The first week we moved to LA, we ventured to Temecula Wine Country. We did a tasting at one winery and wandered on home not thinking much of our day trip. After two years of hearing friends talk about the southern California wine country, we decided to give it another go and we were very pleasantly surprised. A 24-hour Temecula getaway trip that managed to be fun, busy, and relaxing all at the same time. See more Los Angeles day trips and things to do.
Temecula Getaway from LA
Wine Tasting in Temecula
Temecula is just under two hours away from West LA on weekend mornings. We grabbed coffee and hit the road, wandering all through LA County from our life near the beach to the vast expanses of wine country – not far from the desert of Palm Springs and Indio. We visited Europa Village for our first wine tasting. The wines were a bit strong for my palette, but the ambiance was so cute and fun (see above with the red doors and this fun red bicycle).
Best Secret Winery in Temecula
After a little searching for a second stop, we chose Vindemia – a small production vineyard that’s closed off to buses and big parties, making it a great little getaway amidst the crowds. We loved all five pours in our tasting. I really enjoyed the Sauvignon Blanc and my guy loved the 2011 More Cowbell – their signature wine.
Every tasting comes with bread and olive oil (already a winner in my book) and these breathtaking views. This is the perfect winery to bring a picnic lunch, enjoying it with a glass of wine after the tasting. This will definitely be a repeat on our next Temecula getaway weekend!
Where to Stay
In need of some rest and relaxation before dinner, we checked in our hotel. We stayed at the Embassy Suites. The property is near the highway and perfectly situated at the entrance to wine country and less than a mile from Old Town! What sold us was the pool and spa, which we took advantage of later that night. The room was nice, with a separate living/bar area from the bedroom. They also offered breakfast and a Happy Hour with complimentary drinks and snacks. It was super convenient and a nice getaway from our getaway!
For dinner, we ate at 1909 in Old Town. They offer a huge bar, updated American fare, and a fun atmosphere. The cocktails and starters were delicious. We tried the ceviche and prime rib sliders. The entrees were good as well. Next time we want to try more starters and the burgers. The service felt rushed since it was so popular, but everyone was very nice and helpful. We headed back to the hotel after dinner, but Old Temecula has a lively bar scene if you’re up for it!
Before leaving town on Sunday morning, we checked Old Town. I suggest arriving around 930, grabbing a coffee at the cute Starbucks just passed the Temecula sign and taking advantage of the quiet streets. Everything opens up around ten and that’s when everyone arrives. There are many boutiques and gift shops. We meandered through Fourth Street Antiques. We didn’t buy anything but enjoyed the great selection.
Our trip to Temecula was a short one but memorable and enjoyable nonetheless. It was nice to have a single night getaway and still be home in time to enjoy Sunday. Wine Country is close to the LA and San Diego areas and worth checking out!