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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Temecula, CA

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Temecula, CA offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Temecula, CA, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Temecula, CA

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Temecula, CA

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
 Mobile Storage Containers Temecula, CA
When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Temecula, CA

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

 Rent Shipping Containers Temecula, CA

HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Temecula, CA, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Temecula, CA

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Temecula, CA, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Temecula, CA. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Temecula, CA?

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Latest News in Temecula, CA

Hotel Proposed For Corner Of Rancho California, Diaz Roads In Temecula

"A hotel at this location creates another opportunity for continued support of the city's tourism sector," according to the city.TEMECULA, CA — Another hotel is eyed for Temecula, this time at the northeast corner of Rancho California and Diaz roads, according to city documents.Though the project has been on the city's radar for five years, discussions with a local hotel owner/operator are still very active. On Tuesday, the Temecula City Council will take up the project again by deciding whether to approve a s...

"A hotel at this location creates another opportunity for continued support of the city's tourism sector," according to the city.

TEMECULA, CA — Another hotel is eyed for Temecula, this time at the northeast corner of Rancho California and Diaz roads, according to city documents.

Though the project has been on the city's radar for five years, discussions with a local hotel owner/operator are still very active. On Tuesday, the Temecula City Council will take up the project again by deciding whether to approve a second amendment to a disposition and development agreement with Alitra, LLC.

The item is on the city's consent calendar, which means discussion and a public hearing are not required to approve or deny the amendment.

Michael Patel is behind Alitra. He owns and operates several Marriott-brand hotels in the Temecula Valley. In fall 2017, Patel submitted a Letter of Interest to city staff to purchase the city-owned 3.64-acre vacant property on Temecula's west side for the purpose of building another hotel, city documents show.

City staff later discussed the letter with City Council during a closed-session meeting, and on June 12, 2008, the council supported entering into a disposition and development agreement with Alitra, the documents show.

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"Alitra continued to actively engage and work with the City Planning and Public Works Departments in development conversations on architecture and site plan layout," according to city documents. "Alitra also opened escrow and deposited $50,000 into the account in good faith of moving forward with the development and purchasing the property."

The discussed purchase price was not shown in city documents.

But by spring 2020, COVID-19 halted development projects around the globe. Alitra temporarily stopped its development and planning conversations, which caused the LLC to miss performance deadlines set forth in the disposition and development agreement with the city, the documents show.

With the COVID-19 shutdowns in the rearview mirror, the hotel project appears to be breathing life again. On Tuesday night, the Temecula City Council will consider amending the agreement to allow Alitra more time to "develop a quality hotel project during this economic recovery," according to the city documents.

"The impacts of the pandemic on the tourism sector and specifically hotels are still felt today. As people ease back into traveling, the hotel market is steadily recovering. A sector that is also recovering is the construction materials and supply chain," city staff detailed in the documents.

"Temecula has a historically strong tourism industry and, as such, it has also created a strong economy and fiscal foundation for the City," the documents continued. "Travel spending in the Temecula Valley has reached over $1 Billion with over 3 million visitors in 2019 (pre-pandemic). A hotel at this location creates another opportunity for continued support of the City’s tourism sector."

The corner property eyed for the project is zoned service commercial, which does not permit hotels. To accommodate Alitra's proposal, a General Plan amendment and rezone would be required.

"Alitra is aware of these requirements and will formally apply for these planning applications should they opt to move forward ...," according to city documents.

The city-owned parcel was most recently used as a staging area for the Riverside County Flood Control/Army Corps of Engineers, Murrieta Creek Enhancement project. The project is now complete, so the staging area is no longer needed, according to city documents.

Tuesday's Temecula City Council meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 41000 Main Street. The meetings are televised Live on Spectrum Channel 3 and Frontier FiOS TV Channel 3. Stream the Council Meetings live on any device in HD here.

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Temecula Thanksgiving Grocery Store Hours 2022: What's Open/Closed

TEMECULA, CA — Thanksgiving is nearly here and people in Temecula are busy planning the perfect menu for this year’s holiday dinner.In the last-minute rush to make a complete holiday meal for the entire family, it’s quite possible we’ll forget an item or two on our grocery lists. Fortunately, plenty of grocery stores across California will be open on Thanksgiving Day to pick up the dessert, rolls or the missing can of cranberry sauce. Oh! and don't forget some flowers for mom while you're at it.Here are ...

TEMECULA, CA — Thanksgiving is nearly here and people in Temecula are busy planning the perfect menu for this year’s holiday dinner.

