The Ya Ya Network Conference, Orlando
The 6th Annual YaYa Network Conference will be held on August 14, 2008 in Orlando at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort. This year's one-day conference "All About Women" offers a unique opportunity to showcase your company to a dynamic group of Professional Women through sponsorship. For more information, visit www.TheYaYaNetwork.com
The Red Chair Affair, Orlando
Help kick off Central Florida's cultural season with the The Red Chair Affair (RCA) and sample the cultural offerings for the 2008-09 season. RCA includes performances from a variety of genres and organizations, including the Orlando Opera, Cirque du Soleil and Mad Cow Theatre.
Tickets and information are available at RedChairProject.com
. September 24-27
Fashion Week Tampa Bay
This four-day event will epitomize the fashion scene in the Bay area with an annual event that celebrates the style that's uniquely Tampa Bay's very own. Join me for a fabulous Girls Night Out (GNO), or several nights out, as the area's most talented fashion and accessories designers and showcase their work for local and national retail buyers, local boutique owners and consumers. For more information, visit www.FashionWeekTampaBay.com
. October 3
"Celebration of Life" Luncheon, Orlando
Join me at the fourth annual "Celebration of Life" breast cancer awareness luncheon will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event will feature a wonderful luncheon and a silent auction, which is co-sponsored by WESH 2, Carrabba's Italian Grill and the Florida Institute of Research, Medicine & Surgery Cancer Center. Last year, Girls Getaway Guide partnered with the Gaylord Palms Resort to donate the second-highest selling auction item, and we plan to donate another fabulous item this year. For more information, contact Rhonda Kuhlman at (407) 539-7988.
Girls Getaway to Fantasy Fest, Key West
Key West's Fantasy Fest is one of the island's biggest parties of the year. Halloween is turned into a Mardi Gras-style parade complete with sexy costumes, body paint and bizarre floats. Adult costumes, body painting, & Key West Fantasy Fest costuming, is on wide display as many roam the crowds in titillating costumes. Throughout Fantasy Fest week, there are a wide variety of activities, including Danceapalooza, Celebrity Look-A-Like Contest, Sloppy Joe's Toga Party, the Headdress Ball, Pet Masquerade, Hogs Breath Saloon's Homemade Bikini Contest, and the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade. The Getaway Girl™ will be there celebrating her birthday, so come join us. For more information, visit www.FantasyFest.net
Girls Getaway to LA
It's never a bad time in the City of Angels, and we plan to have a terrific getaway in this fantastic and exciting city. More details to come.
|Where Can You Purchase the Book? |
|To purchase the Girls Getaway Guide, please visit:|
Barnes & Noble (select stores)
Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Redhead Lounge Boutique, Orlando
Shou'Ture, Winter Park
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando
Orlando Area News
September is Magical Dining Month
In a city known for its theme parks, Orlando visitors can enjoy a month-long culinary thrill ride at top Central Florida restaurants. This September, the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) and event partner, SYSCO Central Florida, will hold the 3rd Annual "Orlando Magical Dining Month" to showcase Central Florida's ever-expanding dining universe.
From Sept. 1 - 30, 2008, more than 50 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners for $19 or $29 (excluding beverage, tax and gratuity), allowing locals and visitors alike to enjoy exceptional values at some of Orlando's most popular restaurants.
"The dining scene has greatly evolved in Orlando and now is the #2 destination experience for Orlando visitors, just behind theme park attractions," said Gary C. Sain, president and CEO of the Orlando CVB.
Orlando Magical Dining Month restaurants offer a wide variety of environments and cuisines including:
Emeril's Tchoup Chop: One of the world's most celebrated chefs, Emeril Lagasse, blends flavors of Asian and Polynesian cuisine incorporated with his signature bold "kick" of spice in an exotic Pacific Seas environment.
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant: First introduced in Honolulu by James Beard-award winner, Chef Roy Yamaguchi, Roy's has become well-known throughout the world for its Hawaiian Fusion cuisine, featuring the freshest local ingredients, European sauces and bold Asian spices with a focus on seafood.
Graze Restaurant: Familiar American classics take on global tastes at this hot new restaurant, located in trendy Thornton Park. The modern bistro features whole and half orders of such favorites as sea scallops, elk rack, filet mignon, Maine lobster and braised buffalo short ribs.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room: This 1930s supper club-style restaurant features more than 25 types of seafood and shellfish flown in daily from around the world.
Additional restaurants offering $29 menus include, Emeril's Restaurant Orlando, BICE Ristorante, The Boheme, Tommy Bahama Tropical Cafe, Jeffery's Restaurant, Park Plaza Gardens and Fleming's Steakhouse and Wine Bar. $19 menus can be found at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Taverna Opa, Fifi's, NASCAR Sports Grille and B.B. King's Blues Club & Restaurant.
