Hotels Above Par Founder @BrandonBerksonx took a less-than-two-hour road trip from his native San Diego across the border to Mexican wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Led by @BajaTourGuide, Brandon visited a bevy of wineries, hotels, restaurants, viewpoints, and towns. Written in our signature 1, 2, 3 format — which features one place to stay, two places to dine, and three places to visit in a specific locale — check out what made his “1, 2, 3: Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico Destination Guide” below.
Encuentro Guadalupe (@encuentro_gpe): This 22-room boutique hotel is an architectural masterpiece built into the surrounding boulder-abundant landscape. Expect top-line suites with floor-to-ceiling windows that peer out at valley-based vineyards, an infinity pool, and hidden wine cave.
Fauna (@faunarestaurante): Lauded as one of Mexico’s best restaurants, Chef David Castro Hussong has curated a delicious farm-to-table menu here — the lamb is incredible — which is served amidst a setting that looks out at an enchanting garden and distant rolling hills.
Casa Frida (@casafridavallegpe): This buzzy restaurant is a Valle de Guadalupe staple that consists of a treasure trove of eateries, including lakefront dining and a top-floor bar decorated in colorful skulls and Frida Kahlo memorabilia. The ceviche is a must.
El Mirador & Ensenada: Redolent of Santorini, on the way to Ensenada, travelers should stop at the El Mirador viewpoint, which looks out at the undisturbed Baja coastline and Pacific Ocean. Continue driving to the port town of Ensenada and try street-food stand La Guerrerense for a great seafood tostada.
Bruma Vinicola (@brumavinicola): This luxe winery is set underneath the ground and hosts an indoor area centered around the roots of a gargantuan tree. Their Tinto Ocho 2018 will convince you to take a bottle home with you — its intense nose with black fruit, licorice, coffee, chocolate, tobacco leaf and graphite is sensational.
Clos de Tres Cantos (@clos_de_tres_cantos): An architectural masterpiece that was intentioned to conjoin inspiration from the Mayan pyramids with medieval France, this winery flaunts contemporary elements and recycled furniture cemented with concrete (yes, you read that right). Enjoy a tasting on their terrace — the Rosa del Desierto 2019 and local cheese is the winning move.