The holiday season is all about getting together with the people you love, so why not add your bachelorette party into the mix? Whether you and your squad are powder hounds searching for fresh tracks (or the hottest après scene), want to indulge in some serious pampering, or are planning a slumber party of epic proportions, there's no need to wait until spring to celebrate your final single days!
Maybe you have a winter wedding, or maybe your date is a few months out. Either way, there are tons of perks to throwing a bachelorette party in the wintertime (that don't involve flying somewhere warm). It's the peak of ski and snowboarding season, every city is decked out for the holidays, and you're unlikely to be competing with a ton of other wedding-season parties and showers.
Keep in mind, though, that accommodations and travel might be more expensive if you plan a party super close to the holidays. Try to book your trip around peak travel times so it's more affordable. Also, consider that some of the guests at your bachelorette party may not enjoy cold weather or winter sports. You should plan some activities indoors, like dining and shopping, so everyone has a good time.
Here are eight of our favorite ideas for a winter bachelorette bash that truly embraces the season.
Cozy Up in a Cabin
Treat your last hurrah as a giant sleepover with your closest friends. Sites like Airbnb and VRBO are incredible sources for the cozy log cabin of your hen do dreams, from the Rockies to the Ozarks to upstate New York. Settle in for a weekend filled with chick flick marathons, hot chocolate (spiked with peppermint schnapps, perhaps?), board game battles, and trips down memory lane.
Hit the Slopes
An on-mountain condo is a perfect place to celebrate a bride who loves to ski or snowboard, and the built-in activities mean you'll have a weekend full of fun with minimal planning. One of our favorites? Killington Resort in Killington, Vt., which is known just as much for its wild après scene as it is for its wide variety of terrain and one of the longest ski seasons on the East Coast. Even if a few of your friends don't love the cold, they'll have plenty of opportunities to warm up with you once the lifts close for the afternoon.
A spa retreat is a classic bachelorette party idea, but this retreat in Utah's Wasatch Range takes it to another level. Founded by Robert Redford, Sundance Mountain Resort is tucked into the wilderness, making it the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Spa treatments combine natural products and Native American traditions, and their luxe packages will make your winter woes melt away. After your services, head to the Tree Room for a seasonal, locally-sourced meal, then grab a craft cocktail at the Owl Bar.
Bright Lights, Big City
Nothing says "holidays" more than the streets of New York City from November to February. The Rockefeller Center tree and ice rink, holiday window displays, candlelit dinners, and craft cocktails come together for a winter retreat that's more non-stop excitement than seasonal escape. Book a few rooms at the hip Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, then head into Manhattan for shopping, a show, or some seriously good food. Book the private dining room at Barbuto in the West Village, then dance the night away around the corner at The Jane. For a more laid-back night that's just as fun, head across the street from the hotel to bowl, dance, and eat amazing fried chicken at Brooklyn Bowl.
Go to a Winter Festival
For a fun-filled activity that has something for everyone, celebrate your bachelorette party with one of the country's countless winter festivals. Whether you want to stay local or travel somewhere new, you're bound to find something that piques your interest. The Portland Winter Light Festival in Portland, Oregon., is a free attraction that features extraordinary light shows and interactive exhibits. Or, if music festivals are more your thing, the Snowglobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe, California is a three-day EDM festival nestled right in the mountains that takes place each December. On the East Coast, there's the award-winning, 10-day Newport Winter Festival in Rhode Island where you'll get the best of New England winter while being close to the beach.
Have a Cookie Decorating Party
Are you more of a homebody who wants something low-key for her bachelorette? Host your closest friends at your house (or at your MOH's) for a night of cozy winter cocktails, holiday music, and cookie decorating. You'll save money on travel and hotels, you can bond while you bake and sip spiked eggnog or cocoa, and you can decorate the kitchen with all the tinsel!
If you still want to party, consider having a cookie decorating sesh early on in the night, then heading out to one of your favorite bars afterward (try to find one with a firepit!) for a more traditional bachelorette bash.
Warm Up in a Hot Tub
Is there anything better than thawing out in a steamy outdoor hot tub on a chilly winter night? Book your bachelorette party accommodations at a resort with an insanely cozy hot tub where you and your squad can pop some Champagne, look up at the stars, and relax. At Viceroy Snowmass in Snowmass Village, Colorado., you can soak in one of their three tubs with gorgeous mountain views. Your muscles will thank you after a long day of skiing or boarding! For cliffside views of the Atlantic Ocean, try Cliff House Maine, where the outdoor hot tubs will warm you up after a day of whale watching and New England winter fun (plus, there's an infinity edge ice skating rink!)
Take a Figure Skating Class
Skiing isn't for everyone! For an alternative winter activity that's also a great bonding experience, book a group figure skating class at a local ice rink (or an ice rink at your chosen bachelorette party destination). You probably won't go pro, but you'll learn a few tricks, and it'll be fun to do an activity together. Or, if you'd rather freestyle it, find an outdoor ice rink for a group skating sesh. Afterward, get lunch and warm beverages, then shop or check out holiday window displays! You can make it a one-day celebration that carries on into the night, or make a weekend trip out of it.