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Unexpected Outdoor Spaces for Business Meetings & Hotel Packages

Thursday, February 21, 2019 5:00 PM by Annette Brown

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country is sparking new life in the meetings industry with creative and inspiring outdoor meeting spaces for groups of all sizes. Ties loosen at this nearly year-round sunny destination that offers several scenic unconventional spaces for outdoor gatherings. Temecula Valley is an ideal meetings destination, conveniently located in the center of southern California, with all major airports and cities just about an hour away.

Poolside Meetings & Receptions

Meeting planners can make a splash at a poolside venue under the golden sun. Craft cocktails and local wines pair well with agendas and bullet points. Several Temecula Valley wineries and resorts offer just what a meeting needs for a refreshing approach. Recently opened, BOTTAIA Winery includes The Pool at BOTTAIA, a nod to Mediterranean beach clubs. Unparalleled vineyard vistas, private cabines, and a Pool Café + Cocktail Bar provides an immersive poolside experience. Carter Estate Winery Resort includes a lovely pool area with The Vineyard Grill for a “cool” wine country meeting where attendees deep dive into relevant topics. Pechanga Resort Casino’s 4.5 acres pool complex is perfect for large groups, complete with cabanas, umbrellas and couch seating. Adjacent to the pool complex is a 26-thousand square foot lawn space that can host everything from boot camps to group meetings to breakout sessions and receptions. Embassy Suites has been a popular site for poolside meetings and receptions over the years with their junior Olympic size pool and plenty of function space, in addition to a lower patio for a pondside setting.

Fireside Chats & Roundtables

A fireside chat under the stars is a great way to stimulate interaction. Casual, unintimidating settings open conversations and feedback. Meeting goers warm up in this natural setting offered at several Temecula Valley locations. Ponte Winery’s Reserve Room Veranda is a meeting and event space with a firepit for everyone to cozy around surrounded by acres of vineyards. Temecula Creek Inn has two compelling fireside locations, Cork|Fire Kitchen patio with views of the golf greens and Fireside Patio in the meeting area under the stars with strings of lights draped overhead. BOTTAIA Winery welcomes meetings and mingling with wine and charcuterie at their attractive outdoor firepit. Pechanga Resort Casino’s pool complex invites groups to gather with several fireside locations to choose from that include couches and comfortable outdoor seating. Pechanga’s Journey’s End restaurant also offers fire pits on the patio with gorgeous golf course views. For cooler evenings, a grand indoor firepit is another option.

Breathtaking Garden Spaces

Most visitors take in the stunning vineyard views, but few are aware of the beautiful and fragrant gardens at the wineries, resorts and in the city. Rose Haven Heritage Garden is home to more than 1,600 roses, including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, and mini roses. The garden is picture perfect when the blooms arrive in early spring. Attendees can walk the trails during break times or relax in the hilltop gazebo. Picnic table seating is available, or the area can be customized as needed. Mount Palomar Winery’s hilltop level is known for its panoramic vineyard views, roses, Italian inspired fountains, columns and statues. Vitagliano Winery’s pond is surrounded by colorful pansies, delphinium and other aromatic blossoms. California Pepper and Eucalyptus trees tower over walkways, bridges and a tasting room. Emily’s Garden at Carter Estate Winery Resort provides vegetables and herbs for the restaurant chef, as well as a charming gazebo centerpiece with vineyard rows in every direction. Pechanga Resort Casino’s roof top garden on the fourth floor is home to indigenous plants and Native-inspired cultural installations. This is a memorable setting for meetings, sunset receptions, sunrise yoga, and boot camps.

Stay the Night Packages

In celebration of the title “10 Best Wine Travel Destinations” in the world, several Temecula Valley hotels and resorts are offering special Wine Enthusiast packages. Carter Estate Winery & Resort offers the opportunity to sleep among the vineyards at a 20-percent room discount, a bottle of award-winning wine, two South Coast Winery tasting tickets and two Carter Estate Winery tasting tickets. Rooms start at $329 per night. South Coast Winery Resort & Spa also offers a 20-percent discount and wine tasting at both locations, with rooms starting at $269 per night. Temecula Creek Inn offers a special rate at their golf resort property. Embassy Suites by Hilton has partnered with Grapeline Wine Tours for a day of wine tasting with transportation, a picnic lunch, behind-the-scenes wine tour, hot breakfast, appetizers and cocktail reception starting at $377.

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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

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.