With a myriad of dining, hotel, distillery, and sightseeing options, DO Tequila offers travelers a world-class opportunity to savor tequila in its native environment.
Hotel Casa Dulce Maria
A short walk from the main square in the town of Tequila, this charming family run hotel has 17 rooms decorated with touches of dark wood. A soothing fountain and sunlit garden greet you as you enter the lobby.
Conveniently located in the historic district of Guadalajara, this recently renovated 19th-century colonial building houses 64 rooms on four floors, arranged around a central interior patio. Formerly a residence for bullfighters, this four-star hotel has hosted a veritable Who’s Who of movie stars, artists and politicians. Large rooms, beautifully appointed baths, and traditional restaurant make this an ideal base to explore Guadalajara and Tequila. The rooftop bar offers sunset cocktails and stunning vistas.
Hotel Quinta Real Guadalajara
Located near Guadalajara’s famous Minerva Fountain, this 5 star hotel offers every convenience. Seventy-six classically decorated suites and colonial inspired public areas create a relaxing respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. A hidden courtyard pool, gourmet patio restaurant and full-service spa are contained within this hacienda-style oasis.
El Meson de la Revolucion
Serving traditional specialties from Jalisco, one of Tequila’s finest restaurants transports you back 100 years in time with its revolution-era photos and furnishings. Thirty tequilas are served by the glass or mixed into refreshing cocktails—ask for a Corzo Silver Paloma. Tasty starters include spicy fish ceviche and creamy carrot soup accented with poblano chiles. Main courses include tequila-marinated grilled steak and sautéed shrimp in a creamy tequila sauce.
Located directly on Tequila’s main plaza, this cantina serves traditional Mexican cuisine deliciously spiced with their eponymous hot sauce. Refreshing Margaritas are best enjoyed on the terrace with views of the square and the Tequila Volcano. Lunch only.
While tequila is a featured ingredient in many of the dishes served here, all of this Guadalajara standout’s appetizers and entrees have recommended tequila pairings. Favorites include spicy shrimp tacos (pairing: Don Eduardo Blanco) and queso fundido (pairing: Herradura Antiguo Anejo,) or if you’re feeling brave, ask for los escamoles–ant eggs fried with onions and chilies, and choose your own tequila pairing.
Set in a meticulously renovated mansion on Guadalajara’s Avenida Vallarta, this glamorous eatery serves hand selected meat and seafood cooked to perfection. After you select your dinner entrée from the refrigerated fish and meat pantry, step into the above- ground glass cellar to choose a wine from their international selection.
Located in the highlands town of Arandas, the red mineral-rich soil of the Los Altos de Jalisco imparts a unique flavor to one of the best selling brands of premium tequila in Mexico. Named for the Spanish word for hunters, Cazadores signifies man’s pursuit of his dreams. Take a tour of the impressive fermentation and distillation areas, and visit the large barrel aging room before sitting down to a tasting in the comfortable visitor’s center. You will have the pleasure of enjoying silver, reposado and anejo tequilas from Cazadoresas, as well as all three from their super premium Corzo brand.
Don Valente Distillery
A fine example of a family run distillery, where father and son Don Jose Daniel and Jorge Jauregui make small batch tequilas. Located on the Tequila Trail, in El Arenal, Don Valente is a traditional producer worth visiting.
An excellent way to experience DO Tequila is on the Tequila Express Train. Five cars carry 68 passengers in air-conditioned comfort. Arrive an hour early for the 11 AM departure to enjoy a proper tequila and Mariachi welcome fiesta. A delicious lunch and free flowing tequila cocktails are served on board. Remember to pace yourself–you return to Guadalajara at 8 PM, just in time for dinner. Runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only; reservations are a must.
The Tequila Trail Via Hot Air Balloon
Gently float over a sea of blue agave as your hot air balloon silently carries you over the five towns of the lowlands. Meet your captain at the Globopuerto Don Abel Ramiro Ontiveros at 6:30 AM to catch the smooth morning air currents. Reservations required.