Chances are, you’ve heard about the California wine regions in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley. But have you ever considered visiting Southern California’s Wine Country in Temecula, California?
After visiting Temecula for the first time with my mom, I can confidently say this charming town is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway with the girls. The combination of rustic, western vibes with a chic atmosphere makes for a sophisticated yet laid-back environment. It’s filled with relaxing activities and fun adventures for a perfectly balanced weekend.
To help you plan the perfect summer weekend in this fabulous city, here are the ten best things to do in Temecula, California, as well as the best places to stay and directions for getting there!
Where Should I Stay in Temecula?
Temecula offers a wide range of accommodations—from upscale resorts situated on vineyards to cozy bed ‘n’ breakfasts nestled on family farms.
Here are some excellent properties to consider with close access to all the best things to do in Temecula:
- Carter Estate Winery and Resort—Relax in the heart of Temecula’s wine country at a luxurious resort at Carter Estate Winery!
- Hampton Inn & Suites Temecula—Stay just four minutes from Old Town Temecula in this comfortable, affordable accomodation.
- Home2Suites by Hilton in Temecula—This hotel is also located just one mile from Old Town Temecula and features modern decor and awesome ammenities.
- Private Chalet in Wine Country—Wouldn’t you love to call a rustic chalet nestled on a sheep farm your home away from home? This unique spot is located within a few miles of multiple popular wineries in Temecula!
When Is the Best Time to Visit Temecula?
This guide is curated for the best things to do in Temecula, California, during the summer since certain activities on this list are only available during the summer months. Additionally, all the vineyards are green and blooming during the summer!
However, Southern California’s temperate climate makes Temecula a wonderful destination to visit all year—even during the winter off-season.
10 Best Things to Do in Temecula
1. Go on a Wine Tour
Temecula is famous for its wineries and vineyards—over 45, to be exact. That said, a trip to Temecula would be incomplete without a visit to a few of the best wineries in Temecula!
Some of my favorite local wineries in Temecula include Wilson Creek Winery, Cougar Winery and Vineyards, and Somerset Winery. Depending on your preference, you can visit a few wineries on your own or book a wine tour. Wine tours are one of the most popular things to do in Temecula!
Here are a few highly-rated wine tours that include transportation and multiple wine tastings at some of the best wineries in Temecula:
- Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch—Visit four wineries, learn about winemaking, and savor a picnic lunch on this all-inclusive wine tour.
- Temecula’s Best Rated Wine Tasting Tour—Travel to three wineries and sample six unique wines at each stop!
- All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour Wine Tasting Tour of Temecula Valley—Visit four wineries with wine tastings, lunch, and a behind-the-scenes tour at one winery.
2. Peruse the Old Town Temecula Farmers’ Market
The Old Town Temecula Farmer’s Market is one of the best things to do in Temecula, California, on Saturday mornings from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
This farmers’ market attracts dozens of local vendors. You can find fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, local honey, eggs, meats, fresh-cut flowers, plants, specialty foods, crafts, and more. The flowers were gorgeous, and I purchased some sugary-sweet strawberries that were delicious!
3. Enjoy Brunch in Old Town Temecula
One of the best things to do in Temecula is to enjoy brunch at one of the fabulous places to eat in Old Town Temecula. Some local favorites (and some of my favorites!) are Public House and 1909 Temecula.
These two restaurants, located right next to each other, have lots in common. They both are modern gastropubs in renovated historic buildings, they have great patio seating, and the menus feature plenty of breakfast drinks. However, the Public House’s patio is shaded, with lots of greenery and misters, while 1909 Temecula has a more industrial indoor-outdoor look. Additionally, Public House is only open for breakfast on the weekend, and 1909 is open every day at 9 AM.
I tried the French Toast at each location, and they were both great! I’d suggest taking a look at their brunch menus and choosing the spot that looks best to you.
4. Line Dance at Temecula Stampede
Like I already mentioned, Temecula has a country-western vibe that reminds me of Prescott, Arizona, but it’s more upscale and sophisticated.
Needless to say, if you love line dancing and two-stepping like me, you have to visit Temecula Stampede. This nightclub isn’t just one of the best things to do in Temecula, but it’s actually the West Coast’s largest country-western music venue.
Temecula Stampede has a 4,000 square-foot dance floor and an upbeat atmosphere that’s perfect for grabbing a drink, dancing the night away, or both!
5. Walk Around Old Town Temecula
Many of the restaurants and attractions are located in Old Town Temecula, so it’s inevitable you’ll visit at least once during your visit. However, one of the best things to do in Temecula, California, is simply perusing the local shops & boutiques in the area.
