Travel November 2006

The Travel Advisory

Places to Stay

PLACES TO STAY
San Miguel’s many convenient hotels range from luxurious converted haciendas to art-laden B&Bs. Visit www.portalsanmiguel.com or www.sanmiguelguide.com to view dozens of them, along with private homes for rent.

PLACES TO EAT
The rooftop terrace of La Capilla is glamorized by dramatic lighting on the stone walls rising on two sides.

La Capilla
Cuna de Allende 10
011-52-415-152-0698

The decor is as delicious as the food at Tío Lucas, where three-foot-tall iron statues of “la calavera catrina,” José Guadalupe Posada’s seductive skeleton in a broad Edwardian hat, look up at agave-shaped cane chandeliers ringed by monkeys and alligators.

Tío Lucas
Mesones 103
011-52-415-152-4996

For first-rate traditional Mexican food, go to Olé-Olé (Loreto 66; 011-52-415-152-0896), or take a short taxi ride out the Dolores road to La Cruz del Perdón (weekends only).

THINGS TO DO

It’s easy to get by in San Miguel without Spanish, but why would anyone want to in a town whose residents are so warm and courteous? Take a drop-in class or an intensive two-and-a-half-week course in “Power Verbs” at Warren Hardy Spanish (011-52-415-154-4017; www.warrenhardy.com), designed, in the words of the amiable Warren Hardy, “to get all your basic needs and wants met.” His approach uses workbooks, flash cards, and student partnerships to facilitate learning in the over-forty mind.

Take a taxi or bus to La Gruta (011-52-415-185-2099), a mineral spa within walking distance of Atotonilco, with two thermal pools surrounded by greenery and an artificial grotto where you can stand under a waterfall for a powerful natural massage.

If you can tolerate crowds, join one of the Biblioteca Pública’s Sunday house-and-garden tours. Some of the houses on the tour are also on the market; people under the spell of San Miguel may find a future home.

Presented by

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Global

More back issues, Sept 1995 to present.

Just In