I love my family and my job. I really do. But sometimes I just need to have that Calgon ‘take me away’ moment, or day, Or, if we’re being honest here, weekend. There is nothing better than a weekend away with my best girlfriends to relax, have fun, and just recharge. Washington has everything you could wish for as a girls’ weekend getaway! First of all, you will want to plan where to stay. A classic hotel like the Fairfield Inn, or a decadent bed & breakfast like the Elmwood.  Maybe a stay in one of the many AirBnB properties, like the sumptuous Apartments on Main, right in the heart of everything downtown Washington. If you’re like my gf’s, we LOVE being walking distance to all the FUN during our getaway.

Experience luxury at the Elmwood 1820 Bed & Breakfast Inn

Great food and beverages always make or break our girls’ weekend, and there is no shortage of fabulous food and libations in Washington. You totally want to check out The Wine Crate, where you can get a signature cocktail, a wine flight, or just a craft beer and a charcuterie platter to share with your besties. 

Enjoy refreshing wines and a tasty charcuterie board at the Wine Crate.

Sometimes, my girls and I just want comfort food.  After all, we are on vacation. And calories NEVER count on vacay. ❤️ That’s when we head to internationally award-winning Marabella’s!  Yes, we can get the best authentic pizza pie in the south..or, order their eggplant rollatini and stuffed mushrooms to share while having a glass of their exceptional house Chianti.  I’ve never walked away from this experience without feeling better about life.  🍕🍷

A morning with the girls isn’t complete without a latte at Giddy-Up Coffee House while checking the latest news with their free WiFi, or an espresso and a muffin from Rachel K’s Bakery. Then some stand up paddle board yoga on the pristine Pamlico River or a girls’ bike ride with bicycles rented from Inner Banks Outfitters. Perhaps instead a gals’ group kayaking rented from the Moss Landing Marina.  We gotta work off those calories from the wine and apps last night, right? 😉

Inner Banks Outfitters offers Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga on Saturday mornings, a great way to start your day!

I know when my sistahs and I are wanting to really relax, we look for salons and spas where we can really decompress, but still have meaningful conversations. Copper Canyon Wellness furnishes just that. Brandon and her staff give the absolute best service with massages, facials, and even yoga sessions.  Pedicures and/or spa treatments at one of the salons in The Suites at 158 are a treat, too.  

It’s vital to keep ‘mama’ happy. ‘Cause if mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.  😊

One of my favorite things to do in town with my girlfriends is SHOP.  There are plenty of boutiques in downtown Washington to get our style on.  From the latest fashions at Flaire 501 and Southern Grace, to the classic apparel at Bloom and Lady J Unique Boutique, everyone is sure to find something they love.

Not to mention the antique stores!  Discovering a distinctive treasure at South Market Antiques or a shabby chic find at The Southern Nest is especially rewarding.  (Frankly, I do most of my holiday shopping in the stores in downtown Washington.  So, if you need a gift for a birthday, graduate, or shower, you can knock that out while you’re here, too.)

In need of the perfect present for that not-so-easy-to-shop-for friend or planning to give yourself a little pat on the back? You’ll find just what you are looking for – and maybe a few things you weren’t – at one of the many locally owned boutiques, shops and galleries around town.

No matter what activities your group of friends likes, you are sure to find something to please during your stay in Washington. 

So, get the girls together and have a fantastic time enjoying food, fellowship, and fun in Washington!

I think you deserve it!  

Don’t YOU?

See you in Washington!

Written by Paula Stephenson