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Hotel Holidays
December, 2013

A Festive $99 Special Makes This Famous Rosarito Hotel A Great Holiday Destination.
RBH news, December 12, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

December a Wonderful Month for Tourists as well as Whales

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Giant gray whales pass through here in late December on their yearly migration from Alaska to Baja’s warm southern waters --- and the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort is making this a great month for human tourists to visit, too.

Concluding its 88th year, Baja’s most famous oceanfront resort is offering a $99 special now through Dec. 26 that includes a bottle of Guadalupe Valley wine plus two daily breakfasts or dinners from its Getaway menu.

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Americans returning to Baja as crime dips
November, 2013

Americans returning to Baja as crime dips.
The Wahington Post, November 30, 2013. By Associated Press.

SAN DIEGO - Dan Johnson hadn't crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in years despite the fact the San Diego native lives 20 minutes away and spent most of his life making weekend runs for Baja California's surf and fish tacos.

“Everybody was scared,” Johnson said of San Diegans' impression of their Mexican neighbor after violence spiked about eight years ago. But now Johnson, like an increasing number of Americans, is being lured back by a region that has transformed itself while fighting the drug war.

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First Time To Rosarito Beach—A Wife’s Perspective by Patty Flynn
November, 2013

First Time To Rosarito Beach—A Wife’s Perspective by Patty Flynn.
ypepad.com, November 13, 2013.

Patty and Terry Flynn made their first trip to Rosarito Beach with Phil Friedman Outdoors this past weekend. The couple were a delight to be with and such giving people. Patty wrote the following story proudly presented to you now by Phil Friedman Outdoors.

I was recently invited to go with Phil Friedman on his trip to Rosarito Beach.  My husband Terry, an avid fisherman , was very excited to go, and why not, he got to combine his 3 favorite things, fishing, helping others, and beer.  I was a little more reticent.  I’m a fisherman’s wife, not an actual fisherperson on my own. 

What would I have in common with all of these fisher-people, what would I do?  I found that I had quite a bit in common with everyone and had a wonderful time. 

We stayed at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, an idyllic resort right on the beach.  We stayed in the new tower and the suites were comfortable, spacious, and had a view you could look at for hours.  We overlooked the ocean and below we could see the pier, the horses and the ATVs that were rented to the hotel guests.  The days were warm with a slight breeze; the sunsets a cavalcade of color as the sun touched the ocean; and the evenings pleasantly cool.

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RBH Is A Special Place for the Holidays
October, 2013

Movie Recommendation: Redford in "All Is Lost".
RBH news, October 25, 2013. By RBH.

This is the movie that was filmed in Rosarito, Mexico. Might get us some positive publicity for a change....and better yet, more films...

I went to the premier of "All Is Lost" last night at Lincoln Square. And I must say, the film is very, very interesting. Last year, when I first heard it was in production, I thought to myself, this just ain't gonna work, only a single actor in the film, directed by a guy I've never heard of who is only directing his second film (Margin Call), filmed entirely on the ocean, with virtually no dialogue. Bad idea? But in the hands of 77 year old, pro, Robert Redford, it is, in fact, mesmerizing.

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Public invited on outdoors trip
October, 2013

Public invited on outdoors trip.
Daily Breeze, October 24, 2013.

The Phil Friedman Outdoors Radio Show is headed down to the Rosarito Beach for Veterans Day weekend and the public is invited.

Four days and three nights for two persons costs $258. That price also includes dinner for two for all three nights, and when you mention Phil Friedman Outdoors upon making your reservation you get upgraded to a luxury suite.

The trip will have show staff on hand to make sure you have a great time and experience so many of the great things Baja has to offer. You can go fishing, play golf, do a wine country tour, go horseback riding on the beach, have lobster dinners, go whale watching, take care of some early Christmas shopping, hit the spa for a massage or simply do nothing at all.

