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Visit San Jacinto Valley Twitter Party – Aug. 9, 2016!

We’re having a Twitter Party and want you to join us!

San Jacinto Valley Twitter Party

San Jacinto Valley, conveniently located between Los Angeles and Palm Springs, is an outdoor lovers paradise. Bike trails, hiking trails, paragliding, fishing, and birding are just a few of the sports you’ll find in this hidden valley. In addition to all the outdoor fun one can have, there is a plethora of history and culture. San Jacinto Valley is home to California’s longest running outdoor play, Ramona, has SoCal’s only Victorian Bridal museum and is fortunate enough to have Max the Mastodon residing in its valley.

Ramona Pageant at the San Jacinto Valley

Ramona Pageant – California’s Official Outdoor Play

Deb Thompson from Just Short of Crazy, along with other bloggers, will be our hosts and each has  been able to experience all the San Jacinto Valley has to offer first hand.  They’ll be sharing everything you need to know about the area during the San Jacinto Valley Twitter Party. You won’t want to miss it! This will be a great time with incredible prizes including a 3-night stay in a cottage at Golden Village Palms RV Resort (travel not included), THE place to stay when you visit the valley! We’ll tell you why during the Twitter party.

Participating is easy. All you need is a Twitter account, RSVP and show up and tweet. This is your chance to learn more about San Jacinto Valley, ask questions and possibly win one of the prizes! So grab your favorite beverage and grab a seat behind your computer or mobile device and join the conversation.

SAN JACINTO VALLEY TWITTER PARTY DETAILS

WHEN: August 9th

TIME: 7pm-8pm EST

HASHTAG: #VisitSJV

Western Science Center San Jacinto Valley

Western Science Center

FOLLOW SPONSOR & COHOSTS

SPONSOR: @VisitSJV

CO-HOSTS: @debthompson, @traverlermom, @tatanishapw, @trailmixedmom, @dangercupcake, @TravelWell4Less, @BabyToBoomer, @pure_wander

WIN A 3-NIGHT STAY IN SAN JACINTO VALLEY

PRIZES: SJV Gift Basket, $100 Ramona Bowl Gift Certificate, $50 VISA gift card, 3-night stay at Golden Village Palms RV Resort.

Winners will be randomly selected from the RSVPs. Be sure to use the #VisitSJV hashtag and interact with us like crazy!

Snowbirds return to the San Jacinto Valley

Golden Village Palms RV Resort

RSVP FOR THE SAN JACINTO VALLEY TWITTER PARTY

ENTER YOUR TWITTER HANDLE IN THE LINKY BELOW FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF THE GREAT PRIZES!

It’s as easy as 1-2-3. Simply put your twitter name in the name field and your twitter link in the URL field and you have a chance to WIN!  See you on August 9th!

 

San Jacinto Valley hosts national bloggers

Bloggers visit San Jacinto Valley

Bloggers arrived from across the country to enjoy the San Jacinto Valley this past November.  Eight bloggers were hosted in the Valley for three days and produced over 13 million timeline deliveries while they were having fun learning all about what the area offers.

This was the first blogger press trip since the inception of Visit San Jacinto Valley (the area’s destination marketing program) three years ago.  To host a “national” blogger press trip is a little unusual for a first time venture but thanks to the Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism committee and Snowbird blogger Deb Thompson, this special trip has launched the San Jacinto Valley onto the national stage as a tourism destination in a big way.  Bloggers attending were a good mix from Michigan, Ohio, Washington, and California.

Bloggers produce results

During the press trip the entire #VisitSJV experience was documented across multiple social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The 8 bloggers are respected writers and photographers covering travel, family, food, and entertainment.  Their combined social media following at the time of the event was 433,500 people.  The bloggers created 450+ original posts over the three days.

As part of the agreement to attend, each blogger will now write 2 stories that will appear on each of their own websites/blogs, so in addition to the publicity generated while they were in the valley, there will be much more publicity over the next several months.

The itinerary for the three days the group spent in the San Jacinto Valley included visits to Ramona Bowl, Estudillo Mansion, Hemet Depot, Victorian Bridal Museum, Old Town Temecula, wine tasting, attending the Healthy Hemet reception at the Historic Hemet Theater where they met a variety of local residents, Western Science Center, Diamond Valley Lake, and meeting with members from the Soboba Tribal Council.

Golden Village Palms and Super 8 (now the new Best Western Plus) housed the bloggers. The Anchor, Downtown Deli & Coffee, Marie Callendars, Sweet Baby Jane’s, La Michoccana, and The Maze Stone restaurants all hosted meals for the group. Courtesy transportation was provided by Gosh Ford.

