Oaxaca Bed and Breakfast -- La Casa de Mis Recuerdos

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Home Inspector with King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. Home Inspector Lic #207

I have only positive things to say about my recent vacation in Oaxaca, Mexico. We stayed healthy and good-natured, loved the food, and we found the people to be friendly and honest. A couple times I paid too many pesos to a vendor and was quickly corrected and given the right change. Wow! I never would have known the difference had they not done that. Once I forgot my credit card at a cafe and the fellow chased me down the street to return it.

My wife and I often go to Italy -- she really likes Italy. Mexico, however, is so affordable that it becomes very appealing financially. We hired a combination driver/tour guide one day and, while we were out about five hours, the cost for the private tour, time and gas, was only about $75.00 US.

I will be writing, here at Active Rain, some posts about the great service we received. I know that other Active Rain members might be planning vacations, and this is a wonderful area. There are many ancient buildings and ruins nearby that go back 500 years BC. Oaxaca is a colonial city. A contingent of weavers, carvers and other world-class artisans are nearby and their products are available at shops inside the city. Or, as we chose to do, you can drive out and visit the artisans where they work. Another great feature of southern Mexico is the weather -- we were there mid-January and the temperature probably averaged 75 to 80 degrees F. It was not sweltering hot, but very warm.

Probably the single most important element of our splendid trip was staying at La Casa de Mis Recuerdos. This bed and breakfast -- more like a hotel really -- except they feed you in the morning, was tranquil, peaceful and gorgeous.  Below are photos of the scenery we had from the comfortable balcony outside our room, which we used as a reading and lounging area.

La Casa de Mis Recuerdos  La Casa de Mis Recuerdos

That is the view, both sides. The lime tree produced fruit that was turned into margaritas -- killer margaritas -- each and every night.

The B & B is family owned. A highlight of the casa was visiting with Nora. Nora is the adult daughter of the owner. The family owns four facilities and Nora is charming and vivacious. She speaks excellent English and she will help her guests with any problem, big or small. She arranges taxis and tours for you, even runs some tours herself if you want. She is, also, one of the top cooks in Oaxaca. People from all over take her cooking classes. My wife and I did so and the classes begin with a walk to the market where Nora buys that day's supplies and introduces you to all the bounty of the region. You see Nora, on the left, explaining things to the class.

La Casa de Mis Recuerdos  La Casa de Mis Recuerdos

Anyone thinking they would like an affordable, warm and fun vacation ought to think about Oaxaca. Other friends had told us about it before but this is the first time we have tried it. We are, seriously, thinking about turning this into an annual trek. Next time we might, also, try to spend some time at one of the beaches, a few hours from the city. But, one thing is for sure, we will spend most of the time staying at La Casa de Mis Recuerdos and enjoying Oaxaca.

Steven L. Smith

Bellingham WA Home Inspections

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Barbara S. Duncan
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You make it sound so good I may want to go down there.  They need to pay you for the advertisement.

Jan 27, 2009 08:56 AM #1
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Charles Buell
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Steve-----I WANT TO GO RIGHT NOW, can I, can I?!!!!!

Jan 27, 2009 10:05 AM #2
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Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc. - Bellingham, WA
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Barbara,

They cannot pay me, I feel too strongly about the place. It really was that good.

Charlie,

You must FIRST make peace with my assistant, whom you have mercilessly slandered for months.

Jan 27, 2009 10:50 AM #3
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It is way more important to slander Nutsy that it is to take a vacation!!

Jan 27, 2009 11:32 AM #4
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Steven L. Smith
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Bee-child,

Oaxaca ain't big enough for the three of us -- you, me and Nutsy Wallenda.

Jan 27, 2009 12:22 PM #5
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Jack Gilleland
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Steve it looks absolutely inviting.  I'll bet you really hated to leave and come back to winter.

Jan 27, 2009 02:39 PM #6
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Dale Baker
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there Steven

Oaxaca, sure is a fine place to visit. Been down that way, many times.

God Bless America

Jan 27, 2009 03:59 PM #7
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Steve, Mexico is really beautiful this time of the year! I can see why "Nutsy" pitched such a fit and misbehaved. He was pouting and jealous that he did not get a chance to go...

Your building consultant for life ~~ Michael.

Jan 27, 2009 07:41 PM #8
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Steven L. Smith
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Michael,

We really have to give the little fellow credit for staying home and minding the store.

Jan 28, 2009 01:07 AM #9
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Teri Gunderson

I live here in Oaxaca and couldn't agree more.  Nora's B&B is a wonderful introduction to Oaxaca city.  I do small specialized tours here in Oaxaca using certified Oaxaca guides when needed, visits to local homes, and I visit what I consider the best value shops.  No kickbacks.  I have great references.  If you're interested. Let me know. Oaxaca is even better with a local.

Teri Gunderson

2oaxaca@gmail.com

Jan 28, 2009 07:03 AM #10
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Faith Benedix
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I have family from Oaxaca and have enjoyed learning about their beautiful country from them.  I am going to send them this link.  They will appreciate hearing how much others enjoy their home country!

Jan 23, 2010 02:43 AM #11
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