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Caribbean Getaway at the Aruba Marriott Resort

caribbean getaway at the aruba marriott resort

The Aruba Marriott Resort & Casino hosted a trip for The Vacation Gals' contributor Jill Florio and her mother-in-law, along with several other bloggers and their mothers. The Vacation Gals loves girlfriend getaways and family travel; how terrific that our [Read more]

Great Girlfriend Getaway at Sunset Cove in Laguna Beach

great girlfriend getaway at sunset cove in laguna beach - two bedroom view (Kim Tracy Prince)

Regular contributor to The Vacation Gals, Kim Tracy Prince, was recently treated to a great girlfriend getaway at Sunset Cove, in Laguna Beach, California. Laguna is well known for its beaches and local arts scene; Sunset Cove appears to be a comfortable, [Read more]

Primitive Outdoor Skills at Canyon Ranch in Tucson

CR-Randy

I go to destination spas for their outdoor hikes, indoor fitness classes, healthy food, wellness lectures and, of course, massages. I do not associate destination spas with wilderness survival skills: learning how to create fire or crafting a knife out of [Read more]

Competitours: An “Amazing Race” for the Rest of Us

Competitours

If my family didn't have plans to spend a chunk of time in Europe next summer I would seriously consider signing us up for one of Competitours' 10-day trips in Europe. Or I'd book one of the adventures with my husband or get a bunch of friends to sign on. [Read more]

Spa Review: Auberge Spa at Hotel Jerome

Textured lockers in the women's dressing area.

Up until December 2012, Aspen's venerable (and luxurious) Hotel Jerome, which dates back to 1889, didn't have an on-site spa. A travesty, right?! After all, once you're finished skiing or hiking in the Colorado mountains for the day, it's nice to return to [Read more]

Things to Do in Napa Valley and Sonoma County

Safari West (Jennifer Miner)

Girlfriend getaways and romantic weekend vacations in Napa Valley and Sonoma County are typically wine-focused, but everyone needs a break from all that drinking for a few hours.  Sure, you may scoff. Hear me out! There are plenty of fun things to do in Napa [Read more]

Spa Review: Spa La Quinta, California

Gorgeous entrance to Spa La Quinta; the entire resort features whitewashed, Mediterranean-style buildings. It is landscaped beautifully

When I told my mom, who lives in Palm Desert, California -- a stone's through from La Quinta Resort & Club -- that I was getting a massage at the legendary resort's spa, she said (something to the effect of), "Ooooh. Nice." Though she hadn't spent time at [Read more]

Four Special or Boutique Wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma

Chateau St. Jean

Boutique wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma don't get the attention that the big ones do, but they should. A girlfriend getaway in Napa Valley and Sonoma should include stops at wineries both large and small. Those big, beautiful wineries in Napa Valley and [Read more]

Spa Review: Taking the Waters at Senses, A Disney Spa

A hummingbird in tile symbolizes

Four days of a fully loaded, all the bells and whistles visit to Disney World can really take a toll on a not-as-young-as-I-used-to-be body.  For those of us needing a little sprucing up, or just some quality “me time,” there are two locations of Senses, A [Read more]

Beginner’s Guide to Wineries for an Easy Girlfriend Getaway in California Wine Country

Mondavi Winery for Girlfriend Getaways in Napa Valley

Napa Valley and Sonoma are renowned as top spots for romantic travel, but those rolling hills, world-famous restaurants, wineries and shopping make them excellent girlfriend getaway destinations as well.  A first-time visit to California Wine Country might [Read more]