Staying in touch with friends is hard in the best of circumstances, but add distance and a busy life in the mix and it's nearly impossible. Whether your friends have moved away to pursue careers in other cities, or you've made the jump to a larger metropolis yourself, it's not surprising in 2018 to have groups of friends scattered around the U.S. and beyond. If you feel like your friendships have fallen to the wayside this year, it's not too late to plan a weekend getaway with your closest girlfriends.
Getaways with friends are always a blast—not to mention they give you a reason to reconnect with people you hold dear or celebrate birthdays, engagements, babies, and more. But where should you go when people are scattered around the country? We handpicked six of the best girl's trips to take no matter where you're flying from. Scattered around the country and beyond, these dreamy destinations have everything you might wish for, from sprawling beaches to mountain views, spa treatments to morning yoga.
Don't delay booking—we bet you these best trips with friends will create unforgettable memories.
From Seattle: Travel to Portland
If you've never been to Portland, Oregon, it's time to experience it for yourself. The Pacific Northwest city is filled with young creatives, great restaurants, microbreweries, coffee shops, and beautiful landscapes. Sitting in the shadow of the snow-capped Mount Hood, it's the perfect eco-friendly destination for foodies and nature lovers alike.
Stay: At The Hoxton hotel, which is now accepting bookings at an early-bird rate of $62 a night and opening in late October. The second Hoxton property to hit U.S. soil, it's bound to be a trendy creative hub, filled with plenty of cozy public spaces, an all-day rooftop, and a basement bar.
From Boston: Travel to Newport
Newport, Rhode Island, is a quintessential New England town known for its historic mansions, quaint downtown streets, and beautiful cliffside coastline, making it the perfect destination for a short weekend trip from most Northeastern cities. Walk along the dramatic cliff walks, take a tour of the city's most famous mansions, or visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame. At the end of a long day, get pampered at the hotel space and sit down for a hearty meal.
Stay: At Gurney's Newport, the second property for the luxury resort brand that started in Montauk, New York. The signature luxe beachfront property on Goat Island offers 360-degree water views and is peppered with restaurants and bars—including the beloved NYC Italian go-to Scarpetta. The resort even has a pair of resident goats, Cornelius and William, which you can visit on the north lawn.
From Miami: Travel to Harbour Island
If you're looking for a quick escape from southwest states, hop over to the Bahamas' Harbour Island. Dotted with stretches of pink sand beaches and quaint pastel cottages, it's an idyllic spot for a luxurious girls' getaway. Zoom around on golf carts, snorkel around the local coral reefs, or explore the neighboring towns filled with shopping and fine dining.
Stay: At the Ocean View Club or its sister property, The Other Side. The first, located on the main island, is a charming family-run beachfront hotel that feels cozy and elegant. The Other Side is a solar-powered glamping site situated along a small secluded beach, populated only by swaying palms. There, you can enjoy paddle boarding, surfing, exploring caves, jumping in blue holes, or doing yoga by the pool. Consider it your ultimate relaxation escape.
From New York City: Travel to Catskill
Come October, many Manhattanites trade the vast beaches of the Hamptons in favor of the mountainous landscapes of upstate New York. In the Catskills and Hudson Valley, New Yorkers escape to experience fall foliage, explore local shops and galleries, go hiking, or simply breathe in the fresh mountain air. It's the ideal place to sit by a fire and drink a glass of wine with your closest girlfriends.
Stay: At Scribner's Catskill Lodge, a 1950s motel that was entirely refurbished a few years back by Studio Tack. There, the cozy lounges, circular fireplaces, and expansive libraries provide plenty of spaces to lounge, play board games, read, or take in the views. Add a delicious restaurant and bar to the equation, and you have the perfect basecamp for fall escapades.
From Houston: Travel to Tulum
Over the years, Tulum on the Mexican Yucatán Peninsula has become known as the ultimate bohemian escape—where Mayan ruins meet the beach, and where restaurants are best experienced barefoot. There, you can experience the wonders of the local Cenotes, a series of natural limestone sinkholes, or simply enjoy the wonders of sitting on a beautiful secluded beach with a margarita in hand.
From Washington, D.C.: Travel to Oxfordshire
If you live on the East Coast of the U.S. and have friends in Europe? Consider meeting in Oxfordshire in South East England. The picturesque countryside includes the city of Oxford as well as the bucolic Cotswolds, filled with rolling hills and medieval villages. There, you can explore the local villages and castles, enjoy hearty traditional British fare, or have high tea in the middle of the afternoon.
Stay: At the Soho Farmhouse. If one of your girlfriends is a member of Soho House, it's the perfect escape to experience the Cotswolds at its fullest. Filled with cozy lounges and restaurants, a spa, and an indoor-outdoor pool, the Farmhouse is the perfect base camp for outdoor activities including horseback riding, tennis, boating, and more on 100 acres of breathtaking countryside views.