Girls Getaway Guide (TM)

In This Issue
Pet Travel Tips
Girl Getaways Easy as 1, 2, 3
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
The Getaway Girl News!
Girls Getaway to Montana
Win a Vera Bradley, Barefoot Wine,Ideal Image & More!
Upcoming Events
 
August 13
Fall After 5 & Banana Republic Monogram Launch Party, International Mall Tampa
Join me 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the International Mall's Banana Republic in Tampa as we celebrate the launch of their new monogram line.  Attendees will receive 25% off all  purchases of $100 or more of regular price merchandise (an additional 5% with BR Card), and preview the exciting new Monogram collection. Tea will be served by Hooker Tea Co. in St. Pete.  For more details, call (813) 348-0952.
 
August 28-31
Girls Getaway to Phoenix, AZ
Many thanks to the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau (www.VisitPhoenix.com) for inviting me to explore the wonderful things Phoenix has to offer for a Girls Getaway.  Stay tuned for updates from the trip!
 
September 23-26
Fashion Week Tampa Bay
This event 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
The 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)!
 
November 13-15
Girls Getaway to Charleston
Charming and hospitable Charleston, SC is the location of our Fall Girls Getaway.  Mark your calendars and plan to attend as we get some much-needed R&R before the holiday season sets in.  Prices will be based on double occupancy, so let your girlfriends know as well.  Details will be available soon.  Email us if you are interested and we will get you the details ASAP.

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Pet Travel Tips
 
A Healthy Pet is a Happy Pet
Before any trip, have your veterinarian surf dogexamine your pet to ensure that he or she is in good health. A veterinary examination is a requisite for obtaining the legal documents required for many forms of travel. Make sure your pet is properly vaccinated and keep a health certificate (a document from your veterinarian certifying that your pet is in good health) and medical records close at hand. If you and your pet will be traveling across state lines or to another country, you must obtain from your veterinarian a recent health certificate and a certificate of rabies vaccination.  Also, find a veterinarian at your destination so that you can contact him/her in case of an emergency.
 
What to Pack
Be sure to pack your pet's food, food and water dishes, drinking water, bedding, litter and litter box, leash, collar and tags, grooming supplies, toys, a first-aid kit (for dogs or cats), and any necessary medications. Be sure your pet wears a sturdy collar with ID tags throughout the trip. The tags should have both your permanent address and telephone number and an address and telephone number where you or a contact can be reached during your travels.  Carry a current photograph of your pet with you. If your pet is lost during a trip, a photograph will make it easier for others (airline employees, the police, shelter workers, and others) to help locate your pet.
 
Rest Stops
Stop frequently to allow your pet exercise and bathroom breaks.  Don't allow your pet to leave the car without a collar, ID tag, and leash.  Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. On warm days, the temperature in your car can rise to 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows opened slightly. Plus, an animal left alone in a car is an easy target for pet thieves.
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Start clicking at www.GetawayGirlTravel.com to see the fabulous Girls Getaway hotels, resorts, tours and packages we have to offer!
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos 
This month's girls' getaway photo was submitted by Vania Walters from Avon Park, FL.  She writes: "The picture was taking in Savannah, Georgia on the Riverfront (Savannah River), while enjoying the historical sites & cute shops. The trip was basically a get out of dodge themed trip, considering we could all use a break from work, reality and a town where everyone knows your name. I think we all left our hearts and figures in Savannah, thanks to the friendly people, wonderful food, and military men by the masses! Savannah is perfect for a girls' getaway for girls of all ages.  Places to go while in Savannah include Savannah Smiles Dueling Piano Bar, Wet Willies on the Riverfront and Ghost Tours via hearse.
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Pictured from left to right: Brooke McClelland, Andrea Bass, Vania Walters, Jamie Allen & Cori Murphy.
To submit your Girls Getaway photos, email the photo and a brief description to Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
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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!
 
