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Mexico: A hacienda to hold your attention( Christopher Reynolds / Los Angeles Times )
Some rooms demand that you hold still for a minute. This sitting area in the Hacienda de los Santos Hotel, Alamos, Mexico, was one of those. The building is about 300 years old. Alamos, once a silver-mining boomtown, is in the state of Sonora. Its graceful old buildings have attracted a small American expat community.
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