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Baja Wines Come To A Puerto Peñasco Wine Tasting

Everyone knows about Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Lodi  wines, but many people do not know about the wines of the Valle de Guadalupe, San Antonio, San Vincente and other regions in the Ensenada area of Baja Norte, Mexico until Laura Palacio opened El Tapeo, a wine and tapas bar.  In the past 3 years she has done several wine tastings all pared with small plates to compliment the wines.  In this region there are well over 200 wineries and including those south of Ensenada.

El Tapeo Wine Bar in Rocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

The Valle de Guadalupe, San Vicente and others are known for their award winning red wines as well as their Chardonnay/Chenin Blanc blends.  On March 16th, Alex Macias of Vinos ATP y Familia introduced over 40 people to the wines of Iker Turcott (Terra Turcott) and Kruger Wines from San Antonio de las Minas.  No one was disappointed. Three of the four wines could be put up against California wines any day.  Iker did an outstanding job of teaching the guests how to hold the glass, smell the wine and sip the wine.  He also did a great job of talking about how the wines were aged and for how long and in what type of barrels.  Although many of the guests  already knew some  of this it was great as  refresher.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

About 3 years go, El Tapeo put on it’s first wine extravaganza and it was a huge success.  Although it was delightful and fun, it is nice to be able to spend quality time with the wine makers and learn of their techniques and how they got started.  Sr. Macias has introduced Puerto Peñasco wine drinkers to the wines of Mundano, Luneo, Dubacano, Alximia, Las Nubes, Vinos ATP y Familia and many more.  We also learned that unlike California wineries, they are taking what is normally used to blend like Chenin Blanc and Nebbiolo for example, are being used as a stand alone varietal. Vinos ATP y Familia is doing a  2013 Nebbiolo that is without a doubt one of the best we have ever had.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

If you go to www.bajamexicowines.com, you will be able to see the map and find pictures of many of the beautiful wineries.  There are a couple of the large bulk wineries in that area like L.A. Cetto and Domecq, but these small boutique wines have so much to offer.  We learned that in these growing areas there are places for lodging as well as getting a sandwich to take and have a picnic in the vineyards.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

Ensenada, Tijuana and Mexicali have also come into their own with micro breweries.  Many people from  Rocky Point spend time in the region of Ensenada in summer as it is cooler than Rocky Point.  It also gives them a chance to tour the wineries frequently.  From what I have been told, the wineries of this area do not charge outrageous tasting fees unlike what every area other region in California other than Lodi, CA do.

Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point
Wine Tasting in Rocky Point

After the event, several people have talked about chartering a bus to go over and spend a few days tasting the wines and sight seeing.  If you choose to drive over, it is only about a 7 hour drive from Rocky Point to Ensenada and it is a beautiful drive.  Russ Black from Puerto Peñasco also has guided tours traveling in a van.  The one thing beside wineries that is a must see is La Bufadora which is about a 20 minute drive south of Ensenada.  The La Bufadora also means “blow hole” which is the sound the water makes as it enters the blow hole and is awesome.

Puerto-Peñasco.com blogs will also keep you updated as to the upcoming wine and beer festivals here at El Tapeo so that you can plan  your trip around them.

Spring Break- Semana Santa..What do they have in common?

It is that time of the year again here in Puerto Peñasco, the college and high school folks are celebrating SPRING BREAK 2017 with a lot of partying going on.  So what do Spring Break and Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) have in common?  The word is PARTY!  It is amazing that it seems like just a short time ago we were talking about Spring Break 2016 and Semana Santa 2016 and now here we are again as we prepare ourselves for the deluge of kids and families for both events.

Easter-Spring-Beach-RockyPoint

They arrived on Ash Wednesday of last week. We spotted 2 of the Fariceos or Pharisees as they are also known are in town and surely there will be a few more.  In 2016 there were 4 groups of 2.  These are the people that walk the streets dressed in masks made of fur or cow, deer or goat hide and long robes or blankets wrapped around them.  You can usually hear them coming as they also wear leggings with  shells and or  bells that make sounds as they stroll around the neighborhoods and the Malecon as well as beating drums.  The masks come in all shapes and forms from clown like faces to animals and anything and everything in between.They never speak to you or take off their masks in front of you but sometimes they will gesture that they would like food. So no one can recognize them, they place a small whistle under their tongue to communicate with each other.   When you first see them, it is scary until you learn the history behind the process.

