Get the girls together—it’s time to party like a rock star… or an athlete or camper (wink).
The best maids of honor will plan a bachelorette party that fits the bride’s personality. Just how far and extravagant can you go? “It’s reasonable to ask ladies to pay $200 each, not including transportation,” says Amy June of Amy June Weddings and Events. “But remember to include the fee for the bride-to-be!” Here, we give you four winning options.
For the Ocean Lover
The Party/ Plan a day of bonding while hanging 10 at Surf Diva. Located at La Jolla Shores, this ladies-only surf school caters to every skill level and features three bachelorette party options. The Bridezilla package features all the equipment (wetsuit included), plus a personal surf photographer and a catered lunch on the beach. Out-of-state guests will be stoked to tell friends from home that they surfed. After a day at the beach, finish with cocktails, dinner, and an overnight stay at nearby Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa.
The Cost/ Bachelorette packages range from $85 to $175/person (surfdiva.com; 858.454.8273); Estancia rooms start at $194 (estancialajolla.com)
For the Happy Camper
The Party/ If the bride identifies on a personal level with at least one character from Troop Beverly Hills, throw her an outdoorsy weekender. Nestled a mile high on Palomar Mountain, Bailey’s Palomar Resort offers astounding tranquility and seclusion considering it’s barely 60 miles from San Diego. Forget the tick spray and sleeping bags—open May through October, this campsite features modern décor, high-thread-count sheets, and solar tiki lighting. Luxury cottages equipped with vanity tables, hot showers, fireplaces, and to-die-for views will serve as your group’s base camp for the weekend. If the bridal party is a bunch of health and fitness fanatics, they’ll love hiking the historic Bailey Meadow or Palomar Mountain State Park, and eating at the vegetarian restaurant, Mother’s Kitchen. The girls can also make their own meals with goods from The Store.
The Cost/The resort’s four cottages start at $175/night and sleep four to six (baileyspalomarresort.com; 760.742.1859)
For the Wino
The Party/ A mellow, mature bride who appreciates wine will certainly appreciate wine tasting! With more than 40 wineries, Temecula is a convenient wine country about an hour’s drive from downtown San Diego. Go for an afternoon or stay the night at the new Ponte Vineyard Inn, which has a Girlfriends’ Getaway package. Ponte has three restaurants and rooms with vineyard views. Lots to drink in!
The Cost/ Package includes double queen deluxe room, sparkling wine, and wine-tasting tickets, from $229 (pontevineyardinn.com; 951.587.6688); full-day Grapeline Bus Tours start at $89/person (gogrape.com)
For the Club-goer
The Party/ Okay, so maybe she wants penis necklaces. For the traditional party—with rock-star status—book a room at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego and the concierge will create a weekend with a la carte options such as bottle service, Nobu reservations, spa treatments, and poolside cabanas. (Note that bottle service starts at $325.) There is also the California Girls package, which includes champagne at check-in, wine and cheese, and discounts on various spa and styling services.
The Cost/ Rooms start at $199; the California Girls package starts at $224/night (hardrockhotelssd.com)
82% – Keep it classy (or a tiny bit naughty!)
18% – Bring on the strippers, sashes, and phallic straws!