Can't wait for the highly-anticipated Sex and the City 2 movie premiere? Anxious to know what has happened to your favorite New York City girlfriends? The Getaway GirlŪ Casey Wohl knows just how important this movie is to women and has organized an exclusive Girls Night Out (GNO) to celebrate!
For a limited number of lucky ladies (only 50 tickets are left), Wohl has planned a fantastic evening on May 28. First, she's hosting an Orlando VIP Pre-Party at Neiman Marcus (Mall at Millenia), plus she's secured a private viewing on opening night (Friday, May 28) at the AMC Universal Cineplex's CityWalk Theater in Orlando (Exit 75B off I-4).
Registered participants will:
·Receive a guaranteed seat ON OPENING NIGHT at the 7:30 p.m. show
·Not have to wait in line to purchase tickets (if there are any available)
·Attend an exclusive VIP Pre-Party at Neiman Marcus from 4-6 p.m., which will feature:
- Cocktails provided by Blue Martini
- Food provided by CRAVE
- Manhattan Make Up Makeovers
- Fragrance Bar
- Haute Couture Hand Massages
- Rearview Art - Show Your Best Side
- Neiman Marcus Personal Shoppers
- "Register to Win" Cosmetics & More
This exclusive experience is limited to the first 125 registrants and there are only 50 tickets left. Register at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net. Cost is $35/person for the VIP Pre-Party and movie tickets.
April 13-16: Girls Getaway to Grenada
While many of us are working hard to get in shape for bikini season, it is important to think about your overall well being, which will be the focus of my Girls Getaway to Grenada's luxury inclusive spa resort, LaSource (www.TheAmazingHoliday.com). This trip will include a daily Masters Yoga Class taught by Dr. Akbar Malik, editor of the international edition of Yoga Magazine and a dedicated yoga instructor for more than 15 years. Follow my trip on Facebook (Girls Getaway Guide Fan Page) or Twitter @GetawayGirl.
April 22-25: Girls Getaway to NYC
Who can say no to an invite to NYC? Excited to meet my cousin Nikki in the Big Apple for a quick weekend visit. Stay tuned!
April 29 - May 2: Girls Getaway to St Pete Beach
Due to Florida's cool weather, we decided to re-schedule this trip that we had planned in February. For a weekend of rest and relaxation, we will be spending some down time at the Tradewinds Resort (www.TradwindsResort.com). Follow our trip on Twitter (@GetawayGirl) or on the Girls Getaway Guide Facebook Fan Page.
May 2-5: Girls Getaway to Puerto Rico
PR here I come for a look at Two Ways to do Puerto Rico...one on a budget and one lavish. Follow our trip on Twitter (@GetawayGirl) or on the Girls Getaway Guide Facebook Fan Page.
May 13: eWomen's Network, Orlando
Join The Getaway GirlŪ as she serves as a speaker at the eWomenNetwork's monthly luncheon on Thursday, May 13 at the Orlando Marriott Downtown. Registration and networking begin at 11:00 a.m., lunch served and program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m., event concludes 1:30 p.m. eWomenNetwork is a community of women helping women to support, promote and showcase our members' products and services and to help them achieve their professional goals. Register online: www.ewomannetwork.com
May 28: Sex and the City Movie 2 Premiere, Orlando
If you joined us at the first movie premiere, you know how much fun we had with a special VIP Pre-Party at Neiman Marcus, complete with martinis, makeovers and Manolo Blahniks! Not to mention our very own movie theater with cocktails! This year, we only have space for 125 lucky ladies, so register today at www.GirlsGetawayGuide.net
. June 17-20: Girls Getaway to the Beaches of Fort Walton
Looking for a relaxing beach getaway in Florida? Travel to Northwest Florida and experience a complete escape in the Beaches of South Walton, an upscale yet casual place to unwind, rejuvenate and recharge. Charm and scenic beauty define this stretch of Northwest Florida's Gulf Coast, and these sugar-white sand beaches and emerald green waters offer a natural setting for a soothing retreat. Follow my getaway on Twitter (@GetawayGirl)
or on my Facebook Fan Page (Girls Getaway Guide).
| The Getaway GirlŪ Joins Heartbeat Radio for Women
Author and travel expert Casey Wohl, known as The Getaway GirlŪ, is thrilled to become the official weekly Travel Contributor to the Heartbeat Radio family. Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (EST), Wohl provides travel advice, tips and exciting destination ideas for the station's predominantly female audience.
