Whether you are getting together for the first time in years or just saw each other last week, it’s always exciting to plan a girlfriend getaway. From a day at the spa and incredible shopping, to a fabulous meal, your ultimate girls’ trip is waiting for you on the beautiful shores of Lake Erie. Make new memories filled with laughter and friendship and plan your lake escape for the perfect girlfriend getaway in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Fill Your Glass
Take time to “unwined” among the fragrant vineyards and more than 20 estate and commercial wineries of Lake Erie Wine Country, the second largest grape growing region in the United States, spanning 30,000 acres. Sip, savor and sample your way through unique and diverse wines, from fruity native Labruscas and exquisite French-American wines to European-style wines and award-winning favorites. All the wineries welcome small or large groups for year-round tours and tastings such as Mazza Vineyards, Courtyard Winery and Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company. Take your Lake Erie Wine Country experience to the next level and travel to the wineries in a stylish limousine or party bus from Rupp Limousine or Locale Wine Tours. Spend more time catching up with your friends and less time worrying about finding parking or driving multiple vehicles. Private tours are available for small and large groups. Cheers! Photo credit: @tayliebiro
Shop Till You Drop
From strolling the concourse of the Millcreek Mall Complex to boutique hopping at Village West Plaza or The Shops on the Hill, there’s a bargain waiting around every corner. Best of all, Pennsylvania has no sales tax on clothing or apparel, which means more savings for you and less strain on your pocketbook. In addition to nationally recognized stores, Erie is proud of its locally owned business that feature beautiful artisan-crafted items. Browse through colorful pottery at Allenstoneware Gallery, select the perfect piece of beach glass jewelry at Relish Studio & Gallery or immerse yourselves in whimsical art and photographs at Glass Growers Gallery.
Cheating on your diet is not only allowed during a girlfriend getaway, it’s highly recommended! Celebrate, savor and especially share, an unforgettable meal. Reserve the private bank vault room at the Skunk and Goat Tavern and order a platter or three of the loaded tots and jalapeno bacon dip. Kick things up a notch from the eighth floor of the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront Hotel at Oliver’s Rooftop featuring amazing waterfront views and a triple chocolate martini that will make your toes curl. Experience elegant surroundings with carefully crafted cocktails and cuisine at Cloud 9 Wine Bar and Restaurant where the burrata and brie are creamy, and the house made crème brulee is oh so dreamy.
Let Your Hair Down
From dancing the night away to laying low, there are many ways to enjoy a girl’s night out in Erie. Hit the jackpot at Presque Isle Downs and Casino, featuring more than 1,500 of the latest and greatest slots. Party on with a round of spicy root beer floats and live music at the Oasis Pub and Grill or kick back in front of the fireplace while sipping a traditional Irish coffee at Molly Brannigan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant.
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After a tiring but fun day of shopping and exploring, reward your minds, bodies and souls with a rejuvenating visit to the spa. Soak your aching tootsies in a luxuriously warm, sudsy bath, melt your cares away with a soothing massage or treat yourselves to a well-deserved manicure and pedicure. Experience traditional spa services and new age techniques at Erie’s leading spa and wellness centers such as Bella Salon and Day Spa, A Compassionate Hart Massage Therapy, Monacella Massage and Kinesiology and Serenity Spa at Peek’n Peak Resort. Small groups of ten or less are welcome at all of the mentioned spas. Reservations are recommended.
Wrap up your day with a good night’s sleep surrounded by plenty of pillows and creature comforts to ensure you are well rested and ready for more girlfriend galivanting. Spend the night on the waterfront at the Hampton Inn & Suites Erie Bayfront Hotel, reserve a block of rooms at the new Holiday Inn Erie on Upper Peach Street or check out the completely remodeled Red Roof Plus+ & Suites in downtown Erie. Hint: If your girlfriend getaway evolves into a night of raucous games, junk food and periodic shrieks of laughter, most hotels are more than happy to allow your group to gather in the lobby to avoid disturbing other hotel guests.