July 2009: Girls Getaway to Montana - Who's In?
Overlooking the magnificent Absaroka Mountains of Southwest Montana, the Flatpenny Inn (named for countless guests squishing pennies on the tracks of passing trains) will play host to three fabulous summer girls' getaways on 20 private acres. Just 23 miles from the Bozeman Airport and close to Yellowstone National Park, this Inn is perfect for a fabulous vacation at an unbelievable low price.
The July 4th weekend will host the Livingston Roundup Rodeo and hundreds of professional cowboys will inundate this charming town.
Three July date schedules to choose from:
June 30 - July 5
July 21-26 (SOLD OUT)
The getaway package includes:
·5 nights/6 days accommodations
·All transportation including transfers to/from airport
·Most meals (group will decide when dining out)
·An open kitchen (feel free to nibble on healthy snacks whenever you wish)
·An end-of-stay massage
·A daily workout with your hostess, a certified personal trainer
· Learn all about healthy and authentic Mediterranean-style cooking from an Italian fitness guru (your hostess), while you savor the delicious meals prepared for you each day.
Price/person/stay is $749 (excludes airfare, optional rental car, optional dining out, all service tips). Limited to six girls per date schedule.
·Optional activities (* indicates additional costs) include: white water rafting*, Yellowstone National Park sightseeing, world-class fishing*, hiking, photography, horseback riding* and shopping with no sales tax.
·Package excludes: airfare, optional rental car, optional dining out, all service tips, optional activities. To register, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/Montana.html
Getaway Girl To Serve As Travel Expert for Dove Campaign
I was thrilled to be asked by Dove Deodorant to participate as a Travel Expert in their exciting 16-week Facebook campaign, which is a terrific way to share information on issues that are important to all women, such as travel, fashion and nutrition. Join me the week of April 6 as we chat about all things travel.
Dove is introducing a unique new addition to the anti-perspirant/deodorant category with its new product, Dove Visibly Smooth--Ultimate, created to help minimize the look and feel of underarm hair over time (perfect for busy Girls on the Go). The unique formula helps women feel stubble-free longer while delivering all the benefits of Dove anti-perspirant/deodorant, including 24-hour odor and wetness protection, Dove 1/4 Translucent Moisturizers™ that care for delicate underarm skin, and alleviating white marks.
Hope you chat with us on Facebook staring April 6 at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dove-Visibly-Smooth/58040884511. Participants will be entered to win fabulous prizes based on each week's theme, so be sure to join us!
Girls Getaway to Asheville, NC
After several recommendations for a great Girls Getaway destination, we are on our way to Asheville, NC. We are excited about our stay at the brand new Grand Bohemian Asheville (www.BohemianHotelAsheville.com), visiting the Biltmore Estate, and stopping by The Chocolate Lounge for organic, sippable truffles. Follow our adventure on Twitter
(www.Twitter.com/GetawayGirl), Facebook (Girls Getaway Guide) or my blog (http://GirlsGetawayGuide.BlogSpot.com).
Girls Getaway to Miami
Known for its tropical climate, white sandy beaches, celeb hangouts, art, culture, food and fashion, Miami makes for one great Girls Getaway location. Follow our adventure to Miami on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/GetawayGirl), Facebook (Girls Getaway Guide) or my blog (http://GirlsGetawayGuide.BlogSpot.com).
Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco
Cirque du Soleil is pleased to announce that the Saltimbanco arena tourwill perform in seven cities across Florida from April to July 2009. The high-intensity acrobatic spectacle will perform in local arenas in an intimate theatrical setting. For Saltimbanco tickets and information, please visit www.cirquedusoleil.com/saltimbanco. Saltimbanco is a signature Cirque du Soleil show with a style that borrows from theatre, dance and music and where spectacular costumes, lighting and make-up take pride of place. The international cast of 50 artists hails from 20 countries. Saltimbanco is a show full of color, amusement and amazement. Join me on April 29 for the opening night show in Lakeland, FL.
