by D.J. Wilson –
Women are gifted with nurturing spirits and gain great satisfaction out of helping others. From attending board meetings to serving sick family members home-made chicken soup, the continual pressure to perform well and look good may take its toll. It’s time to relieve stress by planning a girls-only get-away. Enjoying similar activities and sharing a mutual understanding of pressures women face, girlfriends provide a great source of strength for one another. Spending some “guilt-free” time with best female friends recharges spirits, enabling women to return to their families and vocations offering their very best. Not sure where to go? Check out these great girlfriend getaway ideas:
LAVISH WITH MOUNTAIN VIEWS – If you and your best female friends are searching for a five-star, five-diamond experience surrounded in picturesque mountain beauty, the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs is ideal. Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, sharing stunning views of the Cheyenne Mountains and Lake, the Broadmoor is a world-class lavish resort engulfed in natural splendor. Operating as a hotel from 1918, it features over 700 luxuriously appointed guest rooms, suites, cottages and retreat rooms with an array of furnishings and modern amenities. Here, you and your friends will embrace an abundance of activities such championship golf, tennis, horse-back riding, paddle-boating, swimming and relaxing poolside. The hotel boasts over 18 upscale restaurants, cafes and lounges, elegant shops and spas and much more. Special package deals are offered. The Women’s Wellness Retreats include seminars, meals, and spa and fitness discounts. To book a memorable vacation at this historic hotel, visit: www.broadmoor.com
RELAXING WITH LAKEFRONT APPEAL – If you crave time at a lakefront resort amidst beautiful Adirondack scenery, The Sagamore Resort on Lake George, New York, welcomes you. The resort, opened in 1883 and restored to its former grandeur in 1983, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It has a long history of hospitality, serving as an important social center for wealthy residents of Green Island and Millionaires Row. The resort features elegant décor and lakeside activities and dining. The Lodges, which encircle the Island, are decorated in American country and Adirondack styles. Walk-in lodge rooms are available, with some offering value accommodations. Suites provide a private balcony with lake views and are equipped with a kitchen, living area, gas fireplace, dining alcove and spacious bath with separate tub and walk in shower. The collection of six distinctive restaurants offers fine and casual dining and many feature entertainment. Spa, golf and vacation packages are available. Make your reservations today at www.thesagamore.com
ARTSY WITH HISTORICAL FLAIR – Want to have fun with friends exploring over 200 art galleries in an historic town surrounded by Spanish style architecture dating back to the 16th century? If you’re shaking your head “yes”, La Posada De Santa Fe Resort in New Mexico is for you. Take advantage of the resorts perfect location in the heart of Santa Fe, where you’ll enjoy strolling in and out of many fine galleries and artisan markets in this culturally rich town, the oldest capital in the U.S. This classic luxury resort opened as a hotel in 1936 and features over 150 rooms individually decorated with attention to historic details. The dreamy setting is considered a haven of Adobe-style architecture and boasts colorful gardens on six beautifully landscaped acres. Its heated outdoor pool and fireplaces render the resort a place of magic and charm. Embark on epicurean delights at the award winning Fuego Restaurant, featuring artfully prepared blends of traditional foods, or enjoy cocktails at The Staab House. Book your perfect escape at this fabulous “art hotel of Santa Fe”. Visit www.laposadadesantafe.com
CONTEMPORARY WITH SOUTHERN CHARM– If contemporary style with vintage allure has group appeal; you’ll enjoy a stay at the Bohemian Hotel Savannah Riverfront, Autograph Collection, in Georgia. Harkening back to an era of British maritime settlers on the Savannah River, this divine hotel contains 75 rooms with luxury bedding and linens, tailor-made furnishings and features fine woods, brass and leather. The 9 floors of the hotel are set above an 18th century historic cobblestone street and offers picturesque views of the Savannah River. The hotel is close to popular attractions in the city, where you’ll enjoy historic trolley and carriage rides, quiet walks in quaint gardens, exciting riverboat cruises, shopping, dining and a vibrant night life. The hotel boasts high-quality service and features a rooftop lounge with live entertainment and drinks. The Grand Bohemian Gallery, located in Kessler Collection Hotels, showcases artwork of national and internationally-acclaimed artists in the form of paintings, sculptures, glass-art, ceramics and jewelry which are available for sale. To book a pleasurable stay at this exquisite location, visit www.bohemianhotelsavannah.com
A retreat with best girlfriends is the perfect antidote to a stressful lifestyle. It provides the opportunity to laugh and reconnect with friends, rediscover personal interests and escape the daily grind. While hotels are expensive, sharing rooms with close friends may dramatically cut costs. By matching the hotel’s atmosphere and ambiance to your group’s interests, you’re destined to find a hotel to fit your budget and tailored to meet your recreation and relaxation goals. Kick off your heels and have a great time.
7 TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
- Select friends to go with who have similar values and interests.
- Agree on a vacation destination to satisfy everyone in group.
- Book Reservations in advance, so your trip is guaranteed.
- Set a budget to avoid overspending and stick to it.
- Save up money in advance to defray cost.
- Plan transportation to your destination in advance.
- Settle things at work or home before you go; so no worries.