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Girlfriend mini getaway on a budget

Kids, jobs, commitments...trying to coordinate a girls getaway that meets the schedules and budgets of five busy moms from five different cities is tough. Thankfully, my dearest friends and I discovered we didn't have to break the bank to pack in a fast, fun-filled, wine-drenched weekend.

girlfriends in Niagara on the lakegirlfriends in Niagara on the lakeWe spent two nights at a charming little house in Niagara-on-the-Lake called The Artist's Cottage. It was simple and roomy enough for the five of us (despite a few skirmishes for the bathroom). In reality, it's a quaint little house with just the basics, not the best choice if you want high-end, upscale accommodations. It was perfect for our low-key approach and tight budget.

A short stroll to the main drag our first evening found us down at The Irish Harp enjoying delicious pub fare, singing touring Niagara wine countrytouring Niagara wine countryalong with lively music from the celtic band and more than our share of adult beverages. 

A few months earlier, I had discovered Crush On Niagara Wine Tours while doing some online research on Niagara Region tours. After a phone call with owner Andrew Brooks, I knew we were going to have an amazing Saturday in wine country. Andrew did a Great food, wine and friends!Great food, wine and friends!fabulous job figuring us out (five nutty moms and wine tour novices), what we were looking for (a variety of vineyards to tickle our fancy) and our budget (not huge). In no time, he had prepared a full day's itinerary of five vineyards, from big to small, with a fabulous personalized lunch midday at the Jackson Triggs Estate. And he kept it moving along with our entertaining and knowledgeable driver, Bob, who took great care of us from door to door.

girlfriends getawaygirlfriends getawayAfter a thoroughly enjoyable wine adventure, we were delivered back to our little cottage where we spent that second night in, preparing our own food and cracking open a few of those bottles purchased during the day. It was exactly the kind of quick getaway these busy ladies needed. 

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About Cynthia Kinnunen

Cynthia Kinnunen ~ @CynthiaCrumbCynthia Kinnunen ~ @CynthiaCrumbCynthia Kinnunen is a freelance writer, occasional musician, wife and mom of three. Her travel adventures with and without kids keep her smiling. Catch up with Cynthia online:

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