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Thursday, July 22, 2010

West Coast Girlfriend Getaways

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Autumn Millhouse
Photo courtesy of La Quinta Resort & Spa

Make new friends but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. Remember the tune? It’s a popular song that most 8 year-old Brownies sing as they hold hands in completion of each Girl Scout meeting. Now, as a twenty-something, not much has changed. Girlfriends are an important part of the fabric in each woman’s life. They keep our secrets, encourage us and if you’re lucky, be our maid of honor. So before you take that walk down the aisle and start your new life, reconnect with your old girls and solidify the bonds that will keep you and your best friends tied together forever.

Here are my favorite Girlfriend Getaways where pampering, lounging, partying and bonding are mandatory.

Palm Springs

La Quinta Resort & Spa – A desert resort known as a Hollywood hideaway that has most recently appeared in People Magazine and Life & Style Weekly with Gwen Stefani chilling by the pool. La Quinta Resort & Spa embodies old-world glamour. With dozens of palm tree adorned pools, world-class tennis courts, on-site shopping and a variety of outstanding dining establishments—you will never need the leave the resort. Lounge pool side, take pottery classes or hit the golf range with your best gals for a guaranteed sunshine filled escape.

Las Vegas

Wynn & Encore – There is no other place I will stay in Las Vegas after being spoiled at these two sister properties. Situated on the strip and across the street from one of the best shopping malls in town, this resort is the cream of the crop in terms of class, style and certain trouble for the more mature crowd. They offer the ultimate party experience at XS Nightclub, boast a topless European pool and house four-star dining restaurants where you can savor to-die-for French fare and still watch an awe-inspiring lightshow set against a giant waterfall. Oh, and the gambling is pretty cool too.

Napa Valley Wine Country

Avia Hotel – This contemporary boutique hotel sits in the center of all the wine tasting and fine-dining action that the area offers. Iron Chef Morimoto (Food Network Star) just opened a new restaurant around the corner with innovative Japanese cuisine. In downtown Napa there are over 20 tasting rooms, so there is no need to hire a driver. Just walk or bike and sip. Pick up lunch at Oxbow Market Place on the Napa River and savor the true star in town (the wine) in the wine capital of the world.

About: Autumn Millhouse is a local travel writer, international trekker and self-proclaimed “hopeless-romantic.” Author of the hugely popular Romantic Napa Valley: An Insider’s Guide for Couples, she is currently working on two books with similar themes dealing with travel and romance. Check out her blog here.

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