10 BEST GIRLS WEEKEND ADVENTURES
As the saying goes: “Girls just wanna have fun” - And when the squad gets together for these girls’ weekend getaways, we promise it’ll be a trip to remember (or maybe you won’t remember too much.)
No. 1 – Miami
Are you dreaming of a tropical getaway? There isn’t a better spot than the sunny, cultural and playful streets of Miami. During the day, gather your girls and treat yourselves to massages and facials at the iconic Spa at the W Miami, or perhaps Lapis Spa, at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach. Of course, the sun will be blazing in Miami so get your bikini body ready because everyone’s by the water. Go to the beach, head to Hyde Beach’s “Swim Club Saturday” for a pool party with hot DJ’s. Want to go shopping? Walk down Lincoln Road for a little more than just that as you see all kinds of eye candy and experience the South Beach vibe. If you’re art enthusiasts, head to Wynwood for the most creative street art ever seen in one place. There you’ll also explore restaurants, local beer breweries and some of the best urban cultural bars and music. When the sun goes down, end your day the best way you know how – on you’re A game, dancing – either at Wall, Bâoli, Mynt or LIV.
No. 2 – San Francisco
You’ll find San Francisco one of the world’s most scenic cities—the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Chinatown, steep hills, World’s curviest street, foodie heaven and, of course, fog. San Francisco ranked so well with girlfriends for three reasons: great restaurants, world-class wine, and pedestrian-friendly streets. Hayes Street is known for its chic shops and cafés, while Mission is lined with cool bars and ships. You can take guided walking tours, such as Gourmet Walks’ tours out of the Embarcadero. For a wine lovers’ happy hour, check out Claudine French Eatery & Wine Bar, where special vintages are showcased daily, on tap, for just $1 an ounce. And for a meal to remember, call ahead to reserve a table at Wilson & Wilson, a detective-agency-themed bar with a three-drink tasting menu. Take a sexy private pole-dancing class or try a high-energy workout at the House of Air, a trampoline-filled playground that offers workout classes, open jumping time, and even trampoline dodgeball.
No. 3 – New York City
With an endless amount of things to do, great restaurants, and sightseeing options, it’s hard to know where to start when planning a trip to NYC. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite spots in the city for a weekend with the girls. Making a reservation at the Gansevoort Hotel near Union Square serves as a good starting point as you plan your trip to the city that never sleeps. You can’t go wrong with starting off at a property with close proximity to the High Line as well as Chelsea. Not to mention the rooftop pool where you can take in the city views while enjoying a cocktail. If you want something different, try That Bachelorette Show and spend the night dancing while bachelors compete for your vote until only one remains at this interactive spoof of ABC’s The Bachelorette. Once the bachelor is selected, the rest of the men are up for grabs. Want a little serenity after the loud noises of the city? NYC has got that too. Central park is known for its countless number of trails, acres of green space, and several famed attractions.
No. 4 – Nashville
Music City has exploded recently as one of America’s bachelorette party capitals. And it’s not hard to see why. Besides the fact that it’s the land of live bands, Nashville has refined its honky tonk roots with brand-new boutique hotel openings, creative cocktail bars, and more. The just-opened Thompson is making waves thanks to its Nashville-inspired design and cooler-than-thou vibe. At night, locals crowd the rooftop bar for craft beers and amazing city views. Big boozers will make a beeline for Broadway, but we’d recommend exploring off-the-beaten-path haunts like Pinewood Social, a sprawling bar-restaurant-bowling alley blend. Nashville’s Honky Tonk Party Express is a roofless bus equipped with large built-in bar, coolers, and a VIP bartender. There is also a sound system and LED dance floor.
No. 5 – Savannah, GA
This Georgia city filled with historic squares and parks gets high marks for being like the ideal party girl—fun-loving, but polite enough that she never spills her drink. If your dream ladies-night-out is spent on a massage table, The Westin in the Savannah River Street District offers monthly spa evenings, where it stays open late and offers discounts on treatments. No girls’ weekend or bachelorette party is complete without a boozy brunch. Just keep in mind that alcohol isn’t served until 12:30 p.m. on Sundays (it is served beginning at 7 a.m. on all other days). B. Matthew’s is located on Bay Street near the river and serves a delicious Southern brunch in a charming setting. What to order: Fried green tomato benedict or Bay Street scramble.
