Destination guide

Wineries and wilderness in sun-blessed Murrieta

Murrieta is a mid-size and fast-growing palm-studded city based in California's Riverside County, part of the state's infamous Inland Empire. The city offers abundant golden sunshine, a bounty of outdoor activities, and plenty of family-friendly attractions. Murrieta vacation rentals include inner-city cottages, family homes, and apartments, as well as epic ranches and mansions dotted in the surrounding hilly countryside. Wine aficionados can book a Murrieta vacation rental in the vineyard-blanketed Temecula Valley wine region, just outside the city.

Things to do

History and heritage in downtown Murrieta

In downtown Murrieta, architecture enthusiasts can see the St Martha Catholic Church, a modern and sprawling low-rise brownstone complex _ fronted by palms and capped with a star-white crucifix _ with elements of adobe and Spanish Mission architecture. Another central Murrieta monument is the Murrieta Veterans Memorial, a towering granite obelisk based in the tranquil Town Square Park, built to commemorate those who served in WWII and the Korean War. Outside of Murrieta, stop by the Temecula Visitor Center _ 7 miles south of downtown _ where you can book a wine-tasting tour through the valley's many wineries.


Out and about in Murrieta

Get your golf gear on, book in a tee off time, and head out for a round on one of Murrieta's several 18-hole golf courses _ these courses and clubs are sprinkled around the city's edges, boasting peaceful views across the coppery desert landscape. Alternatively, if you're traveling with the kids, take them to one of Murrieta's wacky mini-golf courses. Nature enthusiasts can venture out from their Murrieta vacation rentals to the Santa Rosa Plateau, a nearby ecological reserve spanning across purple needle grass prairie and California oak woodland.


Spring sunshine and warmth in Murrieta

Murrieta enjoys a Mediterranean climate with a staggering 263 days of sunshine per year. This means that during the height of summer _ July through mid-September _ temperatures reach the low to mid 90s. This makes hiking through the city's surrounding wilderness difficult, but it does create prime pool conditions _ so if traveling in summer, book a Murrieta vacation rental with an outdoor swimming pool. The spring season _ from April through June _ is a perfect time to travel for outdoor activities. The temperatures range from low 70s to low 80s, and the fragrant Riverside County flora will be in full bloom.

Natural features

Vineyards, mountains, and wild waterfalls near Murrieta

Murrieta is surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. The Temecula Valley wine region lies to the immediate south and east of Murrieta, with its peaceful and rolling vine-clad hills. A few miles east the road leads to Lake Skinner, a shimmering manmade reservoir perfect for fishing, camping, and sailing. But for truly untamed wilderness, visit the Santa Rosa Plateau, and beyond that, the southeastern stretch of the Santa Ana Mountains, where oak pine and cypress house bobcats, coyotes, and mountain lions. Hike to the Eden-like Tenaja Falls, where crystalline water cascades down a 150-foot rock face.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Murrieta

The nearest airport is in Murrieta, CA (RBK-French Valley), located 6.2 mi (9.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), which is 30 mi (48.3 km) away.

Where to stay around Murrieta?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 377 vacation rentals near Murrieta. From 219 Houses to 22 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Murrieta for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Murrieta?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Murrieta:

  • Monarch Beach: 179 vacation rentals
  • Anaheim Hills: 490 vacation rentals
  • Townsite: 788 vacation rentals
  • East Side Capistrano: 475 vacation rentals
  • Irvine Spectrum Center: 24 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Murrieta?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Murrieta. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Promenade: 444 vacation rentals
  • San Clemente Pier: 1,184 vacation rentals
  • Dana Point Harbor: 821 vacation rentals
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base: 2,444 vacation rentals
  • Pechanga Resort & Casino: 508 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Murrieta listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Murrieta?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 219 Houses in Murrieta. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Murrieta include:

  • Cottages: 22 rentals available
  • Estates: 39 rentals available
  • Villas: 12 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Murrieta?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 170 vacation rentals with pool available in Murrieta. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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