Temecula means “place of the sun” in the language of California’s indigenous Luiseño people, and the year-round sun in this Old West-style resort town, situated 85mi (137km) southeast of Los Angeles, gives life to the vines of the two dozen wineries dotted around the Temecula Valley.
Many of these wineries also happen to have rooms for the night, which is handy, as all that wine sampling can really take it out of you. Here, so you can focus on the tasting notes, we’ve picked our favorite hotels in Temecula with the most sleep appeal, bookable on Culture Trip.
This elegant home and hotel in Temecula has a distinctly un-Californian feel to it – which is no surprise when you learn that its design was heavily inspired by a village the owners had once visited in France’s Loire Valley. They even went so far as having a mini Medieval-style chapel built, which you can stay in. Expect cozy goose-down bedding, elegant chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and breathtaking views of mountains and vines from every door and window.
A complimentary bottle of the estate’s own sparkling wine awaits guests at this friendly, family-run resort in Temecula. And, once you’ve polished that off while taking in the views from your private patio, you can choose between guided wine tastings, hot air balloon rides or horse-drawn carriage trips across the vineyards for a bit of fun. And if that all seems too busy? Maybe just seek some shade from the intense Southern Californian sun in your own private poolside cabana.
Pull out all the stops when pampering yourself at this plush winery – one of the best hotels in Temecula – and add a spa experience for maximum relaxation. Warm stone massages, luxury manicures and facial peels are all on offer. Or, simply throw open the balcony doors to your suite or private villa, and drink in the sun (and maybe a glass or two of something chilled). Peckish? The on-site Vineyard Grill is cozy and informal, serving a contemporary menu of seasonal classics – think grills, steaks and scallops, all locally sourced.
Drink in the rolling green vistas of vineyards and the Temescal mountain range from the lofty hilltop position of this boutique hotel in Temecula. The winery’s main lodge building sits atop 11 acres (4.5ha) of estate vineyards, so all 24 suites have spectacular panoramic views from either a private terrace or balcony. Two-person spa baths and in-room mini fridges (to keep your wine cool) come as standard in the trad French château-style rooms.
Combining the bespoke luxury of a high-end boutique hotel with the intimacy of a charming bed and breakfast, Vine House one of the truly exceptional places to stay in Temecula. This New England-style property has just five rooms, which adds a welcome element of privacy, and explains why attention to detail is so high. If romance is on your mind, choose the top-floor suite for a two-person soaking tub, a double-sided fireplace and a Juliet balcony with vineyard views.
Four on-site restaurants and three vineyards within walking distance mean you’ll save money on taxi fares during a long weekend at this 90-room, whitewashed Spanish Mission-style Temecula boutique hotel. Rooms come in a tastefully muted color scheme of linen-whites and taupe leathers, glossy granite bathroom suites and private patios or balconies. If you can splurge, the 1,300sqft (1,200sqm) grand suite includes media, living and dining areas and a butler’s pantry.
Large and lively, the Wilson Creek Winery is a must-stop on any vineyard tour around the Temecula Valley. This luxury hotel in Temecula has its own accommodation offering in the Wilson Creek Manor nearby, made up of nine suites, all with in-room spa tubs. Most of the attraction is outside, though: a large pool, hot tub and full-size summer kitchen on which to grill your own steaks, perfectly paired with a bottle of the estate’s own red.
Indulge in some upscale luxury away from the hustle and bustle of the wine routes at Temecula Creek Inn. This expansive golf resort in Temecula is nestled in 300 acres (120ha) of Temecula Valley, with views stretching to the hazy blue mountains beyond. The rooms and suites are decked in muted tones and organic materials – think natural wood and marble – which promote restfulness. Need more relaxation? Book an in-room massage, perhaps just before a farm-fresh breakfast is delivered to your door.
As the name suggests, this village-style resort is modeled on European wine regions. For a Spanish-style stay, book a private casita in the Bolero section, all warm earthy decor, accessed through ornate iron gates. Italophile or francophile? You’ll have to wait a little longer – the French-inspired C’est La Vie section and the Italian Vienza area are currently being developed.
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