How to Raise Your Credit Score

Introduction

A healthy credit score is important when it comes to achieving your financial goals, especially when it comes to your living arrangements. If you would like to buy or rent a home, your credit score will be pulled to determine your ability to make payments every month. In this blog post, we’ll share practical tips and strategies to help you raise your credit score and pave the way for a brighter financial future.

Know Where Your Credit Currently is

If you would like to work on your credit, it’s important to know where you currently stand. You can use free resources such as Experian or CreditKarma to check your credit score for free. This lets you know where you should delegate your efforts. If you see any errors or discrepancies, you have the right to dispute accounts that you feel are inaccurate or not your responsibility. This is especially important if you have been the victim of identity theft in the past.

Credit Score

Payment History

Payment history is heavily weighted on your credit score (about 35%) since lenders want to view how reliable you are with your payments. When you make late payments, it can negatively impact your credit score. The severity of the impact depends on various factors, such as how late the payment is, the frequency of late payments, and the type of credit account. More recent late payments tend to have a more significant impact on your score. Missing payments altogether is more damaging to your credit score than making late payments. The more on time payments that you make, the better it reflects on this portion of your credit score. You can even include some utility and phone bills by using Experian Boost. Set up payment reminders or autopay to never miss a due date.

Reduce Credit Card Utilization

The next highest impact is credit card utilization. The goal is to keep your credit utilization rate under 30%. Don’t rely on the minimum payments that your credit card charges, if they have a high interest rate you may not be reducing your balance by much. If it’s possible, pay off the balances in full each month to avoid the interest charge and demonstrate reponsible credit management. If you have a high balance, consider spreading out your expenses across multiple cards instead of maxing out a single card, as this can positively affect your credit utilization ratio.

Credit score

Build a Diverse Credit Portfolio

Having a mix of different types of credit can enhance your creditworthiness. This may include credit cards, installment loans, or a mortgage. However, be cautious and only take on credit that you can comfortably manage. It’s essential to strike a balance between demonstrating credit responsibility and avoiding unnecessary debt.

Keep Old Accounts Open

Closing old accounts may seem like a logical step, but it can negatively impact your credit score. Lengthy credit history can be advantageous, so if you have older accounts in good standing, keep them open. Their longevity adds credibility and stability to your credit profile, positively influencing your overall score.

Hard/ Soft Inquiries

When applying for new credit, do so strategically. Multiple inquiries within a short period can lower your credit score. However, credit-scoring models recognize that individuals may shop for the best rates on loans or mortgages. Thus, credit inquiries made within a specific window (typically 14-45 days) for the same purpose are typically counted as a single inquiry. Plan ahead, research your options, and make multiple applications within this timeframe to minimize the impact on your credit score.

Credit score

Monitor Your Credit Score Regularly

Maintaining vigilance over your credit is crucial for its long-term health. Regularly monitor your credit report for any changes, errors, or signs of identity theft. Utilize free credit monitoring services or consider enrolling in a credit monitoring program to receive alerts regarding any significant changes to your credit profile.

Final Words

Improving your credit score is an investment in your financial well-being. By implementing the strategies outlined above, you can take control of your credit health and create opportunities for a brighter future. Remember, building a strong credit score takes time, discipline, and consistent financial responsibility. As your trusted property management company, we encourage you to take proactive steps today and watch your credit score soar towards new heights.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as financial advice. Please consult with a qualified financial professional for personalized guidance based on your specific circumstances.

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Why Landlords Should use to Native Landscaping

Have you considered native plants for your California rental property? By switching over, you can save on maintenance, achieve lower water bills, increase property value, and save the planet all at once. 

Low Maintenance

One reason why native plants are a popular landscaping choice is because they are lower maintenance. Being adapted to the local climate and soil makes them more resilient to disease and pests. This can save you money and time on using fertilizers, spraying pesticides, or pruning and watering plants. 

