Win a Girls Getaway to Orlando
Whether you're gathering for a special occasion or simply meeting up to enjoy some "girl time," you'll find Orlando offers plenty of things to do. Indulge in soothing spa treatments, unique shopping trips, the latest entertaining shows or catch up over a bottle of wine from a local vineyard. And this fall, you could win a free girlfriends' getaway to Orlando with me. Stay tuned for more details!
Girls Getaway to St. Lucia
As seen on ABC's The Bachelor, St Lucia is a tropical island paradise and the perfect place to spend Labor Day (or any long weekend). Join The Getaway Girl® in St Lucia as she visits the Coconut Bay Resort & Spa for some R&R and island fun.
Girls Getaway to
San FranciscoThe Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Chinatown are on our must-see list for San Fran, so be sure and follow our adventures as we take on (via historic streetcars) this diverse city.
Girls Getaway to Napa Valley
Napa Valley is one of the premier travel destinations in the world with picturesque rolling hills planted with vineyards year-round and wineries of every stature dotting the landscape. For wining, dining and a great Girls Getaway, follow our adventures to Napa Valley and the surrounding wine country.
Hawks Cay Resort's Conchtoberfest
Looking for one last summer getaway? Hawks Cay Resort, located on Duck Key in the Florida Keys, is hosting Conchtoberfest, a three-day festival celebrating all things conch. Enjoy the laid-back lifestyle of the Florida Keys, along with live island tunes, regional cuisine and the awesome activities Hawks Cay has to offer (spa treatments, fishing, water sports, dolphin training, kiteboarding and tennis). To get a special Girls Getaway Guide booking rate, visit http://tinyurl.com/2bo6o34 or enter Girlfriend when you register at www.KeysConchtoberfest.com
to OrlandoWin a trip for four to Orlando for a fabulous Girls Getaway hosted by The Getaway Girl®. Details coming soon, so stay tuned!
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Cat's On Main, Wauchula
Gift Basket Boutique, Lakeland
Highlands Art League, Sebring
Key West Art Bar,
Peppers of Key West, Key West
This month's Girls Getaway Guide E-newsletter is sponsored by Pinkberry, the premium frozen yogurt that started the tart yogurt craze and is a favorite among fashionable, health-oriented celebrities. Pinkberry is opening the first Orlando -- and Florida store -- at 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Marketplace at Dr. Phillips on Aug. 20. If you want a sneak peek, Pinkberry is hosting a Free Pinkberry Preview on Aug. 19 from 6-10 pm, with free yogurt and toppings, music, prizes and our readers are invited. One lucky Girls Getaway Guide reader can win a $100 Pinkberry gift card in a contest tied to the preview night. For more contest details, visit the Girls Getaway Guide Facebook page or Pinkberry on Facebook. For more information about Pinkberry, visit www.Pinkberry.com.
The Getaway Girl® in the News
Looking for America's Best Little-Known Museums? In a recent FOXNews.com article, The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl was quoted about a tantalizing Miami museum you may not know about.
Read all about it at http://tinyurl.com/2clwfss.
Summer Travel on Daytime TV
As the Travel Correspondent for the nationally-syndicated Daytime TV show, The Getaway Girl® is a regular guest on the show, which appears in more than 100 markets across the U.S. Tune in to her latest travel segment on Summer Travel. Click on either the image or link below
Girlfriend We Gotta Talk Radio Show
Did you miss my interview with Mary Foley and Susie Galvez from Girlfriend We Gotta Talk? You can tune in online at www.GirfriendWeGottaTalk.com
as we chat about all things Girl Getaways!
Creating Your Masterpiece Podcast Show
Want to "Leave Your Baggage at Home®?" Listen to The Getaway Girl® chat with Jen and Leah about the trials in her life that lead to tribulations. www.creatingyourmasterpieceshow.com
SATC 2 in Orange Appeal Magazine
Check out page 18 of the July/August 2010 issue of Orlando's Orange Appeal Magazine for coverage of the Girls Getaway Guide's Sex and the City 2 VIP Pre-Party and Movie Premiere, which was completely fabulous with martinis, Monolos and make overs!
Girls Getaway to Trinidad and Tobago
Located just seven miles off the coast of Venezuela, Trindad and Tobago are the southeasterly islands of the Antilles. This is the , which are both evident in the variety of musical events held throughout the year. I arrived at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad (http://www.trinidad.hyatt.com/), dropped my bags and went directly to their spa for four hours worth of spa treatments, which included a soak, scrub, massage and facial. These were amazing treatments that were much needed after all the traveling I had been doing before I even got to Trinidad. After the spa, I was off to Trinidad & Tobago's Fashion Week, which was held that night at my hotel and where we watched some of the best fashion designers from the two islands showcase their fashions.
