1. Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico, is one of the places I want to return one day. Todos Santos in the Southern Baja California Sur, and it is officially designated a Pueblo Magico (Magic Town) by the Mexican Tourism Secretary and the town has authentic colonial architecture and cobblestone streets. The Hotel California is a magical boutique hotel with only 11 rooms, and it is rumored to be the hotel behind the song “Hotel California.” Rooms are only $115-$145 per night, and it is easy to get to Todos Santos by bus from Cabo or La Paz.
2. For authentic Mexican dresses check out Aida Coronado on Etsy, she has an incredible collection of beautiful, made to order Mexican clothing. Just be prepared that some of the items take longer to ship, most of the clothing is made to order, and she ships directly from Mexico. The dress pictured is $290.
3. Mina wedge sandals from teh Sundance Catalog, $328, are on my summer travel shoe wish list. The shoes are designed by Calleen Corder and the colorful straps in the shoes are weaved by the tribal artisans in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico.
4. La Paz in Mexico is a great destination, where you can combine nature experiences, eco-adventures in the Sea of Cortez and experience a luxury beach vacation on a dime. Costa Baja resort in La Paz is a 5-star boutique resort to relax and enjoy the Mexican beach, and they have a great “Golf & Spa” package for 2 nights in a deluxe room with private, furnished balcony, one greens fee at CostaBaja’s onsite Gary Play Signature Golf Course, one 50-minute spa service at CostaBaja’s Espiritu Spa, daily breakfast buffet and welcome cocktails at check-in. The Golf & Spa offer is priced at US$ 249.00 (per person sharing with second adult, plus taxes) and is valid through December 20, 2014.
5. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home with some of our recipes and decorating ideas. Cinco de Mayo is not actually the independence day of Mexico, but it is celebrated to remember a battle between Mexican and French forces that took place in Puebla in 1862, and which Mexicans won. Cinco de Mayo is a more popular celebration in the USA, than in Mexico, but nevertheless, a great way to celebrate Mexican culture.
6. Sugar Skull bracelet by DeAnna Cochran ($169) is created with turquoise, reclaimed bronze and hand crafted with repurposed brown leather. The bracelet features a sugar skull, and sugar skulls are used in the Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead in the fall, at the same time as many celebrate Halloween, and are distinctive to Mexican culture. I have several of DeAnna’s bracelets and absolutely love them, and this sugar skull one is in my wish list.
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Globally inspired living
I have been fortunate to be able to travel as much as I have the past 16 years, and we have always lived globally inspired lifestyle at home. Bringing European traditions to our American family has always been important to me, and of course, learning American traditions was equally important to me. As we have traveled more, now our everyday lives are also inspired by Asian and African cultures. Follow my new weekly series of simple “travel + shop” inspired by different destinations.
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