Are you looking for an extraordinary Day Trip? Do you have a hankering for experiences off the beaten path? Then check out these unique tours in the Inland Empire.
Temecula Valley Cable Car Wine Tour
Pick-up locations throughout Temecula
Take a wine tour in an authentic and historic 1914 San Francisco motorized cable car. The open air motorized cable car lends unobstructed views of the beautiful Temecula wine country landscape. On the tour, you will visit 4 different wineries, tasting premium wines along the way. A picnic lunch is provided at one of the wineries with awe-inspiring views. There are over 15 pickup and drop off locations to make your wine tasting experience a safe one. Reservations are required.
Winchester Cheese Company
32605 Holland Road
Winchester, California 92596
Take a field trip or guided tour around this family owned and operated Gouda-making cheese dairy farm to see how artisan cheese is made. This family farm is making Gouda Boere Kaas (which means “home made on the farm”) cheese from over 500 Holstein cows in the traditional Holland way with natural ingredients and fresh raw milk. They suggest that you call ahead to see which kind of Gouda they will be making during your tour.
Mission Inn Museum Tour
3696 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa is a stunning, spectacular place to visit. The Mission Inn Museum Tour offers 75-minute guided walking tours. This is your opportunity to view parts of the Mission Inn not visible to the general public. Reservations are strongly recommended. Cost is $12 per adult; children under 12 years old are free with adult. During the Festival of Lights, the cost is $15 per adult.
10435 Ashford Street
Rancho Cucamonga, California 91730
The Frontier Project is a 14,000-square-foot building displaying the newest technologies in green living and conservation. With water-efficient gardens and a rainwater capture system, this project is hoping to advocate to the community about the benefits of useful green living. The Frontier Project is the Inland Empire’s leading sustainable demonstration building. Sixty-minute free guided tours of the Frontier Project are held on the 2nd Tuesday (10:00am) and 3rd Thursday (1:00pm) of every month. Reservations are required.
John’s Incredible Pizza
6187 Valley Springs Parkway
Riverside, CA 92507
With 11 different locations, 3 of which are in the Inland Empire, John’s Incredible Pizza is a family-fun-pizza-and-games destination. John’s Incredible Pizza offers behind-the-scenes group tours especially for children. Children are shown how pizza is made from start to finish and then they get to make their own pizza! Cost is $7.99 per person which includes an individual sized pizza, buffet and drinks, 20 Fun World credits, 1 bumper car ticket and an official “pizza maker” certificate. Some restrictions apply; please contact John’s Incredible Pizza for details.
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
5131 Carnelian Street
Alta Loma, CA 91701
A docent-guided tour is offered at the late Sam Maloof arts and crafts home in Alta Loma. Sam Maloof was called “America’s most renowned contemporary furniture craftsman” by the Smithsonian Institution, although he always referred to himself as a “woodworker.” Tours cost $10 per person; $8 per senior; $5 per student and are offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. Reservations are required and suggested for 14 years and older. Self-guided tours of the gardens are free.
Desiree Eaglin lives in Corona, California and is always on the hunt for fun and interesting things to do.