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Discover the treasures of San Miguel with the SPA

By Marc Berube

We’ve all discovered this treasure called San Miguel. And still undiscovered treasures continue to emerge. One is the village of Jalpa and the magical hacienda Purisima de Jalpa, just over the mountains, where the SPA will be holding its March fundraiser. You’ll be astounded by the serenity, beauty and history of this place!

Everyone knows the SPA is a no-kill shelter, but did you know that Purisima is also a shelter for some horses that would have otherwise lost their lives? Another largely unknown fact about Purisima is that their world-class chef, Enrique Farjeat from Mexico City, uses only organic produce grown on the property. Purisima de Jalpa has a working organic farm producing the best chemical-free, nutrient-dense vegetables the planet can offer.

Chef Farjeat has 17 years of cooking experience, having received his first gastronomic training at the Ritz Escoffier in Paris. He later became the director of food and beverage at St. Regis Hotel in Mexico City, as well as being responsible for preparing and presenting traditional Mexican food to UNESCO, which lists elements of regional or national culture like a country’s cuisine deemed so valuable they are considered treasures of global culture.

The hacienda has always welcomed guests. In 1810, Ignacio Pérez spent his first night on his ride to warn Ignacio Allende and Miguel Hidalgo of the approaching Spanish army. The Spanish revolution is said to have been delayed one day because there was a fiesta at Purisima de Jalpa!

Come to the SPA’s March event and discover the place that could delay a revolution! A magnificent and magical hacienda complete with casino, outdoor theater, porticos and patios. Horses, dogs and even a goose. Five-hundred-year-old yucca trees, organic greenhouses, walking paths and a tranquil lake where kayaking is available.

You won’t want to miss this! No need for many hours of car or bus travel to experience the “real Mexico.” It’s right here. Come experience Sondheim tunes on the baby grand, entertainment in the outdoor theater, remarkable cuisine and the serenity and beauty of the lake and grounds. All of this will be included in SPA’s “Treasures of San Miguel” event in March. Limited transportation provided and car pools encouraged. Horseback riding and kayaking are also available, additional to the event, by contacting Susan Zerman Williams at Tickets go on sale February 24 for this memorable event, which will be held on March 23.


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