Family Fun: 5 Unique Bucket List Adventures in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

By Annette Brown

This winter, travelers can visit beautiful Temecula Valley to check off five bucket list worthy activities from their must-do adventure list. Located just 60 minutes from San Diego and 90 minutes from Los Angeles, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country presents visitors with the opportunity to experience bucket list activities from a hot air balloon flight to limo rides, exploring wine country by foot or on horseback, and watching the California sun set behind the mountain range.

This winter bucket list is a must-do for both first-time and repeat visitors to the region. Guests staying midweek can avoid large crowds and enjoy a more intimate three to five-day experience with local artisans while on their bucket list adventure.

Float in a Hot Air Balloon

For the ultimate airborne adventure, check a hot air balloon flight off your bucket list while in Temecula Valley. Visitors can take in a panoramic view of Southern California’s unique topography, beautiful estates, and awe-inspiring scenery with sunrise flights, available year-round (weather-permitting). Passengers float above the vineyards and citrus groves with the scent of fresh oranges filling the skies.

Ice Skate Under Sunny Skies

One of the great parts of living in California is that the winter season provides some beautiful outdoor weather. During this time, Old Town Temecula, Galway Downs, and Peltzer Farms all provide outdoor ice-skating rinks for those who want the thrill of throwing on skates and braving the slippery ice. As Temecula Valley rarely gets snow, this opportunity brings in many people who normally do not have the opportunity to experience this lively action, especially in shorts.

Take a Wine Country Tour

Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country features nearly 50 local wineries, including boutique and full-service wine resorts, for a wine tasting bucket list adventure to enjoy with friends, family, and to celebrate special occasions.

The relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere of the region is matched by its delightful tasting experiences overlooking picturesque rolling hills of vineyards while sampling award-winning premium wines and Southern California cuisine.

Ride Horseback

Saddle up for a bucket-list adventure atop a gentle steed. Horse trails in Temecula Valley’s wine country are perfect for exploration and wine tasting on horseback. First-timers can book lessons or introductory trail rides for both guided group tours and on-your-own endeavors. For a breathtaking view, consider taking trails to Vail Lake.

Watch a Sunset

As the California sun sets behind Temecula Valley each evening, the hills of wine country come alive with shimmers of light reflecting the yellows, oranges, purples, and pinks of the sun’s last moments. Visitors can end their bucket list worthy day with a sampling of the region’s local wine in hand to toast the completion of a bucket list well done.

Fantastic sunset viewing locations are available at Callaway Vineyard and Winery, Bel Vino Winery, and Avensole Winery.

The Temecula Valley Wine Country is widely recognized for its scenic vineyards, award-winning wines, and experiential wineries. The popular boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley A.V.A. (American Viticulture Area) as well as historic Old Town Temecula, and Pechanga Resort Casino. It also was named as a 2019 Wine Enthusiast 10 Best Wine Travel Destination.

Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and resource for visitors. The Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula. For visitor information and assistance, please call (888) 363-2852 or go to

Press Release Provided by Visit Temecula Valley
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