Postcards from: Baja California region of Mexico

Posted by Drake, August 05, 2015
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Drake Hotel Director of Human Resources & General Manager, Shivani Marx recently travelled to the stunning region of Baja California, Mexico; an area that is quickly becoming recognized as a top food + wine destination that is a little off the traditional path.

We set out with our good friends, who had the inside track of local highlights, for a relatively unknown culinary trek. Destination? The Baja California region of Mexico – where we were just 30 minutes from Valle de Guadalupe, the wine region that will go on to wow us for the next few days. If you want to follow this journey, your best bet is to fly into San Diego, grab a rental car and head south for a quick 1.5 hour drive through this stunning peninsula.

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For the seafood lovers, you can’t get a better locale and the best example of the sea to plate delights is a renowned tostada stand in Ensenada. Unassuming and simple, on the corner of a busy shopping street, the team at La Guerrerense take the original secret family recipes and apply them to the freshest daily catches, from clams to sea urchin, mussels to shrimp – you have to taste it to believe it. Take a chance on any of their delicious sauces – mild to crazy hot and then kick yourself that you can’t take one home with you (they don’t sell them!). We loved it so much we went back (three times). Post up – and enjoy your food standing with the crowd.

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The wow factor continued, as we spent our first day exploring the wineries and hotels in the Valle de Guadalupe where the focus on creating a warm, personal and beautiful setting is only equalled by the commitment to being a sustainable operation, at one with the local environment. To enjoy the absolutely vast and gorgeous landscape, the hilltop views can be taken in from any winery. And if you are lucky, you can have a peaceful + secluded overnight in one of these two amazing eco properties – Encuentro Guadalupe and Cabanas Cuatro Cuatros.

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Looking for lush vineyards and secret gardens in the middle of an arid desert region? Almost every winding dirt road ends at an enchanting property that uses local garden ingredients for their world class meals, including one of Latin America’s 50 Best, Corazon de Tierra. Carry on to the following for snacks, tastings and if you are up for it, a horseback ride through the area at Adobe Guadalupe. Lomita, Deckman’s and for a delicious Asador are all worth visiting for a long and leisurely evening. The wine makers and restaurant owners are so gracious and knowledgeable, you feel that you are the only ones there.

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After taking it all in, swim off some of those wine and food calories at the beach – also a great region for surfers, if you are looking for an active bit to your trip. Finally, before you get ready to head back, you can’t miss a traditional Mexican breakfast at one of the best places in Mexico (and recently voted best breakfast in the world by FoodieHub) at Cocina de Dona Esthela. Go hungry + early, you will wait!

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Take my advice and head to what is quickly becoming recognized as a top food + wine destination that is off the traditional path. Slow down, soak up the sun, and pray that the roads get washed away… you will never want to come home.

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