Peltzer Family Farms

This past Sunday, the family and I took a day trip out to the pumpkin patch. It’s a yearly tradition for us to go to the pumpkin patch and make a day of it. Peltzer is one of our favorite places to go in the Fall.

Peltzer Vintage Truck

Peltzer Vintage Truck

The farm has grown over the years and this past year went through a major transformation. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found during this visit. Peltzer has grown to include a petting zoo, gardens, a train ride, panning for gems, food trucks, a wedding venue and wine tasting room. Plenty to do for kids and parents, plus wine at the end! Did I mention the vintage trucks, tractors and rustic decor? Oh yeah, and pumpkins…of course!

Vintage Bed of Pumpkins

Vintage Bed of Pumpkins

We arrived about mid-day on a slightly warm but gorgeous Southern California Wine Country day. After just coming out of a Plaster Paint workshop, I was eager to get my hands on the perfect pumpkins for my next projects. A few years ago, I painted my first pumpkins and really loved the way they turned out, so naturally I wanted to do it again. I love decorating for the holiday and Pinterest, so of course I always need to out do myself.

We found several great pumpkins. Perfect shapes and size. As a family of amateur photographers (with me having a large learning curve) we took to spending about an hour staging and photographing pumpkins of all colors. As one friend asked me when I put a few up on Facebook, “are there really grey pumpkins”? The answer is, Yes there are.

We paid for our pumpkins, (they accept credit cards) put them in the truck and decided to explore the newest parts of the farm. In years past they had a corn maze, this year they had pig races and a food truck, which came in handy because the youngest in the house is a growing pre-teen boy (they eat-a lot). While the boys awaited for food, I checked out the wedding venue.

The Peltzer wedding venue is set in a rustic garden atmosphere. The entrance is a wooden canopy covered in vines

Peltzer Wedding venue

Peltzer Wedding venue

with a garden in a trough, lined by wine watering bottles. Ingenious, right? Just inside the entrance is a small reception area with a guest book table, as you turn to enter the ‘chapel’ you are pleasantly surprised by a 1939 GM vintage truck. The bed of the truck is a wildflower garden. The chapel has wooden benches for seating and a year round garden growing on both sides. There are lights strung about, with a watering tower and vine covered canopy at the alter.

Next door to the chapel is the reception area with frames hung about, completely secluded from the rest of the farm, intimate and private. The reception area is available for birthday parties and the farm to table dinners the winery holds. The farm to table dinners feature guest chefs and sell out quickly.

After checking out the area and the vintage tractors, we headed up  to see the building at the top of the property. What a surprise! They have set up their future crush room so perfectly. Everything is reclaimed wood, vintage and clean. There is a collection of vintage truck front ends adoring one wall. My husband was taking pictures when Dennis ventured over.

Peltzer Tasting Room

Peltzer Tasting Room

Dennis has a great sense of humor, he jumped right into selfies with my husband and then proceeded to share with us about the winery, crush room, dinners, and the future plans for Peltzer’s. He spoke about how they had designed the room to be versatile and ready for quick set up of events and crush. Then he shared about the vintage tractor right in the middle of the crush room. It has been in the family since it was purchased new, around 1928 I believe.

Dennis introduced us to Anthony, who helped us sample wine and set us up with a new wine membership. I almost bought some delicate stemless wine glasses, but settled for a delectable Butterscotch Brownies candle by Wild Rose Farms. Delish!

It was a great day out with my family. so the next time you are in search of a day trip to find the perfect pumpkin, try Peltzer’s Family Farms 40275 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA.


Stay tuned for the next project….

Thanks for reading…Amy

A Day in the Life…

Being silly with my SoldierA couple of weeks ago my son came to surprise me with a visit. I’m an Army mama and anytime spent with my soldier is precious. So when the trip comes and goes faster than I can blink my eyes, this mama goes through a depression. My hubby knows just how to cheer me up, shopping and food!

One of our favorite  pastimes is enjoying time at the coast, looking for new shops and spots to explore. So, we headed south to San Diego county. A quick stop at the Temecula farmers market for fresh fruit and hummus and off we went! Our original destination was Seaport Village for the $5 Food Truck Festival. Alas, an accident on the freeway and a sold out event led us on a detour and ultimately to Oceanside and A Day in the Life shop. A Day in the Life shop

A Day in the Life is located in South “O”, at 1709 South Coast Hwy #B, Oceanside, CA. Mikey and Alina own the store and have exceptional taste. They have a passion for “picking” or “junking” as some call it and you can tell they are quite picky with the pieces they showcase.

When you first pull up you immediately notice their funky yet inviting storefront. To me it resembles an old country front porch. You want to stay awhile and enjoy the day and watch the world go by. It has planter boxes and a tin roof, plus seating for a gathering of friends. There’s even a cool Harley motorcycle out front.

Mikey, OwnerOnce inside the store you notice they have truly maximized their space and displays. There is an awesome (I might be jealous) reclaimed wood counter. They have a cool steer skull mounted above the counter. You might think by just these few descriptions that there isn’t much in the way of vintage here, but hang in there! There’s more!

The back wall has a beautiful distressed grey hutch (SWOON). This is where they have the Annie Sloan Chalk paint collection. And where I picked up the first of my new collection. The beautiful Provence color was used on my vases, below. I also picked up their sample collection, with the Provence and Paris Grey, plus the whitewash wax and clear wax. Mikey spent a lot of time with us, talking to us about his store and how he and his wife Alina came to own it. Red Table

Mikey showed us several pieces of furniture, explained how they were made or the colors used to create the look. There were bookshelves filled with comfy pillows, art and knickknacks. A desk in the most amazing green. Delicious smelling vegan candles, funky jewelry and a divine red table. The American flag hanging spoke to my heart.

A Day in the Life offers in home design service. They will work with you on a room or design element, whether it’s a kitchen make over or a large piece of furniture. I have a feeling you won’t be disappointed.

This couple and their store was recently featured in the Sept/Oct issue of The Osider magazine. Find them in Oceanside or on Instagram. Tell them We’re Mad About sent you.

Thanks for reading……Amy