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 the bride and bridesmaids.
One part of the 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 the bride and her ‘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, and it’s all nestled high in Colorado’s picturesque Rockies. Plus, flights to Denver are generally convenient and often inexpensive, particularly if you’re departing from a western US city.
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, and throw in a few games.
Here’s your guide for what to do to have an awesome bachelorette party in Breckenridge, Colorado.
When to Go
There’s plenty to do in Breckenridge year-round. The time of year you choose to go will depend on what you’re interested in doing while you’re there.
In the winter, the primary focus up in Breckenridge is hitting the slopes. If your group is big on skiing and snowboarding, this is a great time of year to go. The town is bustling, the snow is lovely, and there’s plenty to keep you busy. Just keep in mind that the town will be more crowded and expensive around this time.
If skiing isn’t really your thing, opt to go in the off-season. When the weather is warmer, the town is quieter (but not boring!), the scenery is beautiful, and there’s still plenty to do. Plus, you’ve got off-season perks like fewer people and lower prices.
What To Do
Drink Up and Go Dancing
Of course, as bachelorette parties generally go, alcohol will likely be a primary focus. (If not, there’s still plenty of other activity in town.)
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.
Colorado is a haven for craft beer. If you’re a fan of such beverages, make sure to stop at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub as well. They’ve got a variety of brews, plus some great pub food. Opt for a taster so you can try them all!
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.
There’s plenty to see and explore in this small mountain town. 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 time perusing the shops and checking out the local wares.
Breckenridge is also full of outdoor activities. When it’s cold, that mostly means skiing and snowboarding on the mountain. When it’s warm, there are lots of hiking and walking trails to explore. Plus, there’s also an alpine slide and activity park with a 2,500 foot long slide and a variety of games and activities.
With all that drinking and outdoor activity, one mustn’t forget to eat. Thankfully, up in Breckenridge, finding a great meal is no trouble at all.
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.
Where to Stay
In Breckenridge, your two main options for accommodations are hotels or home rentals. Which you choose depends on the style of party you want.
If you’re looking to be a bit more pampered, go for a hotel and spa. You can order room service, treat yourselves to some spa treatments, and have someone cleaning up after you. Plus, hotel shuttles make it even easier to get around this small town.
If you’re up for being more independent, rent a cabin on your own. This way you have the freedom to do whatever you’d like to do all in the comforts of your own home. Just choose one near Main Street so you can easily get around on foot.
Breckenridge is about 80 miles west of Denver. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains’ Tenmile Range, it’s about an hour and a half by car from the city up to this mountain town.
The easiest way to get to Breckenridge is to drive from Denver. There are some buses and shuttles available, but the most efficient way to get there is to drive yourself. Plus, it’s a beautiful drive, and this way you have the freedom to make any pit stops you’d like.
Keep in mind that the highway from the city to the mountains can get congested, so don’t be surprised if you hit some traffic.
Bachelorette Party Tips
There are lots of things you can do to make a bachelorette weekend all the more fun.
First off, choose a theme for the weekend. The theme can be anything you want! You can go with something that fits the town, goes with the time of year, or just something the bride enjoys. For example, you could choose a theme based on the bride’s favorite movie, or base your theme on whatever is going on that season, like Mardi Gras or Saint Patrick’s Day. Otherwise, just choose fun general theme, like wild west (like we did!), ’90s, Summer of Love, Disney, and so on!
You can also add some friendly competition to your weekend with a fun game. One great staple is a scavenger hunt — create a list of silly things to do (take a shot, find a penny with the bride’s birth year on it, get a guy’s number, etc.), split into teams, and have at it! There are also plenty of fun games to play at home as well, like card games, drinking games, and some, um, creative versions of ring toss and pin the tail on the donkey.
Also, make sure to decorate! Bachelorette party decorations range from slightly cheeky to outright dirty — just cater to what the bride-to-be will be comfortable with. If you really want to get into it, you can even order some customized shirts or glasses for your wild weekend. Check out Etsy and Amazon for some awesome finds!
Finally, just remember this weekend is all about spending time together. Just take care of the bride-to-be, relax, and have fun!
For brides-to-be, plenty of things throughout the wedding planning journey will be stressful. The bachelorette party is simply a time for the bride and her best girls to let loose and remember that you’re there for each other 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!
(Thinking about a honeymoon destination? Click here to find out where we went!)