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Solvang Temecula Valley Responses pro- vided by Greg Corso of the Solvang CVB Responses provided by Annette Brown of Visit Temecula Valley What makes Temecula such a great place? Solvang, which was recently named by USA Today read- ers as one of America’s 10 Best Historic Small Towns, is a walkable village that welcomes groups with unique Danish culture and experiences, all in the heart of Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country. What are the must-dos around Solvang? Temecula Valley is an ideal destination for groups look- ing for experiential activi- ties, ranging from cooking classes, behind-the-scenes winery and microbrewery tours, and grape stomping to hot air balloon flights, bicycling and horseback riding through wine country. Why is Solvang such a great place? What are some of your area’s can’t-miss attractions? Visiting Cachuma Lake Recreation Area for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and guided nature cruises. Also the Museum of History & Art, horse-drawn trolley tours, our five authentic Danish bakeries and the self-guided Solvang Heritage Walk Audio Tour. Our historical Old Town features specialty shops, museums, art galleries, a theater, tasting rooms, nightclubs and great dining options. Other options include Pechanga Resort & Casino, the largest casino on the West Coast; olive oil tastings with Temecula Olive Oil; and hiking and bird-watching at Santa Rosa Plateau. What advice would you give a tour operator regarding packaging your area? What advice would you give a tour operator regarding packaging your area? We are close to Santa Barbara, but we give groups access to lower midweek rates. You can combine a two-night stay in Solvang with team-building options, wine-blending workshops, painting in a vineyard or learning how to bake like the pros. Everything there is to do and see in Southern California is just about an hour away, which makes the Temecula Valley a great hub for day trips to San Diego, Orange County, Palm Springs and Los Angeles. To learn more contact Corso at or go to To learn more contact Brown at or go to 35