{TRES DEL MES} 3 Places to Eat and Drink in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe

Me and the girls enjoying a drink and some snacks at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Me and the girls enjoying a drink and some snacks at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

I recently journeyed through a wine and food lover’s paradise on an all-girls’ road trip through Baja California. One of my best friends, Ana, gave me and three of our friends a personal tour of some of her favorite places to eat and drink in Valle de Guadalupe. This growing wine region is rustic, charming, and offers exquisite landscapes, wineries, and unrivaled Baja Med cuisine. The best part is that this culinary gem is only 75 miles south of the US-Mexico border.

Since I’ll be headed to Valle de Guadalupe in a few days to celebrate Ana’s wedding, I’d like to share a quick guide to her (now our) favorite hot spots in Valle de Guadalupe.  

New US-Mexico border entry, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

New US-Mexico border entry, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Encuentro Guadalupe (formerly Hotel Endémico)
Nestled in the midst of Baja’s wine-growing region, Encuentro Guadalupe is an “anti-resort” hotel with 20 eco-lofts, a restaurant, winery, and tasting room. It is the perfect place to grab an artisanal beer or house wine and take in the best views of the valley. There are also seasonal farmers’ markets, which we were lucky to experience, where local artisans sell handmade chocolate, salsas, and jewelry.

Location: Carretera Tecate-Ensenada Km 75 | Valle de Guadalupe, 22750 | Ensenada | Baja California, Mexico

Encuentro Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Encuentro Guadalupe, Valle de Guadalupe, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Encuentro Guadalupe offers some of the best views of the valley, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Encuentro Guadalupe offers some of the best views of the valley, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Vines are in full bloom during summer months, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Vines are in full bloom during summer months, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

La Estación de Oficios El Porvenir (a.k.a. La Escuelita)
La Escuelita is a wine school and outdoor restaurant that we stumbled upon as we were leaving Valle de Guadalupe. Boy, were we happy we found this place! Chef Daniel Monarrez’s menu includes burritos de jaiba (crab burritos), a delightful platter of local cheeses with house made cranberry-walnut honey, and the most delicious homemade basil ice cream. You can also purchase locally made olive oils, wines, house-brewed beers, coffee, and other gourmet food items.

Location: La Villa del Valle
 Km. 88 Highway 3 Tecate-Ensenada | 
Valle de Guadalupe (Avenida Emiliano Zapata esquina con Callejón de la Liebre s/n Ejido Porvenir)

Seasonal menu at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Seasonal menu at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

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Burrito de jaiba and house beer, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Housemade basil ice cream made by Chef Daniel Monarrez, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Housemade basil ice cream made by Chef Daniel Monarrez, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Say CHEESE!, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Say CHEESE!, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Classes offered at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Classes offered at La Escuelita, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Chef Daniel Monarrez came to Valle de Guadalupe to learn about and perfect Baja’s cuisine, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

La Casa Vieja Vineyard and Winery
La Casa Vieja is an old ranch-style winery and tasting room that is home to two-hundred-year-old vines and olive trees. The onsite restaurant, La Palapa, offers simple, country cuisine at reasonable prices and a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere. We enjoyed the ranch’s orchards, animals, live music, and family-style dining options. This is the perfect place to dine with a group! We (a group of five) ordered the Parrillada Casa Vieja, which came with four different grilled meats, grilled onions, chorizo, a large ranch-grown salad, mashed potatoes, and vegetables all for $450 pesos (roughly $35 USD), and it was more than enough food for us!

Location: KM 92.5 Carretera Tecate-Ensenada
 | San Antonio de las Minas
 | Baja California Norte, Mexico

Borreguitos at La Casa Vieja, Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Borreguitos at La Casa Vieja, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

Parrillada Casa Vieja - $450 MXN (about $45 USD), Photo credit: Lola's Cocina

Parrillada Casa Vieja, Photo credit: Lola’s Cocina

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6 Comments on “{TRES DEL MES} 3 Places to Eat and Drink in Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe”

  1. June 30, 2014 at 10:22 pm #

    Great post. I gave it a shout out on my blog – http://thevalledeguadalupe.blogspot.com/
    So many great places in the Valle.

    • July 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Thanks, Chip. Yes, so many great places – it was hard to narrow it down to three!

  2. July 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Great!! Some other MBA friends took a wine tour to this region and recommended it, but your food pics really make me want to start planning my trip- thanks Dolores 🙂

    • July 3, 2014 at 5:37 am #

      Cherie: You should definitely try to make the trip. The food is amazing and it feels like you’re a world away when you’re only two hours from San Diego!

  3. July 2, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Gracias Lolita¡¡

    • July 3, 2014 at 5:39 am #

      De nada, Daniel! Espero que te hayan gustado las fotos de La Escuelita.

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