Temecula, CA, is a popular destination anytime of the year. Come May 20-22, 2016, however, the region ramps up the excitement level with its 33rd Annual Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival, which attracts approximately 40,000 visitors, up to 20 top wineries, plus various micro breweries and food vendors who combine to showcase various wines, spirits, micro beer, and cuisines local to the region.
An event definitely worth experiencing for RVers – especially for those travelers with a taste for the grape – The Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival is hosted in the heart of Temecula at the Lake Skinner Recreation Area and devised to promote the culinary experience, vineyards, and microbreweries of Temecula – all in the scenic, rolling hills of the valley.
Connoisseurs, hobbyists, or those just particular about their selection will be happy to learn that the event showcases everything from sparkling almond champagne (wine), to reserve cabernets, merlots, zinfandel, and pinot noirs. When it comes to white, chardonnays are most popular and expect to see various selections of pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, and viognier.
While plenty of action takes place on the ground, the event`s moniker is borne out well as several hot air balloons of all sizes and awe-inspiring designs liven up the sky with launches at dawn and evening balloon glows (weather permitting). Food and wine pairings, chef demos, plus arts and crafts vendors are also featured. (Left photo: crowds during the event.)
Other Highlights Include:
Live Entertainment: A full line up of accomplished musicians and musical groups of several genres take the stage throughout the event, starting Friday, May 20 with established country artists, Phil Vassar, and Parmalee, while Saturday will highlight Jimmy Eat World and The Neon Trees with Chalk FarM. More entertainment continues with Hotel California, a tribute to The Eagles on the Wine Stage, plus Rodney Atkins and Kristian Bush (Half of duo Sugarland) who are scheduled to perform at the event‘s Funday Sunday, May 22. www.tvbwf.com
Three Day Camping: Starting at $325, General Camping is available and includes one hook-up and two weekend combo passes. Service includes: full, water and electric, water only, and dry hook-ups. Campsites are issued for 3 days/2 nights from May 20-22 (a limit of 2 campsite spaces are purchasable per person).
Full hook-up: $475
Water and electric: $435
Water only: $390
Several alternate campgrounds are also available in and around the Temecula region.
Explore the Region!
If you are arriving early or staying in the area for a few days after the event, Temecula offers several attractions to include several spas, golf courses, and award-winning restaurants. Also, as Temecula is less than 60 miles north of San Diego and 90 miles southeast of Los Angles, you`re always in close proximity to many Southern California attractions and popular destinations.