Temecula Temecula has a perfect climate for beautiful hot-air ballooning adventures, is well known for its championship golf courses, and finally its award-winning wineries around 3,000 acres of amazing wine country, but that’s just the beginning. Also, located in the heart of Temecula is the Old Town district which blends historic buildings with over 640 antique dealers, unique shopping, and restaurants. In Old Town Temecula, you can find many special events including car shows, semi-annual Rod Runs, Western Days, and summer weekend entertainment. Furthermore, every Saturday Temecula has their popular Farmer’s Market which offers tons of fresh produce, flowers, and crafts. Temecula Valley International Jazz Festival is in the Southern California Wine Country, and is a combination of “free” and “ticketed” events, which are held at various locations throughout the city. Though Temecula has wine country and golf courses it’s not a small town. Temecula has grown very quickly and has a lot to offer, including a vast variety of shopping.

The name Temecula comes from the Luiseño Indian word “Temecunga” – “temet” meaning “sun” and “-ngna” which means “place of”. The meaning of “Temecula” has been translated into several different versions over the years. The most popular being, “Where the sun breaks through the mist”.  When ranchos were being passed into private ownership it brought the romantic era of rancheros and vaqueros into full bloom. Of course this era was short lived, but nowhere in California did its aura last longer than in the Temecula Valley.