Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hangover Cures from Around the World

New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and with it, the inevitable New Year’s Day hangover. Instead of the usual sipping on Bloody Marys (or lying holed up in a dark room), here are six hangover cures that span the globe.

St. Barth
The folks at Sibarth have a St. Barth secret. Don’t go to sleep. Instead, wait until the bakery in St. Jean is opening and beg for a hot, buttery croissant at the side door. Eat it, then walk across to the beach and jump in the sea!

Cape Town
Chef Reuben Riffel of One & Only Cape Town gave us a recipe for a South African concoction – and it isn’t hair of the dog! Mix 1 cup chilled rooibos tea, ½ cup ginger ale, and 1 oz lemongrass syrup and top up with soda water and a dash of angostura bitters.

Santa Fe
Inn on the Alameda has the Southwestern way to start a rough day – a big old green chile cheeseburger! The fat of the burger is a classic method, and the green chile is the local wake up device.

The experts at Nantucket Island Resorts know that whether it’s July or January, nothing cures a hangover faster than a swim in Nantucket Sound followed by a trip to Brant Point Grill for a Lobster Bloody Mary for a little hair of the dog and some sustenance – the 18-inch skewer packed with lobster meat (plus lemons, olives, and heirloom tomatoes) will surely do the trick.

If coffee is the cure, then surely the rarest and most expensive coffee in the world would be the best hangover cure!  Anantara Golden Triangle has just that: Elephant Dung Coffee, or properly called Black Ivory Coffee.  In short, an elephant eats a coffee bean, the coffee bean spends time in the elephants digestive system and then the elephant deposits the bean, which is picked out by the mahouts and their wives (thinking through this part will not help the hangover!). When roasted, the resulting beans sell for around $1,100 a kilogram with eight percent of all sales donated to the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation. So helping out while helping yourself!

If the epic scenery in the Maldives isn’t enough to cure any ailment, Naladhu’s own coconut grove provides its guests with fresh coconut water.Hydration is key to helping a hangover and often water is not enough. Coconut water however has natural electrolytes and more potassium than a banana!

At Sea
On Crystal Cruises, the best way to rid the body of toxins is to get an Elemis Cellutox Aroma Seaweed Wrap. The ingredients will detoxify, decongest, and stimulate the body systems with or without a full body massage.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

WPCV 97.5 Update with The Getaway Girl®

Thrilled that I got a chance to catch up and chat with my wonderful friend Andrea Oliver, News Director for Hall Radio Communications in Lakeland, FL.  The interview will air on Sunday, December 9th on WPCV 97.5 FM and WWRZ 98.3 FM at 8:00 AM.

Get all the Girls Getaway Guide news about our "12 Days til Christmas" Getaway Giveaway and the Getaway Girl Foundation

To listen online, click here.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

GRAND PRIZE: Win a Girls Getaway to Cancun

Located in Cancun, Mexico, the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort features a vast beach, overlooking the Caribbean Sea, is where the simple elegance of traditional Mexican hospitality shines brightly, reflected in the smiles of guests, the kindness of staff and the exquisite interlaced pools, all among swaying palms, butterflies and tropical blooms.

What Makes Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Unique?
  • A 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.
  • Luxurious Spa with 39 treatment rooms, including a Golden Suite.
  • NOIR Nightclub for up to 300 guests with a VIP section.
  • A Flowrider to try your surfing skills.
  • Wired Teens Lounge.
  • Sky Bar.
  • High-end in room CHI amenities, including bath products, hair dryer and a flat iron in all room categories.
  • Premium spirits including: Johnny Walker (Black label), Grey Goose vodka and Don Julio tequila.
On Dec. 18, the Girls Getaway Guide will give away its Grand Prize for the 6th Annual '12 Days til Christmas' Getaway Giveaway that include a 4-night stay at the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort.  Enter for your chance to win this fabulous Girls Getaway to Cancun valued at $2,368 at Girls Getaway Guide

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Clearwater Beach

Feel the warm gulf breeze, gaze out at the azure sea and let the sublime feeling of complete relaxation wash over you as you step into the welcoming lobby of our remarkable Clearwater Beach hotel and resort. Balanced between the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the picturesque Intracoastal Waterway, the only waterfront Hyatt on Florida’s west coast is inspired by classic yet contemporary West Indies style. Luxuriate in Sandava Spa, golf on championship courses, or relax in exclusivity in one of our 20 state-of-the-art, climate controlled cabanas bordering the pool. The perfect personification of indulgence, each cabana is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access, a high definition flat screen TV and a secluded veranda. When it’s time to retire for the evening, every guestroom is a suite including walk-out balconies with water views and sought-after amenities. Layers of luxury reveal themselves in details like plush pillows and pampering linens on your Hyatt Grand BedTM, and fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The epitome of luxury and world-class amenities await you with Hyatt ambassadors offering authentic hospitality at Hyatt Regency Clearwater Resort and Spa.

A you can win your very own Girls Getaway to the Hyatt by entering to win a two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite valued at $1,500.  Enter online now at Girls Getaway Guide.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Getaway Girl Foundation - Daytime TV Sho

With its mission "to empower women of all ages, cultures and diversity through travel and related opportunities to transform their perspective, self-confidence and quality of life," The Getaway Girl Foundation has been launched.  

Watch this Daytime TV Show segment to learn more. 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Win a Girls Holiday Getaway to ICE!

Sun-drenched and spectacular, Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center brings excitement to life through world-class restaurants, dynamic on-site recreation, and breathtakingly beautiful gardens under glass. The signature atriums, tropical and lush, recreate three Florida environments, immersing you in the sights and sounds that make the Sunshine State a top vacation destination. From the gently rising mists of the Everglades, to the funky and vibrant island revelry of Key West, to the Spanish-infused, old-world charm of St. Augustine, you'll delight in these unique Florida-themed settings

With more than two million twinkling lights, an amazing 54-foot-tall Christmas tree, heartwarming visits with Santa, captivating musical events, and exclusive holiday events and attractions for you and your entire family, Gaylord Palms offers some of the most distinctive holiday entertainment you can imagine.

