How to Have a Great Shopping Weekend with the Girls

by Country Inns & Suites
Friday, April 5, 2013

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We all need to get away with our girlfriends once in a while, and what better way to celebrate a girls’ weekend than with shopping? Grab a couple of your friends and check out these tips to enjoy a great weekend trip that will have all of you shopping ‘til you drop!

1. Plan your shopping trip

The first thing you’ll need to do is pick your destination (based around the area’s great shopping, of course) and decide on your arrival and departure dates. In addition to these basic details, you’ll also need to decide if you and your travel party will be flying or driving, if there are any big sale weekends you want to hit, and if any of you need to take time off of work to make the trip. Once you and your friends have made these decisions, it’s time to book your stay.

2. Book your stay with our Hotel Shopping Package

What’s better than spending a weekend with your close friends? Getting coupons or a gift card to use during your stay! When you book a Hotel Shopping Package at a participating Country Inns & Suites By Carlson hotel in the United States, Canada, or Latin America, you’ll receive shopping coupons or a gift card valued at USD $25 so you can make the most of your trip.

Which great shopping location will you be visiting – Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Georgia, Orange Park Mall in Jacksonville, Florida, Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in McLean, Virginia, the many shopping venues in Brookfield, Wisconsin? The Hotel Shopping Package gives you these options and many more. You might just have to book a second trip!

3. Create a basic itinerary

With a weekend full of shopping, your schedule might get a little hectic. Get together with your friends before the trip to outline a plan of action, including what time you’ll depart, when you’ll get to the hotel, which malls or shops to go to each day, restaurants that you’d love to try, and your departure time at the end of your trip. With the basics planned out in advance, you’ll be able to enjoy your trip and avoid having to spend time making last-minute decisions.

4. Leave room in your luggage or vehicle for your purchases

This tip is important for any avid shopper who is traveling, but it’s particularly helpful when your vacation is planned around shopping itself. After a full weekend of shopping, you and your friends will probably be leaving the hotel with much more than you came in with. If you’re flying to and from your destination, leave plenty of room in your suitcase or pack an empty bag that you can fill with your purchases on your return trip. If you do bring an extra bag, keep the airline’s rules for luggage in mind, and be prepared to check a bag. For those of you driving to your destination, make sure there will be enough room in your vehicle to fit all of your new purchases. Planning ahead of time will prevent you from spending the drive home surrounded by shopping bags that wouldn’t fit in your trunk.

5. Enjoy a weekend full of shopping and comfortable accommodations

The most important tip for a successful girls’ shopping trip is to have fun! With a weekend full of shopping and catching up with your girlfriends, you’re bound to have a great time.  And don’t forget about the everyday amenities at Country Inns & Suites! You can start each morning with our complimentary Be Our Guest Breakfast, enjoy a dip in the pool or a workout in the fitness center, check in with your family and friends at home with our free high-speed Internet access, and relax in your comfortable room at the end of the day.  With a trip this memorable, you’ll be talking about it for years to come.

Are you planning a girls’ shopping weekend for you and your friends? Don’t forget to book a stay with a Hotel Shopping Package to receive $25 worth of coupons or gift cards!