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In This Issue
Upcoming Events
GGG Myspace & Blog
Purchase the Book
Orlando Happenings
Tips to "Go Green" During Your Next Getaway
Girls Getaway to Chicago
Girls Getaway to Nashville
Whiskey Park's Little Black Dress Party
Sex and the City...in Orlando!
MEGA Success!
Upcoming Events

May 24-26: Girls Getaway to the Hamptons

Celebrities, huge vacation homes, and summer beach parties are just a few of the things that come to mind when you envision a Girls Getaway to the Hamptons.  The Hamptons refers specifically to the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the South Fork, Suffolk County, New York on the east end of Long Island.  This strip of Atlantic coast on Long Island's eastern end has long been a favorite summer escape for city residents.  

May 30: Sex and the City Movie Premiere

Cannot wait for the Sex in the City movie premiere?  Stay tuned for details on how to celebrate this highly-anticipated event.

June 6-9: Girls Getaway to Puerto Rico

Where can you find miles of white, sandy beaches; lush, tropical rainforests; spectacular island cuisine; fantastic nightlife and shopping perfect for a girls getaway?  Just visit Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico is known for its hospitality, lovely weather and wide range of adventures.  I cannot wait for this girls getaway!

June 28: Barnes & Noble Book Signing - Orlando

Join Casey Wohl for a Girls Night Out and book signing from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers at Plaza Venezia (7900 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando 32819; 407-345-0900).

August 1: National Friendship Day - Girls Getaway Weekend

To help celebrate National Friendship Day, The Getaway Girl™ is planning a fabulous girl's getaway event.  Save the date and let your girlfriends know that you have an opportunity to celebrate this national holiday in style and Leave Your Baggage at Home™.

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Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Redhead Lounge Boutique, Orlando
Shou'Ture, Winter Park
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando

 
Orlando Happenings
 

*Prime Outlets International Orlando

announces the opening of 12 new designer and brand-name stores!  Also, join Prime Outlets beginning Friday, May 23 through Monday, May 26, for their grand opening celebration where you will be introduced to 175 designer and brand-name stores.  For more information, please visit
primeoutlets.com.

On April 3, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. opened the *Westin Imagine Orlando with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by nearly 200 invited guests, industry professionals and development partners. Located across from the Orange County Convention Center, the resort has an art deco, modernist style identified with Florida throughout its 12 stories and into its well-appointed 315 hotel rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites. All rooms feature The Westin HeavenlyŽ Bed, HeavenlyŽ Bath and high-speed Internet access. 

*In honor of the 25th Annual National Tourism Week, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau is offering Florida residents a sweetheart of a deal. Stop by the Official Visitor Center from May 10-18, 2008 to receive special ticket pricing available only to locals, and register for more than 20 prize drawings, including passes to Aquatica, Pirate's Dinner Adventure, Gatorland and many more.The Official Visitor Center (www.orlandoinfo.com/visitorcenter) is located at 8723 International Drive, at the corner of International Drive and Austrian Row. For more information, please call 407-363-5872.


 
 
Girls Getaway Guide News
Greetings!
 
With summer almost here, it is more important than ever to start planning your next girls getaways.  If you need travel tips, planning tips or just general girls getaway advice, email me (see email below).  I'd love to help make your next girls getaway fantastic!
This issue contains enviro-friendly tips to help you "go green" during your next getaway.  It also contains some highlights from some of my recent travels.
We want to hear from you!  If you have photos from your girl getaways, email them to info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net for posting. 
Tips to "Go Green" During Your Next Getaway 
Green travel no longer means sleeping in tents and showering once a week. Today, all travelers should be cognizant of how much energy they use while vacationing and practice responsible travel. With the World Travel and Tourism Council projecting that global tourism will increase from a $7.1 trillion industry in 2007 to a $13.2 trillion industry in 2017, it is more important for all tourists to ensure the only thing we leave behind is a footprint.
Even during a fun-filled girls' getaway, there are things we can all do to make sure our trip is everything we expect while remaining "green." I was Environmental Studies major and recommend the following tips for staying "green" during your next getaway.
 
What Can You Do to Stay Green During Your Girls Getaway?

ˇ Accommodations - Make sure the hotel you choose is environmentally friendly. Do they recycle? Do they have a towel and sheet reuse option? Be sure to provide feedback to the hotel regarding your stay and their environmental practices.
ˇ Your Habits - In keeping with eco-friendly habits you should already practice at home.  Turn off all electrical devices (television, lights, heat, air conditioning) when they are not in use, reuse your towels and sheets, keep showers brief, turn off water while brushing your teeth and bring your own toiletries. Also, be sure to use a digital camera.
ˇ Transportation- Use public transportation (or walk or bike) whenever possible, rent a hybrid car, travel in groups, use the hotel van, and take fewer and longer trips to reduce energy usage.
ˇ Sightseeing - Buy local products to support the local economy, travel with an environmentally-sensitive tour operator, during outdoor activities do not disturb the natural environment, take only the necessary brochures and maps and don't buy endangered species products.
ˇ Food - Try to eat locally-grown food to support the local economy and reduce transportation, carry bottled water with you and refill as needed, pack a few plastic bags for saving half-used items, avoid Styrofoam and avoid room service.
For more information or if you have additional green travel tips to share, visit
www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.

