Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada
San Miguel de Allende
Tucked away from the busier, cobbled streets of San Miguel de Allende, Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada is a bona fide h...
- January 01, 2016
At an altitude of 6,000 feet, it exists in a state of perpetual spring (though the jacaranda only blooms in March).
Being outside is pleasant year-round, especially when ensconced in a hot-air balloon basket for a scenic ride over the colonial town's charming architecture and cathedrals. The richly painted Santuario de Atotonilco (also a World Heritage site) is a must-see by foot—it invites comparisons to the Sistine Chapel.
In San Miguel, culture is around every cobblestoned corner, like the former cloister that’s now Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante,” a community center and gallery with rotating shows and a significant permanent collection of allegorical murals. More aesthetic expression can be seen at Fábrica La Aurora Centro de Arte + Diseño, a repurposed textile factory that now houses artist studios—Thursdays are open-studio days—alongside enticing home goods and jewelry boutiques. Fashion-wise, the ultimate takeaway is a hand-crafted serape updated in contemporary fabrics and trims from Recreo San Miguel.
San Miguel locals and expats flock to La Sirena Gorda (translation: The Fat Mermaid) for authentic Mexican seafood dishes in the oldest cantina around. Meanwhile, Moxi Restaurant is the poster child for Latin haute cuisine. Superstar chef Enrique Olvera (of famed Mexico City restaurant Pujol and NYC’s Cosme) turns traditional dishes on their heads, like using a fish of the day for the classic pork dish al pastor, along with pineapple puree and serrano chiles. It’s San Miguel in a nutshell: the perfect fusion of new and old.