15 Things You See in Temecula Every Day


When I think about Temecula, what comes to mind is a community full of small town charm but with all the amenities and advantages of a much bigger city. However, when your entire life is contained within just over 30 square miles, you find yourself taking the same streets and seeing the same things day in and day out and, to me, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I thrive on stability and tradition.

So, for my own amusement and yours, I’ve compiled a list of some of the things you see on the streets of Temecula, both real and virtual, pretty much every single day. So, in no particular order I give you…

15 Things You See in Temecula Every Day.

1. Yoga Pants

The most essential piece of a busy Temecula mom’s uniform, yoga pants allow you to get ready for school, dance class, grocery shopping or any of your other daily activities in the blink of an eye. Run a home business? No problem! Yoga pants are the perfect work attire for typing away on that laptop in bed or on the sectional. I’m even wearing them as I type this story, but I’m sorry to say they’re my bad yoga pants. Yes, I have “good” yoga pants and “bad” yoga pants and you know you (or your wife or girlfriend) do, too.

2. Metal Horse Sculptures

Drive down Ynez Road, through wine country, or around Meadowview and you’re bound to see one of these unique works of art on display in someone’s yard or jumping across Temecula Parkway (I’m looking at you, owners of Vail Lake). I assume these outdoor ornaments are fairly expensive because they seem to be geared toward horse owners and, let’s face it, horse owners, for the most part, have some cash. Not a horse-enthusiast yourself? I’ve also seen these metallic figures take the form of dinosaurs, alligators and even coiled cobras (still looking at you, Vail Lake).

3. Invitations for Scentsy, Limu, Origami Owl, or Pampered Chef Parties

Everyone knows at least one friend or neighbor who sells one of these products and, for the moms and dads who have chosen to make time with their kids the priority but still want to help with the household income, these types businesses are a godsend. I think it’s fantastic that parents can now have it all – the chance to stay at home with the kids and still have a lucrative career – and I’m happy to attend the parties as a customer. I would just prefer they stop trying to recruit me as a salesperson. (And what happened to Arbonne? Is that still a thing?)

4. Ruben and Bibi

Their faces are on every corner. Are they seriously the only realtors in Temecula?

5. Garage and Yard Sales

Whether they are actual yard sales, in someone’s front yard, or virtual sales via the popular Temecula Exchange Facebook page, Temeculan’s (Temeculites? Temeculish?) seem to have a lot of random crap to sell. (And a lot of these neighborhood garage sales are hosted by Ruben and Bibi!) But why wouldn’t anyone buy my breast pump?

6. Frozen Yogurt

Temecula Parkway, for example, has four frozen yogurt places on the same block so there’s a very good chance that, on any given day, you’ll see someone indulging from a fluorescent pink or lime green paper bowl of goodness… with a color-changing spoon, no less.

7. Someone You Know

Every day in Temecula, you run into someone you know and I don’t mean you’ll see your neighbor out in the cul-de-sac. What I’m talking about is when you run into your kid’s principal or your old boss at Walmart… and you’re buying only Oreos and beer. And there’s a good chance you’re in yoga pants.

8. Aldo, Stadium Pizza’s UPS Guy Mascot

I see him every day. Wait, you don’t? I guess it’s just me then.

9. A Guy Selling Solar

The doorbell rings and… oh crap… you left the front window open and he can see you. Apparently the guy was “just installing solar for your neighbor down the street” and he is thoughtful enough to let you know he’s in the area and available for your own installation. Then ask him which neighbor, because you want the reference, and watch him squirm.

10. The Police

We are lucky to have a huge police presence and not a lot of crime, so seeing a cop during the day is pretty standard. Usually it’s just a lone squad car driving around, through the back parking lot of a strip mall, because there’s always mischief afoot behind the CrossFit gym or Sweat Cardio.

11. Live Music

On any given night out in Temecula, you’re sure to stumble upon live music. Whether it’s on a patio in Old Town, at a winery or even a free concert through the City of Temecula Community Services Department, Temecula is teeming with talented musicians and there’s always someone playing live somewhere. Check out interviews with some of my favorites… Lifetime Rocker, Crimson Crow, Bodie, the Band and Mrs. Jones’ Revenge. The list goes on and on so keep checking What’s Up? Temecula for stories about some of the area’s best local bands.

