Mendoza takes pride in being one of Argentina's liveliest and loveliest cities. Since its founding by Spanish colonists in 1561, Mendoza has attracted travelers near and far with its atmospheric plazas, bustling cafes and leafy avenues. Then again, many decide to visit Mendoza for one four-letter word: wine. Mendoza is in the heart of Argentina’s wine country; there are over 900 wineries in the area. Perhaps due to these "fruits of the land," honeymooners are beginning to discover that Mendoza is the perfect spot for a post-wedding getaway.
What To Do
Lively Mendoza has plenty of attractions for visitors. Most visits to the city begin at Plaza Independencia. This is the city’s main square, and you can idle the day away by sitting on a bench and appreciating the many fountains, frequent artisan fairs, pergolas and general buzzing activity. In addition, the plaza is home to the Museo Arte Moderno. The museum provides exhibits of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and drawings by Mendocino artists past and present.
Mendoza is also known for its expansive Parque General San Martin. Dating back to 1896, the massive park of over 860 acres includes more than 50,000 trees from all over the world. There are also miles of paths to explore and 300 species of plants and trees. Parque General San Martin boasts a rose garden and the Islas Malvinas soccer stadium. For panoramic views of the city, you can hike up to the top of Cerro de la Gloria from Parque General San Martin.
At the end of the day, most travelers seek out Mendoza for its legendary wines. The malbec grape has made Mendoza one of the greatest wine regions in the world. Travelers can visit several vineyards in town, beginning with Bodega Escorihuela. This is the closest winery to the city. It is also the oldest working one in the province. Spaniard Miguel Escorihuela Gascón founded Escorihuela in 1884. In addition to Bodega Escorihuela, honeymooners can seek out wineries outside the city. These include Altos Las Hormigas, known as a malbec-only winery, and Bodegas Lopez, a producer founded in 1898 that is known for producing some of the country’s best wines.
Where To Eat
Mendoza is Argentina’s premier destination for foodies. Restaurants in and around the city are world famous, serving up fresh, local and creative meals for travelers. A honeymoon in town should begin at a Mendoza café. The cafes throughout the city, specifically along Sarmiento Peatonal pedestrian street, offer up a legendary atmosphere and world-class people watching in addition to delicious food.
You can’t visit Mendoza restaurants and cafes without sipping some local wines. Vines of Mendoza is a good place to start. This centrally-located wine cafe invites guests to order "flights," which are tastings of five selected wines. After the tasting, you can feast on fabulous food, like the dishes at 1884 Restaurante Francis Mallman. The restaurant is one of the most well known in the province, dishing out grilled meats, fish and an extensive wine list. For a taste of the country’s seven different food regions, honeymooners don’t have to look further than Siete Cocinas. This establishment is set in a beautiful old home in the city center of Mendoza. It provides guests with modern Argentine cuisine inspired by the country's seven different food regions.
Where To Stay
For a true Mendoza honeymoon experience, newlyweds will want to be near the wine. Cavas Wine Lodge makes that possible. It is situated at the foot of the Andes Mountains in a 55-acre vineyard. The boutique hotel is just 30 minutes south of Mendoza and 25 minutes from the Mendoza Airport. The Spanish colonial style lodge and adobe villas were designed for the views. All guestrooms face west so that the Andes and the sunset are always in full view.
Standard accommodations come with a king bed, fireplace, vintage soaking tub, outdoor shower and private plunge pool. Couples can appreciate the luxuries and privacy throughout Cavas Wine Lodge’s rooms. This is especially the case in its private villas. The One-Bedroom Villa proves ideal for honeymooners with its outdoor Jacuzzi and intimate feel. The boutique hotel also features an onsite spa and restaurant.
When To Go
Mendoza gets very little rain - some five days a year, if that. This means that visiting year round is a delight. That said, some times of the year might be better suited for certain travelers. The fall can be a perfect time to visit for wine lovers. This is when the grape harvesting is just wrapping up. Summers are hot in Mendoza, running from December through February. Spring, from September through November, brings perfumed air as everything is in full bloom. Winter can appeal to skiers and those seeking more peace and quiet.
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