What value is a girlfriends’ getaway?

December 30, 2006 at 3:10 pm 1 comment

Ever taken a getaway with a girlfriend or two? It’s fun and can be just the prescription for boredom, stress, tension and for reviving a waning friendship.

I started  getaways with girlfriends back in college. My first trip was a long weekend in New York City. We wanted to shop Macy’s and Bergdorf, see some landmarks, dine at Sardi’s, see a show. My girlfriend, Diane, had her heart set on purchasing something at Tiffany’s.  It was a terrific experience and I believe Diane still has the beautiful Tiffany pin she bought on that trip.

Today’s Pace Limits Girlfriend Time
It’s not that we don’t want to do more with our friends, it’s Kansas Citiy is a good destination. Upscale, low-key, affordable. This is Country Club Plaza, a fashionable shopping district.just that we can’t find the time. Too many family responsiblities, long hours at work, children’s school activities and sports. Our personal list of daily to-do’s goes on and on. Back in the day when women stayed home with the children, they had time to share coffee, a long phone call each day or lunch out with the girls. That’s not our lifestyle anymore and our friendships are suffering because of it.

We Need Girlfriends
Female friends help balance the social support system in our lives. Women share different viewpoints from men, have Lose yourself in one of New York’s old-fashioned book shops. This is The Mysterious Book Shop in Lower Manhattan.different interests and just enjoy getting together with the girls. Guys go on fishing trips and hunting weekends up North. They may play poker on a regular basis with the guys, golf with them or just have a boys’ night out occasionally. Many women tend to stay closer to home,  sacrificing girlfriend activities for family responsibilities.

Stimulate Your Creative, Fun-Loving Side
Shopping at the local mall is not the same as strolling down Fifth Avenue. Going on a kids’ field trip to a local museum is not the same as sharing a trip with a friend to an art museum you both want to visit. Walking around, exploring a new city is energizing, exciting and stimulates all your senses. You’ll enjoy DuPont Circle in Washington, DC — locations for many of the foreign embassies.Seeing Times Square in person is absolutely amazing — not a feeling you can get from seeing it on TV. Getting away for a couple of days — with nothing to think about but yourself — is good for the soul, mind and body. Think of it as a mental health  trip. You’ll be a happier, vibrant and more relaxed person when you return home — because you have rediscovered your real self.

Nourish the Friendships You Cherish
With today’s pace, we tend to put our long-time or best friends on the backburner until we have time. Going away for a couple of days with them re-energizes the bond that you share and gives you real quality time to share great conversations about absolutely anything. Lots of time, no interruptions and fun all packed into a few days.

Girlfriends. Sisters. Daughters.
You’ll find that you can also enjoy this kind of time out from daily life with sisters, daughters, nieces, granddaughters. Stroll along San Antonio’s colorful River Walk.Who would you like to reconnect with on a more personal basis?

Where Can You Go? What Can You Do?
Discover a new city. Shop. Visit museums and cultural exhibits. See a Broadway show or a production at The Guthrie. Enjoy a destination spa. Find those quaint little shops that are loaded with treasures. Hang out at the beach. Tour some wineries. Take a sightseeing tour of a new city. Treat yourself to an exotic cuisine or a spectacularly elegeant restaurant experience. It really doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you can relax and enjoy it together.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. junglejamie  |  January 5, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Great site Tish! I wish I’d found it last year when I was in NYC.

    Reply

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