Bachelorette parties often have a reputation for being wild and crazy weekends full of late nights out, fancy dresses, and locales like Vegas and Miami. But that type of party isn’t for everyone. Luckily, there are tons of locations that tailor to every kind of bride, including those who just want a few days of relaxation. From nature-focused weekends to days spent at the spa, you’ll be in bachelorette bliss no matter your tastes.
If the wine country is your dream destination, but you’re on the East Coast, head to the Hamptons. Here, local vineyards have live music and host private wine tastings, blending nicely with your weekend full of hassle-free elegance and fun. Head to East Hampton for upscale shopping (and possible celeb sightings) or Montauk for local stores selling beach-wares. Afterward, saunter over to a local bar for a night out, or stay in and enjoy views of the ocean (or possibly a pool) and the beautiful weather while cooking a homemade meal.
Calling all nature lovers: Austin is for you. The newly trendy destination is full of outdoor-friendly (and wallet-friendly) activities for you and your girls. Head here in warmer months to take advantage of things like Barton Springs, a natural pool where you can spend the day frolicking in the water and sunbathing, and Town Lake, a spot offering paddleboarding, canoeing and kayaking. At night, see a show at a variety of venues that play live music every night of the week or gain confidence by spending the evening belting out your favorite tunes at karaoke.
Does a weekend sipping wine in the country’s most beautiful vineyards sound ideal for you? Then consider Napa for your bachelorette trip. Daytime can be spent exploring the wineries on planned wine tours—one company even takes you around in an old vintage car!—and enjoying the beautiful weather of Napa Valley. Once the wine is tapped, head to lunch and then spend the rest of the afternoon at a day spa or shopping at local boutiques. Nights are full of swanky cocktail lounges, bars with low-key live music, and of course, tons of wine.
Miami isn’t the only Florida destination brides and bridesmaids flock to for bachelorette celebrations. For a sleepy, yet still tropical and upbeat vibe, head to Naples. Days are filled with beach time, either relaxing on the sand or having fun on the water via jet skis, kayaks and more. Book a cooking class at Sur la Table for a different take on dinner or opt for an early meal in downtown Naples, giving you time to walk around the area and explore the quaint shops nearby once you finish (don’t worry, the sun shines well into the evening). A few hours in, and you’ll quickly realize why Naples is consistently voted as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
Pink houses, great shopping, foodie-centric restaurants: all reasons Charleston is a top pick for a weekend away with your best friends. Pick a few restaurants to visit before you get there and make a reservation (they fill up quickly!), then let the rest of the weekend be full of relaxing. Walk around the downtown area, where local boutiques and favorite chains mix together, alongside little coffee shops and outdoor markets. If you’re into history, take a boat ride to Fort Sumter, or stick to land and sip cocktails on the rooftop at the Pavillion Bar or Stars Restaurant. At night, head to Cure Nightclub for DJ’s and dancing or Craft Conundrum for an evening of brews and food trucks.
No matter which locale you choose, you and your girls will leave feeling relaxed, fulfilled, and even more eager for the most exciting event of all: your wedding.
Style Me Pretty Contributor – Jessica Tzikas is a freelance writer, editor, and content manager from South Florida, who recently moved back to the sunshine state after living in Philadelphia for the past few years. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading by the beach, practicing yoga, and exploring nearby towns.
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