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5 Top Things to Do in the Rain When Visiting Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 5:00 PM by Annette Brown

Rain doesn’t come often in southern California so the region is welcoming the much needed water.  Visit Temecula Valley wants to assure travelers a great experience is waiting for them, rain or shine. Temecula Valley Wine Country is open for business, as well Old Town Temecula and Pechanga Resort Casino. Welcoming more nearly three million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego and Orange County, Palm Springs, and within 90 minutes of Los Angeles.

Visit Temecula Valley introduces the five top things to do when visiting on a rainy day:

1. Taste the Crafts

Temecula Valley Wine Country is already filled with wildflowers, wisteria, vibrant colors, and the buds will soon open on the vines. The sun breaks through the clouds in the late mornings, just in time to warm the spring flowers and encourage their petals to open. It’s an ideal time to taste the wines and take in the views through their oversized windows. Other great crafts available for tasting are local beers at any of the nine breweries, and spirits at two great distilleries. Galway Spirits offers whiskey workshops, where visitors can make their own bottle to take home. BOTTAIA Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, and Oak Mountain Winery offer Wine Blending. This is a chance when visitors can create their own customized bottle of wine by blending their favorite wines together.

2. Delicious Dining Options

A warm bowl of homemade soup hot tasty meal can be enjoyed indoors at several winery restaurants: Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery, Pinnacle at Falkner Winery, Café Champagne at Thornton Winery, Carol’s at Baily Winery, The Restaurant at Avensole, MDO Bistro at Monte De Oro, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery, Sangio’s Deli at Cougar Winery, The Cave Café at Oak Mountain Winery, and The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars. There are also plenty of indoor dining options in Old Town Temecula: 1909, Crush & Brew, Devilicious Eatery, E.A.T. Marketplace, Espadin, Latitude by JR, Le Coffee Shop, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Baily’s Old Town Temecula, Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill, The Bank Mexican Restaurant, The Gambling Cowboy, The Goat & Vine, and The Nightingale. Other dining neighborhoods include Promenade Temecula and Pechanga Resort Casino.

3. Spa Pampering

Visitors can unwind with a solo or couple’s massage at a full-service spa. Grapeseed, Native American and luxury packages are available at Grapeseed Spa at South Coast Winery Resort, Spa Pechanga at Pechanga Resort Casino, and Murrieta Day Spa. Recharge your mind and body with a treatment then enjoy the amenities. Grapeseed Spa specializes in vine-based treatments, sauna, steam room, and sipping a glass of wine on the terrace overlooking the vineyards. Indulgence at Spa Pechanga includes a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, and whirlpools. Guests choose from a variety of Native American inspired treatments. Murrieta Day Spa’s Café offers wine and cocktails as well as salads, wraps and sandwiches.

4. Cozy Up by the Fire

The cool days make for a great excuse to cozy up to a fire. There are plenty of firesides to choose from at hotels, resorts, wineries and restaurants. Hotels and Resorts that invite guests to cozy up to the lobby fireplace are Embassy Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn & Suites, Inn at Europa Village, South Coast Winery, and Temecula Creek Inn. For those that prefer more privacy, accommodations that include a fireplace in the room are Carter Estate, Hampton Inn & Suites, Inn at Churon, and Inn at Europa Village. Fireplaces and fire pits at the wineries include Baily’s Winery, BOTTAIA Winery, Leoness Cellars, Lorimar Winery, Masia de la Vinya, Monte De Oro, Ponte Winery, Somerset Winery, South Coast Winery, Thornton Winery, Vitagliano Winery, Wiens Family Cellars, and Wilson Creek Winery. Restaurants that warm up their guests by the fire are Baily’s Old Town Temecula, Ballast Point, Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery, Cork|Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn, Great Oak at Pechanga Resort Casino.

5. Live Entertainment

Old Town Temecula Community Theater and The Merc, a speakeasy type of setting adjacent to the theater, have a variety of performances throughout the season that include comedy, cabaret, country, swing, jazz, tribute bands, and plays. Pechanga Resort Casino’s marquee includes top name bands and performers, MMA fights, and popular traveling plays. The wineries and Old Town restaurants regularly feature local solo artists and bands.

Even with the rain, there’s so much to do in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. A mid-week 3-5 day is suggested to see and do everything the destination has to offer with less crowds. Don’t forget the desert, beach, mountains and big cities are only an hour away. Information to help plan a trip can be found at to VisitTemeculaValley.com.

ABOUT THE TEMECULA VALLEY AND VISIT TEMECULA VALLEY

Laid back, picturesque Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country welcomes nearly three million visitors each year. It is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.

Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to VisitTemeculaValley.com.

Author: Annette Brown

If you see, hear or read about Temecula Valley, chances are it originated from Annette. When not pitching stories, she’s is often traveling around Temecula Valley showing media the amazing people and places that make the destination an unforgettable experience. Nearly 30 years, Annette has been working in public relations and marketing. Annette joined the Visit Temecula team in 2011 and is the Director of Public Relations.