Annette Brown, Visit Temecula Valley
Special to Valley News
Temecula Valley may be famous for its wine tasting and shopping opportunities, but even the manliest of men will find that Temecula Valley Wine Country offers a plethora of testosterone-approved activities and meals to satisfy any “man-cation.” Men, grab your buds, because Temecula Valley is rocking beers, burgers, golf, gaming, fishing and hiking.
Grab a pint or two and pair it with a world-class hunk of beef.
The craft beer scene is alive and well in Temecula Valley. Guys wanting to sample new brews can head to one of the region’s numerous breweries including Karl Strauss Brewery, Ballast Point Brewery, Garage Brewing, Aftershock Brewery, Ironfire Brewing, Wiens Brewing, Relentless Brewing Company, Refuge Brewery and Black Market Brewing Company. Famous must-try brews from Temecula Valley include Wiens Brewing Company’s Apricot Wheat, winner of the 2016 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal in the Belgian-Style Fruit Beer category; Karl Strauss’ Red Trolley Ale, a multi award-winning beer warm fermented and brewed with a half-ton of caramelized malts and Garage Brewing’s three gold-medal winning brews: Belgian-Style Tripel, Mango Hefeweizen and Marshmallow Milk Stout.
Visitors can also grab a meaty burger to go along with their brew at local eateries including 1909, with their famous 1909 burger or bison burger made with a free-range patty, smoked applewood bacon, horseradish havarti, red onion, tomato, wild baby arugula and garlic aioli; Cork|Fire Kitchen’s Chef’s grilled burger with tomato, lettuce, pickles, onions, mayonnaise, choice of aged cheddar, swiss or pepper jack cheese; Creekside Grille at Wilson Creek Winery serving the Creekside burger made with natural ground chuck, lettuce, onion, cabernet vinegar pickles, fiscalini white cheddar and house thousand island on a brioche bun; Crush & Brew, offering three varieties of sliders and full-size burgers, paired with must-indulge french fries, including the crush burger with red onion marmalade, Brie and Canadian bacon; E.A.T. Marketplace, serving burgers Fridays including the EAT burger made with grass-fed California beef, organic farm greens, fontina cheese, organic salad greens and house pesto aioli and the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, serving up The Double D burger, made with two deep-fried patties, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, Lilt Burner mayo, lettuce and tomato. Additional must-try burgers are available at Kelsey’s at Pechanga, Mad Madeline’s Grill, Public House and Texas Lil’s Mesquite Grill. Several of these fabulous locations also serve local, craft beer to accompany their burgers.
Take part in some must-do activities and adventures for the guys.
After a day of eating and drinking, guys spending two nights in Temecula can take advantage of the region’s diverse activities and adventures. Golf-lovers can hit the links at one of Temecula Valley’s award-winning courses or enjoy taking advantage of the Temecula Golf Trail for tee times, lessons, rentals, transportation and tips on the best courses for all abilities. Visitors ready to get in the action can visit Pechanga Resort & Casino; an evening gaming at the tables and slots offers a superb adrenaline rush.
Just above the Temecula Valley, men can tighten their laces and embark on a hiker’s paradise at the Santa Rosa Plateau. With easy, moderate and challenging trails meandering through the reserve’s 9,000 acres, there is a hike for every level. For a more laid back guys’ day, men visiting Temecula can consider fishing Lake Skinner to try their luck at the catch of the day.
With natural gifts of climate and geography, Temecula Valley Wine Country is recognized for scenic vineyards, award-winning wines and 40-plus wineries. The popular, boutique destination includes the Temecula Valley American Viticulture Area, as well as Historic Downtown Old Town Temecula, Pechanga Resort & Casino and Temecula Wine Country Golf Trail. Visit Temecula Valley is the region’s official tourism marketing organization and an online resource for visitors at www.VisitTemeculaValley.com. The Temecula Valley visitors’ center is located in Old Town Temecula near Third Street and Mercedes Street. For visitor information and assistance, call (888) 363-2852 or (951) 491-6085.