Friends bring out the best in us, and our circles often include a range of characters, each complementing us in different ways. For your next friend-session, here’s a thought: suggest a trip inspired by your bestie’s style and enjoy the ride together. The team at Benchmark Resorts & Hotels has put together four different travel ideas to get the girlfriend getaway started:
She’s Bold, Like Her Whiskey
At La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, monthly Women & Whiskey events spotlight not just the dark spirit, but the roles women play in the whiskey business. It’s an opportunity for whiskey lovers to deep dive into the popular beverage and for newer whiskey drinkers to learn about its history and nuances. The master class runs for one hour, followed by a three-hour Whiskey Social Hour, all for $40 a person.
Beyond the whiskey glass, girlfriends can enliven their sense of smell, taste, touch, sound and vision with the new 5 Senses experience at La Cantera’s Loma de Vida Spa. For almost three hours, guests enjoy the taste of locally crafted tea, the calming sounds of guided meditation, a customized polish bar in the outdoor shower, and the aromas of therapeutic essential oil blends during a massage.
She’s Pretty Fly
For outdoor adventurers, The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa is a fresh-air dream in the heart of Vermont’s Green Mountains. The resort has deep ties to the Orvis family, who founded the Orvis Company in Manchester. Just minutes from the resort you’ll find their Fly Fishing program, a great place for both beginners and experienced sports(wo)men to get instruction. During the one-day fly fishing class ($279 per person), you’ll learn the basics or improve your casting technique, and come away with the knowledge and know-how to cast like a seasoned angler. The class uses the school’s fully-stocked casting pond and can also make use of the famed Battenkill River nearby. After a day by the water, grab drinks and sit by the fire pit of Falcon Bar, enjoying the live music that plays on the weekend.
She Likes Tradition, With a Twist
Ladies that love the tradition of high tea but want something with a modern twist will love Boston Harbor Hotel, a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond-rated urban resort. Girlfriends will find the hotel’s iconic tea and sandwiches experience includes some updated offerings, like the signature gingery and vodka-based Aphrodite’s Potion topped with prosecco and rose buds. Offered fall through spring, this experience is paired with sweeping views of the Boston Harbor creating a wonderful sensory experience in one of the country’s most iconic cities.
She’s Got Style
For a different take on time with girlfriends, La Quinta Resort & Club will arrange a private shopping experience at one of its boutique shops, Audrey’s & Citrus, pulling out the stops with a bottle of sparkling wine and the dedicated attention of a stylist. Not to miss is the Ramy Brook line, which features designs directly inspired by and named for La Quinta. The resort is set on 45 lush acres at the base of the gorgeous Santa Rosa Mountains, offering plenty of “Instagrammable” backdrops for a fit check. Or head offsite to Joshua Tree National Park, just 30 miles away, for another epic backdrop.