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Bachelorette Parties: 9 Bachelor(ette) Party Hot Spots

These locales offer something for everyone.

Photo: Courtesy of Riu Palace

The days of sticking around town during your final days as a singleton are starting to fade away as more destinations and resorts are catering to bachelor and bachelorette parties. So grab the girls (or, if you’re a groom reading this, the guys) and pack your bags.

For the Ladies

Fabulous Fun in New York City If you’re the type who likes to cap off a full day of shopping with a few cocktails, then New York City is the perfect bachelorette party destination for you. During the day, hit the boutiques in SoHo and Tribeca. At night, put on a cute sparkly dress and heels and then head off to the Meatpacking District.
Where to Stay Located on the diverse and lively Lower East Side, the Hotel on Rivington is chic, stylish and über-trendy. Settle in for manis and pedis at the hotel’s Ricardo Rojas Salon; then grab a few mojitos at Thor. Oh yeah—the rooms: Think luxe Frette linens, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and velvet sofas. Rates starting at $395 per night, Hotel Rivington (www.HotelonRivington.com)
Where to Chow Every trip to NYC needs a Sex and the City moment. Make reservations for you and your girls to dine at Buddakan, the very place Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner in the movie. Not only is the décor (and the clientele, for that matter) gorgeous, the food is just as unforgettable, Buddakan (www.BuddakanNYC.com)

Spa Days in Tucson, Arizona If a spa weekend is in order, the Miraval resort in Tucson caters to bachelorette parties. One package includes a spa service, plush bathrobes embroidered with titles like “bride-to-be” and “maid of honor” and access to signature classes at the resort, including one all about turning up the honeymoon heat. Ooh la la!
Where to Stay Stay with the girls in a luxury suite or chill out solo in your own guest room. Bonus: The Catalina rooms are designed to be environmentally conscious, with Healthy Sleep & Dream beds and views of the Sonoran Desert. The resort also offers a $299 per person, per day spa package, (www.MiravalResorts.com)
Where to Chow Treat yourselves to healthy dishes prepared by the resort’s culinary team. The all-inclusive package includes three daily meals, unlimited snacks, evening hors d’oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages. You can even watch a cooking demonstration by Chef Luethje, who will teach you how to incorporate healthful cooking into your postwedding routine.

Beach Bummin’ in Cape May, New Jersey More worried about your tan and how it’ll look in that strapless dress? You’ll definitely want to build in some beach time during your bachelorette party. We love the idea of a weekend down at the Jersey Shore. Cape May is known as one of the best beaches in the US. The town is home to dozens of antique shops and waterfront restaurants. If you get a nightlife itch, Atlantic City is just a half an hour away.
Where to Stay Settle in at The Mason Cottage, a quaint bed-and-breakfast decked out in all its Victorian glory. You’ll love the wraparound porches, shabby-chic furnishings and lots of antiques, The Mason Cottage (www.TheMasonCottage.com)
Where to Chow Whether you’re just coming off the beach for beers and the raw bar or you want to linger over cocktails, clam chowder and a pile of steamed mussels, you can’t leave this historic shore town without a trip to The Lobster House, (www.TheLobsterHouse.com)

For the Guys

Hitting the Slopes in Park City, Utah If your groom-to-be isn’t one to sit still, a trip up the mountains in Park City is sure to calm him down. After all, what guy doesn’t love a little friendly competition? There’s so much to do here, from skiing and snowboarding to bobsledding and mountain biking. It’s like the Winter Olympics all over again; only this time, he can get in on the action himself. Or, for a completely different change of pace, the High West Distillery, Utah’s first legal, modern-day distillery, will open its headquarters to the public in early 2009, High West Distillery, (www.HighWestDistillery.com)
Where to Stay The guys can enjoy a little bit of the luxe life at Hotel Park City. This all-suite hotel is just 35 minutes from the airport and is outfitted with fireplaces, kitchens (not that they’ll be cooking much), living rooms and balconies with views of the golf course. Ski package rates start at $299 per night/double occupancy, Hotel Park City (www.HotelParkCity.com)
Where to Chow At Wasatch Brew Pub on Main Street, the guys can feast on baby back ribs smothered in the pub’s signature barbecue sauce. Wash it all down with a few of their handcrafted brews, which include double bock, ale, lager and hefeweizen, Wasatch Brew Pub (www.WasatchBeers.com)

Golfing in Charleston, South Carolina Are a few rounds of golf more his speed? He and his groomsmen can sign up for the Dudes on the Dunes package at the Wild Dunes Resort. The package includes one round of golf on the Links Course or Harbor Course, which bisects the Intracoastal (both courses were designed by the world-class golf course architect Tom Fazio). At night, you can have a poker table, complete with cards and chips, set up in your room or villa, and have snacks and a case of Coronas delivered by room service.
Where to Stay Did we say villa? Yeah, we did. The Wild Dunes Resort has three-bedroom villas that are situated right on the pristine South Carolina beach. They’re complete with plasma-screen TVs and a cook’s kitchen. For a minimum of two nights for four people, the packages start at $1,600, The Wild Dunes Resort (www.WildDunes.com)
Where to Chow After logging a few hours on the golf course, a pasta dinner is in order. At Mercato, Chef Jacques Larson whips up Italian classics to go with a notable and affordable wine list. The bar scene can’t be missed, perfect for people watching, Mercato (www.MercatoCharleston.com)

