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Pechanga Resort & Casino...A Relaxing Getaway and History Lesson

Pechanga Resort & Casino is located on thePechanga Band of Luiseno Indians' ancestral land. The Pechanga people lived onthis land for more than 10,000 years. Artifacts and historically importantNative American findings are still being made to this day in Temecula andsurrounding area. Guests at the resort can not only enjoy the luxury of the AAAFour Diamond resort/casino, but they can also take a guided tour of the GreatOak tree, the oldest living coastal oak tree in the United States, see culturalartifacts left intact along the trails of the Pechanga golf course and more.

Temecula Polo Club

Galway Downs is a new 240 acre acclaimedequestrian center in Temecula with a grass polo field that was certified andenrolled as a United States Polo Association regulation field in January ofthis year. President Geraldine Strunsky is committed to building a first classpolo club and recruiting playing and social members from throughout SouthernCalifornia. The club opened in May and so far has held 6 fundraisersbenefitting local charities. The weekly Friday night matches- Polo in theVines- attract people from all surrounding counties and the first half of theseason has proved that the Valley has embraced this "sport of kings".

Temecula's Theater: A Cultural Tourism Destination

This September, the curtain rises on abrand-new season of world-class performances at Old Town Temecula CommunityTheater. By strategically working with public, private, and non-profitpartners, the Theater has created an impressive 2013-2014 Season. Highlightsinclude dancers on a tilting, suspended stage. "Groove-y" music fromHawaii, Africa, Louisiana, and everywhere in between. A legendary tap dancetroupe with a live jazz band. A lively concert with commentary about Chopin.Performances of such theatrical favorites as Sound of Music, Pippin, LittleShop of Horrors, Tom Sawyer, and A Christmas Carol staged by Temecula'sresident theater companies. All illuminated by our brand-new, state-of-the-artLED lighting system and set in the charming heart of Old Town.

Wine Tasting by Horseback

From the 1800s until the 1960s, TemeculaValley was predominantly grazing land for cattle. Today the valley is widelyrecognized as Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country and itsequestrian ranches and trails. Saddle Up Wine Tours provides gentle horses andguides for rides like the Historical Wine Tour. Guests ride alongsidevineyards, ranches, and wineries along the De Portola Wine Trail. En route towine tastings, riders learn of historical wine country anecdotes. Wine-tastingdestinations include wineries such as Oak Mountain with wine tasting in themountaintop veranda with valley views; Keyways Vineyard & Winery, one ofTemecula Valley's original wine estates with Early California ambiance; and RobertRenzoni Vineyards, recognized for its production of premium, Italian varietals.Saddle Up also offers basic, 1-hour-or-more, trail rides daily with horsesprovided.

Lavender Farm Open Summer 2014

Temecula Lavender Company was born out ofan initial love for the herb Lavender; the herb of peace, purification, sleepand longevity. In an effort to incorporate this herb into owners Jan andPatrick Schneider's daily life, they began creating more and more ways in whichto enjoy its healthful and aromatic qualities. The result is a small lavenderfarm located in Temecula Valley Wine Country that grows and produces a line ofpure, natural and healthful lavender products for the bath, body and home.Their products are always handcrafted in small batches, using pure ingredientswithout artificial colorants, perfumes or harsh preservatives. They useonly the highest grade essential oils and never use fragrances or harmfulpetroleum products. The farm will be open to the public on weekends byappointment in June and July 2014. Visitors can take a walking tour, siplavender lemonade, watch an essential oil and distillation demonstration, andshop farm store with fresh bundles and products.

Sustainable Wine Country

With 5,185 acres protected in an agriculturalpreserve known as the Citrus/Vineyard zone, the vineyards and wineries ofTemecula Valley So Cal Wine Country host a variety of sustainable practices.Among the champions of sustainability is Ponte Family Estate, which manages itsvineyards and winery under the sustainability standards of the CaliforniaAssociation of Winegrape Growers and the Wine Institute. In the vineyards,natural cover crops limit carbon dioxide emissions, preserve soil integrity,enhance soil health, and prevent erosion. Bluebird boxes encourage bluebirds tohelp manage insects. Soil moisture is monitored; deficit and drip irrigationfoster wine quality. Ponte's 'green team' has implemented sustainabilitypractices throughout the winery, tasting room, and restaurant, with its wineclub shipping and estate landscaping; and is continually in the process ofexpanding these efforts. 

Kimberly Adams
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