Comfort Inn & Suites Near Temecula Wine Country
41005 California Oaks Rd.
Murrieta, CA 92562
Phone: (951) 894-7227
Fax: (951) 894-7226
Arts & Museums
The Blue Heron Gallery hosts works by several artists and seeks to bring in a wide variety of works for people to enjoy. Those works range from paintings to photography, silver to pottery, and various other types of art. The Blue Heron Gallery will gladly open for those unable to make it to their showroom during their regular hours, Though they have regular business hours and do not require reservations, they host eight to ten shows a year, so they recommend reservations. The Blue Heron Gallery also buys art from artists and collectors they do not normally work with. - Erick Pettersen
Located in the quaint town of Fallbrook, this art venue celebrates works by local talent. The exciting community art gallery features the ongoing work of more than 20 local members and invited guests. The artists work in various disciplines to produce paintings in all media and sculpture. The shop also displays local hand-thrown pottery, basketry, fiber art and jewelry. Feature exhibitions for individual artists and craft creators are mounted bi-monthly.
The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society is dedicated to mineralogy, paleontology, and similar earth sciences. Visitors can peruse their museum or participate in one of their many events. The Gem and Mineral Society holds various events throughout the year, including beading, grab bag-making, and work parties that include potluck lunches. They also participate in various local events, such as the San Diego County Fair. For those interested in using the Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society’s meeting room for their own conferences, they rent it out by the hour. And for those interested in learning more about mineralogy or any of the related fields of science, they can visit the Society’s virtual store on their website. - Erick Pettersen
More than an art gallery, the Hidden Forest Art Gallery is home to exotic creatures from around the world. Featuring some of the leading wildlife paintings in the world, the artwork at the Hidden Forest Art Gallery captures the beauty of nature. For those who might enjoy a more realistic view, this art gallery also features sculptures of various animals. For those who would like to take the beauty of The Hidden Forest Art Gallery home with them, each piece is available for purchase. And for anyone unable to visit this gallery, the artist brings his artwork to shows all over the world. - Erick Pettersen
The monumental site of Perris Depot stands as an eminent railroad depot. It was constructed basically to serve Perris in California. The depot was erected and established in 1892. It encompasses a land cover of approximately less than one acre. The structure finely depicts the Queen Anne style of architecture. The railroad site occupies great historical value and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is predominantly a red-brick construct and is structurally brilliant.
Set apart from the hustle and bustle of San Diego's downtown life, many of the same buildings that stood more than a century ago still stand. The Fallbrook Historical Society's Museum is a large, one-room museum. In the middle of the room, a large model of Fallbrook more than a century ago displays the original train tracks that went through the town. Along the walls of the room, the museum is sectioned off by display cases that allow guests to take themselves on a self-guided tour from the early days of Fallbrook to just a few years ago. For those who think the Fallbrook Historical Society Museum only displays information about Fallbrook, the museum includes information on Bonsall, Duluce, and Rainbow. Call ahead for hours.
The Western Science Center stands as a resourceful museum site. Earlier known as the Western Center for Archaeology and Paleontology, it is renowned for its terrific collection of rare Native American objects and fossils that date back to the Ice Age. Apart from conservation of historical artifacts, the center also doubles up as a research center. From tourists, students to researchers, this facility welcomes everyone. For more details, check website.
About an hour from the city's bright lights, you will find a free, self-guided tour of Palomar Observatory, one of the country's finest. With its 200-inch Hale telescope, this site has been credited with some of the most fascinating astronomical discoveries of last century. A small museum holds photos and videos of these discoveries. Picnic area, hiking trails and great panoramic views of the county are all worth the visit though the winding mountain roads may be a challenge. Special programs are offered during astronomic events, so call for schedules.
The excitement of seeing a U.S. Air Force aircraft is hardly deniable. When seeing over 60 of them at a time and even stepping inside some of them, it becomes a day to brag about. This day takes place at March Field Air Museum. To name a couple of the well-known models on display, the museum features the B-25 used to bomb Tokyo after Pearl Harbor and the B-29 Superfortress used to drop the atom bomb on Hiroshima. Besides the retired aircrafts on the ground, there is also action in the air—not an air show, it is business. Over the wired fence, on March Air Reserve Base's runway, modern USAF air crafts land and take off daily. –Hoiyin Ip
This family-owned gallery is a tribute to the bygone eras of American society, featuring distinct collections of classic automobiles and San Diego wines. Vintage vehicles such as Cadillac, Buick and Ford are featured in the main showroom. Meanwhile, the Barbie Bridal room features a fascinating collection of America's favorite doll. Inside the barrel-aging room, oak barrels house the wines until they are perfect. Check out the bountiful vineyards, where grapes are harvested yearly during August and September.
In 1851, Ysidora Bandini and Cave Johnson Couts received this piece of land upon their marriage. Couts built an adobe on the land in 1853, which remained as a family residence for over a century. The land and the adobe have since been acquired by San Diego County, and now serve as a popular tourist site. This site includes a bakery, blacksmith's shop, carriage court and private chapel. Tours are given on Saturdays and Sundays or by appointment. Call ahead for schedule.
In the lobby of the Lawrence Welk Theatre, a large selection of memorabilia from Welk's personal collection gives guests a reason to stay and reminisce. Throughout guests' self-guided tours, they will also hear the sounds of Welk and his orchestra performing. The collection tells the story of how Welk—also called Mr. Wunnerful—and his band went from the small time to the big time. Among other paraphernalia, such as pictures, newspaper clippings, and plaques, a cardboard cutout of Welk orchestrating his band stands in front of a television camera. The pride of the collection is the world's largest champagne glass, which Welk received on his 25th anniversary. Call ahead for hours.