Girls Getaway Guide (TM)

In This Issue
Join us on a Girls Getaway to Charleston
Girls Getaway to...Alligator Wrestling??
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
The Getaway Girl News!
Girls Getaway to Savannah
Win a Vera Bradley, Barefoot Wine,Ideal Image & More!
Join us on a Girls Getaway to Charleston
We just got back from a terrific Girls Getaway to Charleston (see our recent adventures at  Now, it's your turn to join us for a fabulous, fun-filled Girls Getaway to charleston horseCharleston, South Carolina Nov. 13-15, 2009.
About Charleston
A city rich in history, tradition, and Southern culture, Charleston boasts a strong reputation for outstanding accommodations, entertainment, and its fabulous lowcountry cuisine. Conde' Nast Traveler magazine ranked Charleston third on the list of Top 10 U.S. Cities.  Travel & Leisure magazine's readers named Charleston one of the "Best Values in the World" and one of the "World's Best Cities." 
Package Details
The package includes:
·3 days/2 nights accommodations* (Standard at Fulton Lane Inn: $497/person; Deluxe at Wentworth Mansion: $797/person)
·Breakfast each morning
·Lowcountry Cooking Demonstration (Saturday evening)
·Three-course luxury meal at Charleston's award-winning Circa 1886 (Friday evening)
·Girls Getaway Wine & Cheese Welcome Reception (Friday afternoon)
·Horse-drawn carriage ride of historical Charleston (Saturday morning)
Optional activities (* indicates additional costs) include:
Blessing of the Vines event at Irvin House Vineyards (Saturday afternoon)
Spa treatments*
King Street Shopping
City Market Shopping  
Package excludes: airfare, ground transportation, optional rental car, optional activities.
GG to Charleston
For more details and to register, visit
Upcoming Events
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 8-11
Girls Getaway to New Orleans
Let the good "girl" times New Orleans.  This cultural "gumbo," where European living blends perfectly with Caribbean flavors, makes New Orleans one of the nation's most unique cities.  With its spicy food, history, music and architecture, we are sure to have a great time in The Big Easy.  Many thanks to the historic Hotel Monteleone ( for hosting us!
November 11-12
Wendy's PR Crash Course, Orlando
Has your business hit a slowdown and you're looking for ways to generate new customers, new revenue, new ideas? Are you a new business owner who's just launching your venture? Are you an author looking to sell more books or a speaker wanting to secure more engagements?  Then you'll want to join me on Nov. 11-12 for a unique "Getaway" at the Orlando Marriott Downtown.

That's when I'll be attending Wendy's PR Crash Course, a hands-on interactive program designed to give you and your business the boost you need for your best year ever!  The event was created and will be hosted by Wendy Kurtz, the woman who helped me launch The Getaway Girl® brand and has helped me grow my business since its inception. Wendy and her team of experts will spend two full days sharing their strategies, tips, techniques and resources to help you grow your business.  You'll even get to tour a local television station to see firsthand how news is produced.

Whether you own your business or work for someone else, come learn from the masters how you can leverage your personal style and your company's strengths to stand out from your competition in today's marketplace.  

As a special "thank you" for subscribing to this E-newsletter, I've made arrangements with Wendy for you to receive $50 off the normal registration fee. And for even more great savings, register by Oct. 21 to receive an additional $50 early bird discount! That's a full $100 off this two day event!  Register online:

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.  Complete details and registration information is available at  Click on the pink Historic Charleston graphic for information.
If you are interested in joining us at any of the above-mentioned events, email us at!  
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Girls Getaway to...Alligator Wrestling???

I have always wanted to wrestle an alligator.  gatorland entranceWell...not really, but I did think it sounded pretty cool, as long as I did not lose any body parts.  The folks at Orlando's Gatorland ( were nice enough to invite me out to their place to see if I have what it takes to tame these creatures.  Wendy and I were greeted by Gatorland staff members Mark McHugh, CEO; and head Gator Wrestlers Tim Williams and Mike Hileman.  We were first introduced to Trezo Je, which is Cajun Creole for Treasure Eye. He is one of four brothers (all leucistic) that live in White Gator Swamp at Gatorland.  These are ordinary alligators with an extraordinary appearance, and there are only 13 in the world.  Their white skin is caused by leucism (loo-sism), a rare genetic trait related to albinism.  Leucistic gators, which are rarer than albinos, get their coloration from a recessive or "masked" gene. The 300 lb. Trezo Je greeted me with a hiss and a smile while Mike explained to me that I look like a big hot dog to him.  Okay, great!  Time to move on.
We were then introduced to the 13-foot Chester, who ate a few large dogs in Tampa and was re-located to Gatorland.  Chester greeted us with a horrible hissing noise, then turned his back to us and opted to "sleep in" this morning.  Oh darn, no fun with Chester today.  Now that we had a few introductions, it was time to get in the gator wrestling arena.  While Wendy watched from the sidelines with a video camera, Mike and Tim were "kind" enough to teach me a few key safety features
casey on gator of my new 200 lb wrestling opponent.  I had no idea "gator riding" would be involved, so be sure to watch the video (click on photo) to share my shock!  After mastering gator wrestling (and riding), we moved on to the Breeding Pond where we fed 30 hungry gators while some were just a few inches away!  During the feeding, I chatted with Gatorland's CEO Mark McHugh about this amazing attraction and its fabulous creatures.  The place really does have something for everyone, and I strongly encourage you to visit next time you are in Orlando.  For details, visit  
baby gatorWe ended the Gatorland experience by playing with the youngsters.  These small alligators are hatched nearby and raised at Gatorland with other gators their size and age.  Aren't they cute?  We even got Wendy to hold one.  Stay tuned as we schedule more trips to Gatorland.
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos 
This month's girls' getaway photo was submitted by Amber Chancey of Sarasota, FL.  Amber writes: "It was for our 20 year Sebring Middle School reunion. We stayed at the Grand Bohemian and LOVED it. Our accommodations were amazing, spent our time shopping, having wine by the cabana pool, dancing the night away and catching up!" 
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Pictured from left to right: Dawn Siegle Shectman, Kerry Creadon Gardner, Elizabeth Phillips, Martha Krause Morgan, Amber Chancey and Jennifer Wilke Banta.  
To submit your Girls Getaway photos, email the photo and a brief description to
News From The Getaway Girl®

