Todos Santos, a Colonial town on the Baja California Sur, is said
to be a haven for artists because of the special quality and angle
of the light. Now the eclectic upscale inn of Posada la Poza aims
to entice would-be artists to the city with a four-day “Creative
The package combines professional instruction in either painting
(acrylic or oil) or digital photography with a variety of culinary
experiences, from cooking lessons to gourmet meals and wine
“We wanted to put together a unique getaway for sophisticated
urbanites that would bring them to off-the-beaten-path Todos Santos
for a long weekend of learning and creativity combined with
epicurean delights and recreation,” said Juerg Wiesendanger, a
Swiss native who owns the inn along with his Czech wife
Juerg, who is also the chef at the inn’s restaurant El Gusto!,
will teach the cooking classes, which will focus on both Mexican
and European cuisine.
Libusche, an artist whose work is shown in European galleries as
well as her own in Todos Santos, will teach the painting classes.
Her work also adorns the inn, both inside and out.
The photography classes will be taught by local expatriates, who
will include instruction in taking pictures of the architecture of
historic Todos Santos, to nature scenes of the desert and beach,
which is on the Pacific Coast. The inn is located on a spring-fed
lagoon in a bird sanctuary.
Though secluded the inn is only accessible by dirt roads Posada
la Poza is about 60 to 90 minutes from the airports of La Paz and
Los Cabos, and about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas. It has seven
suites, a saltwater swimming pool, exercise equipment and yoga
classes, the use of bikes and fishing equipment, and massage
Four dates have been set for the Thursday-to-Sunday packages:
Painting packages will be available Oct. 28-31, 2004; and March
24-27, 2005. Digital photography packages are scheduled for Nov.
25-28, 2004; and April 28-May 1, 2005. Guests must bring their own
digital cameras or painting equipment, an easel will be
Packages include airport transfers, accommodations, all meals,
classes, cocktails and wine tastings. Rates start at $1,480 for
two, or $950 for one in a regular suite; $1,650 for two or $1,120
for one in a junior suite; and $1,970 for two and $1,440 for one in
the honeymoon suite. A commission of 6 percent is available on all