City of Temecula
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Temecula, a wonderful place to live, raise a family and call home Temecula is a city located in the southwestern part of Riverside County, just north of San Diego County, in Southern California. It is situated just south of the junction of the I. 15 and the I. 215 freeways. Highway 79 also services the area to the east and the northeast. It is about 85 miles southeast of Los Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego.
Temecula is well known for its championship golf courses and a climate that lends itself to the growing of wine grapes. There are over 3,000 acres of vineyards and the wineries attract many visitors all year round, resulting in a thriving Temecula Wine Country area, with destination resorts, spas, excellent winery restaurants and entertainment, along with numerous attractive outdoor wedding facilities.Historic Old Town Temecula boasts a 350 seat Old Town Community Theatre, many excellent restaurants of all flavors, historic buildings and over 600 antique shops! There are numerous summer outdoor shows in Old Town - car shows, The famous Rod Run, Western Days and much more. Horse drawn carriages ride along Front Street and the people stroll on boardwalks. Every Saturday the place to be is at the Farmer's Market - selling fresh fruits, vegetables and crafts.
The historic Mercantile Building dating to 1890 now houses the theater ticket office and a visual art gallery.
The Temecula Valley International Film Festival and Music Festival is held every September, attracting film makers and musicians from around the world. There are also numerous art shows.
Southeast of Temecula is the Pechanga Resort and Casino, owned and operated by the Pechanga Tribe of Luiseno Indians. It houses a large casino, hotel and meeting rooms, a nighclub, cabaret lounge, boxing, concerts and seven restaurants.
The Temecula Unified School District is the leader in the Inland Empire in standardized test scores and is considered as one of the fastest growing school districts in Southern California. The education levels are high with approximately 80 percent achieving a college degree and about 25 percent achieving an undergraduate degree. The Temecula Valley is within commuting distance of about 22 private and public colleges and Universities.
The surrounding areas - Temecula is situated within a close proximity to numerous recreation venues, including the beaches, skiing in the nearby mountains, visiting the desert areas of Palm Springs and Palm Desert - but mostly Temecula is known for it's horse activities and ranches. There are horse breeders in this community, horse trainers and lots of enthusiasts who just love to ride, show, raise and enjoy their horses. Galway Downs is home to a race training track and numerous horse shows, including cutting, reined cowhorse, open horse shows with all riding events and styles, and it is also a center for training the US Olympic Equestrian Team for the dressage, stadium jumping and cross country events.
In the Wine country areas and further east, in Sage, Aguanga and Anza, lovers of a country lifestyle live and enjoy the scenery and open spaces!
Lake Skinner is the site of the famous "Balloon and Wine Festival" in a lovely setting that those who live here treasure and want to keep as pristine as it still is!
This is a lovely area, and those who visit usually want to come back and stay!