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RBH Is A Special Place for the Holidays
October, 2013

The Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort Is A Special Place for the Holidays.
RBH news, October 18, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

Great Events Plus Wonderful Shopping Opportunities

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---Sometimes its’ fun to roam a bit from home for the holidays --- and this year the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort offers plenty of festive yet affordable ways to enjoy this special season.

And there’s an additional bonus. A trip to Rosarito this time of year offers the chance to purchase some wonderful and unique holiday gifts at amazing prices --- including arts, crafts and products from Baja’s Wine Valley--- without fighting that frustrating holiday traffic in the U.S.

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Peggy Lee wrote one of her most popular songs “Manaña at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
October, 2013

Peggy Lee wrote one of her most popular songs “Manaña at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
RBH news, October 14, 2013.

Here are the comments made by her from "Miss Peggy Lee:  An Autobiography" by Peggy Lee.

... we packed our luggage and ourselves into our convertible and drove to the Rosarita Beach Hotel, down between Tijuana and Ensenada.

It was the first time I had ever been across the border, and it was fascinating. After all the stress we had been under, it was also a perfect change. The totally relaxed attitude of the people was just what we needed... I was so impressed with the seemingly happy, relaxed spirit of the place that... you might have guessed it... it inspired me to write the song Mañana. David got his guitar out, and we had so much fun putting it all together.

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Rosarito and Ensenada adventures
October, 2013

Rosarito and Ensenada adventures.
Union-Tribune San Diego, October 11, 2013. By Wendy Lemlin.

Miss Bones stood patiently as I swung myself onto her saddle, and soon we were following Krystal Redmon and several other riders into the inland hills and valleys of Baja, several miles south of Rosarito Beach.

We rode for two hours in a scenic countryside that most tourists never see, with boulder-strewn mountains, grassy meadows and sweeping ocean views, often passing groups of free-ranging horses placidly grazing in the meadows. Eventually, we rounded a bend to find Krystal’s husband, Randy, presiding over a table from which we were served wine and tapas, while our horses rested in the shade.

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Baja Studios Adds Redford Film to Impressive Repertoire
October, 2013

Baja Studios Adds Redford Film to Impressive Repertoire.
CNN, October 9, 2013. By Patti Morrow.

Less than an hour’s drive from San Diego, standing sentry over 3,000 feet of craggy Pacific coast, is Baja Studios, best known for filming epic blockbuster hits like Titanic, Pearl Harbor, and Master and Commander. The self-contained production facility covers sets distributed over 46 acres, including the largest filming tanks in the world.

“The Baja location is great because of the close proximity to Hollywood,” said Kurt Honold, the Tijuana-based President of Baja Studios, “Many of the actors live in Los Angeles and can go home on weekends.”

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Baja California's Gastronomy declared a State Heritage
October, 2013

Baja California's Gastronomy declared a State Heritage.
San Diego Red, October 8, 2013. By Brenda Cólon Navar.

The gastronomic offer in Baja California is so important that it became a State Heritage yesterday, the award was presented by the World Organization of Tourism.

This past September 24, there was a meeting of the Counsel of Cultural Heritage at the Baja California Institute of Culture, where they made the official petition.

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Peggy Lee Event
September, 2013

Old Hollywood Glamour comes to Baja! - Peggy Lee Event.
RBH news, September 14, 2013. By Diane Gibbs.

Announcing a gala benefit concert for the los Angelitos Orphanage located in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.

Peggy Lee Associates, LLC and Rosarito Beach Hotel proudly present a “one-evening only performance” in Rosarito by the award-winning cabaret star Stacy Sullivan in a Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee. The concert will take place on October 26, 2013, 6:00 P.M. at the historic Rosarito Beach Hotel. Proceeds from the event will be designated, through the Baja Blues Fest Organization, to build a new dormitory, classroom and kitchen for the children at Los Angelitos Orphanage in Baja California, Mexico. For more information about Los Angelitos Orphanage go to http://www.losangelitos.org/about.html

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Celebrate Mexican Independence Day At the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.
September, 2013

09/09/2013 At the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort
It's A Bigger Day Here Than Cinco de Mayo.

