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Kirbe recounts her first trip to the magical city of San Miguel de Allende.
Who doesn’t love a getaway to Mexico? And who am I kidding, us girls at Kirb Appeal love ANY getaway! We’re always up for a long weekend in Mexico in particular. But usually that means soaking in some sun on a beach next to the ocean.
This trip was a little different – we headed inland to San Miguel de Allende. It was my first time to San Miguel, and let’s just say it did not disappoint.
I have to say thank you to Lizzy’s lovely Aunt Deb, who hosted us, for including me in their girl’s getaway/family vacay. I felt right at home with the group of sisters and sister-in-laws. Of course, being me, I force my way into anyone’s family, whether they want it or not. But Denise (Lizzy’s mom, pictured bottom right), Aunt Deb (Denise’s sister, pictured center), Aunt Debbie (Deb’s sister-in-law), Maggy (Lizzy’s sister, pictured left) and, of course, Lizzy welcomed me with open arms! They are a fun — and I mean FUN — bunch. The kind of fun you can’t really explain but have to experience. And luckily for me, I got to!
Back to San Miguel, the city was as amazing as the company.
The historic buildings are brightly colored, giving the city a lively energy. The policia were so friendly (as they herded mules down the street) as were the locals — and the non-locals who all seem to come stay for months on end.
There are vendors on the street corners selling handcrafted rugs and pottery, and art is delicately scattered throughout the park. From the shopping and the dining to just walking through the city, we had the best time.
Then there’s the tequila. Hello lova! The cocktails were on point every place we went. Lizzy fell in love with the Bandera (which means flag in Spanish) which is a flight (in the colors of the Mexican flag) of tequila, lime juice and Sangrita made with fresh juice and spices (think a sweet and savory Bloody Mary with a hint of orange).
My only complaint is the cobblestone streets. I found it hard to walk and look up at anything, in fear of falling flat on my face and scraping my lovely knocked knees!
For any first-timers, be careful of the streets! Pack the right shoes and pay attention to where you’re walking, but don’t forget to look up as you pass the colorful homes, hotels, shops and restaurants. Take a glimpse through the small door frames because, most likely, on the other side will be a magnificent setting and something beyond spectacular. THEY GOT ME EVERY TIME. The exception being the Rosewood — which is in your face bad a** outside and in.
If you’ve been to San Miguel, you already know how charming it is, and if you haven’t I highly suggest a girls’ trip. This curated, cultured Mexican village is definitely worth it. Cheers, or Salud I should say!
WHERE TO WINE AND DINE:
Breakfast or lunch: Santa Monica (a hidden gem of a hotel by the park)
Drinks: The Rosewood
Dinner: LaUnica is such a must. PARTY PEEPS VIBE!
Any Meal: The Restaurant
Wherever you go, be sure to order a Carajillo at least once. It’s basically an espresso martini but way more delish!