Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baby It's Cold Outside

Well Old Man Winter has arrived in earnest throughout much of the country. From the Rockies to the panhandle of Florida folks are seeing record low temperatures and I am sure you heard about those blizzards that socked the Midwest. Hey, did you see the roof of the Metrodome in Minnesota come down over the weekend? Thank goodness no one was on hand at the time. With the way the Vikings have played this year, I am sure their fans were wanting the game canceled instead of rescheduled for the next day. But even with an extra day off Brett Favre's injuries ended his consecutive starts streak at 297. That's 19 years without missing a start folks. Heck, I go on vacation for a living and even I miss a day here or there. He's one tough guy, and I hope he enjoyed his well-deserved day off. I just hope he stayed off the Blackberry, if you know what I mean.

So we've got snow in the MidWest, frigid temperatures in the East, and rain and mudslides in the West. Where's an ambassador to go for some nice weather? Can you say Cabo? That's right. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, has a ten-day forecast with daily highs in the 80s, nightly lows in the 50s, and 0% chance of precipitation. That's what I'm talkin' about! Cape St. Lucas, or simply Cabo, lies at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, and is a seaside paradise. Once known as a rowdy outpost for sport-fishing and rabble-rousing (think Hemingway), it is now Mexico's premiere luxury resort destination; and that is saying something for a country that is also home to Acapulco, Puerto Vallarta, and Cancun. Once you arrive, usually by plane or boat, you can lose the car and explore pretty much everything Cabo has to offer on foot.

El Medano ("the sand dune") is the main beach in Cabo and, depending on your activity requirements, is a place you could spend your entire stay. Its beautiful, long, sandy beaches are perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and all manner of water sports. But no trip to Cabo would be complete without a visit to Playa del Amor and El Arco. In English, that is Lover's Beach (hubba hubba) and The Arch. The former is a remote and secluded beach accessible by water, and the latter is a towering rock formation at the very tip of the peninsula. It literally is land's end, where the Pacific meets the Sea of Cortez. Several times a year the tide is so low in this area that you can walk right under the arch. The rest of the time it is partially submerged and people say it looks like a rhino getting a drink of water - but some people say that about me when I am snorkeling so, who knows.

While in Cabo I am staying at Casa Dorada at Medano Beach. There are so many great resorts here, it was hard to choose just one. I went with Casa Dorada because of its location right on Medano Beach, two pools, two restaurants, three bars, private beach club, walking distance to everything, and access to world-class amenities like the spa center and gym. It's no wonder the English translation of this place is "golden house" and that RedWeek members rate it 5-stars. You can rent an ocean-view timeshare that sleeps four for as little as $179/night.

Well I am off to Museo del Tequila, or the Tequila Museum. Located in Cabo's "Golden Zone" it is a must-see for anyone interested in the history, production, and tasting of Mexico's favorite alcoholic beverage. The tour I am taking includes samples of five different tequilas, representing the five different regions of Mexico's tequila production. I'll be walking of course, but I am also going to switch off the Blackberry as well. Because drinking and texting just don't mix - even if you are Brett Favre.

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