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7 Things Dads Can Do This Father's Day in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 11:00 AM by Annette Brown

Wow dad this Father’s Day with an experience he will love and never forget. Temecula Valley is ready to welcome back dads with great reasons out of the house and celebrate. A getaway to Temecula Valley can be filled with both relaxing and exciting things to do, and a lot of delicious meals. Overnight accommodations can be found in Uptown Temecula, Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, and Pechanga Resort Casino. There are also some great packages that have activities included. Temecula Valley is located just 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs, and 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

1. Craft Beer Tasting

Temecula Valley may be known for its award-winning wines, but with a growing number of high-quality craft breweries hitting the hops on the west side of town, a distinct ale trail is taking shape. Like the wineries, Temecula Valley breweries are making a name for themselves in prestigious competitions and on carefully curated beer lists around the country. Sample local IPAs, stouts, lagers, pilsners and more at brewery tasting rooms.

2. Tables & Slots

Dads can catch the thrill of possibilities playing at the number one casino in California, rivaling the best of them anywhere. Whether playing the slots, table games, bingo, or poker, the excitement is high and the fun is contagious. There is also great live entertainment in the evenings to keep the celebration going.

3. Fishing

Harveston Lake provides in-town, quaint atmosphere for catch-and-release fishing using artificial lures and barbless hooks. A valid City of Temecula Fishing Permit is required for those 16 and older and a state fishing license is not required. Also, tucked away in Temecula Valley Wine Country sits Lake Skinner which provides expansive natural vistas and invigorating outdoor recreation, including fishing. Boats are available for rental if desired. A state fishing permit is required, the day use fee will be waived.

4. Hiking

Vail Lake offers more than 200 acres of world-class hiking with gorgeous, panoramic views. The Vail Lake Loop is a rewarding 7.2-mile moderate trail, however there is a variety of scenic trails to choose ranging from novice to challenging. Day use passes are available. Lake Skinner also offers miles of great hiking trails as well as Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve.

5. Steaks & Burgers

The satisfaction of biting into a nice cut of beef or a big juicy burger is definitely doable in Old Town Temecula at 1909, Baily’s, Be Good, Crush & Brew, Devilicious Eatery, E.A.T. Marketplace, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Small Barn, Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill, and The Gambling Cowboy. Pechanga Resort Casino also offers great options, as well as Temecula Valley Wine County at Café Champagne at Thornton Winery, Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery, Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery, Miramonte Winery, Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery, The Bistro at Monte De Oro, The Cave Café at Oak Mountain Winery, The Restaurant at Avensole, The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars, and The Vineyard Rose at South Coast Winery. Other great dining options around town include Cork|Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn, Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Oscar’s Brewing Company, and the great restaurants at Promenade Temecula.

6. Golfing

Swinging the club in the beautiful outdoors is hard to resist at Temecula’s top places to golf: CrossCreek Golf Club, Journey at Pechanga, and Temecula Creek Golf Club. These courses embrace the surrounding mature oak trees and natural streams and creeks. All three have inspiring course designs and are popular with golfers of all skill levels.

7. Speakeasies

Three speakeasies are worth the find in Old Town Temecula. The Merc, located on Main Street is just beyond the gallery inside a historic brick building. The intimate space features a variety of live performances including comedy, cabaret, country, swing, and jazz. Thompson & Twain is located behind the curtain and through a door adjacent to Crush & Brew. This unique setting provides a glimpse back to prohibition days in an Old West town. They pride themselves in their custom cocktail craftsmanship. Apparition Room is located inside Devilicious Eatery, just give the wall behind the hostess a gentle push. Guests are transported to an intimate hideaway where inventive takes on prohibition style cocktails are meticulously crafted.  

Temecula Valley is welcoming back California visitors. The community has created strict cleaning and safety protocols to ensure everyone’s safety and comfort. The businesses have met and often exceeded state requirements because visitors and their employees’ health are priority.

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is a year-round vacation destination, located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; and 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 Wine Country 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

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.