November 5-6Who can resist a Girls Getaway to Laguna Beach? We planned some extra girl time around the MEGA conference. I cannot wait to enjoy a terrific girls' getaway at the fabulous Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.
Girls Getaway to Laguna Beach
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 http://mvhansen.infusionsoft.com/go/MSpeak/a746.
Cat's On Main, Wauchula
Join The Getaway Girl™ Casey Wohl as she hosts a book signing event at the delightful Cat's On Main from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights' accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value) with each book purchased.
The Little Black Dress Party, Tampa
Save the date now! This event will be held at The Kennedy in South Tampa (2408 W. Kennedy Blvd; 813-259-9669), from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Guests are invited to indulge in spa and salon treatments, makeovers, complimentary champagne and a dessert bar. Buy a Girls Getaway Guide and be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value). For more details, visit www.TheKennedySoho.com.
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. Buy a Girls Getaway Guide and be entered to win a Girls Getaway Vacation Package to Key West, including two nights accommodations at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, breakfast for two, Wind and Wine cruise for two and complimentary drink tickets for two (a $795 value). For more information, contact Angela Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leave Your Baggage at Home™ Girls Getaway, Orlando
Join us at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando as we spend some quality girl time together and conquer our holiday shopping. This wonderful weekend experience includes VIP shopping experience at Intermix, a special Girls Getaway room rate, shopping perks and savings, tickets to see the unique frozen holiday event - ICE!, a special baking experience with a Gaylord pastry chef, discounts on spa services from the Canyon Ranch SpaClub and a special VIP cooking and dining experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop. For more details and to register, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
|Where To Purchase Books |
Barnes & Noble (select stores)Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Key West Art Bar, Key West
Peppers of Key West, Key West
Redhead Lounge Boutique, Orlando
Shou'Ture, Winter Park
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
Many thanks to Angela Newell for submitting a photo from her recent Girls Cruise to Cozumel. She writes, "It was the BEST time of my life. It was a life-changing event for me. I so needed my girlfriends for five days...away from reality. I came back a totally different person. Revived and renewed!"
Pictured with Angela are: Amy Valle, Amber Jones, Dee Corry, Valerie Schneider, Gwynn Newell, Sheila Pearce, Eliska Poirier and Terry Boorne. |
|News From The Getaway Girl™|
WOW! Fantasy Fest was a blast. We had so much fun and have some great girl getaway memories to share (and some that we don't plan to share). The Booty Party was a success and raised more than $2,000 for a local charity. Read below for the details.
If you haven't already, don't forget to register for the 12 Days 'til Christmas promotion. You can register to win nearly $7,000 in getaway prizes at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net
Booty Party Raises $2,000 for Charity
On Oct. 21, the first ever Booty Party was THE place to be in Key West. As an official Fantasy Fest event, the party raised more than $2,000 to benefit Womankind, a unique health care choice for women of all ages and economic situations in Key West.
This was the first time a Fantasy Fest event raised money for a charity other than AIDS Relief. Girls Getaway Guide series author Casey Wohl and the Key West Art Bar were thrilled to give back to the community by co-hosting this inaugural event.
The Booty Party theme tied in nicely with this year's Fantasy Fest theme, Pirates, Pundits and Political Party Animals. The party featured a bachelor/bachelorette auction, fabulous wine and art, Pink Vodka, appearances by special guests (the Mayor of Key West and the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest), and the official launch of the new book, the Girls Getaway Guide to Key West: Leave Your Baggage at Home™.
The Getaway Girl™ was secretly entered into the Bachelorette Auction, but was a good sport and was auctioned off to benefit the charity.
Many thanks to Barb Grob, owner of the Key West Art Bar and "The Art Slut", and her great team of "Art Sluts" for all of their hard work in making this such a wonderful event. Also, many thanks to Betsy Langan of Womankind and Ashley Hoover of Market Share for their assistance, as well as Tom Maloney for serving as the auctioneer.
Get Hot With The Getaway Girl™
Casey Wohl "got sauced" at Key West's "hottest" spot, Peppers of Key West. The event included a hot sauce tasting competition and book signing. Many thanks to everyone who joined us at Peppers of Key West! Congrats to Randy Lyles of Red River, NM who was the only one to challenge Casey in a "taste off." After a few bites of some super hot sauce (the bottle was labeled "Death" and had a skull and crossbones on it), everyone called it a tie and drank lots of liquids! Thank you to Pete Legrady and his staff for a great afternoon!
Leave Your Baggage at Home™ December Girls Getaway
Due to the overwhelming success of the Girls Getaway to Orlando to celebrate National Friendship Day (see photo below in Emeril's kitchen), Casey Wohl is hosting another fabulous getaway Dec. 5-7. For anyone who agonizes over their holiday shopping and needs to de-stress, this getaway is for you. Join us at the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando as we spend some quality girl time together and conquer your holiday shopping.
This wonderful weekend experience includes: *A special Girls Getaway Guide room rate starting at $199/night for two people, which includes self-parking and resort fee.
*Exclusive personal shopping experience at Intermix, Orlando's newest trend-setting boutique. Get great gift ideas and preview the top trends of the season VIP style while sipping mimosas!