In the last-minute rush to make a complete holiday meal for the entire family, it’s quite possible we’ll forget an item or two on our grocery lists. Fortunately, plenty of grocery stores across California will be open on Thanksgiving Day to pick up the dessert, rolls or the missing can of cranberry sauce. Oh! and don't forget some flowers for mom while you're at it.

Here are the hours for grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day, along with those that won’t. As always, Patch encourages you to call ahead to your local store to confirm hours at that location.

Sprouts: Sprouts is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Albertsons: A majority of stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day, though most stores will adjust hours. Select pharmacies will also be closed or have adjusted hours. The location at 3901 Crenshaw Blvd will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

CVS: All 24-hour CVS Pharmacy locations will remain open with regular hours on Thanksgiving. Non-24-hour CVS Pharmacy locations will close at 5 p.m. Some locations may have reduced pharmacy hours or may be closed for the holiday. The company recommends calling ahead to confirm store hours.

Grocery Outlet Bargain Market: Most Grocery Outlet locations across the Golden State will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Ralphs: Ralphs locations will close at 10 p.m. for the Thanksgiving holiday and pharmacies will be closed all day.

Rite Aid: Most Rite Aid stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day, but hours will vary depending upon location. Customers should check Rite Aid’s website for local store hours.

Stater Bros: All stores in California will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vons: Locations will be open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Thanksgiving.

Walgreens: Most Walgreens stores will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Walgreens stores and pharmacies that operate 24 hours will be open, with other select pharmacies open with modified hours. Customers are encouraged to check their local store hours before heading out.

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Where To Buy Or Cut Your Own Fresh Christmas Tree In Temecula

Here's where you can find a Christmas tree farm or lot within driving distance of Temecula.TEMECULA, CA — People in and around Temecula who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.The prediction by the ...

Here's where you can find a Christmas tree farm or lot within driving distance of Temecula.

TEMECULA, CA — People in and around Temecula who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group.

The prediction by the Real Christmas Tree Board comes after a survey of 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21-49, as well as 55 wholesalers that supply two-thirds of the market for fresh trees.

“The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year, and it will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a news release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.”

Residents of Temecula have plenty of options, sortable by ZIP code and by type, on the Real Christmas Tree Board website. They include:

27401 Ynez, Temecula, CA 92591

31300 Rancho Community Way, Temecula, CA 92592-2805

32020 Temecula Parkway, Temecula, CA 92592

40390 Winchester Road, Temecula, CA 92562

The following Christmas tree lots and farms are also available near Temecula, according to a Google search.

40727 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92562

33175 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592Valley View Christmas Trees

38244 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA 92563

26852 Scott Rd, Menifee, CA 92584

Trees, like everything else, may cost a little more this year. Tree growers answering the Real Christmas Tree Board’s survey said growing costs have increased. About 36 percent of respondents said costs were up 11 percent to 15 percent compared to last year, while 27 percent said costs increased 16 to 20 percent. Another 10 percent said the year-over-year increase in production costs was more than 21 percent.

As a result, 71 percent of growers said they would likely increase wholesale prices. That means trees could cost anywhere from 5 percent to 20 percent or more.

Consumers seem to be taking the expected price hikes in stride.

“While our grower survey tells us wholesale prices are likely to be higher for real Christmas trees this year, our consumer survey tells us people expected as much,” Gray said in the news release. “The good news is fans of real Christmas trees say they believe the trees are worth the price, and they are willing to pay more this year if necessary to get one — and that’s not a surprise either.”

Growers’ expectations of a healthy season are also tempered by fears of supply chain disruptions, the No. 1 concern of 44 percent of growers. About 35 percent said their top concern is that inflation-strapped consumers will cut real Christmas trees from their lists this year. About 21 percent of respondents cited labor availability concerns.

The Origin Of Christmas Trees

The origin of the Christmas tree can be traced to long before the advent of Christianity, according to History.com.

In ancient times, it was commonly believed the sun was a god. It appeared to be sick as daylight waned in the winter, but evergreens thriving during winter were a reminder that the sun would become strong again and lush greenery and warmth would return.

Evergreen trees were seen as a symbol of eternal life among ancient Egyptians, Hebrews and Chinese. Pagans throughout Europe used evergreens in their homes to represent fertility and new life.

Christmas trees were first used by devout Christians in Germany. The 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther is believed to have added lighted candles to trees. He was composing a sermon as he walked home on a winter evening and was struck by the sight of stars twinkling above the evergreens, and recreated the scene in a tree in his family’s main room.

