A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited by Visit Temecula Valley to attend the Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival with several other local bloggers. It was a BLAST to say the least! We ate and shopped during the day, and were lucky enough to attend a private dinner at Wilson Creek Winery before heading to the Festival.
I’ve lived about an hour from Temecula for my entire life, and I had no idea of how much there is to do there (other than go to wine country!) Old Town Temecula is full of shops and restaurants and would be fun for the whole family.
What To Do When You Visit Temecula Valley
We visited several locations, and I can’t wait to spend another day there with the family. If you visit Temecula Valley, make sure to stop by these locations:
Temecula Lavender Company – It smells undescribably good in there. It was relaxing just walking into the little shop.
Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants – Spices. Teas. Samples. I could’ve spent all day in there sniffing (literally!) around.
Temecula Olive Oil Company – My favorite shop that we visited! You can sample a ton of different olive oils and vinegars. I bought several different oils, and can’t wait to go back.
Old Town Rootbeer Company – The kids would love this place! All kinds of different rootbeers from around the world. I’m not a huge fan of rootbeer, but the rootbeer they make (it’s an old family recipe) is definitely worth trying!
Crush & Brew – AMAZING food and drinks! One of my new favorite places.
I can’t wait to visit Temecula Valley again, especially downtown. I think it would be a fun way to spend a day out. And very soon I’ll be taking the kids to Temecula’s Children Museum, AKA PennyPickle’s Workshop. It’s hands on and intreactive and I know they would all enjoy it.
And after an afternoon full of fun, we headed out for wine tasting before going to the Balloon & Wine Festival.
Wilson Creek is one of my favorite wineries, and if you ever have a lazy Sunday afternoon to spend there, it’s family friendly. There’s live music and more. And their food is delicious. Side Note: Try my Amaretto Mimosa recipe with Wilson Creek’s Almond Champagne. YUM!
And finally, we headed out to the Balloon & Wine Festival which everybody in So Cal or visiting should check out. It is so much fun! The last time I went was with the kids. This was a different experience because it was with friends. We danced, laughed, drank wine, and wished we had more room in our bellies to try all the food that is there, too. My friend Tonya describes the festival in detail and so I’ll send you over to read her thoughts on the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival.
Thanks again to Visit Temecula Valley for inviting us to experience your incredible town!