On Dec. 13, the Girls Getaway Guide's 6th Annual '12 Days til Christmas' Getaway Giveaway will give away a 2-night Christmassy Dreamworks Experience package at the Gaylord that includes 2-night room accommodations, unlimited visits to ICE!, Shrekfeast, character meet & greet and more all valued at $1,000.  Enter now to win at Girls Getaway Guide.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Longboat Key

Cedars Tennis Resort, a luxury vacation rental resort on Longboat Key only a few miles away from Sarasota, Florida offers world-class facilities, magnificent beaches and tropical sunsets. Guests enjoy an unforgettable Florida Vacation in spacious town homes perfect for a Girls Getaway. A junior Olympic swimming pool with Tiki bar, fitness center, fishing pier, bicycle availability, provide activities to suit every mood.

The newly renovated clubhouse features a restaurant with full bar for a casual dining experience. For those wishing to venture out can cycle or stroll along beach pathways or explore our gorgeous landscaped grounds and walkways. Nature lovers enjoy kayaking through Sarasota bay. Boat rentals and fishing trips along the gulf coast can be arranged. Sarasota and St. Armands Circle offer some of the finest shopping, dining and cultural places in Florida.

On Dec. 16 we will be giving away a 5-night stay in a one or two bedroom unit plus a $50 gift certificate from Chiles Restaurant Group with nearby locations.  Enter online to win this incredible Girls Getaway package valued at $1,475 at Girls Getaway Guide.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Maui

Overlooking the cobalt-blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, The Westin Maui Resort & Spa on legendary Ka’anapali Beach is the perfect island resort for an inspiring Hawaiian vacation. With its beachfront setting, magnificent aquatic playground with five pools and tropical gardens, this Maui hotel appeals to honeymooners and families alike. From uplifting renewal at the Heavenly Spa to world-class dining in oceanfront restaurants, cultural fun, golfing and watersport adventures - the choices are endless.

Experience two nights of island paradise at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa for two people with fitness classes at the Mind & Body Studio.  On Dec. 15 we will give this fantastic trip away that's valued at $1,300.  Enter online to win today at Girls Getaway Guide.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Orlando

Exciting is one way to describe what's new at Rosen Centre Hotel. The lobby has a distinct new vibe. Stroll further and your senses will be tempted by two incredible new restaurants—98Forty Tapas & Tequila and Banshoo Sushi Bar.  Beyond that, the hotel's skybridge connection to Orlando’s 2.1 million sq. ft. convention center, new guestrooms and suites and free in-room Internet are all new additions. And new The Spa at Rosen Centre will provide a chic sanctuary to unwind at the end of the day.

On Dec. 12, one lucky winner will win a one-night stay in a deluxe room with two 50-minute spa treatments.  This could be you!  Enter online to win at Girls Getaway Guide.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Turks & Caicos

A mere seventy-five minute flight from Miami, the Turks and Caicos Islands are the ultimate getaway from the stresses and strains of everyday life. This British Crown colony has all the modern conveniences with none of the hassles. Blessed with over 230 miles of exquisite white sand beaches, oceans of breathtaking turquoise waters, magnificent coral reefs, and enchanting island people.

On exquisite Grace Bay Beach, along a wide, immaculate, white beach, Ocean Club Resorts await you. It is here where land and sea, relaxation and recreation, grand style and simple elegance converge in perfect harmony. Ocean Club and Ocean Club West are directly on the beach, less than a mile apart and within a fifteen-minute walk on the beach from each other. Guests can enjoy all facilities, amenities and dining delights of both resorts in a relaxed and casual convivial atmosphere.  Named a “World's Best" By Travel + Leisure readers, ranking among the Caribbean's Top 25 Resorts. 

On Dec. 14 we will give away a 2-night stay in a two-bedroom deluxe suite to the resort valued at $1,250.    Enter online to win this and other vacation prizes at Girls Getaway Guide.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Win a Girls Spa Getaway to Orlando

Vacations at Rosen Shingle Creek are like no other.  An extensive array of activities ensures that there truly is something for each of our guests to enjoy. Choose from four shimmering pools, championship golf—or perhaps an exciting game of sand volleyball followed by a soothing massage.

On Dec. 11 we will give away a 1-night stay in a luxury deluxe guest room at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek and two 50-minute spa treatments.  To enter for your chance to win this pampering prize, visit Girls Getaway Guide.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Win A Cross Country Skiing Girls Getaway to Idaho

Located in the center of the idyllic Teton Valley, Idaho, the Teton Springs Lodge & Spa raises the bar for accommodation options in the Teton Mountains. The hotel includes 37 one- and two-bedroom units plus 15 lodge rooms for a total of 52 hotel rooms; three, four and five bedroom luxury cabins; over 2,000 square-feet of meeting space. This all-season luxury resort brings an unprecedented lodging experience to the tranquil, upscale community, offering our guests the finest facilities and recreational options in the area.  The lodge's Stillwater Spa is the perfect place to unwind.

On Dec. 10, we are giving away a adventure-filled Girls Getaway to Idaho with two nights lodging at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa in a deluxe one-bedroom suite for 2-4 adults plus cross country skiing all valued at $600.

Enter online at Girls Getaway Guide for your chance to win.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway Shopping Spree

If you love to shop, this '12 Days til Christmas' Getaway Giveaway prize is for you!  On Dec. 9 we will give away a two-night stay at Orlando's Drury Inn and Suites with breakfast, plus a VIP Shopping Spree from Orlando Premium Outlets that includes a $250 gift card, VIP coupon book, VIP Platinum Passport & Chic Shopping Bag.  A total value of $550!

Enter online to win today at Girls Getaway Guide.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to the Bahamas

Bimini Sands Resort & Marina is located just 50 miles from Miami on the island of Bimini in the Bahamas.  The resort offers luxury condominiums along with a full service deepwater marina. The idyllic location features spectacular ocean views and secluded beaches within steps of the resort that features a full-service marina and excellent dining options.  The Activities & Recreation Department offers numerous Bimini tours and events including Kayaking Adventures, Boat Tours, Shark Excursions, Snorkeling Trips, Nature Walks, Outdoor Movies and even a Kids Club for the little ones.

