In the heart of the Inland Empire of southern California, it is one of the more overlooked places of the state. Generally when one thinks of California you think of the coast; San Diego, Los Angeles and of course San Francisco. But the Inland Empire of southern California is just as beautiful as the rest of the state, and can be the destination for many exciting vacations. Rancho Cucamonga is one of the more popular destinations in the area.
Despite the rich history of the Rancho Cucamonga region, dating back to Native Americans, the place is most famous today because of its humorous sounding name. The funny name makes it a perfect place name to use in jokes, and has been a mainstay in mass media since Mel Blanc used to say it on the Jack Benny Show and later unforgettably as Daffy Duck.
The history of European settlement in the region began in the 18th century. By the middle of the 19th century California had been annexed into the United States, and its modern history begun. One of the most famous parts of Rancho Cucamonga in this day was the winery of Tubercio Tapia, known to us today as the Thomas winery. First established in 1839 it is the oldest winery in the state of Califonia and the second oldest in the country. The original building can still be visited today and houses not only a new winery but a restaurant and coffeehouse.
Rancho Cucamonga resides in the heart of southern California wine company and many Rancho Cucamonga vacations center on wine and wineries. One of the more popular wineries to visit in the Rancho Cucamonga area is the Joseph Filippi Winery. Although not as old as the Thomas Winery, it has been in existence since 1922 and has added greatly to the fame of the region. One of its wines, "Pride of Cucamonga" became a song by the Grateful Dead. Guided tours of the winery are provided regularly every week Wednesday through Sunday.
But wine is not the only thing to experience on Rancho Cucamonga vacations. Rancho Cucamonga visitors can enjoy the 18 hole Empire Lakes Golf Course. You can enjoy a meal at one of the 19 fine restaurants and bars to be found in the city. Take in a game at the Epicenter, where you can see local minor-league baseball team the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes play.
There is plenty to see and do in the city of Rancho Cucamonga. If you're one of the many planning exciting Rancho Cucamonga vacations, you'll need to find a place to stay. Rancho Cucamonga offers a number of great lodgings to stay the night, stay the weekend or for extended stays. Try the Courtyard Rancho Cucamonga Ontario by Marriott, the BestWestern Heritage Inn or the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Rancho Cucamonga.
If you're planning to stay for a while, you might want to try the Homewood Suites by Hilton-Ontario & Rancho Cucamonga. One and two bedroom suites available, complete with kitchen and hi-speed internet access as well as a host of other amenities. Homewood Suites could be your home away from home as you experience the sights and sounds of Rancho Cucamonga and the surrounding area.