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15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways

For quality time and fun with the crew, check out these destinations for a girls' weekend getaway

Written by
Lauren Rothman
Contributors
Jen Woo
&
Gerrish Lopez
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We’ve all got our group of girls to lean on, and having a regular girls’ night out is essential for our sanity, right? But when it’s time to really let it all hang out, a girls weekend getaway is just the thing to get away from it all and have some real quality time away from work, family and other distractions. Whether your gal group is into browsing top art museums together, getting pampered all day at premier spas or partying all night in the best clubs, these cities and towns have everything you need for a perfect girls’ getaway.

No need to jet off to some international locale: the U.S. has an endless array of destinations to explore, from amazing national parks (and more underrated ones) to cities that will make you feel like you’re in Europe. You can plan a ladies’ road trip, depending on the size of your group, or just consider a quick but jam-packed jaunt to these awesome girls’ weekend destinations dotted around the U.S. You’ll find a variety of options for activities in each spot, with a little something for everyone, so get planning and make that girls’ trip happen.

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Nicknamed Music City, this tunes-loving town makes for a great choice for fans of live country, blues and soul music. The historic Grand Ole Opry is a must-visit, as is Broadway (aka the “Honky Tonk Highway"), home to classic dives like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and Robert’s Western World. For eats, smokin’-hot Nashville hot chicken is an obvious choice (we like the bird fried up at Hattie B’s). And leave some room in your suitcase, because the vintage shopping in East Nashville (think weathered leather cowboy boots) is bar none.

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For lovers of food, drink and good times, the Big Easy is the ideal destination. This laid-back southern charmer attracts the ladies with trendy boutiques on Magazine Street and antiques shopping on Royal Street; mansion-hopping in the leafy Garden District; and, come nightfall, some of the nation’s most delicious soul food and craft cocktails. Check out Creole classics such as Commander’s Palace, Jacques-Imo’s and Broussard’s; sip Sazeracs at the Old Absinthe House or Arnaud’s French 75; and catch blazing live music nightly at the bars dotting Frenchmen Street.

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Feeling fancy? Then gather up your gals and head to this posh town on the Rhode Island coast, where you can gawk at over-the-top Gilded Age mansions, dine on pristine local seafood and frolic on the seashore. Four of the city’s most famous mansions – The Breakers, The Elms, Marble House and Rosecliff (temporarily closed) – offer self-guided audio tours. Or, go deep with a docent at Chateau-sur-Mer, Chepstow (temporarily closed), Hunter House, Isaac Bell House and Kingscote. When you’re not drooling over real estate, salivate over briny bivalves at Midtown Oyster Bar or The Mooring, and make sure to stroll the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk, which affords stunning views of those aforementioned mansions as well as the coast and ocean below.

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Wilmington, NC
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5. Wilmington, NC

Wilmington’s tranquil beaches are the perfect destination for sunbathing, swimming, or – if you want to splash out, so to speak – renting a private yacht for your best gal pals. Check out local companies such as Weekender Yacht Charters and Airlie Pointe Yacht Charters for package deals including overnight stays and catering. More of a landlubber? Head downtown to stroll the riverfront boardwalk, gawk at the antebellum Bellamy Mansion or scarf seafood at spots such as Fish Bites and Cape Fear.

Ladies looking to suntan by day and party into the night should head to Miami, which beckons with pristine beaches and a solid commitment to nightlife. Some of the country’s hottest clubs can be found in South Beach. The award-winning Club Space boasts a 24-hour liquor license and a diverse spread of beats. Or try E11EVEN: Open 24/7 the space serves breakfast fare at the bar and has a rooftop to enjoy the sunrise. Those looking for an experience versus a simple stay can look to the Faena. Designed by director Baz Luhrmann and his Oscar-winning wife Catherine Martin, the 1940s building is teeming with Art Deco touches and offers 100,000 square feet of private white sand beach. 

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There’s something about the stately charm of southern cities that makes them irresistible—lovely, leafy Charleston is no exception. Home to historic landmarks like Fort Sumter, excellent shopping at Charleston City Market and a flourishing food scene helmed by top-tier eateries such as Husk and Charleston Grill, the city offers a little bit of everything. Antiquing? Check out King Street for unique finds. Need a little sun and sand? Hop in the car and head to nearby Hilton Head or Myrtle Beach.

