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

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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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March 7, 2017:   We are midway through the 2017 Zihuatanejo International Guitar Festival and it does not disappoint. This year the beach concerts are being held on the Playa Principal, a truly tropical experience with the star filled sky as a roof and sand underfoot in lieu of a solid floor.

Every evening a gala dinner showcasing two performers is planned. Yesterday we enjoyed fabulous music by a talented local performer at Coconuts Restaurant. What a great way to spend the evening!

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April 1, 2017:  In the afternoon nothing is more relaxing than resting in a mexican hand woven hammock. No two hammocks are the same. Each have a unique color and style selected by the weaver. Most of our hammocks at Solana boutique B&B; are locally made and purchased after some bargaining from street vendors in downtown Zihuatanejo.

This cotton hammock caught my eye in one of the many shops in the center of town. Woven in the Yucatan, it now graces our terrace just waiting for siesta time.

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June 16, 2017:  Although we love Zihuatanejo and enjoy living here we also like to travel around Mexico when we have the spare time. Every year our season slows down in May which affords us the opportunity to take a vacation. This year one of the cities we chose to visit was the spectacularly scenic Guanajuato.

Packed full of historical sites, and tight meandering streets, Guanajuato has a charm and vibrance that only a university town can muster. Cosmopolitan cafes surround tree filled squares enhancing its stately colonial architecture. Centered in a valley and accessed by a series of tunnels, neighborhoods are constructed up the hillsides allowing for beautiful views but complicated driving.

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July 1, 2017:  One of the wonderful things that we like about Mexico is the roadside lunch stop. Women fry up hand made tortillas on a wood burning stove while tomatoes and serrano chilis roast on the comal waiting to be crushed into a satisfyingly spicy salsa.

Pork, beef and lamb are the typical plates of the day but we chose their vegetarian option which included red rice, beans & red salsa in a tortilla with a garnish of crumbled cotija cheese. So good!

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July 8, 2017:  Gardens fill our property and often our guests meander through the lush green spaces of Solana to spot local birds or pick some fresh flowers. We maintain a variety of native trees which attract flocks of parrots in season. Many of our plants are medicinal, aloe for sunburn relief, lemongrass for fever and mexican zorillo for coughs.

What we enjoy most about our garden is the tranquility it brings when we sit amidst it surrounded by the verdant greenery with frigate birds circling overhead. This is the experience that we enjoy sharing with our guests in our tropical retreat.

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July 27, 2017:  Early morning walks take us to places unique and beautiful. One day after roaming trails along the ridges surrounding Zihuatanejo we descended to a spot to view this cove.

Ocean waves from the Pacific surge onto large boulders scattering a salty spray meters into the air as shellfish harvesters risk their lives descending down the steep cliffside to search for barnacles and percibes among the rocks.

 

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August 26, 2017:  Summer is the season for fresh melon. Many local residents grow their own crop and sell it by the road or streetside in the market.

Pickup trucks can be seen driving through Zihuatanejo loaded with watermelons and local cafes make "agua de sandia" which is fresh watermelon water sweetened with sugar or agave syrup. A refreshing warm weather treat!

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October 5, 2017:  A trip to Mexico is not complete without viewing the work of its talented artisans. We are fortunate to have a small sampling of stores in Zihuatanejo that exhibit wares from the entire country. Textiles woven in Oaxaca, stone carvings from Michoacan and pottery handmade in Guadalajara & Puebla are just a few examples of the handicraft to be found here.

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November 19, 2017:  Two major markets can be found in Zihuatanejo, one is the artisans market and the other, the Mercado Central. Small shops line the streets of the Mercado Central and farmers from the surrounding villages set up  temporary stands on the sidewalk to sell their unique products.

Anything and everything can be found here including fish & poultry, cookware, DVDs, tortillas and blender replacement parts. The Central Market has been Zihuatanejo´s one stop shop for decades and is still going strong. A visit to the market is to experience the way the local people shop and live...and always save room for a quesadilla at one of the many loncherias!



