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Relax, refresh, and partake in some retail therapy.

Plan an incredible girls' getaway right in Seattle's backyard

There's nothing like a weekend away with your friends. No kids or significant others to take care of, no house that needs cleaning, and no to-do lists. Lucky for you, the perfect girls' getaway awaits, just a few minutes south of downtown Seattle! Relax, refresh, and partake in some retail therapy and return home stress-free and ready to take on the world (or just your family's weekly calendar).

Cedarbrook Lodge

Seattle Southside is home to more than 60 hotels that can be your home base for the weekend and one option, Cedarbrook Lodge Seattle Southside is just a quick drive from downtown, but if you don't feel like driving Cedarbrook offers free shuttle service from the Seattle Link light rail, so you could even leave your car at home. Once you arrive, you'll be taken to your amenity-filled room, complete with a pillow menu to ensure you get your best night's sleep. Get settled, then head over to the place where the relaxation really begins, The Spa at Cedarbrook Lodge.

Every detail of your pampering has been thought out at The Spa. From ethically-produced products, to their signature Vichy shower hydrotherapy, to treatments that utilize petrified wood to help soothe the muscles and calm the mind. Whether you prefer massages, facials, pedicures, or all of the above, the treatments at The Spa are sure to help you forget any worries and focus on feeling your best. And if the mood should strike, there are even mimosas available to go with your mani/pedi. While you're there, pick up a gift certificate for your significant other - The Spa has several treatments geared toward guys - like the Sports Pedicure or Massage & Microbrew that would make excellent birthday or Father's Day gifts.

Westfield Southcenter

Now that you're relaxed and refreshed, it's time to partake in some retail therapy. Westfield Southcenter is the largest shopping center in Washington state and the place to get everything on your wish list. Westfield Southcenter is home to more than 225 retailers including Nordstrom, lululemon, Coach and H&M. If you like to shop, you'll love spending the afternoon here. There are dozens of restaurants, both sit-down and casual, in the shopping center, but if you're in the mood for a cozy Italian meal and a fabulous bottle of chianti to go with it, we have just the place.

Grazie Ristorante

The folks at Grazie really get Italian food. In fact, in 1991 they began taking their employees to Italy to experience the food and culture firsthand! It's a tradition that continues to this day (they take the trip every two years) and unsurprisingly, Grazie has some of the lowest employee turnover in the restaurant industry. This pride in their product is evident in everything from the service, to the menu selection (take our word for it, EVERYTHING is good), to the wine list. Not sure what to order? Your server would be happy to make recommendations, and they even have gluten-free options available. The wine list pairs wonderfully with the food offerings, and there's a good chance your server has been educated by an Italian vintner on where your wine is from and how it was made. Sip and savor your meal over wonderful conversation with friends, then head back to Cedarbrook Lodge for a restful night's sleep.

Ready to plan your adventure? Contact the Visitor Center experts at the Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority for trip itineraries, restaurant recommendations, hotel reservations, and more! Visit them online at or call 206-575-2489.