I was born and raised in Temecula, California. Growing up there, you tend to start to take for granted all of the gorgeous scenery and this town has to offer. Naturally, I gravitated towards wanting to write about Old Town Temecula, because I know how loved it is. But to be honest, I was kind of dreading spending my morning down there to photograph it. It was going to be a hot day and I had a lot on my to-do list.
I got there early, before it was too crowded, parked my car at one end and planned to take my time and slowly walk all the way down to the other end. Slowly strolling along, I realized, there was no where else I would have rather been. Even though, I had been on those streets hundreds of times, I was exploring them again, with new eyes. Old Town has still got it! It’s great for a date, family outing, or just some solo time for yourself.
I really felt like I was back in time. The streets of Old Town Temecula are quaint and kind. People seem to walk a little slower and really take in the sights around them. All the little shops are primarily local businesses, which gives it an even more intimate vibe. There were pleasant surprises around every corner!
“Old Town” really is an old town. Through out the streets, with new restaurants and shops, there are also, real historic buildings, and pieces of buildings, that add to it’s charm.
Old Town is stacked with restaurants, as well. The most famous restaurants, in my humble opinion, are; The Bank (Mexican food), Rosas Cantina (Mexican food), Mad Madelines (burgers), and Swing Inn Cafe (breakfast). As a “local,” I’ve only eaten at Rosas Cantina and the Swing Inn and I have nothing, but great things to say! So, definitely stop by one of those if you’re in the area.
You also don’t want to miss Old Town RootBeer Company. They boast a huge selection of rootbeers and other sodas in classic, glass bottles and a nice porch to sit on. It’ll transport ya right back to when rocking in rocking chairs was cool.
There are antique shops, old record shops, clothing shops, all sort of knick knack shops, and of course restaurants, spas, and wine tasting venues. It’s the perfect place for an absolutely delightful day. Start at one end and just mosey all the way down to the other. It’s a great way to slow your world down and enjoy life for a few hours.
Old Town has also revamped it’s night life. The weekends are hoppin’! But that’ll be for another time, in another article. Cheers, friends!