Toast the tastes of California with this week's Escape to Temecula's Villa del Vino, just an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles in the heart of Southern California wine country.
It's a splendid seven-acre ranch retreat surrounded by vineyards, and this week's Escape scores you a two-night stay for two, Sundays through Thursdays ($349) or Fridays and Saturdays ($399), in the laid-back luxury of a luxurious California king suite, featuring a rock-grotto shower, flat-screen TV, dual sinks, stone fireplace, and overstuffed California king bed.
You'll also get continental breakfast for two each day, a Reserve tasting for two at Keyways Winery, and 47 percent off a four-hour luxury limo wine tour.
Relax while your knowledgeable, local guide from Lux Limo Company chauffeurs you through Temecula Wine Country. Your tour includes wine tasting for two at three premier wineries; an on-board concierge and a photographer to memorialize the day (high-def photos available at no additional charge); and a light lunch of wine, cheese, and crackers.
At some point, you'll want to use your Reserve tasting voucher at Keyways Winery, the valley's only woman-owned winery. Let your palate run wild as a sommelier pours a flight of five wines—from the aromatic Albariño to the big Cabernet Sauvignon—at this 23-year-old enterprise, one of the valley's first.
Need a break from the bottle? Head to Old Town Temecula for a wander through this turn-of-the-century stagecoach stop. Around since 1882, the town today is abuzz with antiques shops, modern boutiques, restaurants, and bars—even a community theater, which showcases live dance, music, and theatrical performances throughout the year.
Why head north to Napa? In Temecula, little more than an hour from San Diego, Palm Springs, and LA, you'll find pastoral, vine-lined landscapes and a healthy dose of the sweet nectar they produce. And at Villa del Vino, you'll have a spot on a sumptuous estate in the middle of it all.
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Villa del Vino
Two-Night Stay for Two, Sundays through Thursdays ($349) or Fridays and Saturdays ($399), Daily Breakfast for Two, Two Wine Tastings, and 47% Off a Four-Hour Wine Tour
- from $349