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Yoga, hiking highlight Bolton's debut 'Girlfriends Getaway'

WARRENSBURG - It was a weekend filled with fun, fitness, fashion and friendship for the dozens of women from at least three states and Canada who recently attended the first Girlfriends Getaway in Bolton Landing at The Sagamore Resort.

The weekend kicked off May 14 with a meet-and-greet cocktail party on The Sagamore's new Overlook Terrace. Attendees enjoyed a panoramic view of Lake George from the third floor of the resort while "noshing" on a spread of appetizers and sipping cocktails, all while networking, dancing and getting to know their newfound friends.

Mats and towels lined the floor of a packed conference room Saturday morning, as many of the 96 women started the jam-packed day of events with an hour-long yoga class. The weekend's sessions were geared to empowering women to live their life to the fullest and staying mentally and physically active.

The workshops included a presentation on creating one's own garden sanctuary, a kayak lesson, a fashion show, a hiking trip and cooking demonstration by Sagamore Executive Chef Adam Savage. A session on the new Crystalline Consciousness Technique sought to boost the group's energy field to a harmonic, coherent state.

"The weather was perfect and the women not only left with knowledge to help improve the quality of their lives but they also formed new friendships," said Wauneata Waller, Girlfriends Getaway organizer.

The event's keynote speaker was Channel 9 News YNN's health and fitness reporter Marci Fraser, who kept the group engaged in a conversation about the importance of staying in shape, and the tools they need to make it happen.

Throughout the weekend, the women participated in a town-wide scavenger hunt and were treated to specially priced meals at participating restaurants.

"I was overwhelmed by all the positive feedback and the anticipation of next year's Girlfriends Getaway," Waller said. "I am grateful to all the shops, businesses and restaurants that participated in this weekends event."

Michelle Maskaly is a multimedia journalist and social media freelancer.

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