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Hotelier Magazine

hotelier Check out this article from the most recent issue of Hotelier magazine, which features an article on Hotel Trends titled "Passion Points." It features The Getaway Girl® (wedged between the MGM Grand and Donny Osmond) who is quoted and featured in this magazine as the leading authority on the Girlfriend Getaway travel market (click links or photo to read article).  As Canada's leading hotel publication, Hotelier magazine continues to define the standard for excellence in trade magazine publishing. Celebrating its milestone 20th anniversary in 2009, the award-winning national magazine serves as the authoritative voice of Canada's dynamic and competitive $18 billion hotel industry.  


New Years Eve Getaways - Daytime TV Show

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Where are some unforgettable places to celebrate New Years Eve?  Here are some suggestions from The Getaway Girl® during her recent Daytime TV Show segment.  To view, click on image above.   


Harvest Getaways - Daytime TV Show  

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While some people go to the grocery store for their food, others like to get up close and personal with where their food comes from. Check out these Harvest Getaway recommendations from The Getaway Girl®!  

 Promotion Provided $11,000 in Travel Prizes  

When the holiday season approaches, women's stress levels start to rise. It's easy to get wrapped up in the holiday craze, but the Girls Getaway Guide has a way to give back to women everywhere and help remind them how important it is to spend quality time with their gal pals.

The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl just ended her Fifth Annual "12 Days 'til Christmas" Girlfriend Getaway Giveaway promotion. Nearly 1,000 women from across the U.S. visited the Girls Getaway Guide website and entered to win $11,000 in fabulous travel vacations. The prizes were given away Dec. 1-19. On each of the 12 business days leading up to Christmas, a terrific girlfriend getaway vacation prize was awarded to a lucky winner. Many thanks to the following businesses that partnered with the Girls Getaway Guideto make this giveaway a huge success!


Congratulations to the lucky ladies who won prizes this year. Stay tuned for next year's giveaway!


And a special congratulations to Jennifer L. of Dunedin, Fl who won the GRAND PRIZE: A Girls Getaway to Cancun, Mexico that includes flights for two to Cancun 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
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Upcoming Events

January 31: Daytime TV Show Taping - Tampa
Daytime TV Show is geared towards daily lifestyles and entertainment content. Each day get ready to live, laugh and learn about new things that will make you smile.  Celebrity guests include: Oprah, Cindy Crawford, Jay Leno, Donald Trump, Jane Seymour and Dolly Parton.  The Getaway Girl® will be in studio to tape two travel segments....stay tuned!

February 2: Hot Travel Spots for 2012 - Daytime TV Show
Every year, several destinations are deemed "hot spots" for travel.  And this year is no different.  The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl's travel recommendation will air on February 2nd.  To check dates and times in your city, visit

March 24-April 5
Girls Getaway to Italy  Nothing like a tour of Italy's finest to rev your taste buds and help you find your inner Italian chef.  With Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice on the list of places to visit, we are sure to have one amazing trip!      
Looking For Lasting Love?

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, my friend and best-selling author Dr. Diana Kirschner is offering her book, Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love, now on paperback.  Learn how to deepen any relationship-if you have been dating two months or married for 25 years.    To get the book NOW, along with many amazing FREE gifts Click Here:
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Happy New Year!  It's January and that means our Fifth Annual '12 Days til Christmas' has ended.  Congrats to all of the lucky ladies who won amazing travel prizes.  To see if you made the winners list, visit Girls Getaway Guide.      

