Hacienda de los Santos – Mexico – Part 2

As promised, here is the exquisite Hacienda de los Santos in Alamos, Mexico, where we visited during New Year’s. In case you missed, here is Thursday’s Mexico Part 1. We did not stay at the Hacienda but the lovely owners are friends and we ate there every night.

It does not hurt that playing at dinner is a very handsome guitarist who I am sure prays that people like me do not sing along with him to Guantanamero. But people like me sing anyway because with enough margueritas they become Beyoncé.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

The welcoming entry to Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

The Hacienda was glowingly featured in Architectural Digest a few years back in a piece by Patricia Leigh Brown with a passle of great photos by David O. Marlowe. See all in the January 2005 article here and read the story of Jim and Nancy Swickard, who came to Alamos 20-some years ago thinking they were retiring. Ha.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Instead they bought and restored a 17th-century, 12-bedroom hacienda. As happens, one casa led to another over, namely two adjoining properties and a sugar mill. The result is one of the most charmingly assembled group of buildings and gardens I’ve ever seen. And that is saying something. Many more photos are on the Hacienda de los Santos website. Do take a look.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

There are several pools, three restaurants, many places to lounge and laze, and a wonderful spa. Oh, and two putting greens. Really no reason to leave… and always a member of the family around to make you feel welcome — three generations now, including two beautiful daughters, one of whom is married to the handsome guitarist. In case you were getting any ideas.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

I am fascinated by the Hacienda’s famous banyon tree that obviously has a thing for palm trees, one in particular, giving new meaning to the term “growing old together.”

This tree was planted by Cortés himself.

Not really.

But it is said to have been planted in 1548, and whoever planted had definitely heard of Cortés, who died the previous year. In case you had forgotten.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

It's a wrap: banyon and palm trees together forever.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Every room and cranny is decorated with Spanish and Latin American antiques and memorabilia the Swickard family has devotedly collected over the years.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

The bar features more than 400 kinds of tequila, and the walls are hung with all manner of branding irons, spurs, hats, guns and other vaquero essentials.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

The bar at Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

I highly recommend the cheeseburger — and the margueritas of course.

Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

A bejeweled santo inhabits a nook in the Hacienda de los Santos, Alamos, Mexico

Coming up next… the lovely, private Casa de la Plata, where we stayed, just down the street from the Hacienda.

Hasta la vista, baby.

I’ve been dying to say that.

 

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12 Responses to: Hacienda de los Santos – Mexico – Part 2

  1. Jim Swickard says: Frances....many, many thanks and also Mil Gracias, Jim PS....it was great to meet you and we are happy for both of you. Return soon!
    January 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm
    • Frances says: Dear Jim and all your wonderful family, it was great to meet you too, and we look forward to la proxima. Frances
      January 6, 2013 at 1:46 am
  2. emily says: Holla Frances - beautiful images. It brings back memories from my trips to Mexico. I love the bar decorations...so original. Emily @ UpstateCountryHouse.com
    January 5, 2013 at 9:40 pm
    • Frances says: Thank you, Emily!
      January 6, 2013 at 1:45 am
  3. Leslie in Little Rock says: What a rich and lovely place!! Your pictures certainly do it justice!! I think they need to make a new web page brochure with your pictures. With what camera do you use to take such beautiful pics? HNY
    January 5, 2013 at 11:01 pm
    • Frances says: Oh goodness Leslie, thank you. My photos are hit and miss but I'm learning. They are all on the iPhone 4S, and the biggest challenge is holding it still enough for the pictures to be in focus. I believe there is a gizmo or attachment that helps to stabilize the camera but I haven't gotten around to it yet. Will do, will do... Happy New Year to you, Frances
      January 6, 2013 at 1:44 am
  4. Ellen @Color Calling says: Just gorgeous, Frances. You are a threat with your iPhone, most bloggers seem to apologize for iPhone photos. Yours are beautifully shot. I never would have guessed.
    January 6, 2013 at 9:41 am
    • Frances says: Thanks Ellen! I get a lot of practice, but there are oh so many crummy ones! Btw - if you have a Mac, there are some really good and easy enhancement techniques when you hit the "edit" button - one of which is the "enhance" button... one of my secrets... :)
      January 6, 2013 at 10:36 am
  5. katherine says: Beautiful photos, Frances.....you've added yet another vaca destination to my already long list! HNY to all!
    January 6, 2013 at 10:23 am
  6. Whitney Worthington says: What a beautiful place. It really does look magical and I cannot wait to look into it!
    January 7, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  7. lissy parker says: Jealous! What a wonderful place to ring in the New Year! The twining trees are so beautiful. xo, Lissy
    January 7, 2013 at 7:25 pm
    • Frances says: Thank you Miss Lissy - Happy New Year to you, F
      January 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm