Girlfriend Getaways

  • 50 great girlfriend getaways

    When women want to find the perfect travel companions, they know where to look: each other. On the road, women can be more adventurous and spontaneous than they are at home. They also tend to laugh a lot more. I've traveled with friends, sisters and nieces more than 50 times in the last 20 years. We like to do all kinds of things: Amish tours, eagle-watching, horseback-riding, tennis camp and tubing at indoor water parks and on rivers.

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  • Spring weekends for women

    In spring, women's weekends pop up like daffodils. Chalk it up to cabin fever — women just want to get away. Or, perhaps more accurately, tourist-starved destinations want women to get away. Girlfriends Weekend in early March. The famous tulips won't be out, but hotels offer specials, and a package includes a breakfast buffet, champagne brunch, fashion shows, concerts, clinics and swag bags.

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  • Where the girls are

    One June, I spotted three of them at Strawberry Festival in Cedarburg, Wis., having some laughs over a bottle of strawberry wine. They'd driven up from the southern Wisconsin town of Orfordville for the day, one of many trips they take throughout the year.

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  • 12 months of girlfriend getaways

    In travel these days, girlfriends rule. They shop, they sip, they splurge. No wonder every resort, spa and tourism bureau is touting "girlfriend getaways,'' trying to reel in the roving groups of women who are out spending quality time with each other.

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  • November girlfriend getaways

    In November, women make a break for it. As men sit in deer stands or watch football games on TV, women hit the road with their friends. They shop, visit spas, sip wine, take cooking classes and see musicals their husbands or boyfriends don't want to see. For women, November is a great month. Not only do they have a good excuse to get away with their friends, but they can get a head start on shopping for Christmas.

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