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San Miguel wins top city award

San Miguel wins top city award

0484692001382332805.jpgMexican tourist destination recognized by voters

BY RICARDO CASTILLO

The News

SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE, Guanajuato – Roaring enthusiasm hit little San Miguel de Allende last Wednesday after prestigious Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s readers declared the town number one in its annual “Top cities of the world” ranking.

It is the first Mexican tourist destination to win such an award, beating more famous destinations like Paris, Barcelona, Sydney and Kyoto. The magazine, which caters to a well-heeled clientele, received nearly 80,000 votes for it’s Readers’ 25 Cities in the World poll.

From shoeshine boys in the main plaza to top municipal officials, the pride over the number one ranking position is shared by all.

Restaurateur Bob Thieman, who runs the plush Hank’s New Orleans Oyster Bar, says that the ranking is beyond his wildest expectations, but then, “After living in San Miguel de Allende for 29 years, and having been to most of the Condé Nast competing destinations, I can’t help but agree.”

In fact, such was his love for the city that Thieman applied for Mexican citizenship and decided to live in San Miguel de Allende on a permanent basis.

Just as euphoric is the city’s Economics director María José Garrido.

In interview with The News, Garrido acknowledges that “readers of Condé Nast magazine voted for the top cities in the world and we won. It’s an achievement that has us thrilled.”

San Miguel de Allende Mayor Mauricio Trejo and an entourage will travel to New York, where Condé Nast has its headquarters, to receive the award.

“I think this administration,” says Garrido, “has a lot to do with it because it managed to unify all sectors of the tourism industry.”

The Trejo Administration, she added, took over one year ago, “and that’s exactly when voting began. All the stars lined up for us to win.”

“According to the Condé Nast voters, San Miguel de Allende has everything: good ambiance, delicious restaurants, culture and it’s a cosmopolitan city.”

A feature that garnered much attention from voters, according the Condé Nast’s description of San Miguel, is that the town “does not have any billboards or glittering ads. This generates a romantic landscape within a historically beautiful architecture.”

The city’s Tourism and Commerce Secretary Garrido agrees that the Trejo administration is also reaping the benefits of “previous work” which lured large hotel chains to set up shop in San Miguel de Allende.

“They invested in this city and they expect a return profit. This is the moment they were waiting for because this will attract, we hope, many tourists.”

Garrido was asked if the municipal government paid money for the award.

“No way, that is not for sale. Condé Nast Traveler is a prestigious editorial and that’s a recognition that is not paid for, you do not register to compete and they do not even let you know you are competing. It’s a genuine recognition award.”

In 2008, San Miguel de Allende was recognized by the United Nations Education Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage site, a title that is also much cherished by local business leaders and authorities.

Mexico boasts 10 cities that have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status.

María José Garrido says that SMA remains a major attraction for wealthy retirees, many of whom can afford to live in the finest spots in the world, yet prefer this colonial town in central Mexico.

Garrido says that after the unexpected news of the award was broken last Wednesday, the enthusiasm among the entire tourism industry grew.

“This was something everyone was hoping for,” she says “and now we must make the most of it.”

Yet some are concerned that an award of this type may bring a massive influx of tourists, which the town is not ready for. Hotel infrastructure is still very much limited to small operations — the largest hotel, Real de Minas, has 260 rooms — but the majority of visitors stay in bed and breakfast houses.

This is something that Garrido is not worried about.

“Condé Nast is not the means to bring mass tourism. We have never planned strategies to bring mass tourism. We do not want quantity but quality, people who can spend money. People who claim (otherwise) are ill informed. We’ve been criticized that we are aiming for an elite segment of travelers and that is true, we want quality tourists that do not come to damage the heritage we have.”

Garrido also acknowledges that poverty exists in San Miguel de Allende. “Of course there is poverty, but the only way to bring it down is with economic growth. It only comes with visitors, employment and generating traffic and awards like the one by Condé Nast will bring about new restaurants, new stores and more jobs.

“We’re looking forward to expanding the economy so that not everything is (centered) around the parish.”

Major Trejo’s plans for economic growth include the construction of a new convention center, currently underway. It is scheduled to open for business next March.

Businessmen like Hank’s restaurant owner Bob Thieman share María José Garrido’s enthusiasm. “San Miguel de Allende is a jewel not to be missed,” he says.

Elegant and true resting Place & Festival and traditions
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Elegant and true resting Place & Festival and traditions
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In this special point of Mexico will be surprised with the variety of music festivals, fashion, film and religious festivals are held. Its cuisine, rich in flavor and made ​​from a fusion of recipes from the nearest cities, as well as those of traditional Mexican cuisine is truly unique and can be enjoyed in small cafes, or restored old colonial houses. In its designation of San Miguel de Allende as a World Heritage Site, UNESCO noted that San Miguel's religious and civic buildings include "masterpieces of the style that evolved in the transition from Baroque to neoclassical." Offering up cobblestone streets, colorful facades and glimpses into lush courtyards, San Miguel is what Frommer's calls "a walker's paradise".
San Miguel is an elegant and true resting place,next to the main street and just steps from the picturesque center of San Miguel de Allende.The beautifully appointed rooms, attentive service staff invites you to enjoy the experience of this colonial gem.
Most of the Bed and Breakfast Hotels, Spanish colonial style is located in a passage lattice.


Places and A Little history about San Miguel

Places and A Little history about San Miguel
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American people with taste have had a love affair with San Miguel de Allende since 1947, when modernist photographer Reva Brooks set up shop there, creating an art colony.  Centuries-old churches are being meticulously restored; stuccoed walls lining the sometimes perilously steep cobblestone streets are being recast in their original bright tones of terra-cotta and sienna. Go anytime (all four seasons in the Guanajuato highlands feel a lot like spring), and plan to spend at least five days soaking in the sun-baked, old-world flavor of vibrant San Miguel and its surrounding Colonial towns.
Most of San Miguel's sightseeing highlights are clustered around the compact downtown area. This is a wonderful city for aimless wandering along its narrow cobbled lanes. One of the best city views is from the town's Mirador, located on a hill to the southeast of the city center. At the foot of the hill is El Chorro, which spouts a natural spring where the city's women come to do laundry. Further along is Parque Juárez, a shady green belt with ponds, fountains, and benches. If you are looking for an authentic Mexican town with international flair, centuries old history, and a relaxing almost peaceful feeling, San Miguel de Allende is the vacation (or retirement spot) for you.


Celebrate your wedding in San Miguel de Allende
 

Celebrate your wedding in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, the perfect setting for a stellar destination wedding: fascinating, romantic and festive.
Let San Miguel Weddings produce the unique wedding that reflects your personal tastes and desires, while freeing you and your guests to enjoy every moment of the wedding festivities. More and more couples are discovering San Miguel de Allende as an ideal place to get married, choosing it for its charm and romanticism, its picturesque cobblestone streets, beautiful venues, and hospitable, exclusive accommodations.
Whether you choose a small intimate wedding or a big elaborate event, we will customize your wedding adjusting to your specific needs. With the services we offer, you can save time and money and set your mind at rest knowing that all aspects of your wedding will be professionally planned and coordinated so you can fully enjoy this memorable day with your family and guests. San Miguel de Allende will be the best option for your special day.


Events in San Miguel
SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE EVENTS AND FESTIVALS

Festivals and Local Events in San Miguel de Allende

In San Miguel de Allende there is literally always some sort of event or festival taking place. For daily events in San Miguel such as yoga classes, literary readings, festivals and more, check the bulletin board at La Biblioteca Publica or Public Library. Whether you are looking to experience the cultural side of San Miguel or partake in one of the local events San Miguel de Allende is sure to please. Below is a list of events or festivals that take place in San Miguel de Allende Mexico throughout the year. We are always looking for more events in San Miguel de Allende, if you know of an event or festival that we should add to the list below contact us and we will consider it.

JANUARY

Ano Nuevo

Jan. 1 - Ano Nuevo - New Year's Day. Mexico and San Miguel rings in the New Year with celebrations featuring music, dance, food and fireworks. The atmosphere is wild, as if all the party-goers had simultaneously won the local casino grand jackpot. It truly is a sight to behold! There is nothing quite like it. Streets are filled with revelers, and friends and families congregate for parties that often last till dawn.

