From the Cul de Sac: 10 Reasons to Give Thanks for Living in Temecula

Thanksgiving is technically on Thursday, November 24th but, in recent years, social media has launched the new tradition of posting something you are thankful for on every day of the month.

Yes, we are all thankful for parts of our lives including family and friends, our health or our continued happiness. But, as you try to come up with 24 items to fill those 24 days, Temecula residents should look no further than around their own community, as the area has so many unique traits and opportunities for which any resident can give thanks.

Ten Reasons I’m Thankful for Living in Temecula

  1. Family-friendly Atmosphere: City of Temecula elected officials pride themselves on making their community ideal for families and our excellent law enforcement helps in making us feel safe and secure.
  1. City-sponsored Events and Activities: There are a number of fantastic events and activities for the whole family including classes like cooking, dance, and portrait painting, business and legal seminars, holiday events like egg hunts, Halloween carnivals and tree lightings and much, much more. Also, I couldn’t be more thankful for the excellent Community Services Department who make all of these things possible.
  1. Old Town: With dozens of unique shops, restaurants, bars and more, Old Town Temecula has become a fun and trendy, entertainment district that is the envy of surrounding areas. Side Note: I’m extremely thankful for the unbelievably good Korean burrito at Old Town Pub and Grub.
  1. Old Town Temecula Community Theater: Speaking of Old Town, if you have not been to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater, you have not experienced a true gem in the city’s crown. The theater’s 2016-2017 season includes Broadway-style musicals, concerts, dance and more. For the full lineup, visit the new and improved OTTCT website at
  1. Wine Country: Temecula’s thriving travel and tourism industry owes wine country a debt of thanks, as it was our award-winning wineries that truly put this city on the map. What can be better than spending an afternoon sipping Leoness Cellar’s white merlot or savoring Maurice Car’rie’s famous sourdough bread?
  1. Breweries – While wine country tends to be Temecula’s bread and butter, the burgeoning brewery scene has made the area a true player in the micro-brew community; keeping us on the cutting edge of culinary trends.
  1. Temecula Valley Unified School District: With consistently high test scores and many honors and awards, it’s the phenomenal teachers and staff of the Temecula schools that make them some of the best in the state.
  1. Live Music: For such a small town, Temecula produces some of the most talented musicians and bands in the country, which can be seen playing live all over town. The members of the local music scene are such high-quality musicians that we now have our own awards show, the Temecula Valley Music Awards, which will be held on November 12th. For tickets and information, visit
  1. Temecula’s Rich History: Temecula residents go out of their way to preserve the historical significance of the city, which is evident by numerous plaques, preserved buildings and museums celebrating the city’s past. Visit the Temecula Valley Museum, Vail Headquarters or the Little Temecula History Center for a chance to experience how Temecula came to be.
  1. The People: Temecula may just be the friendliest place in the world. In many cities, people never make an effort to meet their neighbors but, with frequent block parties, barbeques, playdates and more, we are all truly blessed to be part of this awesome community.

I’m personally from Temecula, but I know there are many other Inland Empire cities offering so much to their residents. What, in your community, are you thankful for?

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Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon

Holly has been covering arts & entertainment in the Temecula Valley for as long as she has been a part of the community. She loves San Diego sports almost as much as she loves her family.

1 Comment

  1. Catherine Coddington
    November 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm — Reply

    My family lives in LA and we are grateful for diversity and all the amazing cultural experiences it has to offer.

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