Perched on a rugged coastline, set in verdant ranch land, or tucked away in a picturesque colonial town, the magnificent inns and haciendas of Mexico spring to life in the pages of Mexicasa. Historically and culturally important, these living museums contain wondrous collections of Mexican arts and crafts as well as enchanting gardens and courtyards. Acclaimed photographer Melba Levick captures the stunning architecture and colorful folk art that draws admirers from all over the world, while author Gina Hyams reveals the tradition and unique story behind each retreat. An extensive directory listing the contact information for each of the 21 featured inns makes this an indispensible resource book as well as a celebration of the spirit of Mexico.
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Melba Levick has published more than 40 photography books on travel, architecture, and design, including Mexicolor (0-8118-1893-4) and Mexicasa (0-8118-2806-9). She lives in Los Angeles and Paris.
Gina Hyams is the author of several books on travel and Mexico, including the Day of the Dead Box and Mexicasa, both published by Chronicle Books. Her work has also appeared in several literary anthologies and in San Francisco Magazine, Salon, Newsweek, an
This lavishly illustrated book highlights 21 small hotels, inns, and haciendas some ancient, some modern in several areas of Mexico. Some are historic sites, such as the Hacienda de Cort s, another offers cultural studies programs, while yet another features open-air structures adjacent to a nature preserve. Hyams, who has lived in Mexico while working as a correspondent for Fodor's travel publications, provides a brief history of each hotel, with descriptions of the architecture, architect, and owner. This is followed by several pages of full-color photographs of the interior and exterior by Levick, who has published many books on travel and architecture. No prices are listed, but the book includes a list of addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for those who might wish to book a room. The book would be of some interest to those wishing to locate unusual, upscale accommodations in Mexico, but it is mostly a coffee-table book for readers more interested in dreaming about these colorful sites than visiting them. For public libraries. George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, PA
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