Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just looking for an excuse to get away with your best girlfriends, a ladies-only getaway can be the perfect way to recharge your batteries and bond with your gals. If you want to get some quality time in without falling prey to pink-cocktail cliches, check out one of our 6 favourite spots for the kind of girls’ trip that will quickly become a yearly tradition.
Hot springs, gorgeous scenery, and amazing food all make Reykjavik the ideal place to spend some quality time with the girls. Book an inexpensive flight (there are usually pretty good rates to be found), settle into one of the city’s countless hotels or guest homes, and immediately feel the stress melt away as you take in this Scandinavian wonderland. If you’re music fans, be sure to have your trip coincide with Iceland Airwaves, the annual music festival that draws top acts and adds even more energy to this totally vibrant metropolis.
Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Conveniently located between Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Prince Edward County is an idyllic little spot that is pretty much guaranteed to appeal to just about everyone in your group’s taste. Geared towards tourists, the county offers plenty of activities including winery excursions, cycling adventures, gallery tours, and plenty of shopping. At the end of a long day, be sure to try one of the many restaurants offering farm to table fare and local wines and beers.
Paris may get all the attention but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t venture outside the city limits and head to the shore. This gem of a seaside town is located off the coast of France and is accessible only by ferry, making the journey to your destination part of the fun. Once there, sip champagne at one of the many ocean-side bistros or try fresh-caught fish, either at a restaurant or from one of the daily markets. You and the ladies can spend your days hiking, sailing, horseback riding around the coast or just taking it all in from your blanket on one of the island’s pristine beaches.
Music City is exploding these days, full of brand new restaurants, music venues, and shops. Artistic types will be delighted with the city’s fantastic museums and galleries- check out the Frist Center, the building is as cool as the art inside. Try one of the downtown restaurants for some outstanding food and meticulously crafted cocktails, or have a picnic at one of Nashville’s outdoor concerts. Should you want to really take in some local flavour, you can always go to the Grand Ole Opry because what better way to bond than over authentic country jams?
This incredible town on the Amalfi Coast is the kind of place you’ll never want to leave. Your best bet is to book an apartment to share, you’ll get the true ‘local’ experience and there’s something to be said about being able to make your own breakfast each morning. If you want to sample true Italian fare, head to Le Tre Sorelle, a spot located on the beach that is especially popular with the Positano residents. After taking in all the gastronomic marvels, be sure to take a boat tour that takes you to Capri, allowing for phenomenal views, excellent shopping, and unparalleled people watching.
Montana may not be at the forefront of girl-getaway destinations but that’s about to change. If you’re looking to do things a little differently, rally the troops and head to Paws Up Resort, a spot that offers private ‘glamping’ experiences. Not familiar with this portmanteau? Imagine camping only way, way fancier. Book a luxury tent on the riverbank and be prepared to be impressed. Each tent features an ensuite bathroom, ridiculously fancy bedding, and your own butler and chef. Partake in typical camping activities like hiking and fishing or challenge yourself by rappelling on Lookout Rock or paddling down the Alberton Gorge. Whatever you do, know that you’ll be doing it in style.
Who is Kate Walker? She’s a freelance writer, yoga addict, and citizen of the concrete jungle. When not on the mat, Kate can be found at the dog park or on the dock in Muskoka. She is also pretty fond of running, skiing, and Settlers of Catan.