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Great Escape: Get Out of Here

There’s a reason we all say, “I need a vacation.” Because we do.

A few months ago, I stood in amazement of my friend who booked a trip for herself to see some old friends in Minnesota. She waved goodbye to her husband and three kids and escaped for some “me time” that she probably hadn’t had since before her eight-year-old daughter was born.

For mothers who always put themselves last, and hate to spend time or money on themselves, I asked Sharon Belmont of for some ideas for girls getaway packages.

Belmont, whose travel agency is located in downtown Libertyville, offered many suggestions, both near and far, for mothers and her friends who need to get away.

Beaches Resorts Girls’ Getaway Packages

These all-inclusive packages include a cocktail party, sunset catamaran sail-away, beach yoga, skincare classes, island dance classes, confessions PJ bonfire party, and more. Also, Belmont says they will add a 10 percent discount at the gift shop, a 5 x 7 photograph, and a $200 Red Lane Spa voucher.

Grand Geneva Resort

According to Belmont, if you book a night at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa now through most of December, you can receive the second night free as well as a 20 percent discount on any spa service you reserve. The offer is valid for Sunday through Thursday nights only. While you’re there, enjoy wine tastings at Ristorante Brissago as well as the Ultimate Dessert Experience, where you can learn from Brissago’s own pastry chef how to prepare and present your own desserts.

Chicago Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Package

This package is perfect for the mom who needs a night out on the town. You’ll receive one suite, two complimentary bottles of wine, a $250 gift card to Dick’s Last Resort, a Chicago destination restaurant and bar, and free entry into Howl at the Moon. Since none of us have slept in since the day before we went into labor, with this package you can enjoy late checkout at 1 p.m. Rates start at $369 plus tax.

Chicago Shopping Retail Therapy Package

This package includes one suite at the Hampton Inn and Suites Chicago Downtown. You’ll also receive discounts, special offers and gift cards to The Shops at North Bridge, Water Tower Place and Macy’s, including a gift card to Spa Nordstrom. Also enjoy four complimentary bottles of water and a late 1 p.m. checkout. Rates start at $149 plus tax.

For more information or to book any of these packages, contact Sharon Belmont at Classic Travel Service Inc. at: 847-362-3910.

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