2018 aims to be a banner year for Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country with growth, expansion, openings, and new beginnings hitting the scene throughout the region. In 2018, visitors to Temecula Valley will have the option to dine at new restaurants, stay at new and newly remodeled hotels, know the secret password to enjoy access to local speakeasies, take new brewery tours, sip exclusive varietals at premier tasting rooms, and enjoy world-class live entertainment.
New for 2018: Hotels and Hotel Renovations
Pechanga Resort and Casino finalizes its $285 million expansion this spring, with an exciting new lobby, additional meeting space, an entire 568 room wing of AAA Four-Diamond rooms and suites, luxury 25,000 square foot spa and additional 4 ½ acre pool complex with lagoon, swim-up bar and waterslides, doubling down on the already award-winning resort.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Temecula Valley Wine Country also recently completed its own multi-million dollar renovation of suites and meeting spaces, while Best Western Plus will finish building its first property location, complete with upgraded amenities in an upscale setting, in Temecula, set to open this year.
New for 2018: Wineries, Brewery Tours and Speakeasies
Temecula Valley’s wine and brewery scene will receive a substantial amount of growth in 2018.
On the wine and vineyard front, Akash Winery, featuring a selection of zinfandels, cabernet sauvignons, roses, and petit sirahs, is set to open this year while Wilson Creek Winery recently began its Upper Room Tasting Experience, an exclusive guided tour of reserve wines paired with small bites and appetizers prepared by their Executive Chef. Sweet Oaks Ranch, home to a premier equestrian riding facility, will soon open Sweet Oaks Winery, which will also feature live entertainment. The new Wine Cave Tour by Aall in Limo includes dining at a Temecula Valley restaurant, a Wine Cave tour at Oak Mountain Winery with wine tasting, and transportation is included. The Winery Hopper is also a brand new company that offers drop off and pick up to all the wineries; advance reservations are not required and hop-on, hop-off schedules make wine tasting a breeze. Winery tours are now being offered by air with Air Temecula. Both helicopter and airplane tours can take visitors to wineries in the highest style.
Hip, new speakeasies opened in Old Town this year, including Thompson & Twain, located between Crush & Brew and Espadin in Old and The Apparition Room, located next to Devilicious Eatery in Old Town. But don’t tell anyone we told you.
New brewery tours will be offered in 2018, including a new Brewery Tour at Karl Strauss, offered both weekdays and weekends. The tour takes visitors into the 7 BBL facility, showcases the stages of brewing process, history, and equipment; tours include a tasting flight. Brewery Tours are also now available in Temecula Valley from outside vendors including Aaal in Limo, Temecula Winery Transportation , Little Bus Tours, and Grapeline. Visitors won’t want to miss Craft Beer Month featuring specials, events, and activities at Temecula breweries throughout the month of May.
New for 2018: Restaurants
Temecula will welcome a handful of new restaurants this year to add to their culinary collection. Espadín Mezcal + Cocina, which recently opened its doors in Old Town Temecula, features a menu that highlights several regions in Mexico with authentic ingredients and food always made from scratch.
The Restaurant at Leoness Cellars recently reopened after a multi-million dollar expansion which will add space (both indoor and out) as well as updated amenities for the popular restaurant, rated #1 winery restaurant by USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice and Best Restaurant in the Inland Empire for four consecutive years. Their seasonal selections, created by Executive Chef Daragh Matheson, are prepared from scratch in the kitchen daily.
New for 2018: Festivals, Events, & Services
The inaugural Temecula Blues Festival will take to the streets of Old Town Temecula this April, showcasing local, regional, and national artists. A Vendor Blues Village will complement the event with food, beer, wine, and merchandise.
2017’s last minute Western Days will be showcased this coming year, back by popular demand. The event will feature a gunfighters shoot-out at high noon, street vendors, and plenty of family activities.
Temecula Lavender Company, a popular artisan gift store in Old Town, will begin hosting Farm Tours this June that allow visitors to explore the Lavender fields before harvest.
For visitors traveling to and from Temecula, Temecula Air Shuttle is a new service that provides transportation from all major airports to Temecula Valley.
The Alpaca Hacienda and Temecula Valley Alpacas both offer unique farm tours for groups and individuals wishing to learn about and even interact with alpacas. Advance reservations are required.
Vail Headquarters, originally founded in 1867, is the site of the newest hip and happening scene to settle in Temecula. With specialty shops, boutique stores, and living history festivals and activities offered weekly, Vail Headquarters is a great spot for family-friendly entertainment and dining.
About Visit Temecula Valley
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). For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.