Fariseos in Puerto Penasco

Fariseos dancers

The Fariceos travel the region of Sonora for 40 days prior to Easter and travel from town to town and house to house and performing their dances in order to raise money for their celebrations.  Their travels start in Júpare, a small town near Huatabampo, Sonora.  It is estimated that there are well of 500 of the Fariceos in the State of Sonora.

Fariseos in Puerto Penasco

For the most part, these people are chosen to be Fariceos by family or friends and it is their task to be alone for one year.  It is said that this is a way of giving thanks for something good that happened to the family member or friend.  They do not take this duty lightly.   So when the 40 days are over, there is always a party with music, dancing and food.

Now to current times, Rocky Point is the closest Seaport for Mexican Nationals to come from many neighboring states and cities.  Combining all of these people who have come to visit family and friends as well as the Mexicans that come from the United States, the town is jam packed.  On Good Friday after the procession, all heck breaks loose.  If you have plans to go into the Malecon on Good Friday, you had better be there by 9 am and get a place to park and then you won’t leave until late in the afternoon.  These folks party all day and all night and you will hear music going until the wee hours of the morning.

So now you know what Spring Break and Easter Holy Week have in common… it is  and called a PARTY.  Come down and enjoy the festivities and learn about the culture and history of these holidays and enjoy the beautiful Sea of Cortez. However, if you are the type that is in a rush to get somewhere, perhaps, you need to reschedule your visit.  Remember the long lines of vehicles coming in to Mexico and how long it may have taken you, well bear in mind you will probably meet these folks again on your way home, so be patient, sit back and smile.

If you don’t have a reservation, check out www.puerto-peñasco.com, or any of the other companies that handle condo and beach front house rentals.  There are still some units available, but they won’t last long.

Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco Needs You!

It seems that our Puerto-Peñasco.com blogs are being read by people from all over.  Recently  Paul and Nikki Schifano from St. Louis contacted me as they have a foundation formed in the United States and wanted to see what they can do to be make a difference here.  Enter Loly Martinez of Rocky Point Medical Clinics and the Words of Hope Community Center.  We sat down over lunch at the Kaffee Haus to discuss the needs of the Medical Clinic and community center and how to be able to reach more people in the poor San Rafael area of Puerto Peñasco.   As was mentioned previously in a story, the center was feeding 120 children and older people 2 times per day, but do to lack of funding to buy food, it had to be reduced to 1 time per day.

Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco

Loly  took Paul and Nikki on a tour of the facility, which now has the dental clinic almost finished, Physical therapy building and kitchen complete.  It also has it’s own pharmacy, an eye clinic as well as the area for fitting prostheses.  The were impressed to say the least and donated money on the spot for food.  They along with other family members will be coming back in May to see how they can help.  This community center is in that area that  need people like Paul and Nikki.

Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco

The medical clinics are being held twice a month at the center, where they generally see over 150- 200 people with all sorts of needs.   They have teams of doctors and nurses who come from the US to help treat all of these people.  Loly explained to me today, that in the future, eye appointments, dental appointments and fitting for the artificial limbs will be by appointment only as they can only handle about 3 or 4 per day.  She then showed me a picture of a lady who got new dentures made at the clinic on March 11th and what a happy beautiful smile she had.  They are not just giving these things away, but having the people make a small contribution to receive these things.  This is to insure that once fitted, they will come back.  Recently they fitted a woman for an artificial leg and these are custom made to fit the person and run about $5,000.00 USD.  The leg came in and she has never come back and they can’t use it on someone else, so it is a total loss.  They also feel the people appreciate it more when they feel like they are contributing to get what they need.

Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco
Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco
Words of Hope Community Center in Puerto Peñasco

The driving force behind this Words of Hope Community center is Dr. George Stavros and his wife Susie.  They give tiredly of their time and resources to see that this center keeps moving forward.  Today my husband Bill and volunteered to go out and package pills.  One of the other helpers, remarked, some people count money and some are counting pills.

Dr. George stated that at the clinic being held on April 8th they will also be doing 2 hernia operations out at the Rocky Medical Center just north of town.  They recently did a hip replacement at the same clinic and have another one that will be done soon.  The 2nd clinic will be held on April 22nd and that is just a regular clinic that goes from 9 am- 3 pm.

