1.5.11 ¡Feliz Año!

Villa santa cruz 790 xxx
photos by george billard
As it turns out, Villa Santa Cruz in Todos Santos, Mexico, is absolute perfection. This funky and spacious 4-bedroom home is just off the best surf beach in the area and has a gorgeous view of the Pacific. We could lie in bed and watch the sunset—not to mention the all-day show of whales, dolphins and pelicans. It was a bit cool so we didn't do a lot of beach time, but we did go out for a lunch of fish tacos, hike in the desert among the dramatic cacti, and host an impromptu poolside gathering on New Year's day. Our good friends Sarah and Gordon have a house in town and brought other expats over to enjoy our spacious digs, partake in some sweet local shrimp and toast the new year with delicious house tequila, aging in an oak cask just inside our front door.
Sunset 790 xxx
this was our soothing vista
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the enormous pool with its spacious patio was ideal for entertaining
Shrimp 790 xxx
the fish market in town was a guy with 4 coolers full of the day's catch
Ceviche 790 xxx
fresh yellowtail ceviche
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a refreshing jícama salad
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cabbage slaw with radishes and jalapeño
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the tequila was ultra-smooth with notes of vanilla and nutmeg
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a good time was had by guests of all ages


so happy to hear from you, was missing my glutton!! this place looks amazing and it sounds like you had a great time with lots of r+r, much needed -- have fun in LA xo
stephanie on January 5, 2011 at 6:08 am —
wondrous! safe return!
Vetivresse on January 6, 2011 at 7:12 am —
We are just so thrilled that you had a great stay with us at Villa Santa Cruz. It is a little slice of heaven, and I'm glad your wonderful group could experience it together. Come see us again...especially for the tequila! Sending you our best for a healthy 2011. With love, Jessica & Matt - www.villasantacruzbaja.com
Jessica Canepa on January 7, 2011 at 4:31 pm —
Thanks again, Jessica! We'll be back...
laura on January 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm —
This place looks SO amazing! AS chance would have it, we were actually a stone's throw away in Puerto Vallarta. The food was fantastic! the highlight: lobster bisque with a dollop of lobster ice cream in the centre. Yum!
Rob on January 8, 2011 at 5:44 am —
Lobster ice cream? Schwing!! Sounds like you had a great vacation, too.
laura on January 8, 2011 at 7:59 am —
Feliz et prospero ano nuevo, Laura. This villa looks spectacular. Was the ocean also good for swimming? I spent half of our Mexican vacation in the water.
David on January 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm —
Happy New Year to you, David! [Don't leave that tilde off the "n" or you'll be wishing me something quite different!! :-))] The water never gets super-warm there apparently (surfers were out in full suits), and since it was even a bit cooler than usual when we were there, the only swimming took place in the pool. It was, nevertheless, heaven on earth.
laura on January 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm —
Thanks! And good to know, all round. (Hard wink.) Will be catching up on your posts this weekend. We seriously envy your frequency. Where do you find the time?
david on January 14, 2011 at 2:40 pm —
Since I work from home, I generally just document what's going on on the kitchen or around the house at any given time. Honestly, I don't have more than an hour or so to devote on any given day.
laura on January 15, 2011 at 3:58 am —