Change of scenery

I SPENT MOST of my life before age 55 in hot zones. Southwest Georgia, northeast Florida, south Louisiana and east Texas.

I know sweat, and I don’t like it one bit.

So when I leaped off the treadmill, I opted for a big — very big — change of scenery not only in moving to Mexico but in settling atop an ever-cool mountain.

We  live 7,200 feet above the faraway sea — the Pacific Ocean — and we enjoy cool weather year-round. It can get a bit stuffy in the afternoons and early evenings of springtime, but it’s a small price to pay for the other 98 percent of the year.

Sometimes we like to visit a beach, and almost invariably we go to Zihuatanejo, which is about three hours from the Hacienda down a smooth autopista* past mango and avocado trees and high mountain lakes.

That’s our favorite beach, La Ropa, in the video.

If the urge to visit a throbbing megalopolis strikes, it’s about four hours, also on a smooth autopista, to Mexico City, or three hours in the other direction to Guadalajara.

If I don’t want to fight the traffic or teeming mobs of Mexico City, but I do want a wider variety of restaurants than we have here on the mountaintop, it’s less than a three-hour drive northeast to San Miguel de Allende.

Also on, of course, a smooth autopista.

In San Miguel, we now overnight at the Hotel Quinta Loreto right downtown, wonderfully located, not elegant but quite comfy, and a big room costs about $38 these days.**

The fabulous Café MuRo is less than a block away.

Sure, you have to elbow aside hordes of Gringos in San Miguel, both those who live there so they don’t have to learn Spanish and tourists who flock there for the same reason.

But that’s a minor distraction.

Then we return to the cool mountain air.

Changes of scenery are available in every direction.

It’s dang sweet.

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* An autopista is a fast-traveling toll highway. The tolls, which can be a bit high, keep the riffraff away.

** Including tax!

7 thoughts on “Change of scenery”

  1. Appreciate the tip for the Quinta Loreto…..for my next trip. I’d want to stay in town and enjoy that a bit more next time. If you know anyone with a rental in or near downtown SMA, I’d love a connection there. Possible plans to go back with friends.

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    1. Angeline: The Quinta Loreto is a great place to stay. The location is ideal, as is the price. If you read reviews on Trip Adviser, you’ll see quite a few negative comments, but a closer look reveals most all are from a decade or more ago. The reviews since then are almost universally positive. I read elsewhere that it was about 10 years ago that the hotel was renovated or something of that sort, so things changed. It’s not a fancy place at all, but for the price and location, I love it.

      And don’t miss the MuRo restaurant just up the block.

      As for other rentals in SMA, I know nothing. Sorry. There will be scads of them, however.

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  2. There is no disputing that you are gloriously central to much of Mexico. I, of course, am just 4 hours from Guadalajara, I need to take more advantage of its cultural offerings. And I am just an hour away from Mexico City by airplane. It is nice to live near an airport that can get me anywhere in the world with one or two stops.

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    1. Steve: I rarely fly anymore. That last time was from Mexico City to Havana in 2012. It was fun sitting in the lobby watching the lines of people heading somewhere in the U.S. They were getting searched up one way and the other, big hassle.

      And then when it was time for us to board our plane to Havana, we pretty much just walked onto the plane, hassle-free.

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    2. Steve, are you a baseball fan? If so, I recommend the Charros games which start in October in Gdl. The stadium in Zapopan is easy to get to and just beautiful, built for the Pan Am games a few years ago. My husband writes the baseball articles for the Gdl Reporter so we attend many games during the season. It is a beautiful city, with wonderful restaurants and theatres. Also, Tlaquepaque is very nice – it is where we take visitors who are timid about visiting Mexico – very upscale with great places to eat and mariachis playing everywhere.

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