Top things to do in Temecula

Observatory in Temecula

Palomar Observatory

High on Palomar Mountain, at an elevation of 5500ft to avoid light pollution, the Palomar Observatory is simply spectacular – as large as Rome’s Pantheon, with a classic design dating from the 1930s. Run by Pasadena…
Historic Site in Temecula

Front St

Old Town Front St’s turn-of-the-last-century storefronts and wooden sidewalks make for an attractive stroll – pick up the Historic Old Town Temecula leaflet with building descriptions. En route, sample local agricul…
Californian in Temecula

Vineyard Rose

South Coast Winery's gracious main restaurant has an arts-and-crafts-style barn feel and vineyard views from the balcony. Salads and sandwiches are popular at lunch, or pink-pepper local sea bass and steak filet wit…
Winery in Temecula

Longshadow Ranch

A nice stop if you’ve got children in tow; the kids can look at Clydesdales at this 'Old West'-style tasting room, while mommy and daddy sip. They have bonfires on Saturday nights through spring and summer. The vine…
Bar in Temecula

Crush & Brew

This attractive recent addition to Front St pays tribute to the local wine industry with wines supplied by local producers and more than 30 craft beers on tap. For food: a great selection of salads and sandwiches, p…
Casino in Temecula

Pechanga Resort & Casino

This huge Native American–owned casino-hotel offers plenty of slots, blackjack and roulette. Entertainment includes stand-up acts in its comedy club, and the 1200-seat Pechanga Theater hosts the likes of The Pretend…
Diner in Temecula

Swing Inn Cafe

A proud local institution since 1927, with red leatherette seating and windows to watch the world go by. The Swing Inn serves three square meals, but everyone goes for breakfast – luckily it’s served all day. The bi…
Burgers in Temecula

Mad Madeline’s Grill

Award-winning burgers (served about 20 ways) are the thing in this cheerful red-and-white wooden roadhouse in the center of Old Town, plus onion rings worth breaking your diet for. On Fridays nights, look for smoked…
Winery in Temecula

Leoness Cellars

Twenty minutes' drive from Front St, this winery offers award-winning viognier and melange de rêves, plus sweeping views from its sort-of-Teutonic tower.
Dance in Temecula

The Temecula Stampede

Large country-and-western–style dance hall offering free early-evening line-dancing lessons, plus live music, mechanical bull-riding and a touch of rock and roll.