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Temecula Wine Country

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temecula wine countryTemecula, California is Southern California’s Wine Country.

Today I am sharing the highlights of a beautiful two day trip to Temecula, California.  We took a walking tour through Old Town Temecula.  We visited a few vineyards.  We dined at some of Temecula’s most popular dining spots.  We ended our tour with the yearly event, CRUSH which draws a crowd from all over.  I am excited to share some pictures from this beautiful city that is ready to welcome you too!

Our first stop was a stroll through Old Town Temecula. There were so many shops, restaurants, and little peeks into history.

temecula oil

Temecula may be known for wine, but it is actually also has the perfect climate for olive oil too.  We enjoyed tasting several different types of oils and vinegars at

olive oil temecula

Temecula Lavender Co. captured my heart!

temecula lavender company

Just stepping into this store was a breath of fresh air.  So relaxing and soothing.  The whole store smells of sweet lavender and they carry products from Temecula and beyond.

lavender temecula

sweet shop temecula

old fashioned candy barrels

The Sweet Shop has so many candies that bring me back to childhood.  Even these you guys…. I didn’t know they even made them anymore!

candy cigarettes

I’m taking a poll : Am I an awesome parent or a terrible parent for bringing a pack of candy cigs home to my kids? I’m voting awesome, as did they.  I enjoyed candy cigarettes as a kid and never once smoked so I am hoping that is how it goes.

Tea and Spice lovers must visit Temecula Tea and Spice Merchants, so many unique items you will have a hard time finding anywhere else!

old town spice and tea

temecula spices

Old Town Temecula has no shortage of amazing brunch options.  I was in Temecula only for 2 days, but that offered me two brunches to feature! Who doesn’t love looking at food pictures? Please enjoy this display of the lunches and brunches of myself and my colleagues.


Baily’s is a popular Old Town Temecula restaurant. The two story building features a multi-venue restaurant, a full service nightclub, an excellent banquet venue, and live music stages. We visited for Brunch, but we hope to be back for live music in the evenings someday.

bailys temecula

Mmmmmm, brunch!

brunch in temecula

Most of us went with lunch options!

calamair temecula

salads in temecula

fish tacos


1909 Temecula is a tribute to the Machado building, the location where the restaurant and bar now lives. It is quickly becoming a popular hot spot with locals and tourists alike.

1909 brunchThey have a Bloody Mary Cart you guys. Like, the guy comes to your table with a cart and makes a Bloody Mary to your specifications. So Extra.

brunch 1909

My friend had French Toast and I am fairly certain it is all I will think about until the day I return to 1909.

french toast

While Old Town is not to be missed, wineries is what Temecula is most known for. We also visited two wineries on our trip!

Peltzer Winery 

Peltzer Farm & Winery is a 25 acre vineyard and homestead that is located in the Temecula Valley. It’s perfect for a wedding, girl’s day out, date, or even bring the whole family.  Award winning wine and a fantastic atmosphere with vintage decor and a laid back attitude. It is beautiful and relaxing!

peltzer farms

peltzer farms weddings

One more thing, they have piggie races………

pig races at temecula winery peltzer

Avensole Winery   

Avensole Winery is a beautiful vineyard estate located along scenic Rancho California Road. It has produced some of Temecula’s finest grapes for more than four decades and boasts many awards.  The grounds are heavenly. It is a must stop on your wine tasting tour!

avensole winery

wine tasting plate temecula


Crush is a yearly event that is a must for wine lovers.  In 2017, Monte De Oro Winery was the host.  This annual event showcases the wines of over 30 wineries.  Local restaurants and catering companies also feature some of their most popular dishes. It is a perfect night to mix and network with winery owners, winemakers, restaurant owners, and wine lovers like yourself! Make sure to check Visit Temecula for information about CRUSH 2018!

crush 2017

crush 2018

Oh, Temecula, our visit was too quick. I hope to return with my family in tow to see more of what you have to offer! Thank you to Visit Temecula for hosting me. For those planning a trip, do not miss out on the Fall Events  calendar.

For a romantic or friend’s getaway I highly suggest staying at a Temecula Vineyard.  There are so many hotel options in Temecula, but I believe staying at a Resort Winery really is the highlight of staying in Temecula Wine Country.  I personally trust for the best rates, real reviews, and easy to use search options to get exactly what you are looking for.


Until Next Time ~ Kate
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