Pack your bags, girls. Here is Ker & Downey’s guide to the top Insta-worthy destinations for your next luxury girl’s trip.
Last year I celebrated 20 years of friendship with my girlfriends. As often as we can, we like to take a girl’s trip together for a little R&R and talk like we were just three girls in high school hanging out on a Friday night. I treasure that time together; it’s good for our souls.
Because we all have small children, we stayed a little closer to home this year, choosing to head to the mountains in Colorado for hiking, dips in the hot springs, and delicious meals, but we are already planning our big international girl’s trip. We’re thinking wine, a little sightseeing, rest, and more wine in Italy. Whether you choose to stay close to home or pull out the passport, we have you covered with ideas for your next girl’s getaway, from wineries to shopping to dusty adventures.
Farmhouse Inn, Sonoma County, California
Before Fixer Upper, there was the Farmhouse Inn in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The boutique bed and breakfast in California wine country is owned by brother and sister duo Catherine and Joe Bartolomei, whose winemaking family history spans five generations. Make plans to spend more than a long weekend here so you can get a chance to soak in all the Farmhouse Inn has to offer, including a Michelin-starred restaurant, full-service spa, and wine tours in Sonoma and Napa.
Mix the best of the city, country, and beach in Portugal. Grab a pastel de nata – a crispy, buttery pastry cup filled with an eggy custard and topped with cinnamon and powdered sugar – at the iconic Pasteis de Belem before taking day trips to sip local Vino Porto in the Douro Valley, the world’s first designated wine region; or to Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost region. With a mild Mediterranean climate, crystal blue waters, and over 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s quickly becoming a travel hotspot.
Mii Amo Spa, Sedona, Arizona
For pampering, look no further than the Mii Amo Spa in Sedona, a sister property of one of our favorite American Southwest destinations – Enchantment Resort. Set among the red rocks of Arizona, it took the top spot in 2018’s Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards for domestic spas. The destination spa offers three-, four-, and seven-night all-inclusive retreats, perfect for the weary mom that needs to renew her soul and spirit with her girlfriends.
We can’t talk about girl’s trips without mentioning France. In the famous words of Audrey Hepburn, “Paris is always a good idea.” With the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and patisseries, the iconic City of Light doesn’t get more ideal. Spend the day strolling around Montmartre, sightseeing, shopping in Parisian boutiques and chatting the days away at sidewalk cafes with your girlfriends.
Argentina has it all – chic cities, beautiful countryside, and wine. The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is known as the “Paris of South America.” It’s an ideal spot to start any girl’s trip to Argentina, but don’t stop there. Continue to Mendoza, one of South America’s most productive wine regions, known for its “good sunshine and good wine.” Book a stay at The Vine Resort & Spa. It is surrounded by 1,500 acres of vineyards and has earned a spot on every “Best,” “It,” “Hot,” and “Top” List out there.
Charleston, South Carolina
For some Southern charm, head to Charleston with your girlfriends. The jewel of South Carolina was just voted the number one city in the United States by Travel + Leisure readers and for good reason. The Southern city is packed with must-see sites like plantations lined with live oaks, the colorful homes of Rainbow Row, Riley Waterfront Park, and City Market. Add in its flourishing food scene, historic landmarks, and shopping on King Street, and you’ve got the recipe for one fantastic girl’s getaway.
Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
Nothing brings people closer than going through a trial together. For the ultimate test of endurance, and to strengthen the bonds of friendship, hike Mount Kilimanjaro together. Head up the Rongai Route. It’s a slow ascent to the roof of Africa with the highest success rate.
If Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again had you dreaming of a girl’s trip to the Greek Isles, you are not alone. Sailing, sunning, and island hopping between Greece’s 6,000 islands is what girl’s trip dreams are made of. Think blue skies above, blue waters below, and any number of Insta-worthy photo ops with your girlfriends.