If you would like to know how you can help, please feel free to contact Loly at 383-3480 or 638-690-1531 or email her at Loly.martinez@rpfog.com.  You can also check out their website at www.rockypointmedicalclinics.com .  There is always a need for volunteers to help with something out there, so don’t hesitate to call her.  If you have food or cash to donate she can arrange to meet you where ever you are at.

You can also always contact me at nocomosi@msn.com or via Puerto-Peñasco.com comment below and I will point you in the right direction. The weather here in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico is beautiful so come down and stay at any of our  hotels like Playa Bonita or Laos Mar or any of the condos that are on the beach like one of the Sonoran Resorts.

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Gala For Young Life .. A Huge Success In Puerto Peñasco

Young Life Puerto Penasco

On February 27, 2017 the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Gala which benefits the “AT RISK” youth of Puerto Peñasco, Mexico kicked off at 6:00 p.m. at the Sandy Beach Convention Center.  As you will see from the pictures, the room was decorated in 1st Class style.  Julio Valenzuela of Mare Blu did a fantastic job of catering the gourmet dinner for 240 guests.  The food service was done by many young people and they did an outstanding job.  Most of them had never waited tables before, but they didn’t let that stop them.  The GALA opened with music from Agua De Coco and ended with music from Sol De Noche. 

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Young Life Puerto Penasco

The event started with a Welcome to Young Life Puerto Peñasco given by Alberto and Loly Marteniz.  Alberto is the Area Director for  Young Life.  Dr. George and Susie Stavros presented the Friends of Young Life Award to Grant and Judy MacKenzie.  Following this there was a presentation about YOUNG LIFE in LATIN AMERICA.  Mayor Ernesto “Kiko” Munro also spoke at the event.

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Just so you can learn a little more about YOUNG LIFE.  It started in 1941 and the founder of it had a vision and approach to youth that was revolutionary in that era.  The plan was to go where the youth hung out and through humor, music, adventure and to show the youth that adults cared about them.  A world class camping program was formed and the youth were encouraged to make new friends through the weekly “Club”.

Currently, 75 years later, the Young Life program reaches out to over 2 million teens and college students in 99 countries all over the world.  Puerto Peñasco  YOUNG LIFE serves over 150 at risk youth with weekly social gatherings and annual camps.  Because these youth are at risk, the week they spend at camp is vitally important as they learn new social skills and how to make friendships.  These 150 that  are at risk due to many elements, some being lack of spiritualism and perhaps a family that can not teach their children right from wrong and therefore the kids never understand right from wrong.

At this writing, money is still pouring in so we don’t have the final amount that was raised.  The event was hosted by 39 sponsors from the community as well as private donations and a huge thank you goes out to all of them.

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Young Life Puerto Penasco

Mark you calendars for next year to be a part of this event and be assured that the money is going to the right place.  Investing in the youth of Puerto Peñasco is an investment we can’t afford to not be involved in. This is a great way to give back to the community we live in and call home.

2017 Taste of Peñasco.. A Success

With months pf planning this wonderful what was to be an outdoor event on the beach, was not going to happen at least on the beach. The committee along with half the city had been watching both WINDYTY.COM and WEATHERUNDERGOUND.COM to keep up on the massive storm that was about to hit not only Southern California but the Baja of California as well as Puerto Peñasco. So on Friday afternoon February 17th the committee decided to move the event inside the Hotel Penasco del Sol Hotel.  This was not an easy task, but when you live here you learn to adapt and go with the flow so to speak.  There we found ourselves  moving tables into place to make certain everyone had space and utilizing every salon along with foyer and hallway leading into the what quickly became a convention like setting.  Tape measures in hand Jonni Francis, John Fowler, Cinthy  Aguirado, Sarina Brown and  Beverly Arrowood set out to mark the tables for both the regular competition as well as the tables for the salsa contest.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

