We women take on a lot. We work, manage our home, raise kids, and are always putting everyone else first. Now that kids are back in school, and family vacations are over, we now can take a moment for ourselves. What better way to do that then to do a girlfriend getaway? That’s right! Grab your girlfriends that need a break and take a weekend (or longer, you deserve it!) for yourselves and recharge! Here are some great destinations for girlfriend getaways!
Girlfriend Getaways Destinations
Napa Valley, California
Wine. Is there anything better? Napa Valley is known for it’s amazing wineries so grab your girlfriends and do a wine tasting trip. Of course Napa Valley is well known for it’s wines and wine tasting tours, but this little city nestled in the hills of Northern California has so much more to offer than just great wine. Napa Valley is a fun little retreat with great restaurants, locally owned boutiques, as well as outlet malls too. Go on a Hot Air Balloon ride, or just escape to the great outdoors for a hike or paddle the river. Fall and Spring make for great times to visit Napa. Winter is great too, although it can get chilly while waiting to get into the wineries. There is so much to do, you might need more than a weekend!
Women are always taking care of others, so it is our turn to get a little pampering. Sedona is the perfect place to go to focus on you. With world renowned Spas tailored to help you relax with massages, yoga, and a perfectly catered menu, Sedona is a great place to unwind and refresh. Fall to early Winter is a great time to go as it is still warm enough to take yoga classes outside, but not so hot you will bake in the Arizona sun. Sedona is known for its mystical healing properties, whether in the air or in the painted desert Sedona may be the perfect place for you to reset so you can take on the world!
San Diego, California
If you are looking for a fun, laid back girlfriend getaway, San Diego is it. With laid back surfing vibes, craft breweries galore, shopping and a fun night life, San Diego is the place to go to just let go. Stay in the Gas Lamp district to be within walking distance of great restaurants, bars, and nightlife, complete with a gorgeous ocean view! With it’s ocean breeze and mild climate there is never a bad time to go to San Diego. With good food and fun people, San Diego makes for a great girls weekend.
New York City, New York
Has it been your dream to walk in Carrie Bradshaw’s shoes for just one day? For a sophisticated and upscale girlfriend getaway, NYC is the place to be. Go shopping in some of the most famous stores in the world, eat in one of the best cities for food, and go out for a night on the town in the city that never sleeps. Go site seeing at some of New York’s most famous landmarks or see a Broadway Play on Broadway! Fall through Spring are great times to go to NYC. In Fall you will get to see the beautiful leaves changing colors, Winter will be all snowy and dressed to the nines in Holiday decor, and Spring will be bursting with flowers and life.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Do you miss and dancing the night away with your girlfriends? Vegas is the place for you! Vegas is also a great destination for a sample of a lot of different destinations, too. With fantastic food, bars, and shows that rivals NYC, shopping that rivals the best, amazing concerts, and adventure for days, Vegas is a great weekend girlfriends getaway! It gets HOT in Vegas, but it can also get very cold too. Fall and Spring make for some great times to go where the pools are all still open so you can lounge on the lazy river drinking margaritas during the day, and hit the town at night.
Here are some more great girlfriend getaways ideas courtesy of Southern Living. You can read the full article here.
This city is rich with historic character, as it’s one of the oldest cities in Georgia. Savannah’s Southern charm, cobblestone streets, and river views make it a great getaway for girlfriends who want to see and do it all—from photo-op squares to trendy restaurants. It gets muggy here in the summertime, so fall is a much nicer time to visit if you’re planning on exploring historic downtown. Take your ladies to The Florence for house-made pasta and craft cocktails, and finish the weekend with brunch at The Collins Quarter (with live jazz music).
The great thing about bringing a group to this spot in the Panhandle is that there are terrific restaurants and shops at every neighboring beach, all within short drives or bike rides from each other. You can go for the Seaside Seeing Red Wine Festival (November 9-12) or for a less crowded weekend in Grayton Beach, the saltier sister town just down the road. Go to Chiringo in Grayton for a Latin-inspired lunch with a view or Bud & Alley’s in Seaside for dinner with yet another gorgeous view (and amazing crab cakes).
For something a little closer to home, or for those that want to have a girlfriends getaway without breaking the bank, Austin is a great place to go within driving distance. It’s one of those towns where you can hit the ground running if you have some pals that are up for anything. It will still be warm when you’re visiting in the fall (this is Texas, after all), so be ready. There are a lot of fall festivals there, depending on which month you go.
Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is one of those Southern cities that you have to visit—Southern Living readers didn’t name it The South’s Best City for nothing. It’s full of great food, beautiful historic homes, and a lively atmosphere that’s perfect for a girlfriend trip. Planning your trip in the fall ensures that you won’t be stuck in summer’s steamy heat as you’re strolling down King Street and gawking over the gorgeous homes. There are almost too many places for delicious food and drinks to choose from. You can’t go wrong at Husk for mouthwatering Southern dishes or The Belmont for a well-made cocktail.
Nashville is known as a girls’ weekend staple, so take your group if you haven’t been there together before. There’s much more to this city than Broadway, and we recommend trying the more laid-back spots before venturing to the Vegas-esque strip. Pinewood Social is a fun place with an outside area outfitted with group games to help entertain you during your wait. There’s also a large refurbished industrial-style dining room and a cool (adult) bowling alley. Get the lobster mac-and-cheese, at least for everyone to share—it’s extremely decadent and so delicious. Head to L.A. Jackson, a rooftop bar and restaurant at the Thompson Hotel in The Gulch, for after-dinner drinks and a great view of the city at night. Want a spot on Broadway? Try Acme Feed & Seed for a good crowd and cool atmosphere.
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