Here Are Our 30++ Best Girls Trips This Spring And Summer

Ready to get away with the girls but unsure where to go and if you should make the time? Well, it turns out spending time with friends releases a friendly little thing called oxytocin, a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter helping to decrease stress, increase relaxation, and enhance psychological stability.

So pack your bags, ladies! If you didn’t have enough reasons for a trip with your gal pals, now you do – it’s time for a medically mandated girls getaway.

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Below we’ll share the nine best trips based on how you and your girls are looking to spend your getaway – from vineyard hopping like a master somm to getting active and living la vida luxe, we’ve got you covered! Plus, we’ll give you options both near and far so planning the trip is a breeze no matter where you’re able to travel.

1For: Divine Decor & Designer Dreams

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Calling all design lovers! If you’re just looking to ooh and ahh over jaw dropping interior design or if you need real-time inspo for your own home makeover, this trip is for you!

You should checkout…
Nearby: The Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta, Georgia. Tours open this year on April 29 and run through May 23. This year’s home is an ode to French Art Deco style and is situated across from the beloved Chastain Park.
Not Too Far: To step back in time, visit the Newport Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Plan to spend at least 45-minutes in each of the eleven gilded age mansions to truly appreciate their unique opulence.
In This Country: To make a difference as you indulge in divine decor, travel to Palm Beach, Florida or Dallas, Texas for the Kips Bay Show House – all proceeds benefit the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club plus the local affiliate. The Palm Beach Show House is open now through May 9th and the Dallas one opens this fall.

2For: Living Your Best Island Life

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Just want to lounge on the beach, sip topical cocktails, maybe read a book, and be lulled to sleep by the sound of crashing waves? The island life is just what the doctor ordered.

You should go to…
: The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort or The Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort are no-brainer options.
Not Too Far: For something a bit more laid back, slightly further away, eco, and perhaps slightly rustic try The Lodge on Little St. Simmons in Georgia.
In This Country: Explore Santa Catalina Island off the coast of California southwest of LA. While you’re there, stay at Zane Gray Pueblo Hotel or at Hotel Metropole.
International: Let’s be honest, there are so many amazing islands all over the world that you and your gals could visit. Because you likely have a bucket list of island destinations, we’ll throw one your way that perhaps you haven’t heard of yet: Ibagari Boutique Hotel on the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras. Why is this place cool? Roatan is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world – yep, second only to the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Ibagari offers all of the best of island life from local cuisine to tropical excursions like snorkeling and more.

3For: De-Stressing & Re-Centering

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Ready to relax, restore, and rejuvenate? De-stress and re-center while you and the girls spend time at some of the best spa resorts in the world. The best part about these getaways is that they’re all surrounded by naturally stunning vistas and provide access to healthy menu options so you can feel good inside and out.

You should go to…
Nearby: Short on time or looking to stay close to Charlotte? Unwind at The Umstead just outside of Raleigh-Durham in Cary, NC or at Westglow Resort and Spa in Blowing Rock, NC.
Not Too Far: The Lodge at Woodloch in Hawley, PA is a great option if you’re able to venture out of NC. This luxe retreat is nestled in the Poconos and is an award-winning all-inclusive destination spa and resort. Be sure to checkout their speakers and events calendar so you can take your wellness retreat to the next level.
In This Country: The Southwest of the US has some epic rejuvenating resorts to choose from: Amangiri in Canyon Point, UT, The Enchantment in Sedona, AZ, and Ojo in Santa Fe, NM. Imagine daily spa rituals, hikes in stunning landscapes, and starlit dinners with the relaxing sounds of Navajo flute music.
International: If you and your gal pals are up for a trip anywhere on this planet, checkout Kamalaya in Thailand. This ultimate wellness retreat combines ancient Eastern healing traditions with Western medicine to deliver you and your friends a custom holistic escape.

4For: Vineyard Hopping Like a Master Somm

If this sounds like your gal pals…
“I make wine disappear. What’s your superpower?” or “I just rescued some wine. It was trapped in a bottle!” Then grab your closest winos and live life (ok, well live a long weekend) like a master sommelier.

You should go to…
Nearby: If you’re super short on time, keep it simple and spend an afternoon at Veronét Vineyards & Winery just a 37-minute drive from Charlotte. For something a little further but still super close, enjoy Chateau Elan Winery & Resort in Braselton, GA or Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC.
Not Too Far: We’re lucky that Virginia wine country is so good and so close. Head about four hours north and enjoy all of the many wonderful vineyards near Charlottesville, VA. Our hands down favorite is Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards and accommodations at Keswick Hall or at one of Stay Charlottesville‘s many properties will take your wine country trip to the next level.
In This Country: Want to venture beyond the East Coast for yummy sips? Head to California’s Napa Valley and/or Sonoma and treat yourself to a stay at Auberge du Soleil. Or, head to Oregon’s Willamette Valley end feel like you’re in Tuscany while staying at The Black Walnut Inn & Vineyard.
International: Italy is the obvious choice for a ladies trip to international wine country. Spain probably comes to your mind as well. So, to keep it interesting we’re proposing Portugal with a stay at Six Senses Douro Valley. Why? You’ll get access to historic wineries, a gourmet river cruise, the chance to be a winemaker for the day, and tastings with an on-site sommelier!

5For: Unplugging & Finding Perspective

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Ready to get off the grid, surround yourself with natural wonder, and regain perspective? Then perhaps glamping, or something close to it, is in order.