It could not have turned out better.  Every RV park, Playa Bonita, The Reef and Playa del Oro, as well as the dry camping area near Playa Bonita was packed to capacity.  The group became very nervous that if they  got the rain, it said we were going to get, that no one would come out.  WRONG!  When you are in an RV and it is raining, you can’t go to the beach and sit in the sun.. so where did they go… you guessed it, The Taste of Penasco.  The doors opened at noon and there was already a long line formed despite being sprinkled on.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Although not officially on the committee, my job was to gather volunteers for the event and because we have a need for a lot of volunteers for Bike Week registration, I already had a built in list for the team.  Everyone was on board ( all 28 of them) and they were so excited to be a part of it.  Many of them live in Las Conchas, so if you have ever been in Puerto Peñasco when it rains, you know those roads are almost impassable.  These folks are troopers as the worried about getting home after the event.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Little did anyone know how large this event was going to be!  As guests began filing in, it soon became apparent that we were breaking all records  for the Taste of Penasco.  The event drew a crowd of 1,400 and they came from all over.  Those from Washington and Oregon felt right at home even though they had not counted on the rain.  Everyone was prepared with umbrellas and in some cases had on  rain jackets an boots.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

The Chef’s are to be commended as they had to unload all of the food and equipment in the rain and then try to look nice as they greeted everyone.  The setting was beautiful with the clouds, rain and the beach.  No one complained about the weather or not having a lot of room to move and sit.  If they had a table, they got to make new friends, after all that is what a festival is all about.  The vendors from the  Mermaid Market also had to contend with unloading in the rain, but they made the best of it and did a great job.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Tickets sales for food and drink were brisk and exceeded all expectations.  The hotel even ran out of red wine for awhile.  Raffle tickets were selling well as there were over 120 gift certificates and physical items to take home.  The music was great and people were dancing where ever they could find space to dance.  Joshua Ellis started the music off at noon and was followed by Heber and Vania (that lady can really sing).  then came Los Hijos de Mauricio and lastly Los Ponchos who played a lot of oldies so many were doing the twist.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Certain the waiters had a hard time delivering the samples to be judged as they had to hoof it from the convention site around the pool and then into the restaurant, where the 5 judges had been waiting.  It did start to sprinkle again as this process was going on.

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Each and every chef really out did themselves both in taste and presentation but right down to decorating their booths.  This was the 1st time for the Salsa Competition and there were 8 entries.  Taking 1st Place was Sr. Amigo’s and 2nd Place went to El Tapeo (this was their first time entering The Taste of Penasco).

Top Chef Penasco 2017

In the main judging, 1st Place went to Southside Jillz,  2n Place went to Mare Blu and 3rd Place went to another newcomer Empanadas La Argentina. 

Top Chef Penasco 2017

Thanks to the judges for their hard work and they were Max McBride, Chef at Sonoran Grill, Chef Julio, Personal Chef at Julio’s Healthy Meals, Chef Andrea Smith a Personal Chef,  Jack Ava and Bill Bailey, Guest Judge.

This was a great way to show off what Puerto Peñasco has to offer.  Think we may just pray for rain next year as well!  Through so much effort on the behalf of the committee, the restaurants, the community, the tourists and winter visitors and the tireless work of the volunteers $6,000.00 was made and divided between the charities.

Well done Puerto Peñasco.. well done.  Enjoy some of the pictures and the Taste of Penasco 2018 will be waiting for you.

Top Chef Penasco 2017
2 Fish and some of the volunteers

Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay 2017

John Fowler, founder of the Santa Claus Club in Cholla Bay, recently announced that due to the success of the Corn Hole Tournament in Cholla Bay that was held in October, players didn’t want to wait another year to play. The October event raised $7,500.00 to buy school supplies and to provide Christmas for the people in the very poor areas of Puerto Peñasco.
So the next tournament will be April 28th-30th.  It will have it’s start at Baja Cantina starting at 6:00 p.m. Entry fee is $10.00 USD per person and the contest will pay back 50% of those fees in prize money.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
JJ’s Cantina in Cholla Bay will be the host of the main event  on April 29th.  Check in is at 8:30 and competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. Register on site and it will cost you $25.00 per person or you can pre-register by April 22nd and pay $20.00.  Get your team together now and be one of the top 6 teams to win prize money.  You can register early by sending the name of your team, the individual names of the players, their email addresses and phone number along with the $20.00 per person fee to Santa Claus Club, P.O. Box 5, Lukeville, AZ 85341.  You will receive an email with the confirmation and that must be brought along with you when you sign in that day. There is no doubt this will be a fun filled day, so don’t miss out.  If you don’t own a home or condo in Puerto Peñasco, make your reservations today.  Baja Hotel is offering up some great rates, so check them out and be part of the action.
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

