This summer we explored new parts of Mexico and one experience that stood out to us was our stay at Hotel Huitzilin. It’s located on a ranch in Arteaga, Coahuila. The closest city is Saltillo (where my mom grew up!) You’ll be surrounded by mountains, nature, and a quietness that can truly be appreciated when you’re used to big city life. We visited with family and all enjoyed the r&r we got there.
You’ll also get to experience the farm animals singing their favorite tune for you every morning. I’ve never been woken up by a cow until this trip. It was 7 am and I was sleeping soundly in my room when the neighbor cows started mooing their “good mornings” to the whole town. I woke up startled thinking it was my uncle who was staying next door LOL!
Soon after I heard the donkey and the roosters join in for the morning call, and I then realized what was going on and couldn’t stop laughing. I don’t experience this stuff every day so I had a ball with it. I even want to get a ringtone that moo’s now for my alarm.
As you can tell from the photos the hotel grounds are colorful and decorated with a traditional Mexican flair. The owners love to travel around Mexico (+ Nicaragua), and they bring back mementos from their trips to decorate the space. They also named the rooms after places they’ve visited or that hold a special meaning to them.
We enjoyed walking around the hotel checking out the decor, learning the story behind it, and more on their plans for the future. An expansion is in the works and they eventually want to add a pool for those who love the pool life.
They also have a restaurant on site and the food was incredible! There are several traditional dishes to choose from and we were loving everything we ordered. My favorites were the flautas and the veggie soup! Definitely get the cafe de olla (it comes with a dash of cinnamon). Their teas are incredible as well. The leaves are grown in their garden and are native to that area. My niece was in complete tranquillity after drinking one of them that she even loved us all a little more that night.
One of the great things about traveling in Mexico is the cost. You can get a lot for your dollar over there. The hotel room was $42 per night for two people. Each additional person is $10 more, and they do have bigger rooms available. The room charge includes a continental breakfast. We, however, splurged a little and chose bigger breakfasts each morning. The total cost for 5-6 meals for two people over the course of 2 days was $52. Yeah, you read that right. Contact them directly to book.
I loved photographing the heck out of this place because it was so colorful! My sister, nieces, and mom even got dressed up to do a quick photoshoot because of the pretty backdrops surrounding us. How cute are they?
Besides relaxing you can also go explore more of the small town.
It’s less like Tulum and a lot more like the real Mexico. You’ll see a lot of stray dogs that you’ll want to bring home. You might run into a sheepherder and all his animals. You might even see a chicken crossing the road and finally figure out why it did it. It’s the real deal over there. It isn’t your typical destination, but I think it’s an experience worth having.
This guy below is one of the herding dogs and he was following us around everywhere!
As you can see…
Lots of horses too!
This is the local church.
This is the local store.
Here I am hoping the bugs don’t bite me. Seriously, nature and I aren’t the best of friends.
Day trip to Saltillo, Mexico
If you’re looking for more to see then venture out to Saltillo for some amazing tacos from El Pastor (in the city center), and spend some time exploring the area. The center is about an hour away from the hotel and driving wasn’t bad, plus we found plenty of free parking.
Here you’ll find this beautiful cathedral, lots of authentic shops, street performances, and some pretty photo-worthy cars.
Flor y Canela is a great cafe that’s also in the center. Bring a bag of coffee home from there (best souvenirs). We’re still enjoying ours today!
Hopefully, I inspired you to try new places in Mexico. I know it’s a little out there, but all the best places usually are.