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Baja California wine trip: Where to stay

Just a quick flight or short drive from Southern California, Baja California has become a hot weekend getaway. See our recommendations on where to stay, from wine and travel writers Amanda Barnes and Sorrel Moseley-Williams…

Updated 30 January 2018 with extra recommendations.



Hotel Coral & Marina

Baja California

An Ensenada hotel by the sea… Credit: expedia.co.uk

A mid-sized resort in an ocean-side location with its own marina. Easy access to wine country plus a burst of city life. The Mexican buffet breakfast is the ideal lining for a day’s tasting. Book now

Recommended by Sorrel Moseley-Williams


Hacienda Guadalupe

Baja California

Stay in a colonial-style hacienda in the hills… Credit: haciendaguadalupe.com

In the hills, 16 spacious colonial-style rooms are set among vineyards and bougainvillea overlooking the valley. Sample the Melchum Tempranillo or house brew Liebre IPA with roast lamb at the hacienda’s restaurant. The Vid y el Vino wine museum is opposite. Book now

Recommended by Sorrel Moseley-Williams


Adobe Guadalupe

Adobe Guadalupe winery

Adobe Guadalupe winery, run by Dutch expat Tru Miller.

Fifteen minutes’ drive away from Michelin-starred US chef Drew Deckman’s restaurant, Deckman’s en el Mogor, you’ll find this a stunning colonial-style lodge. Dutch expat Tru Miller’s initial six- room project expanded to include a winery, food truck, equine breeding centre, restaurant and underground tasting room while retaining a home-away-from-home ambience. Its luxurious quarters overlook the courtyard; be sure to take in a post- breakfast tasting at Adobe’s winery. Book now

Recommended by Sorrel Moseley-Williams



El Encuentro

Baja California, El Encuentro

Complete sunshine and serenity at Encuentro’s infinity pool…

Designed to immerse you in the landscape, these luxury eco-lofts offer panoramic valley vistas. Lounge beside the infinity pool by day or sip a glass of red next to your outdoor fire pit under the stars by night. Terroir-ists will get a kick out of the celebrated centrepiece in the Master Villa – a massive rock by the bedside. Book now

Recommended by Amanda Barnes


Cuatro Cuatros

Baja California

Slow down your pace of life in a luxury cabana… Credit: cabanascuatrocuatros.com.mx

If glamping is your style, try these luxury canvas tents with redwood floors, indoor fireplaces and indoor-outdoor bathrooms. Nestled within a 144-acre estate, this could be a scene from Out of Africa until you spot wooden boats stranded amongst the vineyards. A drive to the hilltop bar reveals a stunning, cliff top view over the Pacific Ocean. Book now

Recommended by Amanda Barnes



Rancho el Parral

Baja California, El Parral

Start your day of wine tasting with a traditional Mexican breakfast… Credit: Amanda Barnes

This colonial-style home offers a wallet-friendly option in the heart of Guadalupe with bright, airy rooms. Unwind in the sauna or organise a massage between the vines before visiting their boutique winery. The Mexican breakfast is a delight. Book now

Recommended by Amanda Barnes

 


airplane

 Nearest Airport Tijuana

Although driving from San Diego (2 hours) or LA (4 hours) is easy and often more direct. Another option is to take the Greyhound bus from San Diego or LA to Tijuana where you can rent a local car and save on border-crossing rental fees.


Amanda Barnes is a wine and travel writer, based in South America since 2009. Sorrel Moseley-Williams is a food, wine and travel journalist and sommelier based in Buenos Aires.


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