Temecula Valley has seen an increase in visitors from Canada as the word spreads to family, friends and neighbors that there’s a winter paradise for lovers of golf, wine, food and outdoor recreation. The Visitor Center, located in Old Town Temecula, had 77 Canadian walk-ins during 2013; whereas they expect to see more than 1,000 visitors from British Columbia to Quebec in 2017.
Canadians are finding there is a plethora of activities to enjoy in the warm sunshine during the winter months. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and ecosystems of the area. Consisting of 9000 acres, the Reserve protects unique ecosystems and vernal pools, as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species. Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail is a burgeoning golf destination. Among reasons why golfers-in-the-know celebrate the game in Temecula Valley are six excellently designed courses along with resorts and hotels with appealing golf-and-lodging packages. Golfers seize the day with expansive views, dramatic elevation changes, and tournaments on courses embraced by nature.
Temecula Valley is in the spotlight for its award-winning wines, however behind the scenes culinary artisans are creating products that are gaining attention from visitors and foodie people across the globe. Ingredients are sourced locally from citrus groves, olive ranches, berry farms, chicken and pig farms and more. Canadians enjoy dining alfresco with scenic vineyard views and in historic Old Town Temecula.
Shopping is a popular way for visitors to explore Temecula Valley Wine Country, Promenade Temecula, Lake Elsinore Outlets and Old Town Temecula while discovering unique and Temecula-made products. Temecula Valley may not have snow but that doesn’t prevent outdoor ice skating and Temecula Chilled activities with “chilled” themed menu items throughout the month of December. Other popular things Canadians love to do while visiting include behind-the-scenes wine tours, cooking classes, painting with wine, horseback riding in wine country, and yoga and wine fitness classes. For those that want to wine taste and not drive, a variety of transportation companies are available to pick up guests from the hotels.
The best time to visit is weekdays for a quiet, relaxing atmosphere and chance conversations with winemakers and winery owners. There are also discounted tastings and activities and special offers during weekday visits. Some choose to stay at one of the beautiful wine country vacation rentals during the winter season, others stay at Temecula Valley’s top hotels just minutes from all the attractions for three to five nights.
Other nearby destinations to enjoy within an hour drive: San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. Transportation options to get to Temecula Valley are taking a scenic drive down the west coast or fly into San Diego or Palm Springs airport.
It’s easy to start planning a trip at VisitTemeculaValley.com or request a free Visitor Guide.
About Visit Temecula Valley
With natural gifts of climate and geography Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and 40+ wineries. The popular, boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as Historic Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino, and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail.
Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at VisitTemeculaValley.com. Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula (Third Street and Mercedes Street). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.
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