October 21, 2016:  Welcome to the Solana blog! We have been in operation now for three amazing years. Every day we discover more about our new home in Zihuatanejo and continue to explore the pacific coastal region of Mexico. We have much to share as we learn to live each day in the moment.

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October 22, 2016:  A 45 minute hike over the mountains surrounding Zihuatanejo brought us to the rocky Pedregosa beach. Instead of sand Pedregosa lulls the few hardy souls that wander its way with the sound of stones being tumbled about along its shoreline.

Open to the Pacific ocean and surrounded on all sides by uninhabited land it is easy to imagine the mesoamerican way of life that once thrived here. We sat lost in thought for a while before heading back up the verdant tropical forest trail which led us back to civilization.

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October 23, 2016: The Ecotianguis market is a wonderful place to shop every Saturday morning in the center of Zihuatanejo. Local farmers, bakers, artisans and cooks gather in the square behind the archaeological museum to sell locally sourced, natural and vegan products.

My purchases today included local honey, fresh bread and a delicious vegan breakfast sandwich. As I perused the offerings a cooking demonstration was presented before the crowd. A wonderful start to a delicious and healthy weekend. For more information search @ecotianguissanka on facebook

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October 27, 2016: A walk through the La Madera neighborhood of Zihuatanejo is a glance into the past. One of the original tourist zones of the towns, quiet alleyways meander up steep hillsides and connect to the central part of town via a pedestrian bridge.

Blank walls provide a canvas for budding street artists and the local beach hosts events of the Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival. La Madera also houses a variety of restaurants, shops and services just waiting to be explored.

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October 29, 2016: Day four of the Sociedad Protectora de Animales (SPAZ) sterilization campaign has just ended. Every year hundreds of cats & dogs are spayed and neutered which helps to control the local animal population.

This year I volunteered in the dog room, watching and assisting the dogs after surgery as they come out of anesthesia. SPAZ relies on donations and volunteers all year round. More information can be found on their website. www.spazihua.org

Solana Boutique B&B Zihuatanejo Zihua Animal shelter

November 1, 2016:  We celebrated Halloween by making our baked banana french toast. Baked for 45 minutes in a caramel sauce this breakfast dish is a cross between french toast and bread pudding. Locally grown bananas and starfruit serve as garnish for the plate.

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November 2, 2016:  We followed a procession of Catrinas from the Zihuatanejo pier to the main square of the town. The Dia de Los Muertos festivities were closed with singing and drum beats as the alter candles were extinguished.

Another night of celebration ended honoring the remembrance of lost friends and loved ones. An acceptance of death as much as life and an appreciation of those who came before.

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November 7, 2016: As we prepare for the high season we try to take some time to relax and enjoy the incredible view of Zihuatanejo. Once a very small fishing village dotted with small casitas and palm trees, it has grown into a thriving town and tourist destination.

We often enjoy fireworks in the evening during mexican holidays and to celebrate beach weddings. In the mornings the sun rises over the eastern hills bathing the town in a coral glow. It is a view to forever savor.

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November 8, 2016:  Amazing cloud formations last evening just before a major thunderstorm. Watching the sky with its myriad of motion is soothing and meditative.

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November 13, 2016:  The final rains of summer are falling and our hibiscus is in full bloom. The flowers lend a splash of color to our gardens and attract hummingbirds in their feeding frenzy. 

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November 15, 2016:  Strings, Sand and Sunsets. The Zihuatanejo International Guitar festival has been announced for the dates of March 4th - 11th, 2017. Locals and visitors alike gather for a week of concerts, informal jams and gala dinners.

Now in its 14th year, past years have drawn musicians from all points on the globe, Mexico, Canada, India, Cuba, Poland and more. Check out their website at www.zihuafest.info for more information on ticket purchases, the musicians and their genres.

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November 18, 2016:  A complimentary breakfast at Solana boutique B&B always includes fresh fruit. Our garden was planned to maximize space to grow our own fruit and spices.

This year we have been able to include our home grown papaya, lime, bananas, passionfruit and various spices into our breakfasts and bar menu. We are still waiting for other trees to mature and bear fruit and hope in the near future to harvest our own mangos, guava and coconuts. The garden is our labor of love.

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November 20, 2016:  Today Zihuatanejo celebrates the beginning of the Mexican revolution that began in 1910 and eventually led to the establishment of Mexico as a constitutional republic.

In downtown Zihuatanejo the day is marked by a parade with music, horses and citizens dressed in traditional, colonial costumes. It is a festive time to visit and experience the local culture.

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November 22, 2016:  Cruise ship in the bay today. Few ships visit Zihuatanejo but the picturesque bay encourages many passengers to return again to explore the town. This ship transited the Panama canal and is now headed to Los Angeles.

