Another year has come and gone and as we take a look around the world, I think we are pretty lucky to be in Granada. Luckily, we are seeing more and more tourist each year, and this past year was no exception.
The most encouraging thing is the new families that are moving here to make this their new home. Nicaragua is still one of the safest countries in Central America and the low cost of living makes it a great place to live. Those of you who still think there is a war going on here, stay home!
One of the best things that occurred in this year was all of the free veterinarian services provided by Casa Lupita. The clinic was visited many times by veterinarians from all over the world who provided free neutering for street animals, emergency care for homeless animals and treatment for the coach horses, including vitamins, parasite medication and filing their teeth.
Since Casa Lupita has been in existence, the number of street animals has declined greatly and many animals have found new homes. If you would like to make a donation to Casa Lupita in the New Year, please contact Donna Tabor at donnatabor@ hotmail.com.
Zoom Bar is still the sports enthusiast hangout and Wayne has added some amazing wings to his menu. Don’t forget they also serve breakfast and do a great version of Eggs Benedict.
La Hacienda has moved from Calzada to their original location across from the Convento San Francisco, but a new coffee shop is rumored to be going into the Calzada location.
Ole Boutique has expanded their inventory and now has some beautiful and unique items for the home. Stop by and give your place a little makeover for the New Year.
A new steak restaurant, Rodeo Bar & Grill, has opened up next to O’Shea’s and seems to be drawing a good crowd.
Restaurante de los Artistas has moved a few doors closer to the park and now has a lovely garden area where you can enjoy dinner.
Just off of Calle La Calzada on Calle Camito, across from Kelly’s Bar is Hamburger Loco, a new hamburger place run by Pollo Rico. They have big burgers and fries at a great price so stop and check them out.
If you feel like getting out of town for the evening, try Drano’s Steak House on the Carrretera Nandaime. It is only about 10 minutes from town and they have a great space with a beautiful swimming pool, nice lighting and great food. The prices are very reasonable which makes it even better!
One of Granada’s saddest moments of the year occurred in January with the tragic death of Kathy Perkoff of Kathy’s Waffle House. We miss her and her smile and think of her often. Kathy’s Waffle House is now under new ownership.
The Cocoberry Spa has moved to a new location on Calle Xalteva, just across from La Merced. A Gift Certificate for a massage makes a great stocking stuffer for that special someone.
Speaking of Gift Certificates, Centro de Arte has certificates for painting and mosaic classes which are great for both adults and children. Certificates are also available for Horseback Riding Classes through Painted Pony Horse Tours. They specialize in children’s classes in Western Style riding so give them a call at 8881-3758.
El Garage is asking for donations of staple items in order to provide gift Christmas baskets to families in need. If you would like to help, please drop items off at their location on Calle Corrales.
Hotel Casa San Francisco will have two special holiday dinners on Dec. 24 and 25. Those interested can either email or call for more information, email@example.com or 2552-8235.
Please, let me take this time to wish everyone a Happy Holiday and very prosperous, healthy and happy New Year.