Get down with "Dead Art" on exhibit at Hotel Matilda through the entire month of November
North of Mexico City in colonial San Miguel de Allende at Hotel Matilda, the Day of the Dead will come alive in a dramatic culinary experience delivered by acclaimed Mexican chef and cookbook author, Martha Ortiz. Ortiz will prepare a special 'Black Dinner' for Día de los Muertos. Picture ancient Mexican dishes with modern twists all set against black tablecloths, candles, and music to evoke the holiday. The hotel will also make use of its gallery-like vibe with a a "Dead Art" exhibit that will open November 1 and be on display for the entire month.
South to the capital city of Oaxaca known for its festive Day of Dead traditions, Casa Colonial had us at Day of the Dead Tour. A former hacienda turned bed and breakfast, Casa Colonial is now run by expat Jane Robinson who has been leading tours around Oaxaca since 1988. We love the idea of experiencing the festival under her expert wing, especially since she is privy to the more private celebrations. Tours are open to the public and include excursions to ruins, folkart villages, and indigenous markets, as well as admissions and transportation. Stays at the hotel that include three meals a day are also available.
West to the Pacific Coast and theViceroy Zihuatanejo, it's all about indulgence and a tasting menu centered around squash. For about $58, guests can soak in beach front views while savoring the flavors of Día de los Muertos with dishes like zucchini and cantaloupe soup, mahi mahi filet in shrimp and pumpkin crust, pumpkin and cinnamon granite, and pumpkin creme brulle.
[Photos: Hotel Matilda]