5. New Paltz, N.Y.
You and your friends can have a perfectly lovely stay in this idyllic upstate New York village, shopping for antiques, cycling on the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, visiting nearby historic estates and gardens, or dining on seasonal fare from the region's many small farms, orchards and wineries. But did we mention that the town also boasts one of America's top-ranked spas? The spa and its outdoor mineral water pool are part of a true Hudson Valley gem, the historic wood-and-stone Mohonk Mountain House resort.
6. Natchez, Miss.
In this gracious survivor of the Civil War on the banks of the Mississippi River, you can tour, or even stay in, antebellum mansions done up in period furnishings. But when you all need a break from the Gone With the Wind lifestyle, there are plenty of options, including cycling along the Natchez Trace Parkway, visiting the Natchez Museum of African American History & Culture, and settling in for down-home tunes and Southern fare at Biscuits & Blues.
7. Scottsdale, Ariz.
Golf-loving friends are sure to enjoy this desert city's many famous courses. But after a round of 18 holes, with maybe a brief stop at the 19th, what's a golfing girl to do? Scottsdale's equally famous resort spas offer a host of answers, including a Golfer's Massage and treatments employing native plants and Native American rituals. And if you're looking for a cultural break, take a tour of the National Historic Landmark Taliesen West, the unique winter home and studio where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked from 1937 until his death in 1959.
Christopher Hall writes about travel, food and architecture.