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Innkeeper makes Covid comeback with new wine bar

Like many expats in Ajijic, Elizabeth Shepard fell in love with the area when she came to visit two years ago.

pg16aLooking for a new venture after retiring from a career in finance, she searched for a hotel to renovate. After seeing eight local hostelries on the market, she chose Casa Del Sol Inn, a ten-room edifice with a long history on Calle Javier Mina in central Ajijic.

Shepard saw its potential but “wanted to get rid of the dark cavernous feel of the common room.” She found a top-notch Ajijic architect, who, with her construction crew, revamped the place in three months, putting a stone tile floor in the large hall and opening it up with a huge northern skylight that has turned it into a bright and airy atrium.

A decorator friend who had just retired helped Shepard create a new look for the rooms with a bright Mexican-inspired color scheme, top-quality Mexican furniture, linens and bedding and details such as a Nespresso coffeemaker for those who like to get up early before the daily hot breakfast is served in the atrium.

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