Yucatan, Mexico Travel Guide
Last month I mentioned that Travis and I were going on a buying trip/vacation with our five year old to Yucatan, Mexico. I put together a moodboard of some modern Mexican decor inspiration and the type of items I would be looking to bring back for Casa Verde. We had an amazing time, met with some new vendors that I hope to have long term relationships with, and we got to see parts of Mexico that are sometimes overlooked by vacationers. Take a look at the guide below for some ideas of how to turn your next Mexican vacation into a trip you'll never forget.
We started our adventure by flying into Cancun and renting a car to drive across Quintana Roo and Yucatan. Along the way we were able to stop and have lunch in Valladolid, a great little Colonial town we might not stumbled upon otherwise. We got to enjoy and array of delicious Yucatan dishes in a lush garden setting and explore the amazing Virgen de la Candelaria grotto.
Following our stop in Valladolid we continued on to our AirBnB in Progresso. Progresso is a great beach town for people the want to get away from the typical tourist traps and experience quiet secluded beaches. Our 3 bedroom villa had its own pool and beach and was a just little over $100 USD a night! Great location and amazing value. My son loved eating breakfast in the morning watching the waves and then getting to jump right in when he was finished.
It was also easy for us to hop in our rental and drive 25 miles or so to Merida, the capital of Yucatan. We really enjoyed Merida with it Colonial architecture and vibrant atmosphere. They even have weekly street festivals where they block off streets near the center of town and local musicians play while people gather in the large green spaces to play and dance. The whole town was alive and bursting with energy. It was here that we did most of our shopping and made a connection with Cristina at Color Amor. I was inspired by her store's set-up and the items she carried. Cristina travels around the different states of Mexico to find artisans blending traditional techniques with modern design sensibility. The items in her store are totally unique and I am so excited to offer a limited number of items in Casa Verde's Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. Check out a preview of some of the items we will be featuring for all your summer entertaining needs.
In addition to hand woven table linens and laser cut papel picado style felt coasters and placemats, we also brought back embroidered statement necklaces, Otomi embroidered pillowcases and clutches, beaded leather wrap bracelets with scapulars, woven pinata jewelry and decor, and so much more all in bright colors and interesting patterns.
Best of all we had quality family time, worked on building Casa Verde, and met people who have enriched our business and our lives. We are trying to figure out a way to get back to the Yucatan soon!