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50 Fun and Essential Tips for Pet Friendly Travel and Vacations in
Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
TEMECULA VALLEY Southern California Wine Country, July 10, 2012 – “From Downtown, Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country, pet-friendly lodging, dining, wine tasting, shopping, outdoor recreation, plus romantic wedding ceremonies at pet-friendly venues make this an ideal destination to share experiences with your four-legged companion,” shares Kimberly Adams, Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau president and CEO. “For everyone seeking pet friendly travel and vacations, VistTemecula.org is happy to share 50 fun and essential tips for enjoying Temecula Valley.” The casual, picturesque Temecula Valley is 1 hour from Orange County, Palm Desert, and San Diego; and 1½ hours from Los Angeles. For the best travel and vacation experiences, please fully inquire about pet policies prior to reservations.
Pet-Friendly Temecula Valley Lodging
1-Temecula Creek Inn, secluded on 350 private acres of natural beauty, provides spacious relaxation for guests and their canine companions including private patios or balconies. A 3-mile round-trip trail is easily accessible for walking dogs on leash while red tail hawks soar overhead, and blue jays and orioles perch in age-old trees. Limit 2 pets per room; $50 pet fee per stay.
2-Quality Inn Wine Country delivers with the sincere conveniences and consistencies of national brand hotels. This Uptown Temecula hotel property allows dogs up to 40 pounds; limit 2 pets per room; $20 pet fee, per pet, per night.
3-La Quinta Inn & Suites Temecula is another national brand hotel, located in Uptown Temecula, just off the I-15 freeway. Pets up to 25 pounds welcome in first-floor and some second-floor guest rooms; no additional fee.
4-Extended Stay America Temecula Wine Country is also located in Uptown Temecula and with well-furnished studios, is a good choice for longer stays. Limit 2 pets per room; $25 pet fee, per pet, per night, up to $150 maximum.
5-Motel 6 Temecula-Rancho California is within walking distance of the heart of Old Town Temecula and adjacent to the Sam Hicks Park expansive lawn for on-leash dog walking and play. One pet per room; no pet fee.
6-The new, eco-friendly Ponte Vineyard Inn boutique hotel is located in the heart of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. Well-behaved dogs/cats less than 40 pounds; limit 2 pets per room; $100 pet fee per stay; $250 deep-cleaning fee if necessary.
7-Bailey Wine Country Escape in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country includes five pet-friendly properties with luxury accommodations and concierge-style services. The Cabernet House, Chardonnay House, Merlot House, Petite Syrah Condo, and Grape Seed Loft each welcome up to 2 large or 3 small dogs. Outside water dishes are provided; $50 non-refundable deposit, per pet, per stay.
Temecula Valley Visitor Information
8-The Temecula Valley Visitors Center located in the pedestrian-friendly, hip and historic, Old Town Temecula shopping-entertainment-dining district welcomes dogs with a bowl of fresh water. Browse brochures for local dining and activity information; and receive friendly, knowledgeable answers to questions, and ideas about making the most of your stay.
Pet-Friendly Dining in Old Town Temecula
9-Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill on Old Town Front Street boasts both a warm welcome to leashed, well-behaved canines while dining at the outdoor tables with their human companions, and highly regarded, healthful food-handling practices. The full dog menu includes a choice of meaty beef rib, grilled chicken breast, a half-pound or quarter-pound burger patty, or a grilled hot dog. All dog meals are served in disposable, paper dishes. Dogs are further welcomed with complimentary treats and fresh water.
10-Soro’s Mediterranean Grill is up the block on Old Town Front Street. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcomed at the outdoor tables on the patio with fresh water.
11-Palumbo’s Ristorante is located on 5th Street and features an outdoor patio. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcomed at the outdoor tables with fresh water.
12-Front Street Bar & Grill with its expansive patio dining area, is south on Old Town Front Street. Leashed well-mannered dogs are welcomed at the outdoor tables with fresh water.
13-The Bank Mexican Restaurant on Main Street occupies the historic 1914 First National Bank of Temecula building. Leashed well-behaved dogs are welcome at the outdoor patio tables.
14-Rosa’s Cantina is located just across Old Town Front Street. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables on the patio.
15-Sweet Lumpy’s BBQ is at 3rd Street and Mercedes. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome at the outdoor tables.
16-Robin’s Nest located several blocks down Mercedes is perfect for dessert and coffee. Leashed, well-mannered pets are welcome at the outdoor tables.
Pet-Friendly Wine Tasting in Old Town Temecula
17-The Lorimar Winery Old Town Temecula Tasting Room is located on Main Street. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome here.
Pet-Friendly Dining in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
18-Bel Vino Winery, located on Rancho California Road, celebrates weekends with tapas and wine. Enjoy the festive feast in the companionship of your leashed, well-behaved dog in the outdoor dining area.
19-Carol’s Restaurant at Baily Winery is located on La Serena Way. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome on the restaurant patio. Dog biscuits and fresh water are complimentary; a grilled chicken breast can be ordered for your canine companion.
20-Maurice’s Kitchen at Maurice Car’rie Winery on Rancho California Road bakes brie in sourdough bread on the weekends. Purchase with a bottle of wine and enjoy in the company of your leashed, well-behaved canine in the picnic area.
21-M.D.O. Bistro at Monte de Oro Winery also on Rancho California Road features fresh fare. Purchase food indoors then enjoy in the company of your leashed, well-mannered dog on the outdoor patio with a 180-degree view of Temecula Valley Wine Country.
22-The Pinnacle Restaurant at Falkner Winery is located high on a hill on Calle Contento Road. Leashed, well-behaved canine companions are welcome on the outdoor patio.
23-Van Roekel Winery features deli items, perfect for a light lunch or snack. Enjoy with your leashed, well-mannered canine companion in the picnic area.
