“When the working day is done, oh girls, they wanna have fun,” sang Cyndi Lauper, and she’s right. We ladies need some enjoyment to help us recharge and renew ourselves. There’s no better way to do that than a girls getaway right here in Pensacola, making memorable moments that include eating, shopping, pampering yourself, doing something crazy, and doing nothing.
Eat Like a Queen
Stay out of the kitchen and let someone else serve your meals. For lunch stop by the “beach’s backyard” known as Red Fish Blue Fish for mouth-watering fish tacos or a yummy shrimp bowl. Enjoy the live entertainment as you sip a cocktail and take in the waterfront scene.
Later on you can drive or take an Uber downtown for a late afternoon treat at Bubba’s Sweet Spot. Be like a kid and visit the candy store without any children around. It’s pure heaven enjoying two scoops of ice cream or having more than one fudge flavor.
At dinner, watch the sunset while trying the world-famous Grits a Ya Ya at Atlas Oyster House. If you dare, try the Category 5 house cocktail that has a hurricane amount of flavor. Feast, don’t famine, during your much-deserved getaway.
Make Shopping Your Greatest Skill
With your squad, form your own troop Beverly Hills and make shopping your greatest skill for the day. Go to the places you typically avoid on your own or with your family. You’re with friends so stop in at Ron Jon Surf Shop on Pensacola Beach to buy matching T-shirts or sunglasses. Get those souvenirs you’ll remember for years.
After that, take the opportunity to discover flare you always wanted to see. If it’s a Saturday, walk along Palafox Market in Downtown Pensacola for local goodies, eats and homemade treasures.
For unique clothing, SoBo Boutique offers the best of Southern-style charm with bohemian flare and comfort. Taste gourmet olive oils and browse cutlery at Bodacious Shops. Select from beautiful, rustic furniture and seasonal items at Rusted Arrow Mercantile.
Give Yourself the Royal Treatment
A girls’ getaway would not be complete without some pampering time. You’re worth it, and you deserve it.
Stillwaters Day and Medical Spa offers options for a massage, pedicure and facial. Choose one or indulge in all three. You won’t regret the uplift in your beauty and spirit.
If a half day of spa treatment isn’t on the to-do list, then bond at Pure Pilates. Together you and friends can stretch and meditate in poses you will love and laugh over. Your body and your mind will thank you.
Do Something Crazy
Remember having that silly notion or feeling of wanting to do something but then talking yourself out of it? Well, not this weekend! Journey around downtown on a segway with Emerald Coast Tours. Ride or take the historical tour.
Learn about ghosts that once occupied Seville Quarter. Be the last one that leaves End O’ The Alley Bar to meet one.
Plan a scavenger hunt along the beach. Hilton Pensacola Beach Hotel has several great hiding spots. Ask the attendant where to bury treasure and leave clues along the trail. The last person to find the loot buys drinks for the group!
Just Do Nothing
When you’re exhausted or need a break from all the fabulous foods, shopping and pampering, then it’s time to take it down a notch. Cyndi Lauper also sang, “I want to be the one to walk in the sun.” Heed her advice and stroll quietly along the beach. Breathe in that fresh air.
Lounge and do nothing. Whether it’s the sitting in Fountain Park in historic Pensacola or lying down on a towel in the sand at the beach, make no plans for an hour. Just be you.
Be Lost and Found
Let these ideas jumpstart your friends forever vacation. Ask your gals what they want to do and incorporate all ideas. There are so many options in Pensacola. Number one on the agenda is to have fun: with lots of laughter, joy and pleasant surprises. In your getaway, get lost in the moment so you find connection to yourself and your friends again.