Here's a bit of trivia: Bandera, Texas, is the cowboy capital of the world. That's not the only reason to giddyup on down to a dude ranch, but it's a good start. There are many ranches in the Texas Hill Country area, including Pipe Creek Ranch Lodge, which frequently rents out the whole place for long weekends to groups of female friends looking to reconnect in a private, rustic setting. Of course, it's also an easy trip to San Antonio and only three miles to Bandera. Nearby Rancho Cortez offers horseback riding, hiking, workouts with a personal trainer, water aerobics, hayrides and nightly campfires. And on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, everyone heads to the saloons to two-step and mingle with local cowboys (yee haw).
Naturally Texas isn't the only dude ranch state. The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch, a fourth generation Hawaiian farm, regularly hosts single women who have their sights set on adventure. Here you can watch a paniolo roundup (paniolo is Hawaiian for cowboy) and horseback ride through the ranch's 5,000 acres of amazing volcanic terrain, white sand beach and mountain vistas. You can also go mountain biking, try ocean kayaking amid black-tip reef sharks and green sea turtles, play a few rounds of golf and go hiking. At the end of the day, treats await you ‑- like Molokai sweet potatoes and, of course, spa treatments. Accommodations come in two speeds: rustic and pampered.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Don't feel ready for bathing suit weather? Try a different dose of adventure at Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, the world's largest marine sanctuary. The Glacier Bay Lodge, a country inn with 56 rooms nestled among Sitka spruce trees, is the only accommodation in the park. It offers boat and kayak tours as well as camping supplies. Sea kayaking allows you to paddle among humpback whales, orcas, otters and harbor seals and graze shorelines populated by bears, moose, bald eagles and more. Oh, yeah, and for what it's worth, Alaska has a three to one ratio of men to women. Not that it matters, since your trip is girls-only and all ‑- but still...