These days, planning the perfect bachelorette party takes more than a glamorous sash and a fancy dinner reservation. For many, there’s the expectation of a weekend-long extravaganza packed with activities, lots of cocktails and the comfort of an incredible rental home for the group to return to each night. Sounds like an overwhelming task, right?
That’s where FlipKey can help. Whether your bride is up for an adventure or prefers to chill in the company of friends, we’ve rounded up six ideal destinations to celebrate your bestie’s pending nuptials. Use our list to pick a place and plan an itinerary that will have the bride raving about her unforgettable bachelorette party for years to come.
Best destination for the active bride: Sedona, AZ
Active, outdoors-y brides will jump for joy when you suggest Sedona as a bachelorette party destination. This Southwest city is known for its picturesque desert landscape and year-round comfortable temperatures, so it’s the perfect place for an active getaway. With more than 175 Sedona rentals to choose from on FlipKey and countless activities, you’ll be counting down the days to your trip. Here are some of the top things to do in Sedona:
Pink Jeep Tours: Buckle up and hang on tight as Pink Jeep Tours takes you on a thrilling off-road adventure through Sedona’s magnificent red rock country. You’ll whizz past spectacular flora, fauna and geology unique to the location while your lungs fill with fresh air. Most tours take about two hours and cost less than $90 per person.
Red Rock Balloon Adventures: Make a once-in-a-lifetime memory by soaring over Sedona in a hot air balloon. Rides take off at sunrise seven days a week, so make reservations for your first full day in Sedona (before you’re too tired from late nights out on the town). Take in the views as you float over Arizona’s breathtaking landscape. This activity is ideal for smaller bachelorette groups since each oversized “T-basket” fits only five to seven people.
7 Centers Yoga Arts: In 1998, 7 Centers Yoga Arts opened its doors as the first yoga studio in Sedona. Today, the center welcomes visitors of all experience and ability levels for daily classes. Yoga mats, blankets and pillows are provided, so there’s no need to squeeze any gear into your carry-on for the trip. For only $15, sign up for a class and feel rejuvenated.
Sedona’s New Day Spa: After a day of outdoor exploration in Sedona, reward yourself with a Southwest spa treatment, such as the refreshing Prickly Pear Pomegranate treatment or the Turquoise Sage Mountain Arnica massage. Looking for something less exotic? Sedona’s New Day Spa also offers many classic nail and facial treatments. Whether you book luxurious pedicures as a group or each take time to indulge in a private spa treatment, Sedona’s New Day Spa has something to please everyone.
Absolute Bikes: The red rock formations found throughout Sedona are good for more than just Instagram-worthy photo backdrops. They’re also home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the world. Rent a bicycle from Absolute Bikes for a day (or more!) and experience the desert scenery via mountain bike. Absolute Bikes has a rental for every type of experience; it’s up to you whether you’re looking for a smooth, flat ride or a rock-hopping, stump-jumping adventure.
Best destination for the beach-loving bride: Newport Beach, CA
Is there a better way to take a break from wedding planning than hitting the beach? If your bride agrees then pick Newport Beach as your destination. From soaking up sun in the sand or from the deck of a yacht to sipping wine and dining alfresco, this coastal town has it all. Book one of the 710 Newport Beach rentals on FlipKey and then start making reservations for some of the following activities:
Hornblower Cruises: Board a Hornblower yacht and your bride will live a life of luxury for a few hours. Hornblower Cruises provide an opportunity to soak up the California sunshine while marveling at waterfront homes along the shore, gliding past historical landmarks and capturing the experience with lots of selfies. There are many different tours and private event options to choose from, so plan accordingly based on the size of your bachelorette group.
The Cannery: Whether you indulge in a champagne brunch before the beach, or you enjoy the beautiful outdoor dining area in the evening, The Cannery never disappoints. It’s situated on the waterfront in the midst of Newport Beach’s commercial fishing hub and serves up only the freshest, wild, line-caught fish. Devour a loaded lobster roll or share plates of oysters and scallops on the half shell. With an extensive wine list and seasonal specialty cocktails, The Cannery is an ideal spot for an elegant meal during your bachelorette getaway.