Lower Water Bills

Local California plants are well adapted to the arid climate of sunny southern California. They require substantially far less water than non-native plants. According to the California Native Plant Society, native plants require 90% less water than non-native plants. This can add up to hundreds of dollars each year in savings.  

Increased Property Value

Every smart landlord looks for opportunities to increase their ROI. Landscaping can increase your property value by 10%, according to the National Association of Realtors. The good news about California’s native plants is that there is a huge biodiversity, giving you the opportunity to select from countless beautiful plants that will make your property more appealing. 

Sustainable Choice

We all want to do our part to help the environment, and switching to native plant landscaping is a win-win. Since they are suited for the environment, they need less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. They also host a wide range of wildlife that depend on these plants for their survival.  

California is known for its ongoing recent drought crisis. Reducing water use on our lawns will help our water issue tremendously. 

Final Words

In conclusion, incorporating native plants into your rental properties can be seen as a savvy investment choice given that these plants are lower maintenance, require less water, pesticides, and fertilizers, and offer a sustainable choice all while increasing property values. 

There are many resources available for landlords who wish to plant California natives. Calscapes allows you to see which native plants grow in your region. You can find a list of native plant nurseries here.

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Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California Running Their Annual IE Fundraiser

Are you looking for a way to get some fresh air, exercise, and raise money for a great cause? Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California will run their annual community fundraising event this Sunday, April 30th, 2023 at Fontana Park in Fontana, CA. The site will open at 7:30am, and the walk will start at 8:45am.

House

Funds raised from the Walk for Kids go directly to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California is a non-profit organization that provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals. They provide a comfortable and supportive environment for families during a difficult time, so they can focus on what really matters: their child’s health and recovery.

The Walk for Kids is a great way to support this wonderful organization. The event is a fun-filled day for the whole family, with music, food, and activities for all ages. Participants can form teams and fundraise in advance of the event, or simply register to walk on the day of the event. In addition to the walk, there will be other activities and entertainment for participants to enjoy. There will be a DJ playing music, games for kids, and a photo booth to capture memories from the day. Food trucks will also be on-site for those who want to refuel after the walk.

The walk itself is a 5K (3.1 miles) and is a fun way to get some exercise while supporting a great cause. Participants will walk through Fontana Park and can enjoy the beautiful scenery and fresh air while supporting a worthy cause. There will be water stations and snacks along the route to keep walkers fueled and hydrated.

By participating in the Walk for Kids, you can make a real difference in the lives of families with critically ill or injured children. Every step you take brings us closer to our goal of helping these families in their time of need.

So mark your calendars for Sunday, April 30, 2023, and come out to Fontana Park to support this great cause. Whether you walk, donate, or simply spread the word, your support is greatly appreciated. Let’s come together as a community to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Final Words

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Memorial Day Volunteers Needed 

Memorial Day Riverside National Cemetary

As Memorial Day fast approaches volunteers are needed to place American flags on every grave at the Riverside National Cemetery! The Riverside National Cemetery is located on 22495 Van Buren Blvd. in Riverside, CA 92518, just west of the March Air Reserve Base. The flags get placed on each grave to honor our vets.

Flag Walks were first organized in 2012 by Brennan Leininger. Leininger, honorably discharged U.S. Air Force serviceman, noticed few flags at the cemetery on the important holiday. By cooperating with other volunteers, they grew a movement that continues to be organized every year on both Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  

The miniature flags that get placed are cleaned by volunteers during the off-season and repurposed every year. There needs to be enough volunteers in order to cover the 200,000 graves. The Riverside National Cemetery is the largest cemetery managed by the National Cemetery Administration. It covers 1,250 acres and is almost at complete capacity.


The flags will be placed on Saturday, May 27th and picked up on Tuesday, May 30th. Expect at least three hours for all the flags to be placed. Please email AFlagForEveryHero@HonoringOurFallen.Org for more information.

