Romantic Weekend in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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San Miguel de Allende is a magical little city in the hills of Central Mexico. There is a vibrant food scene, plenty of luxury boutique hotels and a touch of Central Mexico cowboy culture. It is the perfect long weekend away with plenty to do!
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Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Colonial enclave in the heart of central Mexico with swoon-worthy views of San Miguel de Allende from the rooftop.
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Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, San Miguel de Allende
Every detail of the Casa de Sierra Nevada — from its antique-filled rooms to its fusion restaurant — is a creative homage to the Mexican city it calls home.
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Day 1: Arrive in San Miguel de Allende
The closest airports to fly into are Guanajuato (BJX) or Queretaro (QRO), have a driver waiting for you when you land to make the process seamless. It is less than an hour and a half drive from both airports! Once you get to San Miguel, settle into your hotel (I recommend the Rosewood or Belmond!) and set out to explore the city. Aimlessly wandering the streets is a great way to get your bearings and see what San Miguel has to offer, make sure to stop by the main square and see the beautiful, iconic church. Go to dinner at Quince tonight, once rated the #1 rooftop in the world! If you want a late night snack, go to either taco cart - Andys Tacos or Tacos San Francisco.
Day 2: Exploring Outside of the City
Today, you have a few options depending on what interests you! Horseback riding through the surrounding desert and going to the ranches is a popular activity. There are many wineries in the area if you would like to do a wine tasting afternoon and vineyard hop. There are beautiful and very well kept botanic gardens just outside of the city which is perfect for a little hike. Hot air balloon rides are another popular activity as well as going to the local hot springs! Once you are finished with your morning activity, come back to your hotel to relax by the pool. For sunset drinks, go to the Rosewood rooftop bar for the most amazing views of the city with some great bites to go along with it. For dinner, go to La Parada or La Posadita! After dinner, if you are not too full go to Churros San Agustin for a late night snack. They are famous so be prepared to wait in line!
Day 3: Enjoy the Local Food
Today, start off your day at Lavanda for breakfast, there will be a little wait but it is worth it! After breakfast, enjoy a slow day of walking around and stop by the markets in town. For lunch, go to Fatima 7 Rooftop for great views and tasty food. La Casa Dragones has a great tequila tasting that is a nice stop or El Manatial is a century old cantina with a great ginger margarita. For dinner, go to Las Golondrinas for some of the best authentic Mexican. It is nothing fancy but so good! After dinner, try La Mezcaleria for a night-cap.
Day 4: Guanajuato
If you have one more day, I would suggest moving to Guanajuato for a night. It is a fun small city with some serious European vibes and crazy driving tunnels going through the city! It is only a 30 minute drive from the airport so if you have an early flight the next day this is a perfect last stop. Once you are there, explore the streets and take the funicular up to the overlook — you will have amazing views of the city and really get to see all of the different colored houses! After that, walk to the Plaza de San Fernando and enjoy a drink and a snack while watching the city go by. Don't forget to walk by the alley of the kiss! For dinner, Restaurante Truco 7 has amazing food and if you can snag a seat on their small balcony there are amazing views. I would recommend staying at 1850 Hotel Boutique, right on the main square. Guanajuato is often overlooked but I wish I had more time there, it is not to be missed!
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