Escape #1: Cowboys Are My Weakness
Who: Cowgirls at heart
What: Mountain Sky Guest Ranch’s Wild West Women Adventure
Where: Paradise Valley, Montana
Why: Grab your Wranglers and ten gallon hat—and get ready for your own version of The Simple Life (hot cowboys included!). At the ranch, spend your days riding and hiking on 6,000+ acres of mountain land and bonding with other women. Together, you’ll learn how to brand cattle and tack and groom your horse. Later, test your skills on an all-day ride with lunch on the trail, which includes a tour of Yellowstone National Park. In the evening, wind down with hors d'oeuvres and a hayride—then learn to two-step with real cowboys. We know—there’s nothing like a rugged “dude” in tight denim to heal your hurtin’ heart.
How: Fly into Bozeman, Montana and a handsome cowboy will pick you up and escort you to the ranch.
Cost: Four-night package: $1,100 per person, which includes accommodations, meals, all ranch facilities and activities, airport transportation, Yellowstone Park tour, and gratuities. Additional charges include bar and retail purchases, massages and 1.75 percent accommodations tax.
Best time to go: May 5 to May 9
Contact: Gulliver’s Travel at 1-866-807-7386, because there ain’t no one home on the range; they’re out rustling up some fun.
Escape #2: Beach or Bust
Who: The surfer at heart. (It’s okay if you can’t hang ten. An abiding love of flip flops is enough.)
What: Pura Vida Surf Camp
Where: Malpais, Costa Rica—located on the Pacific Coast on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula
Why: Instant gratification! By the end of the week, you’ll be riding waves like a pro. This is a learning vacation, so you’ll leave with a solid understanding of the basics: surfing etiquette, proper surfer stance, the different parts of the board, general surf lingo, and the ultimate ego boost: How to catch a wave. (As an added bonus, you’ll also walk away with a sweet tan.) The package includes bungalow, daily surf instruction and yoga, meals, one hour-long private massage, and day trips to hidden surf spots. Want extra credit? Take advantage of the daily restaurant outings, salsa classes, and Spanish lessons.
How: Fly into San Jose, Costa Rica, then take a one-hour domestic flight to Tambor. A one-hour taxi ride later ($35), you’ll be at Pura Vida. Alternatively, there is a daily shuttle bus service through Montezuma Expeditions that leaves San Jose and Malpais daily at 9 am ($35/person for a six hour journey).
Cost: 7 days/6 nights: $1690/shared and $1930/private. Prepay 60 days in advance for a discount: $1540/shared and $1780/private.
Best time to go: You’ll find the best waves and sunshine from December through April (high season), and July and August.
Contact: For more information, visit puravidaadventures.com or call (415) 465-2162.
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