When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. When life offers you a team of women who support you and make you laugh and smile more than you ever thought possible – well, you go on vacation together, of course.
There’s no shortage of stress in our world, and it’s been scientifically proven (really!) That spending time with our best friends makes us happier and healthier. Whether it’s old friends or new friends, a getaway for mom with no kids, traveling with sisters or cousins - when it comes time with girls – the possibilities are endless.
These 10 cities and hotels will give you and your daughters lifelong memories, so call your tribe and start packing. It’s time for the ladies to hit the road and take flight.
1. Nashville, Tennessee
The drinking city with a music problem. From boozy brunches to bars on Broadway, there is no shortage of good times in the City of Music. Plan the perfect Nashville getaway with friends by visiting Honky Tonk Highway, where institutions like Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge serve up cool longnecks and country music. Taste the heat at Prince’s Hot Chicken – a quirky in town. And catch a songwriter show at the famous Bluebird Cafe.
Where to stay: With a sweatshop-inspired lounge featuring local artists and songwriters seven nights a week, the Indigo Nashville hotel sets the tone downtown. Get the party started the moment you check in with the hotel’s Nashville Whiskey Package, which includes in-room accommodations and two drinks from the hotel’s signature cocktail menu.
2. Key West, Florida
Not yet ready to take an international flight, but dreaming of a vacation on a tropical island? Look no further than the southernmost point of the continental United States The charming little town of Key West is full of everything from department stores to blue water adventures like snorkeling, diving, catamaran and fishing . Start the weekend by walking through the welcoming neighborhoods of Key West or enjoying the all-day happy hour that is Duval Street (on foot or by bike!). And after a long day of oceanside outings, soak up the sun with a slice of lime pie – a staple – at Key West Key Lime Pie Co.
Where to stay:
Spanning a lush landscaped campus in the heart of Old Town – and named after famed painter and summer resident Winslow Homer – Kimpton Key West Winslow Bungalows feature three private pools, an outdoor bar and lively gardens. Guests are greeted with an alcoholic drink on arrival (compliments of the house!) Relaxation.
3. Bozeman, Montana
The rare combination of adventure and tranquility. Explore the great outdoors with epic hikes in the Hyalite Canyon and Big Sky Recreation Area, just 16 miles from Bozeman. Mix it up with rafting, ziplining, kayaking or horseback riding. Then, relax downtown with great restaurants, shops, wine bars, and live entertainment.
Where to stay:
A destination like no other in the Big Sky Country, Bozeman’s influence is felt throughout the interior of the Kimpton Armory Hotel – originally designed by prolific Bozeman architect Fred Fielding Willson and built in 1941 to house the Bozeman National Guard. Taking inspiration from the natural panorama of the area itself, you can take in the mountain or night sky views from the hotel’s rooftop pool and sample local treats, as well as a selection of beers, wines. and spirits from the region’s distilleries and breweries for an hour for an unforgettable stay.
4. Napa Valley, California
Balloon rides, wine country, five-star shops and restaurants? Yes, Napa Valley literally has all the essentials covered for the ultimate girls’ trip. Start your weekend in Instagram’s wine heaven, like Artesa Vineyards & Winery (which served as the backdrop for the movie Wine Country starring Amy Poehler) and indulge in award-winning wines and artisan cheeses while taking photos of captivating fountains and panoramic views. And end it with a breathtaking hot air balloon ride over the hills and vineyards of Napa. Because let’s be honest – there is so much to visit that this is the next best option!
Where to stay:
Located in the heart of the iconic wine country, the Indigo Napa Valley hotel is perfectly located to enjoy downtown attractions and nearby wineries. The hotel offers several places to hang out with friends and recap the day, including a heated outdoor pool with hot tub and a bar with a roaring fireplace, perfect for a cool fall night.
5. Sedona, Arizona
Sipping and spa-ing or hiking and biking – Sedona is ready for you and the girls – whether you’re looking for a rowdy or restful weekend. Start your trip with a tour of Sedona’s wineries followed by a day of spa recovery (there’s no shortage of them!). Looking for something a little more adventurous? Hike or mountain bike along the Dry Creek Trail. Then, see the red rocks up close on an all-terrain jeep tour.
