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San Miguel de Allende

New Ways to Stay San Miguel’s classic Casa de Sierra Nevada, now part of the Orient-Express hotel group, continues to set the bar with its 37 handsomely furnished rooms and suites scattered among five restored colonial houses in the city center and one lavishly landscaped villa on the edge of town; casadesierranevada.com. But the recent debuts of two very different properties are offering travelers exciting new choices. Aimed at Mexico City weekenders, the brand-new Hotel Matilda, just off cobbled Aldama street, is a sleek boutique establishment with 32 stylish rooms, a nifty infinity pool, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a spa that’s already been dubbed one of the tops in town.

Throughout Matilda, some of Mexico’s best contemporary artists show off their paintings, photos, and installations; hotelmatilda.com. About a block away, the glamorous new Rosewood San Miguel de Allende marked its grand opening on March 15 with a visit from Mexico’s president Felipe Calderón. Bringing a whole new level of luxury to San Miguel, this 67-room resort, with its courtyards, columned arcades, and lush gardens, has the feel of a centuries-old Spanish colonial mission, despite the fact it was built from the ground up over the last two years. A large spa (including seven treatment rooms), two swimming pools, a restaurant with a big open kitchen, and a rooftop tapas bar complete the picture for now—but a cluster of 29 pastel two-to-five-bedroom townhouses is about to open on an adjacent hillside; although each will be privately owned, most will be available for rental; rosewoodsanmiguel.com.


Bed-and-Breakfast Find

For the last word in luxurious bed-and-breakfast accommodations, Sueños San Miguel is in a quiet part of town, facing pretty Parque Juarez on a hilly street known as Cañadita de los Aguacates (number 2). Tastefully furnished with Mexican antiques and exotic pieces from South East Asia, this dreamy former private home by top-notch San Miguel builder Sebastián Zavala has four cushy guest suites, all of which have fireplaces and at least one terrace. Not just a find, Sueños San Miguel is currently a bargain, with introductory rates as low as $180 a night, double, including breakfast; suenossanmiguel.com.

Where to Eat—and When At breakfast time, locals can be found at Cumpanio (Correo 29), a sleek new gourmet bakery/café just off the Jardín, the city’s main square with its signature pink Gothic-style cathedral. This hip little watering hole is also open for lunch, light supper, and nightcaps. For lunch, the expat art crowd hits Café Rama (Calle Nueva 7), a funky outdoor establishment that has a 1970s Berkeley vibe with Pop Art decor and a menu of organic soups and salads, light entrées, and downright decadent desserts (cappuccino brulée, braised two-layer lemon tarte), cafe-rama.com. For dinner, among the current top tables are Casa Allende (Calle de San Francisco 25), with innovative Mexican food created by celebrity television chef Eduardo Osuna; Dos Casas (Quebrada 101), where chic little salons and a terrace provide the setting for the star Mexican chef Dina Butterfield’s simple but sophisticated specialties, doscasas.com.mx; Mivida (Hernandez Macias 97), featuring the cross-cultural collaborations of Mexican Greta Ortega and Italian David Garibaldi, mividarestaurant.com; and The Restaurant (Sollano 16), where Californian Donnie Masterton, who trained at New York’s Montrachet, specializes in “global comfort food,” served in one of San Miguel’s prettiest patios, sollano16.com. If a proper drink is what you are after, many consider the super-smooth Casa Dragones tequila to be the best. Served along with some 120 other labels at the 1826 Tequila Bar at the new Rosewood resort, it’s also available with arguably the best view in town at the hotel’s rooftop Luna Tapas Bar and at the Matilda hotel bar. But at approximately $32 a pop, this tequila is for slow sipping, not for doing shots; casadragones.com. And should you feel peckish late at night, La Sirena Gorda (Calle Barranca at corner of Calle Huertas) is a happening little cantina, dating back to the 1920s, and known today for its fish and surf-’n’-turf tacos

Cooking School San Miguel is a great place to learn the secrets of Mexican cuisine. Sazón (Correo 22), the cooking school managed bythe Casa de Sierra Nevada hotel, offers market tours and two-hour demonstration classes Tuesdays through Thursdays, all of which are open to non-hotel guests; approximately $50 per class; sazon.com. For a more hands-on culinary experience, Paco Cárdenas, proprietor of the popular patisserie/café El Petit Four, leads a weekly (usually Monday or Tuesday) 90-minute market tour, followed by a four-hour cooking class at his home, where students prepare—and then feast on—a four-course Mexican meal from the ingredients they’ve just bought. Menus depend on what’s in season. The cost is approximately $150 for the tour and class; $125 for just the class; or $45 for just the tour; 011.52.415.154.4010.

Language Lessons San Miguel’s world-famous Instituto Allende, housed within a former colonial convent, has been teaching Spanish to gringos for over half a century. Today it offers year-round, four-week programs in all levels of Spanish, taught in sessions ranging from 50 minutes to two or four hours. Besides Spanish classes, the Institute is renowned for its art workshops lasting one, two, and three weeks, covering painting, drawing, sculpture, jewelry making, weaving, restoration, and photography; instituto-allende.edu.mx. Action Central To keep up with the numerous cultural events (frequently in English) taking place in this city, La Biblioteca (Insurgentes 25), offers information on and tickets to lectures, house tours, concerts, and theatrical productions, many of which are held within the historic library building itself. The library’s jungly outdoor Café Santa Ana, with tables clustered around a central fountain, is a pleasant place for a snack or light meal; it’s open from 8:30 a.m. –8:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., weekends; bibliotecasma.com.

Art and Cinema Known for its many resident artists, San Miguel, not surprisingly, abounds with galleries. Some of the best can be found, about a fifteen-minute walk from the center of town, at Fábrica La Aurora, a former textile mill, which has been restored and turned into a vast art and design center housing some 60 establishments. Don’t miss acclaimed self-taught Mexican artist Juan Ezcurdia’s studio, where you will see him at work when he’s in town. Also check out the still lifes of James Harvey, and Elena Brown Guiness’s collection of important contemporary Latin American works. Besides art, the Fabrica showcases antiques, home furnishings, and jewelry; fabricalaaurora.com. For movie buffs, San Miguel is the place to be from July 22–31, when the town cohosts, along with state capital Guanajuato, the Guanajuato International Film Festival. Focusing on shorts, documentaries, and, this year, a tribute to the emerging Korean film industry, this festival offers lots of surprises—from films projected on the main Jardin square to horror films screened in the city’s graveyard. Even better, all the movies are free; guanajuatofilmfestival.com. Heath and Wellness For the ultimate wellness experience, consider the ancient pre-Colombian purification ritual known as Temazcal. Offered by the Laja Spa of the Casa de Sierra Nevada hotel, it involves sweating away your cares and demons in a dark, domed stone hut heated to sauna-like temperatures with volcanic rocks; casadesierranevada.com. (Day) Tripping Out One of the best and easiest day trips out of San Miguel is the six-mile journey to the village of Atotonilco, where the main attraction is the “folk-baroque” Sanctuario de Atotonilco, which, like San Miguel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the mid-1700s, it is decorated with extraordinary, often bloody, religious frescoes by local artist Miguel Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre. If not quite the Sistine Chapel of Mexico, as it is often touted, El Sanctuario is definitely worth a visit. Go Sunday for market day. Meanwhile, worth a dip are the natural hot springs at La Gruta, some five miles outside of town. With a café as part of the scene, and a series of pools of varying temperatures (the warmest within an exotic secret grotto), it’s a cool and hot place to spend a morning or an afternoon.

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