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5 Top Reasons To Visit Temecula

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Just 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, the city of Temecula sits at the southeast tip of the Inland Empire. With a Mediterranean climate, Temecula is perfect for outdoor activities such as hot air balloon rides and touring award-winning wineries. No wonder its nickname is "a tourist's secret paradise."

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Old Town Temecula
41000 Main Street
Temecula, California 92590
(888) TEMECULA
www.oldtowntemecula.com

Old Town Temecula has been around since 1882 and is anchored by a large stretch of Old Town Front Street with a collection of historic 1890's buildings. A photographer's playground and an antique lover's paradise, you'll also find specialty foods, boutiques and art. There is a farmers market every Saturday morning from 7:30 to 12:30 with bounties of locally grown produce. The nightlife in old town Temecula bustles at any one of the many restaurants and bars. Old Town Temecula is also home to Pennypickle's Children's Museum.

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Pechanga Resort and Casino
45000 Pechanga Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 693-1819
www.pechanga.com

Built in 2001, Pechanga Resort and Casino brings Las Vegas to California. With over 3,000 slot and video machines, over 130 gambling tables, 7 restaurants, 517 gorgeous hotel rooms and suites, there is something for everyone. There is even a 1200 seat theater that brings the audience as close as possible to the performers. Pechanga offers the Cabaret Lounge which is located on the main casino floor, The Eagles Nest - a rooftop nightclub with beautiful views of the city of Temecula, and The Comedy Club at Pechanga where you can watch the hottest comedians perform.

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Hot Air Balloon Adventure
California Dreamin' Balloon Adventures
33133 Vista Del Monte Road
Temecula, CA 92591
(800) 373-3359
www.californiadreamin.com/

Soar above the beautiful rolling hills in Temecula to get a bird's-eye view of the gorgeous wineries and to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity in a hot air balloon. Hot air balloon flights are available during sunrise and sunset - check out the romantic packages. Rates start at $138 per person.

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Wineries
Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association
34567 Rancho California Road
(800) 801-9463
www.temeculawines.org

Temecula is known as wine country with over 35,000 acres of rolling hills spotted with over 30 member wineries. Whether you're looking for a wine tasting daytrip, or a weekend getaway, the wine country in the city of Temecula is a beautiful place to be. The wineries offer self-guided tours or guided tours by a local, professional wine connoisseur. You can even bring your happily ever after to the wine country in Temecula for a gorgeous backdrop to your "I do's."

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Golf
RedHawk Golf Course
45100 RedHawk Parkway
Temecula, CA 92592
(951) 302-3850
www.redhawkgolfcourse.com

RedHawk is rated #7 of the best public golf courses in California and is set in the beautiful Temecula valley. The Ron Fream design of the course is perfect for every skill level of golfer. Rates start at $27 per person.

Desiree Eaglin is a lover of wine and all things in Temecula, California.

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