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Southern California’s Wine Country – A Romantic Destination

Is there anything more romantic than soaring above Temecula's gorgeous Wine Country? (ToT library photo)

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to celebrate love in Southern California’s growing Wine Country region where crisp cool Pacific Ocean breezes meet the warm valley climate creating the ideal conditions which define this region’s terroir.

This Valentine’s Day weekend, travel off the beaten path to discover a hidden gem nestled in a lush, pristine valley just 2 hours southeast of LA, 45 minutes east of the OC and north of San Diego. Isolated from the stress of rush hour traffic, honking cars, angry drivers, smog infested air, and big city troubles, Southern California’s growing Wine Country in the Temecula Valley has become this year’s Hottest Destination for love-struck couples looking for a romantic and peaceful getaway.

Share a barrel tasting with the love of your life. (Photo by Patrick Maue)

From the first date, to the wedding, to the 50th Anniversary, Temecula offers the perfect retreat for lovers. With over 40 boutique wineries, world class resorts & spas, fine dining, hot air balloon rides, golf resorts, dancing, lounges, beer gardens, legendary theatrical plays and musicals, high end shopping, and outdoor recreation, Temecula Valley Wine Country is all inclusive while maintaining the small town atmosphere of Old Town Temecula. Visitors can still walk up to the Old Town Temecula Jail, and almost hear the gunfights that rumbled Old Town Front Street well over one hundred years ago. Boutique shops, Wine Tasting Rooms, and casual or fine restaurants line the streets of Old Town. There is always something fun going on in Temecula.

Desserts and Valentine's Day go hand in hand...(Carl Kravats Photography)

There is no better way to spoil your Valentine this year, than to take a day trip or vacation to one of California’s little known treasures. Temecula Valley’s dynamic wine region includes two major wine trails where wine tasting rooms abound: The Rancho Calfornia Road Wine Trail, which is home to several mega wineries, and the smaller but equally impressive De Portola Wine Trail, as well as some other great wineries located in the Murrieta Valley and Fallbrook. The prime shopping district at the Promenade in central Temecula offers high-end and boutique shops such as an Apple Store, Coach, Williams Sonoma, Macy’s, CHICO’s, Pottery Barn and more.

A fabulous romantic getaway destination with plenty of entertainment and fun, the Temecula Valley Wine Country should be on your list of places to visit while traveling to Southern California or escaping from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

For more information on all Temecula Valley Wine Country has to offer, please visit Taste of Temecula’s links to Things to Do, Dining, Shopping and more.


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