Top Ten Girlfriend Getaways

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One of the most fun ways to travel and relax is with your girlfriends. You can hook up with old college mates, grad school buddies, dissertation divas, and of course, moms, sisters, and cousins! Ditch your everyday cares, and get ready for a great time together, drinking lemonade or wine and  munching Pepperidge Farm Milanos (come on, what girl gathering doesn't have these?).  Here are the top ten (actually, a baker's dozen)  Girlfriend Getaways from  They all look fascinating, but I have my eye on the Sculpting one in New Mexico. Look at the smiles on these women's faces - you just want to smile, too!  Girlfriends...wanna go?  Here's the scoop, from



Each year, women plan to love ‘em and leave ‘em; going where the boys aren't for a quick break from family and housekeeping responsibilities. Some call them adult slumber parties, most call them girlfriends’ getaways. Either way, women want to be spoiled and pampered, and they’re choosing B&Bs for the perfect girls’ getaway.

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Girlfriends at Dragonfly Ranch innkeepers have posted nearly 130 girlfriends getaways in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. From customized shopping trips to spas, Feng Shui classes and pizza, PJs and Pictionary, these B&Bs offer creative itineraries for the sisterhood.  For a complete list, visit and click the Girlfriends Getaways link on the home page. Below are some top picks from’s editors for girlfriends’ getaways that groove.

Note: All packages include daily breakfast; unless otherwise specified, rates do not include local or state taxes and are for double occupancy. Packages cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.

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Girlfriends at Pascadero Creek Inn


1.  The Ruby of Crested Butte, Crested Butte, CO: Cowgirls don’t get the blues here, when they arrive to find gift baskets filled with Boss Lady smokin' hot bath and body products and luxurious guest rooms. The day starts with a country gourmet breakfast and an adventurous day of horseback riding at Fantasy Ranch. A massage follows a day in the saddle, then fine dining out on the town and another perfect night sleep at the inn. The package, offered through October 5, 2008, starts at $450 per person including a two-night stay, gift basket, daily gourmet breakfasts, horseback riding, one-hour massage, and dinner at a Crested Butte restaurant.


2.  Davie School Inn, Anna, IL: This is one place it’s okay to whisper in class to your girlfriends. Now through October 25, 2008, customize a girlfriend getaway with options including a limo tour on the wine trail, massages for you and your BFFs (best friends forever), pedicures, manicures in your 850-square-foot suite with Jacuzzi (some sleep up to five) and dinner at the Hedman Peach Barn and Winery. Name the time and breakfast will be served en suite; that’s royal treatment for girlfriends looking for a break. Room rates are $85-$225; package rates dependent upon inclusions.


3.  Avenue Inn B&B, New Orleans, LA: Here’s a guilt free way to love ‘em and leave ‘em in New Orleans. The “No-Guilt Weekend” package includes three nights’ accommodations in a guestroom with two full-size beds perfect for sharing with up to four girlfriends, continental breakfast, massage, manicure and pedicure at Belladonna day spa and salon (includes tax), $250 in Riverwalk Marketplace coupons, a welcome gift and map of the city, and antique shopping on Magazine Street complete with innkeeper Bebe’s best-kept secrets and bargain hunting advice. Additionally, two tickets for two for the Original Cocktail Walking Tour, two streetcar passes for unlimited riding to the French Quarter and all the exciting venues of the city are included in this package for $399 per person.


4.  White Cedar Inn, Freeport, ME: A complete color analysis and makeover is the perfect start to your girlfriend's getaway shopping weekend in this Maine Outlet Capital. Julie Cunningham, owner of Julie Cunningham Color (JCC) and former National Trainer for Color Me Beautiful, will work one-on-one with guests, offering a color consultation for girlfriends on shopping excursions. Your one-hour session includes a complete color analysis to determine which colors are best suited to your own natural coloring, makeover with explanation of why these colors work for you, a JCC 42-color swatch wallet to take with you when you shop, and a JCC color analysis booklet. This package is offered on Fridays only through December 19, 2008, and is $95 per person when booked with an overnight stay. Rates are $115-$200.


5.  Classic Rosewood, A Thorwood Property, Hastings, MI: Girlfriends will enjoy a choice of complimentary three P's (popcorn, Pictionary game, and pizza) or the three M's (manicure kit, chick flick movie, and facial masks) when six or more giggly girls of any age book two or more rooms here. Throughout the stay, breakfast is served according to your schedule, and 24-7 access to the pantry including hot and cold beverages, a bottomless cookie jar and ice cream are also featured. Rates are $97-$277.


