Well 2016 has got off to a great start, I cannot believe how fast it is going and already we are nearly into March, its insane. Just back myself from Mexico, it was one of the best learning experiences I have had to date as a designer. I moved to San Miguel in January for nearly two months, to work as a costume designer on a local play. It was a very challenging task, as this was the first time I was the “boss” and it was a role I was really excited to take on but also if I am being totally honest was nervous about it. I have never spoken or studied Spanish in school so this was another hurdle to take on (I am not fluent by a long shot but it took me sometime when back in New York to stop saying gracious, so it had some impact lol). For me when you are a guest in a country it is so important to understand and respect their culture, traditions and language. One of the most enjoyable things I love about traveling is being out of your comfort zone.
San Miguel de Allende is a beautiful historical town built in and around clusters of mountains. Most buildings date from the 17th and 18th century and have attracted a growing amount of young Americans and artists. You will constantly find a orchestra playing along with numerous bands or just charming small market stalls selling local hand made toys and clothing in the courtyards. What is special about this location while you are enjoying the culture and local beauty of this small city is the beautiful La Parroquia church from its strategic location is always in your view. I love historical architecture and the beauty it adds to an area and it is something that I believe should always be preserved. One place you must see it the Instituto Allende which holds some of the most breathtaking art work held around a cobbled courtyard. Not far from here you will also find several food markets, you will never taste food as fresh. One go my favorite past times was to explore the city and see the contrast of Mexican doors, it sounds strange but trust me the detail and craftsmanship in these doors are a work of art. Mexicans certainly no how to make an entrance.
There are many small boutique hotels in San Miguel but if I were to advise you on accommodation there would be no better place in my mind than the Rosewood Hotel. Everything about this hotel says San Miguel, draped with local artists textiles and paintings you will never want to leave. Accommodating five exclusive restaurants from traditional Mexican cuisine to a bar that serves 120 different tequilas, where could be better? During the day you can enjoy the surrounding gardens while lounging by the pool. There really is no better hotel located in the center of the city, this hotel really has everything. Whether you stay here or not, you must visit to judge for yourself. I have been to many restaurants around this city but nowhere and I mean nowhere can beat the rooftop view from the Luna bar. It really cannot be described other than pure magical. Throughout the day and night you can enjoy authentic international tapas, while gazing at the iconic La Parroquia, spires, bell towers and Mexican rooftops. Another restaurant that I would advise is Tio Lucas a quant restaurant in comparison to Luna however you wont be disappointed. While eating Tio Lucas cuisine you will be dining in one of the most romantic places I had seen in San Migual. In the main part of the restaurant was a tree holding traditional Mexican star lights every inch of the restaurant was decorated in ornate fabrics and Mexican tiling, it was magical. I had my very first pina colada and ever since then have been hooked.
Mexican clothing is very delicate and lavish and they are not afraid to explore or use vibrant colors which I love. There are many traditional clothing boutiques but for me, I wanted something that has a touch of Mexico but is still wearable elsewhere. That’s why I loved “Recreo”, handmade it has all the elements of traditional garments but still contemporary. Recreo which means recreate, was founded by American designer Charlie Coleman and his family. Featured in Vogue as one of Mexico’s most prominent and elite designers Recreo will not disappoint, tailored for both men and women they use only the world’s finest fabrics. Locally made, you will wonder why you had not heard of this amazing fashion collection sooner. San Miguel really is a city worth visiting whether you’re a history lover, complete foodie or just love to see something different, I would strongly recommend San Miguel as a destination to visit and explore, for myself a place I will never forget!!!