The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

Author: , June 6th, 2019

The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral

The San Miguel de Allende Cathedral in Mexico is the most iconic landmark of this colonial city. This postcard-perfect town is located 170 miles north of Mexico City.

San Miguel de Allende was voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure Magazine as the “World’s Best City” in 2017 and 2018!

The old part of this town was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Antigua Capilla B&B – Gay Friendly San Miguel de Allende Bed & Breakfast

Author: , November 18th, 2018

Antigua Capilla B&B

Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende offers you world class hospitality, comfort and elegance. Offering fantastic city center outdoor terrace views, our conveniently located B&B is a short downhill walk to the historic town square.

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Caravanas de Mexico RV Tours

Author: , February 15th, 2018

Caravanas de Mexico RV Tours

Caravanas de Mexico RV ToursCaravanas de Mexico is a Mexican registered tour company running RV & Bus tours throughout Mexico. We have been in business over 20 years running our own tours in both English & French and providing services to other companies such as Adventure & Fantasy.

We are gay-friendly and have had gay Wagon Masters leading straight tours for us in the past. We are now starting to organize specialty caravans for the LGBT community.

We run several bus tours and RV caravans each season to attractions like Copper Canyon and the Yucatan area. Some are suitable for larger rigs, some are not.

We are starting to run specialty trips for clubs and others. 2019 will be our first caravan designed specifically for the LGBT community, and we have lined up a set of gay wagon masters who live full time in Mexico, and are fully bilingual.

Our tours always include all RV Park fees, many tours and many high quality meals.

Future LGBT Bus tours are likely.

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Things You Have to Do in San Miguel de Allende

Author: , October 8th, 2015

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos Melia

After my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, here is my list of must DO and SEE things, which hopefully will help you plan your trip and maximize your time there. I was there for three nights. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit Guanajuato, but if you can, you should add extra time to your journey to do so. San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaIn 2008 UNESCO recognized San Miguel de Allende and the neighboring Sanctuary of Jesus de Atotonilco as World Heritage of Humanity sites, citing the town’s religious and civil architecture as a demonstration of the evolution of different trends and styles, from Baroque to late 19th century Neo-Gothic. Walking around San Miguel is quite quaint and charming. An obligated stop is Aldama Street, for great photo opts featuring its iconic cobble stone narrow streets and the Parish Church of San Miguel Arcangel.

Historically, the town is important as being the birthplace of Ignacio Allende, whose surname was added to the town’s name in 1826, as well as the first municipality declared independent of Spanish rule by the nascent insurgent army during the Mexican War of Independence. Most of these heritage can be seen and experience at the Jardin Principal or Jardin Allende and La Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel.

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaFabrica La Aurora. San Miguel is a preferred destination of art lovers. Whether you’re an aspiring or accomplished artist, or just prefer to admire the creations of others, you’ll be happy here. Studio openings, courses and workshops form a vital part of the thriving arts scene. Galleries, boutiques and shops selling a wide range of art and handicrafts are plentiful so it won’t be hard to find souvenirs to take home with you. The epicenter, perhaps, of this artistic movement can be found at Fabrica La Aurora. A beautiful art and design center housed in a former textile factory from the turn-of-the century.

One of the things that I enjoyed the most, was walking around exploring the streets of San Miguel and people watching. The town is very lively during the day, and once the sun is down, most of the activity centralizes around the Jardin Allende and La Parroquia San Miguel Arcangel, where I would go to enjoy the live music performances of the Mariachis.

The Mercado de Artesanias is a must stop. Local crafts include metalwork, papier mache, hand-blown glass, stained glass pottery and furniture. The many artists who make this city their home fill the city with beautiful details and offer their work for sale. You’ll find the best deals at San Miguel de Allende’s handicrafts market. Located near the Mercado Ignacio Ramirez, along Andador Lucas Balderas between Calle Colegio and Calle Loreto, this market takes up three city blocks and is full of stalls selling regional products. Don’t be shy to bargain, it’s part of the fun!

