Something Special for Readers

Occasionally, I am able to offer a special discount, extra consideration or a downright terrific airfare to my readers. While they’ll always be mentioned in the posts, all will live under this page for easy reference on the right sidebar. So enjoy and take advantage of these offers on your girlfriend getaways. By the way, these special offers are absolutely not quid pro quo –I invite the offers after I have had a good experience at the shop or hotel. And many thanks to the shops, hotels, other vendors and Midwest Airlines for making these special available.

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  • 1. Kelly Dore  |  October 20, 2006 at 10:39 am

    How about Milwaukee?

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  • 2. tish  |  October 20, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Kelly — I’ll be covering Milwaukee in the next few weeks and will have at least one or two special deals for readers. After all, Milwaukee has evolved into a versatile destination city.

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  • 3. Basia  |  October 25, 2006 at 1:02 am

    The girls are looking for a warm weather getaway from Milwaukee in mid February. Any recomendations besides from San Antonio?

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  • 4. Anne  |  November 1, 2006 at 4:19 pm

    How about getaways for women traveling alone? I recently lost my husband, haven’t taken a trip in 3 years, and feel a need to get away … by myself

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  • 5. tish  |  November 1, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Basia — How about San Diego or Los Angeles — or somewhere in between those two cities? Phoenix offers a number of great options including Scottsdale, Tucson and Sedona (the red rock area). I like all three, but found Sedona to be a most interesting area. It has become a well-respected arts community with more than 300 local artists. Another side to Sedona is the awesome energy said to be generated through the many natural vortex sites that dot the area. Those who value natural healing, meditation and spiritual rejuvenation bask in the invisible energy of these sites. Maybe that’s worth exploring in the winter.

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  • 6. tish  |  November 1, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Anne — If you don’t mind traveling alone, then you would be comfortable in most any destination. I think Minneapolis and Kansas City are terrific — for arts, theatre, music and shopping. Of course, both have a wide array of spas for some personal pampering. Minneapolis has some nice street-level shopping areas just outside the city — St. Louis Park, 50th and France and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. All make lovely excursions. The light rail system makes it very easy to get from the airport to the Mall of America and all the way downtown to Nicollet Mall. For those little excursions outside the city, I’d say “cab it.”

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  • 7. tish  |  November 2, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    Basia — You may also consider Atlanta — the weather should be comfortable there in February — great shopping, dining, resorts. But don’t overlook Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa or Ft. Myers area in early February. Depends on what kind of activities you’d like to plan — shopping, relaxing, beaches, whatever. But the Florida destinations come into peak season around Presidents’ weekend, so I’d recommend an early February trip. Hope this helps.

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  • 8. Mandy  |  November 7, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    Have you any ideas for Washington DC? Or perhaps Fredericksburg VA?

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  • 9. Sheila  |  November 13, 2006 at 5:55 pm

    San Francisco? When is Midwest gonna start flying there from MKE again!

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  • 10. tish  |  November 15, 2006 at 10:12 am

    Mandy — your inquiry was right on target. I just launched a Washington series yesterday. Did not get to Fredericksburg, VA, however. But I did find fun things to do in DC.
    Thanks for reading my blog.

    tish

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  • 11. tish  |  November 20, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    Anne — Just discovered this post on the Gutsy Traveler that focuses on safety when a woman travels alone. Thought you might find a few helpful tips.

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  • 12. Kim  |  January 11, 2007 at 3:07 am

    Hi Tish,

    My friend and I are looking for a vacation spot for 3 or 4 days. I am a grad student in Minneapolis, and she is working in Atlanta. We’ve both done Florida many times and are looking for something new. Any suggestions for two people on a limited budget?

    Thanks.

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  • 13. tish  |  January 11, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Kim — Tell me a bit more about what you like to do and when you want to travel. (Jan/Feb/Spring break???) Such as trendy shopping, spa, music or theatre, beach, waterfront in general, casinos, historic sightseeing, general sightseeing, winter sports, art museums????? Also what kind of budget are you envisioning? $100/night/person — $50/night/person???? Reply here or e-mail me your preferences and I’ll get some ideas and information together for you.
    Tish

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  • 14. Doris Sheldon  |  March 1, 2007 at 7:21 pm

    I travel often to visit my out of state children (they pay airfare)
    but I hesitate to travel and vacation alone since my husband’s death three years ago. I’ve looked into Elderhostel but the places I would like to visit leave gaps in transportation that I am unsure about. I also have quite a few Midwest Miles accumulated. (I picked up a copy of Today’s Wisconsin Woman and was pleasantly surprised to find your website.)

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  • 15. Adrianne  |  March 26, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Anything on Midwest Airliness out of KCI to MCO? I’m planning a reunion at Disney World and we need all the savings we can get! I enjoyed reading about your trip to New York. That’s where I’d like to go next! Thank you.

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  • 16. Adrianne  |  March 26, 2007 at 1:24 pm

    Sorry…we are traveling Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2007. Thanks again!

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  • 17. tish  |  March 26, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    Adrianne —
    We have two nonstop flights a day between Kansas City and Orlando. Our Signature Service (2-by-2 wide leather seating throughout the Boeing 717 aircraft. Adjustable headrest and footrest as well.). Very comfortable way to fly. I’ll be visiting Orlando in early May and will be writing some posts about what to see and do around that area.