RBH news, September 6, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFONIA, MEXICO - While Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican event most celebrated in the U.S., Mexican Independence Day - similar to the Fourth of July in the U.S. - is the major national holiday here.

And the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort, Baja's largest and most famous oceanfront resort, this year offers some exceptional ways to celebrate the day in the country where it all began.

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Baja is back.
August, 2013

Summer's Done But The Fun Remains
At the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

RBH news, August 30, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFONIA, MEXICO - September marks the traditional end of summer - but the coastal Baja weather remains great and the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort has specials and iconic events to make it a great time for a south-of-the-border getaway.

It’s a great month to visit the Guadalupe Valley Wine Country, Baja’s answer to Napa Valley, and Rosarito is only 37 miles away is the closest gateway. Its 22 wineries range from small and organic, La Casa de Dona Lupe, to one of Mexico’s most renowned, LA Cetto.

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Baja is back.
August, 2013

Labor Day at the Rosarito Beach Hotel: You Won’t Have to Work to Have Fun.
RBH news, August 22, 2013. By Ron Raposa.

ROSARITO BEACH, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO---With more than a week left before the traditional end of summer, there’s still time --- plus plenty of reasons --- to enjoy a getaway at the Rosarito Beach Hotel & Resort.

Baja’s largest and most famous oceanfront resort, host to scores of stars and millions of others since 1925, is offering special rates and packages so that visitors can make this year’s end of summer a memorable one.

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5 Reasons to Go to Baja California for Craft Beer.
July, 2013

5 Reasons to Go to Baja California for Craft Beer.
OC Weekly.com, July 26, 2013. By Sarah Bennett.

Last weekend, I took a car, a train, a trolley and a very long, meandering walk to downtown Tijuana for the sixth installment of the Baja Beerfest. My goal: to try as much Mexican cerveza artesanal as possible and make it back home in time for a gnarly case of the post-borracha Mondays.

With more than half of Baja California's 50 or so breweries and street food from across the state posted up in tents along main-tourism drag Avenida Revolucion, my mission was easily accomplished.

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Baja is back.
July, 2013

Baja is back.
San Diego Reader, July 24, 2013. By Elizabeth Salaam.

In a December 2011 Vanity Fair article, writer Dana Vachon described Chula Vista as “a sputtering neon error of beauty academies and pawnshops, recently terrorized by a homicidal Tijuana drug gang skilled at dissolving bodies in chemicals.” He also referred to the year 1989 as a time before “Mexicans were festooning highways with one another’s severed heads.” When the article came out, Chula Vistans and their mayor responded with vehement demands that Vanity Fair writers check their facts (there is only one beauty academy, damn it) and come visit this beloved seven-miles-from-the-border town before taking their stories to print.

The same month the article was published, my husband and I bought a house in Chula Vista, and so I understood the embarrassment over the description. At the same time, factual or not, the writer had aptly summarized the images that presented themselves to me whenever I considered a day-trip across the border...

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A Trip to Mexico – Baja California.
July, 2013

A Trip to Mexico – Baja California.
CRN Digital Magazine, July 22, 2013. By Les Kincaid.

California destination with beautiful beaches and delicious lobster, which can be enjoyed all year round. Rosarito Beach, Baja California. The safe side of Mexico. Where trouble isn’t really a problem like what you have heard and read in the past.

From the moment you hit the road towards Rosarito Beach, in the state of Baja California, the adventure is felt just by looking at the spectacular landscapes found along the highway all the short trip about 30 miles away. Talk about photo ops. Just pull off the side of the road and shoot.

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Guide to Mexico's Wine Country.
July, 2013

Guide to Mexico's Wine Country.
Fodor's, July 19, 2013. By Trish Friesen.

