We were so surprised by the beautiful topography of Temecula that we added an extra day here to explore the surrounding mountains, look at real estate, and check out the local stores. The city of 100,000 or so people is surrounded by beautiful estates, vineyards, and farms growing citrus and avocado. It’s roughly 1-2 hours away from San Diego, Laguna Beach, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Big Bear Lake, Palm Springs, and practically anything else you’d want to do. If you’re in the mood for a road trip, Las Vegas is only 280 miles away.
[mainbodyad]The basic necessities of life are nearby – an Apple store, a Williams-Sonoma, and a Costco. And both my internal candy aficionado and Berkshire Hathaway shareholder were ecstatic to see a See’s Candies shop. The school district is supposedly good. We haven’t, yet, had time to explore the famous 19th century downtown or go out and walk one of the wineries but we’ll definitely be returning to Temecula in the future. I’m going to go back to Kansas City and, along with a handful of other places we’ve visited, pull marketplace data on everything from aggregate retail sales to median educational attainment to get an idea of the character of the community.
To get the full effect, click the pictures to view the bigger versions. I had no idea … just like the pictures of Laguna Beach, etc., two days ago, the photographs don’t do it justice.
We’re on to the next city. I may not have Internet access for most of the day but I’m going through the comments and messages you have sent me, adding certain towns to the list and making notes. Again, I really appreciate the suggestions and help! If I can get LTE on the highway, I’ll try and respond as best I can.