Temecula is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California. It was incorporated on December 1, 1989. Temecula is bordered by the City of Murrieta to the north and the Pechanga Indian Reservation and San Diego County to the south. The City of Temecula forms the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region. The city is a prominent tourist destination, with the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town Temecula, the Temecula Valley Polo Club, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, championship golf courses, and resort accommodations attracting a significant amount of tourists which appreciably contributes to the city’s economic profile. In addition to the tourism sector, the educational, healthcare, leisure, professional, finance, and retail sectors all contribute to the city’s economy as well.
In 2001, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians built the $262 million Pechanga Resort and Casino complex. Linked together in an architectural design that subtly highlights the tribe’s Luiseño culture, the facility includes: an 85,000-square-foot (7,900 m2) casino, 1,200-seat bingo hall, 515,000-square-foot (47,800 m2), 13-story, 522-room hotel and 38,800-square-foot convention center, 1,200-seat showroom, 200-seat cabaret lounge, and seven restaurants. The casino also features 2,000 slot machines, 60 card tables and over 50 poker tables. In 2004, a new gaming area was completed. It is almost 400,000 square feet (40,000 m2) in area, including a nightclub, Silk, and the Round Bar. Silk has a capacity of 1,600 people and has five bars inside the club. The Round Bar features California’s largest glass structure. The casino also features a sportsbar and restaurant (Kelseys), several other sit-down restaurants, a buffet, and six eateries at the Temptations Food Walk.
Old Town Temecula is a collection of historic 1890s buildings, antique stores, hotels, museums, specialty food stores, restaurants, boutiques, gift and collectible stores, and antique dealers. Old Town is also home to such events as car shows, western days, and summer entertainment. On weekends, Old Town also hosts a growing nightlife. Old Town is also home to the Temecula Museum which features exhibits about the local band of Native Americans and the local natural history and city development. Completed in late 2010, the new City Hall is also located in Old Town.
Golfers can use one of the nine local golf courses including Pechanga’s Journey, Redhawk, Temecula Creek Inn, Temeku Hills, CrossCreek, Pala Mesa (near Fallbrook) and the SCGA Member’s Course (in nearby Murrieta).