Meeting and event planning in Temecula can be a picturesque and affordable way to introduce groups to this easily accessible paradise in the heart of Southern California Wine Country. Located less than 60 miles north of San Diego, Temecula is also 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Spanning 32 square miles, Temecula is home to rolling hills, soaring mountains and big, open sky, all serving as the perfect backdrop to Temecula event venues, which include more than 40 wineries.
Temecula's accessible location puts this meeting destination within 100 miles of four major airports. Located 60 miles outside of Temecula and three miles northwest of San Diego, San Diego International offers flights to 55 destinations across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Slightly farther away (66 miles), John Wayne Airport offers nonstop service to over 15 destinations in the U.S. Temecula is also served by both LA/Ontario International Airport, which has more than 220 daily flights serving every major city in the U.S., as well as Los Angeles International Airport, which serves 69 international destinations and 87 domestic destinations on virtually every major carrier.
As the leader of Temecula event venues, Pechanga Resort & Casino boasts luxurious meeting, dining and entertainment. The AAA 4 Diamond resort is known for its casually elegant style - reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and infused with Native-American art and culture. The Pechanga Resort & Casino features 53,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including 13 breakout rooms; the 118-seat Hummingbird Hall teleconference center; the 1,200-seat Pechanga Theater; the 22,000-square-foot grand ballroom; and Eagle's View ballroom, which sits high atop the hotel's 14-story tower. The 517-room resort features first-class amenities, including a fully equipped health club, seasonal pool and sundeck with private cabanas, spa, eight on-site restaurants, six full-service bars and lounges and nightly entertainment. Pechanga Resort & Casino is home to the largest casino in the western U.S., as well as the highly rated Journey at Pechanga golf course.
Numerous Temecula special event venues include casual wineries, traditional hotels, peaceful resorts, and theater space, among other choices. The contemporary Old Town Community Theater, known for its fantastic musical and theatrical productions, features two performance venues, including a 361-seat proscenium theater and the 48-seat Club at the Merc, both of which are available for private rentals. For unique meeting places Temecula wine country has several barrel rooms ideal for meetings; Temecula Creek Inn features a 180-year-old stone house with rustic ambiance; and Olive Tree Ranch in nearby Aguanga provides an indoor barn setting or an outdoor meeting space that is surrounded by olive trees and flowers. Groups can book private winery tours with executive luxury or adventurous fun transportation companies.
Throughout Temecula, talented chefs and restaurateurs abound. The array of dining opportunities ranges from contemporary, white tablecloth to open-air, casual. In Downtown Old Town Temecula, 19 excellent, independent restaurants, bistros and coffee houses serve fresh, creative cuisine; classic, authentic ethnic fare; and robust java. In wine country, the pleasures of food and wine are enjoyed while overlooking rolling hills and vineyards; nine friendly and gracious, winery restaurants expertly pair premium, award-winning wines with uniquely inspired menus featuring seasonal foods. Pechanga Resort & Casino hosts nine outstanding places to dine, including four gourmet restaurants.