Girl Getaway to Alaska        

Visiting Alaska was always on my bucket list, so when my friend Diana said that's where she wanted to go for her 50th birthday, we booked our flights immediately.  Diana is a breast cancer survivor who was paralyzed on one side of her body for two years.  At 50, she is cancer free and one very active lady!  We had a lot to celebrate! We arrived in Anchorage ready to see as much of The Last Frontier as we could fit in one week.  On our first rust planemorning, we were picked up at our hotel, the Inlet Tower Hotel and Suites, by Rust's Flying Service who took us to our float plane.  From there, we departed for Redoubt Bay Lodge, which is located 70 miles southwest of Anchorage.  Redoubt Bay is home to one of the most concentrated and viewable bear populations in Alaska.  Our float plane pilot, Curtis, set the mood for a great day by pointing out interesting sites during the flight. We even caught a glimpse of a Beluga Whale while over Cook Bay.  We arrived at Redoubt and were greeted by Amy, the lodgeredoubt waterfall manager.  With a bubbly personality and genuine excitement, we couldn't help but like her immediately.  After coffee and muffins in the lodge and a brief overview of the area and plans for the day, we boarded a pontoon boat with Amy and went in search of bears through the chain of Big River Lakes.  


There were several fishing boats on the water and in balck bearaction as this area is home to sockeye and coho salmon.  While we were watching the salmon getting ready to make a run up the river (it was absolutely amazing and looked like a shark feeding frenzy), Amy spotted a black bear walking along the waters edge right next to us.  It was incredible to see this bear in its natural environment in search of food (as long as we weren't it).  After seeing two more black bears, we headed back to the lodge for lunch.  Redoubt has two chefs on staff and they did not disappoint with a beautiful lunch anchored by a delicious salmon burger. 

mac n cheeseDinner that night was in Anchorage at Ginger Restaurant.  Our favorite dish was the Baked Sea Scallops "Mac & Cheese," which is seared and oven-finished jumbo Alaskan scallops served over penne pasta with three-cheese cream sauce drizzled with truffle oil.  Amazing!  After dinner we went to the hotel's Mixx Grill Bar (think Cheers but in Alaska) where we met locals and visitors and made new friends.  If there, ask for Happy Harold. 

rr conductorThe next morning we took the hotel shuttle to the railroad station and boarded the Alaska Railroad for Denali.  The eight-hour train ride provides a fantastic view of the Alaskan countryside (it was even better with the Bloody Marys).  Once we arrived at Denali, we were shuttled to our new home for the next two nights, the McKinley Chalet Resort.  Located just across the street from shopping, stores and activities, the resort had everything you could want, including the Nenana View Grill & Bar that features a gorgeous view of the Nenana River (and a great place to enjoy a bottle of wine and a reindeer sausage, artichoke & mushroom pizza like we did).   


The next morning was an early one as we boarded the bus for lisa bookthe Tundra Wilderness Tour at 6:20 AM en route to Denali.  Our guide for the day, Lisa Frederic, has been in Alaska for 30 years and is an active dog musher who has participated in the Iditarod Dog Sled competition.  During the day, she shared so much fascinating information about Denali, Mt McKinley and Alaska....what an amazing tour guide!  The 7.5 hour bus ride explored just a portion of the 6 million acre state park (bigger than the state of Massachusetts).  We had a very lucky day as we saw about 10 Grizzley bears, Dall Sheep, falcons and the tallest point in North America....Mt McKinley that provided an incredible view the day we visited.   

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After the bus ride, we went on an evening ATV ride atvwith Denali ATV Adventures into an old coal mining area near the park border where we got an aerial view of Lake Otto and the town of Healy.  After we worked up an appetite, we made our way to the famous Denali Salmon Bake Restaurant where Dani greeted us with pink heart-shaped sunglasses....we loved her right away!  We feasted on elk sliders (my fave), halibut tacos and a yak-a-dilla (yes, yak meat).  It was great with apricot beer! 