No. 6 – San Diego
Only on a girlfriends’ getaway can you risk booking a stay at a pink hotel. La Valencia, the 1920s-era hotel in La Jolla that once regularly hosted Cary Grant. It’s walking distance from some of the city’s hottest restaurants like Nine-Ten and Herringbone. In this fitness-loving town, you can also take beginning surfing classes from the chicks-only operator Surf Diva. The best times to visit San Diego, are spring break and the not-so-chilly New Year’s Eve. Must Do’s: 1. Browse the Little Italy Farmers’ Market 2. Take a brewery tour at one of San Diego’s many craft breweries 3. Stroll through Balboa Park. 4. Take the La Jolla Wine Tour and relax while getting the full taste of San Diego. You can even take part of your tour on a tractor!
No. 7 – Chicago
Between its awesome shopping scene and killer foodie scene, the Windy City is a perfect girls’ weekend destination. Browse Bucktown and Wicker Park for indie boutiques. When hunger strikes, nosh on a roasted beet Ruben sandwich with a vanilla milkshake at the retro-cool Spinning J pie and soda spot. For happy hour, don’t miss The Ladies’ Room, a tiny cocktail bar in Logan Square . Then crash at The Robey, a brand new boutique hotel in Wicker Park or the W Riverside with a cool bar and happening scene. Also stroll to the Navy Pier to see what cool events are happening that weekend. Everest serves up elegant and, frankly, sexy French food in downtown Chicago. While it is certainly expensive, it will also be one of the most glorious meals you’ll ever eat.
No. 8 – Charleston
There’s no better place for a dose of Southern charm than Charleston. This South Carolina classic has all the trappings of a girls’ getaway: cool boutiques on King Street, yummy restaurants and charming hotels. Make Zero George Street your home base—housed within five historic 19th-century buildings, features shady courtyards, wide verandas for sipping tea, and even a test kitchen for on-site cooking classes. And speaking of food, you won’t be at a loss of options in this town. Hit The Grocery for fresh farm-to-table fare, Butcher & Bee lunch deli for the pulled squash BBQ sandwich with pickled cole slaw, and McCrady’s, Sean Brock’s new 22-seat, tasting menu-only concept, for when you can’t get a reservation at his forever-packed Husk. For a laid-back atmosphere and excellent cocktails made by some pretty handsome people, head to The Belmont.
No.9 – Las Vegas
If you and your crew subscribe to the “go hard or go home” mentality, then Sin City is the place to go. Huge clubs with resident world famous DJ’s, booze-infused pool scenes, glitzy casinos—all the ingredients to a weekend of regret. When you’re not recovering, go to the Neon Museum for awesome selfies, a two-acre “boneyard” of Vegas’s iconic signs, catch a show at the Bellagio or Wynn, or flex that plastic at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, The Boulevard or Miracle Mile. Then head up to one of the rooftop bars for sunset views of the strip (our favorite is the Skyfall Lounge on the 64th floor of the Delano hotel).
No. 10 – New Orleans
In the land of beignets, po-boys and kicked-up cajun cuisine, a weekend in the Big Easy is all about eating and drinking and well deserved hangovers. Start the pig fest with the creole-inspired brunch (hellooo 25 cent martinis!) at Commander’s Palace. And we can’t leave out classics like Cafe Du Monde’s famous deep-fried pastry, and Bevi Seafood Co.’s peacemaker po-boy full of fried shrimp, swiss cheese and roast beef gravy with a side of seafood gumbo. New places worth checking out include Josephine Estelle, an Italian osteria at the just-opened Ace Hotel (where you should be staying) and Kenton’s, a chic southern eatery that features a whiskey-based menu (our favorite: crispy grits with country ham and bourbon aioli). Couchon serves fantastic Cajun-style seafood for your New Orleans bachelorette party? Be sure to make a reso at this trendy spot—it fills up fast!