A Weekend in San Miguel de Allende
There’s a true meaning behind the saying, “Mexico lindo y querido.” Besides being home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Mexico is a country filled with rich history, culture, delicious food, and good people.
Last weekend I crossed off two cities from the ongoing list of places I’d like to visit in Mexico–San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato (although I was only there for a few hours but have declared I’m going back).
If you’re unfamiliar, San Miguel is a colonial town in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. It’s a three-and-a-half hour drive from Mexico City or a 35 minute flight–which is what we did. You can definitely feel the Spanish influence with its cobblestone streets and colorful, fruit bowl-like architecture (think orange, papaya, mango, and avocado). The Parroquia de San Miguel Arcanguel has a similar facade to that of Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia. Needless to say it's a super cute town where you'll find everything from pretty sights to leather goods, to late-night snack carts.
If you took a peak at my Instagram posts and stories, then you might already know I was there for a friend's wedding at the Rosewood hotel. It was a a three-day feast in which we sang, danced, drank, ate, and basically enjoyed life. The callejoneada was a really fun experience (and my personal favorite).
This is where two larger than life puppets and a flower-laden donkey lead the entire wedding party through the streets while drinking shots of Mezcal or Tequila (I have this highlighted in my stories in case you want to see what I’m referring to). And if you think that's intense, weddings in San Miguel last until 6 or 7 a.m. Also, if you're not one of the wedding guests dancing your butt off, do expect to be woken up by fireworks.
But even though weddings are a load of fun and I highly suggest you attend if you're ever invited to one, they're not the only reason to visit. San Miguel feels like the perfect weekend getaway with its great selection of local restaurants, boutiques and of course, there’s the Mercado de Artesanias (artisan market) where you’ll find jewelry, shoes, souvenirs, and much more. I didn't have enough time to do many of the city's attractions, such as La Gruta or the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, but that only means another reason to go back, right?!
What I do suggest is breakfast at Lavanda, which means lavender in Spanish. I had the Cazuela, lavender-infused iced latte, and my favorite green juice to date. I highly recommend you try it! It's a tiny, tiny spot so expect a bit of a wait. Quince rooftop is also a hot spot for an amazing view. We only had drinks there, but I'm sure the food does not disappoint.
My trip was short and sweet, but it was just what I needed to escape the hectic city life.