 

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December 14, 2017:  Wandering around the Mercado Central, it is easy to spend a few hours. The seafood, fruit and vegetables can´t get any fresher. The most interesting section for me is always the small farmer´s market which is tucked away in a covered, open air space behind the Central Market. Bargaining is expected here and knowledge of some Spanish comes in handy.



 

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January 1, 2018:  The first day of a new year and Zihuatanejo is in the middle of its high season. New Year's eve was celebrated with champagne and fireworks ringing the bay. From our vantage point we could see the illuminations of all three beaches; Playa Principal, Playa La Madera and Playa La Ropa. ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

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January 10, 2018:  As you can see there is not much left of our lunch. After a fabulous trio of vegan tacos including carnitas de soya and pastor de champiñones, we finished off our meal by sharing a delicious frozen pie made from raw cacao, banana and ground cashews. ¡Muy rico!

Veganism has entered Zihuatanejo and Entre Sankas is a healthy addition to the local vegan scene. Check out their Facebook page and enjoy... https://www.facebook.com/ComidaveganaEntreZanca/

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January 13, 2018:  What better way to learn Mexican cooking than while on vacation in Zihuatanejo. Patio Mexica offers classes which begin with a tour of the local market and conclude with the preparation and consumption of local delicacies.

Monica offers a variety of classes and can provide vegetarian and vegan options if requested in advance. More information can be found on her website at http://patiomexica.com/

Monicas cooking classes

January 20, 2018:  An afternoon spent at Kushi Manos y Pies spa in Zihuatanejo is a truly relaxing experience. I usually opt for the spa pedicure which is an 80 minute pedicure, foot massage and neck rub accompanied by soothing music and green tea. Heavenly! http://khushimanosypies.com/

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March 7, 2018: The 15th annual Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival is underway. Comprised of a series of concerts on the beach and Gala dinners, the Festival is always fun and attracts a variety of talented musicians. This year we attended the Gala dinner show at Bistro del Mar on La Madera beach.

We are already looking forward to next year´s event! More information can be found on their website. http://www.zihuafest.info/

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March 23, 2018:  Thursday is Pozole day in this part of Mexico. Families and friends gather to socialize, drink mezcal and share pozole, a rich soup traditionally made with pork or chicken.

Most pozolerías are only open on Thursdays and some have live music. In Zihuatanejo, Santa Prisca and Teotsintle are two of the most famous and delicious spots to grab a bite.

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May 27, 2018:  We sat having a cappuccino at El Cafecito on the waterfront in town and watched the events of the day unfold. Fisherman were busy selling their fresh catch as tourists ambled towards the pier to be ferried to Las Gatas beach to lounge in the sun and sand.

Saturday. A day of rest for us all.  We woke early to walk into town with a back up plan to take the local mini-bus service if we got tired. We didn't and the morning was beautiful with little traffic on the road. Our first stop was the eco-tianguis to buy fresh bread, mangos and jackfruit. A Tai chi demonstration was underway but we had another mission in mind. Perhaps a cappuccino gazing at the beautiful bay view? Sounds about right!

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July 6, 2018: We spent the late morning visiting the seniors in residence at the Asilo Casa Maria Auxiliadora in the La Noria neighborhood of Zihuatanejo. Casa Maria is a last refuge for those who have no other place to live during their golden years. It is a spare place, funded by a combination of local government and community donations. Volunteers and donations are always needed. More information can be found on the Friends of Casa Maria Asilo Facebook page.

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August 15, 2018:  Summertime is the season for walks and good conversation. After a 2 hour strenuous hike this morning we relaxed in one of the best cafes of Zihuatanejo, LOOT in the La Ropa neighborhood.

A tranquil place to start the day, the shaded open air terrace is surrounded by palm trees. Location is only one of the elements of a great morning; friendship and excellent cappuccinos are also essential!

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September 22, 2018:  One of the benefits of living in Mexico is learning how to speak a foreign language. Although we already had some language skills obtained from prior travels, a more advanced level of spoken Spanish evaded us.

We were referred to Coffee Break by a friend. Located in the heart of Zihuatanejo, Lili tailors her lessons to your experience and adjusts for a more structured or relaxed class according to your wishes. It is a friendly atmosphere. Often, a more authentic vacation experience awaits when a shared language is spoken.
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November 8, 2018:  The end of our green season with its abundant rain ushers in the season of wildflowers. Flowers of every imaginable shape & color line the roadside enveloping the trees.

The beauty is in the minute detail of their form. Some enclose seeds, others bristle and close when touched, a few emit an intoxicating scent.  All are spectacular and worth exploration.
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November 17, 2018:  The Cocos grand suite is one of our most popular rooms. Located on the second level in the building closest to the pool, it is only one flight of stairs up from our dining/bar area.

Our Cocos guests wake in the morning to a panoramic view of the bay which can be seen from the comfortable king size bed, spacious terrace and private outdoor shower. During the fall season parrots feast upon seed pods of the tree adjacent to Cocos, yet another reason to enjoy this stunning room!
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November 21, 2018:  A trip to Petatlan was planned for the day. We took a small white minibus, 45 minutes south, to browse in the central market, visit friends and enjoy a leisurely lunch. We also toured the cathedral which is rumored to have been constructed on the ruins of a pre-hispanic pyramid .

Murals depicting the history of the country are commonplace in Mexico. At the Cultural Center we paused to view this interpretation. We were fascinated by its bold colors and robust gestures which depicted the earliest inhabitants of Mexico and progressed through the modern era.
Petatlan mural
January 6, 2019:  Choosing the right season to visit Zihuatanejo will set the tone for your visit. The Christmas and New Year's holidays are a busy time. Although Solana is always tranquil, the beaches and town are full of vacationers enjoying the festive atmosphere.

Many of our guests who visit during these two weeks love the energy of the season. But if you prefer a bit more relaxed ambience just wait two weeks and plan your trip for early January when schools start up again and Zihuatanejo once more regains its mellow pace.
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February 13, 2019:  Zihuatanejo Sailfest is wrapping up and what an event it's been. Held every year to benefit local schoolchildren, the festival is always lively with a chili cook off, art & prize auction and cruises galore.

We spent an afternoon sailing over to Ixtapa and back on a beautiful Beneteau sailboat owned by a friendly Canadian couple. We spotted dolphins, sea turtles and took advantage of the brisk winds returning to harbor just after sundown.
Zihuatanejo Sailfest cruise 2019
March 20, 2019:  While wandering around Zihuatanejo you will find arts & crafts from all regions of Mexico. Many small stores sell a beautiful selection from the entire country.

This shop, located on the Fisherman's walk, specializes in the southern state of Oaxaca. In addition to these intricately detailed wood figurines named Alebrijes, woven blankets, throws and cotton bedspreads can be found.
Alebrijes from Oaxaca
April 10, 2019:  Sitting outside in the backyard I witnessed eight trogons feasting on one of our native trees. First a scout appeared and after determining a safe environment called to the others. Subsequent trogons arrived in pairs with one always watching out for the other as they dined on berries. Taking turns to allow enough for all. It is trogon season here in Zihuatanejo.
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April 14, 2019:  Semana Santa (Easter week) in Uruapan is the place to be to experience a true Michoacan experience. Artisans bring their crafts from surrounding mountain towns and set up in the central square area.

We were lucky enough to attend the parade on Saturday morning where the participants dress in traditional costume and dance to the music of their own marching bands.
Uruapan pots
June 18, 2019:  Every now and then a guest will ask us if we get tired of the gorgeous Solana view. Perhaps, at times, we become too busy to take note but it is always there as our backdrop. Reassuring us with it's warmth and tranquility. Reminding us that we are home.
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August 24, 2019:  Summer is a leisurely season here in Zihuatanejo. We have had the opportunity to focus on many long overdue maintenance projects and found time to relax and enjoy ourselves a bit.

Today was a day for some R&R; so we headed to the restaurant La Terracita in the La Madera neighborhood of Zihuatanejo for an authentic Mexican brunch. My dish was called pobretones which is a mixture of scrambled eggs with small tortilla chips in a mild red salsa. A delicious way to start the morning!
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November 3, 2019:  We have exciting news at Solana! We completed a remodel this past summer and added kitchenettes to every room. Our aim is to make our guests more comfortable and have their favorite food and beverages at hand.

Of course, a full Solana breakfast is still included in the room rate so if you would like to take it easy and have a leisurely morning meal you need walk no further than our palapa area.
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December 14, 2019:  A lazy December afternoon in Playa Larga. My feet in the sand and fresh red snapper, rice and beans on the plastic table before me. We ate at Restaurant Bar Punta Playa Larga with few other people on the beach. Except for holiday weekends Playa Larga is the perfect place to escape the crowds.
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December 20, 2019: For a fabulous sunset or snorkel cruise try the Picante catamaran. Staffed by friendly crew members and provisioned with savory appetizers & tempting cocktails, no other boat on the bay matches it for service, safety & fun.
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January 16, 2020:  We tried out a new restaurant this evening ''El Sabor de Zihua''. Located downtown near the old cinema the street side dining is hard to beat. Our dinner was a savory fusion of authentic ingredients and modern style. We hear that their lunch is excellent also.
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February 22, 2020: Many of our guests stay at Solana to celebrate engagements, birthdays or wedding anniversaries. We are always thrilled when chosen to host an extra special visit. In order to make your special event unforgettable we can arrange flowers, wine or in-room massages. We can also make dinner reservations at many lovely local restaurants.
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March 30, 2020:  Due to the current world challenge of COVID-19 we have decided to close Solana for the next two months (March 31st- May 31st, 2020). Please stay safe and see you next season!
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May 8, 2020:  Since we have nothing but time this month we have started to garden more. Removing weeds, revitalizing the soil and pruning help to fill our days. The lime, wild plum and papaya trees are bearing fruit and our cherry tomato plants & chili peppers are thriving.

We are also reorganizing some of our large planters and transforming our entry garden by planting succulents and other drought tolerant plants while we wait for the rains to start.
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May 14, 2020:  Although we currently only have 6 cases of COVID-19 here in Zihuatanejo, like many places the economy is at a standstill. Since Zihuatanejo is a town based on tourism many people are out of work and struggling to provide for the most basic needs of their families.

There are many local organizations providing aid to disadvantaged residents. Some colonias (neighborhoods) are working together to provide hot meals at a community kitchen. Other groups assemble packages of food to distribute to those most in need. Some volunteers have organized pet food distribution to help family pets and animals living on the street.

Two that we recommend are Carol's Rice & Beans Program and SPAZ (Zihua Animal Humane Society). See their websites for more details to help the less fortunate.
https://porlosninos.com/portfolio/carols-rice-and-beans/
and http://www.zihuatanejo.net/spaz/index.html

And, of course, please stay safe.
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June 1, 2020:   The Governor of Guerrero has extended the state's quarantine into June. We continue to garden, enjoy the birds & iguana and self isolate while enjoying the beautiful Zihuatanejo spring weather. We remain cautiously optimistic that we will be able to open soon.
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June 13, 2020:  Sunsets in Zihuatanejo become more vibrant during the summer season. A heightened humidity envelops the land as the rains set in. It is time to enjoy nature's artistry.
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June 25, 2020:  Although we remain temporarily closed we are preparing for the day that we can open our doors for business. This week I took a series of online classes called ''Punto Limpio'' which outline the new cleaning and disinfecting protocol required by the state government to reopen.

Our open air setting, private studios with kitchenettes and spacious gardens allow for ample social distancing. We look forward to the day when we can once again host our guests in our tranquil setting.
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July 17, 2020:  Lately we have had plenty of time to work in our garden. The summer rains help to keep everything green as we spruce up the landscaping.

We planted drought tolerant magueys and built a rustic retaining wall in our entry garden with a few teresita flowers added for a splash of color.
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August 15, 2020:  The state of Guerrero has remained at level orange for a few weeks now and the town of Zihuatanejo is slowly & carefully commencing tourist activities. Beaches are open now during daylight hours although there are restrictions in place on the maximum number of people allowed in a group. Face masks are required when not in the water and sanitary checkpoints are set up at the main entry points to the area's most popular beaches.

We drove up to Playa Linda one morning since we hadn't visited in a while. There are no restaurants at the northwest end of the beach which is a popular beginner surf spot.  We stopped for a bit, safely social distancing from the only other vehicle in the parking area. Only sun, sand, and swells surrounding us.
Playa Linda Zihuatanejo
September 10, 2020:  Cases of COVID-19 have declined in Zihuatanejo and beaches are open with certain restrictions. Lodgings are now allowed to operate at a 60% capacity and we are preparing to reopen on October first.

As part of our efforts to receive guests in a safe manner we have been participating in various State of Guerrero training sessions.  Various topics are addressed such as disinfection techniques, attention to clients and improved operational protocols. Our aim is to provide peace of mind for our guests during their stay.
CERTIFICADO GUERRERO PUNTO LIMPIO 1
September 28, 2020:  One by-product of our tropical Green Season has been an abundant harvest of limes. Hand picked this morning from our trees and fragrant from the rains these will make a perfect limeade just after siesta. Ice, agave syrup, stir...
Lime season Mexico
December 1, 2020:  Today we are preparing shakshuka for breakfast, a savory dish with an egg baked into a spicy salsa. Our entree changes every day as we serve a variety of Mexican and International favorites.
Shakshuka breakfast Solana Zihuatanejo
January 18, 2021:  We just never seem to tire of swimming at La Ropa beach. Where palm fringed sands meet the cool blue pacific it is a place of transformation. Weekdays the vibe is tranquil with activity increasing on the weekends when tourists from surrounding cities visit the warm, tropical coast. Choose your day to visit depending upon your mood. Relaxation/rejuvenation? or People watching/play?
Playa La Ropa
February 9, 2021:  One of the most impressive trees that we found  when planning our garden was the Bismarck Palm. Sculptural in its stature with foliage of a silver-blue tinge this palm presides over our entry and provides a haven for nesting wrens.
Palma Bismarkia
March 30, 2021:  After taking a day trip to Lazaro Cardenas, a small port city on the Pacific coast, we spotted this roadside juice stand. Their menu included every type of tropical fruit imaginable but what caught our eye was the sugar cane press. The combo pineapple-sugar cane juice hydrated us for the return trip home.
Sugarcane
May 9, 2021:  Vaccination for COVID-19 is continuing in Zihuatanejo. and all residents over the age of 50 years are eligible. We were fortunate to get our vaccines this past week and found the process to be efficient and well organized.
Vaccination
May 29, 2021:  Morning walks in the jungle present nature at its finest. We found this striking tropical tree lit by the morning sun while exploring off a small trail in the La Ropa neighborhood.
Mexican trees
August 14, 2021:  The green summer season is the best time of the year to see gorgeous tropical sunsets at Solana. Rainstorms generally occur at night leaving days free to swim and explore the town.
Solana sunset
August 28, 2021:  We are fascinated with Mexican coastal construction details. The use of natural wood, stone, grass and palms creates an interesting design enriched by verdant gardens and the soothing blue hues of the sea and sky.
constructiondetailsSolana

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