Are you planning the girl’s trip of a lifetime for yourself or your best friend’s bachelorette? Don’t stress! Every bride has a vibe in mind, so we’ve put together a list of hot spots for every type of trip she might be daydreaming about.
Choose one of these fun places to visit, and send her off in style!
If your bride thinks she was born in the wrong decade, has Fleetwood Mac on repeat, lives for desert music festivals and considers herself a bit of a wild child, your ideal beach destination is Tulum, Mexico. Tulum’s “eco-resorts” will appeal to her lo-tech style since no television and no wifi is a major rule. The dining options are plentiful and healthy, the drinks are cheap and the mood is relaxed to the max. At night you can grab a drink or a few at many of the local, beachfront bars lining the coast! It’s not the kind of destination where you’ll be dancing until the sun comes up, but if laid back bohemianism floats your boat, you might just fall in love with Tulum.
Lady-like and Traditional
San Francisco, California
Not all brides are up for a dancing-on-tables, karaoke all night, hit the strip club rager. If your girlfriend is basically allergic to anything with a hint of tacky, why not take her to a city with sophistication, history and understated glam? We love San Francisco for so many reasons – not least of which are the iconic views, delicious restaurants, crowd-pleasing sights (Lombard Street, Pier 39 and the Embarcadero) and fabulous neighborhoods (the Mission, the Castro, The Haight and the Marina, to name just a few). Take her to an amazing dinner, put on a little black dress and go on a classic pub crawl. After, if she’s feeling a little frisky there’s no shortage of late night spots to get herself (and all of you) into a little trouble!
Naughty & Nice
Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada
Maybe your bride likes to have her feet in both worlds – she loves nature and getting into the great outdoors but also likes to cut loose with friends, have a few drinks and maybe hit the slots! If this sounds like your girl, you should check out Lake Tahoe. In the summertime, you can be out on the lake on a houseboat soaking in the sun and the stunning scenery. In the winter, you’ll want to hit the slopes and shred. Either way, you’ll have a beer in hand or some après ski libations to keep you company. And after dark, hit the casinos for a little fun. Who knows? Maybe you’ll pay for the trip with your winnings!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sin City is kind of a no brainer. Every option is on the table. The city is basically party central, and as long as you don’t blow your whole budget at the tables it’s pretty reasonable to hang. You can splash out on a suite for relatively affordable prices, get spa services at state-of-the-art facilities, dine at 5-star restaurants or crowd-pleasing buffets, and catch Cirque du Soleil or Britney Spears in the act. Go clubbing at some of the world’s top venues and get a little wild late night with a racy male revue. Remember: what happens in Vegas….
New York, NY
The list of reasons to host a bachelorette in Manhattan is long and varied, for whatever type of bride you have on your hands. But an obvious reason to hit the Big Apple is to go big. And we’re talking about big style, big shopping, big price tag. For the kind of party that has no upper limit, you just can’t beat New York. The city that boasts some of the most extravagant shopping, real estate and restaurants is the place to go for a “members only” style soiree. Take your crew to the most exclusive places and know that her bachelorette party dreams came true in the city that never sleeps.
Now, if you’ve got a bride and girlfriends in the need of some decompression) and who isn’t these days?) may we suggest taking your ladies on a spa vacay to Mii Amo Destination Spa in Sedona, Arizona? Nestled in the red rocks, Mii Amo promises a “transformative journey” for all visitors. There’s a menu of package options to choose from – we like the “Healthy Body in Balance” 3-day option: you’ll get luxury accommodations, 2 spa services per day, access to fitness facilities, steam room, sauna, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking trails, three delicious meals a day and much more. There’s not much in the way of nightlife in Sedona, but for the group that just wants to relax, we can’t recommend Mii Amo enough. Packages start at around $1,000 per person.
MVP Bride to Be
“Hotlanta” is so sure of its party bona fides that you can actually hire a VIP service to sort you out on your way to the club. Packages are available from a basic party bus (to keep things safe) all the way up to VIP entrance, bottle service and a personal hostess with the mostest to make sure your every whim is catered to – we love the ladies of Playground Atlanta. You can get your personal adventure started for around $1,000 a night.
Okay, but what if you’re one of the bridal parties who have champagne tastes on more of a beer budget? Girls – you are not alone. One of our favorite cities for brides on a budget is Washington, D.C. 95% of the best sights are 100% free – and the city is virtually run by the under 30 set. Therefore, happy hours are on point and brunch is a favorite local pastime. D.C. is not a city with a ton of nightclubs – if that’s your thing check San Francisco, Vegas or Atlanta – but for laid-back pubs and wine bars, the capitol will not disappoint!
Low Key & Fab Frida
The operative word here is low key. Sure, Portland prides itself on putting the q- in quirk, but the general vibe is “live and let live,” and chill. You’ll find oddities like Voodoo Doughnuts to geek out over, one of the world’s best used bookstores to wander through (Powells), a generally delicious and affordable food scene, and some fun live music venues to catch the latest hipster band. For the epitome of the Portland experience, stay at a restored elementary school-turned hotel). Have a drink in the “Detention Bar” or the “Cypress Room.”
We hope these suggestions inspire your planning. Happy girls trip!