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10 Great Getaways for Women

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    En español | One way to touch base with your best girlfriends is to plan a trip together. Here are 10 places where you can connect and have a whole lot of fun. 

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    Bennington, Vt.

    A picturesque college town, Bennington is known for its historic architecture, a trove of Grandma Moses paintings in the museum, a famous pottery factory and a lively restaurant scene. But beyond that, there's Green Mountain National Forest, home to some of New England's premier day hikes. Take an easy walk through woods that blaze with color come autumn, or tackle the more challenging 5.2-mile Mount Abraham circuit, which leads to a summit with commanding views of the Adirondacks and the Champlain Valley.

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    Santa Fe, N.M.

    If you and the girlfriends are culture vultures, this may be a spot for you. You can spend entire days checking out museums, touring Spanish Colonial buildings, visiting top art galleries, enjoying terrific regional cuisine and attending musical performances at the city's stunning, open-to-the-elements opera house. And if all that culture becomes too much, take a walk in the mountains just outside town or repair to the women-only, clothing-optional outdoor soaking pool at the famed Ten Thousand Waves spa.

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    Charleston, S.C.

    One of America's hottest culinary destinations makes for a terrific group getaway focused on food and cooking. Bond over a plate of shrimp 'n' grits or Charleston red rice as you take a daylong class in preparing the region's famed Low Country cuisine, and throw in a few lunches and dinners at the city's top eateries. Balance all the food time with a class at one of Charleston's many yoga studios, or with one of the walking tours that illuminate the history of this fascinating port founded in 1670.

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    La Jolla, Calif.

    This affluent Southern California beachside town has all the upscale shopping and spa treatments you could want for a weekend getaway. But you can also try your hand at surfing: Sign on for a women-only surf clinic, or with one of the many independent surf instructors who can usually get even first-timers up on a board, no matter their age. Later, you'll feel like you've earned your cocktails as you watch the sunset from one of the town's many wonderful restaurants.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 Taliesin West, the unique winter home and studio where Frank Lloyd Wright lived and worked from 1937 until his death in 1959.

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    Providence, R.I.

    It's artsy, and it's hip. Shop Wickenden and Westminster streets for antiques, fashions, art and design; treat yourself to tickets at the 3,200-seat Providence Performing Arts Center for a concert or Broadway show. Stay at the Dean Hotel, a remodeled building (which used to be a strip club) with a variety of rooms — one, the Classmates, sleeps four in two bunk beds. Grab cocktails in the retro Magdalenae Room, and, if you're game, move on to the Boombox karaoke lounge.

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    San Juan, Puerto Rico

    You'll find rum drinks and white sand, but increasingly you'll find food that rises several steps above regular resort fare. To dig into the best of the local cuisine, try the fresh empanadillas or alcapurrias (stuffed fritters) at Santaella, which sources its seafood and produce from the acclaimed Santurce Market. The Water Beach Club Hotel, with its deejay-staffed rooftop pool and bar, makes a happening home base. When you’re ready for a little Zen time, take a day trip to Culebra’s mellow beach, Playa Flamenco.

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    Nashville

    This city's great for gals, whether you're into Loretta Lynn or Rayna Jaymes. Live music and barbecue are both abundant. Make reservations (on the website) ahead of time to experience the Bluebird Cafe, a listening room for the famous and the up-and-coming alike. And just for fun, board a huge pink bus for the NashTrash tour, to see all the country-music landmarks. 

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