Cyndi Lauper was on to something when she said that “girl’s just want to have fun.” But many also want to relax, refresh and reconnect. That’s why girls’ getaways are all the rage these days. If you desire a fun weekend to celebrate a special occasion, the chance to escape the city for a more back-to-nature experience or a much-needed vacation from kid and mommy duties, these resorts provide the opportunity to achieve a healthy mind, body and soul for women of all ages.
165 Kemble Street | Lenox, MA 01240 USA
According to Dawn Ramsey-Jacobsson, regional sales director at Canyon Ranch, “the only thing better than a Canyon Ranch vacation is Canyon Ranch with friends.” The resort is located in the town of Lenox within the wooded Berkshires, which features charming shops and art galleries, and is in close proximity to the Norman Rockwell Museum and the homes of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton. Stunning views, delicious cuisine, fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and a wide range of pampering services at its spa help guests feel right at home at this resort, which incidentally is a century-old Bellefontaine mansion.
For the ultimate girls’ getaway experience, Ramsey-Jacobsson recommends partaking in a hands-on cooking workshop; a photography hike, which supplies guests with a high-quality digital camera to learn techniques for taking memorable nature shots; and an aerial yoga class, which is a combination of yoga and acrobatics, and uses the support from a hammock to improve strength and flexibility. She also suggests indulging in the Euphoria Ritual body treatment, which helps calm the nervous system and the mind with an aromatherapy scalp massage, a warm botanical body mask, a soak in an aromatherapy-infused tub and a soothing full-body massage.
5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval | Tucson, Arizona 85739
Situated on 400 acres of land near Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains in the Sonoran Desert, Miraval is an all-inclusive destination resort that encourages guests to live life in the moment. Its wide range of programs and offerings are designed to help guests improve their overall wellbeing. From healthy cuisine, art and photography lessons, to an array of fitness classes, hiking options and pampering spa services at the Miraval Life in Balance Spa, there is something here for everyone.
When traveling with your girlfriends, opt for the Girls Getaway Complete Retreat Package, which includes one complimentary spa service; a $175 nightly resort credit per person that can be used toward spa services, private sessions or activities; unlimited outback hiking, mountain biking, group fitness classes, group photography classes, challenge activities and climbing wall; luxe accommodations, a discount on retail purchases; all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages; and full access to the fitness center and spa.
The Lodge at Woodloch
109 River Birch Lane | Hawley, PA 18428
Leave stress at the door at The Lodge at Woodloch, a tranquil all-inclusive woodland retreat, located just a few hours from major cities in the Northeast, like New York City and Philadelphia. Whether the ladies in your group want to be active or relax, there are options to suit nearly everyone’s interests, from sunset kayaking, meditation and art classes to cooking demonstrations and wine tastings.
“The Lodge at Woodloch is known for providing a sense of personal awakening, whether discovering a new passion or re-uniting with a long-lost hobby,” says Robert Baldassari, general manager at The Lodge at Woodloch. “While the location is conveniently just two-to-three hours from major cities in the Northeast, it still makes you feel like you are worlds away. Tucked away on long, windy country roads on a secluded private lake with over 500 acres of secluded fern-carpeted forests, nature and beauty envelopes the intimate property.”
Be sure to book the Girlfriend Getaways package, which includes deluxe accommodations; three gourmet meals per night of stay, plus all non-alcoholic beverages; use of all spa and fitness facilities; scheduled group fitness classes; lectures and cooking demonstrations; and guided group adventure excursions.
Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
905 Country Club Road | Ojai, CA 93023
Creative-minded and artistic women will be drawn to the Ojai region, which is known for its renowned artists. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa offers guests the chance to express themselves through art with an array of classes that take place in the resort’s Artist Cottage, including basic drawing, water colors, glass painting, tile painting and silk scarf painting. Guests can also sign up for an aroma custom-blending class to create their own personal aromatherapy scent to use as a perfume, or to blend into a customized product line. The resort also boasts four pools, a range of fitness classes to suit the needs and desires of all guests, spiritual readings and delicious dining options. What’s more, the resort’s Gals Spa Getaway package includes accommodations; lunch for each guest in the Spa Café restaurant; and one 50-minute spa treatment per person, per night's stay.
Bar W Guest Ranch
2875 Highway 93 West | Whitefish MT 59937
When many think of a girls’ getaway, visions of pampering at a spa, relaxing by a pool and balancing the mind and body at a yoga class all come to mind. Consider trying something new and fun with your favorite girlfriends at the Bar W Guest Ranch. This year-round dude ranch, located at the base of Spencer Mountain in Montana, boasts more than 3,000 acres of land, so there’s plenty of fun outdoor activities to fill each day. “The Bar W Guest Ranch is a great place to spend time together, enjoy the outdoors and have fun,” says Scott Theissen, marketing coordinator at Bar W. “As a small Montana ranch, with about 35 guests per week, we make it a point to customize everyone’s vacation, tailoring riding and activities to each guest’s abilities.”
The resort’s Cowgirl Up! package is the perfect option for a girls’ trip. This all-inclusive package helps guests to relax, renew and most importantly, have fun. From exploring the mountainous terrain surrounding the ranch to horseback riding and partaking in one of the arena activities like barrel racing, cow sorting or horsemanship lessons, the activities at Bar W are sure to placate (and challenge) even your most adventurous gal pal. After such a full day, y’all will look forward to winding down at the spa with a Honey & Hot Cream Hot Rock Foot Massage, and enjoying a hearty Montana-style meal. Says Theissen, “This special package combines nature’s simplicity with western informality and provides you with a true Montana retreat to refuel your spirit and delight your body.”
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road | New Paltz, NY 12561
It’s hard to imagine that just 90 miles from New York City is the serene Mohonk Mountain House, which specializes in helping guests renew their mind, body and spirit. Perfect for girlfriend-bonding, this Victorian castle resort in the Hudson Valley offers more than 85 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, carriage rides, cross-country skiing, ice skating, boating and more. Take a break at The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House and choose from among the spa’s 60 signature treatments that celebrate the surrounding beauty of the Shawangunk Ridge, and utilize natural, nourishing products. Or venture into town to explore the many boutique shops, art galleries, historic sites and locally-owned restaurants. Says Annie Pilek, director of recreation and entertainment at Mohonk Mountain House, “With its delectable cuisine, renowned spa and robust array of outdoor activities and health and wellness programming, Mohonk is perfect for friends looking to strengthen their relationships and practice mindful living.”
Whether it’s a much-needed weekend escape with your besties, a trip to celebrate a soon-to-be-married friend or a getaway with sisters, spending some alone time with the important women in your life is not only fun, but important for keeping those relationships strong. Because, as The Beatles once said, we get by with a little help from our friends.