Here are some stores and stops you can’t miss:
- Temecula Olive Oil Company—This olive oil shop sells tons of products made from olive oil, including dipping oils and beauty productsI However, the best part of visiting is the complimentary olive oil and vinegar samples in the back room!
- The Barn Yard—This charming store is filled with tons of handmade items, décor, vintage trinkets, and other gems situated in small red barns in an outdoor area. It’s absolutely adorable and definitely worth a visit for a girl’s trip.
- Old Town Temecula Mural—The mural, pictured below, is located in front of the Fourth Street Antiques Store on Fourth Street in Old Town Temecula.
- King Barrel—All the furniture and décor in this store is made from wine barrels, and while you’re in Temecula’s wine country, it’s definitely worth a visit!
- Under the Willow—This adorable boutique has reasonably-priced dresses, blouses, skirts, and other femanine, bohemian-style clothing. It’s a great stop for shopping on a girl’s trip!
6. Book a Hot Air Balloon Ride
Riding a hot air balloon over Southern California’s breathtaking wine country is one of the best things to do in Temecula. It will surely be one of the most memorable moments of your entire trip!
Although we didn’t have time for this activity during our weekend in Temecula this time, I would definitely add it to my to-do list for next time.
Here are some top-rated hot air balloon rides in Temecula to consider booking for your trip:
- Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight—Soar above Southern California’s Wine Country for picturesque views at sunrise before enjoying a European breakfast in a rose garden.
- Temecula Private Hor Air Balloon Flight—Make memories with your family or closest friends on this private hot air balloon flight with beautiful views of the area.
7. Pick Blueberries at Temecula Berry Company
One of the best things to do in Temecula, California, was a total surprise to me during my trip. Since we stayed just a few minutes away from a blueberry farm called Temecula Berry Company, we decided we would stop by one morning. It was so fun!
Temecula Berry Company is a u-pick berry farm located just a few minutes outside Old Town Temecula. From the beginning of May to the end of June, you can visit the farm and pick your own blueberries right off the bush. They sell small containers for $5, medium containers for $10, and large containers for $20. I purchased a medium container, and it fit a ton of berries!
I would recommend stopping by Temecula Berry Company one morning to pick some berries here. It was such a fun experience.
8. Visit a Local Coffee Shop
I always love to try local coffee shops when I’m traveling. If you do too, I’d highly recommend visiting The Press Espresso and Le Coffee Shop!
Both these coffee shops are located in Old Town Temecula, and both had delicious coffee! I’d recommend trying the Iced Tiramisu Latte and almond croissant at Le Coffee Shop, and the butterscotch cold brew at The Press Espresso. The almond croissant was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!
9. Go Horseback Riding in Wine Country
Is there anything that can top drinking wine in wine country? Well, maybe not, but horseback riding in wine country sure comes close!
One of the best things to do in Temecula is to tour Southern California’s Wine Country on horseback. Wine Country Trails by Horseback offers 90-minute guided horseback rides through Carter Estates Winery and Resorts for a relaxing, fun way to see the vineyards from a new perspective.
10. Make Dinner Reservations in Old Town Temecula
You could easily spend all day at the wineries in Temecula, however, Old Town Temecula has tons of incredible restaurants you can’t miss during your trip!
I’d highly recommend visiting one (or more!) of the following restaurants for lunch or dinner during your visit to Temecula:
- The Goat & Vine
- E.A.T Marketplace
- Blackbird Tavern
- Small Barn Old Town
The Best Things to Do in Temecula for The Perfect Summer Weekend
Which of these things to do in Temecula would be at the top of your list? Regardless of which activities you choose, you’re bound to have a wonderful weekend exploring Southern California’s Wine Country!
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This looks so fun! The food looks delicious. I love a good farmer’s market.
The food was awesome! I love farmers’ markets, too, and this one was awesome. Thanks for reading, Kaitlyn!
Temecula really does look like the perfect destination for a girls’ weekend getaway! Your photos are so beautiful too 🙂
It’s so awesome! Thank you so much, Lina!
I’m not too familiar with California, so I hadn’t heard of this region before! It does look nice for a wine lover though, and I always love places that have old towns to walk around as well!
I think you’d love it, Krista! The Old Town was totally my favorite part, it was so cute. Thank you for reading! 🙂
I love this post! I had no idea there were so many awesome things to do in Temecula, I’ll have to take a trip soon!
It’s an awesome spot! I hope you have a fun trip when you visit, Haley!
Fantastic recommendations! I’m adding this destination to my girls trip wish list! Thanks
Thank you, Catherine! I hope you have an awesome time!