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November 24, 2016:  Thanksgiving celebrations are alive and well in the ex-pat communities of Mexico. All of the usual ingredients are available in the local market and grocery stores.

We were invited to a friend´s house and enjoyed a wonderful assortment of dishes; yams, turkey, stuffing and, of course, pumpkin pie. We are thankful for our community!

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December 7, 2016:  A short excursion this past weekend took us to Michoacan´s capital city of Morelia. Stately colonial architecture lines the narrow cobblestone roads that were created for carriages instead of automobiles . The European style combines with a vibrant university scene to create a cosmopolitan center of the arts.

Morelia hosts an international film festival every autumn as well as numerous concerts and dances. Traditional arts are on display in various museums and at the Casa de Artesanias in the ex-convent San Francisco. A trip to Morelia is both a glance into the past and a hope for the future.

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December 12, 2016:  And so arrives the Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe this year in Mexico. During the 12 days leading up to the holiday, processions of the faithful wind their way through city streets and small fireworks are set off in her honor. 

In Zihuatanejo, piñata stands are set up and white & red poinsettias are sold on street corners. Families gather for fiestas with music & dance and eat traditional treats such as buñuelos and tortas. It is a solemn yet celebrated tradition and close to the hearts of many Mexicans.

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December 15, 2016:  We are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful tropical beaches, each with their own special characteristics. Playa La Ropa is nearby and the best swimming beach in Zihuatanejo.

As gentle waves fall upon the golden sand of this crescent shaped beach, the best way to relax here is to seek out your own lounge chair at one of the local palapa covered restaurants and order a margarita, guacamole and some fresh fish. Swimming is safe here on La Ropa beach especially during the winter months of calm seas. Let your stress melt away and don´t forget to bring your sunscreen!

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December 19, 2016:  We have many native birds visiting Solana but it is rare for us to have a view of our B&B from the air as the birds must see it. If only we too could fly...

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December 29, 2016:  The holiday season is in full swing in Zihuatanejo. Many local artists display their creations at art exhibits throughout the town. This elegant and stunning jewelry was created by expat artist Arthur Koby who divides his time between Zihuatanejo and New York.

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January 15, 2017:  A new year has begun and discoveries are underway at the archeological site of Soledad de Maciel ¨La Chole¨. Situated a 45 minute drive south of Zihuatanejo, excavation is in progress on the pyramids and ball court with various artifacts unearthed daily.

There is a small museum explaining the history of the area and english speaking guides are available for tours of the grounds. A visit to the local village can be arranged to meet with the modern ancestors of this ancient culture.

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January 26, 2016:  Friends are visiting from California and dinner last night took us to Los Braseros in downtown Zihuatanejo. We had fantastic baja style fish tacos, guacamole and pastor tacos at this authentic mexican restaurant.

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January 28, 2017:  The tropical winter season is the time for art and fashion in Zihuatanejo. Small studios host exhibitions and open houses to view both contemporary and traditional Mexican work. This show was organized by Mezgaleria and showcased hand painted indigenous fashion with a modern twist.

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February 2, 2017:  A glass of wine in hand, we spent a fabulous evening at The Rooftop at LOOT to see multimedia artist, Michael Hackett´s work. Exquisite bead sculptures utilizing locally sourced materials were suspended on surrounding walls and added an artistic allure to the space.   www.michaeldhackett.com

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February 6, 2017:  Solana was created in a contemporary Mexican style. We wanted to blend the simplicity of modern architecture with authentic tropical design and artwork. Always a work in progress, our small hotel continues to blossom.

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February 8, 2017:  Sailboats languidly cruising around the bay, sunny skies and a light breeze combined to present a soothing backdrop at breakfast this morning. Zihuatanejo sailfest 2017 is upon us and the fun has just begun!

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February 12, 2017:  Last night after meandering about the La Madera neighborhood of Zihuatanejo we stopped by to view an exhibit of Women Artists of Zihuatanejo. This painting by Grace Relfe intrigued us with its vibrant colors and tropical imagery.

After perusing beautiful works of art while sipping a shot of mezcal we headed off to La Teresita restaurant for their delicious chilis rellenos and handmade tortillas. Just another Saturday night in Zihuatanejo.

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February 16, 2017:  On a morning hike we spotted these two friends watching us from beside the road. Even in a growing town like Zihuatanejo there are reminders of the not-too-distant past when the only way to get to La Ropa beach from the town was via a hilly winding path.

We hear the stories of those who lived here 40 years ago and experienced the town as a village. A time when coconut trees outnumbered the inhabitants and owning a burro was the most common form of transportation. The reminiscences speak to us of a different age. Once that we wholeheartedly respect.

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