Wine devotees know about Napa, Bordeaux, and Mendoza, but what about Mexico's Valle de Guadalupe? Beyond tequila, fish tacos, and all-inclusive resorts, multi-talented Mexico has acres of vines that produce a muy bien glass of vino.

You probably haven't heard of Mexico's wine because it doesn't really travel outside the borders; the majority is consumed domestically. Baja California's wine phenomenon isn't really a new thing either, the first winery came onto the scene in 1928, and now 60+ wineries plot the wine path along dirt roads.

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Driving to Food: Los Angeles to Baja.
July, 2013

Driving to Food: Los Angeles to Baja.
Road & Track, July 12, 2013. By Claire Martin.

The Pacific Ocean revealed itself little by little as I made my way through Orange County, finally rolling into full view at the northern fringes of San Diego. I was driving south from Los Angeles, headed across the border and toward the wilds of the Baja Peninsula, my senses piqued. The freedom of the open road seems more unpredictable when aiming for an international border; you're not just escaping the streets that cobweb your neighborhood, you're leaving an entire country behind.

The border crossing at Tijuana took no longer than your average tollbooth transaction, and soon I was cruising down the coastline again, nearing Popotla, a fishing village just south of Rosarito with a handful of thatched-roof restaurants on an outcropping over the sea. Fresh fish tacos and ceviche are to Baja what the burger is to Southern California, and Los Compadres de Sinaloa, a beachfront seafood stand in Popotla, offers some of the best in the region...

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Adventures in Baja California - Day 1 of Our Journey Through Mexico.
July, 2013

Adventures in Baja California - Day 1 of Our Journey Through Mexico.
Splash Magazine, July 11, 2013. By Eman Al-Hassan.

06.24.13 – Day 1 - Just a few days ago, LA Splash Publisher Lawrence Davis called me and asked me if I had ever been to Mexico; even though I live just hours from the border, I had never crossed it. Lawrence then invited me to leave everything I know behind for a few days and join him in exploring Baja, California (not the state!). Now we are officially en route to Mexico, where we will temporarily leave our American lives for five days of adventure. We left Los Angeles only about two hours ago and we are already at the international border- that was the quickest most painless drive I’ve ever had- even in Monday morning traffic. Crossing the Mexican-American border couldn’t have been easier; we didn’t even have to get our passports checked and there was no line! Within minutes we are literally on Mexican soil.

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Finding Freshness with Master Chef Erick Saenz at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
July, 2013

Finding Freshness with Master Chef Erick Saenz at the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
Baja.com, July 10, 2013. By Carla White.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel is a landmark in Baja California, conjuring up nostalgic images of yesteryear’s suntanned Hollywood celebrities, colorful posadas and fiestas, and authentic margaritas by the sparkling rectangular swimming pool perched above the Pacific Ocean.  For years, Chabert’s was the hotel’s famed dining spot that emphasized French cuisine.  But along with an exciting make-over for this iconic hostelry has come something else fresh and attractive:  the inviting Casa Blanca restaurant, under the seasoned guidance of Master Chef Erick Saenz.

The Rosarito Beach Hotel’s Casa Blanca is strategically positioned right between that famous swimming pool and the even more famous Rosarito Beach, giving it wonderful views on either side.  It opened in 2012, with much attention paid to the simple and elegant interior design created by Bo Bendana Sein.  Her work set the stage for a complete transition in menu style for the hotel, reflecting the culinary changes that are reshaping people’s perceptions of the region.

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In Mexico, Baja beckons expats
July, 2013

In Mexico, Baja beckons expats.
Mexconnect, July 09, 2013. By Patti Morrow.

Married, single, young, old, with kids in tow, retired or entrepreneurs — Baja Mexico is enticing expats with its promise of a better lifestyle. The choices are unlimited. The colorful culture of colonial and fishing towns, low home prices, world-class surfing on the crashing waves of the Pacific, snorkeling in the crystalline fish-rich waters of the Sea of Cortez, strolling along waterfront boardwalks, or sampling cuisine ranging from tasty street tacos to world-class dining… Baja has it all.

