There's nothing like a girl's trip. Laughing over manis, cute boys, and good food, trips with your gal pals are some of the most memorable times of your life. Whatever you choose to stay local, visit a bustling metropolitan or retreat to the country, make sure you do it together to spend quality time together. Here are some ways to enjoy each other's company while getting a cultural fix, filling your stomach or pampering your body.
Spa Day Celebrations
There's no way better to pamper the deserving woman in your life like a spa outing. Luxury hotels across the country offer special packages for girlfriend outings. The Spa at Trump in Chicago is one worthy of acclaim, but Equinox fitness clubs' 24K gold facial and sugar Swedish massage is the ultimate "queen for a day" experience.
Take in a Show
Broadway is a great way to enjoy time together. With so many big names out right now, see one of the classic shows like Chicago or one of the new hits Wicked or Jersey Boys. Got the kids in tow? Opt for a Disney performance of the Lion King or Mary Poppins. Plus, you have the added bonus of Times Square shopping right at your finger tips. Looking for something more local? Look to your local playhouse to see what's out for some cultural entertainment.
Sip on High Tea
A traditional formerly reserved for the royals, tea time offers a lifestyle break. Relax at this upscale tradition at hotels around the country. An energizing and invigorating pause from the day, chit-chat while indulging in savories, pastries and scones. The Peninsula offers a selection of finger sandwiches, and has a tea party option for the kids. The Russian Tea Room in New York has been a second home for boldface names and intellectuals since 1927.
Bond over Brunch
Michael Symon once said, "One of the great skills of a chef is to cook an egg perfectly. If you can cook a perfect sunny-side up egg, a perfect scrambled egg, a perfect omelets, you have the finesse to cook pretty much anything." The favorite meal of many enjoyed leisurely in early afternoon, combine mimosas with elaborate sweet and savory creations.
Take a Cooking Class
Whether you're preparing five-star meals or perfecting your baking skills, learning your way around the kitchen is best done with friends. The Culinary Institute offers a range of technical classes like knife skills or more fun cooking classes that'll show you have to perfect various regional cuisines. And the best part? The taste test.