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, new speakeasies can be found in Old Town Temecula, if visitors know where to look. Thompson & Twain is located between Crush & Brew and Espadin, and The Apparition Room is located inside Devilicious Eatery in Old Town. But don’t tell anyone we told you, these Temecula discoveries want to stay exclusive.


Thompson & Twain Prospecting Co: Like striking gold in a Frontier Town.

Apparition Room Temecula

Apparition Room in Old Town Temecula. Enjoy meticulously crafted cocktails.

Visitors to Temecula Valley love sampling the olive oils at Temecula Olive Oil Company in Old Town, but many don’t know that visitors can actually tour the ranch where the olives are pressed, getting an inside look at the process of olive oil making. The tours showcase the growing, harvesting, and hand-pressing of their extra virgin olive oils and includes tasting their olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

Temecula Olive Oil Company

Temecula Lavender Company also offers tours during the short window of harvest time, usually during the month of June. Walking tours through the gardens include demonstrations of extracting oils as well as a tasting of delicious lavender lemonade and lavender cookies.

Temecula Lavender Company Temecula

Did you know Lavender is the herb of peace, purification, sleep and longevity? 

Temecula Lavender Company

Find lavender products for the bath, body and home. Experience the allure of this herb and the quality products it inspires.

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Temecula Valley’s Rose Haven Heritage Garden. Home to more than 1600 roses, including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers, and mini roses, the garden is picture perfect (and especially fragrant) when the blooms begin to arrive. Special events take place on weekends during the bloom season for families and discerning travelers. Travel Tip: First blooms are enjoyed during April and May. June through August are spent weeding and deadheading. The cooling in autumn brings another flush of bloom before the garden slips into dormancy at the end of the year.

Rose Haven Heritage Garden

Rose Haven is one block from the intersection of Jedediah Smith and Ynez Road. 

Rose Haven Heritage Garden Temecula

The beautiful pond at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden! You might see a couple of tadpoles here during spring! 

Temecula Valley Wine Country is creating quite a presence in the state’s wine scene, but many visitors to Temecula Valley don’t know about their craft breweries. Karl Strauss is now offering a daily Brewery Tour that takes visitors into their 7 BBL facility while showcasing the stages of the brewing process, history, and equipment. Brewery Tours are also now available in Temecula Valley from local transportation companies including Aall in Limo, Temecula Winery Transportation, Little Bus Tours, and Grapeline Wine Tours. Craft Beer Month features specials and unique offerings during the month of May.

Brewery Tours

The shopping and dining scene in Temecula Valley is epic, but many visitors don’t know much about Vail Headquarters, which has actually been a part of Temecula’s history for more than 100 years. The recently restored historic site features the Little Temecula History Center (fun for learning about the region), live events, farmers market, shopping, and dining experiences.

Vail Headquarters Temecula, CA

Vail HQ is family friendly, pet-friendly, pedestrian, bike and event horse friendly!

Vail Ranch Headquarters Temecula, CA

Vail Pizzeria of the many one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants that can be found at Vail Headquarters.

While Temecula Valley’s live entertainment scene is frequently dominated by the big names performing at Pechanga Resort & Casino, a world-class lineup of live performances and events actually take place outside the casino grounds. Temecula Valley Symphony hosts regular concerts and events designed to get patrons laughing, clapping, and interacting with classical and contemporary music.