8.17.2009

TRAVELING SHOES .... ALAMOS, MEXICO

Set back into the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains, among the Tropical Deciduous Forest, you will find one of the most pristine Spanish Colonial Villages in all of Mexico. Alamos is over three hundred and seventy years old . The colonial mansions were built by prospering silver barons as it was once a mining town. - These days it is a lovely and perfectly preserved retreat for those who are fortunate enough to live there.
It's a place that always draws us back - I've lost count of how many times we have been.
Sometimes we go alone. Twice we have taken Jasmine. One year our friends Michael and Diane joined us there.................................
They arrived in the evening and tracked us down at the cantina in the Hotel Casa De Los Tersoro. (below)
Vines and flowers cover the walls that surround the courtyards........................


We have stayed at a few different hotels and B&B's. Our favorite is Solipaso, owned by the McKay's.
They rent out three rooms and have a casita that we are particularly fond of.
Operated by David and Jen McKay it has a small cafe on the premises. David and Jen also give Eco tours and have a retreat a few miles out of town called - El Pedregal Nature Lodge and Retreat Center.
You can usually find Jim in the courtyard of the Casita catching up on his reading.
The Casita and courtyard are so beautiful - sometimes it's hard to leave.
The main house - Solipaso - used to be the armory where all of the silver was kept and guarded.
The three rooms in the main house have private bathrooms and open out onto the courtyard.

Michael and Jim try their hand at bargaining with a street vendor............


You know I love it when Diane is along on a trip - she is very photogenic and has a fantastic collection of vintage clothes which she wears beautifully - usually with her cowboy boots or sometimes, high top sneakers.

Alamos is a great place to go when you truly want to get away from it all. Serene and quiet during the day and more active in the evenings when people come out from behind the walls of these colonial casas to socialize. The plaza comes alive with music and food vendors. Music is quite important to the village of Alamos and festivals are held throughout the year. Jim and Jasmine had a great time one evening following the "La Estudiantina" procession. Students dressed in the clothing of Spain of the 11th to 13th centuries join to sing and play instruments while leading processions through the winding cobblestone streets. Much to my regret, I don't have a photo of the procession. I stayed in that evening. Maybe next time........................................


Michael and Diane in front of La Puerta Roja Inn owned and operated by Teri Arnold. A wonderful B&B not far from the main plaza.
IF YOU GO: Alamos is off the beaten path. We usually drive down through Tucson, Arizona, south through the border town of Nogales and then wind our way down along the coastline of the Sea of Cortez to Navojoa. Alamos is 35 miles east of Navojoa. Michael and Diane flew down to Guymas, rented a car and drove the rest of the way to Alamos. After spending several days in Alamos - we usually head further south to Mazatlan for a little beach time.
WHERE TO STAY: I would recommend any of the three places listed above and also:

Photography By: Ryannan Bryer de Hickman
Sotto Il Monte Vineyards

13 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed sharing your trip through the beautiful photographs. What a wonderful escape this is!

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  2. IF I go??? I am chomping at the bit with those pics!!


    Ok...talk to me girl...have you been to Buenos Aires??? Help a fellow blogger find a great, small totally cool place to stay...if you have...my brain is FRIED!

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  3. I will certainly click on the links later this afternoon when home.. but I just want to say your photos are so INVITING..Diane is adorable:) I love how she looks..sounds funny I know but I do:)

    I would want to stay too..it's so lovely and peaceful..the vegetation..architecture..You have had fun along this way of life~

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  4. oh i just love your traveling shoes... you take such fastastic pics it such a treat to visit... you take so many great shots and all your company is very photogenic!

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  5. Gorgeous pics and wow what a beautiful scenery!
    i love your friend's style ! :-)

    Ry, this is the link of my other blog Un mariage au soleil...i thought you might like it too!
    Lala

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  6. Ry what a truly magical place, I can almost smell the scent of the sweet blossoms wafting through my computer screen. Thank you for your delightful comments over @ The Hedge today - you are such a sweet girl.
    Millie ^_^

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  7. Cara Ry,

    Great photo as usual. Intriguing. You spoil us with your generous photo cronicles, Ry. Not that I mind!
    So thrilling to come along with you and your friends into this stunning ambiente. Love your friend's vintage, by the way! Buon week-end e bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

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  8. You make Mexico look irresistible... your friend has lovely understated style, but unlike you she needs to work on her hub ;-)

    Gorgeous pictorial Ry...

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    1. Actually - Michael is one of the best dressed men that I know! He is Italian - and has a very elegant style about him. On that particular trip, it was a little chillier than any of us anticipated - so we layered on as many clothes as we had!

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  9. What a beautiful post. The pictures are amazing!! I love the way your friend dresses with those vintage outfit and cowboy boots. What a fun look!!

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  10. Wow, these photographs are outstanding. I have never been to Alamos but this definitely makes me want to visit. Thank you for posting these.

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  11. What a magical place, and beautiful images, it feels like you are in Spain, which I had to pleasure visit last year while my daughter was studying there, you have an amazing eye.

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