Napa and Sonoma are certainly two of the most recognized wine regions in California, known for their destination-worthy hotels almost as much as for the wine, but when you’re in the mood for something a little more off the beaten path, don’t discount the beauty and charm of Southern California’s Temecula Valley. This up-and-coming wine region, located just an hour’s drive from San Diego, is home to welcoming tasting rooms, over 50 different varieties of wine, and plenty of beautiful places to rest your head. While Temecula offers a wide variety of places to stay, from budget-friendly to high-end, these Temecula Wine Country hotels are sure to impress.
Located on a vineyard knoll overlooking Europa Village, this bed and breakfast offers romance and tranquility in Wine Country. The 10 rooms, named after different wine varietals, come complete with tasteful décor and private balconies – some with in-room jetted tubs and fireplaces, too. Enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains and valley after savoring your gourmet breakfast, prepared using locally grown ingredients by Chef and Innkeeper, Dean Thomas. In the evening, plan to relax by the large fire pit (six feet, to be exact) or unwind in the eight-person Jacuzzi after a day of wine tasting.
33350 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 676-7047
Wilson Creek Winery is a family-owned winery in the heart of Temecula Wine Country, offering a tasting room, picnic area, restaurant, Tuscan-themed event venue, and their exclusive retreat accommodations, Wilson Creek Manor. Their motto is, “May all guests who enter leave as friends,” so whether your visit is for work or for a family reunion, you can expect warm hospitality and welcoming details, like sparkling wine at check-in and a cheese and wine reception in the evening.
35250 Loma Ventoso, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 699-9463
The Pechanga Resort & Casino is home to the largest casino floor in California, featuring over 4,000 slot machines, 154 table games, and a 700-seat bingo facility. Needless to say, the casino offers non-stop action. If you’d rather say “bingo!” to luxurious amenities, then you’ll appreciate the pillow top mattresses, plush Egyption cotton bath towels, and 24-hour room service. Along with a whopping 13 restaurants, the resort also has a 25,000-square foot spa, complimentary fitness classes, and a par-72 golf course.
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592, (888) 732-4264
Comfort and quality are in at Ponte Vineyard Inn, a 90-room boutique hotel offering elegance and relaxation in Temecula Wine Country. When not basking in the stunning views of the Ponte Family Estate vineyards, gardens, and surrounding mountains, you’ll love relaxing by the semi-Olympic sized pool, sipping a cocktail at the poolside bar, and dining in one of their four onsite restaurants. The Cellar Lounge, which happens to be Temecula Wine Country’s only full cocktail bar, also offers live music four nights a week.
35001 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 587-6688
Charming and luxurious, Carter Estate Winery & Resort is an upscale resort in Temecula Wine Country owned by vintner Jim Carter and family. The resort is home to 42 Mediterranean-inspired Bungalow Suites surrounded by vineyards, making for a picturesque place to stay in Wine Country. Enjoy a pool with private cabanas, poolside spa services, and plenty of excuses to indulge in a little R&R.
34450 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (844) 851-2138
This hilltop winery and inn perched above 11 acres of estate vineyards showcases spectacular views and an Old World ambiance. Each of the 24 rooms boast fireplaces, oversized marble bathrooms, and French doors leading to private terraces overlooking the vines and valley in the distance. Added offerings like in-room massage, a guest-only evening wine hour, and complimentary Wi-Fi help sweeten the deal.
33233 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 694-9070
Founded by vintner Jim Carter, South Coast Winery & Spa is situated in the middle of a 63-acre property amongst rolling hills of vineyards. This Wine Country oasis offers villas and suites with amenities like fireplaces, soaking tubs, and private patios. There’s also a luxury spa, heated pool with underwater music, and an onsite restaurant serving up California Wine Country cuisine.
34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 566-4622
A Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Winner for Top 25 Hotels in Southern California 2017, Temecula Creek Inn is built on a foundation of hospitality and relaxation. The 130 rooms and suites and private 3-bedroom house will make you feel right at home. Enjoy plush rooms with private patios, order room-service or an in-room massage, and venture out to play a round of golf on the 27-hole championship course that’s so close you can practically smell the green from your room. The Inn also has an onsite restaurant, Cork | Fire, serving up casual, farm-to-table American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, CA 92592, (844) 791-6073
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