Girls Getaway Guide
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
GGG Myspace & Blog
Purchase the Books
Orlando Area News
Girls Getaway Guide to Key West Arrives Soon!
Join The Getaway Girl at Fashion Week Tampa Bay
Don't Forget to Vote in the Next Girls Getaway Blog Poll
Girl Getaways Go International
Don't Miss Oktoberfest 2008!
Upcoming Events
September 11-15
Girls Getaway to NYC
There's no better place for a fall girls getaway than the fantastic NYC!  The Getaway Girl™ can hardly wait to get there and experience all the wonderful things this city has to offer.  For Girl Getaway updates during the trip, visit my blog at
September 24
Fashion Week Tampa Bay - VIP Cocktail Reception
Author/The Getaway Girl™ Casey Wohl will be signing books at the Tampa Artist Emporium in Hyde Park.  (Private Event/Invitation Only).
September 25
Fashion Week Tampa Bay Runway Shows & Boutique
Join The Getaway Girl™ at the runway show and see featured designers: Francisco Azucar, Robert Buck, Trineice Cagua, Bebe Ziegler, Darrius Mitchell and Aruk Orhrrvani. Plus a special International Academy of Design Student Showcase! Event held at The Ritz Ybor at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
September 26
Small Business Summit, Orlando

The Central Florida Small Business Summit is the hot spot to network, expand your mind, and take your business to the next level. You are invited to spend ONE day with industry leaders and experts, area entrepreneurs and small business owners at the Orlando World Marriott Resort. For more information, visit
September 26
Fashion Week Tampa Bay Runway Shows & Boutique

Join The Getaway Girl™ at the runway show and see featured designers: Essence Flowers, Audrey "Pat" McGhee, Rhonda Shear, Ivanka Ska, Shante Styles and Sam Varela.  Event held at The Coliseum in St. Petersburg at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).
September 27
Fashion Week Tampa Bay Brunch and Silent Auction

Join The Getaway Girl™ at the Table Mesa Lounge in St. Petersburg for a fashion brunch and silent auction from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

October 3
"Celebration of Life" Luncheon, Orlando
The fourth annual "Celebration of Life" breast cancer awareness luncheon will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  The event, featuring a wonderful luncheon and a silent auction, is co-sponsored by WESH 2, Carrabba's Italian Grill and the Florida Institute of Research, Medicine & Surgery Cancer Center.  For more information, contact Rhonda Kuhlman at (407) 539-7988.
October 4
Interview with The Best Life Barb Show

Tune in to radio station 1190 WAMT Orlando from 9-11 a.m. for a live interview.  Casey Wohl will chat with "Best Life Barb" and "Sweet Lou" and reveal exciting news about a great girl's getaway promotion.The Best Life Barb Show is all about the BEST of the BEST whether it be food, drink, products, services, or even relationships.  After appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Barb Simon (aka Best Life Barb) helps listeners LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE.  Best Life Barb and Sweet Lou offer advice and encouragement to their listeners.  They also offer the best guests on radio that can help listeners live their best lives.To listen tune your radio to 1190 WAMT Orlando, or go to and press the button that says LISTEN LIVE. 
October 9
Urban Think! Bookstore Girls Getaway Guide to Key West Book Signing
Join Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl™, at Urban Think! Bookstore in Downtown Orlando from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. as she launches her second book, the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West: Leave Your Baggage at Home
October 21
1st Annual Booty Party, Key West
Join The Getaway Girl™/author Casey Wohl at the official release of her latest book, Girls Getaway Guide to Key West, as she and the Key West Art Bar (corner of Margaret & Caroline in Flagler Station Building ) co-host a fundraiser for Womankind. Join us for drinks and "booty" with a benefit bachelor auction. 5-8 pm; (305) 296- 0424; $10 donation.
October 23-26
Girls Getaway Guide to Key West Book Launch Party
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 new book and her birthday, so come join us.  For more information, visit

