Fruit of the Cactus is Blooming at Los Senderos!

With all this rain, it seems like the Universe is painting its full spectrum of colors at Los Senderos. The deep magenta of the “tuna” fruit of the nopal is bursting with juice and color, and deliciously concocted into this sensational coctail as the perfect accompaniment to  a sizzling steak from the grill.

Come enjoy this and other sumptuous fruits of the earth and the organic gardens adjacent to Casa del Sendero, our own enchanting grill and garden restaurant. Open Friday through Sunday.

Check out their Facebook Page here.

Los Senderos Thermal Spa & Club: Your De-Stress Solution!

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Are you one of the few who still think the best spas in the world are those European institutions that have existed since, well, Roman Times, in some cases?  It’s time to update your thinking!

Sure, they may serve champagne with your mineral water at the Spa le Bristol in Paris—in truth, they actually have a body cleansing treatment with vodka in their Russian Room—and you can rub naked elbows with Beyoncé at the Armani Spa in Milan, but let’s get real: who wants to mortgage the ranchito just to get a facial?

The Maya Tulum Retreat & Spa is ranked the Number One wellness resort by TripAdvisor, and guess what folks—it’s right here in Mexico.  And the Sunset Plaza Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Vallarta—yep, you’re right, that’s in Mexico, too—made this Huffington Post list of best destination spas.

Frommer’s claims one of the best spas in Mexico to be in Cuernavaca at the Misión Del Sol Resort & Spa, and says the Yhi Spa of Cancún’s ME hotel is among the most ultrachic (I’ll vouch for that personally!).

But we say, enough with the lists and competitions: the upcoming Los Senderos Thermal Spa & Club simply aims to be the place to relax and unwind—and get healthy—in central Mexico.  We want to be the place where the girls can come hang out for a day of beauty—be they tweens or seventy-tweens—or the family can enjoy a day of health together here in San Miguel de Allende.  Watch here for more updates on the soon-to-open spa!

Growing Tourism in San Miguel de Allende

Tourism is growing in San Miguel de Allende, with many more visitors coming from Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara!

Thinking of visiting San Miguel de Allende?  ¿Está pensando en visitar San Miguel de Allende? You’re not alone!

This article in Atención—our local bilingual newspaper—notes that tourism to San Miguel is increasing. The article says that in 2011 almost one million tourists (933,395, to be exact) visited our little village of 85,000 people!  Not surprisingly, this same article notes that the number of National tourists—from places like Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Leon and Queretaro have increased.

We at Los Senderos could have told you that!  Why?  Because many of our town’s visitors come out to Los Senderos to book their special events: weddings, dinner receptions, bar mitzvahs, quinceañeras… well, almost anything that involves a happy celebration!  We can accommodate the crowds, the parking, the catering—remember, The Bistro at Los Senderos is right here!—even the safety, security and serenity of your guests.

So to the tourists of San Miguel we say welcome—Bienvenidos a San Miguel!—and be sure to visit Los Senderos , too!

The New York Times Covers Sustainable Housing

We love when international publications like The New York Times and others cover sustainability initiatives that we at Los Senderos practice daily!

If you even skimmed our blog here at Los Senderos, you know we’re HUGE fans of sustainability.  In fact, the phrase “sexy sustainability” is part of our tag line.

We practice what we preach in the homes that we build, of course, but it’s nice to see when other sustainability fans do the same with their homes.  And the New York Times Great Homes & Destinations is good at showcasing those efforts.

In this article on a passive solar home, they profile a couple who built their home around the solar orientation of the site, and you know—from reading our other blogs—we endorse harnessing the sun’s energy, too.

And this New York Times article on maintaining a natural habitat notes how the home owner built his home to minimize damage to the local flora and fauna infrastructure, something we have always done.  In fact, most of the acreage at Los Senderos is a natural preserve.

The New York Times does composting, too! Writer Elissa Gootman, calling herself a reluctant composter, notes how her kindergarten-aged son guilted her into composting, a green offshoot of the urban agriculture movement.  We compost our cuttings, burn dead nopal as fodder for the sheep, and endorse a green grazing program, much like Google’s headquarters.

