Celebrate and Savor “Temecula Chilled” December 1 through December 31 in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country

Posted by Inland Empire Tourism Council

tcvb“Making the absolute most of every day and every night in December, Visit Temecula Valley happily invites visitors from Southern California and beyond to enjoy the new Temecula Chilled holiday celebration that will showcase our ideal Southern California climate and the outrageous variety of wonderful sights, sounds, festivities, events, activities, and experiences to enjoy December 1 through December 31,” announced Kimberly Adams, Visit Temecula Valley president and CEO. “The joyful, classic, contemporary, whimsical, old school, new school, and eclectic fun will span from Old Town Temecula to Temecula Valley Wine Country and from Promenade Temecula to Pechanga Resort & Casino.” Welcoming more than 2 million visitors each year, the casual, picturesque Temecula Valley is located 60 minutes from San Diego, Orange County, and Palm Springs; and 90 minutes from Los Angeles and Hollywood.

“It will be an especially magical December with Temecula Chilled,” Adams emphasized. “There will be the beauty of all the twinkling lights, the sparkle of iconic snowflakes, the grand and glorious illusions of snowfall and snow flurries, tons of real and authentic snow, the Temecula On Ice outdoor skating rink, special and unique Temecula Chilled beverages and desserts, and much more throughout the Temecula Valley. The celebration offers spectacular opportunities for loving families, great friends, and devoted couples to share festive experiences and create unique, new traditions together. The memories they’ll share will be cherished long after the days and nights of December have passed.”

Planned thus far as part of the Temecula Chilled celebration are the twinkling lights and décor that will glow along Old Town Front Street; in the vineyards and at the wineries in Temecula Valley Wine Country; from the luminous hotel tower to the festive porte-cochere at Pechanga Resort & Casino; and throughout the indoor and outdoor spaces at Promenade Temecula. Also included will be Snowbell Rockin’ Nights with musical bells, a light show, and snowfall at the Temecula Civic Center in Old Town; and The Magic Snow Flurry show at Promenade Temecula. Santa’s Electric Light Parade, the Temecula On Ice outdoor skating rink, the Holiday Taste of Old Town event, Pennypickle’s Winter Wonderland with tons of real snow, and the New Year’s Eve Grape Drop in Old Town Temecula. Promenade Temecula and Old Town Temecula will offer visits with Santa Claus; Pechanga will offer fresh-baked gingerbread houses; and quality, award-winning wine tasting in Temecula Valley Wine Country will offer opportunities to purchase favorites for personal and corporate gifts, for sharing while entertaining at home, and for pairing with holiday foods. Stage productions like the musical extravaganza A Christmas Carol and the beautiful Nutcracker ballet at Old Town Temecula Community Theater; and holiday concerts at Pechanga like the 2014 Christmas Rocks Tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra will be featured. Highlights will also include December signature wine and live music events at the wineries, and gala New Year’s Eve celebrations in Wine Country and at Pechanga.

“Temecula Chilled encourages, friends, couples, and their visiting guests, too – to take time and make time to get away, stay, and relax and be joyful together in Temecula Valley Southern California Wine Country,” Adams said. “There will be so many festive sights, sounds, events, and activities to experience together. It means many opportunities to create wonderful new traditions together and to share lasting memories. Less-busy midweek overnight stays can be especially memorable for potential conversations with talented and gracious Temecula Valley winemakers and winemaking family members, and creative and passionate chefs, artisans, and merchants. Meanwhile, resorts’, hotels’, and motels’ special, better-than-weekend, Sunday-through-Thursday, nightly room rates can mean savings that become additional resources for purchases of Temecula Valley goodness and greatness, and for enjoying more Temecula Chilled events, activities, and experiences.” Visit TemeculaChilled.com for more information on the holiday events happening throughout Temecula Valley.
*Information is believed accurate but may be subject to change. Most events and many activities will require advance reservations.

MAKEOVER GIVES CONCERT VENUE NEW VIBE

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The Cave Adds Versatile Seating Plan to Accommodate Various Acts and Plans to Add Full-Service Bar and Kitchen for a Complete Entertainment Experience   

Big Bear’s premier entertainment venue The Cave, which is known for its intimate setting and state-of-the-art sound equipment, recently completed phase one of a three-phase major renovation. The first significant improvement was The Cave’s movie-theatre-style seats were removed to create room for a new seating plan that allows greater flexibility for a wide range of different acts. Approximately 200 yards of concrete were poured where the theater-style seats once occupied and has since formed three tiered platforms. The Cave can now handle a variety of entertainment that calls for different seating arrangements. Portable banquet chairs accommodate dinner seating for intimate performances or can be arranged in a theater-style layout for various productions. Of course, banquet chairs can be removed to create a spacious floor for general admission concerts.

“The venue’s lineup continues to reach out to bigger and better acts,” said David Stone, owner of The Cave. “It was inevitable we had to change our seating arrangements to cater to the national acts that we’re bringing in, but more importantly we want to ensure that our audience is content.”

Mr. Stone says construction for the second phase of the renovation project is already underway, which consists of removing two main-floor private VIP boxes and filling the area with an elaborate full-service bar. Stone says the bar inside the theater on the main floor will make it much more convenient for guests to enjoy a concert while getting a refreshing beverage without missing any of the show. The bar should be installed just in time for the legendary Dick Dale concert on Friday, November 28. In addition to the main bar there will be portable bars on each wing of the dance floor to help with the flow of service. 

The improvements at The Cave have also created opportunities that The Cave was not able to accommodate before, such as its new Club Night at the Cave. After each concert the Cave transforms into a night club atmosphere with laser lights, fog machines and DJs that play electronic dance music.

Once phase two is complete The Cave will undergo the final phase that will put the finishing touches on the venue. The plan is to knock out concession stands and put in a full kitchen that will allow The Cave to present a genuine dining experience for its patrons. Phase three is expected to be finished in the first part of January. 

“When we complete phase three the improvements will be very noticeable. We’re certainly adding a real touch of class to the theater,” added Stone. “The dining experience will be especially exceptional for mellow concerts, comedy nights or special occasions like Valentine’s Day.”      

The Cave is an intimate theatre-style venue that was once the site of the historic Village Movie Theater in Big Bear Village. The maximum capacity at The Cave is 399, making it the ideal setting for an up-close and personal concert experience. Key features include an orchestra pit that is often used as a dance floor in front of the stage. It also has VIP opera-style box seating at the wings of the stage, and it comes equipped with state-of-the-art sound system and lighting.

The Cave hosts live entertainment every weekend, all year round. Some well-known acts that are on the upcoming schedule include Ambrosia (Nov. 27); Dick Dale (Nov. 28); Young Dubliners (Dec. 13); The English Beat (Dec. 27); Missing Persons (Dec. 31); Marc Cohn (Jan. 11); Unwritten Law (Jan. 16); Eric Johnson (Jan. 23); BJ Thomas (Jan. 30); Gin Blossoms (Feb. 6); ALO (Feb. 15); Sammy Kershaw (Feb. 27); Don McLean (March 14) and Edgar Winter (March 28). The Cave is also home to the best of the best tribute bands and cover artists such as The Iron Maidens (Dec. 6); The Dan Band (Dec. 20); Cash’d Out (Johnny Cash); Cubensis (Grateful Dead); Kissed Alive (Kiss). The venue also features stand-up comedians, theatrical performances and social events.

The Cave is located at 40789 Village Drive in Big Bear Lake. General seating ticket pricing varies per show. To get a complete listing of all events happening at The Cave or to purchase tickets visit www.thecavebigbear.com or call 877-825-4388.

For all there is to see and do in Big Bear, make lodging reservations or request a free Visitors Guide log on to www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232. 

Please Join Us for Junior Aviators Day! Kids 11yrs and Under are FREE!

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POF Junior Event

 

Free Admission for children 11 years under with a paid adult. Up to three free children allowed with the purchase of one full paying adult. Offer not valid for groups taking advantage of group pricing or those using any other discount or offer. A parent or guardian must supervise children at all times.

Calling all Teachers working in schools, please bring a school or district ID, paystub, union card, or other proof of eligibility and receive free entrance to the Museum. If you are a home school educator, please contact our Education Coordinator at 909-306-5002. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

LA/ONTARIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OFFERS FOUR HOURS OF FREE WI-FI

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Travelers now have up to four hours of free Wi-Fi high speed internet access at LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT). The increase from two to four free hours of service is available to all travelers and visitors each day in Terminals 2 and 4.
“The enhanced tool allows our customers with a laptop, mobile phone, iPad, tablet, or other wireless device that has Wi-Fi capabilities to surf the web, check e-mails or browse through their social media while they wait for their flight or for a loved one to arrive,” said Jess Romo, Airport Manager. “The additional hours are especially valuable for our business travelers.”

There are three simple steps to access ONT Wi-Fi:
1) Connect to the ONT Passenger Wi-Fi system using the Network (SSID) ONT-WiFi.
2) Launch a web browser.
3) Accept the Terms and Conditions.

ONT is located in the Inland Empire, approximately 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles in the center of Southern California. It is a medium-hub, full-service airport with direct commercial jet service to 14 major U.S. cities and connecting service to many domestic and international destinations. There are approximately 60 daily flights offered by 8 air carriers. For more information about ONT, please visit www.flyOntario.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ONTAirport, and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/flyONTAirport.

