America's Best Girlfriend Getaways

If you resolve to spend more time with the girls in 2013, these are the best places to go wine tasting, learn to surf, catch the next great band, or chill at the resort pool.

Madison, WI

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Former New Yorker Judy Frankel, who now works for Madison’s CVB, says she was pleasantly surprised by the local culture and diversity: “There’s great ethnic food, fancy dinners are still reasonably priced, and you can walk everywhere.” Book your fancy dinner at L’Etoile, where produce, meats, and artisan Wisconsin cheeses are sourced from a local farmers’ market. On Fridays, swing by High Noon Saloon for Happyoke—karaoke during happy hour with a band playing as backup—and, in summer, head to the rooftop of the César Pelli–designed Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for concerts and films.

Where to Stay: You’re past those frat-house partying days, so check into the chic HotelRED, with a walk-to-everything location, modern art, and kitchenettes that make it easy to cook up a group dinner.

America's Best Girlfriend Getaways

Madison, WI

Former New Yorker Judy Frankel, who now works for Madison’s CVB, says she was pleasantly surprised by the local culture and diversity: “There’s great ethnic food, fancy dinners are still reasonably priced, and you can walk everywhere.” Book your fancy dinner at L’Etoile, where produce, meats, and artisan Wisconsin cheeses are sourced from a local farmers’ market. On Fridays, swing by High Noon Saloon for Happyoke—karaoke during happy hour with a band playing as backup—and, in summer, head to the rooftop of the César Pelli–designed Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for concerts and films.

Where to Stay: You’re past those frat-house partying days, so check into the chic HotelRED, with a walk-to-everything location, modern art, and kitchenettes that make it easy to cook up a group dinner.

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