I had a slumber party for my 12th birthday, I don’t recall all the details, but I remember how much fun it was. Staying up late, laughing, acting silly and those special bonding moments that took place after 24 hours of non-stop play. Those long nights were something I looked forward to, that special time with a small group of girls sharing stories and confiding little secrets with each other.
Now that I’m grown, my childhood slumber parties have now evolved to “girls weekends” and they are just as fabulous. We are all so busy, barely finding time to have coffee with a friend, so to spend a few days with girlfriends, sharing our lives, current situations, concerns and sometimes tears is truly special. Taking time away from your normal routine is an escape we all need occasionally.
I started going on my annual girls ski weekend 13 years ago. That first trip that started the traditional was to Whistler, we had a blast and have been going every year since. We have gone to Vail, Aspen, Sun Valley, Mammoth, Park City, Steamboat, Breckenridge, Snow Mass and a spa resort for good balance, this year we will be going to Heavenly Valley, Lake Tahoe.
The group of friends slightly changes year to year- as we all know how life can interrupt our fun, but the core is my friend Greta and I that start the ball rolling each year. Doing all the research finding the perfect house, condo, or resort, so the rest of the girls can just pack their bags and jump on the plane and land to “big fun” USA.
Ladies do you have any girl weekends that you go on? Guys? Any fishing trips, or super bowl weekend trips with the guys? Or any couple group trips?
Tips on planning a “girls weekend”.
- It is nice to have a focus or activity to come together for, ours is skiing- everyone does not ski, but we all come together to experience a bit of winter wonderland.
- Figure out who you want to extend the invite to. It is nice to have new and old friends attend, makes for interesting conversation and discovery.
- Plan in advance- booking lodging, airfare, restaurant reservations etc.. Most of us need time to juggle our real lives in order to escape reality so get your date set early.
- Have a loose schedule so there is space for time away from the group as well.
- Have Fun and make memories!
What are some of your favorite group trips?