6 Bachelorette Party Destinations That Are So Much Better Than Vegas

Vegas is cliché. Here's where to go for your last fling instead.

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Put the wedding planning on hold. It's time to honor the single life you'll soon leave behind—and just have a really fabulous weekend with your best girlfriends. While there's no right or wrong way to throw a bachelorette party, choosing a stellar location can make planning everything else a breeze. Whether you're a fun loving girl about town or you prefer to get some R&R before the big day, there's a place for every kind of bride, below. Get ready to conquer one of these six places with your crew.

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1 Nashville, Tennesee

WHERE TO STAY: Want some nightlife mixed in with your country music? Check into the Dream Hotel, newly opened in the heart of Nashville. The property has multiple options when it comes to dining and a bumping after dark scene at their new club, Dirty Little Secret. Book one of the art deco guest rooms or stay with all your gals in the 1,400-square foot presidential suite equipped with a poker table, a terrace, and a Barbecue Butler—you know, for when the pulled pork cravings hit.

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WHAT TO DO: Start the day poolside at Pinewood Social, where there’s no shortage of fun. Two wading pools, a bocce ball court, and an outdoor airstream bar will keep you busy before you head inside for brunch and a friendly game of bowling. Make time for pampering via the Nashville nail concierge, a mobile nail salon. Post-mani, hop aboard the Music City Rollin’ Jamboree, a sing-a-long bus tour that's basically karaoke on two wheels.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: For breakfast, visit Downtown Sporting Club on Broadway. Equal parts food and fun, the second floor offers an array of games, like corn hole, foosball, and shuffleboard you can partake in while you wait for your food. Come midday, challenge yourself to an extra hot piece of poultry (Nashville hot chicken is a thing) at Prince’s. Nashville’s growing culinary scene has lots to choose from for dinner: Try Rolf & Daughters for small plates and innovative cocktails or Henrietta Red in Germantown (a Reese Witherspoon favorite) for oysters and seasonal small plates. For killer cocktails in a speakeasy setting, head over to Attaboy or dip into the Honky Tonks on Broadway for a true NashVegas experience.

2 Brickell, Florida

WHERE TO STAY: Located just south of downtown Miami, the glossy neighborhood is a great alternative to the South Beach scene. Book a room at The SLS Lux Brickell where you can play a friendly game of tennis on the rooftop court before sipping cocktails at the rooftop pool. Their two onsite restaurants, Katsuya and S Bar, make the SLS Lux a one-stop shop, so you virtually never have to leave.

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WHAT TO DO: Start your day with a little retail therapy at Brickell City Centre. Spanning three city blocks, BCC is a shopping mecca with high/low options from Zara to Audemars Piguet. When you've hit your credit card limit, get your group over to the nearby Wynwood Walls, an outdoor museum with more than 40 murals painted by graffiti artists, old and new—plus nearby restaurants and shops to explore. For some high-class fun in the sun, charter a full-service yacht.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK:
Find great coffee, fresh green juices, and a cool kids vibe at All Day. For a leisurely lunch, head over to Seaspice Brasserie and Lounge, where you can dine al fresco along the Miami River. Whet your palette with an order of the salmon crudo topped with truffle ponzu, scallions, and black sesame, then follow up with a plant bowl prepared with curried butternut squash, shaved Brussel sprouts, figs, kale, and crispy Shitake mushrooms. For dinner, book an exclusive sushi experience at Hiden where the sushi chef prepares an Omakase menu that changes daily. Bigger groups should consider the 20-seat Chef's Table in full view of the kitchen at Italian restaurant Casa Tua.

3 Charleston, South Carolina
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WHERE TO STAY: Charleston has no shortage of cute establishments to stay with your crew. The newest on the scene, Hotel Bennett, is a chic option that will elevate your bachelorette experience. Hang out at the rooftop pool, disconnect with a spa treatment, and explore shopping on King Street. Take in happy hour at Fiat Lux, their rooftop bar, which offers 360-degree views of the city.

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WHAT TO DO: Start your day with a two-hour scavenger hunt in downtown Charleston. You'll explore Charleston’s many historic landmarks while solving puzzles and competing in challenges. In the afternoon, candle lovers can embark on a candle making workshop at Candlefish, guided by their expert Chandlers (aka candle makers) or get in some beach time at nearby Folly Beach. For sunset, embark on one of Schooner Pride’s sailboats where you can sip on local beers and wines while keeping your eyes peeled for majestic dolphins and other marine life.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: For a low-key atmosphere with fresh oysters and solid fried chicken, bring your group over to Leon’s Fine Poultry and Oyster Shop. Order from the raw bar, and fill up on rosé on tap. For a farm-to-table experience, head to The Grocery run by Chef Kevin Johnson and his wife Susan. Order family style—roasted peach salad with ham, Lowcountry seafood pilau with Carolina gold rice and seafood, and the roasted chicken. After dinner, hit up The Cocktail Club, a swanky lounge housed in a building circa 1881. They serve homemade infusions, hard-to-find liquors, and have a rooftop terrace and garden where they grow their own garnishs. If you fancy yourself a dive bar, head over to Palace Hotel; order a couple of beers and hang out on the back porch with the locals.