12. Cougars

Relax. I’m talking about the band, Cougrzz Rock. (No, I’m not.)

13. A Temecula Valley Soccer Academy (Hawks) Car Sticker

They’re everywhere. This also goes for Temecula Dance Company, with the cute little hibiscus flowers, and any number of cheer and gymnastics teams in the area. Our kids do a lot of stuff. (Want a What’s Up? Temecula sticker for your car? Message me and I’ll send you one!)

14. A New Restaurant or Business

For such a small city, we sure get a lot of new businesses and I often find myself saying, “Hey, I want to try that place!” Anyone else as excited for the opening of Uncle Bob’s Sports Bar as I am? (Hey Bob – email me. I’ll give you a great advertising rate.)

And finally…

15. Coors Light

You can’t get through a day without seeing someone drinking a silver bullet, usually sitting on a lawn chair in the driveway but… you know… not in the trashy kind of way. I’m talking about the classy way to drink Coors Light in your yard. (Or maybe that’s just MY neighborhood. Don’t judge us.)

This is obviously just the tip of the iceberg but maybe I’ve got you thinking, and hopefully smiling, just a bit. What did I miss? What do you see every day, in your own daily Temeculan (Temeculite? Temeculish?) life? Let me know in the comments or on social media!

See you on the streets!

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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. Lisa Hanson Chellman
    August 1, 2015 at 11:18 am — Reply

    No you are not!

  2. Madelyn Thornes Berson
    August 1, 2015 at 11:43 am — Reply

    Spot on

  3. Harold Glaser
    August 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm — Reply

    This is very funny – and accurate.

  4. Nancy Asimovic Morris
    August 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm — Reply

    And wine!

  5. Kayla Jordan
    August 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm — Reply

    Kiana Zuniga your dad is famous hahaha

  6. Ted Vollmer
    August 1, 2015 at 3:26 pm — Reply

    And, unfortunately, you also see people driving while texting and using their cellphones. Fortunately, every day, you don’t see someone in an accident as a result.

  7. Oak Tree
    August 1, 2015 at 3:46 pm — Reply

    #15 is the truth

  8. Nellie Hathorn
    August 1, 2015 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    All I see is Kim Meeker Realtor. 🙂

  9. Michael Rittel
    August 1, 2015 at 4:10 pm — Reply

    For me it would be Pechanga, stater bros, homeless people, cars running red lights, motorcycle cops giving tickets etc etc

  10. Catherine
    August 1, 2015 at 9:08 pm — Reply

    Since I moved out of Wolf Creek to more central Temecula, I rarely see cops. It’s weird. They must all be down there catching speeders. Thanks for supporting “mommy businesses.” Something I see about everyday here is SUNSHINE!

  11. August 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    Hi Holly,
    I’m glad you support #3, those businesses can bring a lot of families home, and just enjoying the product is a blessing, not everyone needs to “sell” it. Arbonne is still a thing, a very large thing, just had their best year since 2009, and after giving away over 65 Mercedes in SoCal (2 last month in Temecula btw) personally and supporting Temecula events/sponsorships for a decade…I would say its a “thing” everyone in our industry has cycles of growth. The true test of time is whether they will be around for 30+years right? I love all the companies in our industry and wish them the best, because its a great thing for everyone. Thank you!

  12. August 2, 2015 at 7:25 am — Reply

    Spot on! And YES Arbonne is BOOMING! Not just a “thing”! It’s a Mutlimillion Dollar biz! ???

  13. August 2, 2015 at 9:11 pm — Reply

    Would like to hope more Temeclians would discover the 10 or so great Craft beer breweries in the valley and ditch the Voors light.

  14. Sandra
    August 3, 2015 at 8:01 am — Reply


  15. Sandra
    August 3, 2015 at 8:01 am — Reply

    I love temecula

  16. Lea
    August 10, 2015 at 9:53 am — Reply

    Don’t forget massage businesses and cars randomly pulling to the side of the road!

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