El Train

Pictured: Casey Wohl and Heather Nedley use Chicago's public transportation during a recent Girls Getaway to Chicago.
 
Girls Getaway to Chicago
We had a fabulous time in Chicago during our Girls Getaway last month.  We arrived at the wonderful Hotel Monaco. Sylvia and Rich at the concierge desk made us feel right at home and helped us map out our trip. One of our first stops was The Drake Hotel, where we walked around this historic landmark and had drinks at the COQ d'OR Bar. That night, we saw Jersey Boys (www.jerseyboysinfo.com), which we highly recommend.  The performers were fantastic!
Jersey Boys 

The next day we started with breakfast at Yolk, a very quaint breakfast and lunch place with terrific food.  After breakfast, we were fully prepared to learn all about Chicago history and architecture on the Architectural Tour.  The views from the River were amazing and, despite shivering at times, we had a wonderful and educational tour.  During the tour, we saw the Sears Tower, Wrigley Building, Merchandise Mart, and Trump Tower. This tour is a great way to see this wonderful city in 90 minutes.

After the tour, we took the El (Brown Line) to Southport and browsed the cute boutiques and stores. (A girl's gotta shop!) Our favorites were Francesca's Collections, Candyality and M Boutique. 

Southport shopping

Once we were shopped out, we grabbed some pizza at Dags and then walked to Wrigley Field just in time to see the Cubs fans celebrating their win. After a stop at Cubbie Bears (a bar across from the Field), we took a quick cab ride to Halsted/Armitage where we shopped some more in the nearby boutiques, including Fox's and Barker & Meowsky.

Cubs Bear
We had a great time Saturday night in Chicago. We started with martinis at The Signature Room at the 95th, which is located in the John Hancock Building. We had an amazing view of the city next to us and enjoyed great martinis such as the Signature Pear Martini, the Sky High Martini and The Windy City Martini....all were fabulous!  We recommend dinner and/or drinks at the Signature Room during your time in Chicago.
 
Next, we headed to Japonais Restaurant, which is located on the river. We had a nice, cozy wait in the lounge and then went upstairs for dinner. Heather and I shared the Special Salmon and the Spicy Mono (both were delicious)! We recommend this trendy restaurant, but be sure you make reservations well in advance!
japonais

On our last day, we still had several things we wanted to do. First, we went to the Millennium Park and saw all the sights. Then we walked to the Chicago Art Institute where we browsed the Van Goghs, Picassos, Dalis and saw the American Gothic painting. Finally, we headed to Potbellys Sandwich Works for our last meal in the Windy City.

Millenium Park
The girls and I cannot wait to go back. We had a fabulous time and fell in love with this great city.  On our way to the airport, Traci re-named it the "Friendly City" since everyone was so nice and helpful.
Girls Getaway to Nashville  

My Nashville girls getaway began with a late dinner at Virago, a trendy sushi restaurant near Music Row.  The next day, Mandy and I drove to Downtown Franklin, TN (about 30-45 minutes south of Nashville) to visit the wonderful Main Street shopping area. We had so much fun browsing through the great clothing and home decor boutiques, such as Enjoue', Bijou, Ivey on Main, Gin-o', Rock Paper Scissors. We ate lunch at McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery, and then stopped for martinis at The Red Pony.  After our visit in Franklin, we drove to Cool Springs where we found a fabulous shoe store called Marti & Liz Shoes. Here you'll find "retired" display shoes and returned shoes from major department stores; no pair of shoes is more than $30. Needless to say, I have six more pair of shoes. 

Acorn
 
That evening, we had fun visiting several great Nashville restaurants and hot spots. We started at The Acorn, where we had the Acorn Squash Stuffed Ravioli and the Crab Cakes...both were delicious!  We accompanied our early dinner with martinis, The Knight Owl and Bad Girl. We then went to Loser's, a local favorite that features live entertainment; then to Blue Bar, another local hangout complete with pool tables and darts; then to Lime, a Mexican-infused, trendy restaurant with a happening after-hours bar area. Many people highly recommend the sangria and unique mojitos, along with the festive cuisine choices. After Lime, we headed to Cabana. This place is deceiving from the outside as one may mistake it for another modest establishment. Don't be fooled as Cabana offers private "Cabana" tables and great dance music. We ended our evening at Sunset Grill, which is known for its late night dinner. We split the Cow in a Blanket and the Rainbow Sloppy Joe.
Acorn