How do these expats live their new lives in Mexico? Doing what they love.

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Mojo Working: Lineup Set for 2nd Annual Baja Blues Fest in Rosarito.
July, 2013

Mojo Working: Lineup Set for 2nd Annual Baja Blues Fest in Rosarito.
Baja.com, July 7, 2013. By Jack E. George.

Born under a bad sign? All out of John the Conqueror root? Fear not, blues aficionados. The Baja Blues Fest is returning August 23-25 at the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Rosarito, and the lineup is strong enough to get your mojo working better than ever. John Nemeth will headline the 2nd annual version of the musical showcase, and the Idaho-born bluesman with the magic touch figures to get plenty of 12 bar help from The Blackwater Blues Band, Annette ‘Da Bomb’ McGee and D Bomb Squad, The Fremonts, Deja Blues, Wyatt Lowe and the Youngbloods, Pachuco Blues, Scotty Blinn and Black Market lll.

According to Jackie Alameda, president and director of the board of directors for the Baja Blues Fest, the 2013 festival is expected to surpass the success of last year’s inaugural event. “We sure know a lot more and we have a great guy, Tom Stewart, helping us with music and marketing,” Alameda said. “We are also  reaching a broader audience, so much so that Caltrans contracted us about traffic impact at the border on Sunday with cars returning to the U.S.”.

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Rosarito by Rod and Reel.
June, 2013

Rosarito by Rod and Reel.
Travel Age West, June 23, 2013. By Mark Rogers.

Catch and release makes a lot of sense in some fishing circles. But I’ve always been of a different frame of mind: I like the idea of catching dinner. On a recent evening in Rosarito Beach, I enjoyed fresh ocean breezes and a beautiful sunset while catching enough fish to feed our family of eight.

Rosarito Beach is about 20 miles from the U.S. border crossing at San Ysidro, Calif. One of the landmarks of Rosarito is the towering Rosarito Beach Hotel, a presence in the city since 1925. Hugo Torres, the hotel’s owner, thinks big and, a few years ago, he oversaw the construction of a sportfishing pier behind the hotel that stretches out a quarter mile into the sea. What’s more, clients won’t have to be a guest to enjoy the pier.

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Valle de Guadalupe moves toward its promise as Baja's 'Napa'
June, 2013

“Valle de Guadalupe moves toward its promise as Baja's 'Napa'.
The sacramento bee, june 9, 2013. By Mike Dunne.

Almost inevitably, travel and wine writers smitten with Valle de Guadalupe in the northern reaches of Mexico's Baja peninsula call it "the next Napa Valley."

Maybe in 50 years, I thought after spending several days there four years ago.

After returning this spring, however, I need to revise my prediction. Now, Valle de Guadalupe may be just 20 years from qualifying for fitting comparisons with Napa Valley for its wines and the amenities it offers wine tourists.

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I Feel Safe in This City
May, 2013

“I Feel Safe in This City” said U.S. Consul General at the Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride.
Baja Times, May 16, 2013. By Editor.

Nearly 7,000 cyclists joined the 34th edition of the Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride. According to Ana Maria Castro, manager of the Rosarito-Ensenada Bike Ride, the number of American tourists to the ride increased about 25% compared to last year.

This year, Andrew Erickson, U.S. Consul General in Tijuana, was the guest of honor at the event. “I feel safe in this city, and to me, is something historical to see so many people participating in this event. I am very happy to see all these people feeling safe too; you can see the joy in their faces. I am very happy to see so many Americans, I was told that the participants from the U.S. increased 25% this year. These kind of events generate trust in tourists, and boosts the local economy. I know there were some problems in the past, but I think Rosarito now is very safe.” Said Erickson.