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And if all of these adventures were not enough, we woke up early the next morning for some fun on the water.....the white water of Nenana River. We checked in for Denali Raft Adventure Canyon Run at 7:30 AM.  With barely enough coffee in me, we were stuffed into dry suits and outfitted with rubber gloves and hats for the 11-mile trip to Healy.  After "worst case scenario" instructions from Peacock (one of ourraft group guides), we boarded our inflatable raft and braved the rapids.  How bad was it?  We got soaked!  In fact, it was so rough I got water up my nose during one rapid.  But it was a complete blast and we enjoyed making new friends with guides Peacock and Bacon, as well as our raftmates Dony, Ehli, Mark and Janice!  What a great group!!   After white water rafting, we went back to the railroad station and boarded the train back to Anchorage.   

trail headThe next morning we drove to Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, checked in to the beautiful resort and met Molly at the Ascending Path Yurt for departure on the Glacier Hike.  The Spencer Glacier is located just South of Portage Valley and the Turnagain Arm in the Kenai Mountains and the Chugach National Forest. It is entirely off the road system, so we rode a train from Girdwood to the Spencer Whistle Stop (hello Ted Nugent).   From the Spencer Whistle Stop, our group of three hiked to an overlook to enjoy outstanding views of the glacier and icebergs floating in the Spencer terminal lake. The total distance from the train to the edge of the glacier is more thanglacier three miles of flat Forest Service maintained trails. The last half mile is rugged moraine (think huge black dirt piles) walking. The five hours of hiking included tons of photos and stops to learn about interesting local wildlife, history and glaciology. At the glacier's edge we geared up with helmets and crampons, ate lunch on a the glacier itself and then traveled out onto the glacier ice to explore the amazing ice features (blue ice, crevasses, ice caves, moulins, etc) with Molly as our guide.  Words cannot describe how incredible this experience was...a "must do" in Alaska! On the way back, we saw a moose alongside the road; they really do roam the streets in Alaska!

mooseThe next morning we checked out of the Alyeska Resort and continued driving south to Seward for the Kenai Fjords National Park Cruise.  We opted for the four-hour Resurrection Bay Cruise that included a lunch stop at Fox Island for a salmon and prime rib lunch.  During the boat ride, we saw otters, sea lions (my sea lionsfavorite), horned puffins, bald eagles and tons of birds.  As the boat arrived back at the dock, we saw fishermen unloading their daily fishing catch of silver salmon into wheelbarrows.  We checked into the Seward Windsong Lodge, a charming lodge with several out buildings scattered around the property.  It's award-winning Resurrection Roadhouse Restaurant and the Goliath Bar & Grill was the perfect dining choice as they offered an ample list of local beer and had a great wine and cocktail selection....very important after a tough day of sightseeing :). 

casey puppyOur last morning in Alaska was spent with the Seavey family at their Ididaride Sled Dog Tour.  Mitch Seavey, 2004 Iditarod Champion, and his family have about 200 working sled dogs.  The intrigue of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, also known as Alaska's Super Bowl, came alive as we met competitors and heard their stories.  The Iditarod race covers over 1,150 miles of the roughest, most beautiful terrain Mother Nature has to offer with jagged mountain ranges, frozen river, dense forest, desolate tundra and miles of windswept coast at the mushers and their dog teams. Add temperatures far below zero, winds that can cause a complete loss of visibility, the hazards of overflow, long hours of darkness and treacherous climbs and side hills, and you have the Iditarod.  


After a brief introduction to the family and business, we walked back to where the dogs live.  I was expecting covered kennels, and was shocked to find tons of dogs each equipped with their own, private kennel.  As the staff started hooking up the sled, the dogs became more and more excited, almost saying "pick me; I want to go."  It was incredible feel how powerful, excited and smart these dogs are.  Since we were there in the summer, we rode in a wheeled cart that they use to train the dogs with when there's no snow on the ground.  We rode behind 16 dogs for two miles mushing through the Alaskan wilderness to the base of Resurrection Mountain and along Box Canyon Creek.  After our ride, we toured the kennel facilities, saw what the mushers wear during the Iditarod race, and met future sled dogs that were only a few months old.  This tour was chosen as one of Alaska's Top Twenty Attractions, and is certainly one I will never forget. 

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We had an unbelievable trip to The Last Frontier.  Visiting Alaska should be on everyone's bucket list.  This vast land is a reminder of how magnificent nature really is.  Thank you State of Alaska Tourism and Thompson & Co. for setting up this amazing and unforgettable Girls Getaway to Alaska!  

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Thanks for reading! Wishing you safe travels!    

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