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What Tenants and Landlords Need to Know About AB 1482

AB 1482, also called the Tenant Protection Act of 2019, is a statewide piece of legislation that affects rental properties . It went into effect January 1st, 2020 and is tentatively set to sunset on January 1st, 2030. As a property management company, we have seen its effects firsthand. Access works hard to ensure our properties as well as our actions are in compliance. AB 1482 affects tenants and landlords by regulating rent increases and just cause evictions, among other details.

While this law affects all locations of the state, there are local jurisdictions with stricter laws in place. In cities where rent control laws already exist, such as those governed by the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, AB 1482 broadens rent control to cover additional housing that was not covered by the previous legislation.

Which Properties are Subject and Which are Exempt

AB 1482 does not cover all properties. Here are some examples of exempted properties that landlords and tenants should be aware of:

  • Single-family homes – If the single-family home is owned by an corporation, a REIT (real estate investment trust), or an LLC that has a corporation as a member, then it is not exempt.
  • Duplexes – If the subject property is a duplex, and the landlord lives in one of the units, then the duplex is exempt from AB 1482.
  • New construction: New houses built within the last 15 years are exempt.
  • Student housing: If a rental property is owned and operated by a college or university and is used primarily for student housing, it is exempt from AB 1482.
  • Units restricted by a deed, regulatory restrictions, or other recorded document limiting the affordability to low or moderate-income households are also exempt.

Rental Increases

AB 1482 is most commonly known for its limitations on rental increases. It limits annual rent increases to 5% plus the local rate of inflation (CPI), or 10%, whichever is LESS. Given California’s recent high rates of inflation, 10% is the norm throughout the state.

Related: New Property Management Laws of 2023

Just Cause for Evictions

AB 1482 imposes “just cause” eviction requirements. This means that landlords cannot evict tenants without a valid reason. A valid reason would be failure to pay rent or violating a term on the lease. It is applicable after residents have occupied the unit for a certain period of time. Landlords can evict tenants under certain circumstances. This includes tenants engaged in delinquency, who create a nuisance or danger, or cause significant damage to the property. Owners are also permitted to move into the unit themselves or have a family member move-in. In this scenario they must provide the tenant with a written 60-Day Notice.

Tenants who believe they have been evicted without just cause may have legal remedies available to them under California law.

Relocation Fees

“No-fault” evictions are when the landlord enacted an eviction that was not the fault of the tenant. In these cases, AB 1482 may require landlords to pay a relocation fee. This fee is separate from the security deposit and landlords cannot deduct the relocation fee from the security deposit.

The amount for the relocation fee will depend on the length of tenancy and the size of the unit. Tenants that resided in their unit for less than one year would be owed the relocation fee of one month’s rent. Those that have lived in the unit for a year or longer may be owed a relocation fee of one month’s rent plus an additional half-month’s rent for each year the tenant has resided in the unit, with a maximum cap of two months’ rent.

There are exceptions to the relocation fee. For example, if the eviction is due to an uninhabitable unit, or the tenant hasn’t paid rent for fourteen days.

Final Words

AB 1482 is a landmark California law with the intent to balance the interests of tenant’s housing needs and landlords investment interests. Although the law is primarily to the benefit of, and offers legal protections to California’s tenants, landlords may see some benefit associated with the law, such as better stability of their cash flow over time. To date, the jury is still out. We’ve seen tenants take advantage of the additional protections which infringe on traditional private property rights, and we’ve seen landlords routinely raise rental rates to the maximum afforded by law simply because they have the legal right to. Consideration previously made by landlords, such as what would traditionally be considered a “good tenant”, whereby the landlord may offer below market rent are becoming more and more rare for fear of the landlord being unable to catch-up to market should the relationship sour.

As a property management company we work closely with our tenants and landlords to ensure compliance to AB 1482. This includes providing proper notice to tenants, calculating rent increases, and handling just cause evictions. We keep a close eye on real estate law updates to keep our clients informed.

