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Celebrating Mexico’s Independence day

Exploring the traditions and culture of Mexico is part of the Rancho La Puerta experience. In honor of Mexico’s Independence day, The Ranch threw a fiesta. Mexico’s Independence Day commemorates September 16, 1810, when priest Miguel Hidalgo made the cry, “Viva Mexico,” in the town of Dolores, in the North-Central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. This “cry of independence” started the revolt against Spain.

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The dining hall was decorated with flags and banners, and a Mariachi band serenaded the guests with traditional Mexican folk songs.El Mariachi

The dining hall cooks and staff had a camaraderie and positive energy about them that was contagious.


The traditional Chile en Nogada, a stuffed poblano chili, was masterfully created. The entrée had green poblano chilies, white sauce, and a sprinkling of red pomegranate seeds.  It was served with a side of refried beans and Mexican rice. The colors of Chile en Nogada represent the colors of the Mexican flag.

Chili Endogada

Dessert options included a tequila flavored ice cream served with an organic amaranth, a sweet and gluten-free grain. There were also sweet slices of cornbread drizzled with cajeta, which is a caramel sauce made from goat’s milk, salt, vanilla, and cinnamon. It was a wonderful celebration.

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Adobe Gaudalupe

Recently I had the extraordinary opportunity to visit Adobe Guadalupe, a winery in the Guadalupe Valley wine region in Mexico. It is a short 45 minute drive from The Ranch. This winery is a gem that surpassed all expectations I … Continue reading



Origins of the Ranch, Part III

Our story to date: Rancho La Puerta co-Founder Edmond Szekely, in Tahiti on a scientific health expedition, meets Purcell Weaver in 1934. Weaver, a young Englishman suffering from ill health, solves his health problems under Szekely’s tutelage, and becomes Szekely’s … Continue reading


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Origins of the Ranch, Part II

  Feeling better following Edmond’s Szekely’s health plan, Purcell Weaver begins working for Edmond as a translator in Tahiti…and plans for the future take form. The following story is from Purcell Weaver’s Preface to Edmond Szekely’s book “Man, Cosmos & … Continue reading



7 Mile Breakfast Hike

One of the most unique and amazing experiences at the Ranch is the 7 Mile Breakfast Hike.  Cool because, number one, you’ve done a complete seven mile workout by 9am, the views are incredible and oh, breakfast.  There’s something about … Continue reading


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