After winning a plane ticket from Jet Blue, she decided to take us up on the offer. She flew out from the east coast for five days. We toured Oregon from Newport on the coast to Mount Hood. She's a big Leverage fan so got to see many of the places we film. We even caught the American Idol tour concert one night! Fun times with two girlfriends that I'll cherish always. A special thanks to Dru for providing the pictures for this blog!
Our first stop took us from Portland, Oregon to Newport on the coast. This was my surprise for my friends. I booked us into the Sylvia Beach Hotel where each room is decorated after an author. We stayed in the Colette room. Ocean views, a fireplace and cats. Needless to say, I was in heaven. One of my friends tolerated the cat for my sake. And we had some good laughs over my new feline friend, Shelley.
Our days together reminded me of the other girls' weekends I've had. Most have been places like Las Vegas, Sedona, Mendocino. The memories are all good.
One girls' weekend wasn't. The best way to describe it was brutal. I'd been dumped by my boyfriend and was in my all men suck phase. One of my closest friends from college and I decided to have a girls weekend skiing in Vail. We could ski during the day and bash men at night. It sounded pretty perfect to me. She decided, however, to invite a guy to join us. Another couple they knew happened to be there, too, so I was the proverbial fifth wheel. Not what I had in mind.
Myrna Mackenzie, Shirley Jump, Jackie Braun and I wrote about four best friends from San Diego who go on a girls weekend in Las Vegas to help one of them, my heroine Jayne, get over her cheating fiance and broken engagement.
The weekend doesn't quite turn out like any of them expected, which seems par for the course when it comes to girls' weekends. But that's okay. Friendship prevails, as well as love which, for us romance writers, is what matters most! I just wish I could get Myrna, Shirley and Jackie to join me for a girls' weekend somewhere. I bet we'd have a really good time together!
What is your favorite girls' weekend locale? Do you have a favorite memory of a time you got away with your girlfriends?
Melissa McClone lives in the Pacific Northwest and writes for Harlequin Romance. Her newest release, Wedding Date with the Best Man, is book four of the Girls' Weekend in Las Vegas series and on sale in the US in September 2010. Later this month, her eight part eHarlequin free on-line read, Snow-Kissed Reunion will be available.