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ROMANTIC PICKS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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It is difficult to imagine a more romantic setting than Puerto Vallarta for Valentine’s Day, especially in a luxury vacation rental in Old Town Puerto Vallarta at Pinnacle Resorts, where you can enjoy incredible sunsets over Banderas Bay and warm ocean breezes from your own private terrace.

With a wonderfully central location, our Romantic Zone vacation rentals are within easy walking distance to some of the most romantic restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Here are some Pinnacle Resorts Concierge picks for a perfect Valentine’s dinner with your sweetheart:

Café des Artistes: always a classic, this fine-dining restaurant from renowned chef, Thierry Blouet, is elegant and sophisticated, seated either in the beautiful formal dining room or the lush garden terrace. To add to the ambiance, they have romantic live piano music nightly.

Trio: serving Mediterranean cuisine in a cozy dining room with hand-painted murals or up on the rooftop terrace, Trio is a long-time favorite for special celebrations, with a wonderful wine list to accompany the excellent service and beautifully presented menu.

La Cappella: Italian fare served in one of the most beautiful rooms in Puerto Vallarta, with a panoramic view of the steeple crown of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and across the Pacific Ocean. To make a sunset dinner even more romantic, enjoy live strolling violists while you dine.

The Iguana: what could be more romantic than dining in the stunning villa that was once owned by Liz Taylor during her Puerto Vallarta love affair with Richard Burton, which sparked during the filming of “Night of the Iguana”? Enjoy contemporary Mexican cuisine and live Mariachi music.

Talk to your Pinnacle Resorts concierge for reservations at these or any of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta, all within a perfect night’s stroll from Pinnacle Resorts.

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MORE CHOICES FOR CANADIAN TRAVELERS

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Getting to Puerto Vallarta for your unforgettable vacation at Pinnacle Resorts has never been easier for Canadian travelers. In addition to direct flight routes from WestJet and Air Canada from departure cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal, two new airlines are adding to your travel options.

In January 2019, Swoop Airlines, a new low-cost carrier owned by WestJet, took to the skies with direct flights to Puerto Vallarta from Abbotsford International Airport (YXX) in British Columbia and John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) in Ontario. Both routes offer twice-weekly service to our sunny shores.

And taking off later in 2019, Canada Jetlines will offer new direct flights from Canada to Puerto Vallarta, as another affordable airline carrier soon to service our destination. Although routes have yet to be confirmed, agreements have already been made with Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico which manages the Puerto Vallarta International Airport (PVR), and flight operations for Fall 2019 should be announced this summer.

With so many easy ways to for Canadians to get to Puerto Vallarta, you can enjoy a perfect vacation in our luxury vacation rentals in Old Town Puerto Vallarta complemented with easy and convenient flight options.

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MEXICAN NEW YEAR’S EVE TRADITIONS

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Part of the fun of celebrating New Year’s Eve in Puerto Vallarta is adding some Mexican cultural traditions to your night. Here are a few of our fun favorites that you might want to make part of your Puerto Vallarta vacation celebrations.

12 Grapes
This is a very common New Year’s tradition in Mexico that is commonly practiced. A bowl of 12 grapes is set on the table, each grape meant to represent a different month of the year. Take a grape and should it be sweet, the corresponding month will be happy and prosperous, but should it be sour, prepare for some challenges that month.

Luggage
Luckily, as you are already on vacation, enjoying your luxury vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone at Pinnacle Resorts, you will have some luggage handy. Grab an empty suitcase and take a quick stroll around the block to ensure that 2019 will be full of new and exciting travel plans.

Colored Underwear
This Mexican New Year’s tradition is maybe the most fun and everyone’s favorite. The color of your undergarments may well just determine what lays ahead in 2019. For money and success, wear yellow under your clothes. On a search for love? Choose red.

Whichever way you celebrate in Puerto Vallarta, the team at Pinnacle Resorts wishes you a very Happy New Year and the best for 2019!