We are giving away a Girls Getaway to the Bahamas with a two-night weekend stay for two to Bimini Sands Resort on Dec. 8.  All you have to do to win is enter online at Girls Getaway Guide.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Iconic Movie Hotels - Better TV Show

Some of the most iconic movies in Hollywood take place at some of the best hotels in the world. You can experience what you see on the big screen. 

The Getaway Girl, Casey Wohl helps check out a few famous hotels that you can check in to today on this Better TV Show segment

Monday, November 19, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to the U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix's leader in hospitality and value, the beautiful Hotel Caravelle sits quietly on the
waters edge in historic Christiansted and has donated a $500 Girls Getaway package to the Girls Getaway Guide to giveaway to one lucky winner on December 7.

This charming European-style hotel blends old world charm with modern amenities.  Experience all the advantages of a Caribbean resort without the crowds. The Hotel Caravelle's location is in the center of everything Christiansted has to offer. Enjoy the award-winning restaurant, RumRunners, and the variety of activities offered from your doorstep each day: sailing, fishing, snorkeling, sightseeing, and sunning and swimming at our pool.

Enjoy three nights deluxe hotel accommodation for double occupancy at Hotel Caravelle that sits on the waters edge in St. Croix. Donated by: Hotel Caravelle.  Enter online to win at Girls Getaway Guide

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Enter to win a Girls Getaway to Vero Beach, FL

How would you like to win your very own Girls Getaway to Vero Beach, FL and a stay at Gloria Estefan's Costa d' Este Beach Resort?  All you have to do is enter to win in the 6th Annual '12 Days til Christmas' Getaway Giveaway at Girls Getaway Guide.

Nestled on Florida’s east coast in the ocean-side community of Vero Beach lies an exquisite world-class retreat surrounded by white sand beaches and lush natural views. Specifically designed to pamper, relax and inspire, this Personal Luxury Resort that seamlessly blends Four-Star accommodations with an array of the finest amenities, eagerly awaits your arrival. With a prestigious location in one of America’s 100 best art towns known for its relaxed atmosphere, Costa d’Este provides an exclusive oceanfront haven accompanied by Benchmark’s renowned hospitality.

Getaway is valued at $375 and donated by Costa d'Este Beach Resort.  Enter online at Girls Getaway Guide.

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Getaway Girl's® 6th Annual "12 Days 'til Christmas" Getaway Giveaway

logo To help people enjoy the gift of travel, the Girls Getaway Guide® is pleased to announce The Getaway Girl's® sixth annual "12 Days 'til Christmas" holiday promotion.
 In an effort to help people beat the holiday madness and Leave Your Baggage at Home®, the Girls Getaway Guide® will host a countdown to the big day. Women everywhere can visit the Girls Getaway Guide® online at to sign up for thousands of dollars in fabulous giveaways, which are sure to provide welcome holiday cheer during this stressful time of year.  The winners will be selected on each of  the 12 business days starting Dec. 3. Every day leading up to Christmas, a terrific Girls Getaway Guide® prize will be given away to a randomly-selected entrant.

Many thanks to the following hotels, resorts and destinations that donated vacation prizes:
Arizona Tourism Travel Center
Bimini Sands Resort & Marina - Bahamas
Cedars Tennis Resort & Chiles Group - Longboat Key, FL   
Costa d'Este Beach Resort  - Vero Beach, FL            
Gaylord Palms Resort - Orlando, FL
Grove Park Inn - Asheville, NC
Hotel Caravelle - U.S. Virgin Islands                   
Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa
Ocean Club Resorts - Turks & Caicos
Orlando Premium Outlets                        
Orlando Rosen Centre
Palace Resorts - Cancun, Mexico
Quality Inn & Suites Lake Havasu - AZ
Rosen Shingle Creek - Orlando, FL
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa - Idaho                                                      
Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka'anapali Beach - Hawaii

To view the prize details and register to win, visit

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Submit Your Photo: Girls Getaway to Turk & Caicos

oceanclubentranceoceanclubsunoceanclubchairsThis month's Girlfriend Getaway photo was submitted by Ginya Carnahan who was one of the lucky winner's from last year's 5th Annual '12 Days til Christmas' Getaway Giveaway.  She writes:

"We landed in Providenciales after a pleasant hour and 20 minute flight.  The airport was tiny, but adequately equipped to perform the necessary customs functions before admitting us for our visit.  A crowd of folks was equally anxious to claim their bags, grab a cab and get their vacation started.
When we arrived at The Ocean Club, everything was in order and the staff welcomed us with friendly smiles.  'Action Jackson' escorted us to our suite, a neat-as-a-pin, spacious unit facing the most amazing beach and cove of turquoise water I had ever seen.  (I live in an area known for its beaches - but this one was truly exquisite!)

We ditched our city clothes, donned some shorts and headed for the Cabana Bar.  Our flight schedules had precluded any lunch and we were hungry.  Fish of the day - grouper caught that morning - was my choice and it was wonderful.  Fueled and up for adventure, we hit the beach - just a few short steps from the Cabana Bar.  I was mesmerized by the beach and the water - I hope that first vision of the beach will stay in my memory forever.  Just in case it fades, I took more than 400 photos during our 4-day stay.

The trip was just what the doctor ordered.  We slept late, indulged in some pampering, ate fabulous meals, shopped in the small stores and enjoyed each others company.  We both brought Kindles and spent many pleasant hours by the pool or on the beach - reading with our eyes closed!

I wish to thank Casey and her Girls Getaway Guide organization for this amazing trip.  And I encourage everyone out there to register for this year's 12-day Getaway Giveaway.  I want to enter again, but will restrain myself.  Someone else deserves to have a getaway experience like I did."

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Family Getaway to ICE!

Brrr! Do you feel that chill in the air? It’s time to bundle up in those cozy winter coats, hats and scarves and slip on over to Central Florida’s coolest one-of-a-kind 9-degree Christmas attraction: ICE! featuring DreamWorks Animation  SKG Inc.’s “Merry Madagascar” at Gaylord Palms. Celebrating its 10th year, ICE! is more fun than ever, exhibiting more than 20,000 square feet of hand-carved ice sculptures made of 2 million pounds of ice — including four incredible two-story ice slides. The adventure began Nov. 10 for people of all ages, and is open seven days a week.

I had the opportunity to take my family on a 'getaway' to see ICE!  On the trip: my brothers TJ & Marty, sister-in-law Merideth, nephews Maclyn (4) and Tommy (2.5), and niece/faux daughter Maura (1.5).  We had a blast decorating at Gingy's, seeing the ICE! exhibit, telling Santa what's on our Christmas list, having breakfast with Shrek, seeing all of the characters from Merry Madagascar at the VIP Pool Party, visiting the Relache Spa (for the big girls), watching the alligator feeding and hanging out at the resort's arcade.

ICE! at Gaylord Palms is a can’t-miss event for everyone this Christmas season. Whether you’re looking for something to do during the afternoon to ignite the holiday spirit or you’re a thrill-seeker in search of your next daring adventure, ICE! is for you. Additional activities offered around the resort free of charge include a massive 54-foot tall majestic Christmas tree lighting; live stage shows, including the spirited Luminescence – featuring The Edge Effect Christmas show; and the Polar Bear Pursuit Scavenger Hunt.

However, the best way to benefit from all that Gaylord Palms has to offer is to book a room and become immersed in the splendor of Christmas. Guests seeking a complete Christmas experience can purchase special “Christmassy DreamWorks Experience” packages starting at $189.99 per room, per night (for a three night stay)! Packages include unlimited visits to ICE! and a number of other activities, including a ShrekFeast Interactive Character Meal, and more!

You may feel a chill in the air, but you’ll feel warmth in your heart as you create wonderful holiday memories that last a lifetime.

ICE! is open daily through Jan. 1, 2013, including holidays. Ticket prices for children start at $9.99, and adult ticket prices start at $18.99. Florida Residents — Save an extra $4 per ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ICE! is presented by Coca-Cola.

Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746. For more information, visit or call 407-586-2000.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Asheville, NC

Enter to win this fabulous Girls Getaway to Asheville, NC and a stay at the historic Grove Park Inn.  The winner will be selected on December 5.

The Grove Park Inn is a nearly one hundred year old historic resort hotel on the western-facing slope of Sunset Mountain within the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Asheville, North Carolina. The Inn is a AAA Four-Diamond Hotel and has been since 2001. It serves as one of the most romantic places to stay on the eastern U.S. seaboard and has been visited by many United States' Presidents and other people of notoriety. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the hotel is an important example of the Arts and Crafts style. It also features a $44 million, 40,000-square-foot, modern sub-terranean spa, which placed #13 worldwide in Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Spas in 2008.

Valued at $350.  Donated by Grove Park Inn.  Enter at Girls Getaway Guide.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Happy Hour Effect

Now that the election is over and Sandy recovery efforts are underway, we have another stress to face – the holiday season. Between these big 3 events, we are in a very stressful transition period. But my friend, Kristen, has a new book out today that can help bring peace to this time of year – and it makes a great gift too! The Happy Hour Effect: 12 Secrets to Minimize Stress and Maximize Life is a resource guide and map that can be used throughout your life as your circumstances and needs change. Stress is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to take you down.

Kristen is a bestselling author and speaker who has shared her expertise in media across the country and has worked with everyone from celebrities in Hollywood to CEOs to kindergartners and everyone in between. Her stress-less ideas really work and her personal story of being widowed at age 31 with a new baby to where she is now is truly inspiring.

And if you buy Kristen’s book today, you will get free bonus gifts from me and other amazing wellness gurus valued at over $1000! Pretty awesome to get a super-powerful book you will use for the rest of your life AND get all the extra resources and bonuses too – for under $15!!

I encourage you to get a copy of the book for yourself and pick up an extra copy or two for your loved ones. It makes a perfect gift that is thoughtful, inspiring and inexpensive!

Go to to order the book and get all of the free bonus gifts valued at over $1000.

Thanks for helping spread positivity and wellness to the world! We need it during this crazy time!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Veterans Day Travel Deals - Daytime TV Show

The Getaway Girl Casey Wohl shares Veterans Day Travel Deals with Cyndi Edwards on the Daytime TV Show.

From mountains to the ocean, there are some great places to visit where active and retired military can save on fall vacations.

To watch the segment, click here.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Enter to win a Girls Getaway to Arizona

On December 4th, we will give away a two-night stay for two adults in your choice of either Sedona or Scottsdale (winner’s choice) valued at $300.

The state of Arizona is one that features a fantastic diversity of landscapes and areas of geological interest. North Arizona is famous for the Grand Canyon, a colorful chasm with steep rocky walls more than a mile deep and stretching some 277 miles alongside the Colorado River.

Donated by: Arizona Tourism Travel Center. Enter online to win at Girls Getaway Guide.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Haunted Hotels on the Daytime TV Show

If you like things that go bump in the night, famous haunted hotels dot the landscape across the United States and the world with ghostly stories to share. The halls of many historic hotels are rumored to host to more than just paying customers.

Whether you believe or not, one thing is certain - these friendly hauntings are sure to make for an unforgettable visit you'll remember for years.  The Getaway Girl, Casey Wohl, shares some of the spookiest haunted hotels for your next ‘ghostly’ visit on this Daytime TV Show segment.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Just Add 'ICE!" at the Gaylord Palms

Brrr! Do you feel that chill in the Florida air? It’s time to bundle up in those cozy winter coats, hats and scarves and slip on over to Central Florida’s coolest one-of-a-kind 9-degree Christmas attraction: ICE! featuring DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc.’s “Merry Madagascar” at Gaylord Palms. Celebrating its 10th year, ICE! is more fun than ever, exhibiting more than 20,000 square feet of hand-carved ice sculptures made of 2 million pounds of ice — including four incredible two-story ice slides. The adventure begins Nov. 10 for people of all ages, and is open seven days a week.

Prepare to be mesmerized by the vibrant color blast as you wander through the icy wonderland at your own pace. Relive the story of how Alex the Lion and his friends saved Christmas after Santa and his reindeer crash onto the island of Madagascar with this inspiring tribute to the unforgettable DreamWorks Animation TV classic “Merry Madagascar.”

Eleven vignettes showcase different scenes from the TV classic. Capture the charm of the “Florida Freezer” with characters such as Melman the Giraffe, the tallest sculpture, standing at 10 feet. Dare to disregard the pizzazz of the penguins. Not to disappoint, we’ve also got something for those thrill-seekers searching for a way to make their indelible mark. Enter a room featuring the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, St. Basil and the sphinx and plummet down one of four massive ice slides!

A team of 40 talented artisans traveled from Harbin, China, to work meticulously for more than a month to slice and shave 6,000 blocks of colored and clear ice, each weighing approximately 400 pounds, to carve this incredible experience. To illuminate their craftsmanship, they froze more than 1,000 LED light tubes into the attraction.

ICE! at Gaylord Palms is a can’t-miss event for everyone this Christmas season. Whether you’re looking for something to do during the afternoon to ignite the holiday spirit or you’re a thrill-seeker in search of your next daring adventure, ICE! is for you. Additional activities offered around the resort free of charge include a massive 54-foot tall majestic Christmas tree lighting; live stage shows, including the spirited Luminescence – featuring The Edge Effect Christmas show; and the Polar Bear Pursuit Scavenger Hunt.

ICE! is open daily from Nov. 10, 2012 through Jan. 1, 2013, including holidays. Ticket prices for children start at $9.99, and adult ticket prices start at $18.99. Florida Residents — Save an extra $4 per ticket. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to ICE! is presented by Coca-Cola.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Win a Girls Getaway to Lake Havasu, AZ

The getaway gift giving begins on December 3rd as the Girls Getaway Guide will award one lucky winner with a Girls Getaway to Lake Havasu, AZ. 

Lake Havasu is a water enthusiast's paradise and a desert lover's dream. With more than 350 days of sunshine per year, Lake Havasu City, Arizona is a great destination for outdoor recreation. Featuring 450 miles of stunning shoreline and breathtaking desert views, visitors will enjoy activities like water sports, fishing, skiing, kayaking and more.

Several shopping opportunities are just minutes from the hotel. A wide variety of restaurants, nightclubs, entertainment options and cocktail lounges are located in the surrounding area.

The winner will enjoy three day/two-night stay includes breakfast each morning and one dinner for two valued at $250.  Donated by: Quality Inn & Suites Lake Havasu.

Enter to win this and other travel prizes at Girls Getaway Guide.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Veteran's Day Travel Deals

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast.  Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school and many resorts offer incredible deals, which means there are some wonderful travel savings for our country's veterans that honor their service to the United States of America.  Here to share some of those great deals with us is The Getaway Girl, Casey Wohl.

West Virgnia
As they do every year, in honor of Veterans Day, The Elkhorn Inn & Theatre and Gillum House Bed-and-Breakfast in West Virginia are offering FREE lodging to our Military Veterans!   The Elkhorn Inn & Theatre in Landgraff, WV, is offering TWO nights FREE (November 11 & 12)  to US Military Veterans with ID. Max. 2 people per guest room; Continental Breakfast is included. The Elkhorn Inn also offers a 10% military discount on our guest room rates all year round for active duty and retired military personnel with ID and their families! (Dan is US Army Retired, and Elisse is an Official Artist for the US Coast Guard). Gillum House Bed-and-Breakfast in Shinnston, WV is offering THREE nights FREE for US Military Veterans with ID: November 10, 11 & 12, 2012. Max. 2 people per guest room; Breakfast is included. (Gillum House also offers year round  discounts to military, fireservice, and police personnel with ID; please call to enquire).
Gillum House Bed & Breakfast started "B & Bs For Vets" in 2008 in Shinnston, West Virginia. In 2010 it became an international program, with member inns providing a minimum of one guest room and breakfast on Veterans Day free of charge to anyone with a valid military or Veterans Administration ID and their companion. In 2010 over 900 bed & breakfasts in the USA, Canada, and Mexico provided rooms for active duty, retired military, and veterans with VA ID.

Branson, MO
America's largest Veterans Day celebration is held in the nation's most military, friendly golf town: Branson, MO. Veterans Homecoming Week in Branson is a seven-day tribute to active and retired military personnel which includes special events and discounts at area amenities from Nov. 5-11.

* Military members (active & retired) enjoy minimum 30% off of green fees at any of Branson's eight area golf courses now through the end of the year including Veterans Day. Branson is home to some of the state's best courses and rounds start at under $50 in many locations.

* Active and retired military are recognized at nearly every live show in Branson, in over 50 theaters in the region including Tony Orlando's Yellow Ribbon Salute to Veterans which includes the Yellow Ribbon Medal of Freedom presentation. There will also be a free "Veterans Are Special" show at the Hamner-Barber Theater, free lunch for Veterans at the Red Roof Mall and Radisson Hotel and lodging discounts for active and retired military at places such as Hidden Falls Log Cabin Rentals and Anchor Inn on the Lake Bed and Breakfast.

* A Patriotic Welcome to Veterans kicks off the week of activities which includes the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, WWII Big Band Dance, Veterans Day parade and reunions. Most of the special events during the seven-day tribute are free for military and their spouses and all present patriotic salutes to Veterans.
  Branson is within 500 miles of nearly every major US City in America's heartland, and is accessible via the Branson Airport, with direct flights from Houston, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver and other major cities.

Florida Keys
In recognition of the bravery and dedication of America's heroes, Hawks Cay Resort, located in the beautiful Florida Keys, is honoring military, fire and rescue, law enforcement and medical personnel through its Heroes Welcome Program. Now-November 18, the annual program features starting rates at just $99, special discounts on resort activities and a series of tribute events. A portion of proceeds of each room booked will benefit the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and, through a unique partnership with renowned artist Guy Harvey, additional charity organizations dedicated to assisting our heroes and their families.
* $99 is the starting rate for a hotel room and $198 for a villa
* This is a 40-50% discount on the regular rate during this time period 
* The offer is valid for active as well as retired military; however, all guests can receive a 20% discount by making a $2 donation to any of the supported charities
* A military ID or some sort of discharge paperwork is required
* For Heroes Welcome information or reservations, visit or call 1-888-313-5749. The highlight of the Heroes Welcome program is the resort's weekly "Heroes in Action" tribute ceremony that takes place every Saturday night at sunset around the Resort's famous Fire Pit. The heartwarming slideshow and video presentation features pictures provided by guests and iconic imagery that is followed by a lighting ceremony as a tribute to all fallen heroes and those currently in action. The evening continues with live music under the stars. Additional events planned throughout the program includes a touch-a-truck experience, fishing tournament and the resort's Down at the Docks celebration, a dockside evening event featuring Coast Guard demos, local vendors and live

Eagle Nest, New Mexico
Located about 100 miles northeast of Santa Fe in the mountains of New Mexico, the quaint town of Eagle Nest is just a few miles from were the gold-mining camp of Elizabethtown founded in 1867.
The historic Laguna Vista Lodge, Restaurant & Saloon dates back to the late 1890s and was built out of stolen railroad ties and on one of the routes of the Santa Fe Trail.  Calamity Jane’s historic restaurant is a culinary delight featuring authentic New Mexican and Southwestern cuisine and has received high marks from Frommer’s Travel Guide.  And the historic Saloon and former Gambling & Dance Hall was a favorite watering hole of the Lonesome Dove movie crew when they filmed in New Mexico.  You can find colorful locals and international tourists hanging out in the Saloon when you visit Eagle Nest.
The two-story lodge and nearby cabins offer comfortable accommodations close to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Park.  The Lodge is offering 50% off on rooms for all veterans on Veterans Day. It’s a great time to see the Fall Colors change during a nice, peaceful getaway.  Enjoy trout fishing almost out your back door, skiing and golf literally minutes away.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Cheers to Our "Weekend at the Waldorf"

The landmark Waldorf Astoria New York has been known as the epicenter of New York’s cultural, social and political life since it opened its famed doors in 1931. It is the preferred New York residence of heads-of-state, royalty, celebrities and corporate moguls, not to mention the New York home away from home for every sitting President since Herbert Hoover.

Not only was the hotel host to a slew of legends such as Marilyn Monroe, Cole Porter, and Frank Sinatra, it has also been the go to location for many major events throughout the years as it is home to New York City’s only four-story, two-tiered ballroom. Everything from Guy Lombardo’s annual New Year’s Eve Galas to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to the annual Peabody Awards have been celebrated in the Grand Ballroom. In addition, it is the New York City hotel of choice for movie press junkets with the ability to host numerous junkets at one time. Recent junkets include Friends with Kids, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and The Dictator.

We were fortunate enough to spend a fabulous weekend at the Waldorf complete with an incredible suite in the Towers.  High above Manhattan, on the upper floors of the Waldorf Astoria, exists a luxury Manhattan boutique hotel sure to satisfy the most discerning traveler.  The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York marries impeccable service and opulent amenities with residential-style luxury hotel accommodations as legendary as the guests who have stayed within.

On our first night, we dined at The Bull and Bear Steakhouse, which is one of the most historic and well-recognized bars in New York City.  This celebrated steakhouse offers signature chops with Prime Angus steaks as well as seafood. The next day we celebrated our 'Weekend at the Waldorf' with massages at the Guerlain Spa located on site at the Waldorf.

It was like stepping back in time as we enjoyed the history and luxury this hotel has to offer in this iconic city.  Many thanks to the exceptional staff who went above and beyond to ensure our stay we memorable.  And many thanks for the bubbly and festive welcome. 

Cheers to our Weekend at the Waldorf!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Road Trip Tips From The Getaway Girl®

Someone once told me that road trips are like childbirth.  Done right, they can one of the best things you will ever do.  Done wrong, and you are trapped in your own personal hell screaming “Whose idea was this?”

Before You Leave
Get Your Car Serviced & Cleaned Before You Depart
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Be sure and get your vehicle thoroughly serviced before you depart (and have it cleaned while it’s there too). Ask them the check your air pressure in all five tires (that’s right...the spare too), oil, wiper blades, belt and hose connections, tire pressure, turn signals, horn and headlights and make sure all of your fluids are full. 

Bring a Basic Repair Kit
Have a repair kit on hand for fixes you might be able to take care of yourself. At the very least, bring a few different sizes of regular and Phillips-head screwdrivers, jumper cables, vice grips, a tire iron, bottled water, fire extinguisher, first-aid kit, reflectors/flares and a roll of duct tape.

Join a Travel Club
If you're not already a member of a travel club, join one before you leave. There's always AAA, which has affiliates almost everywhere, the Better World Club or an auto club offered by your car's manufacturer.

Create and Map Out Your Itinerary
Determine how many days you have for travel and where you want to go, but don't simply plot out the fastest route from point A to point B. While major highways and interstates quickly whiz you from city to city, county roads afford the best sights and out-of-the-way attractions. Don't set an overly ambitious agenda.  Plan on a maximum of 5-6 hours per day behind the wheel.  Finally, take along a current paper map, in addition to any online directions or GPS systems. Each is a good backup to the other, as none is foolproof.

Skip the Junk Food
Roadside convenience stores are notorious for lousy food. If pork rinds and a Slurpee aren't your idea of a great road trip lunch, bring a cooler on your adventure. In the morning, fill it with ice and drop by a decent supermarket. The ice should keep things cool until the next morning, when you can refresh it. Then, when the munchies hit, at least you won't be insulting your body with food products whose ingredients were developed in a secret lab in New Jersey.

Dress Comfortably & Wear Easy On/Off Shoes
Since you will be sitting for a long period of time, comfort should be your top priority. Wear soft, roomy pieces in breathable fabric. Cotton blends and jersey are great options. Avoid items like jeans (the heavy denim may be uncomfortable and will take forever to dry if something is spilled on it) and light-colored clothing that will show dirt and stains easily.  Be prepared for weather changes by dressing in layers, but skip bulky items that will cause you to overheat in the car. Have a sweater and rain gear (such a light windbreaker) handy in case of inclement weather.  Comfortable slip on/off shoes will make stops easier.

During The Trip
Pay Attention to Gauges — and Watch the Road
The gauges on your vehicle aren't there just to make the dash look pretty. They're there for a reason: Eventually, something will go wrong — and the gauges might tip you off before it's too late.
And when your eyes aren't on the gauges, they should be on the road, not on the screen of your smartphone. Over the last decade, driver distraction has become one of the leading causes of accidents. Relax, listen to some music, enjoy the scenery, and save the cellphone calls for your next stop!

Don’t Be Afraid To Take Breaks
Whether it is for bathroom breaks, meals or sightseeing, make sure you take the time to stop and take a break from driving.  This is also a good time to stretch your muscles to prevent cramps.  When you stop, be sure to walk around and do some stretching exercises.  This will keep your blood flowing and keep you loose.

Stay Hydrated
As always, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, especially water.  Often people don’t want to drink too much so they don’t have to stop for the bathroom.  But staying hydrated will help keep you awake and alert.

Take Turns Driving
Don’t leave the driving (or the navigating) to the same person. There are health hazards in driving as it places stress on your mind and body with road rage, eye fatigue and night blindness, and road fatigue.  So, it is best to take turns; making sure each person has time to contribute to the trip in various ways. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

Girls Getaway to....Exotic Driving

If only I could drive at 109 MPH every day with no traffic in my would be so much easier!  So when I was asked to come test drive a $260,000 Ferrari at the Richard Petty Driving Experience in Orlando, I responded 'yes' immediately.

When you combine some of the world’s finest automobiles with a new track layout designed for drivers to experience the awe-inspiring acceleration, speed and handling of these high performance driving machines, you have “Exotic Driving Experience.”

Best known as owner and operator of Richard Petty Driving Experience, the worldwide leader in the stock car drive and ride business, Petty Holdings has applied its expertise in delivering safe, accessible, exciting automotive entertainment to develop an experience allowing anyone with a driver’s license the opportunity to get behind the wheel of a “supercar” – a rare class of automobiles.

Exotic Driving Experience features supercars by Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, and Porsche. Driving Experiences start at $169 for six laps around the circuit. Thrill Rides with a professional driver behind the wheel are available for $99.

Petty Holdings also constructed an interior road course-style section at Walt Disney World Speedway, specifically for Exotic Driving Experience, featuring a series of quick, challenging right and left-hand turns. Complete with barriers, fencing and rumble strips, this section replaces the frontstretch of the oval when the supercars are on track and, together with the backstretch, comprises another one-mile layout which has been named The Exotics Course at Walt Disney World® Speedway.  The layout allows drivers to experience rapid acceleration to high speeds on the backstretch of the oval and, when they come into the interior section, feel the incredible braking and handling characteristics of these exotic cars.

For Girls Getaways, entertainment, corporate outings, team building events or gifts, Exotic Driving Experience provides a unique, unforgettable thrill!  They also offer 'Ride Alongs' for Kids.  Videos and professional photos are taken, so you can show off your speed demon skills once you get home.  Reservations can be made at or by calling 855-822-0149.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Haunted Hotels for Halloween

If you like things that go bump in the night, famous haunted hotels dot the landscape across the United States and the world with ghostly stories to share. The halls of many historic hotels are rumored to host to more than just paying customers. Whether you believe or not, one thing is certain - these friendly hauntings are sure to make for an unforgettable visit you'll remember for years.  The Getaway Girl, Casey Wohl, shares some of the spookiest haunted hotels for your next ‘ghostly’ visit.

Estes Park, CO

The Stanley Hotel is one of the most haunted hotels in the nation. The property is a ghostly "hot spot." In addition to serving as the inspiration for Stephen King's "The Shining" during his stay in room 217 (one of the most spiritually active rooms), the property was also featured in several "Ghost Hunters" episodes. The Stanley even has its own on-staff paranormal investigator to monitor residual energy and serve as a concierge for the property's permanent guests.

F.O. Stanley, one of the brothers who invented the Stanley Steamer, moved to Estes Park in 1903 where he built the grand Stanley Hotel. It was the inspiration for Stephen King's novel, "The Shining." Of course there are ghosts and you have a choice of several ghost tours! The tours and restaurant are open to the public. The hotel is a popular location for weddings so on weekends you may see one or more going on.

To celebrate the Halloween season and The Stanley's Stephen King roots, guests can indulge in the Shining Ball & Murder Mystery package, which includes: two murder mystery dinner tickets, two Shining Ball tickets and accommodations in the haunted hotel. Additionally, property's on-staff paranormal investigator offers a five-hour ghost hunt sessions where guests can learn how to use authentic ghost hunting tools and test their new skills in some of the property's most haunted locations inaccessible to the general public.

Galveston, TX
Galveston is known as a top destination for haunted travel, being the place of the deadliest natural disaster in United States history: The Great Storm of 1900. The island has many sites that are considered haunted, and offers ghost tours at a variety of cemeteries, historic mansions, downtown and on Galveston's harbor. Galveston is also home to Texas' only year-round haunted house, Haunted Mayfield Manor, which is housed in a historic building that served as a morgue after the Great Storm.
The beautiful 101-year-old Hotel Galvez in Galveston, TX on the Gulf of Mexico is said to be haunted by a ghost bride. The legend is that in the mid-1950s a woman, Audra, hung herself in the hotel after hearing that her mariner fiancé had been killed by a great storm at sea. However, that was only half the tragedy. A few days after her death, Audra's mariner appeared at the hotel looking forward to a marriage that would never be.

 The hotel has documented numerous accounts from guests and staff that have experienced ghost encounters in room 501 - where Audra stayed - as well as various other parts of the hotel. Staff has reported seeing the ghost of a young girl bouncing a ball in the lower level of the hotel. Housekeeping staff has also reported feeling the presence of a man in the corner of the hotel’s laundry room. While this activity was reported in the lower level of the hotel, staff and guests have also experienced odd occurrences in the restaurant and lobby, such as candles blowing out on their own and dishes moving or breaking. Guests and staff have also reported hearing breathing sounds in the ladies’ bathroom near the Music Hall and children’s laughter in the salon bathroom.
Following Hurricane Ike, which struck Galveston in September 2008, several members of the hotel staff who stayed at the hotel as their homes were being repaired reported seeing a woman dressed in an old-fashioned maid’s uniform and a man walk through a guest room and disappear.

In September 2009, Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab featured Hotel Galvez while investigating a correlation between weather and the paranormal. The hotel was also included in an episode on the Travel Channel’s Ghost Stories called the “Ghost of Sister Katherine.”  The hotel offers ghost tours during the month of October.   Other places for public Ghost Tours in Galveston include Bishop’s Place at Night (historic mansion) and Old City Cemetery.


