When September 20 rolls around, the fall season officially kicks off, and we start dreaming of all the things that just say “autumn.” There are so many things to look forward to when the weather and the leaves turn: new episodes of our favorite TV shows, the start of football season, jaunts to the local farm for apple picking, apple pies, and pumpkin spice everything, and spicy, warm cocktails in front of the fire. And, of course, fall marks the return of some of our favorite fashion trends: the sweater dress, blanket scarves, and flannel shirts.
Fall is also the ideal time for a trip with your favorite gal pal. But where to? All the girls have an opinion and schedules of their own to figure out. When the stars align and you nail down a weekend for just the ladies, you know you have to make it special. That’s why we’ve put together a list of our absolute favorite destinations that will make you want to hit the road with all your favorite gal pals. So, grab your weekender bag, and let’s pack for the trip of the season.
Do you and your gal pals easily finish a bottle or two of wine every time you get together? Then a trip to wine country is what you need for a beautiful fall trip. You’ll arrive just after harvest season, and you’ll gaze in awe at the rolling hills and changing colors. Find a local bed and breakfast, or stay at the winery itself if they offer it. You can hop from winery to winery by day, and after a quick afternoon snooze, you can eat farm-to-table delicacies paired with local wines in the evenings.
This trip begs for some sophisticated fall ‘fits, like bootleg jeans and a cashmere turtleneck sweater in burgundy to match the swirling red wine in your tasting glass. Don’t forget a floppy hat and sunglasses! If the weather is nice, you’ll want to relax on the winery’s terrace to soak in the beautiful landscape.
Do late nights with Scrabble (or maybe Chutes & Ladders) and plenty of wine appeal to you and your gals? Then log onto your favorite cabin rental website and book a trip to a nearby mountain for some much-needed R&R together. During the day, you can relax at a spa or discover local breweries. Not to mention all the leaf-peeping you can get up to! At night, you can cook together in the cabin and swap stories over board games in front of a roaring fireplace.
For this trip, you should pack plenty of chunky sweaters to pair with comfy leggings and cozy boots. The mountains are always colder than the surrounding area, and you’ll want to be extra cozy as you and your friends explore the area. You’ll all be so relaxed at the end of the trip that you’ll begin planning your return as soon as you say your goodbyes!
Nothing helps a group of women bond more quickly than figuring out how to put a bunch of tents together! Once you’ve laughed over all the instructions, you’ll have a blast exploring your campground, hiking, and canoeing in the lake. But be prepared—with fall camping comes earlier sunsets and more unpredictable weather. That said, what’s your best friend on a camping trip (besides your girls, of course)? A light women’s rain jacket. You never know when you’ll get caught in the elements, and there’s nothing worse than nestling into a sleeping bag in soggy clothes. After sundown, make a fire and try to scare each other with campfire stories or lead a singalong of your favorite songs. Don’t forget the s’mores!
Is camping not your style? Book a more glamorous trip to a glamping spot in the desert. You can rent out chic yurts or redecorated trailers for the ultimate weekend among the cacti. Hike the red rocks by day and sample the local cuisine by night, and nestled in your glamping sites, you won’t have to worry about pesky critters making a home in your shoes while you’re sleeping. You and your girls will make the best memories cuddled under wool blankets in front of the fire. Don’t forget to pack plenty of layers, including a barn coat. You’ll fit in with all those dude ranchers, and you’ll stay cozy during the chilly desert nights. You’ll thank yourself if you come prepared with summer and winter clothes.
Are you bubbling with ideas for your next autumnal girls’ trip? Whether you’re hoofing it out to the mountains, the desert, wine country, or another exotic locale this fall, remember this advice: dress well, layer up, and keep it cozy. (Oh, and don’t forget your packable jacket.) Now, start that text chain and go from dreaming to planning. Bon voyage!