The final event is April 30th at Duke’s Sports Bar and Restaurant starting at 10:00 a.m.  The registration for it is also $10.00 per person with 50% being paid out in prizes.  Duke’s is located on Plutarco Elias Calle (the street where all the quads are rented on). While you are there grab a great burger or one of their breakfast specials.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
If you need information on either the Santa Claus Club or the Corn Hole Tournament, go to www.santaclausclub.org or send an email to: santaclausclub@hotmail.com .  This club gives so much to the less fortunate and John Fowler is to be commended for his dedication, hard work and giving of his own time to make sure the community gets the help it needs.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
On a side note come April 1st will be Corn Hole and Horseshoes and will held at the Cholla Bay Sportsman’s Club which is located in Cholla Bay. The fee for this is $20.00 and includes FREE Beer, soda, water, hot dogs and chips and popcorn. For more information on this event contact Billie at ChollaCBSC@gmail.com. Don’t forget to buy your official shirt and raffle tickets.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
As you can see, Cholla Bay is a very active community so plan to be a part of it either as a participant or spectator.  You will be guaranteed a fun time.  As you enjoy the pictures, also look a t the fabulous Silent Auction.

Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point
Cornhole tournament at Cholla Bay Rocky Point

Carnival in Rocky Point 2017

The dates for Carnival 2017 will be March 3 -5.  At a recent Press Conference, Mayor Kiko Munro, along with the Secretary of Tourism, Luis Altamirano,  head of Cultural events, Nina Mier,  Representative of DIF, and Professor Ceina (who has been in charge of organizing the parade as well as coordinating the events for the past several years.  The reason for choosing these dates is so that it will not conflict with Carnival festivals  in Guaymas, Ensenada and Puerto Vallarta.  Many people come from these areas to add to our parade along with bands, motorcycle clubs and stilt walkers and so  much more.  Carnival has been going for well over 20 years most of the time.  Mayor Munro stated that the plan is now in effect to see that it continues to be an annual event.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
During the meeting, the subject came up about safety and Mayor Munro assured everyone that all branches of the Police will be involved, City, State and Federal as well as the Red Cross and the Fire department as well as the military.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
The parade will start near the baseball stadium as in the past at approximately 4:00 p.m.and proceed south on Benito Juarez and end at the big open lot next to Manny’s in the Mirador area that is being leveled. It will be both Friday and Saturday. The main reason to have it end in the Mirador area is that perhaps this will start to revitalize the area. The Mirador area for years was the place to be at spring break between Manny’s Beach Club,  Baja Cantina, Ice Box, Pink Cadillac. After Manny’s closed it slowed down  and the local businesses in that area suffered.   It is expected that on Friday night there will be about 6,000 present to hear the concerts by several name groups as well as have fun in the carnival atmosphere.  Saturday night they figure there will be over 3,000 people in attendance.  This will give not only the kids on Spring Break, but any RVer’s that are left to take in some of the Mexican Culture.

carnival rocky point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

There will also be a stage set up in front of the Ice House, where there is always competition between the contestants and they do what they call “burning”, we they talk bad about or makes jokes about the contestants.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
Guillermo Salazar will again be the Eternal Princess as  has been the case for the several years. The costumes worn are all hand made made and change from year to year.  You can see the detail that is put into these costumes.

Carnival in Puerto Penasco, Mexico
This should be a busy time as ASU’s Spring Break starts on the 4th but many will be arriving on the 3rd.  If you know of “Spring Breakers” coming down, please ask them to be cautious if the parade is moving when they arrive.

carnaval rocky point 2016
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Don’t forget to be there early along the parade route to get a great seat.  The streets will be packed, so plan

CarnavalRocky Point
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

to sit awhile until the crowds clear to head to your destination.  This is always a fun filled parade and this year should be no different.

carnaval puerto penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Please enjoy the pictures and that weekend.
carnival puerto penasco
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

carnival puerto penasco 2016
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

