How to create one-of-a-kind family reunions and multi-generational travel in Temecula Valley, California
By Chelsea Hall
What’s your family’s travel style? Can you pinpoint just one approach for the whole extended family? That may be like asking, “What’s the best wine?” The answer depends on who’s experiencing it and how it’s paired. Temecula Valley, California offers an abundance of activities to mix and match things to do that best suit you and your family. From Santa sightings and interactive museums to spa days and golf links, Temecula Valley lives up to its reputation as more than just wine country (of course, it does wine magnificently, too).
Here’s a sample of the many, many options to inspire your next multi-generational getaway—complete with activity pairing suggestions to help bring generations and interests together.
Take part in an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. With hot air ballooning, you’ll step into a basket beneath a 70-foot-tall globe that, under the control of an experienced pilot, will take you through the sky. Early bird flights come with views of fiery sunrises that create dramatic shadows from the mountains, buildings and rows of grape vine trellises. An idyllic cross-generational activity, soaring over vineyards in a hot air balloon provides a sense of peace and perspective like none other.
Temecula on Ice brings the right touch of controlled cool to the California clime. This outdoor ice skating rink is set up exclusively for the winter season. Graced with string lights overhead and accompanied by food vendors, it’s an event to savor, and perfect for the whole family.
Pairing suggestion: Temecula Valley offers extensive hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golf and lake play. If nature speaks to you, explore more adventures outdoors.
Warm days and cool nights of Temecula Valley treat grapes just right to bring out the best flavors. And passion of the craft from the masters at the 40+ area wineries makes experiencing those sips at their source a pleasure any time of the year.
For the one who finds thrills in games of chance; for the one who needs room to swing on the greens; for the one who appreciates special touches (such as Swedish, hot stone and deep tissue); for the one who wants to splash in the pool; and for the one who wants the whole package all in one spot—there’s Pechanga Casino Resort. With so many attractions, Pechanga Casino Resort is a complete and dynamic vacation on its own.
Pairing suggestion: With great bargains and a variety of retailers, you may want to venture out on the town to explore shopping at boutiques, specialty stores, malls and more.
Children eager to share their wishes with Santa become enthralled with Winter Wonderland at Pennypickle’s Workshop. Pennypickle’s is a children’s museum that turns math and science into play. Kids get to explore music, chemistry, illusions and electricity. There’s discussion of time travel—and in the holiday season, how that relates to Santa delivering gifts on time. A topic that can be addressed with Santa himself. The museum’s cottage is transformed with old-fashioned yuletide flare where kids visit with the jolly elf, and parents and grandparents enjoy the photo ops in a festive, playful setting.
Children, history buffs and anyone who enjoys a good story will appreciate Temecula Valley Museum. Showcasing people groups, technology and agriculture, this museum tells the story of Temecula Valley throughout time. In addition to ancient artifacts, photographs and records, you’ll find a hands-on aspect. Its exhibits go beyond facts by inspiring play that both educates and connects.
Pairing suggestion: For creative types both young and well-seasoned, delve deeper into the cultural side of Temecula Valley with theater, music and history.
Cork | Fire Kitchen at Temecula Creek Inn is a standout. The inn is accommodating for family reunions, offering spaces for large group gatherings. Through its decor of bare wood, wrought iron and accents of color, the restaurant balances rustic with elegant, and contemporary with comfortable. When it comes to the meal, you’ll find award-winning farm-to-table fare. Cork | Fire Kitchen strikes a perfect harmony between creative and familiar, which makes it an ideal spot to bring together a group with a wide range of opinions.
Pairing suggestion: Food pairs with every type of getaway! Enjoy the local flavors with any itinerary.
What’s your family’s travel style? Maybe one category calls your name, and you now know where to go. On the other hand, maybe you’ll need the full gamut of activities to maximize your family time. There’s no right or wrong way to vacation, so feel free to remix your itinerary pairings every time.