If it’s your last night as a single lady, that’s worth celebrating. Here’s five itineraries for A+ bachelorette parties for every sort of bride-to-be—pick yours and get busy planning!
For the Crafting Queen
Who: She’s got a sewing machine in her living room, half the elements of her wedding are DIY, and she’s given you at least three scarves she knit herself.
Location: Park View/Shaw/14th Street
Activity: Start at The Lemon Bowl crafting collective with a totally Instagrammable build-your-own terrarium class ($50 to $60 per participant). Next up: A custom bachelorette printing- press workshop at Typecase Industries ($500 for ten people), where you’ll try your hand at printing custom posters.
Eats: Settle in at the eclectic Provision No. 14, where diners graze on American fare in mismatched armchairs while sipping cocktails served in shareable French presses.
Party Anthem: “5 Years Time” by Noah and the Whale
For the Southern Sweetheart
Who: She’s been sweet as pie since you met in your sorority days, and you’re pretty sure she’d pass out if you took her to a strip club.
Location: Old Town Alexandria
Activity: Staying in is her idea of a good time, so be sure to do it in style. Book the Majestic Suite at Alexandria’s Hotel Monaco, which boasts two king bedrooms flanking a living-and-dining space (there’s also a balcony). Order Champagne and play games to test everyone’s knowledge of the spouse-to-be.
Eats: Make your way to Magnolia’s on King for rockfish and cheddar grits and house-smoked chicken. After dinner, mosey upstairs for pineapple-spiked old fashioneds in the cozy Palm Lounge.
Party Anthem: “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
For the Party Animal
Who: There are only two constants in her life: (1) her boo and (2) wild nights out. She’s never met a stiletto she couldn’t wear for six hours straight.
Location: Downtown DC
Activity: Book the bachelorette package ($120 per person) at Sax, which grants your group an open bar and a three-course meal while you take in a Cirque du Soleil–style burlesque. Continue the party the next morning with La Boum, a boozy, dance-fueled brunch at Capitale.
Eats: A night of debauchery isn’t complete without a second dessert, and CityCenter’s Momofuku Milk Bar is open till midnight. Stop by between hot spots for a slice of sinfully addictive Crack Pie.
Party Anthem: “Confident” by Demi Lovato
For the Getaway Gal
Who: She’s over the DC bar scene but doesn’t have time for a trip to Vegas. Take her on a drivable weekend away instead.
Activity: Ride through Virginia wine country with a Wish Wish Wine Tours limousine package ($760 for up to ten passengers). The itinerary is yours to select; we recommend stops at Pippin Hill and Veritas. Spend the night at Keswick Hall, where you’ll lounge like queens by the infinity pool facing the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Eats: Soak up that vino with indulgent French-inspired shared plates at The Alley Light, a 2015 James Beard Award semifinalist tucked away on the Downtown Mall.
Party Anthem: “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
For the Active Chick
Who: She planned hiking trips for her last three birthdays. Take the hint and spend her big day outdoors.
Location: Georgetown Waterfront
Activity: Bike the C&O Canal to Key Bridge Boathouse, where an on-the-water adventure awaits. Rent kayaks for $15 to $20 an hour, or book a paddleboard-yoga class ($35 per person) for a 90-minute session of floating downward dogs.
Eats: Fuel up post-workout at nearby Farmers Fishers Bakers, which serves seafood with a Potomac view. Looking for something lighter? Up Wisconsin Avenue, Jaco Juice & Taco Bar has açai bowls and fresh smoothies.
Party Anthem: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon