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5 best girlfriend getaways

5 best girlfriend getaways
The Ottawa Citizen (print edition), Travel Section, Dec 26/2009, pH3
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1. Get local
Join chef Ana Garcia at her boutique culinary hotel ( for a four- or seven-day escape in the foothills of the moutain village of Tepoztlan, Mexico. She will share her culture with you and your girlfriends on scenic trips to the local market for fresh ingredients and family-style cooking classes in her kitchen overlooking the valley.

2. Go with the flow
Kayak from one luxury base camp to another over five days with Solstua West ( in the coastal wilderness of British Columbia. After spending the day gliding on the waters with a professional guide, you can chow down on gourmet West Coast fare and then retreat to an ocean-side hot tub.

3. Glassy girls
Ignite your artistic side with The Hotel Murano’s “Hot Piece of Glass” ( weekend getaway, just 40 kilometres south of Seattle. After admiring art in the Museum of Glass, you and your girlfriends can get creative during a glass-blowing lesson, then sleep surrounded by the hotel’s art glass from around the world.


4. Hike on high
Heli-hiking lets you experience hard-to-reach locales and the sights that come with them. With Canadian Mountain Holidays ( you can stay in a luxurious lodge right in the Bugaboo mountains of Alberta, a hiker’s dream of glaciers, granite spires and lush valleys.

5. Ridin’ cowgirl!
Giddy-up on over to the 1,600 hectare Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort ( in Utah. By day, you can christen your cowboy boots with rodeo-riding lessons or a guided horseback riding tour through magnificent Zion National Park. By night, you can round up your girlfriends for slumber in a cowboy cabin.


Julie Harrison, an Ottawa writer who knows that a girlfriend getaway can cure almost anything