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About Me & My Family

I'm a mostly SAHM who works 2 hours a day at my daughter's school & is heavily involved in the PTO (which allows me to actually use my MBA for something other than the family budget). We LOVE to travel! We have been to over 93 cities in 13 countries. We've gone from freebies & cheap adventures, all the way to the most decadent...whatever we can afford at the time! We love to visit historical sites wherever we go & we use travel opportunities to teach our daughter about local history & culture. Now that my daughter is older, we have been able to embarked on new & exciting advantures that involve more strenuous activity.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, pampered, structured, relaxed, simple, independent, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going
We Just Got Back From
Epic Road Trip - Grand Canyon, AZ, UT, NM, Four Corners, Route 66
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Maui & Italy
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Greece, Russia, Prague
Favorite Vacation Memory
My daughter's 8th birthday...we spent a Girl's Only Weekend at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. This was the first year she agreed to go on the thrill rides & we ended up going on Tower of Terror, California Screamin' & Space Mountain over & over again. She screamed herself hoarse but had the biggest smile I'd ever seen.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
My then 8-month old daughter had a MAJOR diaper blowout on a road trip between Madison, WI & Chicago, IL. It was THE mother of all blowouts! Thank goodness for the kindhearted employees at the truck stop who allowed us to use the showers & provided us with free soap & towels!
Websites I Like:
Il Borro Resort - Tuscany http://ilborro.com/eng/ Grand Wailea Maui http://www.grandwailea.com/ Disneyland http://disneyland.disney.go.com/ City of Temecula http://www.cityoftemecula.org/temecula/Visitors/ Temecula Wine Country http://www.temeculawines.org/

Mother's Day Treats in Temecula, CA

Treat Mom to something special this Mother's Day. There are lots of restaurants, spas, events & free things you can do in the Temecula Valley to make her feel special & say "thanks for all you do!"

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Rancho California Road
Between La Serena Way & Glen Oaks Road Temecula, California

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Take Mom wine tasting at one of several award-winning wineries. Most of them have special brunches, as well: Falkner Winery - 10am - 3:30pm - $59.95 ages 10 & up, $24.50 ages 3-10, under 3 free; Bel Vino Winery - 10:am - 2pm0 - $65, $25 for children under 12 (includes a gift for Mom); Ponte Winery - 3 seatings at 11am, 12pm & 1:30pm - $65 adults, $25 children; South Coast Winery & Day Spa - 3 seatings at 10am, 12:15pm & 2:30pm - $42; Wilson Creek Winery - 10am - 4pm - $59.95 (includes a gift for Mom)

reviewed on: February 14 2011

"Great Wines, Beautiful Scenery, Lots of Fun"
I have lived in Temecula for over 7 years & still feel like I'm on vacation every time I visit the wineries.

Once you drive into wine country, you can hardly believe you're still in Southern California. The scenery is gorgeous and there are so many winereis to visit.

Each winery is different, so it's hard to say which is best. It depends on your tastes. We prefer dry wines, so our favorites are South Coast, Monte de Oro, Wiens & Ponte.

Several of the wineries have restaurants. My favorite is definitely South Coast. The have excellent food, great service and indoor seating (which you will appreciate if you come in the summer!). Ponte also has great food, but the outdoor seating is sometimes a challenge. For lighter fare, pack a picnic or get a cheese tray & bottle of wine & eat on the lawn at Wilson Creek. They have a play structure for the kids & lovely picnic area.

For champagne, try the local favorite - Almond Champagne - at Wilson Creek, or my personal favorite - Orange Champagne - at Wiens (ask for Jakki - she is an excellent & fun pourer!).

If you do it right, the kids do fine. Our daughter enjoys looking around the gift shops (Ponte, Wilson Creek & South Coast have the best). Monte de Oro has a glass floor overlooking the barrel room that is a lot of fun to see. There are always pretty grounds to walk around & the wineries are pretty kid friendly. I wouldn't make an entire day of it, but a few hours with a lunch break is perfect.

Each winery charges a different tasting fee. Plan on $5 - $10 for a glass & at least 5 tastes per location. Food can be pricey, but is worth it. All places have a kid's menu - just ask the server for their kid's offerings.

