When envisioning a Mexican getaway, you probably conjure up images of sandy beaches, ocean swims, all-inclusive resorts, body shots at Senor Frog’s…alright, alright that was so Spring Break ’02. Well, in honor of Ana’s birthday today, I’d like to share my favorite travel destination in Mexico: San Miguel de Allende. We travelled to this charming Mexican mountain town a little over a year ago to witness Ana & Alex tie the knot. The colorful buildings were my favorite and boy, did we paint the town red…arriba! arriba!
The beautiful architecture and colonial setting made San Miguel an idyllic wedding destination. A wedding in San Miguel is something I hope you all get to experience one day. The night before the big day, Benito the tequila donkey led us through the snaky, cobblestone streets where we danced to a mariachi band and sipped tequila from hand-painted “Ana y Alex” shot glass necklaces. Benito eventually led us to Instituto de Artes where we toasted the happy couple, sampled delicious local eats, watched a surprise fireworks show and danced the night away.
After the ceremony at the cathedral, guests were bussed to the reception and words can’t even describe the setting. Just magical. The chandelier canopy over the dance floor was created with 8,500 orchids (!). We danced until 7am and the next day John was raving about the “late night taco stand”. No one knew what he was talking about…it turns out he had found the staff meal. Johnny, with the lampshade award! (Translation: “lampshade”= drunkest award coined by my creators).
The best way to experience San Miguel de Allende, if travelling with a group, is to rent a home. We stayed at the gorgeous Casa Antigua Tzintzuntzan complete with a pool, hot tub, rooftop and fountain. Highly recommend! Below are some photos of the house:
The entire trip was magical and I can’t wait until the day I go back!