Looking for an escape this winter then consider an escape to sunny Argentina. It has been awhile but I still remember spending Christmas in Bariloche, Argentina. We crossed over the Andes from Chile into Argentina via the international pass, Cardenal Antonio Samore Pass. After entering Argentina we drove around Lake Nahuel Huapi and on to San Carlos de Bariloche in Rio Negro Province, Patagona. The Bariloche area is especially beautiful during the Argentine summer. Most people know of Bariloche as a Southern American ski destination, which it is. However, it is a beautiful place to visit during the Argentine summer. Hence if you are looking to escape this winter pack your bags and head to sunny Argentina.
Summer in Bariloche
Since we had a reservation in Bariloche at Club Hotel Cerro Catedral for the Christmas holiday season, we wanted to arrive before the holidays begun. Everyone in Bariloche was most helpful and we started to make phone calls to inquire about pet boarding for the holiday season. In the mean while it was fun adjusting to the Argentine accent. We were greeted with kisses and hugs by everyone we met. We felt very welcome.
One of our first stops in Bariloche was at Camping Petunia. There we happened to encounter Juan at Puerto Petunia Restaurant. Juan is one of the best fishing guides in Bariloche. Soon John was set up to go fishing. Our dog was hanging out at Juan’s place until we found boarding for her at a doggie spa for the holidays.
Discovering Puerto Petunia was wonderful because we were accepted into Puerto Petunia circle. This chef at Puerto Petunia was great and always prepared a vegetarian dish for me. We stayed at Camping Petunia (Cabañas) for three wonderful days. During our stay at Camping Petunia (Cabañas) we got to view beautiful Lake Nahuel Huapi from our cabin window. From the Puerto Petunia Restaurant we also had beautiful lake views.
While at Puerto Petunia we ate quite memorable meals at their restaurant. We returned to Puerto Petunia for an excellent Christmas Eve dinner. The chef prepared a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner for over 30 guests. We were especially thankful to the wonderful staff at Puerto Petunia Restaurant for a great Christmas Eve dinner. I enjoyed an awesome mushroom entree while my friends had great fish entrees.
The following day, we had Christmas dinner in our studio apartment at Cerro Catedral resort. We had that great trout with Champagne and wine. Of course we had wonderful Bariloche chocolate. In fact, we had Chocolate Fondue for dessert.
While in Bariloche we also explored a number of restaurants both in the downtown and surrounding area. Bariloche has a wide range of restaurants. We were particularly drawn to ice cream parlors. Bariloche has some of the best ice cream in the world. It also has awesome chocolate. Now that the holiday season is approaching, we think back to summer time in Bariloche, Argentina. We so much miss the Argentine warmth. We are however, thankful for the great memories.
Argentine summer time is perfect for exploring
After a great holiday stopover in Bariloche we continued on our Pan-Americam journey to tip of South America. In fact we spent the summer months exploring Argentina. If Bariloche, Argentina or elsewhere in Argentina has been one of your dream destinations and you are looking for a winter escape then hop on a plane to Argentina. Bariloche offers a wide range of accommodations. Book early because Argentines love to visit Bariloche during January and February for their summer vacation. Do not forget the southern hemisphere’s seasons are completely reversed; so you will experience spring (September 22 to December 21); summer (December 22 to March 21); fall (March 22 to June 21) and winter (June 22 to September).
I invite you to join me in my travels in Argentina and elsewhere in search of the best in Spaswinefood. You may also visit my travel column at the Examiner.
© Sharon Parsons
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