by Joan Gould Winderman
Janet arrived in Alamos ready to take on the enormous project of designing a world-class hotel and restaurant by herself. She is originally from New Orleans and is unique in the expat community with her southern accent and manner. She brought with her gorgeous furnishings and a sense of style that have blossomed into the Hotel Colonial, where many Mexican families now come from all over Sonora to celebrate weddings and family reunions in the lovely garden surroundings. For a time she operated a restaurant with the best pizzas in all of Alamos. She too has offered her help and kitchen in times of emergency, as when Alamos was flooded. And we all remember those Mardi Gras parties celebrated for the first time in Alamos. The little red Alamos train snaked through the streets spraying beads and getting everybody’s attention.