Ask the Staff: Girls' Weekend Away
Q: Hey Tommy! Thought I might get see if you have any suggestions on a girls' trip destination for 3/4 night trip. Looking around October and we're all traveling from different places. Thanks for your help! – Shawn in Hilton Head
A: Hey Shawn, thanks for the question. The typical girls' weekend away has really gone through a revolution in the last 20 years and the only limits to what can be done is the scope of your imagination. Here are a few suggestions to get your thought process going.
Take a Road Trip
I know it kind of sounds strange, but there is a certain level of bonding that you get while road tripping that you won’t get any other way. Why not fly all the girls into one location, rent a convertible, and hit two or three cities over the course of a couple of days. The fall is a beautiful time to see the foliage in the New England area, but you could visit anywhere in Pennsylvania, New York, or New Jersey and find better rates. There are plenty of wineries in upstate New York to try out while you are up there.
Another great road trip is a run down US 101 out west in Washington and Oregon and then onto California State Route 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway). Taking turns driving will allow everyone to enjoy those views. There are some great stops along the way as well.
Be a Kid Again
Trips to Vegas are a perennial favorite for girls' weekends but you probably want to do something different from the norm. I am a big fan of hitting the theme parks in Orlando. Whether you haven't been there since you were a kid, or when you were there with the kids it was really all about them, this is a chance for the adults to have some fun. You and the girls can plan to do one or many of them, or everyone can strike out on their own and everyone can meet up for lunch someplace. And trust me when I say doing these parks while having a couple of cocktails is more than half the fun. The other great thing about Orlando is that you can make it what you want. Great shopping and dining are all over the place. There are shows to see and if you want to go to the beach, it is about an hour away. If you have some space junkies in the group, you can head out to the Kennedy Space Center.
Take a Cruise
A group of girls that I know leave their husbands at home every year and they head out on a cruise. They like doing it so much that they have graduated from a three- to four-day cruise to going for at least a week now. Cruising isn’t for everyone, but if you have anyone that hasn’t been before in your group a three- to four-day is really a great way to try it out without feeling stuck for too long. If you want to have a spa day at sea, you can do it. There's margaritas and pina coladas at your fingertips almost 24/7; abundant food choices and casinos and dance clubs to keep you busy at night. There are more and more ports that cruise lines are going out of, so pick the one with the lowest airfare and go! Don’t forget there is plenty of duty free shopping along the way.
Home on the Range
If you really want to get out and do something different, why not try a dude ranch? I know it might seem a little intimidating but you can be as engaged as you want at these resorts. If you want to ride horses, learn to rope, and help take care of the herd, you can. If you want to just sit around the campfire, tell ghost stories, and grab a nip from your flask, you can do that, too. Some even have spas, yoga classes, and feature farm-to-table and locally-sourced food. Check out the link below for more.
Well, I hope that gives you a couple of ideas as to what truly is available for you do to out there. The truth is that any weekend away anywhere is great when you have the girls along. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little. There is no one it is easier to be embarrassed around than your besties.
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