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Ten Glory Girl Getaways in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – Glory girls of all ages will love Virginia’s unique getaways.   Beautiful accommodations, from mountain top resorts to quaint seaside cottages, make Virginia a glorious getaway for lifelong friends.  These ten trip ideas are ideal for women who are passionate about quality time with their sisters, mothers and best friends in Virginia.

A Shopper’s Paradise - Glory girls can indulge their every whim on a girlfriends’ getaway in Williamsburg. It’s a shopper’s paradise, with upscale boutiques in Colonial Williamsburg and more than 150 designer outlets at Prime Outlets of Williamsburg - not to mention a Yankee Candle flag ship store! Refresh and relax with healing methods influenced by Native Americans, English settlers and African women at the brand-new Spa of Colonial Williamsburg.  Finish the journey with a glass of Governor’s White at the lovely Williamsburg Winery before laughing the night away in a suite at the new Wedmore Place or the fine Governor’s Inn at Colonial Williamsburg.

Treasure Hunters Heaven - Browse through dozens of one-of-a-kind boutiques, jewelry shops and art galleries in charming downtown Leesburg in Northern Virginia.  Stop for a bite at one of the many tempting local restaurants before rounding up bargains at nearby Corner Premium Outlets - home to over 100 stores. Enjoy wine tastings at Loudoun County’s 16 wineries before getting pampered at nearby Lansdowne Resort’s Spa Minerale.

Virginia Spas – Virginia spas provide world class treatments without journeying to far away places.   At Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville, purify your skin with sea salt, sea mud and seaweed. The Inn Spa, nestled in Warrenton is a European spa featuring a refreshing International Water Bar. Soak in heated hot tubs overlooking the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains at Wintergreen Resort. Unlock sweetness with chocolate decadence body treatments at Founders Inn. Indulge in the historic pampering of the Homestead Resort in the Shenandoah Valley or opt for the Kingsmill Sampler at Kingsmill Resort and Spa near Williamsburg.

House and Garden Tour– Girlfriends will want to step through the gates of some of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens and more than 250 homes and historic landmarks during Virginia’s annual Historic Garden Week.  Historic Garden Week is called “America’s Largest Open House.”  This week of color and grandeur happens every April and will celebrate 75 years as the oldest and largest statewide garden week in the country in 2012.

Action Seekers – For adventurous women who love to cast a fly, catch a trophy trout, hunt a deer or just get things moving, Virginia will fulfill passions for new adventures. Take a fly-fishing class on the Dan River, at Primland Resort or a sport-hunting class in South Hill. Get moving along one of the picturesque hiking trails in Shenandoah National Park before gathering back at one of the park’s historic cabins for a night of laughter, memories and fun.

Dirty Dancing Wannabes –Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray created magic in the movie “Dirty Dancing.”   Travelers can recapture that magic at Mountain Lake where the movie "Dirty Dancing" was filmed. Perfect the mamba with dancing lessons, wow friends with Dirty Dancing trivia, and enjoy outdoor fun with excellent hiking trails.  Old friends and new will have “the time of their life.”

Girlfriends Golf Escape – Best friends are elevating their golf games at some of Virginia’s finest golf destinations.  Experience golf courses with some of the country’s best classic designs and modern layouts.  From the famed courses in Northern Virginia to the waterfront links at courses along Virginia’s eastern edge, golfing gals are just a few minutes away from a an unforgettable round.

Surf’s Up! For girlfriends who are ready to hang ten, Virginia Beach’s surf camps are for you.   Former surf pros teach beginning surfers how to stand on the board, dive under waves and surf whitewater.  Ask the pros from Billabong and Quiksilver about the all-girls camps. Virginia Beach will host the East Coast Surfing Championships, the second oldest continuously-run surfing contest in the world next August.

Jefferson Girlfriends Getaway – Step into the life of luxury during a girlfriend’s getaway at

Richmond’s Jefferson Hotel.  This AAA five-diamond, hotel delivers one of the world’s finest hotel experiences, including pampering, dining and entertainment.  After a massage, manicure and pedicure, visit Carytown, Richmond’s Mile of Style, or area shopping malls. Take a cooking class at Mise en Place in Shockoe Slip, and visit James River Cellars for a sampling of some of Central Virginia’s wine.

Chincoteague and Assateague Islands Adventure – These sister islands at the Northern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore is a perfect getaway for fun minded friends who enjoy the land and the water. Summer visitors can enjoy pristine beaches or go for a little walk up the beach and find solitude. From bird watching, swimming, fishing, crabbing or boating, the Chincoteague, Assateague area is a perfect place to get away from it all and strengthen the bonds of friendship.

Ready to plan a getaway for glory girls?  Visit www.Virginia.org and find the places that are perfect to reconnect with your friends for life.

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