Forget Vegas and Miami: 12 Wellness-Centered Girlfriend Getaways to Book STAT

Wine. Chocolate. French fries. Repeat. Hey, vacation doesn't always have to be about guilty-pleasure indulgences. 

In fact, there's something to be said about using your vacation days for some equally awesome but good-for-you indulgences.

It could be a weekend getaway in the mountains lets you go on a restorative hike, and a trip to some far-flung beach resort gives ample opportunity for a relaxing beauty treatment.

So grab your #squad and start planning one of these healthy holidays, STAT.

 

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  • Seabrook Island, South Carolina

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    Sure, Charleston may get all the love, but why not escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in total mental and physical relaxation?

    Near Charleston, this pristine island offers stunning beaches and an active environment waiting to be trampled upon by you and your gang via foot or bike. Trust us, the trails are not to be missed!

    Sweat away any stress with a game of tennis, or at the large equestrian center that also offers guided beach tours. Then, jump in the water with a leisurely boat rental or enjoy some action-packed kayaking at the Seabrook Island Club.

  • Colonial Williamsburg in Williamsburg, Virginia

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    Ladies, there's more to Colonial Williamsburg than just character actors and fife-and-drum bands.

    Get total mental repose at the Williamsburg Inn, which will pamper you like a queen (and no wonder: it's the only place in America where Queen Elizabeth has stayed ... twice!). Relax with spa services inspired by the 17th century and beyond at the Spa of Colonial Williamsburg, and enjoy restorative strolls or runs through the area's idyllic greenery, particularly stunning as fall foliage turns.

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  • Park City, Utah

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    This ski bums paradise may get all the winter love, but a visit during the off-season can (and will) also amaze. Downtown Park City offers a fun weekly market called "Park Silly," complete with a Bloody Mary bar, while the lush countryside offers no shortage of trails.

    Rest your weary heads at St. Regis Deer Valley, where you’ll be treated to hits like nightly sabering, complimentary s'mores, glamorous spa treatments, and cocktails by a roaring fire.

    Are you a thrill-seeker? Book a bespoke adventure package through the property's partnership with Elevated Adventure Co., which provides private flights to the most remote corners of Utah to hike through red rock hoodoos (you have to see them to believe it), explore Arches National Park, run whitewater rapids, or rappel into the crazy-epic sands of time.

  • Natchez, Mississippi

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    Old-fashioned Southern charm? Check. Modern amenities? You betcha. Have your very own "Gone with the Wind" adventure with your girls as you enjoy the gorgeous exteriors and interior decor of antebellum mansions, many of which are open for tours and lodging, along the banks of the Mississippi River.

    One of them, Linden, is said to be the inspiration of Tara from the famous 1939 movie.

    If you feel like you need a jolt after checking out a slew of old plantations, check out Steampunk Coffee, an artisanal coffee shop known for its espresso tastings and unusual decor.

    Pro tip: Don't leave town without having a "Knock You Dead" margarita (or three) at local hotspot, Fat Mama's Tamales. Ah, we're feeling more rejuvenated and restored just thinking about this getaway already.

  • Newport, Rhode Island

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    Remember that time you regretted going to a quaint New England town with your best girlfriends for an impromptu getaway? Yeah, never.

    When you're done capturing all those amazing Instagram shots of the fall foliage (we're guilty too), explore the handsome Newport Mansions, perched strikingly along Bellevue Avenue.
    Top it off with a seasonally inspired, three-course dinner for two in the Castle Hill Inn with hits like local vegetable risotto and steamed mussels with a smoked seaweed broth.

    Did we mention the insane sunset and water views?

  • Santa Fe, New Mexico

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    Oh, why hello, bliss. Santa Fe is perhaps one of America's most relaxing destinations. For a gaggle who want to enjoy vacation that's as leisurely as it is culturally enriching, look no further than this walkable, low-key southwest charmer.

    You'll get a perfect combo of mountain air with dramatic natural wonders in this southwestern gem unlike any others. Gals looking to get away from it all can also indulge in some arts and creativity classes before checking out the city's collection of one-of-a-kind galleries, museums, and craft markets.

    Tip your hat to renowned female artist Georgia O'Keeffe at her namesake the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum before wondering why you didn't book your stay in this city YEARS ago ...

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  • Uncasville, Connecticut

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    Forget Vegas and Atlantic City, and opt for the bustling Mohegan Sun casino, tucked away in a serene corner of Connecticut.

    Gambling not your thing? The area's also ripe for hiking, biking, and even an excursion to the casino's nearby golf club. Spend time at the sophisticated spa where you can disconnect with inspired treatments like aroma stone therapy or a lime and ginger salt glow followed by a deep tissue massage.

    New for this November is the Earth Tower -- a hotel on the premises with its own pool, spa, and fitness center, and an affordable option for resort guests, especially those looking to unwind and enjoy the #suitelife with friends.

  • British Virgin Islands

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    At Bitter End Yacht Club in the laid-back BVI, the world is your wellness-infused oyster.

    Book Horizon Rooms for your gang, where you'll feel like you're living in an adult-sized tree house (complete with hammocks). In all likelihood, though, you won't be spending much time there: Between sailing and lessons, early morning kayak excursions (keep your eyes peeled for wildlife!), and leisurely beach afternoons, you'll be pretty busy.

    Be sure to make time to explore The Baths, an epic should-be Wonder of the World that will have you twisting and turning through unique cave formations with breathtaking views of sunshine, shadows, and sparkling water throughout.

  • Tecate, Mexico

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    Pack an extra sports bar (or three): This immersing wellness experience at Rancho La Puerta will have you partaking in a variety of their 80+ fitness class offerings, ranging from TRX to yoga.

    The resort puts 3,000 private acres of colorful gardens, picturesque mountains, and advanced hiking trails at your fingertips with numerous opportunities to unwind, whether that's with a spa treatment or taking a cooking class at La Cocina Que Canta.

    Pick a specialty week that intrigues you and the ladies the most, where workshops and lectures are provided by leading doctors, authors, and more. P.S. Healthy spa cuisine has never tasted better.

  • Sonoma County, California

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    If you're looking for the kind of mental relief that involves plenty of vino, look no further than California's famous Wine Country.

    Sonoma County is home to over 400 wineries, but there's plenty of healthy activities to balance out your sipping. Hiking, kayaking, and yoga classes are all nearby.

    While in town, swing by
    Osmosis Day Spa, which boasts the only Cedar Enzyme Bath in the United States, a therapeutic treatment that cleanses your body and may help to relieve joint and muscle pain and improve skin tone.

  • Honolulu, Hawaii

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    Whoever said you can't find paradise on a strip of dazzling sand and flowing waves was oh so very wrong. Or didn't bring their best girlfriends along.

    For the ultimate in wellness pampering, try the Oceanfront Indulgence package at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, where you'll get an oceanfront suite, a private yoga beach session, or an in-room massage for two, and more.

    Worth booking STAT: the Lomi Lomi traditional Hawaiian massage.

  • Islamorada, Florida

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    It may only be a (super scenic!) 90-minute drive from Miami, but you'll feel continents away at this tropical paradise tucked away in the Florida Keys. Lounge at Cheeca Lodge Resort & Spa for some much-needed R & R, before treating you and the girls to a private cabana while sipping on cocktails.

    No sand toys here, folks: The adults-only pool is every bit as serene and perfect as you'd imagine. Before you leave, try Nikai Sushi Bar for some of the freshest sushi the Keys have to offer.

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