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San Diego Mayor Building Economic Bridges to Tijuana.
May, 2013

San Diego Mayor Building Economic Bridges to Tijuana.
The New York Times, May 15, 2013. By Jennifer Medina.

SAN DIEGO — Opening a satellite city office in a far-flung neighborhood is not unusual in sprawling cities like this one. But one thing sets apart Mayor Bob Filner’s newest outpost: it is in another country.

When he opened San Diego’s Tijuana office this year, Mr. Filner spoke in grand terms about the future of cross-border relations. “Dos ciudades, pero una region — we are two cities, but one region,” he said, using the phrase popular among those who want more collaboration in the area. San Diego would put in a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics, he said, but only to host jointly with Tijuana.

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Escape to Baja
May, 2013

Escape to Baja.
Spa Expectations.com, May 02, 2013. By Tammy Kincaid.

If you are looking for a safe, fun, and inexpensive getaway this summer then look no further than Rosarito Beach.  Rosarito Beach is a coastal resort city in the Mexican state of Baja California located approximately 30 miles south of San Diego. There are several accommodation choices for your visit. Probably the most famous and popular is the Rosarito Beach Hotel. The resort has been welcoming guests since 1925. The hotel is rich in history since it first opened. Many famous guests have stayed here over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, Orson Wells, and Gregory Peck to name just a few. Since that time the resort has grown to 500 rooms and offers their guests a multitude of activities, dining, entertainment and my favorite, their spa.

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Vino Banditos
April, 2013

Vino Banditos.
Pacific San Diego, April 30, 2013. By Kyle Hall.

Whether for a night on Calle Sexta in TJ, tequila shots at Papas & Beer in Rosarito or wet T-shirt contests in Cabo, Baja has been seen as a drinking destination for decades.

Over the past few years, however, a region for more cultured imbibing has been rising to prominence — Valle de Guadalupe, home to more than 50 well-respected boutique wineries. Located 70 miles south of the border, this burgeoning mecca is the perfect destination, but seeing as how the journey is supposedly more important, planning the best way to get there is vital.

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South of the Border Wine Country
April, 2013

South of the Border Wine Country.
Traveling boy, April 24, 2013. By John Blanchette.

It was 2 a.m. my last night in Baja. Standing on the veranda of my hotel room on Rosarito Beach, the full moon illuminated the slate gray ocean and a phosphorescent white glow in the foaming waves as they ebbed and receded from the shore.

Millions of years ago these salt waters covered the peninsula, layering in shell that would become limestone. When the tectonic plates rose and forced the waters back they cracked the granite that lined the earth's crust into boulders, which later mixed with the illuvial soils of clay, sand, and other minerals to form the land that would so influence the vineyards.

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Viva Tijuana!
April, 2013

Viva Tijuana!
Modern Luxury San Diego, April 23, 2013. By Derrik Chin.

he corner of Miguel Aleman and Agua Caliente, on the western edge of Colonia Gabilondo, is all the proof needed that Tijuana is en fuego, thanks in part to the new La Caza Club. The ruggedly sleek supper den boasts taxidermy stags, lampshade chandeliers and real-deal local art. “We’re detonating the area,” says co-owner Omar Monroy, who is opening El Escoto, a Scottish-themed whiskey bar, just across the street. “It will be minimal, classy and cool.”

On any given night, Caza Club is teeming with dolled-up sophisticates slinking into the black leather booths or drinking mango martinis at the custom-carved white cocktail bar. From the kitchen, chef Humberto Aviles, a Culinary Art School darling, doles out an all-local, all-organic menu that includes grilled octopus so tender, it sells out nightly. “I go through 200 pounds a week,” says Aviles. No need to wander far for after-dinner plans. Upstairs at the cozy-cool Cafe Sabina, spoonfuls of Nutella accompany espresso brewed from veracruzano beans amid a colorful collage of rescued wood.