MExican Mardi Gras
Photo by Beverly Arrowood

Rocky Point January News 2017

January has turned out to be full of positive news for Puerto Peñasco. Last week the head of Tourism for Mexico, Enrique de la Madrid along with Sonora Governor Claudia Pavlovich and Hector Vasquez, head of the local OCV office (Convention and Visitors Bureau) held a conference where they spoke about the impact on tourism in Puerto Peñasco with the 2 million plus people that visited the city in 2016.
In January, Arizona TV Channel 5 did a great piece on the city and the port. Yes, the port will resume once again and the first ship is expected should depart in 2019, with the terminal to be complete in 2018. Governor Pavlovich has put forth a great deal of effort in making sure this project moves forward and gets finished.
Rocky Point as it is known, has a huge Tiburon Baseball team following and the old stadium was usually pretty full, despite the fact that it was in terrible condition. Starting the end of 2016 all that has been changing. There has been an infusion of over $30 million pesos to renovate the stadium. The roof is being re-done along with plumbing, infield work, stadium seats and more and will now also have a sleek modern look. If you are a visitor or a resident, go out and show your support once the season begins. You will be guaranteed a fun time.
Westwind Air Services will start flying into Puerto Peñasco February 10, 2017 from Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix it was announced recently. Their fleet consists of Cessna Grand Caravan planes that seat up to 9.

Caravan Flights Rocky Point

You have 2 options to the flights. Option one is the flight only which is $325 per person round trip or if you want to just fly to Puerto Peñasco, you can but it will still cost you $325.00. There are no one way north bound flights as it is not allowed by regulations. South bound flights are on Fridays and North bound flights are on Sundays. It is a 75 minute flight going and an 1 hour and 45 minute returning as you will clear customs in Tucson. If there are clients in Tucson, you may land there to pick them up and then continue to Rocky Point.
Option 2 is in conjunction with the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. The hotel is located right on the water and has been recently renovated. It features a lovely bar area, great restaurant, beautiful pool area with a man made type beach (if you don’t want to sit on the beach) and is within walking distance to several restaurants. It is $437.00 per person round trip. This includes the flight, RT transfers between Mar de Cortes International Airport and the hotel, taxes, breakfast, welcome cocktail and a two night stay at the hotel (no balcony rooms) and a City Tour. Upgrades are available if there is availability.
For more information about what you will need call them at 1-888-869-0866 or go to info@westwindairservice.com. So now you have no excuse not to visit.

Penasco del Sol, Rocky Point
Hotel Penasco del Sol

The Story of an Event Planner Olympia Watson aka Oly

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

Have you ever wondered what the difference between and Event Planner and a an Event Coordinator? Recently while doing an interview with Olympia Watson, I learned that as well as a whole lot more about this incredible young woman.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

Originally from Los Mochis, Sinaloa she attended college in Obregon City, Sonora and finished her education in San Carlos, Sonora. Between taking classes and working in sales at Realty Executives in San Carlos. She loves the hospitality industry and while working in Puerto Vallarta, she found her true passion, weddings.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

In 2006 she worked in sales for 7 months at the Sonoran Resorts. She said she was only 21 was shocked to see how people were just writing checks for a property that was not even out of the ground. Oly, as she is known in Puerto Peñasco, worked for the GRAND VELAS RESORTS and RIU HOTEL chain while in Puerto Vallarta in managing the events at their 3 properties. She could plan weddings for sometimes 2 and 3 a day in each property. In 2014 she came back to Puerto Peñasco where she hired as an event coordinator for the Sonoran SKY and held that position until July 2016 when she decided she wanted to follow her dream and struck out on her own.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

She is very smart and through networking with old college friends as well as other people she has met along the way, she has worked with some huge convention events as well as large family reunions. This past year she got invited to put on an event for 700 guests at the Rivera Maya and although she resides in Puerto Peñasco, she was able to collaborate as part of the staff to organize it. This kind of events take a lot of effort and a great team as you have to rely on getting the proper information regarding vendors for the event and making sure that everyone from the kitchen staff to everyone else involved is on the same page.