More information is available online at www.OrlandoMagicalDining.com.
Orlando Makes AAA's Top Five
When asked about destinations that most frequently provide the most attractive bargains or best values for summer travel, AAA travel agency managers identified the following: Las Vegas; Orlando/Walt Disney World, Fla.; Branson, Missouri; Anaheim/Disneyland; and San Francisco.
Looking For an Endless Summer?
Orlando visitors can squeeze in one more "summer" getaway without breaking the bank through Orlando's second annual Endless Summer promotion. Running August 15-November 15, travelers can keep summer alive with "Get One Free" accommodation and attraction offers throughout the destination. The program, created by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. (Orlando CVB) for the long-weekend getaway traveler, provides such deals as "Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Night Free," "Stay 3 Nights, Get the 4th Night Free," "Buy 1 Ticket, Get the 2nd Free" and "Purchase 1 Round of Golf, Get the 2nd Round Free," with more offers available as the kick-off date approaches. The availability is during a time when Orlando enjoys 70-degree temperatures, lighter crowds, and a variety of outdoor activities and special events.
"Get One Free" offers are available at a wide range of accommodations from value to luxury including: Orlando World Center Marriott; The Point Orlando Resort; Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort; Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal; Quality Inn Plaza and Radisson World Gate, to name a few. More information on all Endless Summer "Get One Free" offers, participating establishments and special events is available at OrlandoInfo.com/EndlessSummer or by calling 1-888-ORL4-FUN (888-675-4386).
The Party's Over at Pleasure Island
Walt Disney World is shutting down the six nightclubs at Pleasure Island to make its party district at Downtown Disney more family friendly.
BET SoundStage Club, Mannequins Dance Palace, 8Trax and three other clubs that have for years catered largely to young, single adults - rather than to Disney's bread-and-butter family market - will close after Sept. 27.
During the next couple of years, Disney will reopen the Pleasure Island venues with a broader mix of restaurants and shops.
Source: Scott Powers, Orlando Sentinel
Orlando to Be Home to Iconic Observation Wheel
Great Wheel Corporation announced it will begin construction on the Great Orlando Wheel, North America's iconic observation wheel. Scheduled to open in 2010, the Great Orlando Wheel will tower 400 feet. It will capture the experience of flight with spectacular views spanning 25 miles in all directions.
The Great Orlando Wheel will sit on 20 acres next to the Orange County Convention Center, in the heart of the thriving tourism corridor. The location will be convenient to the Orlando International Airport; downtown Orlando; and the area's theme parks, hotels and attractions.
The Great Orlando Wheel is one of several observation wheels currently under development in gateway cities around the globe, including Beijing, Singapore and Berlin.
For more information about the Great Orlando Wheel, visit www.GreatWheel.com/orlando.
|News From The Getaway Girl™|
Wow...or should I say BAM! We had a fantastic time celebrating National Friendship Day with a girls getaway to Orlando. New and old friends met at the wonderful Gaylord Palms Resort on Friday and began a fun-filled weekend that we will never forget.
Last month, I enjoyed some "girl time" in Key West and had fun hunting for lobster. Stay tuned for big news next month on this great island city.
Great Times Had During National Friendship Day Celebration
The National Friendship Day celebration started Friday night with a great "Wine Down" Reception. Once everyone checked into their rooms at the Gaylord Palms Resort, we met at the Gaylord's Auggie's Piano Bar for some wine. Afterwards, the girls headed in different directions. Some went to the Canyon Ranch Spa for spa treatments, some went to dinner on their own and a small group of us went to SORA, the Gaylord's new sushi restaurant. The talk at the table focused on the fact that Sharla had never tried sushi. Although reluctant, she tried it all. Including jellyfish and eel. I think we have a new fan of sushi.
Saturday was action packed with shopping, shopping and more shopping. We started at The Mall at Millenia at a private event, that included mimosas and private fittings, at Jimmy Choo. Shoes, shoes and more shoes (and a few handbags too) were all we could talk about. Wendy had trouble deciding which black purse to buy and I had trouble deciding on the perfect "choo."
Many thanks to Taka, Sara, Cliff and the entire Jimmy Choo staff for their hospitality. Also, thank you to Sally March and The Mall at Millenia for the great shopping gift bag and perks, including complimentary valet parking, appetizers, cocktails and store savings.
After our time at the mall, we headed to Orlando Premium Outlets, where Leigh Jones hosted a private party for us complete with champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries.
To our delight, Barney's New York Outlet held a girls getaway drawing for a $100 Barney's New York Outlet gift card. We had a very nice time and cannot thank the outlet staff enough for this fantastic event, a cute shopping tote, and all the great shopping perks, such as store savings and product samples.
