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June 20, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

“Labor Day weekend through Thanksgiving, autumn abundance is celebrated as Autumnfest. With winery events, farmers markets, olive ranch tours, cornfield maze, pumpkins, a quilt show, Race for the Cure, Halloween week, Barrel Tasting Weekend, golden sunny days and autumn nights are ideal to stay-and-experience at Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO.

“Autumnfest’s Top 10 Festivals and Events are great inspiration for extended-stay getaways. Sunday-through Thursday (better-than-weekend) hotels-and-resorts’ nightly room-rates are appealing: savings for purchasing Temecula Valley goodness and greatness.” Located 1-hour from San Diego, Orange County, Palm Desert; 1½-hours from Los Angeles, the casual, picturesque valley includes Old Town Temecula, Temecula Valley Wine Country, Pechanga Resort & Casino.

1- Temecula Valley Wineries’ Autumnfest Events
(Labor Day Weekend through September-October-November)
Briar Rose, Callaway, Cougar, Europa, Falkner, Keyways, Leoness, Lorimar, Miramonte, Mount Palomar, Robert Renzoni, Wilson Creek wineries have wine-and-live-music. Thornton’s Champagne Jazz features Boz Scaggs, George Benson. Wine-250x250101, educational tours, in-depth tastings are at Callaway, Europa, Falkner, Leoness, Lorimar, Renzoni, South Coast, Wiens. Mount Palomar, Ponte, South Coast, Wilson Creek host Grape Stomps; Mount Palomar, Oktoberfest; Wiens, Wiensfest.

2-Old Town Temecula California-Certified Farmers Markets
(August 31, September 7-14-21-28, October 5-12-19-26, November 2-9-16-23-30)
Saturday mornings celebrate fresh, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan foods, fresh-baked goods. Shoppers meet farmers, artisans; purchase avocados (year-round); “last-chance” peaches (September); persimmons, guavas (September-October); sweet navel oranges, tangerines, pomegranates, dragon fruit, Buddha’s hand/citron (November). Lunch at Bank, Front Street, Gambling Cowboy, Nitza’s, Palumbo’s, PUBlic House, Rosa’s, Robin’s Nest, Soro’s, Sweet Lumpy’s.

3-California Wine Month: Temecula Valley Wine Country
(September 1-30)
Throughout September, Temecula Valley Winegrowers promote SIP Passport vouchers for tasting-flights. CRUSH Wine & Culinary Showcase is September 14; attendees meet winery-owners, winemakers; savor culinary creations, award-winning Temecula Valley wines. Winery-restaurants include Café Champagne, Carol’s, Creekside, Maurice’s, MDO Bistro, Meritage, Pinnacle, Leoness, Ponte, Shorty’s, Vineyard Rose.

4-Temecula Olive Oil Company Olive Ranch Tours
(Select dates: September-October-November)
Advance-reservations yield Temecula Olive Oil’s Olive Ranch tours: sustainable-agriculture practices produce premium, full-flavored, 100% California, 100% extra-virgin, olive oil. Tour-participants learn of olive mill, hand pressing to extract oil from fruit; taste true, all-natural Temecula Olive Oil.

5-Temecula Valley Autumnfest Farms: Cornfield Maze, Pumpkins, Hay-Wagon Rides
Peltzer Farm features pumpkin-patch, petting-farm, pig races, tractor collection; pumpkins-for-sale (up-to-100-pounders). Authentic 11+ acre, Big Horse Corn Maze offers multi-path puzzle of 7-foot-tall-cornstalk-lined pathways; hay-wagon rides, pumpkin bowling.

6-Old Town Temecula Quilt Show
Hundreds of handmade-quilts hang along Old Town storefronts and banisters. Valley of the Mist Quilters-guild hosts boutique. Old Town emporiums include Farmer’s Wife, Granny’s Attic, Old California Lavender, Old Town Spice & Tea, Old Town Rootbeer, Old Town Sweets, Temecula Lavender, Temecula Olive Oil.

7-Susan G. Komen Inland Empire Race for the Cure
(October 20)
Promenade Temecula has Expo/Kids Expo, 5K Run/Walk, Fun-Run/Walk, awards. Participants and spectators wear pink.

8-Halloween Week in Temecula Valley Wine Country
(October 27-31)
Activities include South Coast Winery’s Haunted Behind-the-Scenes Tour: vineyards, winery-cellar, ghouls-and-goblins, wine pairing. Café Champagne, Vineyard Rose, Baily’s, Temet Grill offer inspired dining; Pechanga Buffet, 250 fresh-items, action-stations. Mornings, hot air balloons float above vineyards; California Dreamin’, D&D, Grape Escape, Magical Adventures launch at sunrise. Old Town’s Tasting Trail is intriguing: Temecula Olive Oil; Old Town Spice & Tea, Rootbeer, Sweet Shop; Robin’s Nest. Uptown’s Black Market Brewing features seasonal Black Hole Sun. Thursday-night finds masquerade-parties, costume-contests in Old Town.

9-Temecula Valley Winegrowers Harvest Celebration Barrel Tasting
(November 2-3)
Barrel Tasting Weekend celebrates promise of 2013 vintages. Ticket-holders enjoy food-pairings with barrel-and-tank-samplings: finished and unfinished wines not yet available to the public.

10-Thanksgiving in Temecula Valley Wine Country
(November 28)
Families and friends get-away together to share out-of-the-ordinary, holiday experiences. Santa Rosa Plateau 8,300-acre Ecological Reserve is memorable for huge sycamores growing along the creek beds; leaves turn from green to walnut-mahogany-and-gold. Golfing is at Journey, Temecula Creek, CrossCreek, RedHawk, Legends, Rancho California, Pala Mesa. Classic-and-creative Thanksgiving fare is at Café Champagne, Vineyard Rose, Baily’s, Temet Grill, Great Oak, Seafood Grotto. After: play Pechanga Casino; catch first-run movies (Promenade Temecula cinema). Before departure, shop Temecula Valley wineries for December-holiday gifts.

*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.

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