State-Of-The-Art girlfriend getaways for the sophisticated, style-Conscious Malibu driver
By Kristan Schiller
Girlfriend getaways—once thought of as a passing trend—are here to stay, according to the U.S. Travel Association, with three in 10 of the estimated 32 million American women who traveled for pleasure last year taking five or more trips. From sophisticated culinary escapes to style-conscious shopping sprees to luxurious spa retreats, there’s no shortage of vacation ideas for you and your best gal pals to choose from.
So scrap your schedule, leave the fellas (and the kids) at home and head out with your beloved BFFs to one of the following state-of-the-art destinations—in a state-of-the-art vehicle.
Did someone say sophisticated? Style-conscious? Luxurious? Sounds like a job for the Chevrolet Malibu
For a no-hassle culinary escape, contact the team of experts at Epitourean, a Castle Rock, Colorado-based tour operator that organizes group cooking vacations in foodie hotspots like Napa Valley, New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina. In addition to great food, you’ll get insider access to farmer’s markets, olive oil mills, wineries and more.
Spa Holidays & Yoga Retreats
Scottsdale, AZ; Bozeman, MT; Stowe, VT
For spa packages, there’s no better place to look than Scottsdale, Arizona, which is said to have more spas per capita than any other city in the country. (Try The Boulders “Suite Escape” or book the Alvadora Spa Villa at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa.) Another option is to point your Malibu toward Big Sky Yoga Retreats in Bozeman, Montana for the summer Cowgirl Yoga Retreat, or to Stowe Yoga Retreat Center in Stowe, Vermont for three- to seven-night yoga-focused programs in an atmosphere of rustic New England charm.
Las Vegas, NV; Miami, FL
Bachelorette parties aside, it’s always therapeutic to blow off steam partying with the girls. Veer toward Vegas for the acrobatic spectacle of Cirque du Soleil and also take a gondola ride at The Venetian. Or head south to Miami, where you can stay at one of a number of high-design hotels along Collins Avenue (try The Raleigh for classic art deco style, The Delano for its oceanfront gardens and glamorous pool scene, or The Setai for its sleek Asian-inspired motif; sip craft cocktails (at The Living Room at the W South Beach, Bloom or Bar Centro at The SLS Hotel); and soak in some sunshine on South Beach. In your down time, tour whimsical art deco architecture along Collins Avenue, Ocean Drive and Washington Avenue.
Coast to Coast
Remember Julia Roberts shopping for a cocktail dress on Rodeo Drive with Richard Gere’s credit card in Pretty Woman? Well, times have changed. From Chicago’s Magnificent Mile to Madison Avenue in New York City, the country offers a plethora of shopping hotspots just waiting for you and your friends. These days, many hoteliers, including Marriott and Trump, now offer “Retail Therapy” packages that include special amenities and services at local boutiques. (And with enhanced storage options in the Malibu, you and your girlfriends should have plenty of room in the car for all your packages.)
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Kristan Schiller is a New York-based travel writer and blogger whose articles have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Fodor’s, as well as on Forbestraveler.com and Salon.com.