La Cresta area - which is technically in our sister town, Murrieta, but a short drive from Temecula. From Temecula, you would take I-15 north to Clinton Keith Road, turn left and follow it up into the mountains. Stay on Clinton Keith Road as it twists and turns and eventually, you'll come to the entrance of the Santa Rosa Plateau usually marked by a lot of parked cars. After rains, vernal pools form and attract birds and animals. Its a nice walk/hike on a fall afternoon. Get out before dusk though as the park closes and there are mountain lions in the vicinity. Also, Lake Skinner (at the very end of wine country off of Rancho California Road) offers some nice photo areas. Downside is that you have to pay to get in.

The Jeep and Wine tour is very nice from what I hear and its certainly an improvement over the bus/van tours that are in the area. The jeeps, on occasion, drive through our neighborhood with their passengers. They seem to take the 'road less traveled' which is always nicer IMO.

Be aware that ALL of the hotels in the area (except those in wine country) back up against the freeway. If you are a light sleeper - ask for a quiet room away from the freeway.

There are several golf courses in the area if you golf. If you like gambling or taking in a live show or concert, you can go over to Pechanga Indian Reservation which is located in Temecula. Their website is: http://www.pechanga.com. That website lists what concerts or live shows are in town. They have several restaurants inside of the casino as well, but the smoking really bothers me so we don't go in there to eat anymore. We also have the Temecula Community Theater that has regular shows. You can see what they have to offer here: http://www.temeculatheater.org.

All-in-All - Temecula is really more of a family friendly/focused community that has a wine country attached in the very back of the area. The amenities in the area are focused on the families that live here rather than offering numerous attractions for tourists for long stays. We have a population of about 100,000 so essentially most of what is in Temecula is in any suburban city in Southern California. We have the typical malls, theaters, and restaurants. We just had our City listed as number 2 one of the safest Cities in America, followed by Murrieta, our sister city as number 4. Its a very nice place to live as we have easy access to any of the SoCal major attractions without all of the negatives attached to living next to popular theme parks/attractions.

Edited: 25 October 2011, 03:23
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4. Re: how many days to do Temecula right?

Thank you everyone for such detailed information.

We will probably divide out time between Temecula and San Diego. My mother in law lived in San Diego, so we went there several times a year until she passed. I have read about Temecula and it sounded like something fun. We live in AZ and have checked out several of the "micro" wineries here. We will be in San Diego in December for a football game and thought we would swing by Temecula for a few days.

Thanks again!

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