Tuesday, December 30, 2014

{travel: 24 hours in temecula}

Last month two of my fave bloggers, Lauren of A Fabulous Fete & Sharon of Cupcakes & Cutlery, invited me to join them on a sleepover getaway to Temecula along with 5 other bloggers.  Um yes please- where do I sign up?!?  Temecula is a lot like Palm Springs since it's barely a two hour drive away from Los Angeles, but it feels like a whole different world (plus there are wineries there so you know... it's similar to heaven).  Here's the perfect little itinerary based on our fabulous 24 hours there (plus a few more fun shots from our trip at the bottom of the post!):

Stay at THE COACH HOUSE: We met up in Temecula early Saturday morning at our accommodations for the night, The Coach House at Lorimar Winery, which was an adorable house behind Lorimar's Winery.  You can rent it out through Lorimar Winery and it very comfortably slept all eight of us ladies- plus this mirror lives there.

Wine Taste at LORIMAR WINERY:  You are in Temecula to relax and to taste wine so get started on the wine drinking at Lorimar Winery.

Eat lunch at LEONESS CELLARS:  Leoness Cellars is a another beautiful winery down the road.  You can head here next for a fabulous lunch overlooking the vineyards (do not miss out on their famous fries!).  Then after lunch you can go for round 2 of wine-tasting in their tasting room.

More Wine Tasting at WEINS WINERY:  In my opinion three wineries is the perfect amount of a day of leisurely wine tasting so end your day with a tasting at Weins Winery then head home for a quick disco nap and freshen up for a dinner out!

Grab Dinner At BLACKBIRD:  During our trip we had a fabulous private dinner catered for us inside Lorimar Winery, but thats probably not a feasible option everytime you head out for a quick weekend get-a-away so make reservations for dinner at Blackbird in downtown Temecula.

Grab Brunch at EAT Marketplace:  Brunch.  You guys.  If you don't have brunch (or some other similarly decadent room service breakfast with champagne) while on vacation then you are doing it wrong.  EAT Marketplace is first of all totally adorable, but second of all they have a huge line up of fresh smoothies AND mimosas.  Get a green juice and a grapefruit mimosa and feel good about your choices in life.  The food is also insanely good, all sourced locally and organic - bonus points!!

Go Shopping at DOWNTOWN TEMECULA;  After overeating enjoying brunch, go a for a walk to nearby downtown Temecula and do a little shopping.  We stopped in this fabulous spice store where I picked up some sriracha salt (for margarita rims of course), this old school candy shop, and this quaint little lavender shop.  My favorite place that we popped into (and you simply cannot miss this one) was the Temecula Olive Oil company.  You can do an olive oil tasting of all of their different oils and vinegars and then take home your favorites!

Here's a few snaps from our trip:

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{dress from here image via Lauren}

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