"What have you been up to?"  I get that question a lot.  Recently, I caught a 100-lb nurse shark and wrestled a 200-lb alligator (see story below).  So, what have you been up to?  Hopefully having fun with your girlfriends.  If you are not quite ready to tackle some crazy creatures, at least join us for a Girls Getaway to Charleston Nov 13-15.  Details at
The Getaway Girl® News
Many thanks to the Daytime TV show ( for having me on once again.  This time we talked about generational getaways.  To watch the clip, visit or click on the image below.
Girls Getaway to Savannah 
 Leah drove from Atlanta to meet me in Savannah for a Girls Getaway to this beautiful, historic town.  We arrived at the brand new Avia Hotel in Savannah ( for a wonderful Girls Getaway to Savannah.  Trendy and charming, we both loved this hotel the moment we walked in.  This new boutique hotel chain currently has four properties in the U.S. and makes guests feel welcome both in the hotel as well as the city they are visiting.   
Founded in 1733 as Georgia's firstmusicians city, Savannah offers visitors a look at southern life with its architecture, charm and soulful food.  We started our adventure relaxing on River Street (, which offers a wide variety of more than 100 galleries, shops, pubs restaurants and hotels.  We enjoyed the River Street happy hour with live acoustic music, a great view of the Savannah River and some interesting people watching.  We had our first celeb sighting and just had to take our picture with her (thanks Marilyn). 
After asking a few locals for a restaurant recommendation, we decided to try Garibaldi Cafe (, where I started with the Bloody Mary Oysters and a Raspberry Mojito Martini.  After indulging in delicious (and fattening) Lowcountry fare in Charleston, Garibaldi provided a nice change to "comforting Italian" and seafood.  
dinner bellThe next day we skipped breakfast and opted to save room for an early lunch at Paula Deen's Restaurant named Lady and Sons (  What a process to get in here.  Fortunately, it wasn't too crowded.  However, we did put our name on the list an hour before we wanted to eat.  Then, at 11:45, we had to line up with several other hungry Paula Deen fans to be "officially" notified of "time to eat," which was done by a cook ringing a dinner bell.  After the dinner bell, we still had to wait to be called to cross the street and enter the restaurant.  After all that, we were escorted to our seats and shown the amazing buffet that consisted of fried chicken, lasagna, macaroni and cheese, collard greens, black eyed peas, lima beans, hoecakes and more!  In fact, we ate so much that we had to take our Banana Pudding home with us.  No sign of Ms. Deen or her sons.   
 den bros
After lunch, it was time to start our Savannah sightseeing.  We climbed aboard the Oglethorpe Trolley Tour ( for a 90-minute tour of Savannah's historic squares and old-fashioned charm.  We learned a lot about the town's history and saw the location of "the bench" Tom Hanks sat on during the filming of Forrest Gump.  After the trolley tour, we boarded the Savannah River Queen ( for a tour of the sav river queenharbor and port.  We climbed to the third and top deck of this 600-passenger patriotic themed vessel and listened to our captain and tour guide offer historic and fun facts about Savannah's nautical heritage.  At the end of the 60-minute tour, we saw the town's infamous "Waving Girl" statue and the site where the 1996 Olympic Torch made landfall in the U.S. on its way to Atlanta.
This morning we were eating a delicious dinner at Avia Hotel in Savannah (  I couldn't get over how good their grits were, then the waitress told me they are ground in Savannah and specially made...that explains a lot. During breakfast, I couldn't help but overhear the table next to us as several men were discussing "character development" and "plot theme."  Obviously, they were talking about a movie, but I didn't pay that much attention or look that way.  Halfway through our meal, Leah asked me, "Is that Robert Redford?"  I glanced over quickly and looked back at her and replied, "Yes."  We couldn't believe it.  Robert Redford was sitting next to us in Savannah, GA having breakfast.  To make a long story short, we finally asked him for a photo and he was kind enough to pose with us twice.  I have to admit that he is the best-looking, seventy-something year-old-man I have ever seen.
Robert redford 
After our 'real' celebrity "run in" this morning, we were so excited that we just HAD to go shopping.  We walked to Broughton Street and perused many of the great stores.  Our favorites were Bleu Belle ( & James Gunn (  That afternoon, we drove to Tybee Island (, which is a quaint and low-key seaside community located 18 miles east of Savannah.  We drove around this resort community and stopped in at the Atlantic Beacon Gallery to see the Ticklish Mermaid art.  We also stopped at a cluster of gifts shops where I found a great napkin quote: "I'll have a cafe mocha vodka valium latte to go please."  Too funny!
lemons vodka 
As we drove back to Savannah, we talked about the fun we had the past few days and how much we are looking forward to our next Girls Getaway!
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
Win Free Vera Bradley, Barefoot Wine, Ideal Image & More!
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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.
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Thanks for reading. Wishing you fabulous getaways!
Casey Wohl, Author/The Getaway Girl
Girls Getaway Guide series