Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe is a wine region in Baja California’s Guadalupe Valley often compared to Napa due to the climate. “Valle” (pronounced Vi-Ay) is a buzzy word thrown about by Angelenos, as there are numerous hip and rustic hotels in this low-key area that draw wine lovers who seek a more authentic and less commercialized wine region. With more than 200 wineries, the area caters to adventuresome travelers looking for an exciting off-the-beaten path journey South of the Border.
I mentally prepared myself to make this US-Mexico crossing, as the last time was close to 20 years ago when a group of us flew into La Jolla, California for New Year’s and drove caravan-style straight through the border to party in Tijuana and spend a week in an oceanfront house in Los Gaviotos. The Tijuana border crossing has changed a lot since then, but in March, my friends and I passed through the border with no problems at all.
Believe me, I had doubts about the crossing. But my anxiety was quickly eased as a shuttle from the resort picked us up in San Diego and expertly drove us through the border, allowing us to bypass the long line of cars using the hotel’s Medical Pass and alleviating hours of idle time. Within two hours, we arrived just north of Ensenada at the brand-new, 14-room Montevalle, a health and wellness resort surrounded by vineyards, olive trees and lavender.
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