Since the Epperly Travel team has been on a Mexico kick lately (in the past year, team members have explored all of the latest and greatest hotel openings in both Cancun and Cabo), we’d be remiss not to put one of Mexico’s best kept secrets on your radars. If you haven’t already heard of San Miguel de Allende, consider this your guide to enlightenment on one of Mexico’s most charming cities.
Located an hour and a half away from BJX, the airport in Leon, the destination makes for a perfect long weekend getaway. Not only that, its Central Mexico location is more elevated, meaning that the weather isn’t as sweltering as other tourism destinations in Central America – in fact, you might even need a light jacket during certain times of year.
Not sure if this destination is right for you? Here are three reasons you should consider San Miguel De Allende:
The old city of San Miguel de Allende is a UNESCO World Heritage site and feels like stepping back in time – all the way to the 1600s. The stucco exterior of the buildings has been well preserved, but the city is in no way dated or hindered to innovation. In fact, the most delightful experience is peeking behind the unassuming doorways: the interiors of the homes and businesses in San Miguel are exceptional. You never know what you might be about to find, from the super modern feel of the Doce 18 Market to the traditionally decorated Casa del Diezmo restaurant, a former church (and a must try for the cochinita pibil!) The sensation of old meets new, preservation meets innovation, is truly unique. Even the hotel scene, which your advisor will help you navigate, has a strong sense of place, like the Hacienda-style beauty that Rosewood San Miguel De Allende has managed to capture and combine with service that stays several steps ahead of each guest.
While the history of San Miguel has been kept completely in tact, the food and wine scene has developed and shifted with the influx and influence of so many different cultures. The traditional Mexican dishes and restaurants are, of course, present, but travelers are often surprised by the number of other cuisine types present in the city: from world-class Italian restaurants to Peruvian dining, from seafood to steak houses. Without the presence of any major brands (save for one very well negotiated Starbucks), the dining scene has erupted with no sense of commercialism and all emphasis on the quality. With more than 350 restaurants, chefs and restauranteurs have to be good to compete here, making the food and dining scene exceptional. Food tours are also prevalent and a great way to experience the city, make sure you ask your Epperly Travel advisor about arranging one!
San Miguel de Allende possesses a certain type of magic that’s impossible to replicate or capture in words. You’ll find it while strolling hand-in-hand with your significant other along the cobblestone streets. You’ll discover it on a solo trip to Lavanda Cafe, enjoying a lavender latte while an acoustic guitarist plays lightly in the background. You’ll catch it with your group of friends onto of Luna Bar at Rosewood, enjoying a cocktail made with local favorite, Casa Dragones (or just Casa Dragones straight, it is known as the world’s best sipping tequila.) And for those lucky enough to visit during certain celebrations, like their giant Dia de Los Muertos, you’ll find it in the spirit of the people who make this town come to life.
Once you visit San Miguel de Allende, you’ll know just why this little town has attracted so many ex-pats and travel enthusiasts alike, but also why they want to keep it a secret: it’s unlike anywhere else in Central America and, to us, it absolutely belongs on the top of your must-see list.
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