Rustic Resort Retreats
Want a distraction-free zone? Consider Mii Amo, a destination resort set in one of the most spectacular natural settings on earth, Sedona, Arizona. They'll customize a program for you aimed at helping you balance your life ‑- not a bad souvenir after a few days in paradise.
Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, located in Tucson, Arizona, and in the Berkshires in Lenox, Massachusetts, also promote the concept of learning to adopt a healthy, serene mind-set. The gorgeous scenery, unrivaled spa treatments, nutritious gourmet cuisine and vast assortment of classes, workshops and athletic activity options will help you forget about your dating dilemmas and leave you physically and emotionally replenished.
The Red Mountain Spa in St. George, Utah, is, as they say, "not your mother's spa." Because men make up 35 percent of the clientele (many other spas are purely chick magnets), it's a great place to meet guys. Yes, we realize that is not the purpose of this getaway ‑- but we figure while you're hiking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, biking or even taking an overnight wilderness trip, a little harmless flirting wouldn't break any rules.
No Boys Allowed (We're Serious This Time)
"Getting away with close girlfriends provides a guaranteed good time," says Tessina. "You're comfortable in each other's presence, and you can share 'girl talk' about the life issues that matter to you." Golden Door in Escondido, California, was created by a woman, primarily for women. During the summer, every one of its 39 guests is female, and each week has a new focus, ranging from "Mindful Runner" and "Women's Preventive Health" to "Expressive Arts" and "Yoga & Journaling." This, plus in-room massages, personal trainers and manis and pedis ensure plenty of time to bond with your best gal pals. And during the month of August, Golden Door's sister spa, Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, reserves its facilities, staff, casitas and programs exclusively for ladies. Fitness instructors and speakers emphasize topics of interest specific to women. Meditation and other "inner journeys" are also on the menu.
Alternatively, the Emerson Inn in New York's tranquil Catskill Mountains offers girls-only slumber parties, in which you and your friends are put up in a two-story suite or connecting rooms while you're wined, dined and spa-ed to your hearts' content. And don't pass up the opportunity to live like ladies who lunch: Enjoy the inn's daily English-style afternoon tea, complete with scones and finger sandwiches.
That is, unless your cup of tea is actually a little more spiritual, in which case you should check out the annual Women's Yoga and Journaling Vacation (a women-only "soul journey through the deepest canyon in North America") offered by River Soul Journeys . Their rafting trips combine journaling, yoga, meditation and time to be one with nature. Trips are customized to your white-water skill level. And the best part? There's no cell phone service on the river.