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How to Plan a Bachelorette Party

One bachelorette getaway doesn't fit all any more than one wedding dress does, so we've identified five approaches: a night out, pampering at the spa, food and wine, an outdoor adventure, and a beachhouse rental. Throw in a few personal touches, and you're set for a fab weekend devoted to you and your posse.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE
If the outdoors is your favorite place to be, the first step is zeroing in on an adventure that can be enjoyed by all. Assess the abilities and general fitness of the women in your group. Rule out any activities like scuba diving that require certification or specific skills. If any of the women are pregnant, ask them about their limitations.

Putting together this type of trip involves researching outfitters as well as accommodations (outdoortrips.info lists outfitters by activity). Adventure Bachelorette Party runs about 30 different weekend trips and creates a custom Web page for each group to handle RSVPs and payments. You can also look for all-inclusive programs at places like Club Getaway in Kent, Conn., where you can go mountain biking, try out a zip line, and explore caves, all before happy hour.

One way to make the trip more enticing is to pick an activity that none of your friends have tried before, whether it's surfing in southern Oregon or horseback riding in the Grand Tetons. Our story 11 Ways to Try Something New has details on outfitters that specialize in women-only trips.

Not everyone has the same definition of roughing it, so reward those who are venturing out of their comfort zone by staying in lodging with down pillows and nice-smelling soap. Camping is even a possibility now that glamping (if you guessed "glamorous camping," you're right) has penetrated the wilderness at places like Sequoia High Sierra Camp in central California. And don't forget to record the adventure.

Something Extra When you're in the backcountry, there's a decent chance you're near mud baths or hot springs—just what you need to restore your aching muscles. And if you're not close enough to indulge at one of these outdoor spas, send everyone back to their rooms with their own Dead Sea mineral mud mask from Ahava.

 
Note: This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.
 

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