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Aspen, CO
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8. Aspen, CO

Aspen is generally thought of as a winter wonderland and, while it’s certainly a great choice for a ladies’ ski weekend, there’s plenty to do here year-round. In the warmer months, nature lovers will want to visit Maroon Bells, two beautiful adjacent peaks in the Elk Mountains, for great hikes affording stunning views (or, ascend on horseback). In the winter, hearty apres-ski fare is the name of the game at restaurants in town including duck- and buffalo-based dishes that will make your tasting buds spin with gusto.

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Sin City isn’t for everyone, but the best way to do it is surely with a group of your best gal pals. Apart from gambling, Vegas offers plenty of entertainment options like glitzy pool clubs, luxury spas and world-class shopping. Every first Friday of the month, the downtown Arts District holds a free Art Party, which celebrates local artists and food vendors. For a glamorous flute of champagne, head to the three-story The Chandelier bar at the Cosmopolitan; and if gambling’s your thing, there is clearly no shortage of enticing destinations for you to choose from.

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Fredericksburg, TX
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10. Fredericksburg, TX

Nestled among the rolling topography of Texas Hill Country, charming Fredericksburg is located a scenic 90-minute drive from either San Antonio or Austin. One of the country’s most-visited wine regions outside of California and Long Island, it’s a sure bet for your vino-loving girlfriends. Round them up and head here for tours of beautiful vineyards including Grape Creek, and be prepared to taste plenty of varietals. In town, strap on your cowboy boots and pound the floor at historic dance halls such as Albert Ice House.

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There are few American cities as easygoing as San Diego and it doesn’t hurt that the southern California town is compact, easy to navigate and adjacent to the beach. During the day, head to the waterfront to swim, snorkel or learn to surf (the all-female operator Surf Diva is an excellent choice for lessons). At night, the Gaslamp Quarter offers a wealth of yummy restaurant options, most with heat lamp-warmed patios. Once you're ready to rest, La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is a pastel-pink dream and erstwhile Old Hollywood hangout founded in the 1920s that affords sparkling ocean views.

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The hipster capital of the Pacific Northwest is a fun destination for just about anyone who loves good food, excellent beer and pristine wilderness. Ladies who like to trek should explore Forest Park in northwest Portland; it boasts 5,200 acres of woods with trails for hiking, biking and birdwatching. After burning off all those calories, seek out the city’s excellent street cart fare at spots such as Nong’s Khao Man Gai or sit down to enjoy an upscale meal of Catalonian food at Can Font or wood-fired pies and homemade ice cream from Lovely’s Fifty Fifty. No matter what you eat, be sure to end with a delicious doughnut from Blue Star Donuts and pair it with plenty of microbrews from local spots such as Occidental Brewing and Breakside Brewery.

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The City that Never Sleeps offers something for everyone, making it a good choice for a group of women with diverse interests. The food-obsessed can find literally anything to eat, from the cheapest Chinatown noodles to the priciest foie gras. The drink-obsessed can seek out perfectly balanced cocktails at La Noxe or The Lab at Patent Pending. Make time for gallery-hopping in Chelsea, ogling Picassos and Monets on Museum Mile, strolling Central Park and taking in views from the High Line. If you’re in town during the summer, you can even get in some beach or surf time at the Rockaways in Queens.

Offering loads of Southern charm and plenty of warm hospitality, this historic city dotted with renowned squares and tranquil parks is perfect for a weekend with the girls. One of the oldest cities in Georgia, Savannah is chockablock with antebellum mansions like the Owens-Thomas house, which you can ogle on group tours. Stroll beautiful Forsyth Park, check out Broughton Street’s chic boutiques and shop for crafts at City Market. Don’t forget to dine on the area’s killer local seafood at spots like Sorry Charlie’s and Chive Sea Bar.

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Friendly, funky Asheville is known for its welcoming spirit and high quality of life characterized by easy access to nature, inventive restaurants and excellent live music venues. Beautiful nearby hikes include Black Balsam Knob, Craggy Pinnacle and Looking Glass Rock, or opt to pedal to Richmond Hill Park for some fun mountain biking. Once you’ve worked up a thirst, sip high-quality microbrews at local breweries Green Man and Wicked Weed. Asheville’s thriving music scene is one of the city’s biggest draws: Scope it out at venues like Asheville Music Hall and The Orange Peel.

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