SKI PACKAGE DEALS ARE ONE FOR THE AGES

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 Big Bear’s Lift & Lodging Packages Start at $89, Includes Lift Ticket Valued at $64    

SS-texture-cord-wierd-2Big Bear now bundles winter packages that includes room nights with Big Bear Mountain Resorts lift tickets at discounted prices for all ages. It’s the first time Big Bear has included young adults and children in its Lift and Lodging Packages, which now makes it more convenient for families and groups to get discounts seven days a week for the entire party. Big Bear’s Lift & Lodging Package deals, called Ski. Stay. & Save. Packages start as low as $89 midweek and $109 weekends, restrictions apply. The deeply discounted packages include discounted, all-day, interchangeable lift tickets good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which are regularly priced at $64 midweek / $79 weekends for adults, $53 midweek / $68 weekends for young adults (13-21), and $26 midweek / $34 weekends for children (7-12). Lift tickets are bundled together with discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear’s participating lodges, making it the perfect bargain for those who wish to stay overnight and ski or ride during the day.

“We’ve made it much easier for families to book their winter vacations by providing for all ages to save big,” said Big Bear Visitors Bureau Director of Operations Rebecca Hrabia. “These are great deals considering adult lift tickets start at $64.”

Also new this year, are fewer blackout dates than the previous year including the week leading up to Christmas from December 20 to December 24, and January 19 (MLK Day) and February, 16 (Presidents Day). “Less blackout dates mean more skier days!” added Hrabia.

Both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain provide excellent snow conditions throughout the winter season with more than 435 developed acres, 26 lifts, four high-speed chairs, 1,800 vertical feet, and more than 200 park features. Big Bear is an easy two-hour drive from most Southern California cities and only three hours from Las Vegas making it a convenient winter “stay-cation” within a reasonable driving distance, and it’s an affordable alternative to places like Tahoe, Utah or Colorado. 

Quality skiing and riding combined with a wide range of lodging choices such as private home rentals, charming bed & breakfasts, cozy condos and rustic cabins make Big Bear Lake Southern California’s premier ski and snowboard destination. Whether it’s at the base of the slopes, lakefront, in the village, or countryside, every lodge in Big Bear creates a warm and inviting atmosphere that fits every lifestyle and budget.

Lift and Lodging Packages are not valid on select holiday periods. The discounted packages are good for any time of the week with check-in dates starting December 1, 2014 to the end of the 2014/2015 ski season. Price is per person, per night based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Minimum of two nights of lodging and two days lift tickets for weekend packages are required. At least half of the guests in the party must purchase lift tickets for all packages. Check-in dates for the lodging packages begin December 1, 2014. Lift ticket vouchers and lodging discounts are not valid during the holiday periods; December 25, 2014 to January 4, 2015; January 17-18, 2015, and February 14-15, 2015. Dates are subject to change. Other restrictions may apply. For more details about these great discounted packages, log onto www.bigbear.com or call 800-424-4232.

PROMENADE TEMECULA ADDS EIGHT NEW STORES INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL BRAND LULULEMON

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Promenade Temecula24 (2)Promenade Temecula has announced that eight new businesses have joined its indoor/outdoor lifestyle shopping center over the past twelve months, including international athletic apparel company Lululemon, according to Kym Espinosa, Director of Marketing at Promenade Temecula.

“This is a time of growth for Promenade Temecula, and we are pleased to continue to add new stores that meet the needs of today’s shoppers,” says Espinosa.  “Our newest retailers will continue to deliver fresh concepts that enhance our guests’ experience, and provide them with the latest trends in apparel and technology.”

Lululemon Athletica, an international brand specializing in technical athletic apparel for yoga, running and dancing for both women and men, will open in early 2015.  In addition to its retail offerings, Lululemon at Promenade Temecula will also feature a yoga studio, which will provide an assortment of yoga-focused classes for shoppers to enjoy, according to Espinosa.

“The addition of this sought-after brand to our roster is especially exciting, as it is indicative of our ability to meet the needs of the current generation of shoppers, who are focused on ‘living well’ by incorporating fitness and heath into their everyday lives,” adds Espinosa.

 

Promenade Temecula’s newest tenants also include:

