The Cooler Side of Wine Country

February 27, 2015 No comments » [ssba]

Gorgeousness, sunshine or not

I remember how precious chilly days were growing up in Southern California during the winter months.  They were just about as precious as warm days are here in Western Pennsylvania during the winter months.  A San Diego February equals sunscreen and air conditioners most of the time so when rain appears, the temperature drops below 70 and the breeze gives you goose bumps, it’s cause for celebration.  “Ahh, yes, this is what winter should be,” you say.  So, you dig out your cute scarves and make cocoa, relishing the moment.

Chilly winter days at Ponte are wonderful days, too. Being able to walk the grounds wrapped up in a sweater is just as satisfying as perusing on a warm summer day.  In fact, here are some things at Ponte that are actually better when it’s cold outside:

  1. The Winter Menu at The Restaurant – being a seasonal eatery, many of The Restaurant’s dishes in the winter are comforting, savory and a bit heavier than other seasons.  A steaming bowl of daily soup and the Ragu alla Bolognese with a glass of Super T will feel like a great big hug for your soul.
  2. The fire pits at Ponte Vineyard Inn – staying at our hotel is much more than luxurious rooms, service and serenity (although that’s reason enough to stay with us, no?).  Our guests have access to fire pits just inside the Courtyard where they can sit and enjoy themselves over a bottle of wine.  When the temp drops to 45 degrees at night, you just can’t  beat this.
  3. Carriage Rides – Horse-drawn carriage rides from the Temecula Carriage Co. charm our Members and guests all year round, but, a winter ride, complete with blankets and wine is the stuff memories are made of.  No stifling heat, no humidity, just romantic time spent with your dear one.  Learn about the Country Horse and Carriage Ride Package here.

We don’t have to tell you Southern Californians to take advantage of the chill while it lasts, because, yeah, it probably won’t last very long.  The forecast is predicted to be in the low to mid 60’s through the first few days of March so – you know what to do – dig out your scarves and sweaters and join us in wine country!

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–Erica Martinez

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