Navigate / search

Southern California Beaches: A Native’s 3 Favorites

The last of winter’s rains are washing through the streets, but a sudden profusion of skirts and sandals says that San Francisco is ready for spring. I’m with the masses–Mother Nature needs to pick up the pace and get summery! But without the aid of a weather-controlling device, I’ve really only got two choices: wait out the chill, or drive south to SoCal.

It took me some time away from home to really appreciate Southern California. In fact, this has been the first year spring has really signaled an inner craving for a day on the beach. I’ve found myself flipping through swimwear catalogues, pricing tickets to the coast, and wondering how well those spray tans work–the whole pre-summer ritual. And every time I begin planning my escape, I start with Laguna Beach.

Laguna Beach

What does an all-inclusive deal to Mexico include

Dear Editors,

I am looking at an all-inclusive vacation deal to Mexico. What exactly does that mean in regards to food and drinks? Are we given an unlimited budget for meals and drinks – including alcohol? Would we be on a schedule for meals? The package says that there is 24-hour room service. Would we be able to order food and alcoholic beverages whenever our hearts desire?

Ruth

 


 

Hi Ruth,

Question of the Week: What Exactly Do All-Inclusive Resorts in Mexico Cover?

Dear Editors,

I am looking at an all-inclusive vacation deal to Mexico. What exactly does that mean in regards to food and drinks? Are we given an unlimited budget for meals and drinks – including alcohol? Would we be on a schedule for meals? The package says that there is 24-hour room service. Would we be able to order food and alcoholic beverages whenever our hearts desire?

Ruth

Photo Courtesy of Catalonia Riviera Maya All-Inclusive.

 


 

Hi Ruth,

San Miguel de Allende: Colonial Mexico Charms

When I told people I was going to Mexico and NOT staying on the beach, a look of sincere confusion would cross their faces. “Oh, so you’re going to Mexico City, then?” they’d ask. “No, San Miguel de Allende.” San Miguel…what?

Neither a sun-soaked beach nor a mega-metropolitan center, San Miguel is nestled in the heart of central Mexico and is a colonial gem. Perched more than 6,000 feet above sea level, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is hands down one of the most charming destinations I’ve ever visited and it offered me a peek into the sleepy villages of Mexico’s past.

Where To Eat in Mexico City

I took a trip to Mexico City last December and here’s what I was most excited about: the history, the culture, and—if we’re honest—the margaritas.

Here’s what I didn’t think to be excited about: the food.

Turns out, however, that Mexico City is a veritable hotbed of culinary genius, a firm foodie favorite that rivals other great “eating” cities like New York, San Francisco, and Paris.

But where do you start? How do you know where to eat? Well, my friends, read on.

1. For the best view over the Zocalo–and, arguably, the best guacamole of your life–nothing beats the bar at the top of the Majestic Hotel. Come here before dinner to unwind with a margarita on the rooftop while watching the hustle and bustle of the square below. Ave. Madero 73, Col Centro, Mexico City, 06000. Phone: +52 55 55218600