Step back in time: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

By Posted in - Blog & Destinations & Mexico on March 5th, 2013 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

By Cacinda Maloney

La Capilla, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

I was talking to my friend today, and she was telling me about her quick trip to San Miguel de Allende over the long weekend.  She was in Mexico City and decided to take a drive up to San Miguel.  By car from Mexico City, you can get there in approximately 2 hours (Correction 3 hours).  San Miguel is a historic treasure, high in the Sierra Madre Mountains.   It is as if time stood still in this little town with its pastel-colored houses, century-old church, and cobbled stone streets.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Honestly, it is a place I have fond memories.  A place I have written about before and a place I love.  But there is a secret I didn’t tell you about.  I really don’t like to tell all my secrets, but sometimes they are just so good that I can’t keep them all to myself!  “Ok, I will get back to that in a minute.”  But let me tell you a little about San Miguel:

Mexico, San Miguel de Allende Church

San Miguel de Allende

San Miguel offers a slow pace, fabulous food and a cultural experience not to be found in other pueblas in Mexico.  It is a UNESCO world heritage site and also often voted as one of the best destinations to go to in Mexico.

Mariachi's waiting for another chance to play you a song. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Mariachi’s waiting for another chance to play you a song.

In between strolling mariachis and flower vendors,  you’ll be able to breathe in the tranquil atmosphere, stimulate your senses and ignite your passion for all things colonial Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The colors are vibrant with faux washed buildings and lively rooftop bars with views, you will want to stay out till the wee hours of the night enjoying this heavenly place and your perfect cocktail. (Remember, tequila was first produced right here in Mexico from the blue agave plant and no one makes it better than the Mexicans.)  San Miguel de Allende offers beautiful Mexican colonial architecture,  a vibrant art scene, great restaurants, great music and nightlife and a year round spring-like climate.   But then, you realize that you want to go back to your Mexican oasis. There is this perfect short walk up the hill from the main square to this inconspicuous place.  You barely notice it in the daytime, but then you. . .

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

slip your key in the door and “wa-la”, you are in the beautiful entry way of La Casa de Cuesta.

La Casa De Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Casa De Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Casa de Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Casa de Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

As you make your way down the hallway filled with traditional style masks from the collection of the owners, Bill and Heidi LeVasseur.  They are folk-art dealers that represent Mexican artists and have decorated this place to the nines.  You will then wind your way into the starry night courtyard below and anxiously await the room of your choosing.

La Casa De Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Casa De Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

This B & B is the most stunning mix of colonial Mexico and comfort you will find.  Each room offers outdoor living areas and patios, plus a uniquely personal environment created by Casa de la Cuesta’s fine collection of Mexican folk art, crafts, and antiques.  This place is a gem.  One of the nights that we were there, the B & B was hosting an event for the local art museum and they invited all the guests staying at the B & B to attend.  It was a fabulous evening of drinks and hors d’oeuvre, plus a special invitation to tour Bill’s museum quality collection of Mexican folk art masks.   Bill is a long-time collector of Mexican ceremonial dance masks which are displayed in their own separate showroom.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

The Casa de la Cuesta gallery offers a truly unique look at Mexican culture through its craft.  They have items such as paintings, indigenous textiles, handmade paper, masks, handcrafted toys, milagro’s, and more for sale as well.

There is perhaps no other object that better reflects the true nature of Mexican indigenous culture, its ceremonies, and spiritual complexity than the mask. Masked dance rituals date back to pre-Hispanic times and play an important role in the lives and religious beliefs of many Mexicans. The museum boasts a collection of over 500 Mexican masks used for ceremonial dances, which are on display, and offers over 300 masks that are available for purchase.

 

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

You will not be disappointed in San Miguel de Allende.  It has the perfect vibe for a wonderful vacation.  So go ahead and book a trip there and stay at La Casa de Cuesta.

La Casa de Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

La Casa de Cuesta, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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  • Laurent -

    March 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    I understand that you like San Miguel, it is a lovely town. But don’t really understand why every americans love it so much! Perhaps because there are so many us citizens there that have stolen the spirit of SM through too many false shops and restaurants. But well at least they are bringing money to the few locals that can work there.

    I also wanted to correct you because Mexico City to SM will never be 2 hours driving, NEVER! If driving at 140km/h (which is not allowed in Mexico) and leaving at night (to avoid traffic jam) you will arrive in 3 hours, no less.

    Secondly, how can you say “tequila was first produced right here in Mexico from the blue agave plant and no one makes it better than the Mexicans” ??! Tequila can only be made in few states of Mexico as it is a protected geographical indication (PGI) alcoholic beverage! So it is normal that mexicans are the best to make it because no one else can made Tequila!

    • admin -

      March 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Laurent
      As an American, one of the reasons THAT I love it so much is that there are great quality restaurants, shops and bars that I enjoy going to. It is an oasis that Americans have contributed to. I don’t necessarily love going to cities or towns, where there is great poverty and things are not well taken care of. And yes, we are bringing money to the locals that work there, but no, we have not stolen anything.

      I stand corrected on the number of hours it takes to get to San Miguel de Allende from Mexico City. She told me in passing and I failed to look it up to confirm, it has been corrected to 3 hours (some even say 3 1/2 hours).

      Tequila: yes, it can only be made in a few states in Mexico and is a geographically protected alcohol. I basically meant that Mexican’s make margaritas the best, better than when I buy a margarita in The States. They know the right kind of mixture, or perhaps I am more free spirited in Mexico while on vacation, who knows? but for some reason, I always get great tequila in Mexico made by a Mexican bartender.

  • gene -

    March 19, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Gee, Laurent, How can you not understand why so many Americans love San Miguel? As you say…it’s a lovely town. You seem offended that so many Americans enjoy San Miguel. I would think you’d be proud of this beautiful city that attracts so many foreigners. Yes, many shops and restaurants provide world class food and services for the tourists (Americans and Mexicans) who enjoy coming to SM. It’s the same in every beautiful city throughout the world. This author never said tequila was made anywhere other than Mexico. there is no doubt Mexicans are the experts in making tequila! And it’s great! Author…thanks for posting your feelings about SMA. All the best!

    • admin -

      March 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Gene. I know I love San Miguel, it stole my heart. It’s the kind of colors, the sights and the sounds that I like in a city that feels like a small town.

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