Queen of the Road: Diary of a Winter Wimp

November 24 “It snowed today … so beautiful. The flakes were big and fluffy and I feel like I am walking on a cloud.” December 1 “It snowed today … it’s really cold. No one really told me about the wind chill. What happened to that yellow ball in the sky?” December 30 “It snowed today … the weatherman lied. My face is as white as (bleeped). I feel like getting into my sweats and sleeping until (bleeped) May.” Here’s my advice. Don’t walk, RUN, to your computer and book a trip now to a hot destination in a place far, far away from Michigan. Let’s face it, January through March, also known as flu season, is the perfect time to get away. And it is never too late to plan your escape. Here are a four HOT destination sites to help beat those winter blues: If you are looking for a place to relax and rejuvenate, check out the Canyon Ranch or Miraval in Tucson, Arizona. Miraval has been rated as the “best place for Yoga” in the nation and you will be amazed by the food and the hiking as this backs right up to the Santa Catalina Mountains. Need to get away from your kids? Try the adult spa package for two at Mii Amo in Sedona, Arizona. Inspired by the rich wisdom and traditions of Native American people, this Sedona spa retreat presents a luxurious spa experience where you can find balance and experience breathtaking beauty of red rock canyons. The price isn’t for the faint of heart, but is all-inclusive, and you deserve it, don’t you? Hoping for something closer to home? Siesta Key in Florida offers dozens of hotels and bed and breakfast inns, plus 369 vacation rentals. I highly recommend trying Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) to book a waterfront condo, or go in with your friends and reserve a house right on the beach. If you love all-inclusive family resorts, Beaches at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, offers some of the best kid-centered activities at a price your family can afford-up to 50 percent off depending on the season. Wherever you go, GO. Don’t wait another minute. The only way to avoid the winter chill this season is to chill somewhere else — in the heat.

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