Where to stay: Nestled against the majestic beauty of iconic Bell Rock and just steps from the many wonders Sedona has to offer, the Holiday Inn Express Sedona – Oak Creek is the perfect choice. Here you can take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Arizona, paired with great amenities and a free breakfast to feed the girls for a day of exploring, all at a great price for a memorable stay.
6. Paris, France
“Say yes to the new possibilities! – if the story of a certain lady living her best life in Paris doesn’t get the juice from your trip – we don’t know what will. From classic bistros with red leather-lined banquettes and famous art museums like the Louvre (which houses the Mona Lisa), the Eiffel Tower and the Palace of Versailles, the possibilities are endless in the City of Light.
Where to stay:
For a truly chic Parisian stay, the brand new Kimpton St Honoré Paris is located in the heart of the city’s Opera district and a short walk from Place Vendôme, the Paris Opera, Faubourg Saint Honoré and the Garden of the Tuileries. Influenced by the Art Deco scene of the 1930s, the rooms are inspired by Parisian apartments with balconies and bay windows.
7. Lisbon, Portugal
Surrounded by seven hills overlooking the Rio Tejo, Lisbon is an ideal destination in Europe. The city is filled with cobbled, labyrinth-shaped lanes merged with ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The surrounding hills mean that wherever you are in the city there is a 360 ° view of the rolling countryside. A must-have snack with the girls is bacalhau in Bras, a local specialty that consists of grated cod with onions, eggs and potatoes and can be found in almost every corner of the city.
Where to stay: Holiday Inn Express Lisbon – Av. Liberdade is the best base for exploring this city. With a free breakfast included in the price of your stay, you can ensure you and the girls are well fed for a day of exploring. The hotel is within walking distance of the Marquês de Pombal metro station and just a five-minute drive from the nightlife district of Bairro Alto, which is full of lively cafes and fado bars.
8. Venice, Italy
From palaces to squares, gondolas to ice creams and canals to carnival – there is no destination as magical as Venice. Filled with beauty and world-famous sites, it’s no surprise that this city of 55,000 people attracts millions of annual visitors. Despite its immense popularity, there are still corners of the city to be discovered, such as the district of Sant’Elena. Sant’Elena is a global hub of modern art and culture, close to the Venice International Film Festival and Murano glassworks.
Where to stay: The Indigo Venice – Sant’Elena hotel is located in the heart of the iconic Italian city, next to the Rio Sant’Elena canal. A former 1930s monastery, the hotel is a peaceful sanctuary reflecting its past heritage that exudes an almost spiritual calm and is the perfect place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of St. Mark’s Square. The hotel also has a private garden, a rarity in Venice, where you and the girls can sit and enjoy a refreshing cocktail and relax after a day of exploring.
9. Prague, Czech Republic
Known as the city of a hundred spiers, Prague is the perfect destination if you are looking for an enchanting vacation full of history and architecture. Top attractions include the famous Charles Bridge, historic Prague Castle, the Old Town Astronomical Clock, and the Art Nouveau Dancing House. After a full day of adventure, Prague is full of pubs and breweries.
Where to stay:
Offering beautiful city views, Holiday Inn Prague Congress Center is located opposite the historic Vysehrad district with its 10th century castle and close to the river in Vysehrad Park. Book a steamboat cruise and stroll along the Vltava River while admiring the iconic Prague skyline.
10. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Iconic canals, cobbled streets, and age-old charm make Amsterdam appealing to travelers of all kinds. With so much to do, planning a girl’s trip to Amsterdam can be overwhelming. But we have a solution – canal cruise – it’s the best way to see all that “Venice of the North” has to offer. Or do like the locals and cycle! It’s a great way to see the city. Two “must-sees” during the visit? Discover ‘sunflowers’ at the Van Gogh Museum (after all, he was born in the city!)
Where to stay:
With a unique Located on the Amstel River, the InterContinental Amstel Amsterdam is for those seeking refined luxury and ultimate hospitality. The hotel is located in the heart of the city and offers a magnificent view with exclusive river boats to explore the historic canals of the city. Do you prefer to enjoy the view of the water from the mainland? The hotel bar has a riverside terrace, where you and the girls can enjoy Amsterdam neighborhood-inspired drinks mixed with premium Dutch spirits.
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