In our special Girlfriend Getaways issue, we coached four friends from Idaho going to Los Angeles to celebrate turning 40. The women tell us they had a fantastic time. "We gawked, gabbed, and giggled our way through L.A.," says Tracie Finney. "We noted many times how our husbands would never go for the things we were doing."
Trip highlights included taking a Starline bus tour through ritzy neighborhoods where the stars live, a face-to-face run-in with Tim Allen while he was promoting The Shaggy Dog, shopping in Beverly Hills, "lots of laughs" at Menopause: The Musical, and a taping of Ellen DeGeneres's talk show. "We stayed at the Chamberlain West Hollywood," says Tracie. "Loved that hotel. The room was lovely, comfortable, and quiet. The staff was beyond friendly. If we had a question, they had an answer."
On their final day, the women headed to Venice Beach, where this picture was taken (from left: Tracie, Allison, Dalene, and Debbie). "It was a very successful trip," says Tracie. "We have tons of great new memories. Thank you again!"