March 21, 2023

Ladies, isn’t it time to get away from the holiday stress and have a mini-vacation with the girls? Get a head-to-toe makeover, shop for some unique gifts, explore ways to beautify your home, and enjoy the fun of a tropical getaway without leaving Minnesota.

Escape chaotic malls and pamper yourselves at the Girlfriends Expo & Getaway, November 20-21 at Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Mom needs a new purse? Would the sister who has everything love a fabulous scarf or necklace?  With more than 100 exhibits, there’s no need to get up at 4 a.m. on Black Friday. Find them something perfect and unique at the show!

This year, there’s everything you need for a fabulous makeover. From teeth whitening to permanent makeup, you’ll be camera-ready for those holiday family photos. Turn up your fashion savvy with a luxurious Glitz & Glamour Fashion Show, sponsored by Hope Chest for Breast Cancer and a fashion show focusing on holiday gifts under $50 sponsored by Chadwicks. Coupons for these retail stores will be available at the expo!

The guys have had their hunting weekend. Now it’s your turn for girlfriends and good times.  We know ladies excel at multi-tasking. So pamper yourself and get the shopping done! This will be so much fun that it could become your annual tradition.

Here’s our suggested itinerary

Upon your arrival at the island Friday night, grab a glass of wine or your favorite cocktail from one of our conveniently-located cash bars and slip into shopping bliss at the expo. Get inspired to look model-perfect for those holiday parties during first of two fashion shows: an exciting Glitz & Glamour Fashion Show featuring recycled designer clothing from Hope Chest for Breast Cancer retail stores.

Everyone who attends the fashion show will receive a 25 percent off coupon to use at the store, which features high-end home furnishings in addition to women’s designer clothing and accessories, all of which is donated. To date, Hope Chest for Breast Cancer has donated more than $850,000 in support of local underserved women touched by breast cancer – often helping these women pay for food, rent and electricity.

The night doesn’t have to end after the expo closes for the night. Make this a true getaway by staying at the island, where there is something for everyone. Hit the lounge for live music and dancing, find a hot slot, socialize with your friends as you try your luck at the blackjack and poker tables, challenge your friends to a game at the new state-of-the-art bowling alley, or head to the tropical indoor pool where you can relax in the hot tub so you’ll be ready for the next day of shopping.

Then indulge yourselves by sleeping in on Saturday morning! Just don’t sleep too long because you won’t want to miss our champagne brunch before the expo re-opens at 10 a.m. Brunch is available for just $20 per person (brunch price also includes two 1/2 price tickets for drinks in the Parlay Lounge).

Then discover how to look like you just stepped out of a magazine, whether you are at work or out with your friends by attending the Saturday afternoon fashion show sponsored by Chadwick’s.

Special Package offer: Treasure Island Hotel & Resort is The “Girlfriends Weekend” hotel package is just $119 double occupancy (less than $60 per person), and includes two admission tickets to the Girlfriends Expo & Getaway. If your stay includes Friday night, you will also receive 2 tickets to our Saturday morning champagne brunch and four 1/2 price tickets for drinks in the Parlay Lounge. To reserve your room, call Treasure Island Resort & Casino Reservations at 1-888-867-7829.

The Girlfriends Expo & Getaway is sponsored in part by Twin Cities Live, Channel 5 News, KSTC Channel 45, Acidophilus Pearls, Remifemin, Best of Times, Bob FM, Family Times and Treasure Island Resort & Casino. Hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $6 at the door or $3 with a discount ticket available at

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