"Oh, Mexico, it sounds so simple, I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home, guess I'll have to go now." - James Taylor, Mexico
July. We were traveling to Mexico in July. Everyone told us that it would be too hot but I figured, how hot can it be? After all, I crave the heat. And heat we got. Good for my soul.
We touched down in Cabo San Lucas, grabbed a rental car and took the toll road about an hour north. Once we hit town, we were told to find a bright red wall and take a right at the fork in the road. Directions only made in Mexico. We had arrived in Todos Santos.
Bright red bougainvillea covered the entrance while the lush green palms and trees surrounded the property. Right away I wanted a tour of both homes on the property because this special place has not just one, but TWO different Airbnb's you can choose to book. A gorgeous quiet place to plan an escape or a retreat with another family or a group of friends.
The entire second story is outdoor living where you will find yourself having a hard time leaving. The views of the ocean and the property acreage went as far as the eye could see. Tastefully furnished with traditional Mexican furniture, the space could easily host a great dinner or cocktail reception. Mexican equipales decorated the space, creating inviting and relaxing conversational nooks for guests to enjoy.
We continued through the house in pure discovery mode touring the main house first. The blast of cold air that greeted us through the door was better than a champagne reception. Thank goodness for good air conditioning and ceiling fans. Remember that heat everyone told me about? Oh it was hot alright. Muy caliente. But I looooved it.
The architectural details were stunning. From the clean lines of the furniture to the stunning arches and white background in the room, the home was magnificent. It was as if modern met traditional and had a collaboration in Mexico. The curved lines coupled with the textures of the thatched roofs made for beautiful backdrops in a rural setting.
I learned that the owner purchased the 33 acre property in the 1970's and had the house custom built to her desires. They built the house in sections with each building it's own entity. The kitchen was separated from the home to protect the main living from potential fire. Wood burning stoves and authentic kitchen styled in the Mexican way, one had to guard against potential fires.
The interior was equally as stunning with the continued integration of traditional furnishings and tile. The multiple uses of glass to bring the exterior, inside, was a lovely source of natural light throughout the home.
We continued our tour onto the other house on the property, a smaller more quaint option for those not wanting to go as grande as the main house. The charming entrance was a reflection of the main house. A 2-bedroom, 2 bath sweet little house with a full kitchen and air conditioning throughout. Right outside of it is a new fire-pit to gather around and tell stories all through the night.
Step outside into the vast acreage and there are visual senses that will take days to absorb. Miles of trails that will guide you through orchards of mangoes, papayas and guavas that would make my Filipino family drool with envy. There were horse stables with a stable hand to assist you should you decide to take a beach stroll with these gentle beings. A small pond is home to ducks and fish. I even spotted some local chickens roaming around the land. Truly, while visiting, it's like you've reached the Baja life.
A secluded, private beach was a short two minute walk away. While it proved to be a very serene and romantic place to stroll along the shoreline, swimming is prohibited due to rough surf and strong currents but can be a nice relief to cool off your feet.
Todos Santos was a wonderful place to find my resting heart beat again. A place to slow things down and shift into the easy, Baja feeling. I can't wait to return and really gain the history of this magical place. Until next time, Huerta El Tecolote. Until next time.
Photography by Casey Liu