I've written a series of articles on affordable and fun destinations and I've got some good news for you today... I'm letting you in on "5 Girlfriend Getaway Vacations You'll Absolutely Love."
The first is one of my favorite spots; Key West. Believe me when I tell you, there is something for everyone in Key West. Getting to Key West is fairly easy from just about any city in the USA. From Miami you can take a bus, rent a car and drive or, fly. One of my favorite hotels are the Sunset Key West Cottages. You'll find yourself on a private island with all the amenities to make your visit relaxing and memorable. There are so many great hotels and bed & breakfast inns to be found, Key West will fit practically every budget. You'll find an abundance of night life all along Duval Street and while there, you might try the ghost Walk tour. Search for "Key West hotel packages" and you'll find something to fit every budget.
People say it's bigger and better in Texas, and judging from the vast variety of Texas destinations, past visitors may have a good point. My three choices for a chic trip to Texas are... San Antonio, Austin, and Galveston. San Antonio has the famed River Walk and of course, the Alamo. Nearby, you'll find it easy walking or a short cab ride to La Villita; boutiques with fantastic shopping are found in historic 18th century buildings. Hop on board a river cruise along a cool and shaded body of water. Both sides of the river are lined with eateries and shops that offer lots of fun and unique Texas style entertainment. San Antonio is an affordable destination with hotel prices starting around $120.
Austin is the capitol of Texas and along with many hot spots along 6th street, a tour of the Governor's Mansion is educational and fun. The best view in town remains a secret, even to long time Austin locals, and a great way to resist the Mount Bonnell tourist bottle neck, is to arrange for a two-hour boat ride at Capital Cruises on Town Lake. These small, intimate boats are the easiest way to watch the sun go down, see the famous Austin bats, and enjoy a beautiful glance of Austin's awesome skyline. If you consider yourself a jazz lover, have dinner at the Elephant Room. Located in a basement on Congress Avenue, the Elephant Room enjoys a well deserved reputation as one of the top-ranked jazz clubs in the nation. The nightly shows at the Elephant Club provide a memorable time, even if you don't consider yourself a die-hard jazz fan.
Galveston Texas is in the enviable position of an actual economic rise. You may want to book a 3 day cruise on Carnival out of the Port of Galveston and then come back and see what the rest of what Galveston offers for fun and relaxation. Plan your stay at the beautiful San Louis Hotel or if your girlfriends are golfers, try the fantastic Moody Garden's Public Golf Course. Seventeen million dollars later, this course has just opened to the public in June 2008. Top of the line facilities including the new expansive club house are bringing great comments from all who play there. It's worth your time!
Moody Garden's also offer the unusual glass pyramids that house an actual rain forest and aquarium. This huge complex overlooks Offatt's Bayou where you can enjoy a sunset cruise on a large paddlewheel vessel. If the shopper in you is calling out, then you have to plan a trip to the Strand... Galveston's historic shopping mecca. You'll find great antiques shops and wonderful galleries all along this popular slice of Texas history. Shop till you drop and then cool off with some tasty appetizers at Yagas.
So Far, we've suggested a fun and let your hair down East Coast destination and three destinations in the central part of the U.S.A. Where's the third, you're wondering; it's easy and sophisticated... Napa Valley, California. For you oenophiles, Napa is paradise. However, when you want a break from wine tasting this area offers many decadent diversions.
Meadowood (Meadowood Resort- 800-458-8080) is a great home base for you and your girlfriends. With Eighty-five cottages, suites and lodges, nestled into the forested hillside of a beautiful valley, you'll be comfortable and secure. Enjoy your choice of pleasure including hiking, swimming, spa treatments, golf and even croquet. Be sure and visit St. Helena for a grande shopping experience. Stop by the St. Helena Olive Oil Company where you'll find a vast array of specialty vinegars, oils, jams, salamis and dessert sauces. For a high end experience in children's clothing and gifts, visit Freckle's. You'll find great souvenirs and gifts. For chocolate lovers, you must visit Woodhouse Chocolate where you'll find everything to satisfy your sweet tooth. You'll have to be the judge, but Napa locals seem to have a youthful aura around them. Maybe it's the stress-free living found in this wine country wonderland.
These all girl trips are just what the Doctor ordered to relieve stress and anxiety. Mothers call your daughters, girlfriends call your girlfriends. Start planning a fun and affordable all girl vacation today. These little getaways are exactly what you need to bring focus and reality back into your life. Search the internet for "chic trips" "girlfriend getaways" or, "girlfriend getaway travel" and start planning your fun escape today.