Gender media is nothing new and in the past three years there has been a proliferation of internet sites that focus on women and also stream women's talk shows. Heartbeat Radio For Women is a bold step in the right direction.
The format at Heartbeat Radio for Women (WRHB 1410 AM) consists of Adult Contemporary, with a flavor of Pop and R&B music, along with informative segments and talk shows throughout the day that deal primarily with issues impacting women. Produced segments and talk shows include topics such as parenting, gender issues, relationship building, motivation, health, beauty, fashion, career advice, financial wisdom, travel, culinary skills, etiquette, romance, biographies, book reviews, and much more. Demographics include: adults 25-54; 75% women and 25% men.
The original Heartbeat Radio For Women began on the eve of International Women's Day, March 7, 2005, in the Caribbean twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. This marked the birth of the world's first 24- hour radio station for women. In 2009, founder Kiran Maharaj launched the Central Florida-based station for the U.S. audience.
"Wohl is the perfect fit for Heartbeat Radio for Women as we strive to connect women and enhance their lives," said Maharaj. "She is passionate about two things: her girlfriends and traveling the world."
For more information about Heartbeat Radio for Women or to tune in to the live stream, visit www.HeartbeatRadioUSA.com.
|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
Urban Think! Bookstore, Orlando
Submit Your Girls Getaway Photos
This month's Girlfriend Getaway photo was submitted by JoAnna Haugen of Las Vegas, NV. She writes: "My sister and I just got back from a cruise we took together. I was on the cruise (Holland America's ms Eurodam ship) for the 2010 International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association, but I was allowed to bring a guest, so I decided to invite my sister. We live so far away from each other and haven't spent any time with just the two of us since I left for college, and now that we're both married, our husbands are usually with us any time we're together. It was so nice to just relax and chat about anything and everything without feeling rushed.
Though I was at the conference for the two days we were at sea, my sister (Rebecca Stinson) and I got to lay out by the pool together, chill in the hot tub and share desserts. We also explored Old San Juan on Puerto Rico and Grand Turk (part of the Turk and Caicos Islands), hiked in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park on St. John and went kayaking on Little San Salvador in the Bahamas. The big thing we learned about cruising is that it is completely possible to make your own shore excursions, which worked well for us because we're both very active and eager travelers."
To submit your girl getaway photos, email us at info@GirlsGetawayGuide.net.
Looking for the perfect getaway this spring? Plan to attend one of my favorite events, the Key West Songwriters Festival, which will take place in Key West, FL April 28-May 2. Celebrating its 15th year, the festival is the largest of its kind in the world, which revolves around five days and nights of more than 35 free shows, staged at an array of the island's most popular drinking holes and hot spots, where live music bliss introduces crowds to the faces, voices and stories behind the songs. Diverse lineups featuring more than 160 top songwriters deliver rare, "Key West-only" moments. This year, my friend and Universal South recording artist Randy Houser kicks things off with a free concert at the Ocean Key Pier on April 28. For more details, visit Www.KeyWestSongwritersFestival.com.
The Getaway GirlŪ In The News
to Santa Fe
Located just 60 miles from Albuquerque, New Mexico's capital, Santa Fe, is celebrating its 400th anniversary this year and its place as the nation's oldest capital. With its gorgeous scenery set against the Rocky Mountains, the city also boasts a vibrant art community with more than 240 galleries and a love of outdoor activities, including snow skiing, hiking and white water rafting. Santa Fe prides itself on being visually different, as well as the strong connection to its Spanish and Native American history.
My host Steve picked me up and took me on a brief tour of the city, which is also predominantly made up of adobe buildings. The Plaza is the hub of Santa Fe's downtown, and the city is designed for pedestrians.
As my plane came in for landing, I was surprised to see all of the snow on the ground. In fact, there was more snow here than in Denver just a few weeks ago!
To add to my surprise, I walked off the plane and saw the Santa Fe Airport, which was in classic, pueblo-style architecture. I just had to take a photo of one of the most unique airports I've ever seen.
I checked in to the Inn on the Alameda (www.InnOnTheAlameda.com) and was immediately impressed with the lobby fireplace, as well as the fireplace (that I could turn on with a button) in my suite. The Inn is conveniently located about three blocks from the Plaza. They also served a terrific complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as an afternoon wine and cheese hour.
What We Did
My touring continued with a two-hour walking tour of Santa Fe. Many thanks to Joel Stein of Historic Walks of Santa Fe (www.HistoricWalksOfSantaFe.com) for this educational tour of the city's unique history. We learned interesting things about several of Santa Fe's historical sites, such as the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, St Francis Cathedral, Loretto Chapel and its Miraculous Staircase, as well as the back rooms of The Rainbow Man.
