“All Women Need to Connect Outside The Home”
In 1997 when Karen moved to Rochester, New York (after many moves), she started Girl*friends, organized trips for women, as a way to get some of her friends together for girlfriend getaways and weekends and to continue using her meeting, planning and hospitality skills, which she missed from her “prior” life. The Finger Lakes were just around the corner, and the entire New England area offered amazing opportunities for girlfriend getaways and weekend trips.
She had always hoped to get together and enjoy trips and excursions with different groups of women, but due to several moves, constrained budgets, busy family life, etc., those trips kept getting put off.
Gals from growing up, college, jobs, and different homes were spread out all over the country. She figured if she planned a special women’s getaway or weekend each year, then some girlfriends could come along. In addition, she would ask those ladies to bring along a special friend or two they didn’t get to see often enough.
Exploring the Finger Lakes, New England and more with your BFFs!
Go ‘n Groove, Adventurous Woman Guided Trips, was born in 2003 and has offered trips and tours in the New England area: the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont (12 years now), the Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York and the Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont. In addition, mothers and daughters have gotten together for girl weekends in New York City, where they enjoyed seeing “Wicked”, “Little Women” and “Legally Blonde.” There have also been six cycling trips that alternate among the Finger Lakes of NY. And … this spring was the second year that Go ‘n Groove went to NYC for a fabulous girls’ weekend, which included a foodie tour of Brooklyn, Happy Hour at SCOOP in SOHO, and the Five Borough Bike Ride put on by Bike New York.
On a Go ‘n Groove Girl’s Getaway you can always expect the following:
- FASHION ~ fashion tours…great shopping…fashion shows
- FOOD ~ culinary tours…great meals with fabulous wine… cooking classes…wine tastings
- FROLIC ~ bike tours…glassblowing classes…outdoor activities… museums…art galleries…spas
About Your Guide:
Karen has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry. A graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, Karen has worked as a waitress, front desk clerk, reservations clerk, sales manager and special events and golf tournament coordinator. But after many years of working operations, Karen finally realized that what she really loved about the industry was staying in hotels and eating in restaurants! She was lucky enough to be offered a job at Deloitte & Touche (then Deloitte Haskins & Sells) as a meeting planner. The opportunity to travel the country and visit luxury resorts was definitely the best! During that time she learned the importance of good organization, good communications and attention to details–which you will receive on a Go ‘n Groove Girl’s trip!
Karen grew up in Montclair, New Jersey, but since then has lived in many places (Exeter & Durham NH, Rochester NY, State College PA, Ann Arbor MI, Sun Valley ID, New York NY, Pittsburgh PA and Miami FL). She now calls Old Saybrook, Connecticut home.