Sunday, November 12, 2006

Whales Inn Demolition Begins

Demolition has started at the Whales Inn and it is coming down fast! They already have their plans for luxury condos approved and are well underway in the process to start construction next year.

Last month the Whales Inn was having one huge Garage Sale! Locals were lined up with thousands of pesos in hand to take away a little of history. You could buy the entire hotel room – furniture, TVs, toilets, doors – all you could take out and carry, for one reasonable price. Many of the best rustic and large ornate pieces were donated to the University, the Municipal Offices, and churches.

Charity starts at home and the developers of Loreto are setting an outstanding example. This playground downtown was nothing more than a dirt patch two years ago. Loreto Bay generously donated the steel shade structure and cupola. The Whales Inn and Ecoscapes will be jointly donating the grass plus 20 palm trees to add the final touches to a beautiful safe place for Loreto’s next generation.

The Whales Inn was formerly a Diamond Eden Hotel in the ‘70s when hedonism was the popular getaway for our parents’ generation. A whole new meaning to “all inclusive resort” complete with nightly cabaret entertainment, Disco Luna, viewing rooms, and nudist beach. Over the past decade, it has become a quiet family resort known for friendly staff and great service.

Encompassing twelve acres of land with sandy beach, we all look forward to the new luxury development scheduled next year. Many of us have stayed at the Whales Inn over the past several years and really enjoyed the pool and beautifully landscaped grounds. I can only imagine how beautiful the resort was in its glory days and I know it will be like that again soon!

I bought the hotel doors from the Whales Inn for Nellie’s Place to bring good luck and charm. My biggest attraction will be the new pillow top mattress beds and 500 thread count sheets, with proper pillows for a good night’s sleep. Also, it is staggering distance from Nellie’s Tapas Bar, plus includes the best breakfast downtown. What else could one ask for in Loreto?

The renovation is going very well and my local trades are working 7 days a week so I can meet my schedule. I have now hired a full time Tapas Bar Manager, waiter, housekeeper, lawyer and accountant on staff. All are local Mexicans who take great pride in their work and are excited about the new opportunities of BajaBoss. Together as a team, we will be ready to handle all your unknowns and questions about Living in Loreto.

Janet Rubenstein, FN162, was kind enough to host my friends for a Tapas and Sangria Tasting Party to determine my menu. Clockwise is Janet, Janine and Dan Murphy from Ecoscapes, Garth Mitchell of FN14, Norma of FN58, and Goertz of FN416.


There were many other friends there as well, including Jeanny - my new Office Manager, her husband Noe and their son, Pedro, along with Gudren FN416. Noe has a Phd. in Agriculture and in charge of Aqua Viva for Ecoscapes.

Happy Birthday to Josh Swift! Josh worked with me at Loreto Bay coordinating the Lot Closing process. He now has been promoted to the Director of Closings and Permitting Associate, and has the huge task of working with the Mexican Government to ensure Loreto Bay gets the green light it needs to transfer lots and construct. Josh is handsome, smart, fluent in Spanish… and yes … single for all those 20’s something eligible women. Josh is one of my best friends and a partner in Velero Del Mar, our Yacht Membership Program.

1 comment:

lovetotan said...

hopefully the staff at Whales has found new employment, esp. Romo, Teresa, Patti, Vicki and Lupita.

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