Being a veteran of bachelorette parties, I have seen a wide gamut of different types of brides and parties. Having been a bride, planned a party weekend, and attended many others, I can tell you: they are ALL different, because no two brides are the same! With the variety of activities the beautiful state of Colorado offers, is there really a need to look elsewhere? Here are some ideas for each of the gorgeous, loving, and excited Brides-to-Be in your life.
The Adventurous Bride
She loves traveling hiking, skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing and really just being adventurous. Your adventurous bride will likely want something a little out of the box, something outdoorsy and different. We are heading up to the mountains for this little lady!
Where to Stay: A short hike to the 10th Mountain Division Huts will get you in the thick of the Colorado wilderness! Each Hut accommodates a different number of guests, so you can choose the one that makes sense for your crew. The closest town to the Huts is Leadville, but you are also very close to the Continental Divide, which is pretty spectacular.
What to do: You can do tons of hiking, climbing and exploring in this area. One of my favorites is walking along the beach of Turquoise Lake and soaking in the beautiful views. Or, head south to Twin Lakes and rent kayaks, canoes, or stand up paddle boards! You really can’t go wrong in this neck of the woods.
Party Time: Leadville is a small town, but does have some bars to liven it up a little. The Silver Dollar Saloon or the Manhattan Bar would both be excellent options for some drinks and dancing. But remember, you have to drive back to the Hut parking area and then hike back up! I’d say help the bride have a little fun and then take the party back to your respective Hut.
Your bride who has the giant planning book and likes to tick off all the boxes may want a “by-the-book” bachelorette party as well. Downtown Denver is a good place to start with this party.
Where to Stay: A classic place to stay would be right downtown near all the happenings. The Kimpton Hotel is right off the 16th Street Mall, which would be a great way to catch a free ride to dinner and back. If you need more space and budgets are tighter, there’s always good ole’ Airbnb, where you can find a home or larger condo for rent that makes it easier to house everyone for the night or weekend.
What to do: Being in Denver, what better way to celebrate your bride than tour around to different breweries and bars? The Pedal Hopper in Denver is an excellent way to explore the city’s best spots for libations and get everyone out and about. Prices will vary depending on if you take the public or private tour (which also depends on your budgets and number of people).
If she wants to do a little day drinking, but not have to pedal for it, you can get crafty and enjoy some drinks at the Upstairs Circus. From jewelry to wall art, your bride tribe can exercise their creative side at this little downtown gem. Their website even lists their bar menu so you can dream up your craft and drinks for the day.
Party Time: Let’s be real, Downtown Denver has a plethora of bars that would make for an excellent and classic bachelorette night. Howl at the Moon is a top pick for its live music, dance floor and all around awesome atmosphere. Or, if you want to get even more rowdy, Hamburger Mary’s has drag shows almost every Friday and Saturday night, but they do require reservations ahead of time.
The Non-Drinking Bride
Some brides are just not into drinks and partying, even on their bachelorette party night. And that’s ok, because there’s still lots of fun and silliness to be had. This bride may enjoy a weekend in Colorado Springs exploring the area and sipping on some non-alcoholic beverages.
Where to Stay: As with Denver, there are lots of hotels and Airbnbs that you could stay at. One of my favorites is the Cheyenne Mountain Resort. It sits on its own lake with gorgeous views of the Rockies. It’s in a great location, so it’s easy to get from place to place while celebrating your lady.
Things to Do: When in Colorado Springs, a must is Garden of the Gods. Renting some bikes and exploring around the park would be the perfect way to kick off the day. The rock formations are some of the most unique in the area. You may even see some big horned sheep on your ride if you’re lucky! Or, you can see Colorado Springs from the tops of the trees with a zip lining adventure. Adventures Out West will take you on some pretty zippy tours through the trees and over a canyon. They offer a variety of packages that can include 4x4s, zip lining, or even hot air ballooning.
Party Time: Next up is high tea at the Miramont Castle. Get your pinky fingers ready! This will be a fun and fancy time for all the ladies. You will get tea and finger foods, as well as a self-guided tour of the castle when you dine there.
The Chill Bride
Some brides just want a relaxing weekend. No frills or thrills necessarily, but more just time with the girls. For this bride, we’ll head to Boulder.
Where to Stay: By renting a house in Chautauqua, you really can’t get closer to the Flatirons. Nestled right at the base of the foothills, these cabins will allow your crew to sleep in soundly, or get up early for a morning walk in the park. It’s a historic area and a little removed from the downtown scene, so it would be ideal for that relaxing retreat your bride is hoping to enjoy.
Things to Do: Starting the day off with some yoga or mediation may be just what the busy bride needs to help her relax with her friends. One of my favorite bachlorette parties hired an instructor to take us to a quiet spot and do a private session! Or you can book a private lesson at a studio location if that works better for your group. A local favorite is The Little Yoga Studio. Next up, wine tasting! Located in North Boulder, the tasting room for Bookcliff wines (a local Colorado winery) has an adorable tasting room and even offers tours of their facility. For a regular tasting, you can select 8 different wines to try for $8. You may want to call ahead to let them know you’re coming since it’s a small space, but their wine is delicious!
Party Time: Since Boulder is a smaller college town, there are a lot of bars from which to choose. For our chill gal, we may want to go to some more laid back places. Two must-visit bars are Bitter Bar and License No. 1. Both bars offer unique and classic cocktails, a calm atmosphere, and will occasionally have some live music. License No. 1 is located under the Hotel Boulderado and makes you feel like you’re back in the 1920s prohibition days.
Despite what your bride want to do for their once in a lifetime bachelorette party, you really can’t go wrong with any of these classic Colorado weekends!