How to spend 72 hours in Temecula to get your fix of wine and relaxation
Just an hour and a half from the beach towns of SoCal, Temecula feels like a world apart. Family-owned wineries, charming boutique hotels and delicious restaurants fill this quaint town. While it’s possible to spend 24 hours a day here, go ahead and extend your stay for a few more days to really immerse yourself in relaxation and experience the spirit of the Temecula Valley. Itinerary Temecula
If you are looking for modern, chic and luxurious lodging in the Temecula Valley, The new hostel is a must. With just five rooms on the property, this boutique bed and breakfast is Temecula’s latest gem. Each spacious villa includes a large patio with a private fire pit, outdoor shower, and stunning vineyard views.
Have some slices
After settling in, head to the Old Town for a casual dinner at The goat and the vine. Serving decadent and creative pizzas in an elegant yet playful setting, the food here is made from scratch and does not go unnoticed. Order the Hatch Chili Honey Chicken Pizza with an electric lemonade cocktail and thank us later. Temecula Relaxing Getaway
In the countryside
Put on your boots and start the day with a guided horseback riding through wine country. Trot through the hills while admiring scenes of lush vineyards before spending the day sipping various white and red wines.
Let the sips begin
What happens when a few local Temecula families come together to bring a passion project to life? A vast Spanish-inspired winery is born – meet Cellar Altisima. Book a wine tasting, enjoy a gourmet lunch, and stay for the stunning vineyard views. Temecula Relaxing Getaway
Does it get any better than that?
Elegant and exclusive, Bottaya is a cellar not to be missed. Relax by the pool with a glass of wine in hand, experience a delicious charcuterie pairing or create your own wine in the wine blending lounge. You’ll love the sumptuous views from the terrace and the relaxed, uncrowded setting.
Ready for another drink?
After purchasing the land in 2010, the Patel family officially opened Akash Vineyard in 2019. Grab a bite from the on-site food truck and let your biggest worry be the glass of wine you’ll try next. While you’re at it, switch up the sips and try a draft beer of Akash Brewery. Temecula Relaxing Getaway
Cruise through the vineyards
It’s time to go on an adventure on one of the first and only fleets of tandem sidecars. It’s an intimate and immersive, not to mention totally fun, cool, and epic way to experience your last day exploring the SoCal wine country.
A family matter
Marcelo Doffo bought the land 25 years ago, and Doffo Wine Estate now produces small quantities of premium wine. The passion behind this family winery dates back to their Italian ancestors who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900s. Vintage motorcycles (and of course, beautiful views) fill the space at Doffo. Temecula Relaxing Getaway
Rise to the sky
Now that you’ve seen the valley on horseback and sidecar, it’s time for another new perspective, this time from above. Reach new heights with a hot air balloon trip! Panoramic views in a picturesque setting will create memories that will last a lifetime.
Taylor graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our managing editor for Los Angeles and Orange County. You can find her having dinner at a new restaurant, in the ocean, or planning her next adventure. Say hello!