Doesn’t it seem like the minutes, hours, and days quickly roll into weeks, months and years lately? Yes, we could just be happy with our weekends at home, both short and long, to recharge and revive our spirits, but why not a REAL break from the day-in, day-out with your crew? We have got a few ideas for you that spark creativity and passion and incite curiosity and discovery right here in the continental United States. Maybe you have been to a couple of these locales before but with your crew in tow, it will be a whole other experience!
Whatever name you call this Georgia city – ATL, Hotlanta, “The A” – Atlanta will make you and your girls honorary peaches before you leave. Start with some history at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Then let out big screams as you relive your youth on the roller coasters of Six Flags Over Atlanta. Spend a day at the High Museum of Art then Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens for some man made and natural beauty. Move effortlessly into dinner at James Beard Award winning chef Linton Hopkins’ newest restaurant, Linton’s, right inside of the Botanical Gardens. Regale away at all you have enjoyed together in this city. You will soon call it “The A+”!
It’s Vegas baby! You either go big or stay home. Whether you are a gambler or not, you will be a winner in this desert oasis. Spend the day on a luxurious helicopter or rugged ATV tour or at the nearby Grand Canyon. You have never been closer to this national treasure while with this group of friends. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World…aren’t you one too? For evenings in Vegas, “dinner and a show” take on a whole new meaning. Dinner prepared by Michelin starred chefs and awe inspiring shows from Cirque du Soleil, magicians, comedians and top recording artists. Even the spirit of ‘the Purple One’ lives on in Vegas at Purple Reign, The Prince Tribute Show where, for the last ten years, artist Jason Tenner takes fans through a live version of the iconic film. The joy that happens in Vegas certainly won’t stay in Vegas!
We would be steering you wrong if the first thing we told you to do in New Orleans was not eat to copious amounts of great Cajun and Creole foods made from fresh local ingredients. The list of places to enjoy these foods is long but with some proper planning, forgiving clothing and a “laissez les bons temps rouler” (“let the good times roll”) attitude, there should be nothing to stop your social set. Then once you have fed your stomachs, fill someone else’s heart by volunteering a day with a reputable organization to rebuild homes and communities in this gift of a city. It does take a village. Why not bring yours to NOLA?
No one in your group will be denying some requisite beach time in Miami from the popular South Beach up the coast to the Sunny Isles Beach and everywhere in between. The Atlantic Ocean’s warm blue waters will welcome you with open arms. And when you are not sun bathing, shopping, dining out and club hopping there is art – great art! Take a new view of Miami through the artists and their works from the street art of Wynwood Walls to the Perez Art Museum Miami to the largest international modern and contemporary art fair, Art Basel (December 1-4, 2016). Paint your own friendship masterpiece in Miami!
We are sure you have romped through the crystal blue waters and sipped on a libation or two while in at least one Caribbean island. However, what you might not know is there are thousands of other islands of the Caribbean to be explored. Venture beyond your boundaries to the southern most parts of these archipelagos like the islands off the coast of Columbia, South America or Barbados and Martinique to taste some of the finest rums in the world. And now with Cuba opening there is no island not to be enjoyed. Rinse and repeat until your heart’s desire!
So the next time you’re planning a girlfriend getaway to any of these or any other locations, check out Hilton Hotels. Their portfolio of 13 world-class global brands includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts and Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton and Homewood Suites by Hilton to name a few. And if you are a Hilton HHonors member, booking directly through preferred Hilton channels provide access to benefits including preferred pricing, free standard Wi-Fi, as well as digital amenities that are available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton HHonors app, where HHonors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. Visit www.Hilton.com to book your next girlfriends getaway!