Envy Lounge: If your bachelorette party is done right, you’ll find yourselves at Envy Lounge on multiple occasions. Take advantage of half-priced food and drink during happy hour Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. If you’d rather soak up the late afternoon sun, no worries. The modern, speakeasy-style lounge truly comes alive once the sun sets with local DJs spinning dance music late into the night.
Orange Coast Winery: Does your bride love sipping wine in a beautiful setting with her best friends? If so, add the Orange Coast Winery to the itinerary. Arrange for a private group tasting and sample several of the wine options available. With generous pours, tasty cheese platters and friendly staff, the Orange Coast Winery is the perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Pirate Coast Paddle Company: Rent a stand up paddle board for $20/hour or sign up for a lesson and enjoy a memorable morning out on the water. For an unforgettable experience, reserve a spot for the SUP Glow Night Tour. The tour takes paddlers through the bay via illuminated boards that allow you to see the water and its marine life in a whole new way. Just keep in mind that Pirate Coast Paddle Company is only open during the weekend and boards are available on a first come, first served basis.
Best destination for the artsy bride: Portland, ME
Portland is an obvious destination choice for an artsy bride’s bachelorette party. The city bursts with architectural charm and a vibrant atmosphere that everyone in your group will love. Visit the eclectic boutiques and classic art museums or simply indulge in artfully prepared and presented food and drinks. FlipKey has more than 100 rentals available in Portland and we recommend checking out the things to do below:
Muse Paintbar: Learn how to paint at a lively Portland restaurant through Muse Paintbar. For $25-45 per person you can join a larger group or book a private party for more personalized painting instruction. Let go of any perfectionist tendencies with a drink from the bar as the instructor guides you through each paint stroke.
Portland Museum of Art: Brides with an appreciation for beautiful art and rich history will enjoy spending a few hours at the Portland Museum of Art. American, European and contemporary art fill most exhibits but there’s also an emphasis on iconic works from Maine. Make the museum your last stop before dinner on a Friday evening between 4pm and 8pm when admission is free.
The Maine Brew Bus: Maine has a booming craft beer scene and the Maine Brew Bus is the perfect way to experience it in Portland. Take a seat on a bright green school bus that will shuttle you between local breweries, distilleries and wineries for a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. The price varies depending on the tour you select, but each stop includes samples. Booking a tour with the Maine Brew Bus is also a surefire way to have a guaranteed designated driver during the day.
Vignola Cinque Terre: Situated in the heart of Portland’s charming Old Port neighborhood, Vignola Cinque Terre offers a combination of Italian-inspired cuisine and fresh farm-to-table food. Your mouth will water reading through the extensive menu and the beer, wine and cocktail selection will help you carry on the bachelorette shenanigans. Make a dinner reservation at Vignola Cinque Terre and you’ll look actually look forward to the end of the day.
Soakology: Savor some peace and let your stresses disappear at Soakology’s foot sanctuary spa and teahouse. With a comforting cup of tea in hand, dip your feet into soaks filled with the finest herbs, florals and oils, sit back and retreat. Foot soaks cost $25-40 and treatments that focus on other parts of the body are also available.
Best destination for the music-loving bride: Nashville, TN
Nashville is all about live music and lively parties. Book a hip Nashville rental on FlipKey and use our suggestions below to avoid the crowded honky-tonks and truly experience all that Music City has to offer.
Barbershop Harmony Society: Nashville is the home of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an organization devoted to the preservation of barbershop music as an art. With a little extra planning, you can time your trip to attend one of the group’s a cappella performances and listen to what’s described as “music in a very pure form.”
Tavern: Known for its “cool-casual” vibe, delicious food and late-night DJ-spun music, Tavern is a natural choice for a night out during your bachelorette getaway. Menu items such as fried chicken skins, homemade trail mix and house tacos, have quickly made Tavern a foodie favorite. Dine and socialize inside or move the party outdoors to the spacious, bi-level patio.
