It’s not all work and no play around the office – recently Rob and Robert took a break to visit an incredible part of Mexico that is a bit of a well-kept secret.

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

San Miguel de Allende is in the middle of Mexico, about halfway between New Mexico in the U.S. and Guatemala in the south. The city has deep historical roots, including colonization in the 16th century. In the early 20th century, the city was crumbling and fading. Artists, writers, and ex-pats began moving to San Miguel, and the town slowly came back to life. Today it is a vibrant art and design hub – and a beautiful place to live or visit.

Rob and his wife Margaret (owner of Margaret Donaldson Interiors) first fell in love with San Miguel on a design trip. They wanted to share the city with their kids, so this time they brought their sons Robert and Thomas, and Thomas’ wife, Maddy.

“The art and architecture were stunning,” Rob says. “There are no stoplights, and the entire town has an old, historic feel with cobblestone streets. The food was incredible as well – very different tastes than back home in the US. We also toured a ceramic factory, and it was neat to see how the locals hand painted each of the pottery pieces.”

Rob says he would love to go back. “It’s is a beautiful, quiet town that is wonderfully preserved. It is hard to describe without having visited,” he says.

(If you would like to visit San Miguel Allende, Margaret Donaldson Interiors is hosting a trip from Charleston in 2019. You can follow their blog or send an email for details.)