Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Pictures are worth a 1,000 words, so here are my favorite choices for escaping the humidity of summer at Lakeside.  June, July, and August is Lakesides rainy season, and even through the temp registers 82, it feels hotter.  Chapala sits at 5,000 foot of elevation, but just around the lake, and up the hill to Mazamitla you are elevated to 9,000  feet so its often 10-15 degrees cooler.  Through the month of July and August, the temp is a mild 70 degrees. It was founded by the Aztecs in 1165 and invaded and conquered in 1522. Population on this lush mountain is about 11,000 people.  A short road trip always refreshes my spirit quickly. The cedar framed shops are likened to Carmel, California. Instead of homes built of cement, you find log cabins and wood sculptures everywhere.  The shops are very attractive with a simulated carved wood Swiss theme. It is only a two hour drive through Jocotopec from Chapala, so we can depart around 10:00 AM and arrive refreshed by the scenery and music around noonish. A great place for hunters, hikers and tree huggers: The Best Western Mazamitla Cabins click here .  Straight up from the downtown plaza is a great hotel with tennis courts.  We went with another couple and stayed at the Hotel Huerta Real and loved the view.  The grounds are beautiful and the rooms are lovely. Address: Reforma 36, Mazamitla, 49500 Mazamitla, Jalisco, Jal., Mexico

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