"All of the events made us feel free VIP all the way," said Leigh Scott of Plant City, FL. "It was funny to see people look at us and wonder if we were celebrities."
Before we knew it, we had to head back to the hotel to get ready for our night at Emeril's. BAM! We were all so excited about our cooking demonstration and dinner at Emeril's. As we waited for the limo (courtesy of Cliff Wright at Royal Coach and Limousine), we talked about what we purchased that day and reviewed our spa indulgences.
We arrived at Emeril's and were greeted by our very own customized menus and Chef Jay, who cooked some amazing things to nibble on (we loved it all, especially the Sweet Corn-Roasted Pepper Salad) and he provided some great cooking tips (even I could do them).
Many thanks to Chef Jay, John and George, as well as Emeril's Manager Gabriel Orozco for their spectacular food and service. They even provided us with recipes to take home so we can enjoy Emeril's at home. We had a fabulous time and thoroughly enjoyed our behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen!
The night was not over with dinner. We checked out the concert at CityWalk, where the band Orange Avenue was playing.
We listened to them for a while and sang along, then headed to Pat O'Brien's for some dueling pianos where we sang along with tunes such as "Like A Virgin" and "I Will Survive." We also got the piano player (and the entire place) to sing "Happy Birthday" to Sally. What a night!
Although we had no idea why we were still hungry when we woke up Sunday morning, everyone was anxious to get inside at the House of Blues for the Gospel Brunch, complete with live gospel music and amazing southern cooking. We all loved the collard greens and macaroni-and-cheese, in addition to the wonderful eggs, biscuits and gravy and pork ribs.
Yum! To top it off, the gospel performance had us all clapping and dancing along.
We departed from the House of Blues tired but rejuvenated by the fact that we took time away for ourselves, caught up with old friends and made new friends. "This was one of the best girl's getaway weekends I have ever been on! The Getaway Girl™ had everything arranged perfectly. From shopping to eating I felt VIP all weekend," said Cathy Hayes of Lakeland, FL. "What a great way to take the stress out of planning a fun weekend with your friends."
It was a fabulous weekend and a great way to celebrate National Friendship Day. We are already making plans for our next girls getaway.
"What a great weekend! It was such a pleasure having everything taken care for the time we check into the hotel to the day we departed, Casey had it all taken care of," Leigh Scott (pictured above playing air piano) said. "It was so nice just to have someone else making all the rearrangements and stay in such a wonderful resort. It was a wonderful way to recharge the soul with some girl time and especially with new friends (and of course old ones too!)"
A special thank you to Michelle Smith at the Gaylord Palms Resort for all of her help in making this weekend absolutely unforgettable. The Gaylord was the perfect host hotel and is the ideal location for any girls getaway.
For more photos, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net. If you are interested in joining us for our next girls getaway, contact us at Casey@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
Girls Getaway to Key West
Once again, I had a fabulous girls getaway to Key West. Carly, Jeri, Ann and I had a great day in this colorful island town. We hung out at Blue Heaven, Bagatelle, the Key West Art Bar, Cowboy Bill's Reloaded, Gallery on Greene and Peppers of Key West. The fun and cocktails lasted all day and only ended because we had to wake up early the next morning to catch lobsters.
We had another great mini season hunting lobsters in the Florida Keys. These spiny lobsters are also known as "bugs" and are aggressively hunted by the general public the last Wednesday and Thursday each July. Florida lobsters don't have claws like other lobster, but they taste just as good. Regulations allow for six "bugs" per person, so we caught our 66 and headed home after waking up at 4 a.m.
Girls Night Out (GNO) at The Wine Room
Grab a plastic card and a wine glass and you are ready to experience Winter Park's The Wine Room, where wine enthusiasts can enjoy sampling more than 150 wines all at the touch of a button. Simply put funds on your card and taste away.
Heather and Barda joined me for a fabulous Girls Night Out (GNO). After more than four hours here, we tried just about every wine there. I cannot wait until next time!
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
Thank you to Sally Herrington for submitting this photo of her recent Girls Getaway! She writes, "we left Tampa and cruised to Cozumel for a long weekend. It was great, and we did not want to leave the ship."
To submit photos of your Girls Getaway, email the photo(s) and information to info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
Sally, Kelli and Kim on a Girls Getaway Cruise to Cozumel.
Casey Wohl Quoted in "Luxurious Hot Spots" Article
Check out the July 10 article, Luxurious Hot Spots to Live Like A Queen, a Money News Story that quotes Girls Getaway Guide Author Casey Wohl. The story provides trip ideas for girls looking for a getaway with an unlimited budget. The article ran on 75 sites across the U.S.
|Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon!
Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide to Orlando: Leave Your Baggage at Home