All About Women, Memphis, TN
Join me for a presentation on "Career Re-Invention" on the Main Stage at All About Women. This one-day interactive experience promises to improve your life. Engage in over 100 different free services and activities covering physical, mental and spiritual well-being. The All About Women experience is one day, one place, just for you. Expecting more than 10,000 women, this is the place to be in Memphis on May 9. For more information, visit www.AllAboutWomenTN.org
. May 13
Lunch Club Wednesday, Sebring, FL
Join me at 11:30 a.m. for a Girls Getaway Guide presentation to Lunch Club Wednesday (LCW). LCW is a women's networking club open to all women to connect with one another. The group's goal is to meet and support each other, make friendships and grow lasting relationships. For more details, visit www.LunchClubWednesday.org
. May 15-17
Girls Ranch Getaway for Old Friends/New Friends Week
For some of us, a Girls Getaway isn't just about shopping and spas. To celebrate Old Friends/New Friends week, I am planning a Girls Ranch Getaway to a 5,000-acre working cattle ranch in Central Florida. Get your boots on and saddle up for this unforgettable weekend.June 5-7
MEGA Book Marketing Conference, OrlandoChicken Soup for the Soul
co-creator Mark Victor Hansen is hosting another wonderful event in Orlando. Whether you've only thought about writing a book, have already written a book, or just want to see what it's about, this is an opportunity you don't want to pass up. You'll get access to the world's top best-selling authors and book marketing strategists, proven book marketing blueprints that you can put to work immediately and valuable advice from agents and publishers PLUS phenomenal networking opportunities with the "who's who" of the publishing world. If you're serious about becoming a successful, published author, there's no way you can afford to pass up this incredible offer. Click here to learn more: https://mvhansen.infusionsoft.com/go/MBook/a746
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us at any of the above-mentioned events!
June 30 - July 5 & July 7-12
July 21-26 (The 21-26 dates are sold out)Overlooking the magnificent Absaroka Mountains of Southwest Montana, the Flatpenny Inn will play host to three, 5 nights/6 days fabulous girls getaways on 20 private acres. Just 23 miles from the Bozeman Airport and close to Yellowstone, this Inn is perfect for a summer getaway. All transportation, meals and a daily four-mile hike are included. This weekend will host the Livingston Roundup Rodeo and hundreds of professional cowboys will inundate this charming town. Limited to six girls. For more information and to register, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/Montana.html
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|Where To Purchase Merchandise |
Barnes & Noble (select stores)
Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Cat's On Main, Wauchula
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Key West Art Bar, Key West
Peppers of Key West, Key West
Red Geranium, Winter Haven
Redhead Lounge Boutique, Orlando
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando
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|Thank you to author Sandy Mullen (front and center) of Palm Coast, FL for submitting this photo of her Girls Getaway to Barnes & Noble for the signing of her book, Abagals. Sandy's friends joined her at the store for a pajama party. To submit your Girls Getaway photos, email the photo and a brief description to Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
|News From The Getaway Girl™|
Summer is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to start thinking about your next Girls Getaway. We are offering an amazing (and inexpensive) Girls Getaway to Montana in July. The last weekend is already sold out and space is limited for the remaining two "long" weekends, so be sure and register today at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/Montana. This E-newsletter issue also features a recap of our adventure to Key West. Enjoy reading and happy getaways!
The Getaway Girl in the News!
Daytime - Many thanks to Daytime for having me appear on the show again to discuss Affordable Travel. To view the segment, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/News.html
10 Connects - Thank you to Jessica and the wonderful staff at 10 Connects for having me on the show to discuss Spring Break Travel Deals. To view the segment, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/News.html.
- I was honored to be interviewed by CBS Radio regarding Career Reinvention. Click on the icon below to listen to the interview.
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We were so excited to check in to the fabulous Ocean Key Resort & Spa in Key West (www.OceanKey.com). Nestled between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square is the resort, which captures the essence of island resort living with oceanfront hotel accommodations. I love sunbathing here...with the resort pool on one side and the tranquil waters (where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean) on the other side. We were excited to wake up Saturday morning to see Kenny Chesney's tour bus outside our balcony. Looks like Kenny loves Key West too!
Cathy and I had an amazing dinner at the resort's fine dining restaurant, Hot Tin Roof
. Described as "conch fusion" the resort's waterfront dining restaurant provides great cuisine in a casual yet elegant setting with beautiful sunset views. We loved our Pan Seared Mahi Mahi and the Broiled Local Yellowtail Snapper, as well as the glowing plates that the Shrimp Cocktail was served on.
The resort's spa, SpaTerre, is the signature spa of Noble House Hotels & Resorts. This boutique spa and fitness center is designed to replicate a Florida beach house with treatments that span from across the globe. Although very nice, Cathy and I agreed that watching the people in the fitness center made us tired and we headed straight to the pool to find a cabana.
The property has experience some upgrades since I was here last, including the new tiki bar in the Liquid Lounge area of the pool deck, 42" plasma TVs, I-Home units and the new covered bridge that allows you access to the entire property. In addition, they have a really nice gift shop that has some great take home items for you, as well as family and friends.
Many thanks to the entire staff for making us feel so welcome, especially Prince who checked on us often to make sure we were well taken care of. Key West Express
After waking up at 4:00 a.m. and driving to Ft. Myers, we boarded the Key West Express (www.SeaKeyWestExpress.com
) in route to our getaway destination. This 170' catamaran was awesome, complete with plasma TVs, a full lounge/bar area, indoor and outdoor seating and a terrific captain and crew. The three-hour trip was so much fun.
We met with Captains Eric and Robert in the Wheel Room (that has no wheel; the boat is controlled with a joystick), made new friends (Mike and Amy on the trip there; Scott and Alex on the way home), and played cards to pass the time. The boat sails daily from Ft. Myers and Marco Island, and it is a great way to get to Key West. Some people even go for just the day. So, next time you are wondering how to get to Key West, just jump aboard the Key West Express. Delish Dishes in Key West
We received several recommendations for Sarabeth's (www.SarabethsKeyWest.com
) so we checked it out Saturday for lunch and loved it! This quaint little restaurant opened in 2005 as the only Florida location for this popular New York restaurant. In 1981, Sarabeth and Bill Levine opened a tiny bakery-kitchen in NYC to make and sell her preserves and baked goods. A few tables and chairs were soon added, first for breakfast and then for lunch. The little store, with its unique charm and wholesomely delicious products became an instant success with discriminating New Yorkers. Located on Simonton Street and managed by David, the Key West location is fabulous! We split the Griddled Smoked Mozzarella Sandwich and the Open Face Tuna Salad Sandwich, and I loved my Bloody Sara and Cathy enjoyed her Antioxidant Intoxicant. This place is a must stop!
On Sunday, we also had lunch at Bagatelle (www.BagatelleKeyWest.com
). A great place to watch people on Duval Street, this lovely Victorian home with a wraparound porch provides a casual and relaxing atmosphere. We were starving, so we ordered big. I devoured my Cheeseburger and Cathy ate all of her Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. We loved our Expresso Martinis, which were just what we needed on a Sunday morning.
Where We Shopped
As always, I stopped by the Key West Art Bar (www.KeyWestArtBar.com
). I love this place! This is my favorite place to shop on the island. Owner Barb Grob has a great eye for super cool things, including gifts, art and more. Cathy found some great gifts here.
On our way to Bahama Village, we stopped in to say hi at Besame Mucho (www.BesameMucho.net
). Located on Petronia Street, this cozy store offers unique goods such as Mexican jewelry, artwork and Kiehl's products in a shabby chic environment.
We found some great things at our very own hotel at the Ocean Key Resort Gift Store (www.OceanKey.com
). Better than your average gift shop, Ocean Key offers some great gifts, clothing and Key West souvenirs. Even if you don't stay here, it is worth a trip to the gift store.
We had a blast at the Key West Mad Hatter (www.KeyWestMadHatter.com
). Thank you so much to Dorcas Robertson for inviting us to her terrific hat store next to the Westin. Cathy and I had a blast trying on hats...from Kentucky Derby hats to St. Patrick's Day gear, the Key West Mad Hatter has it all. They even do custom hats from your fabric sample. Dorcas gave us great advice and told us you should buy your hat first, and then find the outfit to wear with the hat. Good to know for my trip (one day) to the Kentucky Derby.
Of course no trip to Key West is complete without an evening stroll down Duval Street. We happened to be there for Spring Break and had several opportunities to re-live our college days. We stopped for a photo with the Dirty Joke Guy (even though he scared Cathy) and sang along with the entertainer and hundreds of Spring Breakers at Irish Kevins. We are glad to know we still "got it" but happy to come home to our normal lives.
|Thanks for reading. Wishing you fabulous getaways!
Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide series