Feeling the pressure to have the perfect bachelorette party? As the last hurrah, this rite of passage certainly places expectations on both the bride and maid of honor to make it "the best time ever." And that's hard to achieve when you're stressed by all the planning. But, we have a simple solution for you! Let's be real, alcohol usually makes its way into bachelorette parties—so why not pick a location based on the bride's favorite drink? We've already done some of the work for you, rounding up some of the best spots for a bachelorette weekend getaway according to where you'll get the most out of your drink of choice. Go ahead, pick your poison.
Skip the traditional pace of Napa Valley in lieu of something more adventurous, like Argentina wine country. Get your grape on in Uco Valley, one of the top regions in Mendoza, home to Argentina's most thriving vineyards. Try Casa de Uco, situated across a 790-acre estate and vineyard. Take a tour of it farm-style by riding a tractor with the sommelier and chef (and bridal party, of course), hopping from plot to plot, where a glass of wine awaits you at each—with food pairings, naturally.
Brown liquor has been in high demand in New Orleans since the 1800s, so where else to go for your whiskey fix but the historic French city itself? While a night on Bourbon Street is a must and will you lead in the right direction, you need to make time for Public Belt, a speakeasy just steps from the French Quarter at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. You and your girls will have fun crafting America's first cocktail, the Sazerac, in a mixology class. The classes begin with a history lesson, followed by an interactive demonstration creating the city's signature drink.
If rye is your choice of drink, you're a true southern bride, so it's only fitting that your bachelorette take place in one of the south's most charming cities: Charleston. The relationship between this spirit and South Carolina goes way back, so take a step back in time at the 1920s-inspired Spectator Hotel. Enjoy its comforts for the weekend, and at night, head down to its speakeasy, the Bar, with your bridal party to indulge in the south's elixir of choice in one-on-one mixology classes with its master cocktail craftsmen. Enjoy locally sourced ryes, such as Calhoun's Rye, all produced in the Lowcountry.
Rumrunners abounded in Key West during the Prohibition area, and while the drink may be legal now, its taste and popularity has never left these Floridian islands. Besides, Key West is famed for its pirate history, and we all know what they fancied for a drink! If you're of like mind, learn more about this rich rum history with an immersive experience at Casa Marina and the Reach, sister Waldorf Astoria properties that offer educational tours of Key West's first legal rum distillery, Key West Legal Rum. But what's a tour without a tasting? Try a rum tasting at Casa Marina's rum bar, which features the most expensive of rum in Key West. (Don't worry—your girls will pay for this one!)
Did you know that 95 percent of the world's bourbon is made in Kentucky? It should come as no surprise, then, that the "birthplace of bourbon," Lexington, Kentucky, is the only place for your bachelorette party. Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa allows bridal parties to indulge in the hotel's Private Select single-barrel bourbon finished from a fully matured cask-strength Maker's Mark Bourbon and a custom selection of oak staves. To build out a flavor profile, they aged the barrel for nine weeks before offering the ultra-exclusive pour to guests. Now, that's true bourbon.
There are plenty of places in the U.S. to get a good brewery fix, but none are as fun for a bachelorette party as Hawaii if you're looking to splurge on a getaway with the girls. Stay at Hilton Waikoloa Village for the views and the fun; its new Kona Tap Room by Kona Brewing Company, beloved by both locals and visitors, offers immersive brewery tours followed by beer and food pairing classes featuring small-batch beers that are available only in Hawaii. You'll get to enjoy beers that you've never tried before—every beer girl's dream.
Okay, coffee may not be anyone's typical drink for a night out, but how many of you can't start your day without it? Hear us out. Start the party early with Spiked Mayan Coffee in Mexico, a country known for a namesake buzz-inducing coffee. As part of its all-inclusive programming, Sandos Caracol Eco Resort in Playa del Carmen, near Cancun, offers groups the chance to sip a cup of brew with traditional Mayan flair during its evening shows. And as part of the Xcalacoco Experience, a dedicated Mayan coffee master brews espresso over an open flame and accents each cup with the typical exotic liquor of the region, Xtabentun. That's what we call the best of both worlds.