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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Discover Stunning Wine Country in the Guadalupe Valley


5. Oddball Day

The marine geyser known as La Bufadora (left); some of the stree eats you'll find in Ensenada (right).  

Take a day off from swilling wine and explore what lies beyond Valle’s vineyards. Start off with a breakfast of huevos rancheros ($2) at El Correcaminos (Km 93 Carretera Tecate-Ensenada; 52-646/155-3101), a laid-back truck stop near San Antonio de las Minas. Spend the rest of the morning at Adobe Guadalupe riding rare Azteca horses ($80 per hour), the result of a selective mix between pure-blood Andalusian and American Quarter horses. Next, drive to the coast to experience one of Mexico’s best street food scenes in Ensenada. Be sure not to miss the seafood tostadas ($1.50) at the legendary La Guerrerense (corner of Alvarado and Av. López Mateos; no phone) and the fish tacos ($1) at Tacos Mi Ranchito El Fenix (corner of Espinosa and Av. Juárez; no phone). Since you’re close to the sea, drive over to one of the area’s biggest natural attractions, La Bufadora (“the blowhole”), a marine geyser that spouts seawater up to 70 feet into the air. If you prefer to surf, rent a board ($25 per day) at San Miguel Surf Shop (Av. López Mateos 560; 52-646/178-1007) and head over to Playa San Miguel, just north of Ensenada, to take advantage of some of Baja’s most consistent swells. Kick off the evening on a high note, with dinner at Mexico City–born chef Benito Molino’s haute seafood temple, Manzanilla, for Kumamoto oysters ($2 each) and fried abalone with a soy and ginger sauce ($18). For a nightcap, avoid Ensenada’s spring-break-oriented party bars and opt for a Mexican craft brew ($4) from Baja brewers like Agua Mala and Cucapá at Wendlandt Cerveceria.

Published on Apr 4, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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