Initial estimated return on investment

The monetary PR value of the online coverage the San Jacinto Valley received, just during the three day trip, is worth thousands of dollars and that’s just the beginning.  The stories that each blogger will be writing and sharing will continue to keep the spotlight on the Valley for a long time ahead.

We want to thank the following bloggers for visiting with us and providing such awesome content to help us spread the word about the San Jacinto Valley:

You can find a roundup of all the blog posts that were produced from this trip here.

The blogger press trip could not have happened without the donations of the wonderful local businesses who took part in the trip as well as countless volunteers who gave up their time to help showcase our special valley.

A quote from blogger Donna Biroczky’s first story about the area sums it all up:

“…the community alone is a big reason to visit San Jacinto Valley. In all the places I’ve lived, I’ve never run into a tightly knit group of people who truly care about each other and their neighbors and cities as much as the people of the San Jacinto Valley. From the friendly smiles, the welcoming hugs and the excitement in sharing their home with us, their love for the San Jacinto Valley was readily apparent the entire time.”

 

Golden Village Palms RV Resort Celebrates First Annual Vintage Trailers and Campers’ Classic Show

Golden Village RV Resort logo

 

 

Golden Village applauds a successful first annual vintage show.

Hemet, CA  May 11, 2015- In the newly growing appeal of vintage trailer restoration Golden Village Palms RV Resort has showcased an exciting weekend around the First Annual Vintage Trailers and Camper’s Classic Show held April 29th – May 3rd, 2015.

2015 Golden Village Palms RV Resort Classic trailer show.

“In comparison, people want the experience of going back in time a bit to enjoy a more simpler life that seemed to be more relaxing yet with the comforts of today’s technology”  explained Michael Carle General Manager of Golden Village Palms RV Resort.  “This year we’ve done just that offering wine tours on a trolley bus, pet parade and pet clinics, a farmer’s market, old-fashioned vintage fashion show and various concerts of entertainment” replied Mr. Carle.

“The vintage themed excitement was ever lasting with everyone’s vintage trailer being their ‘little projects’ and unique in their own different ways” noted a collector. “We had over 100 vintage trailers visit our Resort and over 90 classic cars on display” replied Mr. Carle. “This past weekend we even extended the opportunity for the general public to come out, look inside these vintage campers, and picture what life would be like back in 1935” added Mr. Carle.

Golden Village Palms RV Resort Classic RV and Car ShowGolden Village Palms would like to generously thank all vintage trailer and classic car contestants, the city of Hemet and Chamber of Commerce.  “This event couldn’t have been done without the support and help of  San Jacinto Valley Tourism and Vintage Trailer Magazine” suggested Mr. Carle.  The Second Annual Vintage Trailers and Campers’ Classic Show will be showcased April 28-30th 2016, and themed ‘country western’ to complement the 2016 Ramona Pageant held at the Ramona Bowl.  Reservations have opened for next year and preferred sites are filling quickly.

Golden Village Palms RV Resort is located at 3600 West Florida Avenue Hemet, California 92545.  Please visit Goldenvillagepalms.com to book next years’ vintage event or call (866) 477- 6154.

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About Sunland RV Resorts

Sunland RV Resorts was founded in 1985 housing its corporate headquarters in La Jolla, California.  Sunland manages a total of 10 resorts, seven in California, one in Michigan and two in Florida.  Combining luxury with a modern sensibility, Sunland RV Resorts has been committed to delivering exceptional vacation experiences and unmatched customer service.  To find out more information visit http://www.sunlandrvresorts.com, and like Sunland on Facebook for frequent resort updates at https://www.facebook.com/SunlandRV.

 

Visit San Jacinto Valley Tourism Program Proving it’s Worth

In the beginning, back in the spring of 2013, there were plenty of critics.  “Why would anyone want to visit the San Jacinto Valley?” was asked many times by community members.

But those people asking didn’t understand tourism, didn’t understand all that the valley offers for people outside the area, and they didn’t understand the economic potential that a tourism program could bring to the valley.  A core group of roughly 30 people did understand though, and throughout that spring the Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism program was born.

