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Girlfriends’ Getaway and its founder honored for boosting tourism

Participating in the recent Lake George Chamber of Commerce award presentation honoring Girlfriends’ Getaway, were (left to right): Chamber Board of Directors President Jephson Hilary, Girlfriends’ Getaway founder Wauneata Waller, Chamber board Vice President Janice Fox, and Chamber Executive Director Michael Consuelo.

Participating in the recent Lake George Chamber of Commerce award presentation honoring Girlfriends’ Getaway, were (left to right): Chamber Board of Directors President Jephson Hilary, Girlfriends’ Getaway founder Wauneata Waller, Chamber board Vice President Janice Fox, and Chamber Executive Director Michael Consuelo.

— The organizer of a weekend women’s retreat that has introduced hundreds of visitors to the Lake George region has been awarded for masterminding the effort.

Both Girlfriends’ Getaway and its founder Wauneata Waller of Bolton Landing were honored recently by the Lake George Regional Chamber of Commerce for the successful event that is now four years old.

Waller was presented with the Lake George Chamber’s STAR Trophy — the acronym standing for Supporting Tourism in the Adirondack Region. Waller is an event organizer with the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce.

Girlfriends’ Getaway is held annually in May over Mother’s Day weekend at The Sagamore Resort.

The event focuses on wellness, beauty and fashion, friendship, fitness, inspiration and adventure. The Getaway was an immediate success in its debut year, 2010.

Lake George Chamber of Commerce Vice President Janice Fox presented the award to Waller at the Lake George Chamber’s year-end banquet held Oct. 22 at the Dunham’s Bay Resort.

Fox, proprietor of the Adirondack Cotton Co. boutique in Bolton Landing, has helped nurture the event, co-sponsored by Warren County Tourism Department.

Waller said this week that idea for the Girlfriends’ Getaway stemmed from her attending and enjoying a women’s wellness weekend held years ago at The Sagamore Resort. She and others affiliated with the Chamber decided to revive the concept and expand it. Waller and friends then worked to develop a lineup of activities that have included everything from kayaking, hiking and scavenger hunts to tai chi, zumba yoga, nutrition and consciousness-raising sessions.

Annually, between 100 and 200 women travel from the Capital Region, Manhattan and all over the northeast U.S. to participate in Girlfriends’ Getaway.

Among those giving inspirational talks during the Getaway weekends have been WNYT television news personality Benita Zahn and YNN-TV health and fitness reporter Marcie Fraser, both noted motivational speakers.

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