Santa hits the streets to wish Canadians a warm winter holiday

Santa greets a youngster from Canada while out with the team from Visit Temecula Valley. Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Visit Temecula Valley flew to Vancouver, Canada, to join Santa in wishing everyone a warm holiday. With temperatures there falling between 19-20 C, Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country makes a great hub for spending a sunny winter in the beautiful outdoors.

Santa Claus was his jolly self, wishing young and old a very merry Christmas while his elf handed out sun block and inflatable suns and wishing them a sunny holiday in California. Families enjoyed taking photos while friends clicked selfies. One gentleman even asked for Santa to take a photo with his dog. Many Canadians are still discovering the Temecula Valley as a sunny destination for a winter getaway.

Temecula Valley has seen an increase in visitors from Canada as the word spreads to family, friends and neighbors that there’s a winter paradise for lovers of golf, wine, food and outdoor recreation. The Visitor Center, located in Old Town Temecula, had 77 Canadians walk in during 2013; whereas they expect to see more than 1,000 visitors from British Columbia to Quebec in 2017.

Canadians are finding there is a plethora of activities to enjoy in the warm sunshine during the winter months. The Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the history and ecosystems of the area. Consisting of 9,000 acres, the reserve protects unique ecosystems and vernal pools, as well as more than 200 species of native birds and 49 endangered, threatened or rare animal and plant species. The Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail is a burgeoning golf destination. Among reasons why golfers-in-the-know celebrate the game in Temecula Valley are six excellently designed courses along with resorts and hotels with appealing golf-and-lodging packages. Golfers seize the day with expansive views, dramatic elevation changes and tournaments on courses embraced by nature.

The best time to visit Temecula is on weekdays for a quiet, relaxing atmosphere and chance conversations with winemakers and winery owners. There are also discounted tastings and activities and special offers during weekday visits. Some Canadian visitors have chosen to stay at one of the beautiful wine country vacation rentals during the winter season; others stay at Temecula Valley’s top hotels just minutes from all the attractions for three to five night stays.

Temecula Valley is in the spotlight for its award-winning wines; however, behind the scenes, culinary artisans are creating dishes that are gaining attention from visitors and foodies across the globe. Ingredients are sourced locally from citrus groves, olive ranches, berry farms, chicken and pig farms and more. Canadians enjoy dining alfresco with scenic vineyard views and in historic Old Town Temecula.

Other nearby destinations to enjoy lie just within an hour’s drive, including San Diego, Orange County and Palm Springs. Visitors take one of several transportation options to arrive in the Temecula valley: a scenic drive down the West Coast or a short flight into the San Diego or Palm Springs airports.

For more information, explore www.VistTemeculaValley.com. The Temecula Valley Visitors Center is located in Old Town Temecula on Mercedes Street adjacent to the Old Town Parking Garage. For visitor assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.

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