On my last day in San Miguel de Allende, I always visit El Jardín—the central square around which life in this colonial city revolves—one more time. I walk over to the pink, neo-Gothic Parroquiá parish church, go in, light a candle, and say a little prayer that one day soon, my husband, Jack, and I will return to this magical place where time stands still. It has become my ritual. It is a gift to be here.
Locals rejoiced last July when The Mezz opened above Sermet’s at 276 King Street, marking a reincarnation of sorts of the beloved Mezzane music venue that operated in the same location until 2004. And this time, one of contemporary Charleston’s most famed jazzmen, Quentin Baxter, is serving as artistic director.