Catching the sunrise from a Lucero treehouse

The winter of 2017 marked record snowfalls in Kelowna that began almost as soon as November did. By late December, SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder) had officially set in. My husband and I began to plan our escape.

A month later, we found ourselves driving along a winding road in the Boquete Highlands of Panama. The open windows let in the fresh mountain breeze, the sun was shining and we were soaking it up. Winter at home was a distant memory. Continue reading

Prepare to have your taste buds tickled

LUCERO opens Seasons Restaurant

Nestled in the heart of the emerald green highlands of Boquete, Panama, a surprising culinary jewel has emerged. Seasons Restaurant, the signature feature of the newly opened clubhouse of Lucero Golf & Country Club brings fine dining to a new level.

Seasons Restaurant is a globally inspired, farm-to-table dining experience with an ever-changing menu highlighting items that are fresh and in season. Much of the produce and herbs used in Seasons dishes are grown and harvested on site.

With an impressive wine cellar, Seasons is the perfect spot to sip an après-game cocktail or have dinner with friends. An elegant private dining room is available to host dinner events for groups or out-of-town guests.

It’s hard to imagine a more fitting backdrop than the poolside dining deck of the Lucero Clubhouse. The stunning view of the infinity pool and lush gardens, and beyond that  are the perfect complement to the delicate balance of flavors offered at Seasons.

Prepárese para deleitar a su paladar

Lucero abre el Restaurante Seasons

Enclavado en el corazón de las tierras altas color verde esmeralda de Boquete, Panamá, una sorprendente joya culinaria ha surgido. El Restaurante Seasons, la característica distintiva del recién abierto Casa Club del “Lucero Golf & Country Club,” el cual eleva la buena cocina a un nuevo nivel.

El restaurante Seasons es una inspiracion global, una experiencia donde las comidas son preparadas de la granja a la mesa con un menú cambiante haciendo hincapié en productos frescos y en temporada. Muchos de los vegetales y condimentos que se utilizan en las comidas ofrecidas en Seasons son cultivados y cosechados allí mismo.

Con una impresionante cava de vinos, Seasons es el sitio perfecto para disfrutar de un cóctel después del juego o para cenar con amigos. Un elegante salón privado está disponible para celebrar eventos para grupos o para compartir con amigos de fuera de la ciudad.

Es difícil imaginar un lugar más adecuado que el comedor terraza junto a la piscina de la Casa Club de Lucero. La vista maravillosa de la piscina infinita y los jardines exuberantes, y más allá de eso está el complemento perfecto al delicado balance de sabores que ofrece Seasons.


Gourmet Dining out in Boquete

Five things not to miss at The Rock (our fave dining spot – and not just for the stellar service and attention):

1. The Trout with Pancetta and Serrano Ham. Raised in the spring-fed and rock-filtered streams of the Chiriqui highlands, the fish is as fresh as if you’d thrown a line out from your table next to the Caldera river and caught it yourself.

Trout estilo Navarro

2. Pork Ribs with Sugarcane and Papaya Sauce. We’ve developed a weakness for the Rock’s falling off the bone pork ribs with sugarcane and papaya sauce. (And if you find yourself craving more like us, Thursday nights are all you-can-eat rib nights.) Our tip? Wash them down with a refreshing, dark craft beer from the Boquete Brewing Company. They brew with water from a private spring high up in Chiriqui’s cloud forest.

3. The View . . . because that’s what we’re all about and this one comes with a rushing river, gleaming jungle mountains and a charming atmosphere.

View from The Rock

4. Local. Almost everything you eat at the Rock comes from the hills and farms surrounding Boquete. Because this is Panama’s ‘legume basket’. Ok, that’s not so catchy but it’s true.

5. Happy hour. Because two-for-one as the sun goes down over the cloud forest is as good as it gets.