Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Daily Temecula - Off the Beaten Path

Daily Temecula reader Genelle sent me on over to Allo Spa for an acupressure foot massage. She knows I love pampering, AND I love a bargain. Allo doesn't disappoint on either count.

This place is hard to find. It's tucked into a nondescript office park on Enterprise Circle North (off Winchester) at 41715 Enterprise Circle North, 506-0998.

From the outside, I actually wondered if it was one of those "happy ending, no-tell" type of places, but once I got inside, I was reassured because it was soothing, serene, and immaculately clean.

I ordered my acupressure foot massage from a laminated card at the counter and was led back to an oversized chair so comfortable I almost fell asleep several times.

My masseuse offered me my choice of water or tea then got right to it, soaking my feet in warm water infused with essential oils, then massaging my feet & legs, and ending with a hot towel wrap. It was really blissful and since it's acupressure, I can practically justify it to my pocketbook not as luxury but as a necessary medical treatment.

And that's the best part: a generous half-hour treatment (she went longer than half an hour AND if you've ever had professional massage you know half an hour is a lot if all they're working on is your feet) is only $16.

So dare to venture off the beaten path and give Allo Spa a try.

Monday, October 12, 2009


DID WE JUST GET DISSED?...Check out a blogger's take on attending the Temecula Valley International Film Festival on the Focus On....page. Hey, at least they know where Temecula is, right? (Thank you, Sir, may I have another?)

VEGAS-STYLE GLAM...long-awaited Old Town hot spot The Edge is finally open. Fun, fun, fun. Temecula really doesn't have another restaurant quite like this. It would be a perfect spot for a date, girls' night out, or even an over-the-top proposal. Check it out!

MICRO-WINERIES SHOWCASE NEW TALENT...coming soon (October 2 is the scheduled opening date), The Collective is a specialty tasting room featuring wines from Woodworth, Middle Ridge, Vista las Estrellas, and Fazeli. They are right next door to The Edge and will feature The Edge's small plates as well as a variety of wine tasting options.

COUNTRY WINE WEDDINGS....The Knot honoree Ponte is offering a 33% discount on winter weddings for up to 100 guests. Think snow-capped mountains and pleasantly cool temps on Ponte's beautiful grounds. Check out this and other deals at Ponte's site.

HARVEST BOUNTY...they say 2008 is going to be a good year for the wine grapes here in the Temecula wine country. Help celebrate at the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association's Harvest Celebration barrel tasting in mid-October. Buy your 2-day pass before October 5 and it's only $79.

Morning Memo from Juliet - September 27, 2009

Morning Memo from Juliet for Sunday, September 27, 2009

Good morning!

I went to high school in the Santa Cruz area, which is a book lover's paradise. I was THRILLED to discover that the Temecula Valley now has a wonderful independent bookstore which reminds me of my hometown: ECLECTIC BOOKS in Murrieta.

What a hidden little gem of a shop! It won't be hidden for long since its shopping center (currently anchored by Fresh & Easy, at Margarita where it dead-ends into Murrieta Hot Springs Road) is the future site of cult favorite Sonic drive-in.

Eclectic Books sells a wide variety of new and used books, plus they have a generous, comfy seating area with tables, chairs, magazines, and even board games.

I was thrilled to discover racks with used sheet music (wow!)

I picked up a 1952 etiquette book (I collect them just for fun) and a couple of paperbacks for my third grader.

Eclectic Books warmly welcomes book clubs, browsers, sit-and-readers, and anyone else who loves the printed word. Tell them Daily Temecula sent you!

Have a relaxing day curled up with a good book.