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About Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and Tlaquepaque, the Folk Art Capital of central Mexico

Tlaquepaque, near Guadalajara's downtown

Tlaquepaque (pronounced tlah-kay-PA-kay) is the folk-art capital of central Mexico and seems to stand apart in time, retaining its character as a tranquil historic village surrounded by the modern metropolis of Guadalajara. Fine dining, colonial ambiance, wonderful art, and music are all to be enjoyed at a leisurely pace in Tlaquepaque. Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast makes your visit even more special with its garden ambiance, fantastic colorful folk art, warm Jalisco charm, expert hosts, 5 star staff. We offer business and vacation travelers the chance to escape city stress and enjoy the traditions of Mexico in a unique neighborhood at our special bed and breakfast inn.

Guests refreshed after the night's rest at Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast, and informed after an over-breakfast chat with your hosts or staff about things to see and do in the area, find it easy to venture to the historic city center Guadalajara less than 20 minutes away -- or to any of a number of destinations nearby -- although once visitors reach us they may find it hard to leave Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast and the village of Tlaquepaque.

Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast is a wonderfully comfortable home base from which to explore the many local destinations and area attractions. The village friendliness of Tlaquepaque, the fine restaurants, and shops in town, combined with the comfortable elegance and informative assistance of Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast staff makes for the perfect place to venture out from to get to know the fabulous points of interest in our lovely part of Mexico. And, it is also the perfect relaxing place to return to after a busy day in the bustling metropolis and historic center of Guadalajara.

Enjoy the best of both worlds the faster pace of the busy city Guadalajara and all it has to offer is waiting for you beyond the village of Tlaquepaque and our tranquil walled gardens, that is if you can tear yourself away from just enjoying a good book, a glass of wine or cup of tea in the spectacular gardens of Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast.
Not only is Tlaquepaque a special destination, but Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast and it's unique location is one of a kind. In the heart of one of the oldest working folk art neighborhoods rich in tradition, history and craftsmanship. Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast provides every guest with an insider's knowledge of this Fascinating area.

As an introduction to Tlaquepaque´s artistic Heritage, Stan one of your hosts often offers interested guests a complementary in-house tour of Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast collection of local folk art. Trained as an artist himself and a passionate collector of local folk art, Stan began the in - house tour to introduce visitors to the hidden wealth of creative treasures available locally, at least for those who know where to look.

Tlaquepaque is acclaimed for its fine ceramics and craftsmen and was famous even before the Spanish conquered the area in the 1530´s - Tlaquepaque is a Nahuatl Indian word meaning "the place on hills of clay." Artists of ancient cultures from this region were famous for their skill throughout the Aztec empire as fine ceramists. Later, during the colonial period of Mexico, Spaniards called on the skills of Tlaquepaque craftsmen to help build Guadalajara as well as many of the remaining fabulous villas and mansions that graciously adorn our historic center of town. Colonial Guadalajara was founded on Valentine's Day modern Guadalajara is also known as the city of roses making I think our area one of the most romantic destinations in Mexico.

In spite of the rich artistic traditions of the area Colonial Tlaquepaque was as renowned for hospitality as for its artists.

Tlaquepaque was the first place to receive colonial dignitaries and noblemen traveling overland from Mexico before arriving at the grand city of Guadalajara. These influential travelers would stop to rest and refresh themselves in Tlaquepaque before making their grand entrances to meet the Viceroy in the colonial capital of Guadalajara.

Wealthy and influential Guadalajarans built lavish summer homes in Tlaquepaque, due in part to their desire to extend hospitality to these distinguished travelers. Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast is proud to carry on this tradition of welcoming travelers like you with gracious hospitality.

In the 19th century, hospitality among wealthy Guadalajarans included a variety of summer balls, parties and galas.Such festivities created a demand for musical entertainment. Mexico's national music of Mariachi originated right here in Tlaquepaque. Mariachis were hired for the private celebrations in the grand mansions of the wealthy and nightly played for the public in ¨El Parian¨, Tlaquepaque's legendary mariachi plaza. Here musicians defined their sound and style that evolved into the unique music of Mexico that is Mariachi.

Large as a city block, El Parian houses 16 cantinas serving food and drink around a tree-shaded interior courtyard. Mariachis still stroll among diners at the outdoor tables, playing requests for romantic couples and families celebrating a special occasion. On Sundays, dancers swirl to the music in colorful folk dances. Special floor shows are held twice a day on weekends of classical mariachi music and regional dance.

When it's time for a break from shopping, visitors may get a fruit drink or ice cream and sit down to watch the passing parade of families in El Jardin, the large central plaza. A couple of blocks from the plaza, visitors can watch artisans twirl molten glass from the furnace and take home the finished piece, or tour the ceramic museum to see the scope of Tlaquepaque´s artistic heritage. At the end of the day, there is always time to retire to El Parian, just steps from the plaza, for a refreshing drink or come home to Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast to really relax.

All these layers of history overlap in Tlaquepaque to form a unique cultural district in the space of a few blocks. Visitors stroll along a pedestrian-only street among restored colonial-era mansions, browsing among shops, museums, restaurants and galleries. More than 300 specialty shops feature spectacular locally-produced pottery, decorative tile, glass, metalwork, textiles, furniture and other crafts that draw visitors and buyers from all over the world.

Golden glass spheres get their finishing touches at a local glass factory and the final strokes of engobe the paint used in traditional ceramics is put on a piece that is destined for sale at Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast wonderful little folk art gallery.

Staying at Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast adds another unique facet to the pleasures of Tlaquepaque and Guadalajara. A sparkling gem of colorful gardens, comfort, hospitality and information is waiting to be discovered and enjoyed by you. A scant three blocks from shopping and entertainment, guests become part of a peaceful and unique artist's community-which has both practical and cultural advantages. Chores and projects and goals that guests have are made easy with the assistance of staff and hosts.

Tasks like changing money, shipping purchases, buying furniture or enjoying a meal are made effortless by hosts and staff and at the same time are cultural experiences that are meant to be enjoyed and can be part of the fun of travel, come and let us help you enjoy more of Mexico.

Strolling amongst the aisles of a covered market to see the displays of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, baked goods and flowers is as much a part of enjoying Mexico as touring a colonial mansion. And one of the best things about Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast is just by stepping out of our front door you may find that you become a part of any of the number of special events, fiestas and pageants held in our unique neighborhood that centers around the shrine on the corner.

Because of our special location you just may find more of real Mexico on the way to and from casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast through our unique neighborhood of artistic families. After all, what really makes a culture are the people, so come meet the monument makers, not just see the monuments, and the unique point of view that only Casa de las Flores Bed and Breakfast seems to be able to offer.

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