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How to Spend 72 Hours in Temecula to Get Your Fix of Wine and Relaxation

When It Comes Wining, Dining or Hitting “Reset,” This SoCal City Is Your Best Bet

Only an hour and a half from the SoCal beach cities, Temecula feels like a world away. Family-owned wineries, charming boutique hotels and delicious eateries fill this quaint town. While it’s possible to get in a solid 24 hours here, go ahead and extend your stay a couple more days to really immerse yourself in relaxation and get to know the spirit of Temecula Valley. Temecula Itinerary

 

4 p.m. 

Check in at The New Inn

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If you’re seeking modern, chic and luxurious accommodations in the Temecula Valley, The New Inn is a must-stay. With only five rooms on property, this boutique bed and breakfast is Temecula’s latest gem. Each spacious villa includes a large patio with a private fire pit, outdoor shower and stunning vineyard views.

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7 p.m.

Have a Few Slices 

 

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After you’ve settled in, drive down to Old Town for a casual dinner at The Goat and Vine. Serving decadent, creative pizzas in a stylish yet playful setting, the food here is made from scratch, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. Order the Hatch Chili Honey Chicken Pizza paired with an Electric Lemonade cocktail and thank us later. Relaxing Escape Temecula

 

10 a.m.

To the Countryside

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Throw on your boots and start the day off with a guided horseback ride through wine country. Trot through the rolling hills while taking in scenes of the lush vineyards before you spend the day sipping various whites and reds. 

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12:30 p.m.

Let the Sips Begin

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What happens when a few local Temecula families come together to bring a passion project to life? An expansive, elevated Spanish-inspired winery is born—meet Altísima Winery. Reserve a wine tasting, enjoy a gourmet lunch and stay for the breathtaking vineyard views.  Relaxing Escape Temecula

 

2 p.m.

Does It Get Better Than This?

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Elegant and exclusive, Bottaia is one winery not to skip. Lounge poolside with a glass of wine in hand, experience a delightful charcuterie pairing or create your own wine in the wine-blending lounge. You’ll love the lavish terrace views and the relaxed, uncrowded setting. 

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4 p.m.

Ready for Another Glass?

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After purchasing the land in 2010, the Patel family officially opened Akash Winery in 2019. Grab a bite from the food truck on-site, and let your biggest worry be what glass of wine you’ll try next. While you’re there, switch up the sips and try a draft beer from Akash Brewing. Relaxing Escape Temecula

 

11 a.m.

Cruise Through the Vineyards

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It’s time for an adventure on one of the world’s first and only fleet of tandem sidecars. This is an intimate and immersive—not to mention totally fun, cool and epic—way to experience your final day exploring SoCal’s wine country. 

2 p.m.

A Family Affair

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Marcelo Doffo bought the land 25 years ago, and Doffo Winery now produces small quantities of high-end wine. The passion behind this family-owned and -operated winery dates back to their Italian ancestors who immigrated to Argentina in the early 1900s. Vintage motorcycles (and of course, beautiful views) fill the space at Doffo. Relaxing Escape Temecula

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7 p.m. 

Rise to the Sky

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Now that you’ve seen the valley by both horse and sidecar, it’s time to get another new perspective—this time from above. Soar to new heights with a hot-air balloon excursion! Panoramic views in a picturesque setting will create memories that’ll last a lifetime.

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Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!

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