San Miguel De Allende in Mexico is a gorgeous city rich with colonial architecture. San Francisco interior designers Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher share their favorite details with Architectural Digest as well as a view into their own spectacular compound.
The first time they visited San Miguel de Allende, in central Mexico, San Francisco–based interior designers Jeffry Weisman and Andrew Fisher fell hard for the city’s well-preserved colonial architecture, temperate climate, and artistic sensibility—so much so that they bought a house there. The pair have had a constant stream of guests ever since, even though San Miguel de Allende isn’t exactly the easiest of travel destinations. (The nearest airport, Aeropuerto Internacional de Querétaro, is 45 miles away; it offers direct connections to Houston, Dallas, and Mexico City; the Aeropuerto Internacional Del Bajío, about 70 miles from town, has direct connections to Los Angeles as well.) After two years of visiting San Miguel, the couple are now expert guides to their adopted hometown, which has been attracting American expats since the 1940s.
My brother, Jay, owns the only ballooning company there. He flies his gorgeous hot air balloons over the incredible antique city. I have been there many times and cannot wait to return. The art institute, the antique stores,and the prohibition of neon signs keep the landscape in its amazing original state and magnificent architecture are my favorite.
Gone with the Wind Balloon Adventures
Owners: Jay Kimball
Phone Number: (415) 152-6735
Address: Calle Recreo 68, El Centro, San Miguel de Allende, Gto., Mexico
The one hour bird’s-eye view over San Miguel de Allende will allow you to see the city in a very new way. Behind the carved wooden doors and high walls typical of colonial architecture, are wonderful courtyards and gardens unimaginable to the pedestrian.