We invite the New York Times to send their team down to visit Los Senderos—we’ve got enough sustainability stories to fill an entire newspaper!

BBC Travel Touts San Miguel de Allende!

BBC Travel touts San Miguel de Allende as an internal destination for arts & culture, and we suggest adding Los Senderos to your local itinerary!

God save the queen, you have to love those Brits!  They love to travel, and now we know they consider Mexico’s own San Miguel de Allende a hotspot of art & culture, according to this BBC Travel post.

We love the BBC’s description of our little burg: they say our village attracts US retirees, hippies, snowbirds, artists, painters, and sculptors, but they forgot to mention that we also attract wine connoisseurs, billionaires, movie stars, real estate investors, and collectors of contemporary art and architecture.

We know, because many of them come looking to Los Senderos to get their fix of the last two: our homes here are architectural art, contemporary masterpieces by artists in their field.  In fact, our real estate friend Joanie Barcal gets quoted for noting how the real estate market has rebounded in the last six months due, in part, to “the lively arts scene, plus film and music festivals.”

If you haven’t visited San Miguel yet, come on down for a look.  And be sure to add Los Senderos to your itinerary—we’ve hosted wine tastings at our winery, community fund raisers on our rolling 300 acres, lavish sit-down wedding dinners for 600, nationally renowned endurance races, FEM accredited equestrian events… well, just about everything that attracts visitors to an internationally acclaimed  destination!  Visit us here first to learn more about Los Senderos as a destination.

A Barack & Bobby BBQ at Los Senderos?

If you think Bobby Flay’s BBQ for President Obama was special, come on over to Los Senders and order a BBQ party from our grill… you’ll love it!

You’ve heard our restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations.  But did you know you can still make reservations for your own BBQ party at the Bistro at Los Senderos?

Before you say anything about BBQ being only for hotdogs, remember that Bobby Flay and Barack Obama grilled together at a BBQ on the south lawn of the White House a couple years ago, as you can see here.  President Obama likes his BBQ, and he likes Bobby Flay’s cooking even better.  Flay just cooked another dinner for Obama and Chinese President Jinping last Friday, where the menu included lobster tamales—there’s that Mexican flavor—and porterhouse steaks—there’s the BBQ!

Hey, what if we invited good ol’ Barack and Bobby down to Los Senderos?  They have a ball, cookin’ and grillin’ and smokin’ up the grill—we’ve got a huge one, almost Presidential in style!—as they prepared carne asada and grilled corn on the cob for, say, President Peña and a few guests.

Remember, we can manage several hundred of your best friends for a BBQ party here at Los Senderos.  And when Barack and Bobby show up, they’ll know they’re welcome too!

Carriage Rides in San Miguel de Allende? Sure, at Los Senderos!

The carriage ride options at Los Senderos run from simple to elegant, like this wedding carriage that stages the perfect entry to your outdoor wedding.

Many of us romantics think of carriage rides as the ultimate in romanticism, right? If you’ve ever clopped along in New York’s Central Park in their horse-drawn carriages, you know the feeling.

In fact, many tourist destinations offer carriages. Charleston’s Old South Carriage Company is famous and competes—for the Princess in everyone—with that town’s Cinderella Carriages, offering rides in liveried pumpkin-shaped carriages. And in New Orleans, NoLa Carriages offers elegant rides by top-hatted horses.

Many of Mexico’s more famous travel destinations offer carriage rides, also.  The carriages in Guadalajara are quite elegant, as are the ones in Mexico City.  Merida—in the Yucatan—bustles with dozens of carriages, although they’re admittedly much more humble.

And what about carriage rides in San Miguel de Allende?

Oddly, there are none to be found! Unless, that is, you visit Los Senderos, where you’ll find a variety of carriage options, from a humble wagon pulled by Jacinto the mule, to elegant wedding carriages for your outdoor wedding.  Want to learn more?  Contact us here and bring your saddle shoes—we’ve have you riding through our 300 acres in no time!