The next morning consisted of a visit to the Heartbeat Radio for Women office in Trinidad (http://www.heartbeatradiott.com/) where I phoned the U.S. station for my weekly Travel Segment (airs every Thursday at 9:30 AM). After the radio segment, Kiran drove me to the popular beach area of Maracas Bay for some beach time and my very first Bake N' Shark. What is Bake N' Shark you ask? It is basically fried dough and highly seasoned fried fish (shark), which does not sound all that amazing or innovative but it is very popular with the locals (also known as Trinis). I learned is that the popularity of this sandwich is all in the execution. The condiment bar is often as large as the fish stand that cooks it and contains everything from cilantro sauces to garlic sauce, tamarind sauce, chopped vegetables and of course pepper sauce. There are several fish shacks near the beach that sell Bake N' Shark, but be sure you go to the one with the longest line as that is usually the best!
That evening consisted of dinner and cultural entertainment at Spalkers. I had no idea what limbo dancers were, but now that I have seen it firsthand I am amazed at "how low they can go." Incredible!
I woke up early the next morning to catch my flight from Trinidad to Tobago, which was about a 20 minute flight and costs about $50 (US) round trip. I arrived in Tobago, met with Nigel (my tour guide) and Roger (my driver) and they drove me to the Bacolet Beach Club (http://www.bacoletbeachclub.com/) where I stayed for the next two nights while in Tobago. I had just enough time to appreciate the rose petals scattered over my bed, drop my bags off and get back in the car as we headed to Argyle Falls.
A 15-minute hike took us to the island's highest falls. The Argyle waterfall is located on the Roxborough Estate, which was a thriving sugar estate up to the 1870s. Ruins and artifacts of the old sugar mill are still in place. Today it provides a natural area for residents and visitors to enjoy.
After the falls, we had lunch at Jemma's Seaview Kitchen & Treehouse Restaurant, which serves sides family style with your choice of fish, chicken, lobster or shrimp for your main course. A great meal with a fabulous view!! During our lunch I met Newton George who is widely recognized as the leading bird watching, wildlife and natural history tour guide leader on Tobago. Bird watchers from around the world come to Tobago in order to see amazing, one-of-a-kind birds here, as well as learn from Mr. George. Nearly 470 birds have been recorded on Tobago and Newton knows them all by sight, sound and often nests.
After lunch we departed from Blue Water's Inn for our Little Tobago Tour, which included bird watching with Newton George. This small, forested island just offshore of Speyside is one of the most important seabird sanctuaries in the Caribbean. The nature series "The Trials of Life" by Richard Attenborough was filmed here. It plays host to the Red-Billed Tropic Bird among others and at one time was home to transplanted Birds of Paradise from New Guinea. The Tropic Birds are most prevalent during the months of October to June, so I was just in time. It was a real honor to be guided by Newton as he knows everything there is to know about wildlife in Tobago. We not only saw the birds, but learned about their habitats, feeding habits, mating rituals and life cycle. It was truly amazing! After the island tour, we stopped at the reef for some snorkeling. Randy pointed out several different kinds of fish, such as the Blue Tang, Grouper and Parrotfish.
We woke up early Saturday morning for a hike through the Tobago Rainforest with Newton George. This rainforest is the oldest in the Western Hemisphere and was originally established by the French. This forested area has incredible biodiveristy including many species of birds, mammals, frogs, (nonpoisonous) snakes, butterflies, crabs and other invertebrates.
While hiking, we "ran into" Dwight Yorke, who recently returned as a professional soccer player for Manchester United. My UK co-hikers were overjoyed at the opportunity to met him and get our photos taken with him. It just goes to show...you NEVER know who you will meet on a Girls Getaway!
We arrived at Pigeon Point Heritage Park for lunch and a Buccoo Reef Tour. Buccoo Reef is the largest coral reef in Tobago and was designated as a marine park in 1973. The popular dive site contains a reef system of five flats separated by deep channels. A major feature of the excursion is Nylon Pool a veritable tranquil paradise in the ocean. This unique feature of the reef complex allows swimmers to enjoy their own private swimming pool. Depths are no greater than 7-10 feet at high tides. The Nylon Pool is shallow and ideal for swimming, with a soft sandy bottom. Local folklore promises that a swim in the waters of the Nylon Pool will make you look five years younger, but I don't see much difference yet.
After my last snorkel, it was time to say goodbye to Trinidad and Tobago. Although I felt like I was on a whirlwind tour, I already plan to return to experience the infamous Carnival celebration and enjoy some downtime in February 2011. Thank you to Kiran Maharaj, Newton George, Trinidad and Tobago Tourism and Cheryl Andrews Marketing for a wonderful trip!
|Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels! |
Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girlc&
Author of the Girls Getaway Guide series