Plan an easy girlfriend getaway

Jul 2, 2010 at 5:53 p.m. ET

It's all about getting together -- not necessarily about where you go. As our lives fill up with children, work, significant others and the daily grind, it can be difficult to take that annual girlfriend getaway. No worries: Getting away can still be in the cards. And, it may be less expensive and less of a hassle than you think. Chances are your city or region has plenty of places where you can pamper yourself, have some fun and soak up a little girl power. Here are a few ideas to get you planning your next trip.

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New York City

For all of you on the East Coast and close to New York City, the Big Apple has plenty of options for you and your closest girlfriends. Consider the Broadway area, in particular.

"In New York, the Broadway area is the perfect getaway for girls," says travel expert Jane Allie of Jane Allie Travel. "With the concentration of restaurants, hotels, theater and entertainment all within walking distance, there is no need to rent a car or travel too far."

Urban getaways

Similar urban getaways can work for those of you close to Chicago, LA, San Francisco or Dallas, each with thriving theater, arts, dining and shopping districts. For instance, in downtown Dallas at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel, you and your gal pals can dine on site at The Kitchen Table, relax at the rooftop pool and be within walking distance of some of the city's greatest attractions, such as the Dallas Museum of Art and the Meyerson Symphony Center. Or take the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail System to visit the original Neiman Marcus, take in the city's West End Historic District or shop at the North Park Center, which features stores such as Tiffany & Co., Dooney & Bourke and Giorgio Armani.


A hub for Arizona girlfriends is downtown Scottsdale, where you can pick a boutique hotel such as the 1950s Rat Pack-era Hotel Valley Ho or a nearby resort such as Kimpton's FireSky Resort & Spa. You'll find yourself amidst fabulous shopping from Barneys New York at Scottsdale Fashion Square and local boutiques along the Fifth Avenue shopping district. The area also features numerous art galleries, countless restaurants and wine bars, not to mention all of the award-winning spas for which Scottsdale is famous.

other Local getaways

So what is your area famous for? Those of you in southern California or Florida have everyday access to the kind of vacation activities the rest of us envy: Golden beaches, ocean waves and fun in the sun. When is the last time you spent some time on the water?

In Florida, Allie recommends the all-inclusive Club Med Sandpiper, along the Saint Lucie River and just 30 minutes from West Palm Beach. "[The resort offers] sailing, golf, tennis, trapeze lessons, entertainment, accommodations, meals and drinks all included in one price. Girlfriends can stay for a few days or as long as they wish. Since it's domestic, no passport is needed."

So, the next time you're planning your girlfriend getaway, consider keeping the trip simple, easy and close by. It doesn't matter how near or far, as long as you are with the girls.

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