I had the amazing pleasure of visiting San Miguel De Allende recently. The magical city is located in Mexico’s central highlands. It’s about 150 miles north of Mexico City. It’s the first city in Mexico I’ve visited that’s in the mountains. The city is known for its Baroque Spanish architecture, dining, and a thriving art scene. This city is amazing. I continue to use the word magical because that’s exactly how it felt. I hope you have the opportunity to experience this magical city. This was my first trip to San Miguel De Allende but it most definitely won’t be my last.
The magic began with my stay at Casa Proserpina. Casa Prosperina is a 300-year-old hacienda just minutes from Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel. Casa Prosperpina created an indoor/outdoor magical oasis. It is the perfect place to stay during your visit to San Miguel de Allende.
Five bedrooms and four baths make up this beautiful home. I had the pleasure of staying in Casita Fuego. My own little private casita in a lofted style one-bedroom apartment with a beautiful terrace. I got to just relax and enjoy an amazing pain au chocolat from the amazing Cumpanio.
The interior designer at Casa Proserpina knows luxury like no other. I’m obsessed with the design of the house and the outdoor spaces. She did such a great job of making luxury comfortable. One of my favorite touches is the vintage Hermès scarf throw pillows. It’s such a lovely idea.
My welcome to Casa Proserpina began with light bites and cocktails from Ruby Joy. Ruby and her team were the prelude of the amazingness that was to come with my dining experiences in San Miguel. The knockout, stand out dishes for me were the porcini stuffed zucchini, the guava margarita, the gluten-free pizza with polenta as the crust, and the chocolate truffles that Ruby should send straight to retail chains because they are out of this world.
Eating at Casa Proserpina and in San Miguel
I never imagined in a zillion years that San Miguel would have a bustling dining scene. As you map out your stay at Casa Proserpina, make sure you leave hours throughout the day to enjoy all the food that San Miguel has to offer. I will list a few of my favorites including the gourmet food court that has the most amazing tuna tostada and french fries.
Next, Bastardo is the cutest restaurant and beer garden owned and operated by a husband/wife team. The burger, roasted cauliflower, and the french toast dessert were insane. You have to try all of them.
Then we have Luna Rooftop at the Rosewood Hotel. It had the most amazing octopus flatbread and the best steak tacos I’ve ever had in my life. Brunch at Marsala’s was knock-your-socks-off delicious. The chef was one of the participants on Top Chef. Her food shows how she snagged a spot. I had the duck confit with sticky rice and a sunny side up egg.
Another favorite was dinner at Fatima, which took place at sunset. Chef/owner Donny Masterton sent out his favorite dishes and I devoured every single one of them. I literally felt like I gained 10lbs but it was all worth it. Polenta truffle fries, the grilled octopus, and the spit fired flatbreads are my new best friends.
Finally, I got to try Casa Dragones, which is one of the worlds best sipping tequilas. I enjoyed it neat and loved everything about the luxury brand. I am a tequila girl thanks to Brenda and her tequila training at Casa Dragones.
There is so much to see in San Miguel de Allende. I will list some of them for you to add to your list:
Parroquia de San Miguel Arcàngel was inspired by La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Its pink hue is the perfect backdrop in the center of SMA. It’s so beautiful at night when it is dimly lit.
Jardin Allende is the town’s main square where you can find the local artisans, vendors, and Mexican Mojigangas. The Mojigangas are the big puppets that you see walking around SMA during weddings, festivals and over the weekend. They are so bright, colorful, and fun. It’s also a fun area if you are traveling with kids. Lots of ice cream shops, fruit stands, and a little park for your kids to play.
Sanctuary Atotonilco is a World Heritage site and commonly referred to as Mexico’s Sistine Chapel. Murals depicting the bible are etched onto the walls of this beautiful church.
The Chapel of Jimmy Ray is a working art gallery by world-renowned artist, Anado. As an avid lover of art, this was so special to me. I fell in love with outside art years ago and meeting Anado confirmed this. In addition to seeing the art at the gallery, we had the privilege of seeing his personal art collection from over the years. We also did a walking tour with the San Miguel Tourist Board. I highly recommend Turismo San Miguel de Allende.
Our visit to Roseann Hall Designs was probably the best part of my trip. Roseann Hall Designs is a handmade glassware and candle factory that hires special needs employees. It was bittersweet as I got to see how passionate the owner is about giving back and being inclusive. It’s a page out of Mexico’s book that Americans could stand to model. I met a woman without arms who does glass etching and it was remarkable. Her spirit and her hard work was so inspiring. Buying their glassware and candles really means making a difference in someone’s life.
OK, you and I know a trip for me isn’t a trip unless there is shopping involved. I fell in love with Recreo. The owners are from Chicago and they have amazing style. The orange silk floral dress that I wore on my “night on the town” is from Recreo. I also got to meet the creative director, Julia Sloan and talk fashion. This woman has the best style. I’m just waiting to order my olive green jumpsuit from the spring 2020 collection.
Additionally, I also bought the most beautiful ring at Eclectica which offers art, furniture, and jewelry. It’s like a concept store featuring a lot of the local artists in the city.
Nothing gave me greater joy during this trip than being able to enjoy every minute. I’m usually just go go go. For the first time in what felt like a long time, all I had to do was show up and enjoy life. I didn’t count calories, freak out about over posting on Instagram, or stress about how I looked. I truly enjoyed San Miguel and Casa Proserpina. It was a bonding experience amongst friends. Being able to just sit in the dining room over a margarita or over a slice of pizza from the local pizzeria was divine.
San Miguel is undoubtedly a fantastic destination for families, couples, and girlfriends. As a mom, it was lovely, magical, and just what I needed to reboot and recharge for the school year.
This trip was sponsored but all opinions are my own.