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Thursday, April 30, 2009

New Lodging in Mexico's Wine Country

New Lodging in Mexico's Wine Country
by Steve Dryden

Two new and exciting lodging options are now available for wine lovers who want to spend the night in the romantic wine country of Valle de Gualalupe. Of course, beer and tequila drinkers are welcome too! In the past rooms have been expensive and hard to book, especially during the many wine country festivities, but things are looking up and both of these new options are excellent.

Hacienda Guadalupe is brand new and features 12 "deluxe" rooms with king-size Serta mattresses, T-300 sheets, bedding, Dubai quilts, original artwork, custom-made furnishings, jacuzzi/pool with waterfall, and fantastic views from each private balcony. On May 1, they'll open a 200-seat gourmet restaurant offering guests stunning sunset and wine country views along with affordable dining. According to owner, Daniel Sanchez, "we provide a warm and friendly, deluxe hotel with upscale amenities, good food and unsurpassed hospitality. In addition, our lobby wine bar features an artisan designed chimney with open beam ceilings in an environment that is designed for the ultimate in relaxation. Our dynamic wines are exclusive and the lobby kitchen provides entrees that match with our wines." For information or reservations: (664) 151-3273 Mex, (714) 313-5138 U.S., info@haciendaguadalupehotel.com or www.haciendaguadalupehotel.com.

Rancho Malagon or Viñedos Malagon is a "hidden jewel" located in the village of Francisco Zarco in Valle de Guadalupe. This family-owned 400-acre ranch, vineyards, winery, bed and breakfast gets a gold medal for hospitality, first-class service, romantic ambiance, hidden location and for creating fantastic wine. This unique bed and breakfast facility is one of the most charming and romantic settings in the valley. Centered in a courtyard that features a cantina, private kitchen and dining area with fireplace is most attractive and addictive. Visitors can cook their own meals in the fully stocked kitchen or have a local chef cater to their gourmet culinary desires. A 36-inch plasma television with Direct TV satellite and original handmade furniture complement the dinning area. Four deluxe room options are available to meet your specific needs. The "Grenache Suite" features one queen bed, large private bathroom and spacious living room area with sofa. This room also features a private patio looking out into the beautiful private gardens. "The "Green Room" includes one queen-size bed, private bathroom and balcony with a sitting area offering a majestic view of the mountain range. The "Blue Room" includes two full-size beds with one private bathroom and balcony with sitting area featuring a view of the mountain range. Many guests rent the entire complex to host family, friends and clients. One remarkable amenity is that their wine has been given one of the highest ratings for quality in Mexico! Visit www.vinedosmalagon.com for details and reservations.

If you're planning to attend the Fiesta de la Vendimia Festival in August or plan a spring and summer wine country escape, you need to book lodging now. Fortunately, both of these new lodging options offer the best in service and hospitality. One nice feature of both places is that they provide some great wine, the ambiance is supreme, and the hosts are "world class."