6.  Loganberry Inn, Fulton, MO: Grab your friends or sisters and plan a girls’ weekend for four. This package includes two guestrooms for two nights for four people, one private hour in the starlit spa, chick flicks, a two-hour spa indulgence including gentle restorative yoga, guided luxury facial complete with hot towels, sea salt soft hands treatment, and paraffin treatment, choice of hors d’oeuvres and wine or dessert, coffee and liqueur, two full breakfasts for each person for $183 per person. Available most days through May 2009.


7.  Federal House Inn Historic B&B, Plymouth, NH: This package allows women 16 and over to travel in the moccasins of Native American women. On day one arrive and enjoy a presentation on New Hampshire’s Natural History and Heritage. Day two includes a hike or snowshoe (depending on time of year and trail conditions) along historic Native American routes, a picnic lunch, guidance on North Woods Survival skills including searching for wild food, and then dinner outdoors or in town. Day three means an early rise and shine with breakfast to go then early morning fishing or ice fishing (depending on time of year and ice-in/out conditions) a picnic lunch and target archery, shelter building, fire building, and outdoor cooking, including dinner. On day four, take in a day of canoeing, paddling, poling, and fishing on an historic river route (ice-out), or another snowshoeing or hiking day in New Hampshire’s wilderness plus dinner at the inn. This package, including a four-night stay, guides, instruction and three meals a day is available year-round for $499 per person plus the room rate ($135-185/nightly). Good through January 2009.


8.  Sandhill Crane B&B, Coralles, NM: Working with local artist Kate Reightley, budding sculpturers will learn to create a five-inch bronze sculpture. This package, offered on the fourth Saturday of each month for up to six people, includes two nights in a standard room, gourmet breakfast each morning, Wax to Bronze workshop including a light lunch during the workshop, and a finished bronze sculpture for $278 through October 2008.


9.  Black Sheep Inn, Hammondsport, NY: Grab a girlfriend and learn feng shui from a master practitioner as you use color to improve your life. Each day, you’ll spend time enjoying meals prepared with local and organic products, relax in nature and go home refreshed and peaceful while learning how to improve your life through feng shui. Your visit includes a two-night stay,  indulgent organic breakfasts, a fireside dinner, a picnic lunch in the courtyard, and plenty of time with our Feng Shui practitioner, starting at $595 per person through 2008.


10.  Andon Reid Inn, Waynesville, NC: Call your girlfriends and plan a fitness getaway with two Certified Personal Trainers with 30 years of combined experience. Your trip will include two nights in a B&B with breathtaking views of the mountains, daily fitness routines and tips personalized to the interests and skills of the group. The package includes healthy daily breakfasts, daily workout sessions, nutritional tips, healthy snacks and a full body massage. Package rates start at $599 per person.


11.  Passages Inn, Gettysburg, PA: This inn and many area B&Bs offer Gettysburg Girlfriend Getaways TM for two to ten women. Topics include  "Hearth & Home," focusing on Civil War era civilian life; and “Body & Soul," delving into Gettysburg's reputation for the paranormal and its active church legacy. Contact participating inns for more information and pricing.


12.  Elkhorn Inn and Theatre, Landgraff, WV: You've loaded all your four wheeling gear via ramp into your truck, and have your riding gear packed. Have a real "four-wheeling" ATV adventure on the famed "Hatfield-McCoy Trail System.” This Girlfriend Getaway ATV Adventure Package includes one guest room with two beds, for two nights, dinner at the inn for two, half-day guided ATV tour for two, with lunch on the trail; plus plenty of additional outdoor fun and train watching. After the day’s ride, pick wild blackberries or relax with a bubble bath in an antique claw-foot tub. Helmets are mandatory and included with all rentals; trail permits are included with guided tours. This package, offered through September 2008, costs $650 for two.


13.  DesBarres Manor Inn, Guysborough, Nova Scotia, Canada: Now through October 2008 enjoy a Food & Wine Girls Getaway in Nova Scotia, Canada. Kick off your one-night girls’ getaway package with Executive Chef Shaun Zwarun as he shares some of the culinary secrets behind the Manor’s signature dishes. Next there’s a tutored wine tasting as innkeeper Audrey Firth shares her secrets to matching food and wine. Next, retreat to your luxury room for a serious girl-talk session with chocolate truffles, before coming downstairs to join Chef Shaun for a five-course dinner tasting menu. You’ll say goodbye to your girlfriends the next day with a gourmet breakfast in the dining room. This package, including one-night stay, is $209 per person.


Look for nearly 130 girlfriends getaways on, the best resource for B&B BFF getaways. is the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide, listing nearly 7,000 B&Bs and inns. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Travelers can make reservations online, purchase The Getaway Gift Card from, welcomed at nearly 4,000 B&Bs in the U.S. and Canada, subscribe to free newsletters, read and write independent reviews, and post questions on expert-hosted message boards.


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Girlfriends at the Southern Rose Ranch


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