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Out of the Vortex, into the Sun: Long-Weekend Getaways for Midwesterners

Last Friday, Karen Weiner Escalera recommended eight warm-weather resorts accessible to New Yorkers seeking to flee the polar vortex for a long weekend. Karen has worked in the luxury travel business for many years as president of a luxury travel marketing and PR firm, KWE Partners; she also writes a top blog on quality food, fashion, culture, and travel called (One of the recommended destinations, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, is a client of Karen’s).

This week we highlight some long-weekend-getaways accessible to Minnesotans. And they surely deserve a winter break: At times this year, their state has been declared colder than Antarctica.

We asked Karen to recommend luxe resorts: Since we vortex-fleers need pampering, we’re willing to splurge—stay only two or three nights, but have splendid accommodations.  May the planes be flying on the day of your getaway! —Ed.



Capella Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas  (4 hours 5 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota; 5 hours, 20 minutes New York.)

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A high-quality resort—great attention to detail and excellent service and appointments. Among the amenities: Guacamole in every room every afternoon; a magnificent beach with clear, transparent water; in the evening, firepits to sit around as you enjoy your margarita; special pampering treats poolside like tropical fruit ice pops, piña coladas; a spectacular breakfast buffet daily.


Rosewood, San Miguel de Allende (3 hours, 56 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota; 4 hours, 39 minutes from New York.)

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Casa Misha, San Miguel de Allende (both 3 hours, 56 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota; 4 hours, 39 minutes from New York.)


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I think of San Miguel as the Santa Fe of Mexico. Ideal climate, a center of culture and the arts, casually sophisticated—with these two hotels, a perfect destination for a winter getaway. 


Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya  (3 hours, 55 minutes from St. Paul, Minnesota; 3 hours, 40 minutes from New York City).

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If your idea is having a no-worries, totally pampered holiday complete with personal butler and restaurants comparable to those you’d find in a major world capital, this is your place. It’s über-luxe and all-inclusive: Everything except spa treatments—even tips and tax—is included.

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