The gorgeous lagoon at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya
Living in Chicago during the winter can be tough, especially this year with the doom of the polar vortex. So I took a quick week-long trip to Riviera Maya for a four-day concert from one of my favorite bands in the world, My Morning Jacket. My travel companion wound up getting sick and unable to join me. I met new, wonderful friends who I spent my week with, enjoying delicious dinners, plenty of beachy cocktails, the gorgeous beach and lagoon and glorious pools with swim-up bars and of course amazing concerts from My Morning Jacket and other bands. It was a week in Heaven (and coincidentally, the one wing of the hotel I stayed in was called Heaven). The hotel is all-inclusive and offers credits to get massages and more in the spa, which was a great addition to an already stellar week. It was the perfect escape from the below-zero polar vortex. I can't wait to go back next January.