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Keep Temecula Weird!

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I like that expression, “No Bad Days!” It could be your mantra for 2011. To help you kick start this incantation, let’s continue on our hunt for a more zen-ful you and sweet spots in Temecula Valley to help you accomplish this feat.

Let’s begin our day with a trip to an incredible day spa and hair studio to help you look and feel incredible.

Ajna Day Spa & Hair Studio. I discovered this rare jewel of the valley several years ago and have been a faithful follower ever since. Five years old, this is a true sister act with owners and sisters, Teri and Michelle, providing the best quality of services to their guests through their relaxing and luxurious setting. Ajna boasts of all natural facials, expert massages, an intoxicating steam room, and hair & nail services; plus unbeatable monthly specials, divine packages, and an extraordinary monthly membership option. True testimonial, since going to Michelle for all of my hair needs over the last six months, my hair shines, bounces, and behaves like it hasn’t for years. Check this amazing spa out for yourself! Try the couples massage or the unbelievable state-of-the-art Body Capsule. Whatever package or service you choose, you will find yourself floating ever closer to nirvana.

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You will definitely be ready for lunch after you leave this little slice of heaven. Pop on over to Barons Marketplace, with two locations in Temecula and Murrieta, and grab some glamped up grub. This boutique-style gourmet grocery stop has the homey feel of a neighborhood market. You can choose from their carefully selected products including an olive bar, a bountiful array of fruits and vegetables, and artisan breads. Don’t feel like doing the work? Choose one of their prepackaged sandwiches or salads. My favorite is the cranberry turkey on ciabatta or the scrumptious seafood salad. With only a few locations in southern California, you can feel good about supporting this family-owned business.

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There are a number of wineries in the Temecula Valley wine country that encourage picnicking! For me, this is the best way to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting. Maurice Car’rie, Bella Vista, and Wiens Family Cellars are excellent choices and will welcome your cozy picnics and offer great views. Please be considerate of the purveyor of wines that you choose for your outdoor dining experience and drink a bottle that you’ve purchased from their tasting room. If you’re considering another winery for your picnic spot, call ahead to ensure that their policies allow for outside food.

For a delicious, late afternoon treat, I recommend ordering ahead from my dear friend, Jenifer, at Sugar Rush Delights. What started a few years ago as a creative hobby has now blossomed into a high demand virtual bakery with hand-sculpted cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Awe and amazement of her creations will leave you wondering whether you should eat them or put them on display!

Mmmmm. Are you getting the hang of this indulgence thang? A few years ago, an Austin DJ embarked on a successful campaign to help keep the unique flavor of the city from being overtaken by cookie cutter businesses. He coined the phrase, “Keep Austin Weird.” I don’t think they would mind us borrowing from them. Support our local businesses and help “Keep Temecula Valley Weird!”

P.S.  We’re launching the Daily Pairing in early February.  Click here to sign up and get the inside scoop on how to save 50-90% off everything you love to do in the Temecula Valley.

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