We are gearing up for a fantastic Girls Getaway to Charleston Nov. 13-15.  Details are coming soon, but mark your calendar now for a fabulous weekend to get you rejuvenated and ready for the holiday season.  Email us at Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net (subject: Charleston) if you want to us to save you a spot...space is limited!  
The Getaway GirlŪ Tells All!
 
Requests have been coming in almost daily for The Getawayheadshot GirlŪ Casey Wohl to speak about her amazing Career Reinvention story.  Casey will share with your group how she learned to "Leave Her Baggage at Home" and help your audience think about their own reinvention.  Plus, we can offer your group a terrific fundraising opportunity. 
 
After hearing Casey speak at an event in Tampa, Liz Bollinger, founder of biz-e-chicks, writes: "It was great to meet you last night at Conversations and Cocktails!  The girls at my table and I loved hearing about your travel experiences with your friends and your thoughts on friendship.  Thanks for being so open with us, too, about the circumstances under which you got started with writing the Girls Getaway Guides.  It's always fantastic to hear a story about how something so awesome can come after a time of great sadness and confusion.  You're inspirational, girl!"
 
If you have an event you would like Casey to speak at, please contact us at Info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
 
Girls Getaway (and Fitness Camp)to Montana 
  
Livingston, Montana is located in Park County where the Rockyparade Mountains give way to the plains that stretch to the horizon, blue-ribbon fishing streams turn to the Missouri River and the "Big Sky" opens up.  Livingston came into being in 1882 in consequence of planning by the Northern Pacific Railway, which deemed it a good location for railroad shops to service its steam trains before their ascent over the Bozeman Pass. Though Livingston is a small town, it is popular with tourists and is a small art haven, filming location (A River Runs Through It, The Horse Whisperer), fishing destination, railroad town, and writers' and actors' colony. Actors Peter Fonda and Margot Kidder call Livingston home, and Jimmy Buffett fans will recognize the town named in several of his songs.
 
penniesWe arrived late Tuesday night after a 10-hour layover in Denver, and went straight to bed.  We woke up Wednesday morning thrilled to see the incredible view outside the Flatpenny Inn (named for the countless guests who "squish" pennies on the nearby railroad tracks) of the Abrasoka Mountains. It is absolutely beautiful here. Despite our long day yesterday, we were ready for our early, four-mile mountain hike. Lisa's energy is contagious and almost infuses you (I will stress "almost"). I felt really out of shape when I got winded after the first mile, but Lisa assured us it was mostly the altitude.

After a delicious pasta lunch of Sun Dried & Artichoke Hearts over Angel Hair (thanks Lisa), we drove to po standdowntown Livingston for some shopping, sightseeing and bar investigation...with one brief stop at the famous Paradise Valley Pop Stand for the renowned huckleberry ice cream.

Livingston is a very cute town, and when roaming the streets, you feel as if you have gone back in time about 50 years. We made purchases at Wild West Clothing and the Livingston Mercantile, and then stopped at The Office Lounge & Liquor Store for a drink. After their power went out, we re-located to the Hiatt House for a sneek peek at the band playing there all weekend, The Max. After taking a few of our requests so we could sport our moves, we ordered a pizza at the bar, ate it in 5 minutes and headed home completely exhausted after a grand Girls Night Out.
 
toplessOur Thursday began with pilates on the porch, which was a great way to wake up and take in the beautiful scenery. After homemade waffles for breakfast, we drove to downtown Livingston to meet the Yellow Bus for a tour of the town (the girls opted to go topless). We learned a lot about Montana's history and the role Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark Expedition played in developing Livingston, as well as the role the town played as the "gateway to Yellowstone." It was interesting to note that Livingston had a Red Light District area that was "operating" until 1948, and residential lots originally sold here for $25. Thank you Jack and Vern for an excellent tour.

