For the Holidays, we wanted to do a small getaway with family somewhere not too far and not too crowded. Since we have family in the South, we decided Temecula would be the perfect place for a visit.
Temecula is known as the Wine Country of Southern California located an hour Southeast of LA and an hour Northeast of San Diego. Wineries fill the hillsides and a lot of history can be found in Old Town Temecula with buildings dating from the 1800s.
Here are some things that made our Holiday stay perfect with good food and good company!
If you’re looking for the perfect Temecula experience, Peltzer Winery is a must. They are a family friendly winery that hosts all kinds of public and private events throughout the year. In the fall they have a Pumpkin Farm that opens from end of September through October with fun activities like a Mining station, petting farm and pig races.
For the holidays, they had an ice rink for skating among the vineyards with a tree lighting ceremony and other fun Christmas activities throughout December . The winery is open year round with delicious wine tasting and a special artisan bread pairing in their beautiful barn house tasting room. Grab a glass and sit on their outdoor patio while looking out to rolling hills of grape vines. Temecula at its finest!
The Gathering Table
The Holidays are always filled with good food shared with family and friends. If you want a show stopping piece to add to your feast spread, order a custom made picnic box, platter, or table of charcuterie from The Gathering Table. Each piece is custom and hand made by Sharlla with colorful fresh ingredients that are delicious as it is beautiful. The picnic boxes are great for bringing along to your winery visits as a snack and the platters and tables are perfect for get togethers for all occasions.
Vail Headquarters is a one of a kind historical site that is a must visit when in Temecula. Located between a Kohl’s and a Walmart, you would never suspect this living historic park where you can find restaurants, boutiques and special events. We had lunch at the delicious Cheflavor and finished off our visit at A La Minute with some liquid nitrogen organic ice cream.
Vail Headquarters holds a special historical significance wince some of the oldest buildings in Temecula found on site. Visitors can walk on the Old Butterfield Trail and enjoy ice cream and coffee in an old stagecoach stop and general store, a place where one can imagine the activity of the past of cowboys and horses and stagecoaches, now a place of quiet peace. A small group of locals fought long and hard to keep this history alive and in tact for so many to enjoy today and for the future. Read more about the site’s history here: www.vailhq.com/history.