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California attorney general warns Temecula not to pass abortion ban

California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta warned there will be “legal action” against the Temecula City Council if it passes an abortion ban in the city in an attempt to override state law.Bonta’s office sent a letter to the council Friday, stating that local legislation that goes against state law is considered “void.”“The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have declared time and again that California is a reproductive freedom state and that Californians have a right to access abo...

California Atty. Gen. Rob Bonta warned there will be “legal action” against the Temecula City Council if it passes an abortion ban in the city in an attempt to override state law.

Bonta’s office sent a letter to the council Friday, stating that local legislation that goes against state law is considered “void.”

“The California Legislature and the California Supreme Court have declared time and again that California is a reproductive freedom state and that Californians have a right to access abortion,” the letter read. “In 1981, the California Supreme Court held that ‘all women in this state rich and poor alike possess a fundamental constitutional right to choose whether or not to bear a child.’”

The letter stressed that Bonta “takes seriously his obligation to protect Californians’ right to reproductive freedom” and won’t “hesitate to take legal action should a local regulation conflict with California state law.”

Councilwoman Jessica Alexander, the director of Temecula’s Birth Choice Center who proposed earlier this month a resolution barring abortions, asked the council to discuss the resolution at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

“Let Temecula be known as a safe haven, not as an abortion sanctuary. Let the world know that Temecula stands for life from womb to tomb,” Alexander said during the Sept. 13 meeting.

A resolution “declaring Temecula a sanctuary city for Temecula’s unborn” is on the agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting, but it will involve a discussion on whether to include the proposal on a future City Council agenda.

State lawmakers have prepared in the last year for the potential fallout of Roe vs. Wade being overturned by fortifying California’s abortion protections and developing a plan for the state to become a sanctuary for those denied abortion services in other states.

California voters will also decide Nov. 8 on Proposition 1, an amendment to the state’s Constitution guaranteeing the right to abortion and contraception. A UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll released last month showed 7 in 10 California voters support the constitutional amendment.

A similar antiabortion resolution was proposed last month by San Clemente City Councilman Steve Knoblock, but the council voted 3 to 1 to withdraw the proposal from an upcoming meeting’s agenda.

Alexander said during the last Temecula City Council meeting that she opposes Assembly Bill 1666, which was signed into law in June and created liability protections for California abortion providers who provide care to patients traveling from areas where abortion is banned or access has been restricted.

She also opposes Assembly Bill 2223, which would bar a coroner from holding an inquest after a fetal death, including in cases in which a stillbirth was believed to have been caused by drugs. It was passed and sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom for his approval two weeks ago.

Members of Temecula’s Birth Choice Center spoke out against abortion during the last council meeting.

“We’re going to be bringing citizens from other states, possibly even Canada and Mexico, into California and our taxpayer dollars are going to pay for the slaughter of innocent human beings that we did not say we wanted,” said Janette Chun, chief executive of Birth Choice.

Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride, Tour Wineries by Sidecar, and Shop One-of-a-kind Boutiques in This Underrated California City

Temecula offers wineries with picturesque views, farm-to-table restaurants, and relaxing boutique resorts.During the harvest season, vineyards are bursting with the excitement and anticipation of collecting this year's crop of perfectly ripened grapes. In Southern California's Temecula Valley, select wineries celebrate the...

Temecula offers wineries with picturesque views, farm-to-table restaurants, and relaxing boutique resorts.

During the harvest season, vineyards are bursting with the excitement and anticipation of collecting this year's crop of perfectly ripened grapes. In Southern California's Temecula Valley, select wineries celebrate the fall harvest with the time-honored grape stomping tradition, and they spice it up with a bit of competition.

Not one to shy away from some lighthearted competition, I was one of those who participated in this tradition at South Coast Winery. My competition partner collected the juice into our wine bottle as I crushed the slippery grapes, and much to our surprise, the referee declared us the winners! Of course, I'm convinced that my Italian roots must have had something to do with our resounding success. And what better way to celebrate sweet victory than with our winning prize, a bottle of South Coast Winery's special 20th Anniversary red wine blend?

Temecula Valley, a Southern California wine destination inland between Los Angeles and San Diego, is home to miles of vineyards, a charming old town area with lively eateries, shops, and bars, and relaxing resorts with impeccable views. Here are some of those must-see stops for your next trip to Temecula.

