Welcome to a new 24 Hour Guide!
Today, we’re visiting Temecula. I had a great time visiting some time ago with my good friend, Lara. It was a super quick trip but we covered so much ground and still had a ton of time to relax and have a great time while drinking wine and eating some delicious food!
Where to Stay
I feel weird saying this but we stayed at the nicest looking La Quinta I have ever seen when we were in Temecula. Since we were just there for one night, we didn’t want to splurge and we weren’t planning on spending a ton of time in the room. We were very pleasantly surprised with the easy location and comfortable room. Everything was clean, the lobby was actually pretty nice, and the service was great.
What to Do
Clearly, you’re going to be drinking wine! After all, it’s wine country.
Europa Village– We had to leave town super early to get here in time for this tour. The winery is gorgeous and since we figured we would be hungry, we booked the tour with the box lunch. This was the only winery where we got to walk around a lot and enjoy the vineyards. The weather was perfect and the vineyards here are extensive so we got some amazing photos. The tour had us walking through the different sections and doing tastings at each which was a lot of fun and once we hiked to the top, the view was spectacular. We even got a cute stemless glass to take home!
Lorimar Winery– We were a little bummed because our tour got rained out. We did wander the grounds a little bit and to make up for it, we got an upgraded tasting with chocolate and cheese and some meat. We camped out in the tasting room and just drank for a while and enjoyed all the cheese (it was delicious cheese). This actually turned out to be a fun stop even without the tour!
Briar Rose Winery– We didn’t get to take the tour or do the tasting and we were pretty bummed because this place was the cutest! We did stop for photos though because it’s gorgeous!
Make sure to wander Old Town Temecula as well! There are some great shops, cafes, and lots of great places to take photos! It’s a fun afternoon stroll, especially when the weather is nice!
Where to Eat
Vineyard Rose– This restaurant is located at the South Coast Winery and we had such a great meal. We both got the prime rib specials and some glasses of delicious wine. Service was really good and our meals were amazing. We got to walk around the parking lot and take lots of photos too because the property is really beautiful! There were lots of gorgeous flowers and fountains!
Crush & Brew– This was the perfect rainy day restaurant because they have so much comfort food. The menu has changed since our visit but the service was OUTSTANDING and everything we ate was amazing. We enjoyed the rain while eating some delicious food; great way to spend a lunch hour!
Mo’s Egg House– We got into town earlier than expected because there was absolutely no traffic so we had time to stop for breakfast. This place has a huge menu and it was pretty packed which is always a good sign! Everything was delicious! We figured it was best not to start our wine trip off with empty stomachs, right?
Incr-Edible Cupcakes– We wandered in from the main drag and found a cupcake haven. We got a fun variety of cupcakes to enjoy in our room because we like having snacks for the times we just want to veg out and enjoy our comfy hotel beds. These cupcakes were so yummy!