Alicia and I recently went on a Girl Trip to Kansas City, MO for a weekend. We shopped, ate amazing food and pretty much chill-axed the whole time. It was the first trip we’ve been on together since the late nineties. (Geesh, time flies by way too quickly!) Now that we live within a days drive of each other I imagine we will be able to go on more of these weekend getaway’s in the future. KC is a great city filled with all sorts of fabulous things to do and see, and it’s also just so happens to be a great halfway point for us to meet up at. While KC will more then likely be the location of most of our Girl Trips to come, we have developed our own special kind of bucket list with the Girl Trips we dream about taking one day. These are the places we would love to see together because in some way, shape or form, they symbolize our friendship and growing up together.
Trip 1 – A Literary Excursion to Prince Edward Island. Why Prince Edward Island? Well it just so happens to be the home of a beloved literary character, Anne Shirley, from the series of books, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Alicia wrote about her love of all things Anne a few months ago which you can read here. When we were young girls we both devoured these books and watched the tv series over and over again, so this would be such an amazing trip to experience together. Alicia is the one who stumbled on the Anne Vacation Itinerary on the Prince Edward Island tourism website. There is so much you can see and do that are all related to Anne of Green Gables. You can visit many of the settings from the books, like Green Gables, Avonlea Village, the Haunted Wood and the Lake of Shining Waters. Doesn’t that sound simply wonderful?
Trip 2 – A Culinary Excursion to Hingham, MA. So, what about Hingham, located near Boston, MA would make us want to fly all the way there to grab some grub? A restaurant called, Wahlburgers. Wahlburgers is owned by Mark and Donnie Wahlburg. Do those names ring a bell? I urge you to read a former blog post I did here, about a concert Alicia and I went to when we were teenagers, Marky-Mark and the Funky Bunch. While we both really liked Mark Wahlberg, we were truly fanatical about a group called New Kids on the Block. For quite some time in our teen years, we both ate, slept and breathed NKOTB. Our favorite NKOTB member was Joey McIntyre but Donnie Wahlberg came in a close second! Of course, if we ever do manage to take this trip we would find a few other things to do and see while in the Boston area, but eating at Wahlburgers is our #1 priority!
Trip 3 – A Theatrical Excursion to NYC. Another shared love that stems from our childhood is a movie called Newsies. It is a musical based on a group of newspaper boys who strike against the big newspaper companies of the day in New York City during 1899. I will admit to the fact that a movie full of really cute boys may have had some influence on just how much we loved this movie, but it is also a really great story with loads of fun, catchy, toe-tapping tunes! To this day we both still enjoy watching Newsies, and whenever one or the other of us catches it playing on tv we’ll send out a text, “Newsies is on!” It wasn’t too long ago when I happened to stumble on a short video for the Broadway Musical, Newsies. I quickly posted it to Alicia’s Facebook wall and another dream Girl Trip was added to our list! (I am really hoping Newsies will eventually go on tour and come to a city a bit closer to us, like KC, because that would make this trip that much more easier to cross off our bucket list!)
We have three Girl Trips on our bucket list so far. Hopefully, one of these days when time and money prevail, we’ll manage to actually take one of them! We would love to hear all about the great Girl Trips you dream about taking with your BFF’s, too.