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WHERE TO CELEBRATE 2019 IN PUERTO VALLARTA

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While it is very tempting to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2019 from the private terrace of your luxury vacation rental in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone with beautiful views of the midnight fireworks over Banderas Bay, if you are looking to go out to celebrate, your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge is at your service.

For a full night party, we recommend the Puerto Vallarta New Year’s Eve Party at La Palapa and El Dorado, two side-by-side beachfront restaurants just a short stroll from your Pinnacle Resorts vacation rental.  Their party will feature a 5-course menu with premium open bar, DJ and dance floor, party favors and an oceanfront view to the fireworks at midnight. Cost is $3,800 pesos per person and includes tax and gratuity.

For a Puerto Vallarta New Year’s Eve dinner out, your Pinnacle Resorts Concierge will be able to assist you with reservations any restaurant serving a festive meal. Some guest favorites are Trio, Vitea, The Swedes, Azafrán and Café Des Artistes. Your concierge will have full dinner menus available to choose the perfect option for your celebration.

No matter if you go out or choose to celebrate from the luxury of your private Pinnacle Resorts suite and terrace, we thank you for spending the start to 2019 with us.

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BECOMING A TEQUILA CONNOISSEUR

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In our last blog, we recommended Uncork Mexico as the perfect way to discover some of the amazing wines being produced in Mexico. But truly, no visit to Puerto Vallarta is complete without spending some time with our most famous export – Tequila!

Of course, you can and should visit the friendly bartenders at Signature Lounge and Residences Sky Bar by Pinnacle any night of the week to enjoy Puerto Vallarta’s best Happy Hour set against a stunning sunset view, who will gladly help you with some top shelf Tequila suggestions. But for more in-depth Tequila experience, our Pinnacle Resorts concierge team recommends Vallarta Tequila Tastings.

Join Vallarta Tequila Tastings in their venue or book them for a private tasting in the comfort of your luxury accommodations in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. Their knowledgeable Tequila Master will guide you through the rich history of Tequila making in Mexico and help you identify the subtle flavors and sophistication of a variety of specially selected bottles.

A private Puerto Vallarta Tequila tasting with Vallarta Tequila Tastings is the ideal way to become a Tequila connoisseur during your Puerto Vallarta luxury vacation, so that you can return home to education your friends that fine Tequila is much more than shooters and regrettable decisions.

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DISCOVERING MEXICAN WINES

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The famous Happy Hours at Signature Lounge and Residences Sky Bar by Pinnacle are truly ideal for enjoying top shelf drinks accompanied by a stunning Puerto Vallarta sunset every night of the week during your luxury vacation in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone at Resorts by Pinnacle. But if you are a wine-lover and interested in learning more about the burgeoning wine industry in Mexico, you may be interested in having a more immersive experience with some of the amazing vintages now being produced in our country. Uncork Mexico is the Pinnacle Resorts Concierge recommendation for wine buffs to discover new favorites while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta.

Uncork Mexico features exclusive wine tastings in Puerto Vallarta, both in a group setting or in the privacy of your Puerto Vallarta vacation rental at Resorts by Pinnacle. Owned by two engaging and knowledgeable Puerto Vallarta residents, hailing from Mexico and Brazil, Uncork Mexico travels extensively throughout the three major wine regions in Mexico to source incredible bottles of chenin blanc, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and viognier for white wine fans, and Bordeaux varietals, Grenache, tempranillo, dolcetto, syrah and petite sirah for those that prefer reds. They also have marvelous selections of rosé and bubbles to satisfy all interests and offer artisan cheese and chocolate tastings to enhance your wine tasting experience.

Though Mexico is best known for Tequila, and to a lesser extent, mezcal and raicilla, Mexican wines are gaining respect with wine connoisseurs and sommeliers across the globe. Whether a private wine tasting on your Pinnacle Resorts terrace or a group tasting in one of Uncork Mexico’s venues, which are all within easy walking distance, a Puerto Vallarta wine tasting is a wonderful addition to any Pinnacle Resorts vacation. Talk to your concierge for more information.

