Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Vancouverites open boutique hotel in Mexico

San Francisco ~ I'm en route back to Whidbey Island after spending nine days in Mexico. Two in Mexico City and the rest of the time visiting my 92-year-old Aunt Corinne in San Miguel de Allende -- she's been wintering there for 30+ years.

I'd never been to San Miguel, and fortunately I discovered a wonderful inn high up in the hills. Called
Casa Don Pascual, it's only been open for a little over a year, and yes there is a Canadian connection. The owners, Herbert and Pascal, are Vancouverites. Here's info from their website about their truly spectacular inn:
Winter 2004 was upon us in Vancouver, British Columbia. We needed some sunshine and were surfing the internet about a Mexican destination we did not know yet. There it was, San Miguel de Allende, colonial, colors, high up in the Sierra Madre at almost 2000 meters, lots of art, music, traditions, folklore and much more. “Thats the place we want to visit”. We booked a B & B, spent a wonderful week in San Miguel de Allende, returned many times more in the next 6 months and ended up building our own dream house and B & B, Casa Don Pascual. We are located close to the historic center, only a short walk to the main square of San Miguel de Allende, called by the locals el jardin - the garden.

Designed, built and managed by the owners, no details were spared and Luxury was our guide. Our Bed & Breakfast hotel offers up to 5 suites, all beautifully decorated and painted in bright, Mexican vibrant colors. All rooms have a fireplace. Large bathrooms with double sinks, heat and fullsize bathtubs complement the comfort of Casa Don Pascual.

Enjoy our large saltwater outdoor pool with jacuzzi or simply grab a book in our spacious living room and read by the fireplace. From our generous outdoor patios enjoy the breathtaking views of San Miguel de Allende and its many churches. You will savor our sumptuous breakfasts offering Mexican and international cuisine.
I stumbled upon their website by accident and soon I was booked in for a night. I can't wait to return. 

Unfortunately, Herbert and Pascal were in Vancouver during my too-short stay, but I'm planning to have lunch with them up north next month. Running the show during their absence is Bryan, a most wonderful host from Ontario. 

It took two years to build Casa Don Pascual, a luxury B&B high in the hills of San Miguel
Photograph by Sue Frause

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