2013's Best Four-Day Vacations

Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico
Oaxaca, Mexico (The Mexican Tourism Board)
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Oaxaca, Mexico
Here are three compelling reasons why now is the time to travel to Oaxaca: Three new cooking schools recently started offering classes in this culinary mecca. Plus, three boutique hotels, a handful of white-linen restaurants, and four mezcalerias opened shop here. If you’ve never sipped mezcal, you’re missing a trend—Oaxaca’s mezcal production grew 43 percent between 2010 and 2011. Oaxaca is where the best of Mexico comes together in one place—ruins, genuine crafts, unexplored and undeveloped coastline, beaches, and colonial cities. And, yes, food, whether it’s empanadas, tamales, mole, or insanely rich hot chocolate. Bonus? The (misguided) hype about the Mayan calendar in 2012, which is said to have nearly doubled tourism in the southern states, has died down.

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