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How Identify Rental Scams Series: Part 1

Because of the housing shortage in California, scammers are out trying to get innocent renter’s finances and sensitive information. It’s important to identify rental scams through due diligence and be aware of suspicious listings to protect yourself from fraud. Below are four red flags in a listing that you should be aware of:

1. The Advertised Price is Too Good to be True

A good practice to start with when you’re looking for a place to rent is to look at comparables. What do the average rents look like for a property size and location that meets your needs? If there is an outlier, it means that the post either isn’t genuine, there is something seriously wrong with the property, or utilities or other large fee are not included.

2. Poor grammar in listing

Homeowners and property management companies are advertising a property to the market, and will therefore take the time to ensure that their listing is professional. Scammers are sometimes located out of the country, and may use translating tools to post the listing in multiple languages. A listing with grammar mistakes could indicate a scam.

[Also Recommended: What to do if you’re a victim of a rental scam?]

3. They Want you to Sign an Incomplete Lease

A lease is a serious document that takes time to go through and understand. It’s important for both landlords and tenants. But if the landlord is pushing you into signing without adequate time to read it over, they may not want you to change your mind or notice any incomplete portions or red flags. Scammers may sometimes say that other people are interested or the rental price will go up, therefore you need to sign immediately. Don’t fall for that, coercion is a sign of a scammer.

4. Watermarks on the Pictures (especially MLS)

Scammers may steal images of legitimate listings to pass them off as their own. For example, we watermark all of our pictures with the Access Logo and our website. Thanks to this, we get contacted with people asking about suspicious listings that use our photos. Another common occurrence is scammers using pictures from the MLS, or for our region the CRMLS (the California Regional Multiple Listing Service). If they only have one picture or pictures of bad quality, it could also mean that they are taken from somewhere else.

Final Words

In the current rental market, scammers are taking advantage of unsuspecting people to steal their money and personal information. It’s important to carefully inspect listings to avoid becoming a victim. Keep an eye out for future posts on more red flags to look for in a rental listing.

At Access, we understand that the home search process can be difficult, thus we aim to give you an easy, secure process. Give us a call and our representatives are happy to assist you in your home search. You’re able to find a list of our available properties here. To schedule a tour, we use Rently, a reputable lockbox service. The application is only available on our website or at our office, located at 119 W Sulphur St, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.

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Where to see the Superbloom in 2023

We have the pleasure of having our office surrounded by beautiful yellow and orange hills thanks to this year’s superbloom. In this post we’ll cover what the superbloom is, where to see it, and important things to remember when admiring this unique occurrence.

What is the Superbloom

The superbloom is a rare and marvelous botanical phenomenon that occurs every couple of years. With the right combination of rain, sunshine, and wind, massive fields of wildflowers thrive on the desert landscape. The wildflowers that color the hills include California poppies, lupines, and wild mustard. 

Where to see the Superbloom 

Lake Elsinore is a popular destination to see the spring superbloom. Anybody driving up the 15 freeway can see Walker Canyon’s dazzling orange hillsides. In order to preserve the poppies, Walker canyon in Lake Elsinore is closed. But there are still plenty of other places to see rolling hills of undisturbed flowers.

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Just east of San Diego, this state park also features a variety of cactus bloom. The park stretches from San Diego county to Imperial and Riverside counties. Because many of the roads in the 600,000 acre park are primitive or only accessible by foot, it is recommended to rent a 4-wheel drive with high clearance. 

Entrance Sign to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park 

There is no other place on the planet quite like Joshua Tree National Park. You can hike, camp, and rock climb in this one-of-a-kind landscape. Joshua Tree is famous for the thousands of trees by the same name, but it also  is home to thousands of wildflowers that bloom from winter to fall. 

