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November 2023

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lime tree, too. Super cool. You break them open, squeeze, and the flesh comes out like tiny pearls. It looks like little caviar and has a beautiful, pungent lime flavor to it. Our bartenders are very creative." We wind up with strawberries and mint that get mixed with Tito's vodka and sweetened by simple syrup at the bar. e drinks are refreshing. Best of all, they provide a tangible sense of ownership, having been handpicked from the garden. On another, equally sunny day, golf course superintendent Brett Wininger provides insight on all the landscaping, wedding venues, and the inn's official habitat site for monarch butterflies. "ree golf courses, 27 holes," he says. "e Oaks and Creek courses were built in 1969. Stonehouse was built in 1994. All different styles. Creek is a very flat course, and Stonehouse is a mountain course, with up-and-down topography." ere's a special Stonehouse wedding venue, too. Wininger himself was married there. You have to maneuver a golf cart over a winding, wooded path to find it. During the drive, I amuse myself with the thought of brides and grooms shaking off the urge to make a run for it through the oaks. However, arrival at the Stonehouse site can warm up any cold feet. e site holds a gorgeous, nearly century-old stone building surrounded by string- light-covered lawns and voluminous daisy gardens. Wininger also carts us to TCI's official butterfly habitat. "It's a walk-through, educational space called Monarch In e Rough," he says. "ere's a company that works with golf courses to create these spaces for monarch butterflies. We're on the map of a coastline corridor where the monarchs migrate up and down from Mexico to Canada." How does the word spread among butterflies? I'm picturing a monarch fluttering south over Riverside County trying to sort through a spiral-bound omas Brothers road >> @ranchandcoast RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2023 73 MAIN The 123-room Temecula Creek Inn is tucked into the rolling hills near Temecula Wine Country TOP Monarch in the Rough is a walk-through, educational butterfly habitat LEFT Trail sign en route to Stonehouse RIGHT Chef Matthew Steffen with a fresh cherry plucked straight from the onsite Chef's Garden

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