Kalin’s Chronicles: Girlfriend Getaways

Ross Bridge SpaAs Valentine’s Day approaches, I want to speak to my single Women at 40. If you don’t have a significant other in your life, don’t sit around feeling sorry for yourself. Take charge of your own experience by gathering a few friends together for a Girlfriend Getaway. It’s a wonderful way to spend quality time with the special women in your life. I recently spent an enjoyable weekend with my girlfriends at the Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa in Birmingham, Alabama www.rossbridgeresort.com.

The 21,000 square-foot resort is surrounded by beautiful greenery and lakes, as well as an 18-hole golf course. The weather was a bit too chilly for a game of golf, but we did get in some wonderful relaxation treatments at the Spa at Ross Bridge. One girlfriend got the Deep Cleansing Facial, which she said left her skin feeling extremely clean and smooth. My other girlfriend got the Caribbean Therapy Body Scrub and massage, which gave her skin a feeling of being polished. I got the Swedish Massage with Aromatherapy, which was so relaxing I almost melted off the table. Afterwards, we all took a soak in the Jacuzzi and relaxed by catching up on magazines we hadn’t read, and on each other’s lives through great conversation. I could tell it was something we all desperately needed, and it was hard for us to leave the spa. (Photo: Spa at Ross Bridge)

But the city of Birmingham was calling with dining and entertainment. As we changed in our rooms, we could look out over our balconies at the pool and manicured golf course. And at dusk, we enjoyed the sounds of a bagpiper in Scottish regalia, as he played to the setting sun with “Amazing Grace.” It was like a mini meditation before heading downstairs for dinner at Brock’s restaurant where we enjoyed delicious Mediterranean cuisine. Brock’s also offers free wine tastings for guests on Wednesdays and Fridays. For a dinner alternative, drive to the Southside of Birmingham to Hot and Hot Fish Club www.hotandhotfishclub.com for seafood dishes served with a fancy flair. After dinner we got our laugh on at Virginia Samford Theatre’s Holiday Cabaret www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org, featuring Wits Other End comedy sketches. The comedy touched on age, gender, relationships and politics. The sketches had something for everyone – but the humor was definitely for adults only. Back at the resort we stopped by JT’s Lobby Bar for a glass of wine and live jazz. And there were no worries about getting home after drinking, since all we had to do was walk down the hall to our rooms, where we enjoyed a good night’s sleep in the luxurious bedding.

Next week: Part 2 of Girlfriend Getaways

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness” — Mark Twain

Kalin Thomas is Women at Forty’s Travel & Leisure Editor. She is also Senior Writer/Photographer for SoulOfAmerica. Before starting her own multimedia company, Kalin spent 17 years at CNN where she won several awards for her work as producer/correspondent for CNN’s weekly travel program, CNN TravelNow. She is currently writing a book about her travels. For more information on Kalin, visit www.seetheworldproductions.com.

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