Winning Big in New Orleans, Louisiana If it’s nightlife he wants, then a trip down South will cure his need for some debauchery (don’t worry, just a little bit won’t hurt). The city of New Orleans is back in full swing. The groom-to-be and his buddies can test their luck at Harrah’s and then wind down at one of the many sizzlin’ jazz clubs in the French Quarter.
Where to Stay Just a short walk from Harrah’s and Bourbon street, the W New Orleans-French Quarter is a sophisticated place to sleep, should they actually choose to do so. Expect nothing less than the stylish scene you’d find at any other W hotel (www.StarwoodHotels.com)
Where to Chow In the mood for a little bit of Crescent City history? You can reserve a table at Commander’s Palace in the Garden District. This award-winner serves up authentic Creole cuisine. If you don’t believe us, just ask Emeril. That’s right, this is where Lagasse cut his chops, Commander's Palace (www.CommandersPalace.com)

For the Coeds

If you’re the twosome who can’t bear to be apart, even for the bachelor and bachelorette parties, then there’s nothing wrong with celebrating the last days of your singlehood together with your wedding party in tow. Just pick a location with a lot of different things to do. These three destinations should do the trick.

Sizzlin’ South Beach, Florida In the mood to bring a little sexy back? When Justin Timberlake wrote that song, he had to be thinking of Miami. It’s almost impossible not to feel like your most glamorous self when you’re in South Beach, which is why you’ll want your favorite guy right there by your side. After a sultry day soaking up the sun at the beach, cocktails at the dimly lit Rose Bar inside the lobby of the plush Delano hotel are a definite must. Claim a spot at the bar, relax and take in the scene, Delano Hotel (www.Delano-Hotel.com)
Where to Stay If you want to be seen, The Strand Ocean Drive Hotel, an all-suite boutique hotel, is centrally located on Ocean Drive, South Beach’s hottest strip. Suites come with H2O+ bath products, modern furnishings, stainless steel kitchen appliances and more. Bonus: For those who prefer concrete to sand, there’s a rooftop pool, The Strand Ocean Drive Hotel (www.TheStrandOceanDrive.com)
Where to Chow Lincoln Road, South Beach’s other famous avenue, comes totally alive at night thanks to restaurants like SUSHISAMBA dromo, where you can enjoy their signature Japanese/Peruvian/Brazilian menu alfresco (if the Miami heat doesn’t get to you) or inside surrounded by beautiful people and groovy lounge music. SushiSamba.com
Fantastic Las Vegas, Nevada Serene spas. Laying out by the pool. Shopping at Caesars Palace Who says Las Vegas is for bachelors only? If his heart is set on blackjack tables in Sin City, there are plenty of ways to spend time with the girls while the guys are emptying their wallets. At night, you can all meet up for dinner at one of the many amazing restaurants and then hit the clubs together.
Where to Stay The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is notorious for fun in the sun. Rehab Sundays bring the nightlife poolside with DJs that spin all day long. And if you’re sleeping at the hotel, you have carte blanche over the lounge chairs and cabanas—just be sure to get up early to secure your spot! The Hard Rock Hotel (www.HardRockHotel.com)
Where to Chow Without a doubt, head to the new Wynn Las Vegas. The country’s hottest chefs have set up shop at one of Vegas’ most luxurious resort and casinos. The choices span the globe, from Daniel Boulud’s French bistro to Paul Bartolotta’s namesake Italian Coastal restaurant to Hong Kong-style barbecue at Red 8 Asian Bistro, Wynn Las Vegas (www.WynnLasVegas.com)

Adventurous Cabo San Lucas, Mexico In the mood for a little adventure? If your wedding party is all about being outdoors and staying active, Cabo San Lucas has just the right balance of extracurricular activities and fun in the sun. You can swim with dolphins, go snorkeling, ride some Baja buggies (think off-roading) through the desert, do a little bit of sportfishing and finish it off with a pub crawl in downtown Cabo.
Where to Stay Gather your guys and gals at the Hotel Riu Palace, which is an all-inclusive resort complete with hundreds of luxurious guest rooms, volleyball and tennis courts, two gorgeous swimming pools with swim-up bars, a sun terrace, spa and nightclub, Hotel Riu Palace (www.Riu.com)
Where to Chow Take advantage of the Riu’s all-inclusive package and make arrangements for your group to dine at one of the four on-site restaurants. It’s so convenient!

-- Christa Vagnozzi