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Baja California's new convention center set to open
April, 2013

Baja California's new convention center set to open.
Union Tribune San Diego, April 20, 2013. By Sandra Dibble.

Baja California’s new convention center rises at northern end of this beachside community, an oblong building with a wavy roof that overlooks the Pacific Ocean and a coastal toll road — but not much else.

Still, tourism promoters count on drawing visitors here from all corners of Mexico, luring them with regional attractions that include an internationally known Baja Med restaurant scene, a growing arts community, numerous domestic airport connections and proximity to shopping and tourism opportunities across the border in San Diego.

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Radio Personality/Renowned Chef Les Kincaid Brings Wines du Jour to Rosarito
April, 2013

Radio Personality/Renowned Chef Les Kincaid Brings Wines du Jour to Rosarito.
Baja.com, April 02, 2013. By Jack E. George.

World-renowned Chef Les Kincaid brought a new dimension to the Casa Blanca Restaurant at the Rosarito Beach Hotel, when a full-house attended for an evening offering Baja’s best food and wine and a discussion of Baja’s gastronomy. It began just when the clock reached 6:56 p.m., the speakers blaired “4-3-2-1 Test, 3-2-1- Test.” Kincaid prepared to broadcast his international radio show.

Many of us had arrived at 6 p.m. We were fortunate we did, as we then had the opportunity to be entertained by singer Maryam Malak. Standing on a small stage, dressed in an elegant gown, there is no doubt she is one of the sensational singers in Baja. Her rich voice was flawless as she performed a variety of songs. She sang again after the radio program concluded, including a beautiful rendition of Time to Say Good-bye. The song, made popular by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, was as good as it gets.

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Confidence Rises in Baja California
April, 2013

Confidence Rises in Baja California.
TravelAge West, April 01, 2013. By Mark Rogers.

When Tijuana entered a dark period of drug cartel violence in 2007-2009, tourism to Baja California suffered. It didn’t help that, at the same time, the U.S. was in an economic downturn and enhanced security at the border crossing into the U.S. was creating longer wait times. In 2010, tourism began to improve through a series of tourism initiatives and the fact that much of the cartel violence moved to other parts of Mexico.

Tourism statistics from 2012 show that 28.7 million Americans visited Baja that year, and statewide hotel occupancy increased by five percent. There are other encouraging figures being revealed. Last December, Baja California's Office of the Secretary of Tourism partnered with U.S.-based DAPA Research firm and the Mexican think tank El Colegio de la Frontera Norte to conduct a perception survey among 600 Southern Californians and found a 95 percent confidence level among potential visitors to Baja California.

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The New Convention Center in Rosarito will be a Great Addition to the Area
April, 2013

The New Convention Center in Rosarito will be a Great Addition to the Area.
Baja Times, April 01, 2013. By Jack E. George.

If you have been driving down the ‘toll road’ you have undoubtedly seen the huge, new building being constructed. The name is not anywhere to be seen, but, it is the Baja California Center. This is the new convention center which promises to pump millions of pesos into our area economy, starting in April, as well as bring a variety of interesting venues to the Rosarito area.

Although there is still work to be done to complete the structure local residents will be amazed to learn that our new center will offer 100,000 square feet. This is just in the exhibition area. There is also a 2200 square feet lobby along with 17 meeting rooms ranging in sizes to provide for a small or medium sized conference. These rooms add another 20,000 square feet to the center.

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Spring Break in Baja : from Fiestas to Shopping
March, 2013

Wine, Dine, and More in Baja Mexico’s Wine Region.
Womens Toolbox, March 26, 2013. By Patti Morrow.

Move over Napa! The heart of Mexico’s wine district – the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, Mexico – is demanding critics’ attention.

Off the beaten path, but rapidly gaining respect is Adobe Guadalupe – a vineyard, winery, stables, and sprawling hacienda open to tourists. Founded by American Don Miller and his Dutch-born wife, Tru, Adobe Guadalupe is a great place to escape the frenetic pace of life.

