HAPPY 2017!!! I LOVE celebrating the New Year, and I was so fortunate to celebrate the occasion with family and friends in gorgeous San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The pretty cobblestone streets are lined with colorful walls, houses and little shops and we spent a lot of time wandering and admiring the old-world beauty of the city around every corner. The views were beautiful from our house and the local rooftop bars, and the weather was pretty perfect (think like 50-60 degrees at night and 60-70 during the day) throughout our entire trip! Major TIP: Flat or (relatively low) thick-heeled booties are a good bet for the wintertime, as the streets are super rocky and you COULD break your ankle if you wear anything close to a stiletto ( I mean, I stumbled in sneakers lol). I liked wearing booties because the streets can get a a little dusty, and they’re cute, but whatever floats your boat and works best for you!
The view from our casa.
DINNER AND LUNCH:
The Restaurant – Everyone talks about this place, because it is probably the best food in the city. It is perfect for big groups or date night as the vibe is romantic yet fun. For appetizers, the braised rabbit tostadas were amazing and the burrata with local veggies is a go-to favorite. For the entree, you seriously can’t go wrong with anything, but we got the housemade pasta, the grilled duck breast, and the pork chops and all shared. *Must make reservations. Check out the dinner menu here.
Cent’anni – get your Italian ON. Thin crust pizza is my absolute favorite kind of pizza, and Cent’anni did not disappoint. Also, our waitress was super nice and was really good about checking on us throughout the night! They have karaoke too.
Tio Lucas – We went to lunch here one afternoon and the atmosphere was so awesome. They have a really pretty courtyard with big silver stars hanging from rafters. It does get really crowded really fast, so I’d recommend getting there a little bit earlier than normal. Also if it is crowded, the service will likely be slow. Apparently this is normal, so just be patient (even at your own table) if the restaurant is busy. Fajitas are awesome, as is their burger.
Antigua Trattoria Romana – If you want to feel like you’ve stepped right into Europe, this is the place to go. It’s a little tiny place, so you may have to wait a bit (they don’t take reservations) to be seated, but the food is so worth it. Italy in Mexico.Best picks are the spinach ravioli for din, margarita pizza for apps, and definitely a few glasses of wine.
The view from Bar La Chula.
HAPPY HOUR SPOTS:
Luna Rooftop bar at the Rosewood Hotel – Probably THE best view of the city and comes highly recommended from pretty much everyone that visits. The sunsets are amaze. The Rosewood Hotel is actually a very lovely place to stay as well.
Bar La Chula – Another awesome city view, and very fun atmosphere. Margaritas sin sal anyone?
Mama Mia – with live music and a fantastic rooftop, this place is hopping with locals and is ultra fun.
Fresh vanilla yogurt with banana slices, strawberry jam and granola grain seeds.
WHAT TO DO:
Shop local – the nicer shops are located on the north side the main square at El Jardin, but my favorite shops were the ones I just happened to stumble upon as I was walking and spotted something in the window or through the door. Between pottery, apparel, jewelry and more, there is so much to be found (at ridiculously good prices might I add)! I loved the Artisan Market which is right down Relox street – we got a little lost trying to find it at first so just ask for directions and the friendly locals will point you in the right direction!
Play a round of golf at Club Ventanas – If you love golf, you should probably book yourself a round at Ventanas during your stay! The guys had a blast, got a little blasted and met up with us later. Connor says its a challenging course in great condition and that while the clubhouse is currently under construction right now, its going to be awesome when completed in the next few months.
Visit El Jardin Principal – the main square in the town is surrounded by coffee shops, ice cream stands and tons and tons of flowers. Seriously the most colorful flowers are everywhere, and they are so pretty to look at (I probably took a hundred pictures of just flowers). We bought handmade flower crowns from the lovely ladies on the sidewalk and took a short tour through the cathedral Parroquia De San Miguel Arcangel.
Take a cooking class with Kirsten West – Kirsten is a super nice German lady who fell in love with Mexican cuisine when she was 12 and used to cook for Mick Jagger. We learned how to make corn tortillas, different kinds of spicy salsas and a hoard of authentic Mexican dishes. The class is pretty long – 4 hours – but if you enjoy cooking and are with a big group it’s really a fun and interesting thing to do here. Check out details here and to book simply email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Horseback riding – Okay, we didn’t actually get to do this (ran out of days!) but several of our friends did and LOVED it. It’s not just a casual ho-hum trail-ride, it’s actually riding horses with Mexican cowboys/guides in the country. Check out some more details here. I’m putting it on my must-do list the next time I’m back.
This is a little peek at my NYE outfit – I discovered these gorgeous silver earrings from a small little shop right near our casa and fell in love with them immediately. They were so unique and intricate, and I was so excited to find them. I’ve always been a gold and rose gold girl, but lately I’ve been LOVING silver details and have been mixing up my metallics quite often. I’ve also been obsessed with this shade of NARS lipstick lately and thought it complimented my outfit well.
OTHER IDEAS FOR WHAT TO WEAR: