Girls Getaway Guide (TM)

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Upcoming Events
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
Purchase Getaway Girl Merchandise
Visit The Getaway Girl Online
The Getaway Girl News!
Are You A Winner?
Girls (and Dogs) Getaway to Miami
Upcoming Events
 
July 22-26
Vegas, Baby, Vegas
Usually "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas," but I will be blogging, Twittering and Facebooking about my trip to Vegas!  Determined to find some amazing getaway-related activities and hot spots, stay tuned and sign up to follow my adventures today at www.Twitter.com/GetawayGirl.

August 6-8
Girls Lobsterfest Getaway
fl bugsEach year we head south to the Florida Keys for the popular Lobster mini-season.  The first day involved waking up at 4:00 a.m., heading to your lobster hole and waiting for the sun to come up.  Then it is time to "tickle" your way to catching Florida's spiny lobster (no claws) and getting your six per person limit.  Sounds crazy, but it is a lot of fun! The cost is $599/person for the weekend, which includes lodging, lobster excursion and Wind & Wine Sunset Sail.  We must have at least six girls registered by July 15 deadline for trip to occur.  To register, email Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
 
August 13
Banana Republic, International Mall Tampa

Join me at the International Mall's Banana Republic in Tampa as we celebrate the launch of their new monogram line.  More details to come!
 
September 23-26
Fashion Week Tampa Bay

fwtbFashion Week Tampa Bay epitomizes the fashion scene in the Bay area with an annual event that celebrates the style that is uniquely Tampa Bay's very own. This event brings talented fashion and accessories designers to the Bay area to showcase their work for local, regional and national retail buyers, boutique owners and consumers. In addition, local business partners, aspiring models and community members will have an opportunity to experience quality style and trendsetters in their own city, while providing all lovers of creativity a week of positive, high-fashion and artistic energy.  For more information, visit www.FashionWeekTampaBay.com.
 
October 2
Komen Luncheon
"Celebration of Life" Luncheon, Orlando

komenThe fifth 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 23-27
Bahama Mama Birthday Getaway
Follow our trip via Twitter and Facebook as my family and close friends join me for a Birthday Bash Bahamas style.  After all, you only turn 21 once (or maybe a few times)!
  
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Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos 
This month's Girlfriend Getaway photo is submitted by Harmony Martin Anbney of Stuart, FL.  She writes, "My sorority sisters (Tri Delta from Stetson University) and I have an annual girls trip; this year we did a weekend in NYC. The trip included a variety of sights and sounds but the highlights are as follows: the Sex and the City tour (complete with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery), which was perfectly feminine, an afternoon of wine and cheese at the Boat House in Central Park and a night out on the town beginning with dinner at Sushi Samba followed by a rooftop table at 230 5th for dancing and spectacular views of the Empire State Building."  

Sounds like these girls had a great time!  Pictured (left to right) are: Stephanie Theodoropoulos, Christina Whitlock, Harmony Martin Abney, Alison McCue, Jill Shipley.
magnolia bakery 
 
To submit your Girls Getaway photos, email the photo and a brief description to Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
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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
 
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News From The Getaway GirlŪ

Greetings!
 
With 2009 halfway over, it is time to start thinking about our fall 2009 Girls Getaway trip, as well as trips for 2010.  We want to hear from you!  Tell us where you want to go and we will plan the trip.  Just email us at Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net with your destination ideas!
The Getaway GirlŪ News!
 
Daytime TV -
Many thanks to the nationally-syndicated TV show Daytime for having me on again to discuss 2009 Travel Trends, including Hungary, Cambodia, Iceland and Austin, TX!  To watch the clip, click the image below or visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net/news.
daytime travel trends 

97 Country WPCV - It is always a pleasure speaking withwpcv Andrea Oliver, news director for WONN/WPCV in Lakeland.  On Father's Day, Andrea and I chatted about the latest and greatest in Girls Getaways and travel trends.  To listen to the interview, click http://tinyurl.com/mye8be.
 
Fearlessly Speaking -
I was recently interviewedfearless on 'Fearlessly Speaking by Jacqueline Wales.' (To listen, click http://tinyurl.com/lp9m76). It is a great reminder that we should all be "fearless" in life.

Girls Getaway Guide Announce Winners  
 
The results are in!  Winners of the Girls Getaway Guide's first "Win Free Stuff" contest have been selected.  To see if you won any of the fabulous prizes, visit www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net.  Winners names are posted for each prize. 
 
Every few months we will post new and exciting prizes for Girls Getaway Guide fans, so be sure to check back regularly.  New prizes will be posted soon.
Girls (and Dogs) Getaway to Miami 
  
We were so excited to arrive at Miami's newdogs at epic Epic Hotel (http://www.epichotel.com/) for a Girls Getaway with our dogs. Liz brought Stella (a Cocker Spaniel/Shih Tzu mix) and I brought Zoe (my Weimeraner, aka 'Sexy Bitch'). Emily also joined us minus a dog. Upon arrival, the dogs were thrilled to find the room stocked with toys, their own beds, bottled water, food, snacks and water bowls. Zoe and I quickly found a grassy area that was located just beyond the bridge a minute from the hotel. Each time we passed the bridge there was a different modeling photo shoot taking place, and each time, Zoe was asked to be in the photos. I think she has a solid future as a dog model now that she has perfected her "looks."

With the dogs comfortably situated in the hotel room, the three, two-legged girls headed to the 3 girls poolpool for some R&R. The Epic has two pools and several cabana options. Guests can even get a massage in a private cabana poolside. They also offer some uniquely-designed (and comfortable) pool furniture. Very nice!
 
Known to be a great hangout and dog-friendly, we drove to South Beach's Lincoln Road (http://www.lincolnroad.org/) that afternoon. We found Zeke's Roadhouse where they offer more than 200 beers each at $4. Don't expect a menu or table stella drinks beerservice. You must go inside to see what they offer and to place your order. They do provide outdoor seating so you can people watch (note the sunglasses at night fashion trend) while you enjoy a unique brew. Liz and Emily (and even Stella) enjoyed a Philippine beer, San Mig Light...very tasty! We also tried on clothes at BCBG Max Azria (http://www.bcbg.com/). Zoe didn't see anything in her color and none of their shoes came in sets of four, so we left empty handed.
 
Later that evening, we took in the popular South Beach nightlife at the Shore Club's Skybar (http://www.shoreclub.com/). Unlike many of the SoBe clubs, Skybar offers a girls going outrelaxed outdoor and indoor atmosphere for guests. It was very chill, but still full of the Miami scene. At 4 a.m., we headed home to order late night pizza. When in Rome...


 
 
We ventured to the Spa 101 grand hiltonopening at Hilton Bentley (http://www.thebentleybeachhotel.com/). After our hand massage and exfoliation, we joined a group of friends for dinner at China Grill (http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/). As we sat down, the girls ordered two bottles of champagne to celebrate the evening. Liz and I split the Riceless Tuna Roll and Dragon Roll...both were amazing! We caught a cab to The Mondrian (http://www.mondrian-miami.com/) for a few drinks at their Sunset Lounge, then it was off to Mynt (http://www.myntlounge.com/) for a late night (or early morning) of dancing the night away.
 
Before going out, we ventured to the outdoor shopping area calledfull bodied CoCoWalk (www.GalleryAtCoCoWalk.com) and found a haven at Full Bodied Wine & Spa (http://www.fbwineandspa.com/) for some terrific spa treatments. Teresa gave me one of the best massages I have ever received (thank you), and Liz got her hair cut while she sipped some light and crispy wine. Co-founder Emile told us the concept behind Full Bodied is "all about the grape." They even use grape-based treatment products. What a great place to come with the girls and indulge in two of our favorites...wine and spa!  We window shopped our way through CoCoWalk where girls can easily spend the day here checking out the great shopping, cozy cafes and wonderful restaurant options.
 
With its upbeat atmosphere, we loved our dinner experience at Historia Romana (where Italians go for Italian). Just one of the espanola wayrestaurants located along Espanola Way, I felt like I was in Spain with the al fresco seating and white lights hanging across the car-less street. Historia Romana features a live band (I just had to join them and play the cowbell), singing waiters, people dancing in the street, and a "Roman-esque" host for your evening fun. After dinner, we walked off our pasta with some boutique shopping along Espanola Way as the stores are all open until at least 11:00 p.m. After our fill of shopping, we ended the evening with one last cocktail at Segafredo on Lincoln Road (http://www.segafredocafe.com/) where people watching and random magicians are more than entertaining.
 
We all had a fabulous time in Miami.  Many thanks to Epic Hotel for their generous hospitality and for inviting our favorite four-legged girls to join us in our getaway experience.  We cannot wait to go back!
Thanks for reading. Wishing you fabulous getaways!
 
Sincerely,
 
Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl
Author of the Girls Getaway Guide series