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Ever dream of quitting the rat race and opening a resort in paradise? Former corporate CEO Lisa Harper did, and her Rancho Pescadero resort in Todos Santos is catnip to the vacation-lover in all of us.

Located an hour north of the comparatively bustling (and Spring Break-hustling) town of Cabo San Lucas, Todos Santos is a fishing village and artists' community where there's little development and even less nightlife.

This solitude drew Harper here to build a 27-room resort devoted to outdoor activity--ranging from boogie boarding and yoga, to poolside-basking and spa-going--rather than electronic media.

Most rooms in the 15-acre resort overlook the Pacific, the better for whale-watching in bed. Decor skews toward a colorful, minimalist vibe (a refreshing change from the regrettable kitsch of many Mexican resorts). Local seafood is plentiful and most fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown in a garden overseen by the same chefs who own Healdsburg's Zin Restaurant. Before dinner, sit by the fire pit and sip a tequila made from local agave, the better to kick-start your getaway.

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