The casita was quaint and clean and within walking distance to Atenas. Pat and John were wonderful hosts and gave us helpful information about the area and culture. We enjoyed the oranges and lemons from the trees in their yard and the sunsets were spectacular from the rooftop patio. After the sun sets the city lights can be seen on the horizon and the firefly's come alive in the soccer field next door reminding us of childhood days gone by.
The first day there, Pat and John drove us to the local grocery so we could stock up while they enjoyed a cup of coffee at the grocery café, and we stopped in for a few more groceries a couple of days later and couldn't resist a cup of coffee and apple cake on the way out, it was delicious!
We also visited El Toledo Organic Coffee Farm in San Isidro, a must visit. It was an amazing tour that took us through the entire process from seed to cup and Gerardo's family was very warm and welcoming. It is great to see a family farm interested in balance of nature, sustainable and eco friendly practices and making fantastic coffee.
We stopped in almost daily at Gelly's across from the park in the center of Atenas when the rain showers passed through town to enjoy a cappuccino, gelato or crepes. We visited Antano's in town for the traditional lunch meal, casado (beans, rice, meat, salad and plantain and a tostada) and various sodas to sample empanadas filled with meat, vegetables or fruit. Kay's Gringo Postres was filled with interesting stories and local information from Kay herself and the new owner Lisa was gracious and welcoming, along with numerous other folks who shared their stories of moving to and living in Atenas.
The park in the center of town is a great place to hang out, people watch and pass the day. Everyone was in town was super friendly unless they were behind the wheel.... and then it was like Mr. Toad's wild ride, but that's another story, you just have to be here to believe it.
All in all, a great getaway, and my only hesitation about recommending this place is that if word gets out it may be booked up the next time we want to visit Atenas. Thank you Pat and John for the wonderful memories and the beginning of a new adventure.