Whether you have a sweetheart in your life or not, why not switch things up and turn Valentine’s Day into a celebration of female friendship and go all in on Galentine’s Day? Perhaps you’ll be toasting to your girls virtually from afar this year, so take that Zoom happy hour as an opportunity to start planning an epic trip for next year’s Galentine’s Day. Here are some perfect destinations for a girl’s trip to get your sipping and planning going.
Sonoma County, California
A fail-safe spot for your girl gang to escape to, Sonoma County offers more than just wine (but we’ll admit, that’s a highlight). Visit the boutiques, cafes, and tasting rooms of Healdsburg Plaza; spend some time at one of the valley’s many spas; hike through the Petrified Forest; or go hot air ballooning for a different view of the area’s rolling hillsides.
For an active group who likes to ski and snowboard—or wants to learn—Stowe is the perfect New England Galentine’s escape. Hit the slopes in the morning to free your afternoons and evenings up for other kinds of adventures: Enjoy a tasting at The Alchemist brewery, go ice skating and shopping in Spruce Peak village, visit the Ben & Jerry’s Factory, experience a snowy sleigh ride through a forested trail, or indulge in some spa recovery at Spruce Peak’s Spa and Wellness Center.
A February vacation to Cartagena means fewer crowds, drier weather, and better prices. With winter temps around 80 degrees, you can soak up the sunshine with your gal pals in an oceanside cabana and comfortably enjoy all the outdoor bars and quaint cobblestone streetside dining. A most Instagram-worthy city, you’ll find photos ops around every winding, bougainvillea-lined alley. Colorful colonial architecture, charming historical plazas, and a wealth of interesting museums make this an appealing destination for culture seeking travelers.
Galentine’s Day is the perfect excuse for a mid-winter getaway to the sunny Florida Keys, where the turquoise waters will welcome you. Go snorkeling or diving among the coral reefs, check out the nightlife on Duval Street, enjoy the Sunset Celebration on Mallory Square, go on a food tour (Hello, Key lime everything!), and take a sunset cruise—all best enjoyed with your best friends.
Afternoon tea sessions, a diverse food scene, culture, and art—all the makings of a well-rounded ladies’ vacation can be found in London. Experience a traditional high tea service at a historic hotel like The Ritz London, stroll through English gardens, visit historical sites like the Tower of London, and take in the works of Rothko, Dali, and Picasso at the Tate Modern. And we can’t leave out the shopping—try heading to Marylebone district in the West End for a chic selection.