There’s a bachelorette party for every kind of bride, from frozen drinks on the beach in Mexico to wine at a California vineyard to cocktails and dancing in Vegas. Of course, not all brides want to hop on a flight just for their “last fling before the ring,” so finding an equally appealing local option is key. If you’re a bride in New England or the Mid-Atlantic, you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite East Coast bachelorette party ideas, whether you’re looking for a night on the town or a relaxing getaway.
New York City
If a classic bachelorette bash is more your scene, head to the Big Apple. From fabulous shopping and must-visit restaurants to Broadway shows and late-night hot spots, New York City has it all. In the city that never sleeps, there’s no doubt you’ll have an incredible night out in true big city style!
Prune: This restaurant has nearly 20 years under its belt, making it a can’t-miss stop for your big dinner. You’ll love the welcoming atmosphere, simple menu, and prime East Village location—perfect for heading out when you’re done.
Diego: Speaking of going out, it’s time for a drink. Settle into a couch at Diego in the PUBLIC Hotel, and order an Acapulco Swizzle, combining Altos Blanco tequila, lime, raspberry, and mint.
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Take a stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge for a (free!) peek at Manhattan from a different angle, then spend some time wandering through Brooklyn Bridge Park. Head to Fulton Ferry Pier to brave the lines at Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory, or snap a photo on Jane’s Carousel.
Museum Hack: You can’t go to New York City without visiting one of the iconic museums, so kick it up a notch. Museum Hack will take you on a saucy tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, giving you the stories you’ve never heard before (and focusing on ancient Roman butts, if you so choose). Games and prizes keep you engaged, plus a glass of wine at the museum café is the perfect way to cap it off.
Located in the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, Lake Placid’s adorable town offers tons to do, day or night. Spend a day at the spa, get outdoors, or browse the local shops, then tuck in for a decadent meal. We recommend visiting in October, when the leaves are their brightest.
The Spa at Mirror Lake Inn: Find a little bridal balance with a day at the spa. There is a wide range of treatments for everyone to choose from, be it the signature Adirondack Maple Sugar Body Scrub or the Pure Placid Cleansing ritual.
Smoke Signals: This barbecue joint makes everything from scratch, so you know it’s good. Feast on fried pickles and brisket burnt ends, sip a local beer or a Moonshine Margarita, and don’t forget to check their Facebook page for the evening’s live music offerings.
Adirondack Rafting Company: Earn your trip to the spay with a day out on the water. Get a thrill on a whitewater rafting adventures with your favorite ladies through the Hudson Gorge, a 16-mile trip through protected wilderness.
Looking for a beach getaway? Don’t worry, you don’t have to fly to the Caribbean or Mexico. Instead, hop on the train (or the Jitney) and head out to the Hamptons. There are miles of beaches, tons of restaurants and bars, and plenty of beach houses to rent for a weekend of lounging and sipping rosé by the pool.
The Surf Lodge: This coastal property is all about simple luxuries. Lounge in the hammocks on your private decks, or head down to the beach to catch some sun. On the weekends, The Surf Lodge offers free concerts—past guests have included Lupe Fiasco and G. Love.
Yoga Lila: Kick off your bachelorette weekend with a SUP yoga class set right on the water, or opt for one of the many studio classes offered by this locally owned and centrally located favorite.
Showfish: This is the flagship restaurant in the newly updated Gurney's Star Island Resort & Marina. It features expansive water views, a nautical theme rendered in chic neutral shades of driftwood and sand, and fresh and seasonal fine-dining menus sourced from East End farmers and local fishermen.
Beantown has a lot to offer East Coast bachelorettes—and it’s more than just the city’s fabled accent. There’s fine dining, all sorts of fun activities, and a chance to make some of your own history with your best friends.
Bridal Dash: This scavenger hunt is a great way to see the city—and to let out your competitive side. You and your friends will be competing against other bachelorette parties to complete the challenges and make your way around the city, collecting photos and convincing random strangers to be part of the shenanigans.
Hotel Commonwealth: Nothing says “Boston” like Fenway Park, so why not stay nearby? The beautiful renovation is home to Island Creek Oyster Bar (worth a stop for Sunday brunch, a lobster roll or, of course, oysters), and is in the heart of Kenmore Square. Take in a Sox game or, if baseball isn’t your speed, enjoy local hotspots like the Cask ‘n Flagon.
Eastern Standard: Looking for craft cocktails, affordable and interesting wines, and a surprisingly large beer selection? This is the place to go. There’s a good chance you’ve never tried a single wine on the list, but that just means the price is right—and so is the flavor. Mixed drinks range from juleps to milk punch, and also include seasonal creations.
Nestled in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Pocono Mountains should be at the top of every East Coast getaway bucket list. The region is known for outdoor activities and cozy cabins, and also features plenty of restaurants, wineries, and breweries to outfit any weekend full of celebration. Whether you’re looking for waterfall hikes, adrenaline-pumping snow sports, or a little bit of culture, the Poconos really have it all.
Bushkill Falls: Called the Niagara of Pennsylvania, this park is the perfect way to experience the Poconos. Trails range from relaxing nature walks to strenuous hikes, all with waterfall views. The park also features mini golf and paddle boats, if you’re looking to tap into your inner child.
Pocono Beverage Trail: Whether you’re into beer, wine, spirits, or all three, the Pocono Beverage Trail will take you to some of the region’s top craft producers. From gold medal-winning wines at Antler Ridge Winery to brandy and moonshine at Mountain View Distillery, there’s something for everyone.
The French Manor: There’s fine dining, too! The French Manor was named one of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania, and offers fine French cuisine by one of the inn’s two cozy fireplaces. Look for classics like French onion soup, moules marinières, and duck à l’orange.