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COWBOYS AND NOVELISTS
A peaceful atmosphere reigns over the sidewalk restaurants in the Recoleta district of Buenos Aires. On warm evenings, it’s the ideal place to meet friends for a chat to the quiet sound of a guitar or bandonéon. Have we been transported back to the OldWorld? The confusion is understandable: along with its neighbor Uruguay, Argentina remains the most European of Latin American countries. But the illusion is broken by the arrival of an ojo de bife, a sirloin steak grilled rare. The first bites conjure up the immensity of the pampas, the wild grasslands of Argentina and their legendary denizen the gaucho: the cowboy who drives vast herds of cattle to the windswept plains of Patagonia, sleeping under the stars, always ready to settle a score with the blade of a knife, and feasting on prime churrasco roasted over the fire. The 1926 novel Don Segundo Sombra, which describes the wanderings of these rugged, fiercely independent men, has become an archetype of Argentine literature. This is the wellspring that nourished even Borges, despite his much greater familiarity with the café-billiard parlors of Palermo Viejo in teeming Buenos Aires, “tan eterna como el agua y el aire.”
In modern-day Argentina, Fernet Branca, Coca-Cola and maté go hand in hand, the tango competes with techno for dancers’ affections, and the skiers of Bariloche are not-so-distant relatives of the fishermen of Tierra del Fuego.
Hotel and restaurant in town. Located in the heart of Recoleta, Buenos Aires’ most elegant residential neighborhood, Algodon Mansion is just a stroll away from the city’s main shopping boulevards, known for their stylish boutiques, cafés and galleries. This gem of a hotel is fashioned in a Belle Époque 1912 landmark, and its spacious suites offer superior amenities with 24-hour butler service. The restaurant’s Mendocino cuisine derives from Algodon’s vineyard estate, and distinctively complements its estate-grown, handcrafted wines. The hotel’s wine bar offers a chic, intimate atmosphere, and a rooftop open-air lounge offers a sophisticated ambiance ideal for a romantic nightcap at day’s end. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Argentine gastronomy has found its ambassador facing the water of the Port of Buenos Aires. In the modern neighbourhood of Puerto Madero, Chila, the restaurant of Andrés Porcel, has been in perpetual evolution for more than 10 years. Chef Pedro Bargero creates innovation in the kitchen. But it all begins with a trip to the mercado to select the best products and producers, purveyors of the delicious exploration of this vast country that awaits you. The tasting and vegetarian menus change monthly, with their watchword being traceability. Choosing among the refined dishes will seem obvious when presented in such a sensible yet original manner: leek / Yacaratiá / milk or black hake / Jerusalem artichoke. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Mendoza boasts one of the world’s most charming wine routes, with beautiful landscapes and a variety of high-quality vineyards. On a 22-hectare estate at the foot of the Andes, Cecilia Diaz Chuit and Martín Rigal have created a splendid Spanish colonial-style hotel devoted to the joys of wine, complete with a wellness center and Moorish-inspired patios. In any season, the Mendoza wine country offers myriad activities and attractions that beckon to explore a region famed for sunny skies and nature’s blessings. Visit the local vineyards or stroll through historic Mendoza before enjoying a glass of wine on the terrace and watching the sun set behind the Andes Mountains. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Eolo embodies the spirit of Patagonia, its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first European and criollo settlers and those of the adventurers from across the world who still head for this legendary land today. This magical lodge is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. Here in the valley of La Anita, nothing can disturb the tranquility. Set off and explore unspoiled nature, relax in the indoor pool and savor delicious cuisine while taking in the incredible views of glaciers, the largest lake in Argentina and the Andes Mountains. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. With the Córdoba’ Sierras as a background, Stéphanie and Raoul Fenestraz have created a real living Argentinean estancias in the heart of Argentina. Light wood parquet flooring and high white vaulted ceilings, selected furniture and objects: your suite reflects the spirit of the property, spacious, elegant, full of light and stories. Your days are spent between horseback riding, polo lessons, picnic in the garden, outside swimming pool and wine tastings before wonderful culinary delights. Beef, mutton, eggs and milk from their farm, fruit, herbs and home-grown vegetables are the ingredients for unforgettable barbecues in a convivial atmosphere, which forms the essence of Argentinean countryside. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. At the foot of the Andes, in the spellbinding town of Salta (meaning “beauty” in the Quechua language), the elegant House of Jasmines cultivates the art of hospitality. On 100 hectares of grounds, guests can listen to nature quietly breathing under the centuries-old trees and smell flowering jasmine in a landscape imbued with the magic of the ancient Quechua civilization. In the new restaurant, La Table de House of Jasmines, you can admire the large open fireplace, watch meat being cooked in the old earthen oven and enjoy breathtaking views of the Andes. The simple, tasty cuisine showcases fresh produce from the garden. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. In the heart of the pampa, just 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Buenos Aires, La Bamba de Areco is an early 19th-century estancia that emanates charm and character. The colonial-style buildings have been tastefully converted into a luxury hotel infused with the gaucho spirit. The dark red facades of the main house and the stables, the immense tree-shaded grounds and the warm, attentive service make this a unique, magical place. A polo team practices on the field next door, and the rooms, fittingly, are named after famous horses. Decorated in leather, wood and wool, each one has its own distinctive “thoroughbred” style, making La Bamba de Areco a veritable microcosm of Argentine culture. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on a lake. The last inhabitable land before the South Pole, Patagonia fascinates everyone who comes here. And Las Balsas is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places to stay in this far-flung part of the world at the tip of the South American continent. This romantic hotel with its blue facades offers a superb view of the magnificent lake and surrounding mountains. Take a romantic boat ride, venture out canoeing or on horseback, or just relax and be pampered in the soothing and revitalizing spa, overlooking Nahuel Huapi Lake. End a perfect day with a meal in the first-class restaurant, where sophisticated dishes using local produce will delight the palate. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant in town. Located in one of the chicest parts of the Argentine capital, this contemporary restaurant with a minimalist design has become an absolute must for gourmets. “Porteños” (the inhabitants of Buenos Aires) and expatriates alike flock here to savor elegant classical French dishes like noisette of venison and mousseline of vanilla-flavored sweet potatoes, or pheasant cooked two ways with Beaumes de Venise Muscat wine. You can also enjoy the spectacular troley services and carving at the table that offer the restaurant. All of this is to be savored with the greatest wines from Argentina as well as the Chef’s native region of Burgundy. ... Learn moreless