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Jessie's Guide

Three Days in San Miguel de Allende

Jessie and our design team started the new year off with a magical visit to San Miguel de Allende, a city swimming with charm and alive with inspiration. Read on as Jessie shares her favorite stops on the three-day tour.

Stay: Mesón Hidalgo

“The most beautiful hotel, with details I’m definitely adding to my own moodboard — the switch plates and gorgeous hand-painted walls were particular favorites. There are three impeccably decorated rooms named ‘Chana,’ ‘Juana,’ and ‘Su Hermana,” for the Mexican saying ‘se no es Chana, es Juana, y si no, su hermana,’ which means, basically, ‘if it’s not one thing, it’s another.’ I had a patio and a hammock outside my room, and each morning the staff left a gorgeous breakfast outside each of our doors. I could’ve stayed forever!”

Do: Explore

"The best thing to do is wander! The city is small and walkable, with so many breathtaking details, beautiful tilework, carved doors and moulding, a bustling city center — even the pharmacies were a visual feast!"

Shop: La Calaca

"La Calaca is a lovely store filled with vintage treasures — textiles, toys, ceramics, and more — curated by Evita Avery, who owns and operates the shop. It was such a joy to visit with her and to share in her love of Mexican folk art."

Visit: Mestiz

"We are so grateful that Daniel from Mestiz opened his design studio to share his stunning, handmade light fixtures and furniture in vibrant, technicolor straw strands. I fell in love with his pottery, and left with a set of his dinner plates — I’d never seen anything like them."

Eat: Dôce 18 Concept House

"We had the pleasure of seeing Daniel's pieces in-situ at Dôce 18 Concept House, which features Mestiz's fixtures among their impeccable decor. The dishes were so delicate, light, and delicious."

Shop: Casa De Papel

"This place has the sweetest assortment. We came out with arms full of napkins, placemats, candles, pottery — even a woven chicken coin purse."

Shop: Handmade Bracelets

"Stationed in the town square, a wonderful man named Ulysses sells custom name bracelets, crafting each upon order. I came home with one for every family member, even having some made for our dogs, Morty and Peanut!"

Shop: Boutique Fiaga

"My favorite find from the entire trip was a chunky-knit hat from Boutique Fiaga, which boasts an assortment of easy linen dresses and silver jewelry."

Eat: Fátima 7

"Situated on a rooftop that overlooks the city square, the views alone would be enough to make Fátima 7 a must-visit, but their food may even outdo the ambience — we had to order seconds of every dish, and thirds of the mouth-watering pesto polenta!"

Do: Laja Spa

"After so much strolling through the cobblestone streets, we indulged in a day at Laja Spa for a little R & R. They specialize in holistic therapies, specialty treatments, and massage — so many wonderful ways to unwind."