The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Colorado Bachelorette Party in the Mountains
Planning a Colorado bachelorette party in the mountains? This planning guide has everything you need to make your bachelorette weekend #GoalsAF.
- The Ultimate Guide to Planning your Colorado Bachelorette Party in the Mountains
- How to plan your Colorado bachelorette party in the mountains
- Travel and getting around
- Local restaurants and bars for your Colorado bachelorette party
- 15 Ideas for what to do during your Colorado bachelorette party in the mountains
- Mountain Bachelorette Party Supplies & Favors
- Colorado bachelorette party FAQ
- Where to stay for your Colorado mountain bachelorette party
- Have a question about planning your own Colorado bachelorette party? Leave a comment!
How to plan your Colorado bachelorette party in the mountains
Before getting into the details of ideas for what to do or where to stay, it’s helpful to think about what needs to happen during the planning process! Here’s a quick overview of the steps you’ll probably take when planning your Colorado bachelorette party.
- Talk with the bride about what her vision is for her Colorado bachelorette party as well as the timeline for the getaway weekend.
- Figure out who’s invited.
- Choose a date and get everyone’s calendars blocked off for that weekend.
- Talk through budgets with the bride, bridesmaids, and any other people invited.
- Make arrangements for accommodations such as a hotel or Airbnb.
- Decide on activities for the weekend. Book any reservations needed for activities or restaurants.
- Make sure everyone has their travel arrangements secured.
- Figure out final details and buy any bachelorette decorations needed.
- Send out all final information to everyone attending and confirm final plans with everyone.
- Enjoy your bachelorette party weekend!
Travel and getting around
How to get to the Colorado mountains
If you’re traveling from out of state and the drive is too far for you, the most convenient option will be to fly into Colorado. Denver International Airport has the most flight options, and you can get to the mountains in under 2 hours, although driving distances vary by which area you’re going to. There are also some smaller regional airports that you might want to consider such as the Aspen Pitkin County Airport and the Eagle County Regional Airport near Vail, CO.
How to get around
Renting a car is recommended if you’re planning to visit the mountain areas. However, certain areas may have other transportation options that could work well. If you’re planning to stay local to Denver, you could use the public rail lines or Uber/Lyft to get around. Or if you’re planning to stay in the Aspen or Snowmass Village areas, most things are within walking distance or you can use the RFTA bus system, which is easy to use and great for tourists.
Local restaurants and bars for your Colorado bachelorette party
Of course you’ll need to find some great local spots to hit for food and drinks while you’re here! Check out the map below for different options based on where you’re planning to stay!
15 Ideas for what to do during your Colorado bachelorette party in the mountains
Hiking is an activity that pretty much any one can do, and the Colorado mountains have hikes for all skill levels with amazing views. It’s also basically a free activity, so you can save your money for the beers afterwards! Apps like AllTrails or Hiking Project are great resources for searching for the perfect trail.
Visit a brewery
Colorado is known for its microbreweries, and there are so many great ones it can be hard to decide. Here are a few mountain favorites!
- Tommyknocker Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO
- Broken Compass Brewing Company in Breckenridge, CO
- Vail Brewing Company in Vail, CO
- Bonfire Brewing Company in Eagle, CO
- Aspen Brewing Company in Aspen, CO
- Casey Brewing in Glenwood Springs, CO
- Lefthand Brewing Company in Longmont, CO
- Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO
Visit a winery
Colorado is known for its breweries, but don’t sleep on the wineries! Palisade, CO is known for its wineries, but there are many great options all over the state. Check out this guide with more info!
Geothermal hot springs
What better way to relax than to visit some of Colorado’s natural hot springs? Some popular choices in the mountains are Indian Hot Springs near Idaho Springs, the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, and Mount Princeton Hot Springs near Buena Vista.
Kayaking on one of Colorado’s many lakes is a great, relaxing way to get outside and enjoy summer weather. Lake Dillon near Breckenridge is a popular choice.
For a more thrilling day activity, try out ziplining where you can enjoy wildlife sightings, and river and mountain views from the air. Check out this site for a number of options throughout Colorado.
For many people, nothing sounds more relaxing than a trip to the spa. This is a great bachelorette party activity that usually most people can agree on! Check out some of the top Colorado mountain spas here.
DIY wine or beer tasting
For a more low key, but just as fun activity, create your own DIY tasting! You can choose your favorite adult beverage such as wine, whiskey, or beer. Get several different varieties and some appetizers or a meat and cheese board for food pairings. You can even do a blind taste testing and have everyone fill out tasting notes on templates like this one.
Hit the slopes
If you’re visiting in the winter, take advantage of some of the great skiing that Colorado has to offer. Some of the more popular areas are Aspen/Snowmass Village, Breckenridge, Vail, Keystone and Winter Park.
Catch a concert
Attend a pro sports game
If you and your friends are into professional sports, there are a lot of options in Denver to catch a game. The Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Denver Nuggets are a few great options.
White water rafting
Get your adrenaline going with some white water rafting! Colorado has options for all skill levels and there are rafting hubs near many local mountain towns, including Idaho Springs, Buena Vista, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Durango, and more.
If everyone in your group is adventurous, rock climbing is a thrilling sport that can accommodate all skill levels. Make sure to hire a knowledgeable local guide who can bring you to the best spots, or you can always try out an indoor climbing gym instead.
If you need something a little more chill instead, try a yoga class. Meta Yoga offers SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga in the mountain lakes of Breckenridge, while Aspen Shakti has mountain top yoga classes with unforgettable views.
What bachelorette party would be complete without brunch food and mimosas? After a night out of partying, brunch is the perfect Sunday activity to round out your weekend before everyone heads home.
Mountain Bachelorette Party Supplies & Favors
A big part of the fun of a bachelorette party is the decorations, party supplies, favors for all the bridesmaids, and all the fun accessories for you and your squad! Check out some of my favorites from Etsy!
Pictures above from Etsy
Colorado bachelorette party FAQ
Denver has lots of great options for a bachelorette party including breweries and distilleries, bars and restaurants, concert venues, pro sports games, spas, and ways to get active like yoga, hiking, or rock climbing.
Typically the maid of honor plans the bachelorette party, although this can really be planned by any friend or loved one, or even the bride herself.
Traditionally, you do give the bride a gift at the bachelorette party. Often times, this is a fun or silly gift, or something she will enjoy.
There are lots of winter activities you can do in Colorado, such as skiing, snowboarding, or snowshoeing. More low key activities include visiting breweries or wineries, going to the spa or yoga, and brunch.
Where to stay for your Colorado mountain bachelorette party
A mountain rental home is a great option for lodging if you’re coming from out of town. It makes things easy since everyone can stay in one place.
You’ll also have your own kitchen which will be great for brunches during the day or pre-gaming before you go out!
I’ve found some great rental properties in the mountains that are good for large groups and included some links below to make it easy for you!
UPDATE: As of August 20, 2020, Airbnb updated their policies to strictly limit guests at all properties to 16 people. They also no longer allow parties or events at ANY property on their platform.
In fact, I’ve heard from local Airbnb hosts that I know personally, that property owners are getting kicked off of the platform if they are caught violating these rules! Many owners are hesitant to host parties like bachelorette parties for fear of getting their property removed entirely.
Because of this, I’ve updated this post to include rentals from a newer platform that is very similar to Airbnb–Turnkey Vacation Rentals, an Austin, TX based company.
Photos above from Turnkey Vacation Rentals listings.
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