Getaways for the girls
The perfect excuse for a long-overdue trip with the girls.
If you’re in need of a stress-free vacation and like the idea of being pampered, having a drink by the pool or shopping til’ you drop, a girlfriend getaway might be in order. If you’re searching for an all-fun, no-stress vacation, take a look at our girlfriend getaway roundup.
Wine and dine
Napa Valley is the mecca of girlfriend getaways with its stunning views, irresistible shopping and terrific dining. And, don’t forget the wine. There are more than 400 wineries from which to choose within a 30-minute drive or scenic bike ride. If sparkling wine and cheese pairings on an outdoor terrace are your thing, check out Mumm Napa. Guests can experience Mumm’s wine by the flight or glass and tour the sparkling winemaking process.
While life is better with bubbles, it’s also better with food. There are more than 100 restaurants in the area that have received more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region in the world. From locally-sourced food to homecooked favorites, there’s plenty to satisfy your taste buds.
If you’re looking for some rejuvenation, head to the Blue Ridge Mountains and stay at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The Spa at the inn is a 43,000 square-foot sanctuary with more than 20 water features, including numerous mineral based pools, saunas and eucalyptus-infused steam rooms.
If that isn’t enticing enough, you can pair your spa stay with a day-trip to the Biltmore, the largest privately owned house in the United States, where a tour ticket includes a tasting and tour of Antler Hill Village and Winery to sample merlot, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and other varietals from the Biltmore collection.
While Portland, Ore., may have the image of a hipster Disney World, it’s packed full of fancy brunch spots, food tours and a huge outdoor market. Grab a Bacon Maple Bar doughnut for breakfast (because calories don’t count on girlfriend getaways) and take of tour of Portland’s best antique malls.
Or, head to San Francisco to take advantage of some truly unique shopping opportunities. The Haight-Ashbury District is the birthplace of hippie culture, and, at one point, the neighborhood refused to let any chain stores in the area. You’ll find great thrift shops, funky boutiques and coffee shops. And, catch a show while you’re at it – San Francisco has a vibrant theatre district with plenty of shows to choose from.
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