Littlecote House Hotel is located in the Royal county of Berkshire and is set on 113 acres of grounds and gardens with lots of luxurious features. It also boasts the title of England's third most haunted building, making it one of the spookiest hotels in the country.

  The hotel dates back to Tudor times and was also once a Roman settlement, so it's no surprise that there are numerous ghosts resident at the hotel. One common sighting is of a black dog on the Jerusalem staircase. When guests or members of staff reach down to pet the dog, their hand goes straight through. Mother Barnes, who was a 16th century midwife associated with the site, is referred to in lots of the ghost stories associated with Littlecote House.

  One woman saw a shadowy figure walking across the lawn towards Mother Barnes, and found herself floating in mid-air throughout the experience - but this was many, many years after Mother Barnes' time. There is also one bedroom at the hotel that is particularly haunted, and during a séance held there, a woman was seen rocking a baby in a corner and dark shapes were seen moving around the room. Individuals in the room also felt extremely cold, although no drop in temperature was recorded on their equipment.

  Many guests see spectres at Littlecote House and the hotel also offers a ghost tour for you to get up close and personal with them - if you dare.  This hotel is ideally located for visiting some of Britain's most popular tourist destinations, such as Stonehenge, Newbury races, Ascot races, the city of Bath and Windsor castle.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Getaway Girl® Foundation on TV

Do you have some "baggage" you'd like to leave at home?  The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl has created a new non-profit Foundation called The Getaway Girl® Foundation that empowers women through travel.

The Foundation is officially launched and on TV! To watch the TV segment from the nationally-syndicated Daytime TV Show, click here.

Our mission is to 'empower women of all ages, cultures and diversity through travel and related opportunities to transform their perspective, self-confidence and quality of life.'

To read inspiring stories, find out how to nominate someone or how you can help, visit The Getaway Girl® Foundation online at

Monday, October 8, 2012

6th Annual "12 Days til Christmas" Getaway Giveaway

With the holiday season approaching, women’s stress levels start to rise.  It’s easy to get wrapped up in the holiday craze, but the Girls Getaway Guide has a way to give back to women everywhere and help remind them how important it is to spend quality time with their gal pals.

The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl has launched her Sixth Annual “12 Days ‘til Christmas” holiday promotion.  In an effort to help beat the holiday madness, The Getaway Girl® will host a countdown to the big day.  Women everywhere can visit the Girls Getaway Guide online at to sign up for $14,000 in fabulous travel vacations, which are sure to provide welcome holiday cheer during this stressful time of year. 

The promotion has officially started with an open online entry form, and prizes will be given away Dec. 3-18.  On each of the days leading up to Christmas, a terrific Girls Getaway Guide vacation prize will be awarded to a lucky winner.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Crossing Paths With Blessed Lotus

As we travel on this journey called life, it is funny how your path will cross with someone from your past and you know that it was fate that brought you back together.

As Rollins College alum, I receive the regular E-newsletter they send out.  Sometimes I read them and sometimes I don't.  I was happy I read a recent issue that featured a fellow Class of 1996 alum De Anne Wingate.  I knew of De Anne while I was at Rollins as we had mutual friends, but I never knew her.  But it wasn't just the familiarity of her name or the fact that we graduated the same year that caught my was her story, her journey and her newly-created Foundation that compelled me to track her down and email her.

After wanting something more out of life than what the corporate world was offering, De Anne started traveling.  She returned from India in March 2012, with a desire to help children living in slums around the world receive the best education possible. The seed was planted for her non-profit, Rippled Purpose.  Each time De Anne wore the beautiful tunics from India, someone in America would ask her where they could find one. An idea was born!  Import the tunics from India and use the profits from each tunic to fund Rippled Purpose.  A portion of the tunics are handmade and embroidered by a group of Indian women who are being taught English, how to read, write and basic finance skills.

Blessed Lotus is a retail company that sells tunics and pashminas to generate profits, which are used to fund the nonprofit Rippled Purpose.

After several emails and an exciting phone call, De Anne was nice enough to send me a fabulous tunic.  We plan on working together to help others through our Foundations.

If you are looking for holiday gifts, please visit Blessed Lotus and consider ordering one of their lovely tunics or pashminas.  The proceeds will be more than profits.  They will help create self-sufficiency for women and children in need. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Getaway Girl® is Going Further

In its recent issue, Orange Appeal Magazine listed The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl as a Woman to Watch.

To find out why and about The Getaway Girl's® newest endeavor, click here.

Orange Appeal was launched in 2008 to serve the growing market of educated, active women in the Central Florida area. From day one the focus has been on them! Each issue is filled with women to watch representing a diverse range, from the area’s top business leaders to industrious entrepreneurs as well as key players in the nonprofit arena.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Getaway Girl® Gives Recs for Orlando Nightlife

For the first time, Visit Orlando invites you on audio tours through America's vacation capital and offers you exciting stories and helpful advice along the way. The elaborate audio productions include original sounds and interviews recorded on location and can be played directly on your computer or download it onto your iPod or mp3 player to listen while jogging, cooking, driving or on your next flight to Orlando! 

For the 'Nightlife in Orlando' podcast, The Getaway Girl® Casey Wohl offers her recommendations.  From ultra-hip bars and high-energy dance clubs to laid-back pubs and multi-venue entertainment complexes, Orlando offers several distinct areas to live it up once the sun goes down.  To listen, click here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Visit Museums For Free Saturday

This Saturday, September 29, a multitude of museums in the U.S. will offer free admission. That's because Saturday is Museum Day Live, an event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine. On the big day, participating museums will make like a Smithsonian (it's always free to visit Smithsonian Museums) and offer complimentary access for anyone holding a Museum Day Live ticket.

You can get the ticket on the Museum Day Live website. It doesn't cost anything, and it's valid for two people visiting museums together. There's also a list of participating museums on the site, complete with an interactive map. Zoom in to see which museums near you are opening their doors for free this weekend. Remember: You'll only receive complimentary admission if you're holding a Museum Day Live ticket.

All kinds of museums are participating in the event, from art galleries to National Historic Landmarks to planetariums. Some popular attractions include Old South Meeting House in Boston (where colonists kicked off the Boston Tea Party), Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Which museum do you plan on visiting this weekend?

Courtesy of Smarter Travel