A Little Winter Getaway

It has become an annual event. A trip to somewhere warm and sunny in the dead of winter to break the monotony of our dull, gray, Pacific Northwest skies. Last year it was Hawaii so this time around we thought we’d try something a little different. Alaska Airlines has direct flights to several places in Mexico and we had a companion certificate through our Alaska Visa card good for a second ticket for about $100. We have been to Puerto Vallarta a couple of times, are comfortable with the area, but wanted something a little more laid back. And away from all the time share salesmen.

After spending some time on TripAdvisor, we settled on a B&B called Casa de Ensueños (House of Dreams) in the village of Guayabitos, about an hour’s drive north of PV. It is the winter home of Charley and Mona, who live in Portland the rest of the year. Staying there is like having friends with a million dollar house on the beach (which it is) who invite you down to spend a week or two. If the following photos look like an advertisement for the place, maybe it’s because, well, I guess they are!

The courtyard entryway

The courtyard entryway

The view as soon as you walk in the front door

The view as soon as you walk in the front door

We had the Starfish Room

We had the Starfish Room

This was a panoramic video from our balcony but it might only transfer as a still

A panoramic shot from our balcony

And a few photos from around the house…

The kitchen

The kitchen

Breakfast is served here every morning at 8:30

Breakfast is served here every morning at 8:30

And at 5:00 PM, everyone gathers here for Margaritas, hors d'oeuvres and friendly conversation

And at 5:00 PM, everyone gathers here for Margaritas, hors d’oeuvres and friendly conversation

We never got around to using the grill. Maybe next time?

We never got around to using the grill. Maybe next time?

A family of Iguanas hangs out in the rocks between the yard and the beach.

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The beach was great for walks.

Tough to avoid all those people!

Tough to avoid all those people!

Lots of shorebirds

Lots of shorebirds

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This little shrine is at the end of a jetty just down the beach. A memorial to fishermen, past and present.

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No blog post would be complete without a couple of food photos. Mostly, we ate in local restaurants. Nothing fancy but just good Mexican food.

Karla's was a short stroll down the beach

Karla’s was a short stroll down the beach

Lunch with drinks was usually no more than the equivalent of $10 or $12

Lunch with drinks was usually no more than the equivalent of $10 or $12

Shrimp at the Crazy Pineapple

Shrimp at the Crazy Pineapple

One night Charley piled us all in his truck and took us into town for tacos at El Taquero del Año.

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60 pesos = about $4.10

60 pesos = about $4.10

And a couple of nights we really splurged and spent $3.00 on a taxi to venture out beyond walking distance. By late in the week we had learned that one entree was plenty for two people, or maybe even four. Here’s an example:

1 fish and sides. about $8.00

1 fish and sides. about $8.00

Una mas cerveza, por favor!

Una mas cerveza, por favor!

The well behaved restaurant dog waiting patiently

The well behaved restaurant dog waiting patiently

OK… last food photo. Probably the fanciest place in Guayabitos. Up on a hill overlooking the town and harbor. Good place to experience sunset.

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It seems like I should be ending this post with a sunset photo but I didn’t really get any good ones. So, instead, here’s sunrise from our balcony. No camera tricks, honest. That’s what it looked like.

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In order to get back to the airport, we hired a taxi with another couple at the B&B who needed to go into PV for a dental appointment. So we negotiated with the driver to drop them off at the dentist, take us to the Westin near the airport where we could have lunch before our flight, then pick the other couple up for the return trip to Guayabitos. And would we mind if his wife went along since she needed to do a little shopping? I love Mexico!

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