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Uncork & Unwind // Local Weekend Getaway in Temecula

Living in Los Angeles most of the past decade, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day hustle and bustle of city life. With the start of the new year, it was time to get out of the city for some rest and relaxation. 

We planned a sister’s weekend to catch up and begin an annual weekend getaway together. My older sister flew into Southern California for the weekend and my twin sister and I headed south. We opted for wine country and chose Temecula because of its close proximity to Los Angeles and similar features to Napa without the drive! I had never been to Temecula, so this was a great first trip…see what we did and what I recommend for a weekend away!

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Where we Stayed: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

For our sister’s weekend, we were looking for a 4-star hotel or resort to spend together! We came across South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and loved the option to stay in the resort suites or the individual resort villas! We settled on the resort villas because of the large rooms, private patio and upgraded amenities.

I spent a couple hours on the private patio and it was serene. I was able to reflect in my gratitude journal and enjoy the calm afternoon in Southern California 65 degree weather.

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

Gratitude journal found here

For those looking for event venues, this was a gorgeous area to hold a wedding or other special occasion. We were able to snap a few quick photos here:

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

Outfit: Moto Jacket (similar); Blouse (similar); Paige Denim (similar); Booties (exact, similar, my blog post); No-show socks (exact at 20% off with code PSSVIP20, my blog post)

Where we Went during our Weekend Getaway:

We arrived on Saturday afternoon to sunny Temecula (yes, it was actually 70 degrees in early January). After settling into our villa together and enjoying time on our private patio, we headed off for wine tasting. Our first stop was Avensole Winery right around the corner. The outdoor grounds were beautiful + the private tasting room was a great way to spend the next hour tasting! (unfortunately, I missed photographing the grounds with the early sunset right before 5pm). Our host was energetic and well versed on each wine. Our second stop was Robert Renzoni Winery where we enjoyed time at the bar sipping our wine. Our favorite wine of the day? A white from Robert Renzoni- 2017 Cantata. All 3 of us ended up picking up a bottle of this wine along with a few reds.

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

We finished off the night with a delicious dinner outside at The Restaurant at PonteWith heat lamps warming us up, the night was peaceful to sit outdoors and enjoy dinner with wine. We each ordered something different- salmon, ribs and lamb- all are highly recommended by each of us! We finished off the night indulging in dessert- our favorite was the chocolate souffle and apple pandowdy!

The next morning we enjoyed brunch at The Vineyard Rose– my sister and I highly recommend the coffee-rubbed slow-roasted tri tip- which we added to a salad. The ceiling in this restaurant was gorgeous + there is ample setting inside and out!

We finished off our weekend in Old Town or Main Street Temecula. It was a great day to walk into the local shops and boutiques and pick up snacks at Luke’s on Front. My favorites were the local home decor shops that reminded me of Fixer Upper!

Temecula Travel Guide | Local weekend wine country getaway | South Coast Winery review | The Restaurant at The Ponte | cabaret red wine | sister's weekend | erin condren gratitude journal | deluxe monthly planner| spa | vineyard rose restaurant | ann taylor black moto jacket | teal green jeans | petite fashion style blog | travel blogger

Recap: 

Where we Stayed: South Coast Winery Resort & Spa
Where we Wine Tasted: Avensole Winery & Robert Renzoni Winery
Where we Explored: Old Town Temecula 
Where we Ate: Dinner at The Restaurant at Ponte, Brunch at The Vineyard Rose, Luke’s on Front Old Town Temecula

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Have you been to Temecula? What are your favorite memories from travels and adventures here? Please comment below.

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  • Traci Heffernan

    my favorite winery in Temecula is weins family cellars. They have the best private tasting and the best reds!!

  • Leigh

    This place looks incredible!! I never even knew there were these fantastic wineries in Southern California. I think my husband and I may need to book a romantic weekend there.

  • Sydni Denise

    This place looks beautiful and it sounds like you had a nice trip!

  • Jolene Sng-Ong

    Looks like a beautiful place. I’ve not been to a winery in a while and would love to go on another trip like this soon.

  • How fun! My hubby and I are hoping to make a Cali wine trip later this year – I will have to keep this in mind!

  • Antonia Nitara

    This place looks so beautiful and serene! The food you described from the restaurant sounds so delicious! I’ll have to add this to my Cali-to visit list!