We’ve just returned from a three-day getaway to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. What an exquisite place! Mike traveled there on business earlier in the week, and I followed Friday and stayed through the long weekend. We flew home late Monday night.
View from the balcony of the Westin Hotel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta sunset the evening I arrived
After our protracted recovery from the flu, this trip was exactly what the proverbial doctor ordered.
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
We walked along the beach, read, took naps, and explored the grounds of the gorgeous resort hotel.
Mike next to the fountain outside of our room
Bougainvillea cascading over the hotel balcony
There were many cool places for lounging out of the hot sun
Mike posing near the pool
View of Old Town across the bay
Peaches and cream
We enjoyed fruity drinks with our tortilla chips and guacamole in the casita facing the sea. San Jose has a heavy Mexican influence, but it was still fun to enjoy a dish that originated in Mexico.
The name is derived from two Aztec Nahuatl words—ahuacatl (avocado) and molli (sauce).
Tropical cocktails with a plate of tortillas and guacamole
I’m always intrigued by the local wildlife, like this clever black bird, called a Great-tailed Grackle. He seemed to know that he could swoop in for a chip, after they cleared the dishes. He knew not to approach any of the tables with guests, but as soon as the dishes landed on a clearing tray, he made his move. Once he claimed the chip, he flew into the rafters, hopping and chirping from row to row.
Great-tailed Grackle makes his move
Great-tailed Grackle claims a tortilla chip
Great-tailed Grackle takes off
On Saturday night, we ate a spectacular, five-course vegetarian meal at Café Des Artistes by Thierry Blouet. Their website describes it as
” French cuisine with Mexican inspiration. More than 25 years being the gourmet tradition in Puerto Vallarta.”
The Café Des Artistes is carved into the hillside and sits above Old Town, the heart of the city. The main floor is a bar, with the upper two stories featuring open-air dining under the trees. They seated us on the third floor surrounded by towering bamboo and ancient trees. From there we could look down on the garden terrace.
Stairs leading to the second floor of the Cafe Des Artistes
Descending the stone stairway after our meal
One of the tastes from the vegetarian menu
I could go on and on about this place, but instead I’ll sum it up in one, long sentence: Dining in Puerto Vallarta with the man I love, sitting under a canopy of trees wearing a sleeveless dress with live music playing while enjoying a full-course vegetarian meal, served by a charming and devoted team of wait staff who delivered a story about each wine pairing left me breathless. What a night!
After our meal, we walked along the strand in Old Town Puerto Vallarta before heading back to the hotel.
Three days passed quickly. We hope to return for a longer stay, to experience whale watching, snorkeling and other local activities when we have more time.
Our hotel was an easy walk to the harbor filled with boats and lovely vistas, and of course we couldn’t help but price the local real estate. It never hurts to look, eh?
I’ll leave you with a few more pictures of our trip highlights.
Turtles sunning themselves in a pond next to a Japanese restaurant.
A bale of turtles
Man-made pond near the Mikado restaurant
More turtles soaking up the sun
Outside the Mikado restaurant
Turtle pond at the Marriott hotel
The hotel cat name Mitzy
Mitzy the hotel cat
Mitzy resting on the warm slate
Mitzy spots a bird
Mitzy’s back story
Some of the brilliant colors of Mexico
Stunning pink foliage
Fuchsia-colored bloom in the hotel garden
Pink Syngonium podophyllum, also known as an arrowhead plant
Cactus in bloom
Vivid yellow and red foliage
spotted on the sidewalk growing in a pot
Houses painted with a vivid green trim
Trailing orchid at the hotel
Papel picado, a Mexican folk art
Con afecto, Alys.