Spring weekends for women
In shopping towns and woodsy retreats, April and May are prime time for girlfriend getaways.
© Beth Gauper
In spring, women's weekends pop up like daffodils.
Chalk it up to cabin fever — women just want to get away. Or, perhaps more accurately, tourist-starved destinations want women to get away.
In 2013, the Lake Michigan town of Holland is first out of the pack with Girlfriends Weekend March 1-3. The famous tulips won't be out, but hotels offer specials, and a package includes a breakfast buffet, champagne brunch, fashion shows, concerts, clinics and swag bags.
Across Lake Michigan in Door County, Sturgeon Bay holds Groovin' Sisterhood Weekend April 25-28, with mini-spa treatments, classes, crafts and goody bags. Five wineries are nearby, if women want to try some tastings.
In eastern Minnesota, near Sandstone and the Willard Munger State Trail, the Audubon Center of the North Woods holds
Women's Wellness and Adventure Weekend May 3-5, with
bird-banding, yoga, guided hikes and a high-ropes course.
Also in Door County, the village of Egg Harbor holds the Girlfriends Great Eggscape May 16-19. Cost includes a Friday pizza party, Saturday breakfast/fashion show, Sunday breakfast, wine tasting and fitness and dance classes.
These places aren't the first to decide that spring is the best time for women to escape their humdrum lives.
If you can't get away, enjoy a vicarious girlfriend getaway by watching the 1992 movie "Enchanted April,'' in which four British women run off to Italy. It's based on a 1922 novel.
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