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She is currently working on a wedding in Cabo San Lucas where her friend is a Wedding Coordinator. To make sure that the timing of the event is flawless, she had a video made of a mock up wedding where someone walked down the stairs to where the bride would start walking down the isle to see how many seconds it took in order for the music to start at the precise time. She draws the venue space on a graph on the computer to make sure every table is where it needs to be, that the trash cans are not put next to the guests or food and so many other details. When she gets to the event she can also work with the kitchen staff to see that they are paying attention to details and that they are happy.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico
Recently in Rocky Point, she was the event Planner for a family reunion of 200 people which was held at Playa Bonita. At first they wanted a casual dinner, but with her advise and discussing things, they had 3 family dinners and lunches. She loves details, so she even made personalized ribbons with the last name of the family for the napkins, signs for the family marathon, she organized things for the children and adults to do so everyone had a great time. With the help of favorite uncle of the family, on the day of check-out, she was able to put together a Catholic Mass using one of the family members who was a clergyman, to pray for safety in their travels home for the entire group. Without her expertise, this might have been just another reunion, but now they had a reunion to remember.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

She feels it is important to be upfront and honest with her clients. If a bride and groom say we want a beach wedding with the reception on the beach in July or August, she said “It is my job to remind them about the weather and the safety and health of their guests during the heat and humidity” It is also important for an event to utilize a decorator to make the place look like what the people paying for have in mind. It is here where her services come into play as she out sources everything, thus being able to keep on top of the smallest of details.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

She loves working surrounded with love.
So if you are looking to plan a convention, wedding, reunion or whatever, she is a Destination Event Planner, check with Oly at Olympia Watson Events Agency. You can find her online at/ www.olympiawatson.com or email her at eventos@olympiawatson.com or call her at MX CEL 638 114 3430.

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

Event Planner in Rocky Point, Mexico

 

Taste of Penasco Culinary & Cultural Festival 2017

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico will provide you with a fun filled February. Come on down and check it out. If you haven’t been here for awhile, come and see the new businesses and restaurants popping up.

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February 18th is the 9th Annual Taste of Peñasco which will be held at the Peñasco del Sol Hotel. The event is free to the public and starts at noon. It will feature not only restaurant chef competition but also new this year “Salsa Competition”. As you enter, you can buy raffle tickets for a chance to win many of the great gifts such as hotel and B &B stays, Juan Silva String art and Shell Art by Julio Mesa to name a few all donated by local hotels, businesses, artists and more. Money raised from these items will go to 2 Fish Ministries (bring a non perishable item for the collection as well) Red Cross and Cholla bay Santa Claus Club. Next buy your food sampling tickets and beverage tickets. Winners will be chosen by the public for the “People’s Choice Award” as well as by the panel of 5 judges.

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Here you will also find the talented artists from the Mermaid’s Market. If you forgot to buy a Valentine gift, here is where you can make it up to your sweetie. The ever popular clothing designs and Sea debris from Naomi Black, jewelry by (JAR) Judy Ridgway, Luna Custom Seed Bead Jewelry by Beverly Luna and Sue Miller Jewelry. Looking for the unique, shop Global Artifacts by Eddie Wharez or Fantasy Garden Art, Palm Weaving or the ever popular Moniarraz Iron Sculpture. Tony Ballesteros will have his fabulous photography to purchase (he is known for his sunsets and whale photos.) Learn about Brews and Brushes, ECO Tours or SUP Sea Paddle Boards and coming soon to Puerto Peñasco, Zip Lining. If you are looking for make-up or a make-over, stop by and visit with Peñasco Beauty Center. There be more to come, but these folks will all be there.

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Stroll around while sipping wine or you favorite beverage and sample some of the best of Peñasco’s restaurants. Love Salsa? Try out these contestants and you’ll be hooked. Remember your votes count!

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Here is a list of some of the chef’s and restaurants that will be cooking great things up for you as well as cooking up some great Salsa. Chef Miguel Quintana of the Peñasco del Sol Hotel, El Tapeo Wine Bar, Chef Lucca of Pane e Vino, Capone’s, Collins Cantina, Fresh Company, Tony’s Cafe, Lolita’s, Coffee Point, El Bucanero, Frenchy’s Bar and Grill, Tequila Bar, Sonoran Grill, Candy Cake, Lucky’s Cantina, Julio’s Healthy Meals, Cuisine la Petite, Xochilt’s, Mickey’s Beach Club, The Satisfied Frog, Southside Jillz and there are more to come.

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So come early and stay late to see who the winners are and plan to take home some great raffle prizes and gifts. Don’t forget Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point is only an hour across the Mexican border.

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