4 Chicago, Illinois
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WHERE TO STAY: The Robey, located in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood has a major cool-factor. It's housed within a 1929 art deco building filled with lofts, industrial-style interiors, and custom-designed furniture. Sip drinks on their second floor lounge, hang by the pool while looking at picturesque views of the Chicago skyline at the Cabana Club, and stake out the rooftop's plush sofas for a nightcap.

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WHAT TO DO: Sightsee from a Chicago Trolley. Choose the hop on/hop off option to explore at your own pace or opt into a package that includes a boat ride on Lake Michigan and down the iconic Chicago river. For a day of pampering, visit Aire Ancient Bath, Inside the historic industrial building (dating back to 1902), you can indulge in steam rooms, hot tubs, and salt water float pools. Make sure you reserve tickets to The Second City, a comedy troupe whose alumni include Tiny Fey, Bill Murray, and Steve Carell. You can even take an improv class with your gals for some major LOLs.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: There's no shortage of deliciousness in the Windy City, but these eats are especially great for groups. For breakfast, book a table at Etta in Bucktown, less than a 5 minute walk from The Robey. Order mimosas for the table and a few wood-fired pizzas. That evening, head over to Daisies where they specialize in homemade pastas, locally sourced veggies, and curated cocktails. Order from the group tasting menu so you can share some of the chef's best creations. Late night, try The Lazy Bird at The Hoxton (modeled after a mid-century modern lounge), The Bamboo Room (an intimate setting with Island-inspired cocktails), or Dorian’s (live music set in the back of a record shop).

5 Healdsburg, California

WHERE TO STAY: About 60 miles north of San Fran, Healdsburg is the ideal getaway for a group of wine loving girls. Stay at The Hotel Healdsburg in the middle of the town plaza, walking distance to tasting rooms, award-winning restaurants, and quaint shops. When you’re not out sipping, spend time in the garden pool surrounded by olive and fig trees, or rent bikes to ride around town. In the evening hang at The Spirit Bar for craft cocktails, wine samplings, and jazz on Friday and Saturday nights.

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WHAT TO DO: Start your day with a hike at Armstrong State Park or a self-guided canoe trip through the Redwoods with Burke’s Canoe. Of course, you'll want a day of wine tasting. Check out the newly opened Flower Vineyards and Winery, walkable from downtown. The 15.5-acre estate specializes in pinots and chardonnays. Sip on them at your leisure in the picturesque gardens or embark in a curated tasting experience and tour. There's also Bricoleur Vineyards nestled in the countryside of the Russian River Valley, where you can enjoy a glass of wine and a game of bocce ball on the 40-acre estate. If you need a little break from the vino, have a spa day at the newly renovated Kenwood Inn and Spa; we recommend the pamper & glow treatment.

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A favorite amongst locals, The Girl & The Fig serves food that's "a blend of country and French cuisine." Order from a selection of gourmet cheeses or entrees like steamed mussels and steak tartare. For a great meal and some fun nightlife, visit Barndiva’s restaurant, cocktail lounge, and wine bar. Order from the sustainably sourced menu which includes artisan spirits that incorporate flowers, herbs, and fruits grown at their very own farm. In the mood for something more laid-back? Order a flight and some pizzas for the crew at The Russian River Brewing Company, home to the wildly popular Pliny The Elder beer.

6 Asbury Park, New Jersey

WHERE TO STAY: A departure from your typical Jersey Shore establishment, the stunning Asbury Ocean Club, designed by Anda Andrei and operated by Salt Hotel's David Bowd, is a new luxury boutique hotel located just an hour New York City. Unwind at the pool, which features oversized beds and lounge pillows, tiki cocktails, and of course, the view. Or, go directly to the beach and receive the highest level of service courtesy of your very own beachside bellhop. At night, set up shop in the all-glass drawing room and cheers with a flute of bubbly from the champagne cocktail cart that makes nightly rounds.

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WHAT TO DO: When you’re not by the water or perusing the Asbury Park Boardwalk, hang out at Asbury Lanes, a bowling alley that moonlights as a music venue (in partnership with New York City’s Bowery Presents). Here's their calendar of events. For a unique group activity, sign up for a glassblowing class at Hot Stand Studio. Later, visit The Stone Pony for more live music.

WHERE TO EAT & DRINK: For brunch, make a reservation at Talula’s, a bakery, restaurant, and bar with a wood burning oven for homemade pizzas and a great selection of salads and rice bowls, too. Another good brunch spot is Cardinal Provisions, serving innovative takes on breakfast, like cacio e pepe scrambled eggs and rosewater ricotta toast with house jam and crushed pistachios. They also do a great dinner menu, which includes staples like roast chicken and a classic burger and fries. For tropical beach drinks in a retro dive, head over to Little Buddy Hideaway and enjoy the Saturday night dance party. Alternatively, sink your toes into the sand at The Beach Baron on Asbury Park’s boardwalk.

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