When visiting Mexico this year, we decided to take a road trip to Valladolid for a Saturday night to visit friends and go the the fair. From Tulum, you drive out the Coba Road and be sure your driver has their official driving and insurance documents as there are checkpoints when you get close to Valladolid.
We stopped off at the “coco frios” stand in one of the little communities along the Coba Road for refreshing cocos and oranges. Nothing like cold coconut juice on a hot day! Their little “nina” was adorable…
Upon arrival in Valladolid we wandered around the square and then checked into our hotel. We stayed at El Meson del Marques on the square which was very nice, had lunch at Las Campanas on the opposite side of the square. We then went to the local fair/carnival/flea market with a local couple and enjoyed hanging out and watching the dancers at the show. I think we were the only “gringos” at the entire fair!
On Sunday we went to Casa de los Venados and then visited the Convent de San Bernardino de Siena where they were baptising or blessing the children. We had lunch at Taberna de Los Frailes, located next to the Convent and the food and service was excellent.
Here’s a gallery of photos and then more information and highlights afterwards…
Our Hotel: El Meson del Marques
Calle 39 No. 203 x 40 y 42 | Centro Historico, Valladolid 97780, Mexico
We stayed on a Saturday night and I loved the dining and courtyard spaces of this hotel. We booked the standard room and it was clean and roomy with nice A/C to fend off the heat. Loved the hand-wrought iron bed. The mattress was very firm but that’s what we’ve come to expect in Mexico. Bathrooms in standard room are just basic but adequate. Nice pool and casual congregation area with wi-fi for drinks and they have a free book trade in the registration lobby for readers, as well as local books for sale. Great location on the central Square with dining, shopping and history right at your doorstep. Loved the hand-made leather shop next door, artisan shop on the corner and visited the Casa de los Venados across the square to see an American couple’s restored hacienda filled with Mexican art. www.mesondelmarques.com/
Casa de los Venados
Calle 40 #204, Valladolid, Mexico
Take a few hours to tour this lovingly restored hacienda just off the Valladolid Square. The owners, John and Dorianne Venator spent 10 years restoring this historic building and adding their own modern touches, and it has won numerous architectural awards. They have been collecting Mexican folk and contemporary art for years and personally share their treasures with their visitors daily at 10 a.m. Tours are given in English or Spanish and visitors are asked for a minimal donation which goes to local charities and larger donations are happily welcomed. John led our tour and it was so interesting to learn where he found his treasures and the history behind his discoveries. Many pieces are from renowned Mexican artists and some are anonymous finds that were bargains. You will be educated and inspired to look closer at the Mexican culture and their art! Go and see for yourself! www.casadelosvenados.com/
Taberna de los Frailes
Calle 49 #235 | Next to the Convent of San Bernardino de Siena,Valladolid
After visiting the Convent next door we headed to the Taberna de los Frailes for lunch based on other Trip Advisor recommendations. George, who spoke excellent English and had lived in the U.S. got our party of 8 seated and read through the menu giving us the highlights of their offerings. The restaurant is a reproduction of an authentic Mayan building and I loved the outdoor ambiance. We ordered a variety of different appetizers, and soups, and I had one entree, and we shared our dishes so everyone could get a taste. Everything was delicious and my favorites were our Shrimp Cocktail, Tuna Tartar, and Taberna Sopa (seafood soup). Also enjoyed the Rellenos de Negro main entree – definitely different from what we have in the States! For dessert we shared the creme brulee and it was yummy! Service was excellent and food great but don’t be in a hurry as everything is made fresh when you order. Would definitely go back! tabernadelosfrailes.com/
That’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed the weekend!