Old Town Temecula Guide: Explore So Cal’s Wine Country

Buildings in Old Town Temecula, the heart of Temecula Valley, have been welcoming travelers since the 1880s. Today, this horse-shoe shaped square provides the perfect place for dining, shopping and entertainment. To learn more, here is a quick Old Town Temecula guide perfect for first-timers and visitors who want to learn more about this destination in southern California.

Quick Old Town Temecula Guide: Tips for First-timers

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Getting Here

Old Town Temecula is less than a 1.5-hour drive from many major cities in SoCal. Travelers in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs can arrive in that time, some less. In addition, the area has proximity to four major airports and two local airfields. Those coming by plane will want to book flights and arrive in San Diego, Los Angeles, Ontario, and Orange County and rent a car to drive.

Old Town Temecula is also great for weekends. Some cities in Nevada, Arizona and other cities in California all sit within a four-hour drive.

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Where to Stay

Old Town Temecula has six hotel options, including big brands and local stops. For the best accommodations, book a vacation rental in Temecula Valley. Vacation rentals offer more space, privacy and custom amenities than traditional hotels. In addition, many have stunning vineyard views, private pools, gourmet kitchens and even welcome pets.

Things to Do

As a thriving one-stop-shop, Old Town Temecula has shops perfect for local flair. While strolling, guests find retailers selling local goodies, antiques, and home décor. Plus, there are art galleries and a weekly farmers market.

After browsing local businesses, explore the culture and live entertainment. This Old Town Temecula guide would not be complete without highlighting popular attractions in Temecula Valley.

Here are a few favorites:

  • Old Town Temecula Community Theater: Family-friendly spot with live performances in theater and music.
  • Pennypickle’s Workshop: A hands-on children’s museum with play areas, activities, and gadgets. Kids love learning how things work and seeing the professor at work.
  • Concerts: Those looking for live concerts and nightlife options enjoy hanging out at Old Town Blues Club, Lorimar Loft and Stone Church Brewing. Each has their own vibe and local beverages, so adults can sample the best of the area. For something different, visitors over the age of 18 can enjoy country music and bull riding at Temecula Stampede.

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Where to Eat in Old Town Temecula

When everyone gets hungry, it’s time to try a new restaurant. It would be difficult to list every spot in this Old Town Temecula guide, so here are some of the most popular.

Be Good Restaurant and Experience: Specializes in southern California cuisine paired with live entertainment such as magic shows and dueling pianos.

Delicious Eatery: Ranks among the best food trucks in the area. The main stars are the sandwiches. Try the lobster grilled cheese or crab cake on a sour dough English muffin.

Other restaurants in Old Town Temecula include Public House, Old Town Sweet Shop and Mad Madeline’s Grill.

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Nearby Wine Country

Not far from Old Town Temecula, guests have access to more than 50 wineries. A mild climate and fertile soil make the area perfect for growing grapes and producing wines known around the world.

In fact, there are a few wine trails that explore some of the best such as Callaway Vineyard and Winery, Europa Village Wineries and Resort, and Miramonte Winery. A few off-the-beaten paths include Foot Path, Lorenzi Estate and Palumbo Family Winery.

Local Tours

Looking for more activities? Take a local tour. Area guides love showcasing the best things about Temecula Valley. Guests can ride bikes, schedule professional wine tours, ride side cars through vineyards, and even ride a cable car. Other fun tours include hot-air balloons, carriages, and limos.

Want help planning? Contact a Temecula Valley property manager today.