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Party For the Girls Weekend Feb. 26-28 in Galena, Illinois

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all and enjoy some GIRL TIME—especially in the middle of winter—and that’s why we’re so excited to tell you about this very special girlfriend getaway weekend, February 26-28, 2010 at the charming Irish Cottage Boutique Hotel in Galena, Illinois. We’re proud to be hosting this event along with Siobhainn O’Connor VanSanten from the O’Connor Show Irish Radio Program. The time to book your room is NOW – so read on for ALL the girlfriendly details!

Girlfriends, you deserve a mid-winter getaway that offers EVERYTHING a girl needs to feel rejuvenated – cozy surroundings, gourmet food, fancy drinks, spa treatments, shopping, pampering, relaxation, and of course, girlfriends! Bring your mom, your sister, your daughter, your best friends.

The Hotel

We’ve arranged a great room rate: Just $109/night (two-night minimum, double occupancy) includes a hot boutique breakfast each morning and free wi-fi. THIS OFFER IS NOT AVAILABLE ON LINE. You must call the Irish Cottage at and ask for the “Party for the Girls” rate.

Please note: $109 room rate is for a double queen room and is based on double occupancy. Two-night minimum. Additional persons may share your room for $15 per person per night. A one-night stay will be available at the rate of $139. Tax is additional. Travel to Galena is at your own expense.

Here’s what else is included, courtesy of GirlfriendCelebrations and The O’Connor Show:

  • Opening Reception/Mixer (cash bar) with Welcome Gift (Swag Bag) to the First 100 Guests
  • Girlfriend Photos
  • Raffles/Giveaways
  • Games and Surprises Throughout the Weekend
There’s so much to do in this resort town, or you can do choose to do absolutely nothing – that’s the beauty of girlfriend getaways! We have personally stayed at the Irish Cottage and it is really lovely. When you see the pool, hot tub, spa, exercise room and Frank O’Dowd’s Pub featuring live entertainment, you may not want to leave the premises. Unless, of course, you decide to take advantage of the other fabulous opportunities we’ve set up just for you. (Please note, you can pay at the door for these events. Reservations are suggested, but not required.  Please contact the individual venues BY PHONE for reservations).

Gourmet Meal Package

Wow! Enjoy a big Italian dinner Friday night at Vinny Vanucchi’s (salad, garlic bread, your choice of entree) and then party with the girls Saturday night as we are treated to a four-course gourmet meal at the acclaimed One Eleven Main. In addition, you’ll learn to prepare amazing food with an appetizer demo and dessert demo and your drinks are included Saturday via a Mojito and Sangria Workshop! Click here to see the Saturday night menu we are scheduled to enjoy! Tax and gratuity both nights are included. All for only $115 (Sat. Only, $85)

Get Pretty and Pampered

Pick any two pampering mini spa services from Wild Clover Day Spa or A Clover on Main …choose from the 30 minute Intense Back massage, 25 minute Refresher facial, Elemental Nature pedicure, or mini-manicure/mini-pedicure combination. Calling ahead for reservations is recommended. $90.

A Clover on Main will also offer Makeup Application classes on Saturday for $10, which goes toward any makeup purchase.

Shop ‘Til You Drop

Learn how to refresh your wardrobe with an accessorizing workshop at Simply Elegant Boutique. (these will be offered on Saturday afternoon). Learn how to turn an old outfit into a new one with a few well-placed accessories. Then, enjoy the rest of the great shopping in downtown Galena. Free!

There’s much more to do, in Galena including museum exhibits, walking tours, outdoor activities…and the list goes on. We’re finalizing the agenda, sponsors and giveaways for this fabulous weekend with everything you and your girlfriends need to have a fabulous time. But NOW is the time to book your room, before the hotel sells out! You must reserve by phone, as this offer is not available online. Here’s what to do:
1. Call the Irish Cottage at 866.284.7474 and ask for the “Party For the Girls” package. Our goal is to fill the hotel with women, so don’t hesitate. All are welcome!

2. Let us know you’re coming. Either subscribe to the event list HERE or RSVP on Facebook HERE. Then, we can keep you updated with the agenda for the weekend, as well as news about giveaways, swag bags, and more surprises.

Swag Bag Sponsors

Yes, you heard correctly, the first 100 girlfriends who arrive at our welcome reception will receive a welcome gift! Special thanks to our swag bag sponsors including Barefoot CEO Lisa Hammond and Femail Creations, e.l.f. Cosmetics, Atkins Bars, and Always a Girls Girl. Attendees will also receive discounts from Games for Dames and PLUS attendees will receive a copy of this hot new novel (currently #322 in books on amazon)
courtesy of St. Martin’s Press. Wow! Sponsors are subject to change, so stay tuned for updates. We are so grateful to these companies for making our girlfriends feel extra special. Thank you!

That’s all the news for now, girlfriends! We can’t wait to see you February 26 – 28 in beautiful Galena, Illinois!


  1. Embrace the chance to enjoy girlfriendship-for a whole weekend!! We have loads of things planned…you can do all of them, some of them, or none of them…it’s all up to you!! The hotel is beautiful, the food is good, and there is entertainment…
    Come have some fun, join us, we’re doing it all for YOU!!

    Comment by Siobhainn — February 14, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

  2. What a great Winter getaway to start shopping for Spring!

    For half off martini coupons during your visit, join The Grape Escape Facebook group at and email the admin, Catherine Kouzmanoff for the coupon.

    Comment by Miss Kitty — February 16, 2010 @ 11:48 am

  3. When is the weekend for 2011. 4 friends want to join in. Please advise? Mary

    Comment by Mary Adams — October 3, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

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