Back at the beginning of December, Chris and I spent a long weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico for the wedding of some dear friends. I was so excited when I heard they were getting married in San Miguel, as this had been a place I had been dying to visit for years. Not the easiest place to get to, San Miguel de Allende is located basically smack dab in the center of Mexico (about 4 hours north of Mexico City by car). Getting there from NYC, we flew Newark (EWR) to Houston (IAH) to Queretaro (QRO), which was about a 1 hr 15 min car ride to San Miguel. We arrived around 11PM, checked into the Rosewood San Miguel, promptly passed out, and slept for a delightful uninterrupted 8 hours for the first time in over a year (only parents of young kids will truly be able to understand the amazingness of that statement).
We awoke to a gorgeous sunny day and enjoyed a coffee on our huge balcony before heading downstairs to the *most amazing breakfast situation* ever. The breakfast/brunch alone is worth staying at this hotel, and if you book through American Express like we did it is included with the room (we also got a spa credit which I couldn’t use fast enough). After breakfast, we4 explored the hotel and grounds a bit and WOW. Just wow. They did an incredible job with this entire property. The pool area (pictured below) was stunning, and they also have a fantastic rooftop restaurant/bar that overlooks the town – a great place for lunch and/or sunset cocktails.
The first thing that struck me about San Miguel was the vibrant colors. Everywhere you looked, from the buildings to the plants to the sky itself – everything just popped and I couldn’t help but feel a bit more happy and vibrant as well. 🙂
A colonial-era city in Mexico’s central highlands (and a UNESCO World Heritage site), San Miguel de Allende has surged in popularity recently, having been voted the Best City in the World by Travel & Leisure’s readers for the second year in a row. This previously hidden gem is known for its baroque Spanish architecture, colorful facades, and thriving arts scene. The cobblestone streets, colorful buildings, cool shops and art galleries made for a delightful morning wandering around the city center.
In the historic center of the town lies the neo-Gothic church Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel, whose dramatic pink towers rise above the main plaza.
It is truly a sight to behold.
We sat on a sunny bench in the main plaza for a bit, just enjoying the warmth of the winter sun and people watching.
We continued exploring, finding more lovely streets and churches.
And amazing doors as well! I feel like everywhere I looked I saw a gorgeous door I wanted to photograph (or stand in front of while Chris photographed – the man has the patience of a saint).
We met up with some friends in town and then headed back to the hotel for lunch at the Luna Rooftop Tapas Bar. Between the warm sun, incredible views, delicious food, and cold drinks, our trip was off to a great start. We then ran back to the room (our gorgeous hallway is pictured below) to get cleaned up for a traditional wedding parade followed by the rehearsal dinner at the most amazing hacienda. More on that later!