Wine Country

Temecula: The Best California Wine Region You Never Heard Of

When you think of California wine regions, you likely think of Sonoma and Napa.  Maybe even Santa Barbara. But few people outside of Southern California are aware of Temecula, a fantastic wine region one hour north of San Diego.

In fact, many of my local San Diego friends had never been to Temecula, much to my […]

January 25th, 2017|California, Wine Country|

Mendocino Eco Lodge: Stanford Inn by the Sea

Located on a bluff overlooking Big River Bay, Stanford Inn by the Sea is an oasis tucked among the redwoods on the wild and scenic Northern California coast. The Mendocino Eco-Resort has been owned by Innkeepers Jeff and Joan Stanford who moved to this small coastal community in 1980. Open year-round the inn is a […]

January 20th, 2017|California, Food, Lodging, Wine Country|

Temecula Creek Inn: Luxury in the Heart of Southern California Wine Country

Here’s a little-known fact about Southern California: it’s home to Temecula, one of the most innovative wine regions in California. This area just one hour north of San Diego might not have the publicity and prestige of, say, a Napa Valley, but it holds its own with the wines, producing top quality Syrah, Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, and Tempranillo.

And yet, it remains tucked away. In fact, many of my friends who either were born and raised in San Diego or who have lived here for years, have never been! I’ve made it my mission to introduce them all to this town that offers so much.
A Soft Spot to Land After Wine Tastings

I’ll share more about Temecula wine in next month’s post, but this month, I wanted to share my experience staying at Temecula Creek Inn. (FYI Nancy Brown covered the basics and details about the hotel here. I’m giving my perspective as well as a few updates since her trip.)

After hitting even just two wineries, you won’t want to drive home. That wine is powerful! So my hotel of choice is Temecula Creek Inn, located right by the interstate.  It surprises me that there aren’t more luxury and independent hotels in Temecula, but most tend to be national chains that feel impersonal after spending the day getting to know winemakers and their craft. […]

January 13th, 2017|California, Wine Country|