Trip ideas for girls to spend their weekends
1. Watch Hill, Rhode Island
You’re never too old for sleepover parties, especially when they take place at the Watch Hill Inn’s Lilly Pulitzer Suite. Call up all your sorority sisters for a weekend getaway in the seaside hotel’s cheerfully decorated room. Décor courtesy of the resort brand includes exclusive Lilly Pulitzer Bedding, Lilly Pulitzer bar accessories, and Lilly Pulitzer beach totes you can take with you when the fun is done. But if this sounds too much like your sorority house days, there are some grown-up perks, too, like a gas-burning fireplace, a fully equipped stainless steel kitchen, and a goose-down king-size bed. Spend your day riding one of the inn’s limited edition Lilly Pulitzer x Martone bicycles to the beach and around town, then head back to your suite for a killer view of the sunset over Little Narragansett Bay from your own private terrace.
2. Huntington Beach, California
Head up the coast a bit from family-friendly Newport Beach for another oceanfront town that’s perfect for girls’ looking for a little slice of carefree California life. Book a stay at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy the brand-new main pool with luxury cabanas complete with flat-screen TVs and personal refrigerators that you can stock with all your favorite essentials (rose all day!). Then head down the beach for surf classes with Toes on the Noes instructors or a beach yoga class right on the sand.
3. Sedona, Arizona
Sedona is one of those places in the U.S. that can make you feel like you’re not just in another country, but on another planet. It doesn’t really matter where you stay, because you’re going to spend a huge chunk of your time outside, hiking the famous Red Rocks, horseback riding through Dead Horse Ranch State Park, or sightseeing cool local spots like the Chapel of the Holy Cross, Montezuma Castle, and the Palatki Ruins. But to sleep, you can’d go wrong at L’Auberge de Sedona, with rooms offering epic panoramas of the incredible scenery.
This Caribbean escape averages 82°F year-round, which makes it perfect for a girls’ getaway literally any time you’re craving white sand beaches, palm trees, and chill ~island vibes~. The Palm Beach strip boasts hotels galore, but if you’re looking to really indulge on a rare long weekend away from work/husbands/kids/responsibilities, you’ll want to set up camp at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba. When you’re not on the five-star resort’s beach, go HAM on relaxation at the 15,000 square foot spa, where you can get island-inspired face and body treatments like the Dushi Tera massage, designed to reveal glowing skin and remove toxins. You’ll want to make time to sip on a Cadushi (Cactus) Cocktail (or two) on the Divi Bar and Lounge Terrace, where you’ll be treated to stunning sunset views. At night, try your luck at the hotel’s on-site casino, where your crew can set up a private casino clinic — and try to win enough money to come back the next weekend.
5. Willamette Valley, Oregon
Napa where? Just one hour south of Portland is another, lesser-known (and less crowded) valley renowned for its wineries (there are 500 of them), and it’s exactly where you and your friends want to go when you’re looking for a relaxed getaway where you can still drink…a lot. It was named the Wine Region of the Year in 2016, and it’s famous for it’s pinot noir. The top wineries to hit: Stoller Family Estate, if not for the pinot and chardonnay, then definitely for the solar-powered, sun-drenched tasting room; Raptor Ridge Winery, because the 360° views are truly breathtaking; and Willamette Valley Vinyards, where you can get 4 pairings of wine and food for just $20. As for where to stay, scroll through Airbnb for some truly unique rental options (like this incredible treehouse or this rustic tiny home).