Official launch of Visit San Jacinto Valley

Launch of Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism program in July 2013

Fast-forward to today and valley residents can proudly say that the Visit San Jacinto Valley tourism program is an “award winning” program having recently won 2 economic development awards ~ one regional and one statewide. At a time when more businesses were closing than opening and the country was economically stagnant, it was unheard of for new tourism programs to develop, much less a tourism program that was a public/private partnership.  That idea, coupled with data from the State of California’s Travel Impact statistics that shows strong tourism growth in the Valley over the past several months, have brought plenty attention to the program.   Visitors only need to look at www.visitsanjacintovalley.com to see that a wide variety of tourism and recreational opportunities are found here. Couple that with the current national tourism trend of “rural tourism” and Visit San Jacinto Valley has a bright future ahead of it.

Visit San Jacinto Valley nears end of second year

June 2015 marks the official end of the second year of Visit San Jacinto Valley.  This year, for the second year, Visit San Jacinto Valley took part in a co-op Inland Empire ad placed in Visit California’s Visitor Guide.  The guide is the main tourism promotional piece for California and millions of people see the ad annually.  In addition, Visit San Jacinto Valley does receive names and emails of people wishing to find out more about the valley from that ad.  This year too, an online publication, 52 Perfect Days, contacted Visit San Jacinto Valley and asked if the group could provide 52 things to do in the San Jacinto Valley.  It worked out so well that soon these 52 things will be seen around the valley as a new brochure.

Speaking of brochures…..you’ll soon see racks around both cities and in outlying areas filled with San Jacinto Valley information.  The marketing committee for Visit San Jacinto Valley is establishing a valley-wide rack card program to make it easy for visitors to pick up information about all there is to see and do.

2015 Ramona Pageant

72% of Ramona Pageant attendees are from out of the area.

Last year we hosted Snowbird blogger Deb Thompson for 5 weeks in the valley.  Her blog posts and daily updates brought much needed national attention to the area.  She left before seeing Ramona so she just came back and got to experience Ramona first hand.  Needless to say, she’ll be helping get the word out about the pageant via her audience over the next several months.

Have you connect with Visit San Jacinto Valley via Facebook and Twitter?

Visit San Jacinto Valley has a very active presence on both Facebook and Twitter.  It’s worth noting that in addition to visitors interacting on the sites, there is a robust local component too.  Community engagement is key to a strong destination marketing effort and the valley is very engaged on these social media sites.

The past two years have laid a strong foundation for the Visit San Jacinto Valley program.  It has been funded by public and private funds, but those limited funds cannot sustain the effort in the long run.  So with that in mind a new membership program is being developed with various membership levels to keep the program sustainable year after year.  Successful tourism programs are generally independent entities and that is the end goal for the program.  There are very few businesses in the valley that are not touched in some way by tourism.  It is said nationally that a tourist dollar turns over at least 7 times in a community.  Visit San Jacinto Valley’s mission is to encourage tourism in the valley and as a result bring economic prosperity to all who live and work here.

52 Reasons to Visit the San Jacinto Valley

Golf at the San Jacinto ValleyThe San Jacinto Valley has a wealth of things to see and do ~ so much so that we put together a list of 52 Reasons to Visit the San Jacinto Valley.  Feel free to send us your favorites to add to the list!