Super-bloom at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve near Lancaster, California

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Situated in the Mojave desert, this grassland vibrantly displays miles of thriving flowers. The wildflower season generally lasts from February through May. The park has easy trails with wheelchair access and benches. 

Chino Hills State Park

Chino Hills State Park

This reserve is located north of the 91 and West of the 71 and has miles and miles of rolling hills painted with California’s flowers. Please note that due to trail conditions, if it is raining only the paved roads are open. Dogs are allowed but this is a rattlesnake habitat so please keep your furry friends and children on the trail.

Things to Remember 

Stay on the Trail

Dense concentration of people walking off-trail can damage or uproot the plants. Off trail travel, whether on foot or vehicle, can cause soils to compress, limiting the availability of air, water, and nutrients to the roots. Please do not sit, lay, or picnic on the delicate flowers.

Do not add to the damage if someone else has started a trail. #DontDoomTheBloom

Bring enough water, use sunblock, and wear sturdy shoes

Southern California shine is no joke. Bring adequate hydration for all (don’t forget your pets), use a sunblock of at least 30 SPF, and bring your best all terrain shoes. 

Take pictures, not Flowers 

California poppies wilt immediately after being picked, reducing the amount of seeds available for the following year. Let flowers live on to be pollinated and disperse seeds. Not only is it wrong to pick the wildflowers, it’s also illegal in many parks to take plants. 

Leave no Trace 

One of the most important outdoor ethics is to “leave no trace” which means to leave minimal impact on the natural environments that we visit. If you walk in with trash, walk out with it.

Park Somewhere Appropriate 

If you need a pass, get a pass. If you’re visiting somewhere without formal parking, leave your vehicle off the trail to avoid crushing and compacting the flora. Also, please don’t park on the freeway as it is unsafe and only for emergencies.

Final Words

Southern California is an amazing place to live, work, and play! We love to showcase all the awesome stuff to see and do close to home. Go out and enjoy the poppies, they only come once a year! 

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What to do if You’re a Victim of a Rental Scam

Rental Scams in Southern California

There is a housing shortage in Southern California, with many more renters than available housing. Scammers are aware of this and take advantage of unsuspecting people.

Scammers usually want money, other times they want your sensitive information such as credit cards, drivers license, and/or social security numbers. It’s good to be aware of red flags, however, if you found out that the listing is not real after you have sent money or information, here are some steps that you can take to protect yourself and recover.

Zillow Website

1. Notify the Listing Website

Did you see the advertised property on Zillow or Craigslist? Notify them so they take the fraudulent listing down. Sometimes scammers use a real property management or agent’s name, if so let them know as well. No reputable business wants a scammer associated with their brand.

CA Department of Consumer Affairs

2. Contact Your Local Law Enforcement or CA Department of Consumer Affairs.

Police departments collect information on these incidents to keep the public aware and link any potential crimes in their communities. Be sure to provide as much information as possible regarding the incident, including the scammers name or alias, the phone number, email address, and any other information you may have. The CA Department of Consumer Affairs is meant to protect consumer’s interest. If it was a company that scammed you, this is the best approach.

Federal Trade Commission Building

3. Report it to the Federal Trade Commission

The Federal Trade Commission deals with identity theft. Another government agency meant to protect consumers, the FTC is involved with fraudulent wire transfers and other cybercrimes.

Report it to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
The FBI IC3 relies on tips from the public to track down domestic and international cyber criminals. This easy-to-use reporting mechanism is essential to preventing future victims.

J. Edgar Hoover Building

4. Report it to the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center

The FBI IC3 relies on tips from the public to track down domestic and international cyber criminals. This easy-to-use reporting mechanism is essential to preventing future victims.

5. Report it to your Bank

Call your bank as soon as you’re aware of the scam and let them know what happened. There is no guarantee that you will be refunded your money, but if you sent a check or used other form or service the transaction may be blocked.

Following the incident, you should keep a close eye on your credit report. Rental scams can sometimes lead to identity theft or fraud. Check for any unauthorized purchases or new accounts that you did not open.


