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The Temecula Creek Inn

Sometimes life just calls for a vacation. That’s the situation I found myself in as I made reservations for my hubby and I at the Temecula Creek Inn

Months of deadlines and family obligations were taking a toll on us, and it was time to get out of dodge. With limited time, we headed just a hour or so south from our Los Angeles home to the Temecula Creek Inn, which is nestled in the heart of Southern California’s often overlooked wine country.  Truth be told, we never thought we would find such beauty in Temecula, but we did, and it’s been a favorite every since.

We arrived on a Saturday morning and were pleased to find utter peace. It was exactly what we needed. In fact it was so quiet, that the only sounds we heard were birds chirping amongst the many oak trees that line the property. If you’re a mom, quiet is the first thing you notice and you know how important solace can be. This is definitely not a place for kids, but an awesome getaway for adults.

California native plants grow wild throughout the site, so if you’re looking for a vacation spot with true rustic beauty, you’ll find it here. It’s great for bird watching and wildlife siting, as well.

Our room was spacious and overlooked the Temecula Creek Inn’s award winning 27-hole golf course - rolling hills in the background and long stretches of green as far as we could see.

The weather is pretty much perfect all of the time in that area, so we were able to make good use of our ample balcony for sitting and relaxing.  

There is no spa on the grounds, but if you’re up for it, you can venture just ten minutes to South Coast Winery’s spa and grab a day pass and an awesome massage, facial or mani/pedi.

Be sure to hit up at least a few of the wineries while in town. You’ll be thankful that you had a glass or two and were able to take in the views of the valley. Stop by Doffo for the velvety Don Armando Red Table Wine or Wiens for their popular Clementine Champagne. Those two wineries also have the best customer service in the valley – heavy pours and an outstanding knowledge of varietals and vintages.  You’ll find yourself coming back for more.

After a strenuous day of wine tasting, we called it a day and headed straight for a swim in the heated pool and soak in the hot tub. Again, peace and quite and only a few other people coming in and out.  The pool never actually closes, so you can use it whenever you’d like while staying as a guest.  We never got a chance to use the tennis courts or the gym, but, hey, we were there to relax!

Brunch at the Temet Grill Sunday morning was scrumptious. – all the standard fare with a few surprises. The menu changes weekly, so there’s always something new to try. The options were fantastic and our glasses were never without champagne.

Rooms start at $200 a night, although pricing can vary between seasons. Check the hotel’s website for wine tasting packages!

--Submitted by cool Cali mom and writer, Christina Montoya Fiedler. Read more from Christina on her blog, Mama to the Rescue.



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