Mexico Loving Writers’ Alert: Announces MBH Member Hacienda de los Santos’ Participation in the 2010 Nick Gallo Award

Acapulco, MEXICO (February 19, 2010)—Those who knew Nick Gallo knew how cool he thought Mexico Boutique Hotels were. We at agree completely, and we just confirmed their “coolness factor” when MBH director, Sylvie Laitre, called to tell us the insanely fabulous Hacienda de los Santos had agreed to be a part of the 2010 Nick Gallo Award.

Hacienda de los Santos
Hacienda de los Santos

We’re giddy with excitement, so let us share just a few tantalizing tidbits on Hacienda: Built in the 18th century for a wealthy silver baron, current owners Jim and Nancy Swickard lovingly restored the Hacienda de los Santos to its former glory. The couple, though, looked beyond the structure and the creature comforts to transform it into a cultural center and healthful retreat, championing the lovely town of Los Alamos and its citizens through community programs and offering its guests plenty of outdoor pursuits, indulgent spa services and wholesome, delectable dining.

The winner of the 2010 Nick Gallo Award will score three nights in a luxurious Hacienda Master Suite; daily full menu breakfast at the Agave Café (no puny Continental Breakfast here); two massages; two fine dinners and the pièce de resistance: a one-hour aerial tour of the Sierra Madre with pilot and owner, Jim Swickard.

Allow us to remind you that our other great partner, Aeromexico, will fly the winner and his or her significant other into Ciudad Obregón from their closest U.S. gateway, just about an hour away from the hotel. Nick was a five-star writer, so we want this to be a five-star prize. We’re thinking: “mission accomplished.”

Note to writers: you love Mexico, we love Mexico. Let’s show the love and show the world this destination is so much more than hype and bad headlines.

The 2010 Nick Gallo Award will be handed out during SECTUR’s Tianguis Turístico convention, held from April 25-28 in the Acapulco International Center. The winner of the 2010 Nick Gallo award will receive an engraved plaque created by Laurie Brown-Gallo plus a three-night stay for two in MBH’s Hacienda de los Santos, including air from their closest U.S. gateway courtesy of Aeromexico. Entries are only open to freelance writers based in the United States and Canada. For more information and details, visit

About Nick Gallo

Nick Gallo, two-time winner of the Mexico Tourism Board’s prestigious Pluma de Plata award, regular contributor to such prestigious titles as Travel & Leisure, Alaska Airlines Magazine, United Airlines Hemispheres, Private Clubs, Northwest Airlines WorldTraveler, father, husband and matchless colleague, passed away in October 2007 while on assignment in Greece. A touching in memoriam written by fellow writers can be found at


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About Mexico Boutique Hotels:

Established in 1999, MBH is a collection of upscale, independent member properties (located in  25 destinations throughout Mexico) handpicked for their intimacy, high level of service and outstanding attributes. Some are housed in exquisitely restored buildings, others are paeans to Mexican cuisine, still others showcase the sleekly modern–but they each encourage guests to savor the many fascinating traditions of this vast country, and all offer guests a unique travel experience. Typically less than 30 rooms in size, they are often destinations unto themselves. Based in Puerto Vallarta, MBH is staffed by an experienced team of multicultural—and multilingual—travel and hospitality professionals who both live and work in Mexico.

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About Aeromexico:

AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, currently operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s new Terminal 2 at its Mexico City International Airport hub to 40 destinations in Mexico, 16 U.S. locations in 11 states as well as major cities that include Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires in 12 other countries in Latin America, Europe and Asia. U.S. cities served are Los Angeles, Ontario (Ca.), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver, San Antonio, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Orlando and Miami. Service will be added to Toronto, Canada, on March 3, and Montreal on April 2. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout this network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 11 full member carriers and three associate carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world’s best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service. Additional information is available at 1-800-237-6639.

Lisa Coleman, Alex Gallo, winner Dan Millington, David  Simmonds and Lydia Gregory at the 2009 Nick Gallo Award presentation in Acapulco, Mexico.
Lisa Coleman, Alex Gallo, winner Dan Millington, David Simmonds and Lydia Gregory at the 2009 Nick Gallo Award presentation in Acapulco, Mexico.