January 16, 2021
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Long gone are the days of bar-hopping to celebrate your best friend’s graduation from singledom. More bridal parties are opting for creative and meaningful experiences to enjoy together before the bride’s big day, and California reigns supreme with the most diverse array of activities and the best bachelorette party destinations. Whether you’re looking to embark on a luxurious spa trip to one of California’s best resorts or wanting to go glamping in a scenic NorCal locale, the Golden State has something for you.
The Best Bachelorette Party Destinations in California
Don’t let the abundance of options overwhelm you; you don’t need prior experience to host the best bachelorette party, especially if you pick the perfect spot from this curated list. So, get ready to throw the ultimate bachelorette party in California—you got this.
Napa Bachelorette Party Ideas
Hot-Air Balloon Ride and Tapas
What better way to bond with the bridal party than by trying something new and exciting? Ride into the sunrise from high above the Napa Valley vineyards to kick off a bachelorette party in Napa. Napa Valley Aloft gives you a chance to see California Wine Country from a truly unique perspective—not to mention endless beautiful photo ops that you can post later on the ‘Gram. After the ride, head to La Taberna in downtown Napa (open under normal circumstances) for delicious Spanish tapas, drinks, and good vibes.
Cooking Class and Mud Baths
Always wanted to bring the taste of Napa cuisine back home with you? Good news, you can! Sign up for a private group class with Cooking With Julie and have fun perfecting a dish with seasonal produce and legendary local products.
Afterward, reward yourselves with a relaxing mud and mineral bath at Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga, a charming town nestled in the northern end of the valley. The mineral waters here heat the mud baths and provide natural hot spring pools that’ll have you feeling rejuvenated in no time. We can’t think of a better way to calm any pre-wedding nerves or stress.
Los Angeles Bachelorette Party Ideas
Brunch and an Art Class
Start the day with brunch at the highly-rated République Cafe and Bakery on La Brea Avenue. The decadent pastries and mouthwatering dishes will put you in the right mood before you head to your second Los Angeles bachelorette party spot: The Artful Bachelorette. Here, you’ll get the chance to exchange the (rather played out, we must say) male dancers for male models during a drawing class. You’ll learn a little and laugh a lot over the course of a two-hour painting session—trust us, this bachelorette party experience is nothing but a fun time.
Perfume-Making and a Luxurious Sleepover
The Institute for Art and Olfaction (open under normal circumstances) is the perfect out-of-the-box activity for a quirky bridal party looking to celebrate in L.A. Sign up for a perfume-making class and experiment with the wide variety of scents and ingredients for a fun and educational experience. You can even make a game out of this activity and create unique perfumes that remind you of each other.
San Francisco Bachelorette Party Spots
Line Dancing and Karaoke
If you and your bridal party feel like true Southern girls at heart, you’ll love Westwood (open under normal circumstances) on Fillmore Street. Enjoy the delectable food, go for a spin on the mechanical bull, and dance your heart out at this vibrant location before heading out to the afterparty. The Mint, a lively karaoke bar, is a San Francisco bachelorette party spot that’ll keep your spirits up all night long.
Tropical Vibes and Live Music at the Tonga Room
A fun NorCal spot to celebrate memorable occasions, the Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar in the iconic Fairmont San Francisco Hotel is sure to deliver good vibes only. The tropical decor and Polynesian-fusion cuisine will transport you to a different world right in the heart of S.F.
But what truly sets this unique S.F. bachelorette party spot apart are the indoor rainstorms, thunder, and lightning, which will enhance your dining experience and turn moments into memories. Think it can’t get any better? This top bachelorette party destination also features live music, leaving you wanting for nothing.
Places to Throw a Bachelorette Party in Palm Springs
Poolside Lounging in the Desert
Palm Springs has so much to offer. From unique architecture and cool museums to endless desert valleys and natural attractions, this SoCal city guarantees a good time. After checking off all of the fun, exciting, and cool activities on your Palm Springs itinerary, head down to V Palm Springs for an opulent and relaxing escape. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Hollywood Golden Age movie set by booking a swanky cabana and sunbathing by the hotel’s glamorous Elixir Poolside Bar & Grill. Grab one of the whimsical drinks and unwind in Elixir’s laid-back ambience for a bachelorette party in Palm Springs that’s hard to beat.
Four-wheeling in the desert
Is your girl gang’s ideal bachelorette party in Palm Springs an adrenaline-filled adventure? Does exploring the desert valley in a four-wheeler sound like something your bridal party might enjoy? Trade the heels for sneakers, and go exploring with Adventure Hummer.
This company provides you with everything you need for an exhilarating tour of the area, including a GPS and a virtual guide. The audio guides not only tell you where to go, but also educate you on what you’re seeing along the way, revealing the history and unique attractions of the places you visit. You’re bound to be hungry after the adventure. Head to Copley’s to enjoy the best steak in town along with majestic mountain views.
San Diego Bachelorette Party Destinations
Sailing and seaside mocktails
Is any trip to San Diego complete without a visit to the beach? Book a vintage party yacht for a dream-filled cruise across the blue waters of the Pacific for a bachelorette party in San Diego you’ll remember forever. San Diego Sailing Tours will sweep you and your bridal squad right off your feet—the company even drops you off at a restaurant after your sail so you can continue the party. The number of hours you spend at sea is entirely up to your bachelorette crew. (Can we tag along?)
A Perfect Yosemite Bachelorette Party
Airstream Glamping and bonfire stories
Has autocamping been on your vacay bucket list for a while? A bachelorette party is a perfect reason to finally do it. Head over to AutoCamp’s Yosemite location for a glamorous camping adventure at one of the state’s most iconic parks. Start off the day with a hike, then chill in the heated pool, hang out at the hammock grove, and head to the mid-century modern Clubhouse in the evening to lounge around the bonfire.
From Airstream suites to custom wheelchair-accessible cabins, AutoCamp Yosemite boasts a variety of accommodations—you can rest assured you’ll have a comfortable and (very scenic) bachelorette party in Yosemite.
Top Spots for a Santa Barbara Bachelorette Party
Surfing Lesson and a food tour
Hit the water and catch some waves during a bachelorette party in Santa Barbara by signing up for a surfing class with Surf Happens. With its fleet of vans and instructors, Surf Happens offers group lessons that’ll bring #TeamBride closer and instill a sense of joy and achievement in each member.
Afterward, celebrate your achievements and newfound skills by going on a curated food tour with Taste Santa Barbara Food Tours. You’ll sip and savor away the second half of your day, all while exploring beautiful Santa Barbara. Between the walking and the surfing lesson beforehand, you can consume the calories your heart desires with zero guilt.
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