Honestly, there are no words for just how badly we fell in love with Valle. I had been dying to go forever, and being that it’s so close (4 hrs from LA) it was just a matter of finding the right opportunity. As is tradition to take a road trip on my birthday, this year Valle was the destination.
We went in via the Tijuana border and out the Tecate border. Highly recommend doing it this way as our wait to get into the US was 45 min instead of the 6 hr wait it could have been in Tijuana. We were headed up towards Palm Springs after so it made more sense to go that way but it could be worth it even if you’re heading back to LA.
The valley itself is stunning. Beautifully designed homes are speckled on the rolling hills and the dryness in the air reminds me of the desert (which it is) but the vineyards make you feel like you’re in Italy or Spain. Neither Jeff nor I drink, so we couldn’t give you any wine recommendations but we got you when it comes to food and stays.
We got a chance to stay at Hotel Partana and Burma Casa 8. Both were incredible. Hotel Partana is right next to Lupe (coffee), Finca Altozana (food), and Animalon (fancy food). Bruma Casa 8 is more remote and is an oasis of a place.
Bruma Casa 8
One of the greatest meals of our lives was at Deckmans. It’s a Michelin star chef making some of the tastiest meats on an open grill in the middle of a vineyard.
Valle easily became one of our favorite trips this year.
+ Deckmans (dinner)
+ Animalon (dinner)
+ Food Truck Adobe Guadalupe (lunch)
+ Laja (dinner)
+ Lupe (coffee)
+ Bruma Casa 8
+ Hotel Partana
+ Cuatro Cuartos