Pet-Friendly Wine Tasting in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country
24-Europa Village Winery is located on La Serena Way. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome in the tasting room and on the outdoor patio.
25-Hilltop, Falkner Winery, along Calle Contento Road, affords spectacular 360-degree vineyard views. Leashed, well-mannered, canine companions are welcome in the tasting room.
26-Hart Winery is located on Rancho California Road has resident-dog, Bosco, frequently on-hand to greet guests. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome in the winery tasting-area.
27-The new Lorimar Vineyards & Winery is located on Berenda Road and Anza Road. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the patio.
28-Lumiere Winery is located on Calle Contento Road. Leashed, well-behaved, small- and medium-sized canine companions are welcome in the tasting room.
29-Maurice Car’rie Winery is on Rancho California Road. Small-sized, hand-carried dogs are welcome in the tasting room and gift shop.
30-Miramonte Winery, also on Rancho California Road, has resident-dog Mojo who roams the winery and is frequently on-hand to greet guests. Leashed, well-mannered, canine companions are welcome in the tasting room.
31-Monte de Oro Winery, also located on Rancho California Road, has an expansive patio with stunning vineyard views. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome on this handsome outdoor patio.
32-Oak Mountain Winery, one of the boutique wineries along the De Portola Wine Trail, welcomes leashed, well-behaved canine companions in the tasting room with fresh water and dog cookies.
33-Robert Renzoni Vineyards is located on De Portola Wine Road. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome in the tasting room, on the patio, and in the picnic area.
34-Wiens Family Cellars is located on Rancho California Road. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome on the outdoor patio.
Pet-Friendly Shopping in Old Town Temecula
35-Find Old California Lavender products in pet-friendly Harmony (Old Town Front Street near Main); leashed-well-mannered dogs are welcome. Pet-pleasing products include lavender pet-refresher spray, lavender pet-shampoo, and lavender pet hot-spot cream.
36-Temecula Lavender Company is also located on pedestrian-friendly Old Town Front Street. Leashed, well-behaved canine companions are welcome in the store.
37-The Farmer’s Wife is several blocks up on Old Town Front Street. Leashed, well-mannered dogs are welcome in this shop that women love.
38-Granny’s Attic antique mall is just across the river from Old Town Temecula. Leashed, well-behaved canine companions are welcome.
Pet-Friendly Outdoor Recreation in Temecula Valley
39-Wine Country Trails by Horseback is a great way to experience the vineyards of Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country. By special, advance arrangement, well-mannered dogs may accompany their owners.
40-The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve has 8 miles of dogs-on-leash trails (shared with horses and bicycles). Explore with your canine companion on up-to-a-6-foot-long leash at Sylvan Meadows, Cajalco Trail, Tovashol Trail, Shivela Trail, and Stevenson Canyon. Open daily sunrise to sunset; age 13-years and above, $3 per person; ages 2-12, $2 per person; dogs and horses, $1 each.
41-Temecula Class 1 Trails adjacent Jefferson Avenue (in Uptown Temecula) and Old Town Front Street (in Downtown, Old Town Temecula) are nearby pet-friendly hotels (Quality Inn, La Quinta, Extended Stay, Motel 6) and ideal for walking dogs-on-leash.
42-Town Square adjacent the Mission Revival-style Civic Center above Old Town Temecula provides a great view of the shopping-dining-entertainment district and the untouched hills beyond. Enjoy passive tranquility here with your leashed, well-behaved canine companion. Benches, trees, an expanse of lawn, and the remarkable fountain inspired by the design of native Luiseño basket artistry, encourage lingering.
43-Redhawk Community Park (Redhawk Parkway south of Temecula Parkway) has a play area for small dogs and a play area for large dogs, where canine can romp unleashed. The tree-lined park also includes an expansive lawn, walking trails, and picnic tables to enjoy when dogs on-leash are owner-controlled.
44-Margarita Community Park (Margarita Road north of Rancho California Road) also features a play area for small dogs and a play area for large dogs, where canine can romp unleashed. The park also includes an expanse of lawn, walking trails, and picnic tables to enjoy when dogs on-leash are owner-controlled.
Pet-Friendly Wedding Ceremonies in Temecula Valley
45-Temecula Creek Inn is a romantic, peaceful, elegant venue that welcomes the bride and groom to include well-mannered, family pets in the wedding ceremony by special, advance arrangement.
46-Old Town Temecula’s Wine Country Wedding Chapel is a small, cottage-like venue on 6th Street that welcomes leashed, well-behaved pets to participate in or attend the wedding ceremony by special, advance arrangement.
47-Falkner Winery, located high on a hill in Temecula Valley So Cal Wine Country, is a great, late-reception venue. By special, advance arrangement, well-mannered pets may participate in wedding ceremonies.
48-Monte de Oro Winery is an Old World setting of sophistication and charm. By special, advance arrangement, well-mannered pets are welcome to participate in wedding ceremonies.
49-Oak Mountain Winery is high on a ridge with a vista pavilion. By special, advance arrangement, well-mannered pets may participate in wedding ceremonies.
Pet-Friendly Provisions in Temecula Valley
50-Among Temecula Valley purveyors of pet supplies and pet food are PETCO (located on Winchester Road, east of Uptown Temecula) and PetSmart (located on Temecula Parkway, east of Downtown, Old Town Temecula).
***Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change.
The Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau, the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors is online at VisitTemecula.org; “Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country” on Facebook; and @Visit_Temecula on Twitter. Open 7 days, the Temecula Valley Visitors Center is in Old Town Temecula, Third Street and Mercedes, next to the Temecula Civic Center. For visitor information and assistance, call 888/363-2852 or 951/491-6085.
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