We were greeted by our host, Chef Dean Thomas as we checked in. His warmth and personality really put us at ease. He explained the Inn and all of the little extras he provides for his guests who stay. Homemade sangria with fruits from his garden is just one of the surprising and delicious treats he had in store for us.
The inn is located on a hill and has absolutely amazing views down over the valley of Temecula below. It is a steep trek up the road leading to the inn, but it is well worth it once you get there.
The inn itself is small (only 10 rooms) and the architecture is Mediterranean in style. The rooms are all spacious and comfortable with heavy furnishings that add to the charm and character of the place. Our bathroom had a jacuzzi bathtub so we could soak and relax after our hard day of wine tasting. Check out our tasting at Palumbo Family Vineyards and Winery in our post Here.
The communal living room space at the Inn was warm and inviting to sit and sip the sangria. We took advantage of that and met with our friend Jimmy of JimmyFu-tography. He’s my photography hero, and is local and well known in Temecula.
We were exhausted after a long day of tasting wines. (Check out our wine tasting post at Doffo Wines.) Believe it or not, it is hard work and we were ready to just relax in our room and go to sleep. Our bed was so comfortable, and the air conditioner worked to the perfect temperature to help us drift off into a dreamless sleep. We awoke, feeling rested and rejuvenated.
We were told by Chef Dean that our breakfast would be special, but he undersold it. We have traveled all over and have stayed at Gourmet Bed and Breakfasts and the finest hotels but I think this was one of the top gourmet breakfast experiences we have had. This was not your typical fare by far.
Breakfast was a chef lead meal which made it all that more special. Everyone staying at the inn sat down and were served together as Chef Dean explained each course and which elements came from his own garden.
Our first course was a beautifully presented fruit cup that was accented with alcohol, toasted hazelnuts and a white creamy cheese that reminded me of mascarpone. The combination of flavors and textures had my taste buds singing. In my opinion, the toasted hazelnuts were genius with this dish as it added crunch and dimension.
The main course was quite the plate. A combination of flavors and textures made it unique and tasty. The plate started out with a poached egg with pesto which rested on top of apple risotto. Shavings of Parmesan were tented over the top. Just below that sat a carrot and ginger puree with a homemade sausage accented by a fried and breaded leaf of basil which was also a delicious combination. The plate also held a mini tomato tart and I have to say, I wished my whole meal was just more of that it was so outstanding! On the side, there was a salad of green tomato slices and zucchini shavings and finally a crostini with homemade jam. Together it was a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.
Sadly our time was short due to our schedule as I would have liked to lounge and linger before checking out. We so enjoyed our stay at the Inn and loved our breakfast with Chef Dean. If you are looking for comfort, great food, and a personal touch during your visit to Temecula, The Inn at Europa Village is the place to stay!
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*Disclaimer: We were given our stay at the Inn in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.