Sometimes, you know when it’s right. On the drive from Leon airport to San Miguel de Allende, I knew San Miguel would suit us. I was right.
As we climbed higher and higher up the narrow road, our ears popped. We were in the Central Mexican Highlands, headed to an altitude of over 6200 feet. The view from the window will be etched in my mind forever; there were fields of colorful wildflowers, meandering streams, and row upon row of magnificent pine trees. It was like a fairytale; this was not the Mexico I have come to love. This was something new, and I was enchanted.
The setting sun treated us with a glorious sunset. I’ve always enjoyed the sunset’s in Arizona, but this surpassed any I’ve seen in the Valley Of The Sun; or pretty much elsewhere.
I was smitten. Rounding a bend in the road, in the far distance the lights from the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel shimmered; I knew this would be our home base in Mexico. Señor Harmon (aka Monsieur Harmon) was not yet convinced.
Nighttime: The Best Time to Arrive
Making our way down the cobbled main street, I glanced at Ray. He was smiling as we bounced along.
The endless number of restaurants on both sides of the road were doing a brisk business; their dueling music overflowed into the street. Everywhere we looked, people were strolling, laughing, dancing, and genuinely enjoying themselves. And this was on, what I call, ‘a school night.’ What would the weekend bring?
After checking into our hotel (the cliché charming best describes it) we deposited our bags and headed out for dinner; steak for Señor Harmon, mussels in a divine broth for me. Let me tell you; the mussels were ‘straight outta France’ and the best I’ve eaten. Hands down.
After strolling around a bit, it was time for bed. I had big plans the next day (I’d spotted some FABULOUS shops that begged for a visit. Señor Harmon was not aware of this) and needed some sleep. That first night I knew Travel & Leisure was spot on.
Travel & Leisure’s Number One City
There’s a reason San Miguel de Allende has topped T&L’s list of best cities two years in a row. This colonial city has personality in spades. It also has architecture that will take your breath away, more restaurants than you could shake a stick at (Señor Harmon’s contribution to this post), including Five Star restaurants. San Miguel is a foodie’s paradise.
The people are helpful and friendly, the culture is fascinating, it has marvelous greenspace, there are wineries and the SHOPS… They are right up my alley; from the style of clothing to home decor. Even Ray had to agree with that (albeit hesitantly).
So What Did We Do?
We visited an organic winery ten minutes from town, and we were the guests of Casa Dragones Tequila (# 1 Sipping Tequila in the world) for a private visit of the historic home as well as a tasting (insert goosebumps here). We ate some of the best food imaginable, we met people, attended festivals, we looked at neighborhoods (and rentals), and I shopped. In short, we had a marvelous time.
Batman made many appearances; the Godwinks came fast and furiously. We know San Miguel has J.W’s blessing as a base. That’s a nice feeling.
I think you’ll feel the vibe from the photo’s; I hope so anyway. If not, skip to the bottom of the post.
We love everything about the town; it suits us to a T. We are in the process of gathering documentation to begin the first step at the consulate in Yuma (road trip… We can’t go to the Phoenix consulate because they have other ‘things’ on their minds; just saying). The second step takes place once we are in San Miguel (when?).
Until then, business as usual. I am busy writing up a storm; I’m so grateful for opportunities that have come my way. I know my guardian angel is working on my behalf.
Right now, I am in the process of packing for the French Riviera. How cool it that? Seriously though, it is work-related, but I’ll be looking through the eyes of an expat on the side.
I know Batman is smiling down on his mama.