November 7-9
MEGA Speaking Empire, LA
Chicken Soup for the Soul co-creator Mark Victor Hansen hosts another wonderful event in Los Angeles.  These events sell out fast, so register today at
November 10-13
Girls Getaway to LA
It's never a bad time in the City of Angels, and we decided to extend our stay after the MEGA conference and enjoy a terrific girls' getaway in this fantastic and exciting city.  More details to come.
November 20
The Ultimate Girls Night Out, Tampa
Save the date now!  This event will be held at The Kennedy in South Tampa.  More details to follow in next month's newsletter.
November 21-22
Winter Haven Junior League Merry Market, Winter Haven

This upscale shopping experience includes all the right elements to put you in the holiday spirit! Friday night will kick off the event with a fabulous "Martinis and Manicures" preview event followed by family-friendly shopping bazaar complete with Santa and his workshop, a special book signing with The Getaway Girl™, and merchandise from boutiques and vendors across central Florida, including a myriad of pre-decorated holiday trees for purchase. For more information, contact Angela Moore at
December 5-7
Shop 'til You Drop Girls Getaway, Orlando
Save the date!  Join us at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando as we spend some quality girl time together and conquer our holiday shopping.  More details and registeration information will be available soon.
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Where Can You Purchase the Books?
To purchase the Girls Getaway Guide, please visit:
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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 Area News
Casey Wohl Hosts Orlando Shopping Video
The Getaway Girl™ recently hosted a video for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau and VISITFLORIDA.COM (Florida's official source for travel planning and a part of the Florida Commission on Tourism), interviewing area business owners and management and exploring Orlando's diverse shopping on camera for a new promotional video. To watch the video, visit

Casey Wohl Named Resident Expert for Gaylord Palms Resort
The Getaway Girl™ is pleased to announce exciting news!  She has been named "Resident Expert" on girl getaways by Gaylord Palms Resort.   In this capacity, Casey provides tips for planning and enjoying a girls' getaway to the max, as well as working with the resort to create fabulous promotions.  Join Casey at Gaylord Palms Resort for her next girls' getaway Dec. 5-7 to get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy a little relaxation before the holiday chaos kicks into full gear. 
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 month, 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.
More information about Orlando Magical Dining Month and participating establishments is available online at

News From The Getaway Girl™
With the girlfriend getaway market representing four percent of all U.S. travel spending (about $200 million), it is no surprise that the strong demand for the Girls Getaway Guide series has led to its expansion to a second city - Key West.  I am thrilled to launch my latest book, and I hope this guide helps you during your next trip to fabulous Key West!  Read below for more details about the book and the launch party.
We want to hear from you!  If you have ideas, questions or suggestions, email them to

Girls Getaway Guide to Key West Arrives Soon!

The second in the series, the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West: Leave Your Baggage at Home, will arrive soon.  This guide is full of information about this vibrant and unique island destination.  You'll find insider tips on where to stay, from oceanfront resorts to charming bed and breakfasts; where to shop for everything from island apparel to key lime pie; fantastic nightlife, from martini bars to live music to drag queen shows; and so much more making it the perfect girls getaway destination.
Be one of the first to get a copy.  Order your Girls Getaway Guide to Key West today by visiting 


Key West Video Clip
Key West, the Southernmost Point in the U.S., has something for everyone!  Watch The Getaway Girl™ explore the island with her gal pals on YouTube.  To watch, click
Join Us at the Booty Party in Key West!
To launch this fabulous and insightful guide book, join Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl™, as she co-hosts the first annual "Booty Party" at the Key West Art Bar during Fantasy Fest on Oct. 21.  This year, the theme for Fantasy Fest is "Pirates, Pundits and Political Party Animals" and there is no better way to celebrate than with pirate "booty." 
The "Booty Party' will be complete with a Live Bachelor Auction and tons of girl fun.  Proceeds from the event will benefit Womankind, a unique health care choice for women of all ages and economic situations in Key West.  For those of you not familiar with Fantasy Fest, it is the island's version of Mardi Gras and undoubtedly one of the best party events you will ever experience.  More launch party details and events will be posted soon, so stay tuned!    
Join The Getaway Girl™ at Fashion Week Tampa Bay
Join us Sept. 24-27 at 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.
This event will bring together 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, see this newsletter's Upcoming Events Section or visit

