After January, I love to go to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, as San Miguel has four distinct seasons because of the altitude being 6000 Ft above sea level; it begins to reblossom in February.
The days start cool and sunny and proceed to a high of 80 degrees Fahrenheit falling to mid-'60s in the evening. The perfect combination of "sweater weather." It is pretty incredible, allowing me two "springs."
The "Dia de la Candelaria" is celebrated traditionally on the 40th day after the birth of Christ, so this usually falls in the first days of February. The celebration is a "blessing" of seeds representing light to the world. In San Miguel, it is the unofficial opening of Spring, and a giant plant fair begins with vendors selling everything from gardenias to primrose. The event is a sweet assault on the senses of color and fragrance, making everyone agreeable to want to plant and begin a new.
Besides the new beginnings, San Miguel is a perfect walking town that lets one absorb everything street side and investigate its history of architecture, food, and culture.
Great stays can be found at any number of boutique hotels, including Casa Sierra Nevada and L'Ôtel in the town's center.
Packing is super easy. Swimming trunks with fingers crossed, light sweaters for early morning and evenings. Panama Havana Straw hat, which you can also purchase in San Miguel along with Cohiba cigars to pair with any number of popular Tequilas like Casa Dragones. Chino trousers and jeans, a couple of collared shirts and T's and one mid-weight blazer for evenings.
It's a taste of what we have come to expect for Spring with the anticipation it provokes.