It’s that time of year again, when couples old and new have to think of things to do on Valentine’s Day. The standard candlelight dinner and romantic movie is a decent default plan, but why not try something—or go somewhere—entirely new? If you haven’t been to Temecula lately, you might have missed its transformation from a sleepy vineyard town into a must-visit Southern California destination. With so many opportunities for romance and excitement, Temecula should be first on your list for Valentine’s Day celebrations. Here are 5 reasons why:
1. Boundless variety
Temecula has become famous for its wineries, and wine tours are one of many fun activities available in the area. Between wine tours, you can shop, dine, listen to live music, and indulge in spa treatments. For those who prefer a cold pint to a glass of Merlot, brewery tours are also an option. And who wouldn’t love a romantic hot air balloon ride with views that take your breath away? For nightlife excitement, you can’t beat gambling at the nearby Pechanga Resort and Casino, which boasts the largest casino floor in California.
2. Artisan culture
Before the vineyards moved in, Temecula was a major ranching region—but don’t let its rustic roots fool you. The city has developed a distinct artisan culture in recent years, reflected in several unique dining and shopping opportunities. You can stroll with your sweetheart through stores specializing in flavored olive oils and vinegars, gourmet cheese, or lavender-based products, or enjoy a romantic dinner at one of many farm-to-table bistros.
3. Immersive history
Temecula’s Old West heritage lives on in its vibrant Old Town area, a treat for history buffs or couples who love sharing the experience of learning something new. You can also visit the historical exhibits at the Temecula Valley Museum, followed by a walking tour of Old Town where experienced guides share stories to bring Temecula’s past to life. Of course, you don’t need to be a fan of history to enjoy a romantic historical horse-drawn carriage ride through the countryside—all you need is an urge to snuggle.
4. Gorgeous scenery
Temecula might be a vibrant and still-growing city, but it’s still surrounded by thousands of acres of gorgeous backcountry, including the Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, a popular spot to view wildlife and go horseback riding. Vail Lake Resort is another must-see slice of nature, featuring hiking trails, California’s number one large-mouth bass lake, and plenty of perfect photo-ops. Boasting a mild climate all year long, even mid-February is a great time to visit the great outdoors in Temecula.
5. Famous wineries
Of course, the number one reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Temecula is the vineyards. Over 40 wineries are spread throughout the rolling hills of the valley, and there are several wine tasting tour options available. If you’re looking for a little adventure with your tastings, why not explore the region in an open-air Jeep? Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours will guide you through the best of the Temecula backcountry and take you to three award-winning wineries. Tours include complimentary appetizers and a bit of light off-roading. For a full-day adventure, you can even pair your Jeep tour with a hot air balloon tour.
Give your sweetheart a Valentine’s Day to remember this year
There are so many things to do in Temecula that it might be hard to choose just one—thankfully you don’t have to! There are plenty of luxurious hotels and resorts available to make a weekend of your trip, and Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours will provide transportation to and from area hotels. Give us a call today to book your Valentine’s Day tour!