Adventure Getaways with Georgia Pellegrini and a Giveaway!

Hey friends! I have a fun guest post and giveaway from my friend Georgia Pellegrini!

A year and a half ago I was lucky enough to go on a fab Girl Hunter getaway with Georgia to Joshua Creek Ranch where she taught us how to do all sorts of outdoorsy type stuff.  hunt, fish, shoot… seriously.

 

Here’s a picture of all of us on our trip…

6461435159_1b76c263d4From left to right… Carrie, Amy, Erica, Kristan, Marla, Lori, Angie, Georgia, Wendy, Dara, Bridget, Me, Elana and Cheryl

Anyhow, we had such a fun time, but the thing is, Georgia offers these super exciting getaways to anyone who wants to go!

Feeling adventurous?  This is for you!

I’m just gonna let Georgia explain everything…

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Recently I have been thinking a lot about my close girlfriends and how important those relationships are to me. When I look back over the years I realize I met so many of them during those unforgettable bonding experiences that life brings your way. There is a lot that I love about the Adventure Getaways that I’ve been doing over the last two years, but my hands down favorite thing is watching women come together from across the country, meet each other for the first time on Friday afternoon, and leave on Sunday as lifelong friends.

Since I hosted my first Adventure Getaway a year and half ago, (where Shelly was a guest!), I have been amazed to see how many different types of women have had a desire to come on these adventure trips with me and challenge themselves to experience new things.

There is something about these Getaways, every single time I say to myself, “wow, I couldn’t have hand picked a better group of women to come together as total strangers and bond as if they had known each other for years.” I feel very lucky to witness and take part in this sort of togetherness and am grateful to have met so many wonderful people along the way and to share all kinds of adventures, laughter, and good food with them. I’ve made friends for life.
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Shelly joined me on the inaugural event along with some of my favorite food bloggers on the planet.

Since those first successful trips, I have expanded the adventures in weird and wonderful ways, and these are some of the highlights I thought I’d share.

2013-08-07_0007 One of my favorite parts of the weekend is the girl bonding by the fire pit. There are lots and lots of s’mores. Some women even bring their own retractable s’mores sticks, they mean business.
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There are really cozy accommodations, sometimes we even each have our own little house with a wood burning fireplace. Other times, it is a log cabin with mountain views.

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And my personal favorite are the many types of bubble baths. A woman needs that after a long day of adventure.

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I also love the food we have had on our menus, from elk, to venison, to frogs legs, oh my! Plus the delicious berry mousses and beignets smothered in ice cream. Sometimes we even have special Bourbon Dinners with live entertainment.

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Since I am a chef by trade, I’m all about the learning. We have cooking classes galore. Ever wanted to know how to clean and butcher a bird properly? No problem. How about some amazing Texas shaped cookies? We’ve got you covered.Girl Hunter Baking by TidyMom

On special occasions, we even have guest teachers who teach us to make amazing cookies and cake pops. Hi Shelly!

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Then there is the adventure. We ladies get together on ATVs and drive 10,000 feet into the Montana mountains.

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Or walk in the snowy hills and hunt wild birds, wild hogs, deer and the likes, many of the ladies do this for the very first time with professional guides and beautiful bird dogs along with them.

Sometimes you’ll even find yourself hunting with men in kilts (see above, yikes!).

Fly fishing...

We fly fish and listen to the meditative sounds of the rivers rushing around our ankles while we wear our waterproof waders.

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There are plenty of ranger rides… and clay shooting too, another first for many people.

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And of course there are presents, because what’s a party without them?!

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Once a year, I host one co-ed couples event. As I like to say: The couple that prays and makes venison sausage together, stays together.

And the best part of all…

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…is all of that girl bonding that happens. We all make friends forever, support each other to roll up our sleeves and step outside our comfort zones… we all have a desire to experience life more viscerally.

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To surprise ourselves!

And give each other hugs.

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Sometimes, we even dance the night away.

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And now if that weren’t plenty, this summer, by popular demand, I began hosting private customized Adventure Getaways, my favorite of which is for bachelorette groups!

I’ve become familiar enough with the amazing venues around the country, that I can customize experiences each with their own unique attributes so that no one trip is ever the same.

Here is my full Adventure Getaways Calendar to date. We have some exciting media joining us in Montana in late September and can’t wait to meet the great ladies that attend. (there are a few spots left!)

As a special something for Shelly’s readers, we’re offering a 3rd night stay free for those who sign up with a friend.

And of course, if you want to drop someone a hint for a future date, there are gift certificates too.

2013-08-07_0002And as an extra treat today I’m giving away a piece of my favorite upcycled jewelry from one of the Adventure Getaway sponsors “Sure Shot,” who fills our gift bags with the most beautiful jewelry made from upcycled shotgun shells.

2013-08-09_0001To enter to win my favorite necklace use the widget below to enter!  Good Luck!
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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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95 Responses
  1. Pauline Gudas

    I would love to go with my sister in Texas and since I live in Maine. It would be a real adventure to spend time with her

  2. Juliann

    I need an adventure getaway with my hubby. Nearly eight years of marriage and we never got a honeymoon 🙁 This is a really cool idea!

  3. Rox D.

    I would take my life long best friend from childhood. We live just a block away but we don’t get to see each other as often as we would like because of the busy-ness of life. It would be so much fun to have a new adventure together, like going into the Twilight Zone and living life for a few days as it could have been for us in the country. We’d be totally lost and I’d love every terrifying moment of it!

  4. Jennifer Lewis

    I would escape with my husband. We have been together for 22 years and married for 19, we have only gotten away from our 4 kids once in all of those years! We went to a couples retreat last year and renewed our vows. This would be perfect for us because we are still working through a lull. The place is amazing!

  5. Shelby

    I’d go with my 2 best friends. I’m 28 and I’ve known my one best friend since kindergarten and the other since 7th grade. They are both outdoorsy girls and we’d have so much fun! When the 3 of us get together we always have a heck of a good time!

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