To describe the “perfect date spot” is very personal. For some it’s dinner and a movie. And for others it’s a Star Wars convention, complete with costumes.

For the sake of this blog, we’re going to go with some classic and timeless date night activities – cocktails, dinner and dancing. It’s not so easy anymore to find a venue that offers all three at one location but The Cellar Lounge at Ponte Vineyard Inn does. That’s why we think it’s simply the perfect date spot.

Picture it, if you will…

You arrive at Ponte Vineyard Inn which sits serenely in the middle of Temecula Wine Country. Upon walking up to the old-world, Mission-styled entrance you’re instantly relaxed. You and your date look at each other in mild surprise – you could be stepping into a Spanish villa, or is it an Italian farmhouse? Actually, the inspiration behind the hotel came from Claudio Ponte’s business trip to Argentina. You can read about that and see some photos here. All in all, you know you’ve stepped into an amazing place.

Just to the left of the entrance is a stairwell that leads to The Cellar Lounge, located in the basement of the hotel. Suddenly, you think, “Did I step into a time machine at some point?” You’re struck by a time gone by – cozy banquets, soft lighting, warm textures and colors – you’ve arrived at our 1920’s inspired, prohibition-styled Cellar Lounge.

Except here, the booze isn’t forbidden. From microbrews to local wines to signature and classic cocktails, there’s nothing like a cold, delicious drink to get the night started. While you might be lounging at the bar enjoying your libations, you may now mosey over to a table or banquet to order some food (or stay at the bar!). From luscious cheese and charcuterie plates to finger foods to full meals, The Cellar Lounge dishes up outstanding fare. Plus, we can recommend the perfect wine or cocktail to pair with your dish. By this time, the live music has begun. You’re feeling good, the date’s going beautifully, so… it’s a great time to ask for a dance.

Drinks, dinner, dancing – covered. It’s safe to say the date was a success. If you’re not ready for the night to end, head upstairs to the lobby and challenge each other to a friendly game of Wineopoly by the fireplace, or head outside to the Courtyard where you can star-gaze and chat by one of our fire pits.

Who knew that in the middle of wine country all of this awaited you? Well, now you know. Go on, ask her or him out already… or treat your longtime sweetheart to a fantastic night out.

The Cellar Lounge is open nightly, see the hours of operation here.

Live music takes place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. See the schedule of musicians here.

–Erica Martinez