You should go to…
Nearby: Under Canvas offers safari-style glamping just a drive away from Charlotte in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Book a grouping of luxury tents outfitted with furniture from West Elm and prepare to relax under the stars.
Not Too Far: Like the idea of glamping but want something a little more air-tight than a tent? Checkout Autocamp‘s brand new location on Cape Cod. There you can stay in anything from a luxuriously outfitted Airstream to a version of a tiny home they call their Vista X Suite.
In This Country: Dunton in Dolores, Colorado offers two options for reconnecting with ourselves through nature – their River Camp with indulgent tent accommodations and their Hot Springs with exquisitely furnished hand-hewn log cabins. Journey here for the ultimate in secluded nature getaways nestled deep within the San Juan Mountains of the Colorado Rockies.
International: For an international trip sure to help you unplug, head towards Patagonia. While there, enjoy a stay at Correntoso Lake & River Hotel located in Argentina on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi in the shadows of the Andes. If staying in the world’s first geodesic dome is more your style, book an adventure at EcoCamp in Patagonia located within Torres del Paine National Park.

6For: Soaking in Local Culture

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Do you and your girls enjoy chatting with locals to get the insider’s scoop on places you visit? What about strolling through cobblestone streets and soaking in beautiful architecture? Then a culturally immersive getaway is your style!

You should go to…
Nearby: For a quick trip close to Charlotte, take your girl gang to Charleston, South Carolina. The city oozes history and culture. The Andrew Pinckney Inn offers classes with local artists so you can learn how to weave a basket using ancient Gullah practices. Plus you get to take home your basket when you’re done!
Not Too Far: New Orleans, Louisiana is an obvious choice not too incredibly far away. Stay in an 1830 Creole townhouse nestled in a quiet residential area of the French Quarter. At our accommodations pick, Soniat House, you’ll be surrounded by antiques, historic books, and unique objects d’art.
In This Country: To feel like you’re a world away, visit Tutka Bay Lodge in Alaska. You’ll find yourself on a private cove within a rugged 9-mile ancient glacial fjord. If you’d like something more mainland, head to New Mexico. You can’t go wrong in the Land of Enchantment when it comes to immersing yourself in culture. Opt to checkout Santa Fe or Taos – both cities have wonderful accommodation options.
International: Safari, anyone? What better way to immerse yourself in a totally different culture – that of the wild. Royal Chundu in Zambia is a an ultra luxe option located on the banks of the Zamezi River with Victoria Falls only 30km away.

7For: A Culinary Adventure

If this sounds like your gal pals…
Swapping recipes + watching cooking shows + eating great food = great girl time

You should go to…
Nearby: Salt Cooking School at Amelia Island Ritz
Not Too Far: Checkout Aurora Cooks! brought to you by Inns of Aurora in Aurora, New York for signature demonstrations, tasting experiences, and skills workshops.
In This Country: For something equally as cool as Aurora Cooks! but on the West Coast, visit Cavallo Point in Sausalito, California. Once there you’ll enjoy their on-site cooking school complete with private chef-led experiences for an evening of fine dining and exclusive tips.
International: It wouldn’t be fair to mention culinary adventures without a nod to France. In Paris, book three days in the kitchen with the chefs at Ritz Paris kitchens. If you’d rather visit the heart of the Tuscan countryside, head to Borgo Santo Pietro and surround yourself with Michelin-starred restaurants, an extensive working farm, and an on-site cooking school.

8For: Getting Active & Living La Vida Luxe

If this sounds like your gal pals…
A girls trip doesn’t mean we have to lay on the beach all day and then fall asleep during a massage! Let’s stay active, have fun, and be sure to pamper ourselves along the way.

You should go to…
: Head nearby to Brevard, North Carolina and enjoy a stay at Pilot Cove – you’ll be at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest and can hike and mountain bike until your heart’s content.
Not Too Far: For a trip slightly further away, stay at The Greenbrier and take day trips to explore our nation’s newest National Park, the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. If cycling’s what you love, book DuVine’s Blackberry Farm Bike Tour and spend a weekend cycling through Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains with evenings spent at the Relais & Châteaux property, Blackberry Farm.
In This Country: To stay in the world’s first five-star guest ranch, travel no further than Montana. There you’ll stay at The Ranch at Rock Creek and enjoy all kinds of incredible activities no matter the season.
International: Aro Ha in New Zealand is a multi-award winning retreat designed to regenerate your body and mind. Begin your days watching the sunrise over the mountains during a morning vinyasa followed by guided exploration of subalpine trails.

9For: Finding Your Inner Artist

If this sounds like your gal pals…
You and the girls enjoy strolls through local art galleries, chatting with artists as they work their craft, and perhaps giving artistic pursuits a try yourself.

You should checkout…
: Without leaving North Carolina, explore 30 miles of handmade pottery along NC’s Pottery Highway (aka Highway 705). Stay at Holly Inn as you explore the tiny hamlet of Seagrove and be sure to checkout the Seagrove Pottery Gallery to see more than 100 local and regional potters – talk about a one stop shop!
In This Country: At the Four Seasons Resort in Hualalai, Hawaii you and your friends can embrace your inner photographer by attending workshops led by legendary National Geographic photographer Joe McNally. How could it get any better? Well, you get to take home professional-quality photographs to frame and hang in your home!
International: If you can go anywhere, enjoy the arts scene in Madrid, Spain by staying at Mandarin Oriental Ritz. With luxe accommodations as your Madrid basecamp, you’ll be able to explore the nearby Museo Nacional del Prado along with many other iconic artsy attractions.

ENJOY your trip.

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