Is it us, or do bachelorette parties all seem to blend together after a while in a cloud of tequila shots and shiny plastic beads? Whether you’re feeling burned out by all of the bachelorettes you’ve spent in Vegas or Miami, you want to keep your party local, or you’re just not the going-out type and want something more relaxing, here are six alternate bachelorette party ideas to consider.
1. Gone Glamping.
If your girl group is up for an adventure, glamping could be your ultimate bachelorette getaway. The key to making it more relaxing than rustic: book a house or cabin on a lake or in the mountains, or visit a resort that caters to upscale camping with well-appointed yurts and lodges designed to bring the glamour. GlampingHub.com or Glamping.com are great resources for locations around the U.S., including pop-up glamping services, like tricked out Tipis that can be set up almost anywhere.
2. Plan a Spa-Ahhh Day.
If your perfect bachelorette is one that’s completely stress free, consider renting out a local spa for a day with friends. Feel like getting away? Consider a destination spa like Canyon Ranch in Arizona or The Lake Austin Spa in Texas. Either way, start your morning with coffee and an invigorating workout or hike, then move onto massages, a spa lunch, and finish out the day with mani-pedis. Spend the evenings relaxing in the hot tub or visit a town nearby.
3. Head for the Hills.
Planning a winter bachelorette? Forget the traditional warm-weather locales and book a ski-vacation. There are few things more rewarding than a glass of wine after a day on the slopes. Don’t ski? Try showshoeing or snowmobiling instead, then head to the apres-ski watering holes anyway!
4. Take a Staycation.
For those whose bridal parties might not be able to fly for a bachelorette because of the cost, pregnancy, or simple preference, why not take a staycation? Booking a suite at even the nicest hotel in the nearest big city is likely to cost a lot when split among a group than eight plane tickets, and it will still feel special. Stay for the weekend, and make the first night Champagne and room-service-infused slumber party, and plan a night on the town for night two.
Does one member of your bridal party live in a different city than the rest? Ask her if she’d be willing to play hostess for a weekend! You’ll save on lodging costs and have a built-in tour guide than can point your group in the direction of the best nightlife, restaurants, and attractions in the area.
6. Take a Wine Tour.
Gather your group of winos and head to wine country. Most regions of the country have their own little version of Napa, whether you live in the Midwest (head to Michigan), the Northwest (Washington State has beautiful vineyards), East Coast (check out the Connecticut wine trail), or South (the Georgia Wine Highway and Texas Hill Country are both popular). Hire a tour bus to take you to three or four vineyards, then spend the night at a local B&B.