Above: Backyard view in Breckenridge
As all brides-to-be know, planning a wedding comes with an onslaught of decisions to make. From choosing the venue to the cake and 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 all to bond and blow off a little steam en route to 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 a terrific option in Breckenridge, Colorado. Here’s why Breckenridge is a great destination for your bachelorette party!
Above: Roadside views on the way to Breckenridge
Breckenridge is a great warm weather 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. 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.)
Above: Wild West Bachelorette Party in Breckenridge, Colorado
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, ‘80s, or masquerade, and throw in a few games, like a scavenger hunt. Here are some town highlights to help you and your gals have a blast.
Above left: Gettin’ down at Ceclia’s; Above right: craft beer at Kenosha Steakhouse
Of course, as bachelorette parties generally go, alcohol will likely be a primary focus. At the north end of Main Street, 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. If you’re a fan of craft beers, make sure to stop at Breckenridge Brewery & Pub as well. (For stocking your accommodation with beverages of your own, keep in mind that in Colorado you can’t buy alcohol at the grocery store, only at liquor stores.)
Above: Breakfast at Columbine Cafe
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 are also Modis and Kenosha Steakhouse, which has a fantastic view from its patio. For breakfast, don’t miss out on Columbine Cafe.
Above: A building on Main Street
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.
Above: Wild West Bachelorette in Breckenridge
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!