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6 reasons to plan a girls-only getaway and where to go

No boys allowed! It’s time for a girlfriends’ getaway.

Traveling with your besties is memories, giggles, and good natured gossip. Whether it’s on a mountaintop, at a spa, or in a city, it’s no stress and guaranteed laughter.

Here are six resorts that make for wonderful ladies trip:

Mid-Week Skiing: Wintergreen Resort

Grab your girlfriends and sneak away mid-week for a ski trip to Wintergreen Resort. The mid-week Ski & Ride More gives you eight extra hours on the slopes and includes lodging, lift tickets valid from 9a.m. day of arrival until 5p.m. day of departure. Package equipment options start and end with your lift ticket, allowing you to pick up the equipment the evening of arrival and avoid the morning rush. Also with equipment rental you will receive 50 percent off group lessons. More importantly Wintergreen Resort has SNOWPOWER, one of the world’s most sophisticated snowmaking systems to help Mother Nature. And there’s plenty of seasonal dining for you while on the mountain. Stop for hot chocolate, pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, soup, beer, and heart-warming mixed beverages.

Unattached Love Celebration: Smyth

If you’re unattached and want to celebrate with your BFF, book the “Shack Up with Smyth” package in New York. The Smyth, a Thompson Hotel knows what you need - a bottle of Moet Champagne on arrival, a late-night ice-cream delivery to your room, a curated anti-love playlist, a customized spa experience booked by their concierge such as an in-room massage, or a thermal spa experience at neighboring AIRE, and a “Broken Arrow” cocktail in a dark corner at Andre Carmellini’s in-house Evening Bar. Located in Tribeca spend some time at the high-end shops, go shopping at chic SoHo boutiques, dine at one of many awesome restaurants, or, only two subway stops away, hit the theater district.

Spa Weekend: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

What could be better than hanging with girlfriends at a luxurious spa. No worries – no makeup. It’s all about you. Nemacolin’s Woodlands Spa, a 32,000 square foot building has 40 treatment rooms including three couple’s rooms perfect for girlfriends. The spa offers nearly 100 innovative treatments including massages, body scrubs and wraps, hydrotherapy, body kurs, facials and skin care, manicures, and pedicures. Treatments vary from 25 minutes to two hours. Want a swim, a sauna, a soak in the whirlpool, and a dip in the mineral pool or a walk in Water Path? You can do that too. Of course, don’t forget to stretch out in the relaxation room and you don’t even have to leave to eat. In the spa, Elements Café serves healthy food. Nemacolin’s amenities don’t end at the spa. So check it out and sign me up! Go with the spa package or customize your own treatments.

Wellness Retreats: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Maybe you want more than just hanging with your buds. Why not learn about nutrition, exercise, or just how to relax? Afterwards you can support each other. Nemacolin has its Fitness Adventure Retreat February 12-16. The retreat includes luxurious overnight accommodations at Falling Rock, breakfast, two-three group fitness sessions per day, 90-minute nutrition workshop, and 120-minute group fun session. Learn about fitness training and what to eat in order to fuel for performance and lifestyle.

Thinking Ahead for Wellness: Bedford Springs

Plan ahead for a wellness trip to Omni Bedford Springs June 9-10 (bookable in March). It will be run by Lisa Consiglio Ryan, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, CEO of Whole Health Designs, a clean eating lifestyle, and author of the award winning cookbook, Go Clean, Sexy You, a seasonal, holistic guide to healthy eating.

Just Because: Charleston

Charleston makes the list of one of the top cities for a girlfriends’ getaways all the time. It’s charming, historic, a gourmet’s delight, and has high-end boutiques, and more. Belmond Charleston Place is offering its Fit Friendship Package. With this package you don’t have to abandon your workout or fitness goals to enjoy a history-rich foodie getaway in Charleston. The package includes two nights’ accommodations, gourmet dinner at Charleston Grill, a wine and cheese welcome amenity, and a two-hour private cross training session with stops and “sets” at some of Charleston’s most renowned sites. (Promo code “friendship") Short direct flights from DCA, BWI, and IAD.

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