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Fabulous Fall Getaways - Better TV

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The Getaway Girl, Casey Wohl®, gives her recommendations on Better TV for the best leaf peeping to beer tasting.  To watch the segment, click on the images above. 

 

Culinary Getaways - Daytime TV Show 

daytime set   When you travel you are out of your normal routine, so it is difficult staying healthy during this time.  Here are some suggestions from The Getaway Girl® during her recent Daytime TV segment.  To view, click on image above.  

 

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Alumna Casey Wohl Becomes Girl's Getaway Guru.  To read the online article, click the logo above. 

Girls Getaway Guide Launches Fifth Annual '12 Days til Christmas' 

 

This is our fifth year helping women beat the holiday madness, as the Girls Getaway Guide hosts a countdown to the big day.  Women everywhere can visit the Girls Getaway Guide online to sign up for fabulous vacation giveaways, which are sure to provide welcome holiday cheer during this stressful time of year.  

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The winners will be selected on each of the 12 business days starting Dec. 1-19.  Every day leading up to Christmas, a terrific Girls Getaway vacation prize will be given away to a randomly-selected entrant.  So just when you thought there was no such thing as a free vacation, we are here to prove you wrong.  Be sure and register today!   

 

Here's a list of prizes:  

Girls Getaway to Arizona
Two-night stay for two adults in your choice of either Sedona or Scottsdale (winner's choice)
Donated by: AZ Tourism Travel  

Value: $300                               

Girls Getaway to Orlando with ICE! VIP Package
One-night stay (including resort fee, taxes and self-parking for one car) during the Christmas at  Gaylord Palms celebration, and four (4) tickets to ICE! Shrek the Halls attraction and SNOW!    
Donated by: Gaylord Palms Resort
Value: $425

Girls Getaway to Orlando & Shopping Spree
Two-night stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton, plus a $125 gift card for Orlando Premium Outlets, VIP coupon book, VIP Platinum Passport & Chic Shopping Bag
Donated by: Orlando Premium Outlets & Homewood Suites
Value: $465

Girls Getaway to New Orleans
Two-night stay at The Inn on Bourbon in New Orleans in a Deluxe Suite
Donated by: Inn On Bourbon
Value: $500

Girls Getaway to Santa Monica
One-night stay in Deluxe Room with dinner for two at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Donated by: Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel            Value: $550

Girls Getaway to St Pete Beach
The Tradewinds Island Resorts' "Barefoot Beach Babes" package, which includes two-night stay for two, one breakfast for two, two Beach Babe tote bags & bottle of wine.
Donated by: Tradewinds Island Resort
Value: $830

Girls Getaway to Florida's Emerald Coast
Two-night stay in Grand Complex two-bedroom condo at Sandestin Golf & Beach          Resort
Donated by: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort
Value: $980

Girls Getaway to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Three-night stay in Junior Suite for two & one 50-min Swedish massage at Pueblo Bonito Sunset Beach Resort & Spa
Donated by: Pueblo Bonito Oceanfront Resorts & Spas
Value: $1,220

Girls Getaway to the Turks & Caicos
Three-night stay in one-bedroom deluxe suite for 2-4 guests at Ocean Club West
Donated by: Ocean Club Resorts
Value: $1,397

GRAND PRIZE: Girls Getaway to Cancun, Mexico (With Airfare & Tours)
Flights for two to Cancun, Mexico plus three-night stay for two at the all-inclusive Beach Palace Resort Cancun with Selvatica Tour and Underwater Museum Tour.
Donated by: Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau & Palace Resorts
Value: $3,258       

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I cannot believe we are launching our Fifth Annual 12 Days 12 days logo 'til Christmas promotion this month. Time flies!  Each year the prizes get bigger and better, and this year is no different with prizes totaling nearly $11,000.  For more details and to register to win, see the information below or visit Girls Getaway Guide.     


Girl Getaway to Maui       

I'm one lucky girl to have a friend who moved to Maui waterfall and invited me to come visit her.  Tatianna and I met a few years ago during a Girls Getaway to Montana.  At the time, she lived in Phoenix.  We stayed in touch over the years, and when she moved to Maui she called me to say, "you have to come visit and we have to write the Girls Getaway Guide to Maui."  

