Enjoy the hidden treasures of the Inland Empire, include one of the fastest-growing wine areas in California.
Trip Time: 4 days
Explore undiscovered country – visit wineries in Temecula Valley . Temecula Valley gained its popularity partly because of its great access from Los Angeles. It only takes 1 hour and 30 minutes from L.A. There are 20 wineries, and some of those have won national/international awards. Start at Thornton Winery . Built in 1988, this relatively new winery is known for its high-quality sparkling wine. The rambling French Mediterranean-style stone building is worth seeing. You can taste various wines, and winery tours are available on weekends. Also, head to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa .This winery has won national/international awards 203 times! It has a restaurant overlooking the vineyards, and a luxurious spa where you can enjoy treatments with grape-seed oil.
After satisfying your palate, enjoy Temecula’s Old Town, built in 1859. You can time-travel to the era of Western movies. Not only are there many antique shops, there are unique stores such as Temecula Olive Oil Company , which sells olive oil made in Temecula, and a root beer store, Old Town Root Beer Company . In the vicinity of Temecula Valley, you will also find many casino hotels. Pechanga Resort & Casino is one of them. The casino is not as big as the ones in Las Vegas, yet you can still enjoy various gaming, such as slot machines, blackjack and roulette. The hotel also has a spa, a swimming pool and restaurants. Its theatre hosts exciting concerts by popular musicians.
Start your second day at the Mission Inn . This historic hotel in Riverside is known for not only its beautiful architecture, but also its luxurious décor. By joining a guided tour, you can take a close look at this national historic landmark. The hotel has a luxurious spa, Kelly’s Spa , where you can pamper yourself to your heart’s content. Then, enjoy lunch at Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood . The Mission Inn has many restaurants, yet AAA’s 4-star restaurant, Duane’s, is definitely the one you should try. Lunch is served on weekdays.
In the afternoon, relax at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa . You can enjoy this natural hot springs, which was found by Native Americans a long time ago. Try Club Med, a therapeutic red clay mud bath. After you’re refreshed and energized, shop at Ontario Mills . This mega shopping mall’s concept is the “great deal.” The mall has more than 200 stores, including many popular designer outlet stores and department store outlets, such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hollister Co., Banana Republic and Off Fifth Saks Fifth Avenue. It also has a multi-cineplex with 30 theatres, arcade, food court and restaurants, so you can enjoy yourself here for a whole day.
Experience Graber Olive House . This historic olive house was built in 1894. You can watch the workers canning olives the way it used to be done. Then, head to San Bernardino County Museum . This museum is filled with wonders of history and natural science, and kids and adults can enjoy it together.
Splurge at Desert Hills Premium Outlets . Gucci, Prada, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana…Whoever is your favorite designer, you will fall in love with the West Coast’s largest outlet mall, with more than 130 stores. If you have time, you can also visit Morongo Casino Resort & Spa , a popular casino hotel.
In the evening, enjoy a concert at Hyundai Pavilion . This pavilion is the nation’s largest amphitheatre, with the capacity to accommodate more than 65,000 people. It hosts some of Southern California’s biggest concerts.
Play the day away at Big Bear Lake. This popular ski resort is also well known as the perfect summer resort. With various activities, you can play to your heart’s content. From December to March, two ski resorts, Snow Summit Mountain Resorts and Big Bear Mountain Resorts , are open. You can enjoy skiing and snowboarding while looking at beautiful Big Bear Lake. In the summer, visit Moonridge Animal Park or Heaps Peak Arboretum , a beautiful park with natural woods. Or, go on a Big Bear Scenic Boat Tour , a 90-minute cruise tour on the peaceful lake.