August 22, 2017

Beating the Summer Heat, Part One: San Miguel de Allende

In: Travel


We love to return to the Baroque Spanish architecture of San Miguel de Allende. Between the art galleries, restaurants, and beautiful scenery there are endless amounts of wonderful things to do there.

The Gothic towers of Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel can be seen above the sculpted greenery of El Jardin from almost anywhere in town.

We feel fortunate to be invited to stay in wonderful houses with friends, but there are many engaging hotels. Casa 1810 has recently opened its doors. Be sure to enjoy the views from their rooftop bar which is a great place to witness one of San Miguel’s beautiful sunsets.

The lobby of Casa 1810.

Casa 1810 courtyard.

Another great place to stay is the Rosewood Hotel. Having been open for a few years now, its reputation and popularity continue to grow.

There are beautiful sculptures throughout the hotel.

The 18th century Templo de San Francisco.

Cactus garden in a courtyard of shops.

This light fixture was designed by one of our favorite design firms, Fisher Weisman from San Francisco, who have an incredible home they designed in San Miguel.

There is no shortage of color or fun on the streets of San Miguel.

Abstract Art 101 classes at Cristi Fer Art Gallery and Workshops. What a nice way to spend the day with friends being creative!

Shopping is a big draw for San Miguel. In addition to all of the interesting art galleries, there are endless shops for creative home wares, clothing and jewelry.

We would love to use these colorful hammock chairs for a house we are completing in Galveston!

We always enjoy a visit to the galleries of Fabrica la Aurora; housed in a turn of the century textiles factory.

We loved the colorful designs of these interesting woven textile chairs. (And they were very comfortable!)

In addition to our favorite San Miguel restaurants (Hecho in Mexico, El Correo, The Restaurant and El Pegaso), we enjoyed some great new ones; especially Marsala (pictured above) on Calle Mesones and Lavanda Café for breakfast (be prepared to wait in line on the weekend!)

Restaurant Nirvana “Heaven on Earth” is a great place for a relaxing lunch.

We look forward to returning to SMÀ very soon! If you have been, what are your favorite things to do in San Miguel?


 “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso

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