Your groom may have no interest in the best type of linens for your reception tables or whether said reception tables will flaunt wildflower or tulip centerpieces, but if there’s one thing he’ll make sure he has a say in, it’s his bachelor party. But that’s not to say you can’t chime in with your two cents, especially if he’s a little lost on just where he wants to kiss singledom goodbye with his bros. After all, the basic Vegas bash is so yesterday. Luckily, we’ve rounded up some of the best under-the-radar spots for a bro-tastic bachelor party—according to your guy’s personality, of course. Suggest these ideas for his last epic hurrah.
Young at Heart
They say boys never grow up, and if that’s kinda-sorta true of your man, there’s seriously no better place for a bachelor party than the epicenter of world-renowned attractions—Orlando. With theme parks at his doorstep, he and his guys will be able to bask in the good ole days at Universal, Disney World, and SeaWorld. After a long day of fun, they can take a relaxing respite at Hilton Orlando. With a lazy river, zero-entry pools, waterslides, and a revitalizing spa, it’s a recreational haven all on its own.
The Golf Enthusiast
Does your guy love to spend his Sundays playing 18 holes with his buddies? They can channel their inner Tiger Woods with a getaway at Whiskey Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas. Set on the grounds of the historic 18-hole course Glen Garden Country Club, this new whiskey distillery—the largest one west of the Mississippi River—marries southern charm with the luxury of golf. After spending the day on the green, the guys can enjoy some post-round revelry with some of the best whiskey and bourbon around.
The Luxe Prince
If your fiancé has a taste for the finer things in life, Bal Harbour in Miami Beach is right up his alley for a luxe bachelor party. The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, a five-star hotel with oceanfront views, is the perfect home base for the weekend. He and his pals can lounge the afternoon away at the new poolside villas designed by Roche Bobois before heading out for the night in the resort’s Bentley house car. On the agenda: splurging at Bal Harbour Shops and dining at Atlantikos for authentic Greek cuisine and handcrafted cocktails.
The Fitness Fanatic
Does your fiancé make the gym his second home? He and his fellow bachelors can work hard, play hard with the comprehensive wellness programming at Well & Being spas—have him take his pick among the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Four Seasons Resort + Club Dallas at Las Colinas, and Red Rock Casino, Resort, and Spa. While luxurious spa treatments are available for them to look and feel their best on the big day, the guys can relish BodPod Diagnostics, used to measure muscle mass by NFL teams; cutting-edge fitness classes such as Vertical Wall Yoga and FloatFit; and nutrition guidance from Well & Being experts.
Look no further for a star-worthy experience than Nashville, the capital of country music. A guy and his bros can get the VIP treatment they truly deserve at the boutique Fairlane Hotel. The new Mile High Club package, exclusively available in the club’s 4,000-square-foot penthouse, provides an in-room house band or DJ, a fully stocked bar and bartender, a security detail, a classic car with a private driver, and next day in-room breakfast service.
What more suitable place for a politics-loving bachelor than Barack Obama’s stomping grounds of Chicago? If your man loves a good debate, he’ll love the Hilton Chicago. Established in 1927 on Michigan Avenue, this classic hotel lives up to its nickname, the “Midwest White House,” having hosted every president from Harry Truman to Bill Clinton in its two-story, 5,000-square-foot Conrad Suite. Your groom and his buddies can play billiards on Bill Clinton’s favorite table and explore the hotel’s historic corridor for tales of past presidents' visits and artifacts from World War II.
The Beer Lover
Beer-loving bachelors should plan an escape down to Charleston, South Carolina, to explore the Holy City’s famed craft brewery scene. Andrew Pinckney Inn’s new Charleston on Tap package will help them do just that. Complete with a six-pack of assorted local craft beers, branded pint glasses to keep, and classic southern snacks, the ultimate bachelor party continues with two tickets for a guided 3.5-hour tour of local microbreweries and a $50 gift card to taste 48 different draught beers at locally-renowned tavern, Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House.
The Betting Man
Forget the casinos of Vegas—Lexington, Kentucky, is where your man will want to bet his next wager. A gambling bachelor group can enlist the help of "betologists" to select a winning horse at Keeneland Race Course. The times to go are April and September when it features Derby qualifying races that offer a behind-the-scenes experience not available at the Kentucky Derby.