Natalicio del General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga

Jan. 21 - Natalicio del General Ignacio Allende y Unzaga - Birthday of General Ignacio Allende commemorates the birth of Don Ignacio Allende, hero of Mexico's fight for independence. The town San Miguel de Allende is named after him in tribute to his sacrifice.

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FEBRUARY

Carnival

Feb, Mar - Carnival - Festivity that takes place in San Miguel's, similar to Mardi Gras in the U.S. which is held in February and March. During this celebration you'll see parades, Mass ceremonies and cleansing rituals, such as people walking over hot coals.

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MARCH

Sabor San Miguel Viking

Sabor San Miguel Viking - International food and wine festival was created and organized to promote Mexico's great food and wine industry. Meet and interact with important celebrities and personalities of Mexican gastronomy. Info visit website

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APRIL

Semana Santa

Mar or April - Semana Santa - Holy Week, processions, celebration of Masses throughout the state. In some towns, the Burning of Judas ritual takes place, represented by paper-mache figures and cartoons of historical or contemporary personalities.

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MAY

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JUNE

Fiesta de San Antonio de Padua

June 13 - Fiesta de San Antonio de Padua - Festival of San Antonio de Padua. This traditional and very popular festival is held on June 13th. It is characterized by the "Los Locos" (Crazy ones) parade, where people dress in costume and masks and dance through the streets of San Miguel.

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JULY

International Guitar Festival

International Guitar Festival - Guitar festival, featuring performances throughout the city, master classes by internationally renowned artists, lectures, exhibitions of instruments, as well as a food and arts festival spotlighting traditional food and art from the region.

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AUGUST

Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara

Festival Internacional de Musica de Camara - International Chamber Music Festival. A classical music festival to bid farewell to the summer, featuring award-winning international ensembles, guest musicians and local artists performing in the city's open gardens. Info view website

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SEPTEMBER

Fiestas Patrias

Sept 6 - 16 - Fiestas Patrias - Patriots Festival in San Miguel is over a week long festival honoring the "Cry for Independence" leading up to Mexican Independence Day. Cultural activities, civic events and fireworks are displayed daily. Takes place at Casa de Ignacio Allende.

Dia de la Independencia

Sept 15 - Dia de la Independencia - (Independence Day) September 15 & 16. Military parades and reenactment of the Grito or call for independence from Spain in 1810. Parades and fireworks are displayed throughout the city, but concentrated at El Jardin or the cities central garden.

Sanmiguelada

Sanmiguelada - Also known as the Pamplonada because it is Mexico's imitation of Spain's "running of the bulls," the Sanmiguelada begun in 1973. This event has been cancelled until further notice, however we have information on past events...More

Fiesta de San Miguel Arcangel

Sept. 29 - Fiesta de San Miguel Arcangel - (Festival of the Archangel San Miguel. This festival is in honor of the Patron Saint of of San Miguel and is celebrated on September 29, every year. Cultural, social, artistic and sporting events are held throughout the city, along with bullfights.

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OCTOBER

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NOVEMBER

Dia de los Muertos

Nov 1, 2 - Dia de los Muertos - (Day of the Dead). Altars are built in homes, markets and shops to honor and receive dead souls which return to earth once a year. The day of the dead is considered a festive celebration rather than mournful event celebrating departed loved ones.

Annual Jazz Festival

Annual Jazz Festival - The Annual Jazz Festival is an opportunity to show some of the history behind Jazz as well as the history and culture that San Miguel de Allende offers to its visitors. Info view website

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DECEMBER

Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe

Dec 12 - Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe - (Virgin of Guadalupe Day).The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico. She appeared to the Indian Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac in the early 16th century. Celebration includes mass, serenades and pilgrimages.

Fiesta de Navidad

Dec 16 - 24 - Fiesta de Navidad - Christmas festivities in San Miguel de Allende celebrates its Christmas festivals with events for all the family with traditional posadas, pastoral plays, music, canticles and parades. The giant Christmas tree is lit in front of La Parroquio...More

Festival de San Miguel de Allende

Festival de San Miguel de Allende - International music festival, presented during the last two weeks of the year, the festival came to be recognized by the Mexican government as the country's best festival of classical music. Info view website

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