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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.

— Waller praised The Sagamore for their collaboration and hospitality in hosting Girlfriends’ Getaway, and she and Fox credited the local businesses for their similar outreach in providing discounts, receptions, door prizes and special offerings.

“So many people have gotten involved, embraced the event in an effort to stimulate off-season business in town,” Fox said. “The goal is to highlight the area and the wonderful, unique Main Street we have in Bolton.”

Fox added that at least 30 businesses involved in the Lake George Chamber participate in the event as vendors or exhibitors, and that many restaurants extend special deals and various motels and inns extend discounted room rates for Getaway attendees.

This next year, featured presenters at Girlfriends’ Getaway are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, known internationally as The Fabulous Beekman Boys. The couple stars in a reality television show that chronicles their challenges as novice farmers in upstate New York. Waller said she is also negotiating with a star of a popular television series to give a presentation for the 2014 edition of Girlfriends Getaway.

In accepting the award, Waller deferred credit to the workshop presenters that have participated.

“We have such a great number of talented people in our area,” she said. “We don’t have to go very far to get great talent to keep the weekend’s presentations exciting and fresh.”

Waller, an Adirondack Journal columnist, added that her greatest satisfaction has come from Getaway attendees being introduced to the beauty of Lake George and the many amenities of the region.

“I hear first-hand that so many women who have attended fall in love with the area, and bring their families back here — that’s what we want to hear,” she said.

Lake George Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Consuelo praised Waller, Fox and others who’ve worked to make Girlfriends Getaway such a success.

“I applaud them for their efforts,” he said.

Waller said she was pleased with the STAR award — on behalf of all those who work on coordinating the event.

“It’s really an honor for our event to be recognized as having an impact on local tourism,” she said.

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