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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

EmbrujArte - 2011 - One of Costa Rica's Premier Artisan Exhibitions

 2013 EmbrujArte details at - 


THIS is the ONLY site with CORRECT DETAILED information on:
Artisan Exhibition - Feria de Arte y Artesanias

This is one of THE PREMIER Artisan Events of Costa Rica with 
OVER 100 artisans showing/selling 2,500 pieces of art, jewelry and great Holiday GIFTS!!

FUN for the WHOLE family!!!! 
(well behaved pets on leashes allowed)

SPONSORED by the FABULOUS architectural magazine 
Estilos and Casas  

FOODS  -  Cafeteria/Tipico, Hot Dogs, el Gourmet Vegetarian
ENTERTAINMENT - Cultural Activities (schedule pending)


WHEN:  Thursday-December 1 to Sunday-December 4 
Thurs.-Sat. - 10am to 9pm.  
Sun. 10am-8pm
(this is the LATEST version I received from the organizers as of Tues. at 5:25pm [though I called the office 2 times today & was told it opened at 8am & 9am but the LATEST is 10am].  
I'm hoping to get the Entertainment program soon also so check back)

(NOT NOT NOT Wednesday Nov. 30 [the set-up day] or ANY other hours!!!  

Note that it gets REALLY PACKED Friday and Saturday nights and Saturday during parts of the day, so if you like less crowds - come off hours!!  Also, remember, it's Rainy Season still so there IS always the chance for afternoon rain)  

WHERE:  ESCAZU (San Rafael)  -  on Calle Vieja (the old/main road on the West side) - 1 block/100 meters West of the Scotia Split/Mas x Menos - in the soccer field - in front of the San Rafael church - JUST East of Plaza Colonial.

(NOT Plaza San Rafael de Escazu the strip mall - which is 3 blocks away)

DRIVING:  Take the Pista del Sol highway and get off at the WalMart exit.  Go South 4 lights to the Scotia Split and veer Right (you do NOT stop at the light.  The stop light is ONLY for people continuing up the hill!!).  Parking is in on the street (there will be guys helping you park - for a tip or set price depending on where you are).
BUS:  The blue Santa Ana-Calle Vieja bus (do NOT take a Pista bus) starts inside the Coca-Cola Bus Terminal and drops you off caddy-corner to it.  Regular Escazu buses go up the hill and drop off after 2 blocks after the Scotia.  Turn left at that corner (BEFORE Mas x Menos) and walk down one block.

ARTISANS - ALL booths are already SOLD OUT

CONTACT:  2-224-0405 / 2-234-3189 / 2-234-3179 / 2-224-8485  (Rodeleen is one of the few people in the office I've found that speaks English - RGamboar@hotmail.com)



Please share this link with EVERYONE you know as there are MANY announcements out there showing everything from it starting on Wed. Nov. 30 (the artists set-up day) to 8am and all sorts of IN-accurate information!!!

(tell them Vicki Skinner [aka the Sarong Goddess] Connected you!!!


Where Artists Participating In • 
People Attending EmbrujArte Can Stay in Escazu:

Do you live further away and seeking a place to stay in Escazu or just don't want to drive that distance after an exhausting day?  Here are a few of the Accommodations we trust/suggest:

BUDGET ($40-$65 + 13% tax):

(the view you go to bed to every night at Hotel Pico Blanco!  It's like twinkling Gold Dust!!)
(http://HotelPicoBlanco.com / 2-228-1908 - PLEASE tell them Vicki Connected you!)

Any artists seeking a cheap place to stay in Escazu this weekend - Hotel Pico Blanco has rooms that are QUIET/PEACEFUL with INCREDIBLE views of the WHOLE Central Valley and they're just $40/night, $60/n and $65/n (+13% tax). It's an older more rustic hotel but hot water and all - though WAYYYY up in the mountains near the village of San Antonio de Escazu!!!   WiFi is only in the Common Areas and cell phones can be a bit iffy in the rooms.  NOTES:  There is a steep, curvy, narrow driveway so your car must be able to maneuver it.  Also, I live on the grounds of this property in a sweet cottage - so if you're staying here, call me and I can share where to eat, reliable pirata taxi drivers with good prices or English-speaking legal red taxi drivers or other information on this village - http://SanAntonioEscazu.info - one of my photo sites).

MODERATE ($75-$110 + 13% tax):

(2-289-4198 / 1-202-506-9007-US / http://CasaLaurin.com / Skype - CasaLaurin - PLEASE tell her Vicki Connected you!

Casa Laurin is a more upscale B&B with a VERY service-oriented host - Ginnette located in Trejos Montelegre de Escazu.

She only has 4 rooms left:
$75 - Standard with Queen or King, Shared bathroom
SPECIAL:  3+ nights - $75/n includes tax and breakfast!

$99 - Superior/larger room with King bed with Memory Foam, private bath 
$110 - Superior/larger room with California King bed, private bathroom with bathtub and double sink
SPECIAL:  3+ nights - $99/n and $110/n includes tax and breakfast!  

Perks are breathtaking mountain view, private balcony, digital TV with DVD player, coffeemaker, alarm clock, room safe, hair dryer and bathrobes.  Breakfast included.  Free Wifi.  Free calls to USA and Canada.


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