Leave Your Baggage at Home®

In This Issue
Girlfriend Getaway Travel Tips For Moms
Girls Getaway to Montana - Who's In?
Getaway Girl Travel
Upcoming Events
Visit The Getaway Girl Online
Purchase Getaway Girl Merchandise
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
Getaway Girl In the News!
Voted For Girls Getaway Guide Location #4
Girls Getaway to Asheville, NC
Win Free Stuff!!!
Girlfriend Getaway Travel Tips For Moms
It is usually difficult to schedule a girlfriend getaway, but it is even harder when moms are involved as the kids schedules must be considered as well.  Here are some tips for busy moms when considering traveling on a girlfriend getaway:
*A girlfriend getaway must be a planned date/event when you have children, so mom's can prepare the kids and line up their care during the trip. Moms need to get away, but must be comfortable with the timing, who is watching the kids, etc.   Some moms make their girlfriend getaway an annual event that is saved for and anticipated every year as they are more likely to go when it's a tradition, and it makes planning easier.
*Provide as much details in writing for the caregiver.  The more details you have in writing before you depart, the better your trip will be and (hopefully) less calls about what the kids need and/or where they need to be.  Include information such as:
-Kids daily schedule (wake up/bedtime, school drop off/pick up, after school activities, evening schedule, etc)
-Mom's travel schedule/key contact information (hotel, flight, contact numbers for travel partners, etc).
-Important contact list (neighbors, grandparents/family, doctor, daycare/school, babysitter, pharmacy, etc.)
-List of medications, dosage/frequency, special instructions
*Notify daycare/school of who will be dropping off/picking up kids, as well as who to contact in case of emergency (since you will be out of town).
*Leave a list of "things to do" with details and contact information so dad or the caregiver has an idea of activities to keep the kids busy (i.e. visit the zoo or park, friends to play with, etc).
*Select a location tailored to adults; the last things mom's want on their getaway is to be around someone else's kids.  Agree as a group what you would like to do and where you'd like to go.  Also discuss everyone's budget so have the same financial expectations.
*Traveling with girlfriends should be fantastic!  However, sometime the best of friends don't travel well together.  Enjoy your getaway with girlfriends who have similar interests and can join you as you "Leave Your Baggage at Home.®"  The last thing you need is to travel with someone who is constantly worrying other things besides your getaway experience.
*Even if the kids are left with their father, it is always a good idea for both parents to have a surrogate form on file with their pediatrician and a will on file with an attorney.
For some fabulous Mother's Day Girlfriend Getaway Packages, visit the April 23 entry on my blog at http://GirlsGetawayGuide.BlogSpot.com.
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 7-12
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.
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·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 Travel

Need a Girls Getaway but never enough time to plan your trip?  The Girls Getaway Guide takes the time-consuming hassle out of researching great Girls Getaway hotels, resorts, tours and packages.  Our website www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net features a brand new travel section, Getaway Girl Travel (www.GetawayGirlTravel.com), which helps busy women getaway and makes planning your trip as easy as 1, 2, 3.  First, select a location.  Second, pick your accommodations or tour getaway.  Third, book your vacation.
Partnering businesses include resorts, bed & breakfasts, hotels, tours, guest ranch, cruise and a castle from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Europe.
Many thanks to the following partners for joining us as we launch this exciting new concept: Blessings on State B&B, California Castle, Doubletree Grandkey Resort, GirlsOnACruise.com, Fairville Inn, Hotel Monaco Chicago, Kingston Plantation, Orlando Vista Hotel, Reunion Resort,
Saddlebrook Resort, Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Tenon Tours and The Islander Resort.
Start clicking at www.GirlsGetawayTravel.com to see the fabulous Girls Getaway hotels, resorts, tours and packages we have to offer!
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Upcoming Events
May 9
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
Radio Appearance: WRHB 1410 AM's Heartbeat for Women
Attention Central Florida Girls!  Listen to me at 10:00 a.m. chat with Best Life Barb about great Girlfriend Getaway tips, news and specials.  Plus, learn how you can win free vacations. 

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, Orlando

Chicken 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
June 11
Conversations & Cocktails, Tampa

Join me at this wonderful Tampa area women's networking group as we continue the series on exploring "F" words.  The event begins at 5:45 p.m. and will be held at the Westin Tampa Harbour Island. For more information, visit www.opbi.org.
June 30 - July 5 OR July 7-12
July 21-26 (The 21-26 dates are sold out)
Girls Getaway to Montana, Livingston, MT
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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info@girlsgetawayguide.net if you are interested in joining us at any of the above-mentioned events! 
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Where To Purchase Merchandise
Barnes & Noble (select stores)
Cat's On Main, Wauchula 
Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
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
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos 


Thank you to Donna Hansczaryk of Halifax, Nova Scotia for submitting photos of her recent Mother/Daughter Girls Getaway to Egypt with her daughter Katherine.  The trip was to celebrate Donna's 60th birthday and Katherine's college graduation.  
Donna reports: "We rode camels at the pyramids, sailed the Nile, crossed the Suez Canal by boat, belly danced at midnight, rode a van in the Sinai Desert, and stood in awe at ancient colossal temples. We had an exotic adventure, a feminine pilgrimage- like taking a swim in a lake of wisdom.  It was a mega-sized  'girls getaway' with meaning, laughter, late night talks in twin beds with real Egyptian cotton sheets, the cacophony of 13 million people and blaring music.  We bonded, nourished each other and fully appreciated our mother-daughter love and the kindness of the Egyptian people-- who have been hosting guests for 5,000 years! For me, it was all about "aging as adventure" and realizing we barely scratched the surface of one ancient culture in this vast world- full of people with basic goodness!" 
To submit your Girls Getaway photos, email the photo and a brief description to Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
News From The Getaway Girl®

Mother's Day is Sunday and this E-news issue is devoted to mom.  From Travel Tips for Moms to a report from a Mother/Daughter Girls Getaway to Egypt, we are "showing mom the love" this month.  Moms have a tough job and should be rewarded well on their special day, so don't forget to do something special for your mom this year.  Moms are a very important part of our lives, and what better way to celebrate mom and show your appreciation than with a fabulous Girls Getaway??  Enjoy reading and Happy Mother's Day!
The Getaway Girl in the News!
Women's Day Magazine - I was thrilled to be womans dayquoted in the May issue of Women's Day Magazine for their article,"How to Have a Great Girls Night In."  To read the article, click on the image.

Parenting -
Many thanks to my girlfriends who helped me contribute to an article for Parenting Magazine,"Go Away, Girlfriends." To read the article in the May issue, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/News.html or click on the image below.
Vote Today For Girls Getaway Guide Location #4

Do you have a favorite Girls Getaway destination?  How about a place you have always wanted to visit but don't know where to stay, what to see or where to eat while you are there?  We are trying to decide what fantastic location should be THE destination for the next (#4) Girls Getaway Guide.  Click on the link http://GirlsGetawayGuide.BlogSpot.com and vote on our online survey.  We want to hear from you, so vote today as the poll is only open a few more days!!

Girls Getaway to 
Asheville, NC
Casey and I (yes there's two of us) were excited to arrive in Asheville, NC for our Girls Getaway.  The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville (www.BohemianHotelAsheville.com) just opened on April 1, but there's "no foolin" about this fabulous English Tudor-style lodge located adjacent to the main entrance of the Biltmore Estate, the largest private residence in North America. 
GB exterior
With its beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 104-room boutique hotel is located in the Biltmore Village.  The hotel, which is a Kessler property, is full of Mr. Kessler's incredible antiques and art, including paintings, sculptures, bronzes, and wood carvings.  Upon entering the lobby, guests are greeted by a warm fireplace in the center of the room and two desks that serve as an unconventional front desk/reception area. 
GB lobby
The furniture and décor in the lobby make you feel as though you walked into a swanky Canadian hunting lodge complete with rustic furniture and an elegant Old World feel.  In addition to the wonderful accommodations, décor and art, the hotel boasts a wonderful bar (Red Stag Lounge) and restaurant (Red Stag Grill), as well as the Poseidon Spa.  Casey and I enjoyed a couples massage complete with hot stone therapy...just what we needed after a long day of sightseeing and shopping.   
The Biltmore Estate (www.Biltmore.com) was built in 1895 by George W. Vanderbilt.  This 250-room mansion is modeled after 16th century French estates and chateaus.  Originally encompassing 125,000 acres, the estate now rests on 8,000 acres in Asheville.  After six years, the home was finally opened that Christmas Eve 1895.  It boasts 43 bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, bowling alley, private gym, formal dining room (with three fireplaces and seven-story ceilings and Fleming tapestries from the 1500s), winter garden, observatory, tapestry gallery, walk in refrigerators, two laundry rooms and more.
We opted for the audio tour, which provided interesting stories and great information about the estate, its owners, staff and the guests who visited the Vanderbilt family.  The tour also highlighted the current upkeep and renovations involved in maintaining this unbelievable property, which includes a staff today of 1,800 employees.  If you have never visited Biltmore, I highly recommend it.  In addition to the house, visitors may browse the gardens, winery, stables and dine at one of the many restaurants on the property.
The lovely and charming Biltmore Village (www.BiltmoreVillage.com) was built in the late 1890s at the entrance to the Biltmore Estate and designed to emulate a quaint English community.  This area was co-designed by the architect and landscape architect who designed the Biltmore.  Today, Biltmore Village boasts more than 30 shops and 10 eateries, all of which are housed in historic buildings with brick sidewalks connecting the area.  Here you will find art galleries (complete with paintings, jewelry and crafts), clothing stores and gift shops.  We had a delicious lunch at Rezaz Restaurant and Enotecca (Italian Wine Bar) of Turkey Panini, Specialty Pizza and French Fries with Tomato Jam.  In the Village, you'll also find the most expensive McDonalds ever built, complete with gold inlay, a grand piano, fireplace and wall tapestry. 
In downtown Asheville, we dined at Zambra Wine & Tapas (www.ZambraTappas.com) for dinner.  With the restaurant's Mediterranean flair, our table was full of BBQ shrimp, pork spring rolls, steak and arugula salad all prepared in unique and special ways with local produce and meat.  After dinner, we stopped at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge (www.FrenchBroadChocolates.com).  I had to try their highly-recommended sippable, organic milk chocolate truffles.  Absolutely delish, and the perfect way to top off a lovely tapas meal!  Casey loved her delectable brownie, and we watched an eclectic group of people relax and socialize in this "loungy" and comfortable space.
french broad brewery 
French Broad Brewing Company (www.FrenchBroadBrewery.com) was another stop during our getaway.  Thanks to Aaron (the assistant to the assistant brewer pictured with us above) for showing me how the beer making process works and providing samplings (my favorite was the Gateway Kölsch).  This place is popular among the locals as a great evening hang out with friends, dogs and a bluegrass band.  By the way, Asheville has lots of local breweries and is very dog friendly. 
As we rode the Historic Trolley Tour (www.AshevilleTrolleyTours.com), author Kenneth Richards narrated the 90-minute tour and showed us some of the historical and comical highlights of Asheville.  
Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (www.GroveParkInn.com) was built from granite boulders from Sunset Mountain and opened in 1913.  Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Inn was modeled after the old railway hotels of the west.  The lobby is known as The Great Hall as it measures 120 feet across, features 24-foot ceilings and two gigantic 14-foot stone fireplaces. The Inn's elevators are cleverly hidden in the chimneys of the stone fireplaces. 
grove park chimney
We toured the unique Spa at Grove Park Inn, which is ranked 5th in the U.S. and 13th in the world for spas by Travel & Leisure.  While at Grove Park, we dined at the hotel's upscale Horizon's Restaurant.  Kenneth made our experience wonderful with fabulous meal recommendations, although I doubt you could go wrong with any of your choices here.  After Casey's five martinis and my Mint Julips (specially made by Kenneth himself), we loved our Cedar River Filet of Beef, Sous Vide North Carolina Poulet Rouget Chicken for our main meals and the Vidalia Onion Bisque, Horizons Signature Lobster Bisque, and Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue  Crab for the pre-course.  Dessert was impeccable with a Dark Chocolate Lava Cake (but can you really go wrong with chocolate?).  After dinner, we crashed the wedding reception of some unknowing bride and groom at Elaine's Piano Bar located at the Grove Park Inn.  After several SEC football theme song battles, we called it a night and headed back to our hotel.
Thank you to Dodie Stephens with the Asheville CVB for her guidance and great recommendations of things to see and do during our Girlfriends Getaway to Asheville.  
Win Free Stuff!
Love to win free stuff?  Looking for prizes to help you getaway and travel the world?  Be sure to visit the new "Win Free Stuff" section of the Girls Getaway Guide website at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/win.html where you will find nearly $1,500 in fun and travel-related prizes, including a Grand Prize Girls Getaway to Ireland (airfare not included). 
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Every few months we will post new and exciting prizes for Girls Getaway Guide fans, so be sure to check back regularly.
Thanks for reading. Wishing you fabulous getaways!
Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide series