This article has been updated to reflect the most recent results from the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
Ker & Downey Product Manager Elizabeth Frels shares the top 5 things to do in San Miguel de Allende – voted the world’s top city for the second year in a row in this year’s Travel + Leisure Worlds Best Awards.
The results are in and this year, San Miguel de Allende was voted the number one city in the world by Travel + Leisure readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for the second year in a row. The small city, which is located about 150 miles north of Mexico City, is a magnet for Mexicans and expats looking to peruse independent boutiques selling artisan-made goods. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visitors enjoy walking the cobblestone streets, dining at the open-air cafe’s, and taking in the Spanish colonial architecture. Ker & Downey’s Product Manager Elizabeth Frels shares the top 5 things to do in San Miguel de Allende.
1. Take a special sunrise flight over the streets, houses, treetops, and churches of San Miguel de Allende. Your private guide will share the history of the city and of the major landmarks as you fly above them.
2. Don’t forget to indulge at a tequila tasting at Casa Dragones. An exclusive six-seat destination for sipping tequila and signature craft cocktails, Casa Dragones collaborated with the internationally acclaimed firm Meyer Davis, known for their made to measure approach to design and architecture, to create the intimate Tasting Room, which showcases Casa Dragones’ ongoing commitment to Mexican craftsmanship. This tasting room is located in the historic Dôce 18, a curated collection of luxury boutiques, design shops and restaurants.
3. Be sure to stop inside the famous Parroquia de San Miguel Arcángel designed by the indigenous stonemason Zeferino Gutierrez. Gutierrez got the inspiration for the church from a postcard depicting a Belgian Church. The history and lore of San Miguel are intertwined with Mexico´s Independence Movement, and the energy and spirit of freedom of expression have continued on in the lively creative enclave of modern day San Miguel.
4. It’s almost impossible to avoid seeing Mexican artisans working on their art and crafts while in San Miguel de Allende. I suggest diving all the way into the creative spirit of the city, starting with a visit to the Institute of Culture to observe the local students working on their art pieces. Stop in a paper mache shop, and pop into the art galleries at “La Aurora”. With Ker & Downey you can also visit a local family’s home to see the traditional wool rug weaving process firsthand.
5. Just outside of San Miguel de Allende is Dos Buhos, a boutique winery. I recommend going there at night for a romantic evening amid the vineyards.
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