Ensenada, Mexico. Our first stop down the Baja.
Let the honeymoon road trip begin!
Before this trip we had only been to one town in Baja California. Slimy and shady, Tijuana is a close stop for some cheap food and drinks but not very exciting unless you’re into drugs and hookers. Ensenada was surprisingly different. We crossed into Mexico at Tecaté where we didn’t even need to wait in line, nor talk to anyone about coming into the country. We drove through the Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico’s only wine region. The vino there was AMAZING. We first stopped at Vinos Lechuza, whose owner, Ray Magnusen, Zach had met through work in San Diego. After we had a whole tasting of Lechuza’s magnificent wines, Ray gave us a whole second round straight out of his aging barrels, showed us around the area a little bit, and took us to Michelin-starred chef Drew Deckman’s new popup restaurant right across the road. Deckman’s setup was amazing and totally changed our views on what gourmet dining can look like!
That evening we made our way to Ensenada town, only a 15-20min drive from the Ruta del Vino. The city has everything you need but isn’t super big and obnoxious. We ate some awesome tacos and tasted more vino. It was a nice spot to walk around and, to say again, awesomely different from Tijuana.
We only spent one night, but since its so close to our home in San Diego, we hope to make it down to Ensenada again for a weekend in the near future. Stay tuned for tales of the rest of our Baja California Adventure!
Posted on July 4, 2013, in Adventures, Mexico, Travel and tagged Baja California, Deckman's, Drew Deckman, Ensenada, Ensenada Baja California, Guadalupe Baja California, Mexico, popup restaurant, San Diego, slow food, Tijuana, valle de guadalupe, wine, wine tasting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.