Where to Eat

For a cozy yet elegant dining experience, stop by Small Barn, a burgeoning new addition to Old Town Temecula with a welcoming wraparound porch and outdoor fireplace. This modern bistro has a rustic menu crafted with dishes that feature locally sourced foods. The menu is designed to be shared, making this a great spot for larger parties. Be sure to try their signature cocktails paired with their organic roast beet salad, along with the pan-roasted chicken with a pistachio basil pesto.

Mastering the art of farm-to-table, Cork Fire Kitchen highlights the charm of Temecula Valley in an inventive menu featuring seasonal produce paired with locally sourced meats. The expansive dining area views from Temecula Creek Inn's on-site restaurant add to its overall sophisticated yet inviting ambiance. Chef Matthew Steffen uniquely incorporates some of the foods and herbs grown in his garden, located on the neighboring golf course green. Dine here for brunch to try the churro waffle or the crab grilled cheese with havarti and bacon. A must-try dinner dish is the crispy-skinned mallard duck with grilled leeks, toasted pistachio polenta, and caramelized fennel pesto.

EAT, which aptly stands for Extraordinary Artisan Table, is a Temecula eatery and marketplace known for using locally grown foods in its dishes, as well as for crafting meals that serve all types of eaters. Stop by for some gluten-free, vegan donuts with creative and delectable seasonal flavors, including orange cardamom, lemon poppy seed, and rocky road, to name a few. If you come for lunch, opt for a classic but delicious roasted turkey sandwich on ciabatta or build your own bowl.

A stone hearth kitchen with a stylized, relaxed atmosphere, The Goat & Vine specializes in masterfully creating pizzas and sandwiches with their made-from-scratch bread. Some must-try dishes include their pizza with housemade fennel sausage, roasted mushrooms, and house marinara, as well as the hatch chile honey chicken sandwich. Save room for some decadent cappuccino ice cream cake topped with housemade Bailey's whipped cream for dessert.

Located in Old Town Temecula, Soro's Mediterranean Grill is a family-run restaurant serving fresh, authentic cuisine, and their wine list features some of the best bottles from local Temecula wineries. Try the cauliflower wings (made with harissa for a bit of a kick) served on a bed of couscous and the chicken kabob plate with garlic sauce and grilled vegetables for some delicious Mediterranean fare.

Things to Do

For those seeking an awe-inspiring experience, be sure to schedule a hot air balloon flight above the vineyards with A Grape Escape. Drift over Temecula Wine Country at sunrise and soak up the picturesque aerial views of wineries and seemingly endless rows of vines. The flight is about 60 to 75 minutes long and ends with a sparkling wine toast.

Experience a ride unlike any other and travel among the vines on a sidecar tour throughout wine country. Ride in style with So-Cal Sidecars on their vintage sidecars to sightsee and enjoy wine tastings at three local wineries. Their vintage sidecars have been modified to accommodate two people and make for the perfect date night adventure or family fun afternoon.

Founded in 1997, Doffo Winery is a family-owned and -operated winery known for its award-winning zinfandel and Malbec wines, as well as its unique red wine blends. Enjoy a tasting of Doffo Winery's small batch wines while admiring founder Marcello Doffo's MotoDoffo vintage motorcycle collection, which comprises over 100 motorcycles and scooters from around the world. MotoDoffo has also expanded to include a wine collection with exclusive wines produced each year.

In addition to its tasty eateries, Old Town Temecula is home to a variety of bars and unique shops. Stop by Stone Church Brewing for a beer tasting flight, or travel a short drive from the old town area to Refuge Brewery for Belgian-style ales. For a modern-day speakeasy, reserve a spot at Apparition Room, and choose an artful concoction from their menu of exciting cocktails (or you can ask the bartender to fix you an off-menu drink). Make your way to Old Town Spice & Tea Merchants for unique loose leaf teas and spice blends, and check out Temecula Lavender Co. for specialty handcrafted lavender products.

Where to Stay

For a serene getaway in your own secluded bungalow, book your stay at Carter Estate Winery and Resort. Though this winery is mostly known for its effervescent méthode champenoise wines, its resort landscape and accommodations are unrivaled in the area. Take in the surrounding views of the vineyards from your private patio as you sip your morning coffee or watch the sunset after a day of wine tasting. Book your stay directly for a bottle of wine upon check-in.

Tucked away from the heart of wine country under the shade of large oak trees, Temecula Creek Inn is the perfect escape for anyone in need of deep relaxation and a renewed sense of wonder. Its rooms and suites offer private balconies with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the adjacent 27-hole golf course, which makes this the picture-perfect setting. With on-site dining options, as well as a choice to order to your room, this luxury inn will surely be a highlight of your time in Temecula.

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