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Old Town Front Street
Temecula, California

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Walk around Old Town & take Mom to lunch at one of their great restaurants. Buy her a treat in one of the specialty shops!

reviewed on: October 23 2010

"Historical & Fun"
Old Town Temecula was established in 1859 & most of the original buildings are still there. You can download a free historical guide at http://www.oldtowntemecula.com/images/tvhs-tourguide.pdf detailing over 15 historical sites.

Most of the old buildings are repurposed into retail shops & restaurants. Our favorite is the Bank of Mexican Food, which was First National Bank of Temecula until WWII, as well as the site of Riverside County's first bank robbery in 1930. They even have tables in the old vault!  You can also visit the tiny old jail, hidden among the shops of the Old Town Emporium.

There are lots & lots of seasonal activites - Fall Rod Run, Western Days, Street Painting Festival, Summer Concerts, Christmas Light Parade, Winter Outdoor Ice Skating & so much more.  

A great day trip for families! Check their website for a calendar of current events.

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Harveston Drive
Temecula, California

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Pack a nice picnic lunch & take Mom on a paddle boat ride, a walk around the lake, or simply relax. for a special treat, get there early & set up a special treat in the gazebo - it's free to use on a first-come/first-served basis!

reviewed on: October 23 2010

"Nice Family Picnic Spot"
Harveston Lake is a 17.1 acre public park located within the Harveston Community. There is a lot to do here - walking & bike paths, playgrounds, sports park, catch & release fishing, picnicing, duck feeding & motorized boat rentals (for a fee).

There is plenty of free parking around the lake. Bring bread for the ducks. Kids get a kick out of feeding them!

There are two large playgrounds - one on the west side of the lake & one on the south side by the sports park.

Please be cognizant that you are in a residential neighborhood - patrol your trash, keep the noise level at an acceptable level & clean up after your pets!

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40760 Winchester Road #180
Promenade Mall - across from Coldwater Creek Temecula, California

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Paint something with Mom or for Mom - my favorite treasure is my eclectic collection of Mother's Day coffee cups!


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27507 Ynez Road
Temecula, California

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Paint something with Mom or for Mom - my favorite treasure is my eclectic collection of Mother's Day coffee cups!


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Corner of Rancho California Road & Ynez Road
Temecula, California

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Pack a picnic lunch & bring your camera!

reviewed on: April 26 2011

"Great free picnic spot"
The Temecula Duck Pond is always a special treat. There are rolling hills where you can picnic under a tree or run around on the grass. Of course, there's also the ducks to feed. Don't worry if you forget your bread...just go up to the counter at the Pat & Oscar's adjacent to the pond & they'll give you free (stale) breadsticks for the ducks!***UPDATE 9/25/11***Pat & Oscar's closed on Friday :( Bring your own bread!

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35750 De Portola Rd.
Temecula, California

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Take Mom on a horseback ride through the rolling hills of Temecula's wine country. Safety helmets are provided for riders under 18. Be sure to read the "Things to Know" regarding proper dress, deposits, etc.


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27576 Ynez Road Suite H1
Target Center - around the corner form Home Goods Temecula, California

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Take a Mom & Me Brunch Class with Chef Dave. Learn how to make the perfect omelet, hash browns, crepes, a brioche French toast with fresh berry & mascarpone cream, & old-fashion Italian apple tart. Only $69 for you AND Mom!


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41885 Ivy Street
Murrieta, California

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Book a Mother-Daughter day (ages 12 & up) for some pampering & fun! Note: closed on Sundays.

reviewed on: April 26 2011

"Great for Moms & young ladies!"
The only reason I gave this a 4 instead of a 5 is that it is for Moms & young teens, not kids.

If you're looking for a special treat for Mom, this little gem is the place! Set in a secluded building in Old Town Murrieta, the spa makes you feel as if you're in another world!

They offer full spa treatments in a serene setting. You can choose a la carte or a package. There is a heated outdoor mineral pool and onsite cafe to make your spa expereince complete. Kids ages 12-17 can enjoy one of their youth treatments!