Should you consider planning an outdoorsy bachelorette party? Perhaps the bride-to-be is an avid skier or hits the hiking trails every weekend. Or maybe she’s an outdoor lover but hasn’t had the time to be one with nature in months (blame all the wedding prep!).
Now’s the moment to surprise the bachelorette with the ultimate outdoor getaway that can be just as rustic as you’d like. From glamping in volcanoes to slope-side butler service, here are 5 stand-out bachelorette party destinations across the country that redefine the concept of communing with nature.
The St. Regis Deer Valley in Park City, UT
Ladies who want to be close enough to the Great Outdoors while still getting pampered in luxury will feel right at home at The St. Regis Deer Valley. The slope-side resort sitting at the base of Park City’s Wasatch Mountains is perfect for both summer and winter getaways with the girls thanks to its split-level infinity pool and private ski beach. Of course one of the major perks here is the signature butler service in the suites so you and the ladies don’t have to lift a finger, but another is the super cozy Mountain Terrace overlooking the valley and Deer Hollow Run — the perfect spot for cocktails al fresco. When it comes to daytime activities, the options are endless. Take your pick of adventure from kayaking and river rafting to hot air ballooning or simply sunbathing in one of Park City’s many state parks.
Small Graces B&B at Forget-Me-Not Farm in the Fingerlakes, NY
At Small Graces, digital detoxing never looked so good. The family built and run cottage is just four hours from New York City, which makes for an easy (and budget-friendly) road trip, so all you have to do is plan the perfect playlist and jump in the car. The B&B fits four guests and comes with a farm-fresh organic breakfast served straight to your cottage door. When you’re ready to leave the confines of the cottage, head out and explore the nearby historic village of Owega, where you can also hit the Susquahanna River on kayaks, or take the girls for wine tastings along one of the region’s wine routes.
Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming
Ranches aren’t just for cowboys and horses. Bachelorettes can also turn traditional ranch stays into luxe retreats at the Red Reflet Ranch, tucked between the Chugwater sandstone cliffs and Bighorn National Forest peaks. Groups of up to 14 can escape to the Ranch House with Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, a sauna and an eight-person hot tub on the deck that makes for the perfect meeting place for Champagne cocktails. Of course you can still take part in dude ranch activities here like skeet shooting and horseback riding, or you can turn the weekend into a yoga retreat with sun salutations overlooking the area’s coral-colored cliffs.
Volcano House in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The oldest hotel in Hawaii — and the only one sitting in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park — Volcano House makes for a gorgeous glamping getaway. The historic hotel dates back to 1846 with 33 rooms overlooking the Halema’uma’u Crater at the summit of Kilauea. Spend the day hiking along the Napau Trail where you can witness the volcanic eruptions that formed the Hawaiian archipelago over the past 28 million years. If the ladies want to really be out in nature, spend a night camping in the park in a wooden camper cabin 4,000 feet above sea level, or take in the views from the comforts of the indoors at The Rim restaurant over a round of mimosas.
Country Walkers Tour through California’s Death Valley
Looking to hit the great outdoors but not quite ready to take (or plan) the trek? Leave the leg work in the hand of the masters with a light hiking trip through Death Valley National Park with Country Walkers. The four-day tour will take your group through the Amargosa Mountains and peaks of the Panamint Range with two- to five-mile daily light hikes. After soaking up the stunning scenery each day, spend the evening with the girls at the historic Inn at Furnace Creek lounging at the spring-fed pool or cozying up with sunset cocktails on the Stargazers Deck.
Where do you want your bachelorette party to be? Do you have another idea?