Here's Where to Go for Your Next Ladies' Getaway
No kids–or men–allowed.
You've done spring break with the kids and have a trip planned with the family this summer, but does that really count as a vacation? Plan a girls weekend getaway so you can have fun and relax. It doesn't matter if you're looking for an action packed trip or a casual trip with spa appointments; we've pulled something for everyone. There are so many festivals happening this time of year, you and your girls won’t have a hard time finding something to do. Food festivals are happening in DC, Orlando, and San Antonio. Yes, you just came back from Orlando but it has so many fun adult activities you missed out on. Asheville has an abundance of events including the River Arts District Studio Stroll. The epitome of a girls weekend? Winery tours! Visit Ellijay, Georgia for a roundup of five wineries. Visit Stonewall County in West Virginia for some great vineyards. If wine isn’t your thing, you can also visit the beautiful orchards outside Charlottesville and enjoy some cider. Visit the fun new it-city, Greenville, South Carolina for arts, atmosphere, and great food. If you’re looking for fun on the water visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Pensacola Beach, or Baton Rouge. Whatever you’re looking for, one of these girls weekend getaways are sure to make time with your girls special.
Coastal Chilling with the Girls
The Mississippi Gulf Coast
If you’re looking for a posh yet affordable total resort experience on this slice of the Gulf of Mexico, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino is it ($). Rates can vary dramatically, from under $100 to over $300, so check the rate calendar when planning your trip. At this MGM resort, you can lounge by an expansive pool overlooking Mississippi Sound. You and your girlfriends will love raising those lovely red flags on your lounge chairs whenever you need any little thing. Chill at the spa, or take your credit cards for a stroll through the shopping promenade. After enjoying pre-dinner drinks at the resort’s happening lobby bar, Eight75, choose from the in-house dining options. They include surprisingly affordable white-tablecloth Italian at Stalla, inventive pan-Asian at Jia, and the upscale steak house BR Prime. Want a non-casino lodging option? Try the beautifully renovated White House Hotel in Biloxi ($$). When you’re ready to explore the area, you’ll find two artsy towns bookending the coastline: Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis. In between these cool spots, enjoy quiet stretches of man-made beach near Pass Christian and Long Beach—just expect flat water, because the barrier islands break the waves. But you can see them on Ship Island, which is reachable by ferry. Don’t miss Gulfport’s vibrant restaurant district downtown. Great dining picks in Ocean Springs include Woody’s Roadside, Phoenicia Gourmet Restaurant, Mosaic Restaurant & Bar, Leo’s Wood Fired Pizza, and Government Street Grocery. In Bay St. Louis, check out 200 North Beach Restaurant, Trapani’s Eatery, and The Blind Tiger.