After the tour we got settled in for the big Round Upted turner Parade, which celebrates the beginning of the Livingston Rodeo this weekend. Ted Turner himself served as the Grand Marshall and rode a horse through the streets of Livingston. The parade was fully entertaining and full of celeb sightings. Margot Kidder (Superman) rode a bicycle dressed as the Statue of Liberty (she is a resident here). We also saw Greg Germann (Ally McBeal) and Missy Pyle (Dodgeball) who was nicemissy enough to take photos with us. The parade was also full of bag pipe bands, outfitters, and local celebrities who all dressed to the parade theme "Like A Rhinestone Cowboy."

After some downtime back at Flatpenny Inn, I went for an ATV ride up the mountain where I saw deer and a grouse (bird I had never seen before). Then it was time for Lisa's special dinner of "make your own pizza," which Tatiana said was like Italian Quesadillas. We loved the pear, tomato & provolone cheese! And just when we thought we couldn't eat anymore, the campfire lit up and the ingredients for smores were passed around. 
 
We woke up Friday morning to a cool breeze and warm sunpush ups shining on us. We did a quick run/walk down and then up the mountain and returned to the Flatpenny Inn for some pushups overlooking the Absaroka Mountains of Southwest Montana. After our workout, we drove to Bozeman for some more shopping and our massages at Summit Chiropractic & Massage. Many thanks to Alicia for working the kinks out and massaging our sore "front calves." My favorite store, Ruby Slippers (117 E. Main Street), featured some super cute shoes, jewelry and clothing items. With our bodies totally relaxed, we drove back to Flatpenny for a late lunch and to rest up for the evening's rodeo festivities.

We all had fun getting "gussied" up for the rodeo.cowboy After some group photos, we drove to town to see some of the world's best cowboys and cowgirls strut their stuff in Livingston. We watched cowboys get bucked off horses and bulls, which proved to be fully entertaining for the two-hour show. Tatiana and I were thrilled to find some "Rodeo Wine" that was served in Pabst Blue Ribbon cups...gotta love it! Atrodeo wine 10 p.m., they turned off the arena lights and started the fireworks show with some very patriotic music playing over the loudspeakers. After the fireworks, we hit the Livingston nightlife with a stop at the Hiatt House (to listen to our friends "The Max" play). Many thanks to The Max for re-naming "Mustang Sally" to "Mustang Casey." You guys are the best!
 


rafting tripWe were all very excited about our All-American rafting trip down the Yellowstone River on the Fourth of July! We arrived at Rubber Ducky River Rentals to pick up our large raft, paddles and life jackets. With the raft loaded, we were ready to hit the rapids. We unloaded our equipment, got a quick rowing lesson from our guide Jeff and we were on our way. It was a gorgeous day with the sun shining! During our trip, we saw a lot of wildlife (deer, Canadian geese and white pelicans). We stopped for a picnic lunch and to collect colored stones. As soon as we got back in the raft, it seemed that the weather had changed. After a few small rapids (large enough for some of us to get wet), we started to realize how cold we were. "How much further Jeff?" we asked. "About two hours," he replied. As we sang songs (or at least parts of them) and played a very long game of "I'm going on a picnic" we forgot how cold we were. We were very excited to see Carter's Bridge, and we quickly landed the raft and looked forward to getting home soon for some hot showers.  What a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July and end our incredible Girls Getaway to Montana.

colleen casey lisaGirls Getaway to Montana hostess Lisa Celentano asked everyone to write on the large log that's in the middle of her living room as a way to capture all the memories shared by visitors to the Flatpenny Inn. What a great idea!!! As I relived our adventures here the past few days, I decided the leave the following words on the Memory Log:
 
The Getaway Girl will never forget this fabulous Girls Getaway to Montana at Flatpenny Inn. Thank you for your hospitality, generosity and inspiration as you help women "Leave Your Baggage at Home."
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Love to win free stuff?  Looking for prizes to help you vera bradleygetaway, travel the world and make your life easier?  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 $1,000 in fun and travel-related prizes.
 
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!
 
Sincerely,
 
Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
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