Don, a former international banker has always been passionate about wines. His dream was to retire from banking and make wines. From their current home in Laguna, California, this would be impossible.

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Spring Break in Baja : from Fiestas to Shopping
March, 2013

Explore Valle de Guadalupe wine country.
Sunset.com, March 25, 2013. By Claire Martin.

In this Mexico, there’s an easy blend of traditional and new, refined culture—and it’s all shaped by nature. The long growing season allows for a vast array of produce and wine grapes with exciting, complex flavors. All around the valley, people are utilizing the bounty to create special flavors: Farmers raise lambs that go into both fine cuisine and roadside tacos; cowherds graze their animals with precision to please French-style organic cheese­makers; stalks of Swiss chard, naturally salty from soil that used to lie at the bottom of the sea, flavor a dessert. The wines, too, carry a river of sea salt, captivating when not overblown. As in all fast-emerging wine regions, the wines here still span a palate-challenging range of quality.

Wine grapes were originally planted in the valley by Jesuit priests in the 18th century. The first visitor boom began in 2006, when the ribbon of road between Ensenada and Tecate was paved. Production is so small, and Mexico’s wine tax so high, that very few wines are exported—the only way to taste them is to visit. Tourism took off, and with San Diego only 1 1/2 hours away (it took us less than 4 hours from Los Angeles), wine-curious Americans led the way, making up about 75 percent of the visitors.

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Spring Break in Baja : from Fiestas to Shopping
March, 2013

Les Kincaid’s Wines du Jour Live Radio Broadcast Showcases Baja’s Gastronomy.
baja.com, March 1, 2013. By Carla White.

Les Kincaid is his name and gastronomy is his game... as it has been since he started his professional cooking career at the age of 14. Admittedly, his first job in the culinary industry was less than glamorous - he made burgers for Winn’s Drive Inn, south of San Francisco. And it took him a couple of weeks to get the hang of it. However, from this modest beginning, Les Kincaid has become a renowned gastronomist and today authors, teaches, and hosts a syndicated radio program called Wines du Jour that is carried on more than 450 radio stations, every cable company in the United States, and listened to throughout the world.

On Thursday, March 28, he will broadcast live from the Rosarito Beach Hotel in Rosarito, Baja California, from 7-8 p.m. The public is invited to purchase tickets for the program and be part of the tasting event.

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Spring Break in Baja : from Fiestas to Shopping
February, 2013

Spring Break in Baja : from Fiestas to Shopping.
Sandiegored.com, February 22, 2013. By Meghan Fitzpatrick.

Welcome to Spring Break in Baja! If you’re planning on passing your spring break here, you have quite a selection of things you can do and places to go. Some of Baja’s favorite spring break hot spots include Rosarito, Ensenada, Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo and San Felipe.

And, for those spring breakers who are looking for peace and quiet instead of fiestas, the Bahia Asuncion region of Baja has something a bit different to offer this year - La Bocana, where you can almost hear the whales spouting and where the beaches offer the world's best place for a private party.

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Wine Tasting
January, 2013

Wine Tasting the Baja Way:The Great Baja Grape Adventure.
Baja.com, January 2, 2013. By Carla White.

The chilly December wind carried a hint of smoky piñon wood with it, a smell evocative of the Christmas holidays throughout much of Mexico.  My girlfriends and I stepped out of our car, parking in front of the famous brick arches that feature prominently on Barón Balché’s wine bottle labels.  We had traversed the Valle de Guadalupe, Baja’s famous wine country just outside of Ensenada, to get to this iconic winery.  As much as we would have loved to spend our afternoon sipping on the vinicola’s renowned Double Blanc (Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc), we were here for another reason:  Our objective was to find out more about The Baja Grape Adventure, a fun activity that caters to wine lovers and to those who are seeking a safe, guided off-road adventure through the region’s fascinating wine country.

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