  • As Seen on TV—As Seen on TV provides shoppers with unique, time-saving solutions and products that have been seen on TV. With hundreds of items to choose from, guests will find gadgets that really work to enhance their everyday lives. As Seen on TV is located on Promenade Temecula’s lower level, across from Express.
  • Blink Boutique – This day spa offers daily indulgences including facials, lash extensions, hair extensions and special occasion make-up applications. Blink Boutique is located on the upper level, next to Macy’s Women’s store.
  • Francesca’s – This fashion and accessories boutique specializes in fresh, unique fashions. As a true boutique, Francesca’s collection offers a limited quantity of each style to keep its selection current and continually fresh. Francesca’s is located on the lower level, across from GAP.
  • New York Men’s – This specialty store offers suits, dress shirts, sport coats and special occasion suits to men of all ages. The menswear shop also prides itself on personal service and detailed tailoring. New York Men’s is located on the upper level of Promenade Temecula, next to the Macy’s Women’s store.
  • Smart Fix – This mobile repair kiosk that provides quick cell phone and tablet repairs for both iPhone and Android platforms, while guests wait.  Smart Fix is located on the upper level, next to Ben Bridge Jewelers.
  • SUBWAY – The newest addition to the Promenade Temecula Food Court, this national sandwich shop offers fresh choices in sandwich and salad specialties. SUBWAY is located in the  lower level Food Court
  • Windsor Fashions - Specializing in ladies fashion dresses for special occasions, this shop also offers a large selection of dressy casual fashions for daytime. Windsor Fashions is located on the upper level, near Sears.

For more information about the newest stores and events at Promenade Temecula, visit www.promenadetemecula.com.

PROMENADE TEMECULA KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH SANTA CLAUS, FIREWORKS, CAROLS AND SNOW

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Promenade Temecula will kick off the holiday season with its biggest and most magical Santa’s Arrival celebration to date. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the community is invited to welcome Santa Claus and the holiday season with Promenade Temecula as it transforms its outdoor plaza into a winter wonderland, according Kym Espinosa, Director of Marketing for Promenade Temecula.

“This event is one of our most sought-after celebrations of the year, and we continue to introduce new, exciting elements to enhance our guests’ experience,” explains Espinosa. “The holidays are a time when we can be nostalgic and share wonderful memories with our family and friends. This sentiment inspired this year’s theme, which combines the vintage look from Dr. Seuss’ original ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ with today’s technology. We are particularly excited to be adding two Jumbotrons to our main stage that will enhance our guests’ visibility as they watch and enjoy the show.”

For this year’s entertainment, Promenade Temecula has enlisted the help of local theater production company, CYT Riverside (Christian Youth Theater), to conduct an exciting holiday musical show featuring performances from local student music programs including Linfield Christian School’s Fine Arts Department, Dunamix Dance Studio, Resonate Vocal Group, and Candor Vocal Group.

The free holiday event will also feature character visits, fireworks with the annual tree lighting, and a magical snowfall to the show’s finale.

Parents are encouraged to arrive early and pick up free illuminating snowflake wands for the kids to enjoy that will add sparkle to the evening’s festivities. Light wands will be distributed at the Mountain High satellite station, near Red Robin in the Plaza beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Following the event, Santa Claus will be available for photos and continue with visits throughout the Christmas season.

For more information on holiday events and happenings at Promenade Temecula, visit www.promenadetemecula.com or call (951) 296-0975.

KIDS WILL ENJOY A GOBBLE GOBBLE GOOD TIME AT VICTORIA GARDENS’ THANKSGIVING CRAFT EVENT!

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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club wants to make sure the children of the Inland Empire are prepared for the big day!

On Saturday, November 15 from 11:00am until 1:00pm, children 3 to 10 years of age are invited to participate in a special Kidz Club Thanksgiving crafting event.

Kids will have the opportunity to create their very own Thanksgiving Day placemat that they can then use at their own family dinner this holiday.

All crafting supplies will be provided for this free event, which will take place in Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Town Square.

Shadow the Victoria Gardens Kidz Club mascot will also be on hand to help children create this special craft!

Parents who would like more information can call Victoria Gardens’ Guest Services office at (909) 463-2830.

 

DATE:                          Saturday, November 15, 2014

TIMES:                         11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

COST:                          FREE

LOCATION:                 Victoria Gardens’ Chaffey Town Square

12505 North Mainstreet

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

INFORMATION:          (909) 463-2830

WEBSITE:                    www.VictoriaGardensIE.com

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Perris Valley Historical Museum Bazaar

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Planes of Fame Air Museum Research Library Grand Opening

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The Planes of Fame Air Museum Research Library Grand Opening and Book Fair is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, 2014. This event will be held at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in the Maloney Hangar from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11:30 am.

For decades Museum members and supporters have been donating their aviation books to Planes of Fame Air Museum with the expectation that someday the Museum would open an aviation research library to the public.

For many years, diligent volunteers had been working to catalog donated books, but the donations rapidly grew to exceed the cataloging process and no suitable facility for a library was available.

Under the guidance of PoF Board Member Karen Hinton, a committee was formed to find a permanent solution. Now after an intensive effort by a dedicated group of volunteers the dream of a Planes of Fame Air Museum Research Library has now been accomplished.

With over 10,000 volumes cataloged, most of which are now on the libraries shelves, we are pleased to announce the grand opening on November 15th, 2014.

In conjunction with the Grand Opening, we are having a Book Fair showcasing esteemed aviation authors. These authors will be doing a reading, as well as selling their books.