Friday, April 7, 2017

BCS Pt.3: San Jose del Cabo

Typically on our trips to BCS, we spend our last couple of nights somewhere in San Jose del Cabo. We leave Rancho kicking and screaming, but it's REALLY nice not to have to tackle an hour plus drive to the airport on the day of departure.

I'll admit, I've been somewhat ruined to big, chain resorts. It's really hard to beat the unique, personal feel you get at boutique property. That being said - Cabo, while definitely leaning more towards the touristy side, does have gorgeous beaches and sunsets, plus it's hard to beat the proximity to the airport (most resorts in the San Jose area are only about 15-20 minutes from the airport).

In the past, we've stayed at both the Hilton Los Cabos (unreal sunsets and a pristine white beach), and the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos (super fun kiddy pool and expansive breakfast buffet with lots of veg options) and both were perfectly nice, clean and conveniently located spots.

breathtaking sunset from our balcony at the Hilton Los Cabos. 
This trip, we actually took advantage of our time in San Jose, and explored the area more than past years.

One place I had wanted to go for a while, but had never made it to, is Flora Farms. With the help of our dearest friend Danny, we were able to snag a last minute reservation for dinner (be sure to call way in advance, reservations book months out). Per the advice of their site, we arrived about an hour early to explore the property. This is something I would highly recommend! FF is so much more than just a restaurant. This hidden gem is set back in the foothills, the drive there is a little tricky, but don't be discouraged - it's totally worth it!

Grab a glass of wine at El Wine Bar and peruse the charming shops. The farm itself an organic produce shop, James Perse has a pop up shop, Santo Cabo an awesome natural skin care line (they'll be featured in my April Beauty Buys video later is month!) has a storefront, and there is a handful of other unique vendors to visit as well.

Romper, Keepsake the Label.

Shoes, Joie. Bag, Louis Vuitton.

sunset at Flora Farms.

Duster, Naked Wardrobe. 

putting an olive tree in my house, STAT.

The restaurant itself is just magical. Twinkle lights galore, live music, delicious food and wine (in the middle of a garden?!) - you just might mistake it for heaven.

Seriously, you have to visit Flora Farms. It's not an option. I will be really mad if you don't. Don't you think it's rude to just ignore my suggestions?

Our last night of the trip, we had late dinner plans with our friend Chef Rodrigo Bueno, but pre-dinner we headed out to the Art District in downtown San Jose to do a little exploring.

San Jose's Art District is full of charming little shops and restaurants. I ducked into this spot to steal a shot of their dreamy, secret-garden style dining situation. I didn't get the name, because I'm a terrible person. Can anyone ID it?

Braids, courtesy of my new friend Josefina. Top, Forever21 - similar here. Sandals, Sandalup.

Flora Farms even has a little downtown outpost, featuring a mini version of their farm stand and El Wine Shop.

the picturesque archway leading into El Wine Shop.

Per the recommendation of our pals Danny and Karla, we stopped into La Luptia, a taco and tequila joint, for a happy hour cocktail. The namesake margarita, La Lupita, was delicious!

As we were headed out to dinner, we found the streets in the art district flooded with people! We learned that on Thursday evenings from 5 to 9, the Art District shuts down it's streets and opens it's doors for Art Walk. Visitors and locals alike were there to take in the galleries, live music and street food. It was so fun - I wish we'd have planned ahead and spent more time enjoying the scene.

We arrived at Club Ninety Six, a private beach club on the Palmilla property, where our friend is the chef. The property is absolutely gorgeous, and if I could afford it I would stay there and never return. We were set up with a beautiful table on the oceanfront, which I attempted to capture, but low light + wine = not the best shots. I think you get the gist.

It was so fun to catch up with our old friend, and get to see his new stomping grounds. Thanks so much for having us, Chef Bueno!

I'm not sure why I look like I was crying in this photo, I was actually very happy!!!

Have you spent any time in Los Cabos? I'd love to find a unique spot to stay during next years trip. Has anyone stayed at El Ganzo? I hear it's amazing, but would love to hear first hand!

xx Kellie

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