What a fun getaway weekend! We don’t have a lot of places (if any) to pick berries where I live, so that always sounds fun!
Same here, Megan! It’s too hot and dry to grow fruit in Arizona so I always hop on fruit picking whenever I can. Thanks for reading! 🙂
This is so great! I’ve been to Temecula but we didn’t get a chance to do the wine thing.. this is so helpful for when we do! Thanks for putting this together; great post! – Linzey @thefamilyfuntour
I hope you love Temecula’s wine country when you visit again, Linzey! I also have a post about the best wineries in Temecula, if that’s helpful for you. Thanks for reading 🙂
Great options for Temecula. I always love to search out farmer’s markets when I travel.
Me too! I love seeing all the local goods from the area!
Temecula looks like a great place to visit with plenty to do. I would definitely do the hot air balloon ride and go on a wine tour 🙂
Those are definitely two awesome things to do there! Thanks for reading, Kitti! 🙂
I just watched a House Hunters episode from Temecula! Looks like a fun place to visit. Get suggestions.
It’s really such a fun spot! Thanks for reading, Sandra!
Wow, what a fun place. Would love to visit. The vineyards, farmers market and hot air balloon ride over the wine country sound perfect!! But I can’t say no to the Berry and Cream French toast with sourdough bread.
It’s really such an awesome spot with so many outdoorsy things to do! And yes the French toast was TO. DIE. FOR.
It looks like the perfect girls getaway! I love how many things you can do there – from winery tours to visiting the markets 🙂 I am saving your post for future trips!!
Yes, there is really so much to do there! I hope you have a fun trip when you get to visit, Cristina!
Never heard of Temecula before and now I’m so excited to visit this place. I might skip Napa valley and probably pick this one for a wine tasting tour. Thanks for sharing!
That’s a great idea! It’s less crowded and more affordable than Napa Valley, but just as fun. Thanks for reading!
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I’ve been to Napa but never to Temecula. New bucket list item! Thank you!
It’s such an awesome spot! Thanks for reading, Bea!
After reading your post, I now realize there is more to do in Temecula than I originally would have thought. Thanks for sharing your ideas of things to do in Temecula.
There’s really so much to do, Michelle! It’s a really fun place to visit. Thanks for reading 🙂
Love this area of California! Definitely perfect for a relaxing girls trip – nothing better than a wine tour, farmers market, and some blueberry picking!
Right? That sounds like my perfect weekend right there 🙂
Loved our hot air balloon ride in Temecula, and the wine tours would be on our list next time. Good food and good weather make this a fantastic destination year round!
I’d love to try a hot air balloon tour next time – I’ve only been on the wine tours! Thanks for reading, Jenn!
I love that there are so many different things to do in the area. I have never been blueberry picking, it looks like such fun. And some great spots to eat as well…now I’m hungry!
Blueberry picking was so much fun! You should definitely check it out! 🙂
This looks like too much fun! I always love myself a good walk and I think that walk around Old Town Temecula will be right up my alley!
Old Town Temecula is absolutely adorable! I love walking around there. Thanks for reading, Shafinah!
Always love a good wine tour and your description is very encouraging, so I would start with that! Wouldn’t miss brunch, coffee shops and line dancing 🙂 And that hot air baloon seems like a great way to spoil yourself during the travels.
It is seriously the most fun way to spend a weekend! Thanks for reading, Lasma 🙂
Wine tasting, hot air balloon rides and blueberry picking.. sounds like the perfect place for a bachelorette weekend!
It totally would be, Sarah! 🙂
Temecula sounds like the perfect place to go for a girls’ weekend. Thanks for the amazing ideas.
Right? It’s such a fun spot! 🙂
Yup, you guessed it, I’ve heard of Napa Valley but never Temecula! Sounds like such a lovely place to explore. Hot air balloon is on my bucket list!!! Would be absolutely stunning with the green fields below in summer as you mentioned.
It’s absolutely gorgeous! You’ll definitely have to pay a visit 🙂
Old Town Temecula sounds like a fabulous place to visit. Of course for the wineries, but you gave me so many other great ideas of places I want to check out like the blueberry picking and the olive oil company.
It’s truly amazing, and there’s so much more to do than just the wineries! Thanks for reading, Michele!
What a cute destination for a weekend getaway! Wineries, cute coffee shops, blueberry picking- oh yes please!
Right? You can’t go wrong with Temecula!
Is it weird that I couldn’t take my eyes off the food pics? Lol. Temecula looks like a really cool place to spend a couple of days!
Haha, no, there are tons of great places to eat here, Marianne! I don’t blame you 😉 Thanks for reading!