Vía Baja.com by Kristin Díaz de Sandi of Life & Food.
Tecate, was recently accredited as a “Magical Town” by the ministry of Tourism of the Federal Government. This is the first town in Baja California to be credited with this distinction. It is because of places like Rancho La Puerta and its La Cocina que Canta, that really let you embrace that magical atmosphere. We couldn’t have asked for better weather while taking a tour of Rancho La Puerta’s property and its cooking school, “La Cocina que Canta.”
The name comes from the two California Live Oak trees on property that originally formed an arch-like door “La Puerta.” Currently there is only one still living, and it is just beautiful.
The Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa property was first founded by Professor Edmond and Deborah Szekely in 1940. Today the museum on the grounds is actually where they lived for the first 10 years. You have the opportunity to step inside and take a look at all of their accolades on the walls, as well as view their small living space. People used to come to the ranch to listen to the professor and camp out in tents. Eventually, Deborah actually got her hand on some large storage containers in the nearby town of Campo and turned those into guest rooms.
Rancho La Puerta Resort and Spa encourages its guests to book a seven-night stay in order to fully experience and immerse themselves into all of the fitness and various activities that are offered. For those who cannot take that full week off, they do also offer both three and four night stays, as well. There are three separate health centers, four pools, and outdoor activities such as their Reflexology spiral, and Labyrinth walking meditation area. There is a lot of walking, whether you are just heading to your room from the dining hall, or exploring the grounds on your own. Do not forget to pack comfortable and athletic shoes. That reflexology spiral was looking awfully tempting to me, by the end of our tour.