    You can check out the fares here. Also watch Midwest’s Deals Page for fare specials or subscribe to Midwest’s weekly e-mail that gives you fare specials as they are announced. Sign up for that on this page.
    tish

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  • 18. Sarah  |  April 22, 2007 at 9:11 pm

    Hi! I am desperately trying to find a way to get a discount at Wildcatter Ranch. My husband and I are going to DFW for my birthday May 3rd-7th and we would love to stay there, but it’s too expensive! Can you help??? : )

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  • 19. tish  |  April 23, 2007 at 8:46 am

    Sarah –
    Sorry, I have no “pull” at Wildcatter Ranch. Have you called them to talk about rates? My friend and I thought their rates were very reasonable based on what you get for your money. Top-drawer accommodations. A very nice continental breakfast. Wonderful pool and hot tub. A reasonably-priced, but excellent onsite restaurant. Fabulous view of this 4,000 acre ranch from your room. Talk to them about off-season and what rates might be then. May be worth postponing your birthday trip.

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  • 20. Barb  |  May 21, 2007 at 1:33 pm

    Hey Tish
    Love your articles in Wisconsin Woman-
    do you know about the Foods of New York tours?
    Definitely a must- covers either Soho, Chelsea market
    or Greenvich village- you get to walk, eat and hear the
    history with a guide for about 3hrs.
    Would be glad to set you up on your next visit.
    Barb

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  • 21. Donna  |  July 16, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    Just found your site. I am turning 40 next summer (2008) and really want a girls trip to celebrate. I live in Tulsa and have friends here and in Central Illinois that I want to join me on this jaunt. I’m thinking about 8 of us total. If there is airfare they’ll pay but I’d like to pick up lodging such as a condo or flat rental. Anything come to mind? Midwest would be convenient but other locations are open since I want a new experience. Really trying to think outside the box here!

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  • 22. jalayne  |  September 13, 2007 at 10:39 am

    Hi Tish-first time to your blog—it’s great—my husb and i have vacation from 9/22-9/30—we live in central WI so can leave from MKE, MSP, MSN, ORD or any others in area—our son was in hosp at Mayo for 8 wks this summer and i stayed they whole time so my travel budget is almost zilch—-any ideas—i really need to get away—though about Toronto–you mentioned bead stores—are these for making jewelry or sewing? i make jewelry and that would be right up my alley
    thanks have a great day!
    jalayne

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  • 23. tish  |  September 13, 2007 at 12:21 pm

    JALAYNE—

    If you’re on a tight budget, I’d recommend Kansas City. Read my posts — there’s a lot to do and it’s pretty inexpensive. Our car rentals have been about $9/day (plus $13 or so taxes/fees). Many attractions/museums are free. Even street parking is free. BBQ is great. 4 casinos if you feel lucky. Lots of blues music. Several nice shopping areas. NASCAR and other sports venues.

    San Antonio was also very reasonable. We stayed at a nice B&B that was inexpensive. A short walk to the Riverwalk and the downtown area. Strolling the Riverwalk, stopping at a cafe for a drink and appetizer if very fun.

    Toronto is big with lots of areas that are interesting. We cut our hotel budget by going for a 4-star hotel on Priceline. Got a Westin, I believe, for $85/night. Can’t remember much about the bead shops, but sewing stores seem everywhere. Toronto has a great surface streetcar system, plus an easy-to-use subway system around downtown. No need for a car. We did a lot of walking. Also there is Underground Toronto under most of the city, along with the subway. Lots of shopping down there. Didn’t get to explore it all, but what we saw was very nice.

    Charlotte may be a good choice this time of year. It’s new service for Midwest with an intro fare of $198/nonstop/roundtrip. You’d need a car. The leaves should start turning mid September. Short drive to the mountains, to Hickory (furniture mart country), to small towns with craftspeople.

    Hope this helps. Have a great time.

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  • 24. Mary  |  September 25, 2007 at 4:28 pm

    My daughter is 17 and we are looking for somewhere to go in mid March. We have thought about New York, but it is so expensive. Also, Toronto because we would love to be able to see a play. Any other suggestions for mother-daughter trips?

    Thanks.

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  • 25. Pj  |  November 5, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    Tish, Please help. I am trying to help our small group of young ladies plan a nice weekend get-away for January. They (we) had our hopes set on the Mall of America and I just noticed that the $153 special will end November 17th. It will be apprx 10 people traveling from Milwaukee on a small budget. What can you suggest.

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  • 26. tish  |  November 12, 2007 at 2:46 pm

    PJ —
    Good News! We will be extending the group offer to Minneapolis through next Spring. Our people are working on the deal now and I’ll get it posted as soon as it’s finalized.

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  • 27. Catina Wood  |  January 28, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    A group of woman are trying to go on a nice cruise or to a island.
    Can you help us out we would like to go the end of June 2008

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  • 28. Pam Malone  |  February 10, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    I wondered how the Brighton Inspired luggage held up now that you’ve had time to try it out? Am interested in purchasing some for myself. Thanks!

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  • 29. tish  |  February 11, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Pam —
    I love my Brighton-inspired luggage. I think I’ve had it about a year now, have used it on every trip and it holds up very well. A few nicks in the small round plastic trim at the corners, but it is a very small area, nothing much. Also the bag holds a lot more than it looks like it could. I can pack several outfits, cosmetics, a pair of shoes, etc. By the way, it’s expandable. Zippers, handles work fine. If you can find it, I think you’ll love it, too.

    Would you let me know if you find a set, where and how much you paid? Thanks much.

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  • 30. Maria  |  March 11, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    Hi, Looking for a getaway for 6 girlfriends. One has been unemployed for awhile so $$ is a consideration. We would like warmth. Don’t want to spend too much time in airports and wouldn’t be opposed to driving. I live in Rochester, 1 lives in NJ, 3 in DE and 1 in VA. Any ideas?

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  • 31. Peg Fennig  |  June 22, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    i am eagerly awaiting your review of your tour of Ten Chimneys in Genesee Depot

    Peg

    I was the “Shadow” on your tour.

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