As all brides-to-be know, planning a wedding comes with an onslaught of decisions to make. From choosing the venue and the cake to trying on dress after dress, the process can weigh on you and your bridesmaids.
One part of your journey to the altar that should be more fun than stressful is the bachelorette party. No shindig is without its snags, but the bachelorette is the time for you and your ‘maids to unwind and relax. Or, “unwindulax,” if you will, for 30 Rock fans out there. It’s a time for you to bond and blow off a little steam before the big day.
We’re now living in the age of weekend getaway bachelorette trips, and there are plenty of great places to choose from. For west coast-based brides, wine tasting and desert destinations such as Palm Springs, Las Vegas, and the Santa Ynez Valley are popular choices.
However, if you turn your gaze toward the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find an awesome option in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Breckenridge is a great bachelorette party choice for plenty of reasons: it’s easy to get around, there’s no shortage of great bars and restaurants, local lore puts the ratio of men to women in town at four to one, and it’s all nestled high in Colorado’s picturesque Rockies.
Plus, as a ski town, its high season is in the winter, so throughout the rest of the year the town is less crowded and the prices are lower, but it’s just as lively and beautiful. Plus, if you’re departing from Los Angeles, flights to Denver are generally inexpensive.
With its plethora of bars, restaurants, and shops, it’s easy to have a fabulous time in Breckenridge. For some added festivity, choose a weekend theme, like wild west (as we did!), ‘80s, or masquerade, and throw in a few games, like a scavenger hunt.
Here’s your guide for what to do to have an awesome summer bachelorette party in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Drink Up and Go Dancing
Of course, as bachelorette parties generally go, alcohol will likely be a primary focus.
At the north end of Main Street in Breckenridge, you’ll find a whole cluster of bars and clubs. There’s Cecilia’s Martini Bar and Nightclub and Liquid Lounge, among plenty of other watering holes and dance floors. Stop on by a few spots and dance the night away.
If you’re a fan of craft beers, make sure to stop at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub as well. They’ve got a variety of brews, plus some great pub food.
For stocking your accommodation with beverages of your own, keep in mind that in Colorado you will have to make a trip to the liquor store for your rosé and tequila. You can’t buy beverages with a higher alcohol percentage, like wine and hard alcohol, at regular grocery stores, so you’ll have to go to a liquor store. Beer, however, is available at liquor stores and grocery stores.
With all that drinking, one mustn’t forget to eat. Thankfully, up in Breckenridge, you and the girls will have no trouble finding a great meal.
For a bit of a different, more interactive, dining experience, try Swiss Haven. A grill is brought to the table, along with the meat, seafood, and vegetables of your choice, and you cook it right there. The best part is it includes a little tray where you melt cheese and pour it over your meal.
Along Main Street, there is also Modis, which has great cocktails and contemporary American food. Also on Main Street is Kenosha Steakhouse, which has a ton of beer a fantastic view from its patio. For breakfast, don’t miss out on Columbine Cafe and their classic staples.
Breckenridge’s Main Street is lined with quaint buildings housing a variety of shops from trendy boutiques and souvenir stores to bakeries and coffee shops. Spend some free time between cocktails perusing the shops and checking out the local wares.
If you prefer something a bit more outdoorsy, there are plenty of hiking and walking trails, as well as an alpine slide and activity park.
You can also add some competition to your time galavanting around town with a fun game, like a scavenger hunt. You should probably also be wearing silly outfits.
As a bride-to-be, plenty of things throughout your wedding planning journey will stress you out. Your bachelorette party is a time for you to let loose with your girls and remember that they’re there to support you in this process.
Breckenridge is a wonderful place to get away and play. It’s easy to frolic about this small mountain town: grab a drink, bust a move, have a great meal, and revel in lady time, all while surrounded by the sublime natural beauty of the Rockies. Cheers!