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Someone is getting married, and it’s party time! What better way to celebrate the love of two people than going to wine country?! This kind of bachelorette party is one that will have memories that bring you joy for a lifetime. However, it’s important to get everything just right! If you’ve been thrust into bachelorette party planning, read up before you jump in. These stagette planning tips will give you memories you actually *want* to write in your travel journal, not a weekend full of stress!
How to Plan a Bachelorette Party in Wine Country
Planning a bachelorette party can be time consuming and a little stressful. So, we have taken some of the stress out of it by giving you an idea of how to plan a bachelorette party in wine country. Take a look at our recommendations:
Find Appropriate Accommodation
The first thing you are going to want to do is find accommodation that works for everyone. A great way to make this work is to have one person pay for the accommodation upfront and then ask all others to pitch in a portion of the cost. Of course, you’ve got to be able to trust your friends for this!
There are several cities in California wine country that you can choose from: Napa, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, and Healdsburg. The average price of a hotel in these areas are around $200-$300 per night. However, if you are wise, you can search around for great deals.
- A search on expedia with no dates checked showed prices as low as $143 per night for Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa in Santa Rosa.
- Although you must put in a date, booking.com had some hotels for only $119 per night and motels (not classy but cheap) for as low as $56 bucks!
- Depending on where you are headed, Airbnb may have a perfect whole-home option that fits your group. (Use my referral link to save up to $34 off your first booking!)
So, before you book the most expensive hotel for the week, shop around and see what great deals you can find.
You may also want to look for accommodations that come with transportation, flights or other deals where you can get everything all in one place.
Research Wine Fees and Tours
Obviously if you are heading to wine country, everyone is looking to do a little wine tasting or perhaps a full wine tour. Look up fees for wine tasting and tours. One of my favorite places to look is on Groupon. Groupon offers a lot of great deals on wine tasting and tours. For example:
- You can do Wine Country Walking Tours for as little as $65 per person.
- Or, you can do the Skyline Wine Tours for 4-6 with transportation for only $51.
- Go big with the 6 hour Vallejo Airporter Limo tour for 8 people for $375.
Keep in mind that the deals listed may not be available at the time you are looking to go to wine country. Groupon is continuously changing, updating, and getting new places to visit on their list. However, it is still a great place to find great deals on wine tours and tasting. It’s a lot easier to convince everyone that it’s the right choice to do a specific tour, when it’s the best deal going!
How are you going to get to wine country? Are you driving? Are you flying? How will you have transportation when you get there? You will want to look into all these things and discuss it with the others before you make a plan.
If you choose to fly to wine country, you can get some great deals on flights when flying with Allegiant.
If you choose to take a road trip to wine country, the fuel economy trip calculator will help you figure out the total cost of your gas for the trip.
Remember, drinking and driving is not safe, so you will need to plan for transportation to and from wine tasting activities. For example the package above with a Limo is a great deal. You may want to look into custom tours, limos, or if it comes down to it uber and lyft.
Plan Lunch in Advance
This is possibly THE most important thing to plan in advance when you’re organizing a bachelorette party wekend. You don’t want to be standing around at lunch time with a group trying to figure out where to go for lunch. Instead, plan it out before you get there and have a whole itinerary ready to go. This way you’ll be able to address allergies in advance, not lose an hour trying to pick a place, get there and get a table, and everyone will know what kind of expenses to expect.
I also like to plan lunch in advance with Groupon. Once you know where you are going to be on which day, you can purchase food vouchers from Groupon, so your lunch is already paid for (well mostly). So with Groupon, you can get a voucher for $20 worth of food and only pay $10-$12 bucks for it. #winning
Part of the experience of going to wine country is exploring everything there. Instead of drinking all day and all night, plan some downtime just go exploring, shopping, or rejuvenate from the night before. This can include just staying at the hotel, relaxing, or heading to get a massage. The introverts in your group will very, very much appreciate it, too.
Make an Itinerary
Making an itinerary will ensure that you are doing everything when you are supposed to be doing it, and it will give you the best experience. Print out copies and hand them out, bonus points for included addresses and some key cell phone numbers for folks in your group. Not everyone will necessarily know each other.
Although you don’t have to stick to an itinerary like your life depends on it, it’s a good idea to keep everything organized while you are there. Here are some suggestions:
- Remember to schedule in some water breaks, bring water with you on your tastings and tours. It’s hot in California and alcohol does dehydrate you.
- Do pictures in the morning before everyone gets sweaty and potentially drunk. Pictures are great throughout the day, but schedule in some great group poses in the morning.
Talk about Rules
Before anyone goes anywhere, it is important to lay out some ground rules and proper etiquette. Many wine tasting rooms and tours are not fond of bachelorette parties. This is because wine tasting is more of a relaxing, enjoyable, and many parties can be disruptive, drunk, and rude. If you were having a romantic weekend away with your partner, how would you feel if a loud, brash group of drunks wearing classy or not-so-classy bachelorette accessories dropped in on your day?
Here are a few ground rules to lay out:
- No getting crazy drunk
- Everyone stays together
- Take someone with you to the bathroom
- Let everyone know if you choose to leave
- Keep an eye on others and if a problem begins to arise, politely escort everyone out
Have you been to wine country with a bachelorette party? Share any tips you have from your travels in the comments below! We would love to know all about it.