Old Town Temecula, just south of wine country, tells the story of the 1880s golden west. The nine block stretch features historical residences, a Saturday Farmers’ Market, antiques, museums, the Temecula Olive Oil Company to try different homemade olive oils, and the Old Town Root Beer Company, which has many kinds of root beer flavors and even a wedding chapel!
Old Town hosts larger events as well, such as the Taste of Temecula Valley in April with all proceeds going to local schools. There are also the Old Town Temecula Bluegrass, World of Wine and Pechanga Wine Festivals in March, Old Town Temecula Western Days in May, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in June, the Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival in July and the Harvest Celebration in November.
Hungry? Try Rosa’s Cantina for homemade Mexican food that was voted “Best of Temecula” by Inland Empire Magazine. Also check out the award-winning Sweet Lumpy BBQ or The Gambling Cowboy Chophouse & Saloon.
Looking for a place to stay downtown? Try the historical 1920 Palomar Inn Hotel or the nearby Rodeway Inn. There’s also Pechanga Resort and Casino, the largest casino in the western U.S. found just a few miles south from Old Town, for all kinds of gaming fun.