Final Words

At Access, we understand that the home search process can be difficult, thus we aim to give you an easy, secure process. Give us a call and our representatives are happy to assist you in your home search. You’re able to find a list of our available properties here. To schedule a tour, we use Rently, a reputable lockbox service. The application is only available on our website or at our office, located at 119 W Sulphur St, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530.

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management solutions to renters and homeowners in Southern California.

The Riverside Dickens Festival Returning to Downtown

The family-friendly Riverside Dickens Festival returns to downtown Riverside this month! This annual literary event is welcoming of all ages. With numerous attractions, this event has something for all. Bring your friends and family for some afternoon tea, arts and crafts, and live performances. 

What is the Dickens Festival? 

The Dickens Festival brings the past to life with actors in costume giving you the Victorian experience. It was founded in 1992 to promote literacy and provide educational entertainment. 

What Attractions Will There be? 

Victorian Life Drawing 

Art Instructor Curtin Green of Palos Verdes Art school will be teaching life drawing classes. This class is welcoming to all artistic skills. Models will be in full Victorian attire. Paper and pencils provided.  

Kids under 12 draw for free

Sponsored by Art Supply Warehouse in Westminster

Get your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/victorian-life-drawing-classes-at-dickens-fest-tickets-515153426767 

Scavenger Hunt BINGO 

This free Bingo game challenges you to meet historical characters, enjoy new foods, try on Victorian costuming, and engage in free activities. 

Download your Bingo Card on DickensFest.com OR pick one up at our information booth on the corner of Main St. and University.

These are the prices for the Bingo game: 

X BINGO = Go to our Info Booth to collect your Dickens Fest Sticker

Blackout BINGO = A special knighting ceremony at the Queen’s Pavilion with Queen Victoria at 3:30 pm & a commemorative Dickens Fest 2023 Pin!

Stevenson’s Swashbuckling School

For $10 you can join author Robert Louis Stevenson of “Treasure Island” as he teaches your child to walk, talk, and think like a pirate. Each child will get an inflatable sword, pirate hate, eye patch, and spyglass to take home. At the end, children are welcome to get into a (inflatable) sword fight. 

Mr. Stevenson will be in the children’s area of Oliver Alley at 3:15 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. 

This activity is best suited for kids 5 to 14 years of age. Limited spots are available. Find your tickets here.

Peter Rabbit Children’s Tea Party

Join Peter Rabbit and his friends on a “Choose your own Adventure” Tea Party. 

Includes: Tea (juice), cookies, souvenir bunny ears, and an interactive show with Beatrix Potter reading some of her favorite Peter Rabbit books, teaching the bunny hop and much more.

Photo Ops Available! The tea party will be from 12 to 12:30 pm. Get your tickets here.

Queen’s Children’s Tea

Join Queen Victoria as she teaches children about life in the royal palace, what it takes to be a Queen, and crazy Victorian rules of etiquette.

Includes: Tea (juice), cookies, souvenir crowns & tiaras, and an interactive show with her majesty Queen Victoria and her royal court. 

Photo Ops Available! Time: 1:15 pm to 2:00 pm. Get your tickets here.

The Villain’s Children’s Tea

There are many heroes at the Dickens Festival, but there are also villains. Have tea with Fagin, the villain of the book Oliver Twist. This comedy show is for all ages. Show starts at 2:45 pm.

Includes: Tea (juice), cookies, bag of Victorian marble game, terrible advice, comedic bad manners, and an interactive show with Oliver’s favorite villain (Fagin) trying to find new recruits to join him and the Artful Dodger. 

Photo Ops Available! Get your tickets here.

Evensong – Presented by the Raincross Master Chorale 

The historical First Congregational Church will offer an Evensong service just before the sun sets on Sunday, February 26th. It will be preformed by the Raincross Master Chorale who raise money to provide college scholarships to young singers in Riverside. This service of music and readings will follow the tradition of the English Prayer Book of 1549. 

