by Kimber Westphall
Time to get your OOO reply ready. Bachelorettes are the best excuse to rally together your friends for a weekend getaway. Here are our top three bachelorette destinations for 2018.
Let’s face it: who isn’t going to Charleston these days? In this storied city, old Southern charm meets city life. It’s also the second hottest wedding destination (behind Las Vegas).
The “Exchange Suite” at The Restoration.
Newly renovated (and appropriately named), The Restoration in the heart of downtown Charleston offers suite-style rooms which can serve as the perfect home base as you and your gang explore the city. If your crew runs deep, they even offer a suite with two-bedrooms, a kitchen, and a flexible living space. If you feel like a low-key evening in, you can opt for a private dinner with the property’s chef in-suite and top off the evening with drinks on an exclusive rooftop. But if you want to see the city, the hotel’s prime location makes it easy—the hotel even offers Martone bikes to explore the city sights on two wheels. In terms of nightlife, the city’s most popular speakeasies can be found less than half a mile away. The Bar at The Spectator Hotel showcases prohibition-era cocktails; after all, a vacation to Charleston wouldn’t be complete without sampling some of the city’s famous bourbon.
Southern east coast vibes at BLU Bar at Tides Folly Beach.
If you prefer a more laidback getaway, Tides Folly Beach is an oceanfront hotel you don’t want to miss out on. Just minutes away from downtown Charleston, each guest room features a view of the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston Outdoor Adventures offers paddle board and guided kayaking tours, cycling, surfing, and parasailing for those who are in the mood for some adventure.
Dust off your cowboy boots and warm up your pipes for some honkytonk karaoke in the Country Music Capital—Nashville. Or perhaps better to leave it to local artists performing at the 160+ live music venues the city has to offer. The Kimpton Aertson Hotel is a popular spot off the beaten path, located in Midtown. You and your ladies can enjoy the seasonal rooftop pool and ceramic fireplaces, all while toasting with handcrafted, signature Nashville whiskey cocktails.
The bar at Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Photo courtesy of Danielle Atkins.
The Omni is even closer to the honkytonks and more touristy Nashville to-dos. For a group outing that includes libations, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery or Arrington Vineyards are two popular tasting experiences.
The spa Poppy & Monroe in Nashville.
For bachelorettes looking to be pampered, put a day of beauty on the books at Poppy & Monroe or Pure Sweat + Float Studio. Poppy & Monroe focuses on organic pampering, including sugaring and natural facials. Pure Sweat + Float Studio is on the less conventional side of spa experiences: they combine infrared sauna experiences with private suites featuring float pods. Epsom salt-infused water helps create a gravity-free healing environment for deep physical recovery, relaxation, and peaceful escape.
Palm Springs, CA
The tennis courts at La Quinta Resort & Club. Photo courtesy of Murphy O’Brien.
If you need a break from wedding planning, and relaxation is number one on the agenda, perhaps a jaunt out to the west coast will do the trick. The iconic desert resort La Quinta Resort & Club recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, so they’re doing something right. For the ultimate Kardashian-esque getaway, the resort’s Hacienda Suite boasts a private yard and pool, plus a grand living/dining area. The resort has 41 temperature-controlled pools, a desert-inspired spa, and three restaurants. Who would ever want to leave? Guests get access to free, unlimited fitness classes, such as yoga, TRX, and spin.
The Ritz-Carlton in Palm Springs. Can we come too?
The Ritz-Carlton at Rancho Mirage falls in line with that same theme. Situated cliff-side 650 feet above the desert floor and offering remarkable panoramic views, bachelorette gals can explore the area by taking a tour via the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. As for evening activities, you may partake in a private open-air yoga class or be guided through stargazing sessions under Rancho Mirage’s canopy of stars. A perfect way to relax and unwind before wedding planning shifts to high gear. And for those wanting to mix a bit of activity into the zen getaway, Joshua Tree is just a short ride away from Palm Springs. Adventure Hummer Tours offers half-day adventures as well as a guided tour of Joshua Tree National Park and the San Andreas Fault.