As soon as I could, I said "Aloha" to her in person at the Kahului Airport.  We traveled 45 minutes from the airport to her town of Lahaina, which is a quaint little town on Maui's leeward coast that is full of sites, shops, restaurants and art galleries (where she works).

girls in tree We woke up the first morning ready for our day of hiking with Wade Holmes of No Ka Oi Adventures.  Wade specializes in private tours of Maui's most beautiful places, some well known and others hidden treasures.  We were very impressed with Wade's vast knowledge of the biodiversity and history here and how the two are very intertwined.  As Tatianna said, "Wade is a walking encyclopedia."  He truly made our hikes that much more interesting and entertaining.  First, we hiked Iao Valley State Park, which features the Iao Needle and beautiful natural landscapes and waterfalls.  After this hike, we traveled to Wade's secret spot (reserved only for his favorite clients).  After hiking down the mountain and down the roots of an enormous Banyan Tree, we arrived at the snacks perfect picnic spot nestled perfectly next to a beautiful waterfall.  Wade really knows how treat his guests as he came fully prepared with guava juice and Cacao Goji Maca Nut Balls from Living Foods Maui.  This was perfect!

That evening, Tatianna and I were excited to cocktails experience  the Old Lahaina Luau, which is considered by everyone to be the best luau on the island.  We were greeted by Kawika who was our host for the evening.  As we entered, we received our lei and quickly picked up a few Mai Tais to start the evening.  Kawika gave us the grand tour prior to the general public arriving.  Along the waterfront were authentic Hawaiian artisans featuring everything from basket weaving to wood carving to lei making.  We even got our very own hula lesson (video), and an overview of the Imu Pit where they cook the pig for the evening's feast.  I was somewhat confused as Kawika showed us a bunch of dirt and said that's where the pig is.  After my short blond moment, I quickly realized that the pig was buried under the dirt and was cooking, a 12-hour process.

luau dancer After the pig was unearthed, dinner was served.  We feasted on traditional luau fare, such as Poi, Pulehu Steak and Ahi Poke.   I especially loved the Chicken Long Rice, which looked like clear gummy noodles.  It was delicious!  After dinner, the show began with a tribute to the compelling tradition of the pahu (drum) with the Ote'a, the famous and festive drum dance of Tahiti.  Afterwards, the ancient hula and modern hula were featured and each one told a story, as all hulas do.  It is a beautiful display of Hawaii's most popular performing arts with lovely movements, colorful costumes and an authentic feel of the island's history. Mahalo to Kawika and the fantastic staff at Old Lahaina Luau..this was one terrific evening!

surfing The next morning was an early one as we met Tara Angioletti, owner of Girls Gone Surfing, at 7AM.  Within just a few minutes of meeting her, you realize this tiny, energetic woman will have you in the water and standing on a board before you realize what happened.  And that's exactly what she did.  We had a brief overview on land, then it was time to paddle out and catch some waves.  Either Tara is a great teacher or I am a fairly quick learner (probably the former), but I was able to stand up on my second try.  Once I was up, I was hooked and didn't want to come in.  Tara was a sport and stayed in the water with me for almost three hours.  Tatianna wore herself out catching her own waves and called it a day.  After exiting the water, I am not sure if I should be proud or disappointed of the cuts and scrapes all over my feet.  After all, a true athlete must have proof of their hard work, right? 


jumping After breakfast and some time at Slaughterhouse Beach, we met up with Tara for some cliff diving (or at least jumping).  The worst part about the jumping was climbing the rocks barefoot after we tore up our feet earlier that morning surfing.  Once we jumped, we were hooked.  Thanks Tara for two awesome experiences in one day!

And just when we thought we had done it all, Tara canoe offered to host us on an authentic Hawaiian Canoe Excursion the next morning.  We woke up early again, but ready to row with Maui Paddle Sports.  We met Tara, as well as our guides Jamie and Vie, on the beach and launched our Hawaiian canoe into the ocean.  We rowed to the Turtle Cleaning Station where Jamie and Vie explained how the turtles come to this area to be cleaned by the fish.  And there were turtles all around turtleour canoe and the guides knew each and every one of the, including gender and age.  It was very cool!  We rowed what seemed like another 10 miles (not really, but my arms and shoulders were already sore from paddling the day before), but we were completely entranced by Jamie's cultural and historical information he shared with us about Hawaii. It really is a fascinating world here, and I love that they manage to maintain their heritage, beliefs and love of the land and sea.

That afternoon, we met up with Tara to say goodbye and spend my last Maui evening aboard the Trilogy for a Sunset Sail.  Many thanks to the Captain, Caleb and Jordan for a beautiful afternoon at sea with great PuPu's, cocktails and entertainment (Jordan sings and plays the ukulele).  This was the perfect way to end the trip....with old and new friends on The Valley Isle.

As they say in Hawaii, "O ke aloha ke kuleana o kahi malihini," which means "love is the host in strange lands."  I certainly felt the love during my stay in Maui, and I cannot wait to return. Mahalo!  

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Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels!     Casey Dancing in St Lucia

Sincerely,   
Casey Wohl, The Getaway Girl® &
Author of the Girls Getaway Guide series