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 accommodations, from budget-friendly to high-end, there’s nothing quite like staying amidst the vines and these Temecula Wine Country hotels and inns are sure to impress.
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Charming and luxurious, Carter Estate is an upscale winery and resort situated on 112 acres in Temecula Wine Country, owned by the Carter Family. The resort is home to 60 Mediterranean-inspired Bungalow Suites surrounded by vineyards, making for a picturesque place to stay in Wine Country. After noshing on your complimentary breakfast for two each morning, plan to sit beside the resort-style pool (and take advantage of the poolside food and beverage services) before retreating to your room for a long bath in your own deep soaking tub.
34450 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (844) 851-2138
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 plenty of ways to stay entertained — the nine-room, adults-only mansion features in-room spa tubs, a fitness center, a game room with ping pong and pool tables, an outdoor pool and hot tub, and a full-sized outdoor kitchen.
35250 Loma Ventoso, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 699-9463
The Pechanga Resort & Casino is home to the largest casino floor in California, featuring over 5,000 slot machines, 158 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 accommodations, then you’ll appreciate the resort’s guest rooms and suites, featuring pillow top mattresses, plush Egyption cotton bath towels, floor-to-ceiling windows, and 24-hour room service. Along with over a dozen restaurants and bars, the resort also has a 25,000-square foot spa, complimentary fitness classes, a huge pool with poolside cabanas, and a par-72 golf course.
45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592, (888) 732-4264
Comfort and quality reign supreme 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, enjoying an in-room massage, and dining in one of their four on-site restaurants. The Cellar Lounge, which happens to be Temecula Wine Country’s first full cocktail bar, was a happening spot pre-pandemic, offering signature cocktails, gourmet eats, and live music. Stay tuned for more details on the bar’s reopening.
35001 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 587-6688
Located on a vineyard knoll overlooking Europa Village, this intimate bed and breakfast offers romance and tranquility in Wine Country. Spacious king rooms are comfortable and tastefully decorated, complete with garden or vineyard views and such deluxe amenities as private balconies, in-room jetted tubs, and fireplaces. While a stay is really all about the tranquil views from this hilltop retreat, amenities such as a communal fire pit, an on-site Jacuzzi, and complimentary breakfast each day at Bolero Restaurante add to the overall experience.
33350 La Serena Way, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 676-7047
Founded by vintner Jim Carter (the same guy behind Carter Estate Winery), 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. Adding to the appeal of a stay are the on-site amenities, including a luxury spa, a heated saltwater pool with underwater music, and a 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. Situated on 300 acres, the 130-room property features rooms, suites, and even a private three-bedroom house, each designed to make you feel right at home. Wake up to enjoy a gourmet breakfast on your private patio, order an in-room massage, then hit the pool or 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 on-site 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
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. Complimentary offerings like breakfast, a glass of wine, and Wi-Fi only help sweeten the deal.
33233 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 694-9070
One of the newest places to stay in Temecula Wine Country, The New Inn is a modern escape featuring five unique luxury villas. Chic and modern, these bright and airy villas come outfitted with king beds, private patios with fire pits, and unobstructed vineyard views, while some have added features like deep soaking tubs and outdoor rain showers. Adding to the intimate, exclusive feel of a stay are a variety of enhanced experiences available for guests to book, such as private wine tastings for two, in-room spa treatments, and hot air balloon adventures.
32615 Vista Del Monte Road, Temecula, CA 92591, (951) 795-1000