"San Miguel de Allende" Top 5 Page for this destination San Miguel de Allende by karenincalifornia
San Miguel de Allende Travel Guide: 132 reviews and 282 photos
When we lived in Southern California, we celebrated Martin Luther King Day weekend (third Monday in January) by traveling to Mexico -- not because there is any real significant connection there, but because both our firms were closed on that Monday. So, what better place to spend a three day weekend in January? Our goal was to go somewhere new in Mexico every year. Much of the fun was picking a spot in Mexico we had never been to before.
One of my favorite places was San Miguel de Allende in the Central Highlands, north of Mexico City.
San Miguel de Allende has a unique mix of cultures. The architecture has a very strong Spanish-European influence, giving the city a distinct European feel. The city is also home to many US ex pats, including artists and writers. Shops, restaurants, galleries and hotels in the central part of the city are quite upscale.
We happened to be there on January 21, which is the day San Miguelenses remember the founder of their city, celebrating the birthday of Ignacio Allende with parades. Even the school children participate. They were so adorable - I couldn't resist featuring them on my intro!
- Pros:Beautiful 16th to19th century buildings, superb food, numerous galleries with top quality art
- In a nutshell:A perfect escape from the United States in January
We rented a car in Mexico City and drove to San Miguel de Allende. As I recall, it took us about 3 hours. The hardest... more travel advice
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