From pink barbells to “ladies-only” yoga, surf and paddleboard getaways, tap into your femme side this summer and leave the boys at home. Regardless of fitness level, ignite your love for a new sporting endeavor while sharing the bond of a girl’s getaway. Whether it’s a long weekend or a half-day, take advantage of these five adventurous activities designed by women for women.
2160 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
Check off “surfing” as a bucket list item with the Surf Diva women’s-only surf camp in La Jolla Shores, San Diego. Regardless of fitness level, it’s possible to enjoy the buzz of riding an ocean wave with its most popular program, the Women’s Weekend Surf Clinic. Money can buy confidence and it’s here where expert instructors will ensure you catch a wave before the weekend is over. After the lesson, take a break from the sun and rehydrate at one of the quaint sidewalk cafes in the charming town of La Jolla Shores.
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1106 N. La Cienega
W. Hollywood, CA 90069
For the girly-girl: think pink barbells, pink floors and pink leg warmers. Leave the man-stares for the nightclub and the pandemonium of corporate gyms to LA Fitness. Skip annoying contracts and initiation fees and go month-to-month while having the freedom to choose from more than seven group fitness classes daily. Try Pink Fit, a class designed with all female clients’ goals in mind and a customized “workout out of the day.”
Calistoga Yoga Retreat/ Rosemary Garrison Yoga
3975 Mountain Home Ranch Road
Calistoga, CA 94515
Every woman needs a technology-free weekend dedicated to recharging the mind and awakening the spirit. Perfect for both devoted yogis and beginners, Rosemary Garrison Yoga offers a ladies-only yoga retreat at Mayacamas Ranch. Tucked within the gorgeous Calistoga hillsides surrounding Napa Valley, think twice-daily yoga, natural hot springs, expansive views, abundant nature and cool breezes year round. And it doesn’t stop there – schedule a wine tasting tour of surrounding Napa or Sonoma valleys. After all, it is wine country.
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Newport Aquatic Center: Women’s Sweep Rowing
1 White Cliffs Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The soul of teamwork and personal strength come alive on the water as a group of eight learn to row in complete synchronicity. Learn both the basics and advanced skills of sweep rowing at Newport Aquatic Center this summer. Try either its one-day class or an eight-week women’s camp and discover the vigor offered by this historical sport once shared by the Vikings.
Kiya Sports: Standup Paddleboarding (SUP)
214 Main St., Suite 416
El Segundo, CA 90245
Taught by women, for women, Kiya Sports caters to all women looking to have a blast and gain sureness on the water with SUP. Based in Southern California, Kiya Sports offers individual, two-person and group 90-minute lessons as well as half- and full-day local and destination paddle camps. With a holistic approach, Kiya Sports helps beginners turn into confident “water women” while tapping into the special sense of family (Ohana) among the paddleboard community.
Jessica Blotter has 10 years experience in the advertising industry and is founder of Publicly Loved – at the heart of brands, causes and events. As an author of two regional travel blogs with CBS Local and Examiner.com, she has produced more than 30 published articles covering regional getaway destinations and charitable events. Follow her onTwitter @publiclyloved.