Don't Forget to Vote in the Next Girls Getaway Blog Poll

While we are all anticipating the November presidential election, voting for your favorite girls' getaway locations and activities are almost as important.  Thank you to everyone who voted on last month's Girls Getaway Blog Poll.  The results are in! 
Key West and Chicago tied for first place as the favorite girls' getaway destination, each receiving 23% of the votes.  New York City came in third with 17% of the votes.  Now that we know where you like to go, what do you like to do? 
Visit my blog to vote for your favorite girls' getaway activity.  The poll will only be open for a few days, so vote now! 
Girl Getaway Go International

This month, I am thrilled to feature photos from some international trips.  Although these trips were not all-girls, these women managed to share some special time with their girlfriends during group excursions abroad.  Thank you to Heather Nedley and Jennifer Myers for submitting a photo of their June trip to South Africa!  Also, many thanks to Wendy Kurtz for sharing a photo of her and her girlfriends during the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission's (EDC) leadership mission trip to Montreal in August. 

These girls remind us all that even though we are traveling on business or with a diverse group, we can sneak away to create and enjoy new memories with our gal pals. 
To submit photos of your Girls Getaway, email the photo(s) and information to

Heather Nedley and Jen Myers pose with their "server" in South Africa.
Juli Johnson, Wendy Kurtz, Vicki Leonhardt enjoy some "girl time" in Montreal.
Don't Miss Oktoberfest 2008!

Each year, millions of people celebrate Oktoberfest.  Originating in Munich, lively Bavarian music and the smell of sauerkraut, beer and bratwursts fill the air during the "largest people's fair in the world" held annually late September and early October. 
Originally held as a commemoration of the Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage in 1810, the modern festival continues to celebrate the German heritage.
Can't make it to Germany this year?  Don't worry.  Several U.S. cities offer their own version of this festive German event.  Be sure to plan your getaway now and reserve your seat at this year's Oktoberfest!
Cincinnati, Ohio
- During America's largest, most authentic Oktoberfest, hundreds of thousands of people pack the streets of Cincinnati during "Zinzinnati" (their version of Oktoberfest). Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati USA is an outdoor festival held in downtown Zinzinnati, Ohio that showcases the rich German heritage of Southwestern Ohio, as well as tasty samples of German-style music, food and beer. First held in 1976, the event has grown to be North America's largest Oktoberfest with more than 500,000 people attending each year. Here, vendors line the streets promoting potato pancakes, sauerkraut, sausages and knockwursts.


Helen, Georgia - Dubbed Georgia's Alpine village, this quaint town was formerly home to a logging industry.  The city resurrected itself by becoming a replica of a Bavarian town - in the Appalachians instead of the Alps. Located on the Chattahoochee River in the Blue Ridge Mountains (northeast of Atlanta), Helen hosts a fantastic Oktoberfest September - November each year. 
New Braunfels and Fredericksburg, Texas
- Who knew you could find a bier garten (translation is "beer garden" or bar) in the middle of Texas hill country?  This area represents the best of Texas combined with the best of Bavaria.  Located in the very center of Texas (about an hour north of San Antonio and an hour west of Austin), this area's Oktoberfest is one of the most celebrated events as the towns pay tribute to their German heritage. Enjoy German food, German beer, German music, artisans, souvenirs and much more.  In addition to Oktoberfest, Wurstfest is a 10-day festival featuring every kind of German sausage imaginable. 
EPCOT, Orlando, Florida
- For a taste of Germany in Florida 365 days a year, there is no better place to visit than EPCOT's Germany.  Dine at The Biergarten Restaurant, an indoor German "courtyard" featuring a German Oktoberfest-style buffet. Pile German sausages, sauerbraten, and red cabbage on your plate and feast away!  Near the restaurant, enjoy yodelers, dancers and other lederhosen-clad musicians perform.  The German band, Oktoberfest Musikanten, plays in The Biergarten about once an hour.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon!


Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide series