I was twenty-two when I attended my first bachelorette party, and I remember hesitating to mention the ‘bachelorette’ part of the party to my mom. Yes, I was twenty-two and could obviously do whatever I wanted, it’s not as if my mom was going to tell me that I wasn’t “allowed” to go – but.she’s going to imagine me drinking out of a penis straw, isn’t she? I thought to myself. She’s going to imagine us sitting around some Channing-Tatum-style-strip-club while dudes take their clothes off and my friends and I throw money at them.
I don’t know if she actually thought that. I don’t know what she thought, because I remember all she said was “Have fun!” while I walked out the door secretly worrying that my friends were going to surprise everyone by dragging us to some Channing-Tatum-style-strip-club.
It’s not that I don’t like Channing-Tatum-style-strip-clubs, it’s just… you know. I’d rather go to like, a spa or something.
Which is why when it came time for my own bachelorette party, I was equally as nervous as I was excited. I was, like, ninety-nine-ish percent sure that my friends weren’t going to pull a fast one and hire a male stripper to dance around our hotel room and shove his junk in my face, but… that one percent of me was like, “I can TOTALLY see them being assholes and paying some guy to give me a lap dance.”
Look. It’s not that I’m boring, okay? I like lap dances! I don’t think they’re awkward at all!….. okay, I mean, maybe a little..
But aren’t they? Sigh. I just find the idea of some strange man gyrating his half naked body next to me a little…. alright, take the whole “hired stripper” aspect out of it, is there another setting where it would be okay for a strange man to start taking his clothes off and giving you a lap dance in front of your friends? No?
Gah. I don’t know how this turned into a post about strippers. We’re here to talk about Bachelorette destinations, so if you – like me – are a big ol’ boring stick in the mud when it comes to penis straws, male strippers, and the idea of shoving money down some guy’s pants, then this is the post for you. Here are TEN classy, alternative options for your Bachelorette weekend that don’t include Vegas.
- Napa, CA
Wine? Check. Gorgeous scenery? Check, check. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that offers an endless supply of wine, sunshine, and perfect weather – then Napa is the place for you. Check out Venue Report’s guide to “30 Breathtaking Bachelorette Party Spots in Napa’s Wine Country” to start planning.
- Nashville, TN
Some people would call this “the Vegas of the south”…. but I’ve been to Nashville plenty of times, and I’ve been to Vegas… and I can safely say that – I love Nashville, I hate Vegas. The real Vegas has too many prostitutes for my taste. They just walk around on the street. Every where. Nashville, on the other hand, has a little more class – they’re in the south, after all! Consider this a fun place to let loose with your girls where almost all of the bars are in walking distance from each other. Check out Stag & Hen’s Nashville Bachelorette Party Guide to get started!
- Spa day/Wellness weekend
You can do this almost anywhere. Pick a spa within driving distance, or find one that’s further away and make it a road trip. Book a weekend of pampering with your girls and plan for fun dinners in the evenings. You can stay on the health kick all weekend, or go all out and have wine and chocolate in the evenings – it’s your weekend, so it’s up to you!
- Yoga retreat
Of course this is only if you’re *into* yoga. Don’t sign up for this if you’re expecting to have a wild weekend of drinking and going out on the town. Once you’re at a yoga retreat for the weekend, you’re at a yoga retreat for the weekend. But if a weekend of relaxing, reconnecting and re-charging your soul before you get married sounds ideal, then this might be a good option. Check out Yoga Journal’s recommendations for the best yoga retreats and spas.
- New York City, NY
Think – Sex & The City. Gossip Girl. Imagine a fun weekend in the Big Apple with your girls – shopping, eating, happy hour at a champagne bar. Check out Martha Stewart Wedding’s “The Ultimate Guide to planning a Bachelorette Party in New York City” to help you plan out where to stay!
Italy. I’m suggesting you go to Italy for your Bachelorette party. And honestly – if your girls are down for it – WHY NOT? Hell, go to Italy anyway. It’s beautiful and everyone should experience it at least once. If the Bachelorette party is your excuse, then so be it. Check out The Inspired Hostess’s experience with an Italian bachelorette party here. It includes a vintage Fiat and a tiny backseat.
- Big Sur, CA
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend with your girls, an opportunity to go “off the grid” (because cell service sucks in Big Sur) – then why not get everyone together and go GLAMPING? It’s not camping. There’s a yurt, and a shower, and electricity (I think). Check out Yurts from Treebones Resort in Big Sur to book.
- Savannah, GA
Brunch? Check. Rooftops? Check, check. Cocktails at sunset? Duh. Before you say “I do” – do your last big fling Southern style and spend the weekend in Savannah. Check out Visit Savanah for details.
- Miami, FL
Well, it’s NOT Vegas, which is why it made the list – but this one may be a little more rowdy than the other suggestions (if you’re into that). Think – karaoke, a drag show brunch, and lots and lots of drinking on the beach. Check out Travel & Leisure’s ideas for a bachelorette party your friends will never forget.
- Charleston, SC
Start your morning off with a yoga class on the beach, and then head on into the city for cocktails and a day at the spa. What could be better than that? Charleston offers plenty of “cutesy” places (IE; Instagram-able) with its original cobblestone streets and rich history. Check out Stag & Hen’s guide to the bachelorette party in Charleston here!