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THE ALTARS OF DÍA DE MUERTOS

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If you will be staying in our luxury vacation rentals in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone during the last weekend in October, you will be in the perfect location to participate in one of the most special traditions in Mexico: Día de Muertos.

Not to be confused with Halloween, Día de Muertos is celebrated on November 1st and 2nd and is a combination of ancient Mesoamerican and Spanish traditions of celebrating the memory of the dead. But Día de Muertos is far from a somber time, in fact, it is a time to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have departed with music, dance, food and drink.

Mexicans will create altars dedicated to their loved ones and decorate them with offerings to ease their time in the hereafter, with gifts based on the four elements: water, wind, earth and fire. Water… and sometimes Tequila or other favorite drink is left so the spirits won’t be thirsty. Colorful paper banners represent the wind and candles represent fire, helping the spirits to find their way. And earth is represented with food, often the delicious pan de muerto, a sweet bread decorated with sugared fruit. Altars are usually decorated with marigold and depictions of butterflies to help lead the spirits and sugar skulls and toys are often found on the altars of children who have passed too soon.

If you are in Puerto Vallarta during Día de Muertos, visit the Plaza Las Armas beside our famous Malecón, to see some of these beautiful altars and experience this wonderful tradition.

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A TACO TWIST AT DON CHAVA

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The owners of the successful Tre Piatti restaurant have recently opened a delicious new venture with Don Chava Taqueria Cantina, putting a modern twist on traditional tacos. With a vibrant space in the heart of Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town, Don Chava has quickly become a favorite for casual dining with locals and visitors.

The cozy restaurant features two colorful wall murals depicting traditional Mexico, tables made from local wood by Vallarta furniture-makers, and big screen televisions for screening international sports events. The center of the restaurant is dominated by a custom-made bar and cook station, where Don Chava chefs whip up juicy tacos pastor (rotisserie pork), asada (rib eye), chuleta (pork chop) and milanesa de pollo (breaded chicken). In addition to tacos, Don Chava also has quesadillas and volcans, a cheesier version of tacos. House-made salsas and guacamole perfectly compliment your meal, as does the delicious chocolate flan, made in-house daily.

Nothing pairs better with tacos than Tequila, and Don Chava has a drink list of custom-crafted margaritas made with Tequila or Mezcal, along with a selection of Mexican beer and wine. Or enjoy one of their aguas frescas (fruit waters) made from fresh, local ingredients.

Don Chava is open Wednesday to Monday, from 5:30pm to 1:30am, located at Lazaro Cardenas 288 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata, and is one of our Pinnacle Picks for a fun take on traditional Mexican street food in Puerto Vallarta.

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THE PINNACLE ADVANTAGE

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Pinnacle Resorts is dedicated to offering the best vacation experience for each of our guests, with the only luxury accommodations in the Puerto Vallarta Romantic Zone. For many of our visitors, a Pinnacle Resorts stay is their first vacation outside of a traditional hotel stay, and here are some of the most frequent comments we receive from our guests at check-out.

“We could walk to everything!”
At Pinnacle Resorts, we are fortunate to have a fantastic location right in the heart of Puerto Vallarta, in the vibrant Romantic Zone. Just outside our doorstep, guests have their choice of beach clubs, shopping, nightlife and live entertainment, galleries and more. For many of our guests, the only car ride they need is for airport transfers (pre-arranged by our concierge team).

“It’s like a hotel, but better!”
With sparkling infinity pools, Pinnacle Day Spa, Signature Lounge (with our famous nightly Happy Hour), a modern gym, housekeeping and our Pinnacle Concierge team, Pinnacle Resorts offers all the amenities of a hotel stay, but with spacious, professionally designed suites featuring full kitchens, in-suite laundry, large private terraces and more.

“I don’t want to go home!”
If there must be a problem on your vacation, it should be that you are sad to see it end. We love greeting so many familiar faces at check-in as our visitors return to Pinnacle Resorts year after year, making us their choice for luxury vacations in downtown Puerto Vallarta.

Experience the Pinnacle Resorts advantage and book your next vacation with us today.

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