What is Your Girlfriend Getaway Style?

Originally published in Lake & Sumter Style, May 2011 •


Guys are great, but sometimes you just have to de-stress with your girlfriends. No one understands you like your best female friends who have shared your happy times… as well as the worst of times. Coordinating schedules is tricky but choosing the right style for a girlfriends getaway is just as important if your time together is going to be successful. Get your BFFs together and take our quiz to make sure you all are headed in the same direction as you plan your escape from jobs, husbands, children, and whatever else occasionally annoys you.

1. Time is of the essence. Your perfect day will include:

a. Perfecting your golf or tennis swings

b. Shopping at cute boutiques

c. Luxuriating at an exclusive spa

2. Which of these will be in your luggage?

a. Athletic shoes

b. Comfortable Kate Spade espadrilles

c. Flip-flops and trendy Manolo Blahnik stilettos

3. During your getaway, your most likely mode of transportation will be:

a. Bicycles, rollerblades, or a battery-operated cart

b. A mini-van

c. A limo

4. After a day of play, your drink of choice will be:

a. Water and a late afternoon Margarita

b. A glass of wine

c. Martinis or Cosmopolitans

5. How will you and your friends spend the evenings?

a. Play board games and talk about the guys you’ve left behind (literally and figuratively)

b. Check out a trendy wine bar and bistro

c. See and be seen at an upscale restaurant

What's Your Girlfriend Getaway Style?

If you answered MOSTLY A—you are: Savvy Sportswomen

Is Your Girlfriend Getaway Style SAVVY SPORTSWOMEN?Chances are your girlfriend getaway will include your gals’ golf group or regular tennis partners. No doubt, you ladies love the outdoors. Golf lessons or tennis clinics will improve your skills and give you a chance to bond with your teammates. Massages following your competitive matches would be a nice touch, too. Getting away where you can relax after playing hard is your priority for this trip.

Luckily, you don’t have to travel far to find a resort that is affordable, offers a golf course with rolling hills, tennis courts, and a first-class spa. Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills is only a few miles from home but offers spa packages that transport you to a secluded oasis. Relax in private villas where you can re-live those slumber party days when boys were the main topics of conversation. Summer golf and spa packages start at $109 per person, per night (double occupancy). [missioninnresort.com]

Looking for cooler weather and a rustic setting? The “I’m Over It” girlfriends’ package at Mountain Harbor Resort in Arkansas’ Ouachita Mountains may be just the ticket for rediscovering your inner Girl Scout. Hike, bike, kayak, and even hunt for diamonds at the nearby Crater of Diamonds State Park. Packages start at around $379 per person for 4-person group. [mountainharborresort.com]


If you answered MOSTLY B—you are: Fun Fashionistas

Is Your Girlfriend Getaway Style FUN FASHIONISTA?Hunting in packs is your idea of relaxing and what better prey than a one-of-a-kind scarf or a unique décor item. Be sure to take the largest mini-van so that you’ll have room to bring home all your finds. Mount Dora and Winter Park are both loaded with cute shopping boutiques where you can spend a day or an entire weekend browsing.

Mount Dora offers something for everyone in your group whether it’s a new dress or a piece of artwork. Check out Em’z on Fifth for stylish clothing, jewelry and accessories including a great selection of hats. Ready to take a break? Stop in at The Wine Den on 4th Avenue, where you’ll find a wide variety of wines and microbrews.

The gourmets in your group will enjoy Winter Park’s Penzeys Spices, one of two stores in Florida devoted entirely to spices. Art lovers will enjoy spending time at the Morse Museum, home to the largest collection of Tiffany art in the world and to a fabulous museum gift shop.

A taste of France awaits you at the Paris Bistro, located inside the Shops of Park Avenue atrium, where elegant lunch specials won’t eat into your shopping budget. No passport required!


If you answered MOSTLY C—you are: Divas for the Day

Is Your Girlfriend Getaway Style DIVAS FOR THE DAY?It’s been years since you’ve had a vacation and you are ready to splurge. You want it all: beach, luxurious accommodations, spa treatments, exclusive shopping, and nightlife!

What better place than Palm Beach, where the rich and the famous have gotten away from it all for decades. Take a stroll down Worth Avenue where just browsing in the posh shops can make you dizzy.

If your BFFs want to go first-class, too, then check out the “Beauty and the Beach” or “Peace of Mind” packages at the elegant Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach. Rates start at $450 each per night and include credits to the Eau Spa, where you’ll find a Sensory Dry-Float Bed that helps you make up for all the sleep you lost getting ready for this trip. Of course, the body wraps and massages aren’t bad either, especially as you get rejuvenated for a night out on the town at some of the world’s most posh restaurants.

Slip on those stilettos and head over to the legendary Ta-boó, a haven for well-known patrons looking for upscale dining. It’s been said that “if you were not seen at Ta-boó, you were not seen in town.”[ritzcarlton.com/PalmBeach]

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