On Sunday, we stopped at the famous Loveless Cafe for breakfast. The meal started with their amazing homemade biscuits made from a secret recipe. We had scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, fried chicken, fried okra, macaroni & cheese, meatloaf and BBQ pulled pork. It was way too much food and we left with to-go boxes; however, it is worth the stop (and the wait). The Loveless Cafe has been a favorite of locals, visitors and celebrities for more than half a century.  The Loveless story has been told by Gourmet Magazine and Bon Appetit, as well as U.S. News and World Report, CBS Television, and People Magazine. At Loveless, you'll experience casual Southern dining and hospitality at its best.

Loveless

After breakfast, we had a fantastic visit at Arrington Vineyards, a winery located about 30 minutes south of Nashville on 75 beautiful acres. The vineyard is co-owned by Kix Brooks of the country music duo Brooks & Dunn. The place is fairly new and everything was top notch. They had an outdoor seating area around a fire pit where you can picnic, as well as a porch that was heated for the cool weather. Many thanks to "Tastemaster Mike" for his excellent recommendations and informative instruction on wine tasting. We loved the Cabernet!

Arrington

On Monday, I was on my own to explore Nashville's boutique shopping.  I visited The Cotton Mill, Boutique Bella, as well as The Hill center, which is an outdoor shopping area with great stores such as Swoozie's, Jigsaw, Anthropologie, Posh, Hemline and Francesca's.  I ended the day with a mani/pedi at Venetian Nails and Spa.

For Nashville nightlife, there's nothing better than "honky tonkin" along Broadway. Here you'll find some of Nashville's most famous bars (also called honky tonks) that most often feature live music and a great time. You may even spot a country music star amongst the crowd.  Mandy and I love The Stage on Broadway.  Monday nights are 80's nights and we like to request our favorite music from the 1980s. If the music doesn't entertain you, the people there usually will.

The Stage

Tuesday evening, we went to the famous Doyle and Debbie Show (www.DoyleandDebbie.com) in Nashville, which is featured every Tuesday night at The Station Inn. This musical comedy is hilarious! The songs and performers are great. This show is not for the prim and proper, but is a must see (for those not easily offended).  Many thanks to Grammy-winning singer Linda Davis (www.lindadavis.com) and her husband Lang Scott (former Reba McEntire band member) for meeting with me in Nashville and recommending this fabulous show!  Be sure to listen to their daughter Hillary Scott's band Lady Antebellum (ladyantebellum.musiccitynetworks.com).

Doyle & Debbie
After the show, we went to Flyte World Dining & Wine for a fabulous and unique meal. Mark waited on us and was quite possibly the best server I've ever had. Many thanks to Mark and co-owner Scott A. for all of their great recommendations and service. If you are looking for a non-traditional meal and top-notch service coupled with an amazing wine list, be sure to try Flyte.

The getaway ended with a wonderful visit to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Tennessee's largest hotel.  We indulged in relaxing massages at the Relache Spa, had a fabulous dinner at Ristorante Volare, and relaxed on the Delta River Boat Cruise through the Gaylord's lush indoor garden.  Many thanks to Rob Regg for his warm welcome and terrific hospitality.

Gaylord
Photo of Gaylord Opryland's Delta River courtesy of Wendy Kurtz.
Whiskey Park's Little Black Dress Party  

We had a fabulous time at Whiskey Park North's Little Black Dress Party on April 26. We got massages, spray tans, and browsed lots of great merchandise. More than 300 women attended the event, which was filled with food, a wine tasting, salon treatments and much more. All proceeds went to the local Humane Society. Many thanks to Larissa and Shedrick for all their hard work in making this a fantastic event! I cannot wait until next year.

Acorn


Pictured: Casey Wohl & Girls Getaway Guide prize winner Deb Davis.

Sex and the City...in Orlando! 

"Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they just need to run free til they find someone just as wild to run with them."       ~Carrie Bradshaw

We are putting together the final details for the Sex and the City movie premiere.  Mark May 30 on your calendar, and watch for a special invitation coming in the next few weeks. 

For more details, be sure to check my website www.GirslGetawayGuide.net and blog GirlsGetawayGuide.BlogSpot.com in the next few days.
 
MEGA Success!

Many thanks to Mark Victor Hansen, author and co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, for hosting a fabulous MEGA Success conference in Nashville in mid-April with Tom Black.  The dynamic speakers, which included Denis Waitley, Loral Langemeier, Tom Black and Dave Lakhani, were fantastic. 

Acorn
 
Photo of Casey Wohl and Denis Waitley courtesy of Wendy Kurtz.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon!
 
Sincerely,
 

Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide to Orlando: Leave Your Baggage at Home

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