Located at 3504 Mission Inn Ave at 4:00 pm. 

Admission is $10 for the concert. Tickets are available at the door.

Dickens After Dark Festival Fundraiser

For the mischievous spirits, Dickens After Dark offers a window into the Dickens Victorian Underworld with music, dancers, burlesque, and bawdy jokes. Open from 6-9 pm, this fundraiser costs $40 and includes one drink ticket.

Located: The Charles Dickens Tavern outside City Hall on the Dickens Fest thoroughfare (Main street next to City Hall). Get your tickets here.

When and Where will the Dickens Festival be? 

The Dickens Festival will be on Main Street between Mission Inn Avenue and 11th Street, in front of City Hall, in the Historic Downtown Riverside, CA. Parking spaces are available throughout Orange Street.  

It runs from February 25th to February 26th, 2023

Final Words 

The Inland Empire is a great place to live because there’s always something going on. Whether it’s concerts, shows, or living history events such as the Dickens Festival, there is always a new adventure just around the corner. 

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7 Cute Valentine’s Date Ideas in the Inland Empire

Have you made Valentine’s Day plans yet? If you’re in the Inland Empire we have a couple of suggestions for you and your special someone nearby.

1. Visit the UCR Botanical Garden 

UCR’s botanical gardens are a hidden gem. Located on the eastern part of the university campus, the collection is home to over 3,500 plant species from all over the world. The 40-acres of flora feature a butterfly garden, rose gardens, a turtle pond, a massive redwood grove, and a fruit orchard. Bring your hiking shoes to explore the 1.5 miles of trails and snacks to relax under a shaded bench with your beloved. 

Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. The 1st and 3rd Sunday a month are open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. All vehicles must display a valid parking permit.

There is no charge for admission but the park does depend on donations for operations and new initiatives.

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2. Hike Mt. Roubidoux 

This landmark is hard to miss with its iconic cross. Regardless if you come at dawn or dusk, the surrounding city views are immaculate. From the top you’re able to see Riverside, Corona, and Norco. Numerous trails of various difficulties go up the mountain, including paved trails with benches along the way. This is a great way to stay fit and spend quality time together.

3. Mulligan Family Fun Center – Murrieta

You can’t go wrong with a date at Mulligan. This amusement park features an arcade, mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, batting cages, and water slides. If you get hungry Mulligan has pizza, wraps, wings, beer, and ice cream. Check out their prices here

4. Western Science Center

One of the largest natural history museums in the Inland Empire, the Western Science center features local history including geography, early settlers, native Americans, ice age Mastodons, and the mighty T-Rex! Many of the fossils here are directly from the excavation of Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet. Bring your date and don’t forget to explore the gift shop. 

5. Rent a boat or jetski in Lake Elsinore

Multiple rentals exist on the northern part of the lake to rent an affordable boat or jetski including Xtreme Boat Rentals, JT’s Rentals, and 12 Watersports by Taerht. Spent the day with your partner enjoying the lake with the beautiful Cleveland mountains as the backdrop. 

6. Hot Air Balloon in Perris

Watch the sunset from thousands of feet up on a romantic hot air balloon ride. Experience life from a bird’s eye view as you snuggle close to your person. Skyline Balloons also offers wine tasting and custom events. As a bonus, you might catch skydivers jumping out of planes nearby.

7. Go Horseback riding in Temecula

If you like to take it easy a horseback riding trip through the hilly Temecula countryside might be just for you two this Valentine’s day. Ride through orange groves or beautiful vineyards as miles and miles of hills surround you. For a discount find coupons on popular sites such as Groupon. 

Final Words

The Inland Empire is an amazing place to live because there are endless activities and things to see, do, and taste. We hope this list helped you brainstorm your romantic Valentine’s Day. 

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