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos MeliaSan Miguel de Allende has long had a reputation as a haven for visual artists. Since the 1950s, when Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros worked there. You should stop by Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez “El Nigromante”, also known as Bellas Artes, to see the unfinished mural by Siqueiros. Located only a few steps away from Jardin Principal. Formerly a cloister, place of prayer and contemplation is now a of Monastery of Art.

The Sanctuary of Atotonilco, located approx. 20 minutes from San Miguel de Allende, is a church complex and a World Heritage Site. The complex was built in the 18th century by Father Luis Felipe Neri de Alfaro. Dubbed the “Sistine Chapel of Mexico”, the main feature of the complex is the rich Mexican Baroque mural work that adorns the main nave and chapels by Antonio Martinez de Pocasangre over a period of thirty years.

Biblioteca Publica is another must stop during your day. Specially to enjoy a coffee or light lunch at their inner courtyard. Mexico’s second largest English language library. There is plenty more to see in San Miguel de Allende, and this destination is perfect to be combined with Mexico City.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Guanajuato, Mexico Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – Getting to San Miguel de Allende

Author: , September 25th, 2015

San Miguel de Allende

When planning my trip to San Miguel de Allende, I did quite some research on the best way to travel there. San Miguel de Allende sits at an altitude of 6,435 feet above sea level. Located in Central Mexico, it is roughly three hours away from Mexico City. Guests may fly to Mexico City, Queretaro Airport or the Guanajuato-Leon Airport.

Queretaro Airport has direct flights from Houston through United and Aeromar. It is an hour-drive away. Guanajuato-Leon Airport has direct flights from Dallas, Los Angeles, Houston, San Jose and Oakland (California), and Mexico City, and is served by American Airlines, United and Aeromexico. It is a scenic one-and-a-half-hour drive away.

My choice was to fly to Mexico City and onwards. Mexico City Airport is served by most major airlines including Aeromexico, KLM, US Airways, Air Canada, United and Alitalia. The airport is roughly a three-hour drive away.

Once in Mexico City, where BTW I strongly recommend spending at least two nights at the beginning or end of your trip, you have the option to either rent-a-car and drive yourself, or take one of the many luxury bus services available, linking Mexico City from Mexico Norte Bus Terminal, to San Miguel de Allende in approximately three hours, mind traffic. Private cars, each way, go for approx. USD 250. For the luxury buses, the round trip is approx. USD 58.

For the bus companies I recommend are Primera Plus and ETN. The last one has a more polished service. Due to the connection with my United flights, I chose Primera Plus. Tickets on both cases can be purchased online. Seats are very comfortable. Upon boarding you will be handed a bag with some snacks and non-alcoholic beverage of your choice. Each seat has a private LCD screen with at least 20 options of movies, more so music and games. The units look super clean. WIFI is available but very slow and sporadic. Departure was on time.

Mexico Norte Bus Station is located approx. 15 minutes away from the International Airport (mind the traffic). San Miguel de Allende Bus Station is located 10 minutes away from most hotels and resorts.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Guanajuato Gay Travel Resources

Carlos Melia – Postcards of San Miguel de Allende

Author: , September 18th, 2015

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos Melia

Here a few reasons why, you should visit UNESCO World Heritage San Miguel de Allende. An image speaks for a million words, and here over a dozen postcards photographed by me. Check also my posts on Where to Stay and Where to Eat when in San Miguel de Allende.

By Carlos melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Guanajuato Gay Travel Resources

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos Melia

San Miguel de Allende - Carlos Melia

Carlos Melia: Eating Your Way Through San Miguel de Allende

Author: , September 17th, 2015

Carlos Melia - San Miguel de Allende

Eating your way through San Miguel de Allende is very easy and enjoyable task, EAT, and as much as you can. Mexico is such a heaven for foodies, and San Miguel de Allende is no exception. With the creations of Chefs like superstar Mexican Chef Enrique Olvera and former Presidential Chef Jose Bossuet leading the trend, I spent four days at this charming destination, eating my way through. And of course, eating never comes alone, I paired such amazing gourmet experiences, with local wines, artisanal beers and top class Tequilas and Mezcales.

La Posadita rooftop restaurant, has no celebrity Chef behind them, and with a very local traditional Mexican menu, and a lovely location overlooking Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, capture my attention and raised to be my absolute favorite gourmet experience during my recent visit to San Miguel de Allende. Unpretentious, with friendly service and staff, eager to explain you every single dish.

Carlos Melia - San Miguel de AllendeSuch a marvelous night to seat out and enjoy their quiet and quaint atmosphere. Strongly recommend the Grilled Nopal with Ranchero Cheese and the Green Pozole with Chicken – a sort of stew/soup with meat, usually pork, chicken, turkey, pork rinds, chili peppers, and other seasonings and garnish such as cabbage, salsa and limes and/or lemons. This time I paired my choices with a marvelous Tamarindo Margarita.

MOXI by Chef Enrique Olvera at innovative and great small boutique hotel, Hotel Matilda. An obligated stop for any foodie. San Miguel de Allende is a bohemian town, where art and design define the identity and heart of this destination, Hotel Matilda is a great referent that embraces this concept with a very forward thinking. MOXI – meaning craving in Otomi dialect – is the superstar of San Miguel de Allende restaurant scene.

Enrique Olvera is Mexico’s globally celebrated chef who has received numerous awards and whose Mexico City restaurant, Pujol, is #17 on the San Pellegrino list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. At Moxi, he unites traditional Mexican dishes with the latest techniques and cosmopolitan concepts, creating a menu with a Mexican soul and an international palate. Chef Olvera’s Moxi has fired a reputation for Hotel Matilda as a culinary innovator and destination for gourmands and food lovers.

Carlos Melia - San Miguel de AllendeHere I went through a 4-Steps journey paired by Maitre Cristian Aguilera, who carefully curated a selection of local artisanal beers: Cervaza Clara Allende and Baja Black. Fantastic Mexican white wines: Casa Madero Sauvignon Blanc and Monte Xanic Chenin Blanc. And of course a glass of famed Tequila Casa Dragones and Mezcales: Amores and Beneva. Indoor and outdoor seating, welcomes guest for breakfast, lunch and dinner every night. My favorite dish, was the deconstructed Sweet corn tamal with sour cream and farmer cheese. After dinner, make sure to stop by the trendy bar Mui Bar with an obligate photo moment at their bathrooms by renown artist Spencer Tunick.

APERI Restaurant at Dos Casas Boutique Hotel by young Chef Mateo Salas. Aperi, Latin for “open” perfectly describes the restaurant’s vision and concept, featuring a unique culinary experience; food for the senses, prepared with the region’s freshest ingredients and the passion that characterizes chef Salas. A beautiful colonial home converted into a boutique hotel. Here, I enjoyed, a 7-coure lunch paired to perfection with local and international wines, in an intimate space that emerges from the perfect balance of sophistication and warmth, combining the true Mexican essence and the latest trends in design.

The degustation menu, began with a visit to the kitchen to meet the Chef ( for small groups, you may choose to have a upgraded gourmet experience at the Chef’s Table ). Rice Chicharron, Foie Gras with Jamaica Gel and Blue Fin Tuna over grilled watermelon, where some of the highlights, but the Smoked Betabel salad was my absolute favorite captivating all my senses. Special mention for another local wine, goes to the Vina Dolores Sauvignon Blanc from Ezequiel Montes, Queretaro. Who would have thought Mexico hosts and produces such amazing white wines.

Carlos Melia - San Miguel de AllendeA New Comer to be watched and tried is ZUMO Restaurant, which has opened its doors only a month ago, and already, by the hand of young Parisian Chef Gabriel Ferrant. The experience begins from the moment you drive to the restaurant, which is located out of the center of San Miguel de Allende, which will allow you to see the other face of this charming town.

Located on the third floor of mini-Boutique Hotel Casa Kali, its owners Vanessa and Stewart, along with Chef Gabriel Ferrat, welcomed me to a private dinning experience al fresco, enjoying privilege panoramic views of San Miguel de Allende. ZUMO brings to you local, fresh, sustainable and seasonal ingredients, hand selected daily. Menu changes weekly, make each visit and total new experience. Exclusive al fresco dinning room and bar. I was able to discover the culinary magic of Chef Gabriel Ferrant, with your reserved seat at the exhibition kitchen, as you see the sunset take over the stunning colonial backdrop, over a local cocktail or glass of wine. Special thanks to Vanessa, Stewart and of course Gabriel Ferrat, for opening the restaurant exclusively for me, and for being such amazing hosts. Truly an magical gourmet evening.

Traditional Mexican Breakfasts by former Presidential and renown Mexican Chef Jose Bossuet at Cafe Contento. What a fantastic way to begin your day, other than walking across town, by the main square and the Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel, to the Bellas Artes and onward to Cafe Contento, for an outdoors true Mexican Breakfast. Their concept is Mexican Comfort Food, where you can enjoy a full menu at any given time of the day.

I enjoyed a lovely morning, seating with Chef Bossuet himself, learning about his vast international culinary experience, and his past as President Fox private chef, tasting some classics such us Potaje Sanmiguelense sun dry guajillo chill stew with nopal cactus leaf and chickpeas, served with cheese gordillas ( a type of local stuffed flat bread ). Of course I could not leave, without trying the Chicken Tamal with red Pipian sauce and pumpkin seeds.

Another lovely breakfast stop is Andanza Restaurant at my hotel, the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada, where I enjoyed, my absolute favorite Mexican dish, Chicken Chilaquiles with green sauce.

Street Food as you walk along San Miguel de Allende is a must. And I made sure to try it more than once. Tamales on the go, are heavenly.

Looking for a charming coffee stop as you explore San Miguel de Allende. Well you should visit Biblioteca Publica and their quaint interior patio, where you will find Cafe Santa Ana. Enjoy a meal and a tasty coffee for a good cause. With your purchase you support to continue the educational programs they offer to children for free. Other options you should also try are: El Petit Fours and Cumpanio.

Art and design define San Miguel de Allende, from its Baroque/Neoclassical colonial heritage to avant-garde style. The epicenter of this artistic movement is no the streets, but perhaps centralized at Fabrica La Aurora, a must visit in town. There is a nice outdoor cafe and a restaurant – Food Factory you may enjoy during your visit.

My last night in San Miguel de Allende, I moved to the beautiful Rosewood San Miguel de Allende hotel. Unfortunately I was not able to try their restaurant, 1826 Restaurant, which I will keep as a pending for my next visit, but I did come to their rooftop bar for cocktails with breathtaking views of town. At Luna Rooftop Bar enjoy a cocktail and tapas over magnificent sunsets. Throughout the day and night, this al fresco setting presents breathtaking views of the iconic La Parroquia, spires, bell towers and rooftops across town.

Of course my farewell dinner had to take place at the Belmond Casa de Sierra Nevada. Cocktails at the Blue Bar and Dinner at Andanza Restaurant, with great company. Artfully prepared dishes, Mexican tradition with contemporary flair, served in an elegant, colonial-style setting. Thank you Roseann and Giovanni for such a lovely evening.

As the night came along, my culinary journey to San Miguel Allende came to an end. A few places I was not able to try, but I will mention are: The Restaurant, La Parada Peruvian Restaurant, Nirvana for a Mexican/Thai fusion, Aguamiel and Tacos Don Felix for the so called best tacos in town. As you can see, San Miguel de Allende has a very select gourmet scene, so make sure to plan your stay accordingly to taste as many as you can.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog | Guanajuato Gay Travel Resources

Fall Approaching San Miguel de Allende

Author: , September 8th, 2013
San Miguel Skyline

San Miguel Skyline

We are seeing an early beginning to Fall this year with a good deal of rain which is always a good thing.  Our rain, under normal circumstances, is more tropical, in that it comes fast and furious in the late afternoon or early evening for an hour or so and is done.  But these last couple of years we have actually had overcast and drizzle on occasion.  In the 10 years plus that I’ve lived here, this is rare.

I am going to begin posting a San Miguel website ‘San Miguel Events’.  This changes each week and will give you a good idea of some of the activities here.

I also want to let those of you using iPads that I’ve done a new web site for the iPad.  My main website is Flash and as such can not be seen on the iPad.

The ‘San Miguel Events’ website is: where you can read more in depth on these various activities.

Works on paper featuring birds and butterflies
Esperanza studio presents
Sunday, September 8, 1-4pm
Working with Wine Bottles; workshop
Taller de Re-Ciclado de Botellas de Vino
Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm
Free Hugs! Abrazos Gratis!
Sunday, September 8, 1-4pm
Mixed Media Classes
texture and abstract lettering with Jane Dill
September 9-11
6 Dance Classes
6 different courses beginning week of September 9
IONS community discussion group
new location, Institute of Noetic Studies
Monday, September 9, 3:30-5pm

Secrets of Cañada de la Virgen -free
Tuesday, September 10, 12:30pm
Henri De Toulouse Lautrec – lecture
The Court Painter Of The Moulin Rouge
Wednesday, September 11, 4:30 and 6:30
SM Literary Sala
Gordon Cope & Libby Spiro
Thursday, September 12, 5-7pm
Fiesta Mexicana 2013
Friday, September 13, 6-9pm
The Atomic Salon Diaries – opening
Laura Honse
Friday, September 13, 7:30
Triciclo – concert
Friday, September 13, 8pm

Cathey Miller “Happy Girls & Pistols” -opening
Chicas Felices y Pistolas
Saturday, September 14, 1-4pm
abstract Fantastic and Nasty
mixed exhibit/performance
Saturday, September 14, 8pm
Championship Boxing, Gambling -benefit
Academia International
Saturday, September 14, 8pm
Vida y obra de Don Ignacio Allende
viernes y sabado, septiembre 13 y 14, 8pm
Arts and Crafts Fair
Saturday, Sunday, September 14 and 15, 9am-5pm
Improv Comedy classes – new 5 week series
begins on Wednesday, September 18
Hazel & Perlet: A Symbolist Bouquet
The Gallery, Aldama 3
Pascual, new paintings
Galeria Skot Foreman

Magazine SMA
articles, reviews, short stories, poems
Entering the Mystery
Rio Cuellar
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Robert Waters is the owner/manager of SUSURRO Bed and Breakfast in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and is a guest blogger.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Susurro, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Author: , August 30th, 2013

Susurro - San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, MexicoPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Colonial Beauty in the Historical Center: Susurro provides the ultimate romantic getaway for those seeking a luxurious escape. Rooms off elegance with luxury and comfort. Relax by the pool or on your terrace. There is always a space for you to enjoy privacy or socialize, indoors or out. After a gourmet Mexican breakfast, explore folk art shops, antique store, markets, restaurants, fiestas and more.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa Carmen B&B, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Author: , July 13th, 2013

Casa Carmen - San Miguel de AllendePeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Beautiful B&B Located in the Heart of Town!: The original property was in ruins and rife with archaic architectural features, horse stables, underground chambers, etc. Now remodeled it maintained its original charm. Today Casa Carmen reflects a respect for the history of the town and modern day hospitality.

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