For some relaxation, we drove about 20 minutes from downtown to Ten Thousand Waves (www.TenThousandWaves.com),
a luxury mountain spa resort that feels like a Japanese onsen. Teresa and I had our privacy in the New Kojiro hot bath. Once we finally figured out how to get the jets turned on, we enjoyed the steam and 55 minutes of girl talk.
Dinner the first night was at Restaurant Martin
In order to better understand at art of Southwestern cooking, we attended a demonstration class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking (www.SantaFeSchoolOfCooking.com
) where we learned how to cook (and eat)
Chipotle Spinach and Goats Cheese Quiche, Blue Corn Pecan Pancakes, Fresh Berry Compote, Huevos Rancheros and Chorizo Cottage Fried Potatoes. Chef Rocky Durham walked us through the process of assembling and cooking all of the dishes. He told us that the key to good cooking is to "Assess, Adjust, Proceed." We also learned some new tricks, such as burning bay leaves before adding them to a dish and using beans to properly prep a quiche shell.
With the strong visual images Georgia O'Keeffe portrayed from this part of the country, we knew we had to stop at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (www.OKeeffeeMuseum.org
). The visit started with a great video highlighting her life and work, as well as her love of the Southwest landscape. We also got to see several of her greatest works. The museum has a really nice gift shop that is great for picking up gifts and souvenirs.
With a visit to the second oldest city in the U.S. (only behind St. Augustine, FL), you can't pass up a visit to the New Mexico History Museum (www.NMHistoryMuseum.org
located on the Plaza. Encompassing part of the Palace of Governors building, which is the oldest publicly-used building in the city, the history museum takes visitors on a journey of six broad time periods in its permanent exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now. We especially enjoyed the current exhibit, Fashioning New Mexico, which takes visitors on a trip back in time via the fashions of various eras in New Mexico.
which serves progressive American cuisine and is the realization of a 20-year dream for Chef Martin Rios and his wife Jennifer. I started with the Roasted Butter Squash Soup, and took the server's recommendation of the Seared Sea Bass with artichoke-olive oil puree. Delicious! Plus, Martin and Jennifer make you feel right at home in their cozy space.
Maria's New Mexican Kitchen (www.Marias-SantaFe.com) boasts more than 160 of the city's best margarita's that range in price from $6 - $42. And the dinner menu contains more than 30 items, including fajitas, steaks, soups and salads, and New Mexican dinners, with an average price about $8.50. We started with a huge pile of guacamole that was some of the best we've ever had. Great food at a really great price!
There is one question you get at most authentic Southwest eateries: red or green? This question refers to your preference of chil, and The Shed (www.SFShed.com) delivers for each color! All of their traditional entrees are served with Blue Corn Tortillas, and their chile is grown on farms in Hatch, NM exclusively for The Shed. They process chile daily in their own mill in order to capture the flavor and freshness of the chile. One taste of the Pollo Adobo and we were hooked.
Where We Shopped
There are tons of great shops along the Plaza. The first place we shopped was outside the Palace of the Governors, where Native Americans come to town to sell their authentic jewelry and crafts. We were overwhelmed with all of the gorgeous turquoise we saw there, and I would have purchased more if I could afford it. After much browsing and deliberation, I settled on a pair of turquoise earrings made by Sam Burnside. Other great shops we visited included: Packards (www.packards-santafe.com), The Rainbow Man (www.RainbowMan.com) and Lewallen & Lewallen Jewelry (www.LewAllenJewelry.com).
With the revitalization of the city's Railyards district, this is now a great place to find studios, galleries, museums and community organizations, as well as the Santa Fe Farmers' Market (www.SantaFeFarmersMarket.com) every Saturday. We found some great shops here, such as Daniella (www.ShopDaniella.com), REI (www.REI.com), Mindy & Clyde Cupboard Company (www.MindyClyde.com) and Teca Tu, A Paws-Worthy Emporium (www.TecaTu.com).
As we said our goodbyes and reflected on our trip, I fully realized why Santa Fe refers to itself as "The City Different." This destination was like no other place I've been before with its unique architecture, Spanish and Indian influence, strong art and culture, and laid back lifestyle. No wonder the average repeat visit is five times. Happy birthday Santa Fe! Here's to another 400 fabulous years!
|Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels!
Casey Wohl, The Getaway GirlŪ & Author of the
Girls Getaway Guide series