By Nancy Gettinger
Why You Must Go: Tucked away amid the green rolling hills, you’ll feel as if you have been transported to a distant resort with hardly a quiver from your gas gauge. A beautifully landscaped 27-hole championship golf course, dotted with rushing creeks and distant trees, can be seen from each balcony. Rooms are comfortably decorated with authentic Native American artifacts actually excavated while the inn was built. If you want a relaxing getaway minus travel costs, the Temecula Creek Inn is a gem of a find. A variety of package getaways include tours of the surrounding wine country, golf schooling and in-room massage. This is great place to relax with a round of golf, fantastic food and a million-dollar view.
Where To Eat: With its wall of windows, The Temet Grill shares the same stunning view as the guest rooms. Executive chef Sal Giuilano has created beautifully presented dishes of delicious fare, from the tapenade and cauliflower soup, to the perfect filet mignon, pared with just the right wine. The view at breakfast is even better with the added attraction of the morning golfers as they tee off.
What Else To Check Out: If you’re not into golf or one for just kicking back for a day or two, not to worry. You can spend time strolling through Old Town Temecula’s specialty boutiques and antique stores, catch a performance at the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, or brave an early morning balloon ride before touring one of the many local wineries. If this still isn’t enough excitement, just a short drive can bring you to either the Pechanga or Pala casinos to play some slots. Pocket that plane fare and take a short trip down the 15; you will be delighted to see what’s grown up in your own back yard.
Temecula Creek Inn, 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, (951) 694-1000 or (877) 517-1823, www.temeculacreekinn.com; midweek “Welcome to Wine Country” package starts at $139 per night, $189 for weekends.