City Winery: City Winery is Nashville’s first fully operational winery and proudly serves house wines paired with classic European-inspired cuisine. In addition to award-winning food and drink, City Winery offers a jam-packed concert calendar featuring A-list singer-songwriters throughout the year. There isn’t a bad seat in the house as the venue was designed to provide great sight lines no matter where you’re seated.
Nashville Municipal Auditorium: For more than 50 years, the Nashville Municipal Auditorium has hosted a variety of events including concerts, circuses and sporting competitions. The multi-purpose venue can seat 9,654 people inside for events and also features a massive, adjacent outdoor plaza that hosts shows, too.
Music City Pub Crawl: Touted as Nashville’s most popular and original pub crawl, this is a must-do activity during your bachelorette weekend. The pub crawl takes visitors on a 2-hour walking tour through the heart of Nashville, stopping along the way for stories of the city’s past and amazing drink specials. The $15 cover even includes a veiled cowboy hat for the bride to wear!
Best destination for the history buff bride: Quebec City, Canada
Your history-loving bride will pounce at the idea of going to Quebec City for her bachelorette. This destination has a variety of interesting tours that offer everything from fascinating details about the city’s history to unique insights into the local cuisine.
Tour of the Citadelle and Museum: Built between 1820 and 1850 atop Cape Diamond, the Citadelle stands as the largest British fortress built in North America. Today, tour guides take visitors back in time through the historic structure while explaining its shape and purpose. Admission costs $16 for adults and includes access to the fortress and the museum.
Quebec City Food Tours: Quebec City Food Tours provide the perfect balance of indulgent culinary exploration and fun cultural immersion, making it the perfect group activity. The tour makes six stops throughout the St-Roch neighborhood for a satisfying lunch of tasty, bite-size foods, craft beers and tea. The best part? You’ll walk off some of the calories as you go from stop to stop on the mile-long route.
The Grand Tour from Tours Voir Quebec: Over the course of about two hours, visitors will discover the vibrant history, spectacular architecture and endless charm of Old Quebec. With a maximum of 15 people, each tour allows for personal exchanges with the guides and ample time to explore.
Ateliers & Saveurs: Whether you choose to participate in a cooking class, get behind the bar during a cocktail class or sip wine at a tasting, your instructor’s passion will be contagious. Classes range from $27 to $105 so it’s easy to find something for every budget.
Palais Montcalm: Situated on the edge of Old Quebec in Place D’Youville, Palais Montcalm is a spectacular concert hall that features an eclectic variety of programs from jazz and blues to folk and world music. Check the schedule before your bachelorette getaway and buy tickets ahead of time to see a performance at this magnificent venue with outstanding acoustics.
Best destination for the laidback bride: Seattle, WA
Seattle offers a plethora of chill cosmopolitan experiences, like music festivals and the famous Pike Place market, but it’s also the perfect launching point for discovering the surrounding wilderness. In other words, it’s a place that brides looking for a laidback bachelorette party will love. Find the perfect Seattle vacation rental for your group on FlipKey and then use the ideas below to plan your trip:
8 Limbs Yoga: Channel your inner zen at an 8 Limbs Hatha or Flow/Vinyasa yoga class. There are over 120 to choose from each week! Drop-ins are always welcome, just make sure to arrive 5-10 minutes before class starts to get a spot.
Earshot Jazz: For over 30 years, Earshot Jazz has been bringing artists and audiences together through live performances. Events are held at venues all around Seattle and more than 100 concerts take place through the organization each year.
Evergreen Escapes: Choose to make the most of your time in downtown Seattle with a private wine and beer tour, or venture into Mt. Rainier National Park on a guided adventure. Evergreen Escapes has a tour for everyone and with its maximum of 10 guests per escape, your group will receive lots of attention.
Flying Heritage Collection: The Flying Heritage Collection showcases an impressive collection of rare military aircraft that offers insight into the evolution of aviation. Located within a restored working hangar, this a one-of-a-kind place to see some of aviation’s premier warbirds.
Zen Dog Tea House Gallery: Unlike many tea houses, Zen Dog’s Tea House Gallery is open only by appointment. Schedule a tea tasting in advance so you don’t miss your chance to sip some loose leaf teas while gazing out over Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains.