Mexico

Colonial Gems

written by | Posted on October 1st, 2009

Mexico’s Colonial Heartland is priced at $9,820 pp dbl.

northern treasures Who knew there was a colonial town so close to Arizona? Alamos is actually Mexico’s northernmost colonial town, right on the foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountains. It was once a silver mining town and still preserves much of the nuances of another time, including cobblestone streets, “estudiantinas” or strolling student troubadours and many colonial structures. In fact, 188 of these have been designated historic monuments. Travelers can arrange a visit to the Copper Canyon or a day-long float trip along the Mayo River through their hotel or simply join the Home & Garden Tour departing on Saturdays from the Museo Costumbrista by the main plaza. This is also a good departure point to take in a day of hiking on Mount Alamos.

The most indulgent stay in Alamos is Hacienda de Los Santos, a multiple AAA diamond-award winner. This is a repeat sure thing, made up of three 18th century mansions, original artwork and antiques everywhere and an almost oversaturated lushness to its surroundings. Its 25 rooms come with the fluffiest of king-size beds and ultra-soft leather chairs, amid other Spanish colonial furnishings. Leisurely time here can be anything from horseback riding and mountain biking to quick dips in small swimming pools or a shot at the archery range. There’s even a 75-seat theater to enjoy a film or a live musical performance. Clients wanting to arrive incognito can use its private landing runway and hangar. Rates start at $255 per night and include continental breakfast.