  1. The San Jacinto Valley is a tourism destination in Southern California.
  2. Perfect for family exploration, so much California history is found here.
  3. Extensive outdoor recreation possibilities, from easy to extreme, from mountain to desert terrain.
  4. Excellent location for Snowbirds in the heart of Southern California.
  5. Six, count them, six lakes in the area.
  6. A variety of seasonal and multicultural events.
  7. Mastodons were our first visitors, you can see them at the acclaimed Western Science Center.Western Science Center San Jacinto Valley
  8. Home to “California’s Official Outdoor Play” – The Ramona Pageant.
  9. We celebrate the Native American influence of our Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians which dates back 1,000 years.
  10. The natural beauty in the San Jacinto Valley takes your breath away.
  11. Idyllwild is our mountain neighbor, just a scenic drive away.
  12. San Jacinto Valley weather features over 340 days of sunshine, it never gets too hot or too cold.
  13. Enjoy the fall Harvest Festival in Hemet.
  14. Estudillo Mansion is all that remains of a 35,000 acre Mexican land grant given to Jose Antonio Estudillo in 1842.
  15. Diamond Valley Lake Visitor Center hosts hands-on exhibits regarding the building of the lake along with a small sample of ice age fossils and more.
  16. Estudillo Heritage Park Water Conservation Education Garden educates visitors about the beauty and water saving benefits of planting drought tolerant and native California plants.
  17. Play with exhibits and learn about the world at Fingerprints Youth Museum for children.
  18. Hemet Museum presents a panorama of local history in the freight house of Hemet’s Historic Santa Fe Depot.Ramona Bowl Museum in the San Jacinto Valley
  19. Since 1923 “Ramona” has delighted audiences of all ages. The Ramona Bowl Museum celebrates the history of California’s “Official Outdoor Play.”
  20. San Jacinto Valley Museum is located on the grounds of the Estudillo Mansion and filled with Southern California history and artifacts relating to the San Jacinto Valley.
  21. Enjoy a permanent collection of antique bridal gowns and accessories from the Victorian era at the Victorian Bridal Museum.
  22. Wonderful antiquing is found throughout the Valley.
  23. Visit Hemet’s Historical Maze Stone, a prehistoric petroglyph.
  24. Stop by the Soviet Transpolar Record Flight Site where in 1937 three Russian aviators completed a transpolar flight from Moscow establishing a new world’s nonstop distance record.
  25. The Soboba Casino features 2,000 slot machines and more than 20 Table Games.
  26. Valley Wide Recreation & Parks District maintains 60 miles of streetscapes, 76 parks, 9 community centers, and two aquatic centers in the San Jacinto Valley.
  27. Valley-Wide Recreation’s Aquatic Center is a heated 25-yard outdoor pool with zero depth entry, fountain sprayers and activity toys for small children, yet great for all ages.
  28. Culture thrives in the San Jacinto Valley thanks to the Diamond Valley Arts Council and their programs.
  29. Explore Simpson Park, a 483-acre wilderness park located in the Santa Rosa Hills south of the Valley and features hiking and biking trails along with a spectacular view of the entire San Jacinto Valley.
  30. Hiking in the San Jacinto and adjacent San Jacinto mountains offers beautiful wildflowers, towering pines, distant views, spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
  31. Come bike, hike, ride your horse, or simply stroll the Diamond Valley Lake Trails.
  32. Including Idyllwild, Pine Cove, Garner Valley and San Jacinto and Santa Rosa Mountains you’ll find plenty to do in the San Jacinto – Santa Rosa Mountains Recreation Area.
  33. You’ll find 20+ wonderful hikes in the San Jacinto Ranger District in the San Bernardino National Forest.Hiking in the San Jacinto Valley Mountains
  34. The summit of Mount San Jacinto, in Mount San Jacinto State Park, stands 10,834 feet above sea level, and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California.
  35. If you love paragliding, Soboba Soaring offers one of the most consistent sites in Southern California and can be flown year-round.
  36. For golf enthusiasts, the San Jacinto Valley offers public courses that feature both 9 and 18 holes and are suitable for beginners and those who enjoy championship play.
  37. Camping, in this day and age, can be in a tent or a luxury RV. From wilderness to civilization ~ your experience can be whatever you want it to be!
  38. For fishing, boating, hiking, wildflowers and more – Diamond Valley Lake has it all.
  39. Lake Hemet is surrounded by the majestic beauty of the San Jacinto Mountains. The scenery is breathtaking no matter which direction your gaze travels.
  40. Little Lake & Reflection Lake are two more wonderful lakes in the San Jacinto Valley.
  41. Love Off Roading? The San Bernardino National Forest has had a system of designated Off-Highway Vehicle routes in place for more than 30 years.
  42. Road Cycling & Mountain Biking is extremely popular and trails are found throughout the Valley.San Jacinto Valley Mountain Biking
  43. Whether you are an experienced trail runner or a ‘couch to 5k’ in training, the San Jacinto Valley offers a multitude of running
  44. Hurkey Creek is a popular destination for camping, hiking and mountain biking enthusiasts
  45. Experience Golden Village Palms, California’s largest luxury RV Resort.
  46. San Jacinto Valley is home to a wide variety of RV Parks.
  47. 1,000’s of bats that migrate each summer – watch via Fairview Street bridge.
  48. The San Jacinto Agricultural Festival happens each September and celebrates the agricultural influences in the Valley.
  49. Birding Tours are hosted by the Eastern Municipal Water district fall through spring.
  50. The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians hosts their Annual Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow each September drawing thousands of visitors.
  51. Two outstanding Farmers’ Markets are found in the Valley year-round with an abundance of locally grown items.
  52. With strong Native American, Hispanic and Agricultural influences come unleash your spirit in the San Jacinto Valley.

For more information:
San Jacinto Chamber of Commerce (951) 654-1645
Hemet/San Jacinto (951) 658-3211
Email: [email protected]