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!

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.

New York Times: 36 Hours in San Miguel de Allende

Missed the New York Times article 36 Hours in San Miguel de Allende? If you haven’t visited us, here’s where we’re located!

To paraphrase Britney Spears, “Oops, we did it again!” That’s right, San Miguel de Allende went and got themselves plastered all over the international media—this time from the New York Times—just for being the best place on earth to live.

We’ve all seen the Times weekly travel article: it’s always 36 hours in some exotic locale. This time the piece was titled 36 Hours in San Miguel de Allende, and was written by ex-resident and lavender farmer, Jeannie Ralston, who once consulted with one of my favorite local non-profits, The Lavender Project.

Jeannie’s 36 hours are tamed down, so as not to frighten the reader into believing that we’re really “San Manhattan”—as my Hollywood fashion designer friend calls it—and leaving viewers fearful they would have no time to rest.  What Jeannie calls a 36-hour itinerary is often experienced in half the time with those of us who live life to the fullest here.  We’re always living in a holiday mindset!

Jeannie mentions our newest hit in town—the Peruvian cebicheria La Parada—but gives homage to long-time favorites like La Sirena Gorda, La Azotea, El Rincon de Don Tomas, and Via Organica. Hotel Matilda’s revamped restaurant, Moxithey claim Salma Hayek as a customer—is now under the supervision of world-famous Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, whose Mexico City restaurant Pujol has been mentioned in these pages many times.  Oh yes, newcomer De Temporada—Iliana is a San Miguel native, husband James is a gringo—indeed proves a great choice for the green papaya and octopus salad, as your blogger can attest.

But why spend 36 hours in San Miguel when you can spend the next 36 years here?  Take a look at our homes in Los Senderos, build your own Veranda with a View, and settle in to a New York Times lifestyle year round!

Architectural Digest Visits San Miguel de Allende Again!

Architectural Digest loves to visit our little UNESCO village of San Miguel de Allende, as they did recently. Read here for some of their favorite picks of the town!

We’re a very photogenic city and yes, “We’re ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille!” All the international glossy magazines love to visit our town and send photographs across the world of the splendor we local residents enjoy every day.

It was no surprise, then, that Architectural Digest returned again this year for a visit of designers Andrew Fisher’s and Jeffry Weisman’s Spanish colonial home in their April 2013 issue (yes, I know it’s only March—stick with me, readers, I’ve got the early scoop!).  After all, Architectural Digest has featured Nick & Betty Coates’ home, Seis Fuentes, in a 2004 edition, and again featured interior designer Linda and husband Marty Simon’s Mediterranean style home in this 2009 issue.

This visit, however, Architectural Digest profiled here some of the favorite spots in San Miguel de Allende, a sort of “don’t miss” list for visitors.  We’re thrilled at who made the cut.

The Rosewood San Miguel—Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 Number One pick for all of Mexico—was top of the list, with the Hotel Matilda a runner up.  Favorite restaurant?  Chef Donnie Masterson’s The Restaurant made the cut, as did Cumpanio.

For shoppers, the list proved lengthy, but worthy: La Calaca antiques, Carol Romano’s Insh´ala, Jim & Alfredo’s Camino Silvestre, Lisa & Michael’s serape shop Recreo San Miguel, Carolina’s Sollano 16 jewelry store, Anna’s funky fun shop Mixta, and of course RoseMarie’s Fabrica la Aurora.

If Architectural Digest makes our little slice of heaven sound like paradise, well, we can’t blame them—it is!  Think you’d enjoy living here and having all that in your own back yard, just minutes from home?  If you lived at Los Senderos, you’d be a short shuttle ride away from Centro and one of the world’s most popular—and most photographed—destinations.  Learn more about living at Los Senderos here!