5 Women-Only Getaways You Need This Summer
This summer set out on a happy, carefree trip with Anna Crowe, who brings you 5 happy places to visit.
If you’re anything like my gal pals and me, getaways tend to blossom over one too many glasses of wine on Wednesday while surfing Pinterest and daydreaming of a new travel-worthy destination. In the summer months, we worship the lazy beach days and outside BBQs. It’s time to enjoy everything this sunshine has to offer!
Coming up, in an ode to the summertime, we’ve put together a list of our happy places to visit. From whale watching in Sydney to dancin’ to bluegrass in Louisville, grab your Corona and lime… nirvana awaits!
1. Louisville, Kentucky
Stateside, if you’re among the whiskey-obsessed (guilty!) The Kentucky Bluegrass Bourbon Experience is the best. 3 full days of bands, bar-b-q and bourbon. Tour Louisville’s Whiskey Row and celebrate the birthplace of Evan Williams’ first commercial distillery, which is the second-best bourbon in the world. Along Whiskey Row, you’ll find Four Roses, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark and others.
While in Louisville, check out who’s playing at The Headliner, a very small, yet historic, known-to-locals venue for hosting artists of all genres. The intimacy of a concert or play in this venue/bar is an experience you’ll remember. Then snag a room in the middle of downtown at 21c Museum Hotel. Book your reservations early for their award winning restaurant, Proof On Main. If the weather cooperates, head over to the Garage Bar for a beer and outside seating after dinner.
2. Natadola Bay, Fiji
Need a week off from everyday life to escape to a sunnier, beach place? Jet off to Natadola Bay in glorious Fiji. Just saying the word Fiji triggers that “Om” relaxation affect. Known for it’s full-service luxury spa and tranquil setting, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa allows you to unwind with a 5-day spa journey. Throw on your fluffy robe and slippers for 20 minutes of meditation and your body will feel re-energized. I’m feeling relaxed already. If you can manage to leave your hotel room, hit up the local golf courses. Fiji’s coral coast is famous for its Pacific Ocean views rolling across the golf course.
3. Sydney, Australia
There are so many reasons you should chase winter Down Under. Mostly because it’s Australia’s winter and the tourists hotspots are less crowded, making it ideal to visit Sydney. Winter in Australia is anything but a buzzkill (insert a “Woo!” and high-five hand gesture here). Stay at the Ibis Sydney World Square where nearly 200 rooms overlook the CDB in a contemporary-style hotel. Only 90 minutes from the Blue Mountains and little over 30 minutes to the best whale watching spot at Kamay Botany Bay National Park, this is the time to visit the land of Oz. If you’re downtown on a Saturday, hop on a 3-hour craft beer tour to visit some of the best local pubs and eateries. Say hi to David for me.
4. Orlando, Florida
If Sydney’s cold winter has you wishing you were somewhere in Florida, then join me in Orlando! The laid-back city of Orlando is located in central Florida making it just an hour’s drive to Daytona Beach or Cape Canaveral. For evening entertainment, and the highlight of the weekend, head to EPCOT and drink around the world—World Showcase that is. If you’ve never experienced EPCOT’s World Showcase, it is a mile-plus walk around a lagoon with 11 internationally themed pavilions filled with delicious food and drinks authentic to the country it represents. Drink ale from a Viking helmet mug and follow it up with a margarita from Mexico. Sample a little bit of everything as you walk around enjoying the scenery and shopping.
For a real meal, you won’t be disappointed with any of the choices around the showcase or Future World section of EPCOT. Top off the evening viewing the closing fireworks and laser show, known as Illuminations, Reflections of Earth. Stay at a hotel within walking distance of the parks or check out the Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista hotel located on Palm Parkway to score a shuttle service to and from the parks.
5. Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Whoever said fairytales don’t exist has obviously never been to Carmel-by-the-Sea. On top of a picturesque white-sand beach, Carmel is a quaint European-style village with the appearance of coming out of a beautifully illustrated book. Gather your friends and visit one of the numerous wine tasting rooms, wine bars and bottle shops, or purchase a “Carmel Wine Walk By-the-Sea” passport and get a little taste everywhere in town.
Hungry? You won’t be for long. Carmel boasts cuisines from all over the world, but with no chain restaurants, so dining is a new experience with every meal. I recommend staying at the newest boutique hotel, La Playa Carmel, which is nestled near the artsy shops and cafes in downtown.
Now that you’ve had time to bask in the life-affirming glow of summertime, which spot will you hit up next? Send me a postcard.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Meet Anna, the lady beyond Hello Oceanside blog. She draws her inspiration from breakfast pizza and Yogi tea quotes found in her daily cup. On a quest for the next big thing in life, Anna explores the world of dining, destinations, and music to find a whole new level of Instagram-worthy pictures.