Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Temecula, CA: Five Interactive, Midweek-Vacation Adventures for Mature Travelers

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Visitors to Temecula Valley can enjoy Southern California Wine Country’s award-winning wineries, premium varietals and proprietary blends, golf at vacation-worthy courses, experience Old Town Temecula’s artisan foods and wines, savor the great outdoors, and explore Promenade Temecula and Old Town’s shops.

VisitTemecula.org is pleased to share five, popular, interactive, midweek-vacation adventures for mature travelers, age 50 and better. The casual, picturesque valley is one hour from Orange County and Palm Desert, 1½ hours from Los Angeles; and includes Downtown, Old Town Temecula; Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country; and Pechanga Resort & Casino.

1-Do a Dedicated Discovery of Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country - Weekdays naturally provide greater opportunities for appreciating, approximately 40, award-winning wineries’ individual styles, and potential conversations with winery family-members or winemakers. As 5,000+ awards attest, the diverse appellation is gaining well-deserved recognition. Most wineries are family-owned and open daily for impromptu, winery-to-winery wine-tasting.

For in-depth learning, join Callaway behind-the-scenes tours or reserve-in-advance experiences like: Leoness’ 'touch-the-vine-and-taste-the-wine’; South Coast’s ‘wine-cheese-and-fruit pairing’; Wiens’ seated, reserve-andlimited-red wine tasting; Thornton’s sit-down wine-and-champagne tasting; and Palumbo’s hands-on ‘Followthe-Grape’ with Temecula Creek Inn. Consider also: local tour-and-transportation companies’ tours; wineryrestaurants pairing quality wines with fresh, seasonal foods.

2- Golf Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country’s Vacation-Worthy Courses - Midweek can offer prime, tee-time reservation availability on seven, impressive courses. Arthur Hills-designed, Journey at Pechanga is known for its 435-yard, signature-6th hole with spectacular 175-foot drop from the tee – greatest elevation drop on a California course. With course-designs by Ted Robinson Sr. and Dick Rossen, Temecula Creek Inn features 27 holes of championship golf: Stonehouse-Nine, Creek, and Oaks courses. Arthur Hills describes Cross Creek as “…beautiful variety and challenge for golfers of all abilities. Ted Robinson-designed Legends (formerly Temeku Hills) is on a celebrated rebound as one of Southern California’s best golfing experiences.

With Southern California’s only island greens, Ron Fream-designed Red Hawk is California’s 7th-best, publiccourse. Golf purists flock to Robert Trent Jones-designed Golf Club at Rancho California (formerly SCGA). Accented with oaks, beautifully manicured Pala Mesa provides challenges at every turn.

3- Experience the Old Town Temecula Tasting Trail’s Artisan Foods and Wines - Leisurely weekdays mean more attention in nine, palate-pleasing specialty-food shops and seven, genuinely friendly wine-tasting rooms. Temecula Olive Oil Company’s tasting bar is renowned for fresh, 100% California, 100% extra-virgin, hand-blended olive oil, and knowledgeable, obliging staff. Unique and satisfying, is Temecula Valley Cheese Company. Congenial, Old Town Spice Merchants’ herbs, spices, salts, and teas are intriguing. Old Town Sweet Shop tempts with fresh fudge, caramel-apples, chocolate-dipped treats.

Discover also: Old Town Root Beer Company. Presenting local, boutique wines, many tasting rooms feature live-music weekly. Showcasing works of local artists, Lorimar is popular for structured-tasting or premium, handcrafted wines-by-the-glass. Twenty-one restaurants also serve-up flavorful sensory-experiences. Delve into Baily’s weekly prix-fixe menu; Palumbo’s excellent lasagna and gnocchi; Soro’s fresh, Mediterranean-inspired specialties.

4- Savor with Gusto Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country’s Great Outdoors - Visitors appreciate Temecula’s natural gifts of climate and geography; midweek, you may even be able to call skies and trails your own. A hot air balloon flight over 5,000+ acres of rolling hills with a commanding wine country view is exhilarating. Launch at sunrise with A Grape Escape, California Dreamin’, D&D Ballooning, or Magical Adventures.

The 8,300-acre Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve protects unique ecosystems like rare oak savannah, riparian wetlands, coastal sage scrub, and bunchgrass prairie. Forty miles of trails (easy-to-advanced plus wheelchair-friendly) are ideal for hiking, nature study, photography. A guided, Wine Country Trails by Horseback ride through vineyards is another scenic, leisurely way to experience wine-country’s natural richness. Ride mornings, afternoons, or at sunset.

5- Explore the Shops of Promenade Temecula and Old Town Temecula - With distinctive, upscale, and unique stores, weekday exploring of Promenade Temecula and Old Town often yields unexpected surprises. Contemporary, 75-acre, 1.14 million-square-feet, Promenade Temecula is outdoor mall, entertainment plaza, plus trendy Main-Street setting. Browse some 100, specialty-shops like Apple, Express, Coldwater Creek, Walking Company, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Papyrus, Barnes & Noble and anchors like Macy’s.

The pedestrian-friendly, Old Town entertainment-dining-shopping district is home to 60+ independently-owned stores featuring art and antiques to vintage records. Discover specialties like Temecula Lavender Co.’s candles, bath and body products; and Pennypickle’s Workshop unique, educational kids’ toys. Then venture into Granny’s Attic for one-of-a-kind handcrafted furniture and vintage clothing.

For hotel accommodations and tour reservations, contact Elevation Travel at: http://www.goelevationtravel.com/


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