*Shopping perks and savings at the Mall at Millenia and Orlando Premium Outlets
*Tickets to see the Gaylord's unique frozen holiday event - ICE!, with VIP pass.
*Special baking experience with a Gaylord pastry chef - learn how the pros do it.
*Discounts on spa services from the Canyon Ranch SpaClub
*VIP cooking and dining experience at Emeril's Tchoup Chop complete with limo transportation.
*Retail discount card for the shops at the Gaylord Palms Resort
*Complimentary drink ticket at the Gaylord Palms Resort
Registration is $259/person; hotel rooms must be booked by registrants. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today. For more details and to register for the weekend and your room, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
The Best Life Barb Show
The Getaway Girl™ was thrilled to be interviewed live on Oct. 4 on the Best Life Barb Show, which aired on radio station 1190 WAMT Orlando. She chatted with "Best Life Barb" and "Sweet Lou" about the importance of girl getaways and revealed exciting news about the "12 Days 'til Christmas" girls 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. If you missed the live interview, visit www.bestlifebarb.com and press the button that says ARCHIVED SHOWS.
Celebration of Life
The fourth annual "Celebration of Life" breast cancer awareness luncheon was held on Oct. 3 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The event featured a wonderful luncheon and a silent auction, and was co-sponsored by WESH 2, Carrabba's Italian Grill and the Florida Institute of Research, Medicine & Surgery Cancer Center. The Girls Getaway Guide was pleased to once again partner with the fabulous Gaylord Palms Resort (www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-palms/) to donate a Girls Getaway Vacation Package valued at $1,500.
Win Fabulous Getaway Prizes!
The Girls Getaway Guide is pleased to announce The Getaway Girl's™ second annual "12 Days 'til Christmas" holiday promotion. In an effort to help all girls beat the holiday madness and Leave Your Baggage at Home™, the Girls Getaway Guide will host a countdown to the big day. Women everywhere can visit the Girls Getaway Guide online at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net to sign up for more than $6,500 in fabulous giveaways, which are sure to provide welcome holiday cheer during this stressful time of year.
The winners will be selected on each of the 12 business days starting Dec. 8 through Dec. 23, with the Grand Prize selected on Dec. 24. Each day leading up to Christmas, a terrific Girls Getaway Guide prize will be given away to a randomly-selected entrant.
Partnering businesses that have donated prizes include: Baccarat/Lalique at Prime Outlets International Orlando, Blue Tree Resort, Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha, Emeril's Tchoup Chop, Gaylord Palms Resort, Hampton Inn & Suites South Lake Buena Vista, Ocean Key Resort & Spa, Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, Orlando Premium Outlets & Marriott Village, Regal Sun Resort, The Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort and Zou Zou Boutique.
Girls Getaway to Fantasy Fest
We arrived at the Artist House (www.ArtistHouseKeyWest.com), which was also once home to Robert the Doll (www.RobertTheDoll.com) and is rumored to be haunted. We arrived in the Anne Suite, quickly unpacked, and then made our way to Café Marquesa (www.CafeMarquesa.com) for dinner. After a delicious Marquesa Martini, I enjoyed a fabulous arugula salad and the yellowtail snapper. We dined near the windows facing Simonton Street and were completely entertained by the barely dressed people on their way to the 11th Annual Kinky Karnival at Kelly's Caribbean Restaurant. Yes, that's right! We saw more skin passing the window than clothing. WOW! Welcome to Fantasy Fest!
The "Rubbermaids" were kind enough to wave to us through the window, so we ran outside for a quick pic. Needless to say, we had a fabulous meal and time at Café Marquesa!
After dinner, we went back to the Artist House to change for the Kinky Karnival. Although we felt uncomfortable in what we thought was provocative clothing, we arrived at Kelly's to realize we were the most conservatively-dressed people there. I'm pretty sure I spent the entire time at the Kinky Karnival in complete shock! It was definitely an experience that I will never forget.
We left the Karnival after our fill of "kinkiness" and headed home. We caught a pedicab ride with Claus, who is originally from Germany and calls himself "The Pedicab Pimp." You never know who you'll meet in Key West.
Tuesday was a great day in Key West. After breakfast at the Artist House (loved the Croissants de France pastries), we made our way to Duval Street, the main drag in Key West. We stopped to watch Kenny weave straw baskets and hats, and then chatted with Timothy Stitch, a professional pirate.
We enjoyed a great lunch at Mangoes (www.mangoes.com) where I absolutely loved the fried ahi tuna (the sauce is amazing).
Despite the rain Wednesday evening, we were thrilled to accept an invitation from Patrick, owner of Croissants de France (www.CroissantsdeFrance.com), for a lovely dinner at his restaurant. From the baked brie to the gallettes, everything was delicious. Even if you don't dine here, take the time to stop by this fabulous restaurant/bakery for some of the finest pastries and baked goods anywhere!
We were sad to leave the island and the craziness of Fantasy Fest behind, but I know I'll be back soon. Anyone want to join me for Fantasy Fest 2009? Mark your calendar for Oct. 23 - Nov. 1.
|Thanks for reading. I hope to see you soon!