Hidden Gems To Discover in Temecula Valley

Most visitors to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country know about the stunning vineyards, exciting gaming scene at Pechanga, artisanal eats and drinks in Old Town, but Temecula Valley’s hidden gems open a wide variety of discovery opportunities to visitors coming to the region. From live entertainment and secret speakeasies to ranch tours, brewery tours, and secret gardens, these hidden gems are ready for visitors to discover.



Two hip speakeasies can be found in Old Town Temecula, if visitors know where to look. Thompson & Twain is entered through Crush & Brew, and the Apparition Room is located inside Devilicious Eatery. Prohibition days are brough back to life in these creative settings that offer some of the finest spirits and are popular for customizing their drinks.

Temecula Lavender Company

Made in Temecula

Complimentary olive oils and balsamic vinegars samples at Temecula Olive Oil Company gives new inspiration to fresh, healthy eating. Temecula Lavender Company transports the oils from wine country fields to products in a charming shop in Old Town. Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants brings ingredients from around the world to create their own blends.

Rose Haven Heritage Garden


Some of the wineries have beautiful gardens, like C'est la Vie at Europa Village, Somerset Winery, and Briar Rose Winery. For walking paths, a pond, and picnic area, don’t miss Temecula’s Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Home to more than 1600 roses, the best time to visit is late spring and mid-fall. Special events take place on the weekends during bloom season.

Vail Headquarters Temecula, CA

Historic Park

Vail Headquarters has been a part of Temecula’s history for more than 100 years. Many of the buildings were originally built in the 1800’s, when the property was a working cattle ranch. The restored historic site features the Little Temecula History Center, Tuesday farmers market, shopping, dining, and special events. Stop by Grazing Theory wine and cheese shop!

The Merc

The Arts

The Merc is a historic building dates back to the early 1900s and has been renovated to host live performances and art exhibits. Regularly scheduled acts include jazz, classics, country, and comedy as well as special performances. The Old Town Community Theater directly behind the building is a venue for dance performances, plays, musicals, and concerts.

sunset market

Farmers Markets

Temecula is home to three weekly Farmers' Markets. Each market is in the morning and features local farm fresh produce, artisan goods, and handcrafted items. In addition, there is Temecula Sunset Market in Old Town on the second and fourth Wednesday mid-February through November. This market sells food and handcrafted items.