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GGs Made Simple
Air from Atlantic City, Chicago, D.C., New York, or Providence; five nights at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel; and one $50 certificate per room to Emeril's restaurant. When: June 6-Sept. 30 ($599 per person, double). Other gateways: Boston, Dallas, Houston (add $89); L.A., San Francisco (add $149). Contact: Leisure Link International, 888/801-8808, eleisurelink.com.
The San Francisco-based boutique hotel company lists women-friendly packages like these on its website, kimptonhotels.com:
New York City: Overnight accommodations, two 45-minute in-room foot treatments using Fresh products, two pairs of J.Crew flip-flops, and one $50 Bloomingdale's gift certificate. When: Until Sept. 3 ($395 per room, double). A 70 Park Avenue Hotel, 877/707-2752, 70parkave.com.
San Francisco: One night in a double or king room, a $50 gift card at Bloomingdale's in the new Westfield Centre shopping mall (just around the corner), a $40 credit at the hotel restaurant, a tote bag, and an in-room pedicure. When: Until Dec. 30 ($365 per room, single or double). Contact: Hotel Palomar, 866/373-4941, hotelpalomar-sf.com.
Vancouver: One night in a South Beach suite, two manicures, a bottle of wine, and snacks such as truffle popcorn and taro chips. When: Until Apr. 30, Oct. 16-Dec. 30 ($278 per room, single or double); May 1-Oct. 15 ($365). Contact: Pacific Palisades Hotel, 800/663-1815, pacificpalisadeshotel.com.
The Sonesta hotel chain has Just Us Girls packages available at all eight of its Sonesta hotels in the U.S. and the Caribbean. You can find more information on all of them at sonesta.com. Three we liked a lot:
Boston: One night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston on the Charles River, a coupon book valid at stores in the CambridgeSide Galleria shopping mall across the street, and a champagne-and-dessert tasting menu for two at the hotel's Dante restaurant. When: Until Dec. 30 ($259 per room, double).
New Orleans: Two nights at the Chateau Sonesta Hotel New Orleans, two in-room pedicures, dinner for two at the Red Fish Grill, an in-room movie, and breakfasts. When: Until Dec. 30 ($450 per room, double).
Miami: Two nights at the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort Sunny Isles; a Swedish massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure per person; a free shuttle to nearby Bal Harbour shops and Aventura Mall; and breakfast daily. When: May 1-30 ($870 per person, double); June 1-Sept. 30 ($690).
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New England Tour
A five-day, women-only, escorted round-trip tour from Boston with all local transportation (private bus and ferry) and four nights at B&Bs and inns in Massachusetts and Rhode Island: two in Rockport, one on Block Island, and one in Boston. Includes a two-hour schooner sail off Gloucester, Mass.; a kayaking excursion on the Essex River; a guided hike and a one-hour horseback ride, both on Block Island; tours of Gloucester, Salem, and Boston; tickets to the play Shear Madness; and most meals. When: Aug. 6, 20 ($925 per person, double). Contact: Wolfe Adventures & Tours, 888/449-6533, wolfetours.travel.
Two nights at The Grande Colonial Hotel in upscale La Jolla, breakfast each day for four people, and a two-hour surf lesson with Surf Diva, a well-known local company that specializes in teaching women to surf. When: Apr. 1-Sept. 30 ($1,022 per room, quad). Contact: The Grande Colonial Hotel, 866/530-5766, thegrandecolonial.com.
Five nights at the all-inclusive Coconut Bay Resort & Spa on the southern coast; 50 percent off one spa treatment; and one free, 30-minute personal training session per day. When: Apr. 15-June 15 ($463 per person, quad). Contact: Coconut Bay Resort & Spa, 866/978-6226, coconutbayresortandspa.com.
Official Rules for the Girlfriend Getaways "Got a GG Tradition?" Contest
The prize (estimated retail value: $3,500) is valid for 12 months after it's awarded, subject to availability (blackout dates and holidays apply, and airline tickets must be booked in V class inventory); it's nontransferable, and nonnegotiable, and can't be redeemed for cash value. Taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. One prize will be awarded; your chances of winning depend on how many entries we receive and whether yours is best. Open to residents of the 50 United States and its territories, except Arizona. Budget Travel (the contest's sponsor) employees and their relatives are ineligible. Winner and travel companion must sign an affidavit of eligibility and release. Void where prohibited. All submissions, including photos, become Budget Travel's property.
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