Magazine article Working Mother

Gal-Pal Getaway

Magazine article Working Mother

Gal-Pal Getaway

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FOR: GLAMPING

FIRELIGHT CAMPS

Ithaca, NY

The Deal: The Premium Girls Glamping Package gets you and three friends a two-night weekend stay on the grounds of La Tourelle hotel and spa, starting at $469 per person. You get continental breakfast at the camps, seats on Experience! The Finger Lakes full-day wine tour, and $20 toward wine. You'll also get a drink at wine hour at the camp, a $50 gift certificate toward a group dinner at a restaurant in town and a $100-per-person spa credit at August Moon Spa on property.

Why We Love It: Sleep outdoors, without sacrificing comfort, in safari tents on big beds with high-quality sheets. Wake up to birds chirping before you head to the outdoor lobby for breakfast. Need to freshen up? It's a two-minute walk to a bathhouse with toilets and showers. In the afternoon, visit a nearby vineyard or explore Buttermilk Falls State Park's nature trails and waterfalls. At sundown, gather by the camp's fire pit to mingle with guests, and for $5, make s'mores. Then, walk to John Thomas Steakhouse for a filling dinner. Since the tents are built on an elevated platform, you can end the night stargazing from your private balcony facing the park.

FOR: FUN IN THE SUN

LONG BAY BEACH CLUB

Tortola, British Virgin Islands

The Deal: For $215 per night, you and your bestie get a beachfront cabana with a king-size bed; stay three nights or more to receive complimentary snorkel equipment for one day and 25 percent off spa services at the resort throughout your stay. Want a free upgrade? Call 866-237-3491 and say the secret phrase, "girls getaway offer," to get a deluxe beachfront room with two double beds, depending on availability. Don't forget your passport!

Why We Love It: Tortola is one connecting flight away from most cities, and this resort is located on a mile-long white-sand beach. Crowds are thin in late September, even though temps are in the comfortable low 80s and the worst of hurricane season is over by then. During the day, relax by the beach on the hotel's lounge chairs or go snorkeling at Smuggler's Cove next door. Or try a two-anda-half-hour island tour ($45 for two) to learn about Tortola's sugar-industry history, and shop at a marina. In the evenings, indulge in seafood and Caribbean-European dishes at 1748, the hotel's beachfront restaurant. …

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