The Best Destinations for a Winery Bachelorette Party
If you and your besties have a challenging time selecting between a red, white or rosé, a winery bachelorette party might be best for you. A wine-themed girls' weekend at a top vineyard destination in the US might be the perfect bachelorette party getaway for those who appreciate a pinot or specific varietal of sauvignon blanc.
For bridal parties seeking the ideal middle between a boozy bash and a relaxed retreat, wine lovers will delight in a weekend getaway full of charcuterie, appetizers, vino, beautiful vineyards, wine tours and more. Whether you're a bridesmaid, family member or BFF planning a winery bachelorette party for a bride (or a bride yourself), we're here to help you execute the ultimate unforgettable event. In this guide, we've got you covered, providing details about the best wine regions for groups across the US—such as where to stay, play and sip great wines all day.
Napa Valley, California
We couldn't kick off a winery roundup without including one of the world's most popular wine destinations: California's Napa Valley. Home to more than 400 wineries, as well as picturesque resorts, delicious restaurants, spas, a downtown, nightlife and outdoor activities, there's so much to love about and do in Napa for a bachelorette trip.
When it comes to lodging, Airbnb has some options (example A). You can also book rooms or suites at great hotels and resorts, such as the Andaz in downtown Napa and the Carneros Resort. If you're staying in San Francisco, you can also make a day trip to Napa. A must-do bachelorette activity is the Napa Valley Wine Train, a 36-mile round-trip wine country experience complete with winery tours, onboard cuisine and stunning views. If your girls prefer sparkling, make a reservation at Chandon for light bites and bubbly. Come mealtime, head to FARM at Carneros for delicious bites and live music. Or head over to Goose and Gander, where you can wine and dine in a pub-like dining room and a basement bar.
Sonoma Valley, California
Near Napa Valley is California's Sonoma Valley, located forty-five miles north of San Francisco. Sonoma boasts more than 100 wineries, meaning you can plan a bachelorette wine tour fun for both the wine novices and enthusiasts in your crew. We recommend starting within the famed Russian River Valley, home to Sonoma-Cutrer and Landmark Vineyards. The latter, located at the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, offers event packages, a variety of tastings and bottle service. There's plenty to experience in this AVA (American Viticultural Area) alone, so take your time soaking it in.
If your group is overwhelmed by planning in general, book a ride on the Sonoma Valley Wine Trolley, a six-hour cable car ride that stops by three wineries. Another unique option is the Happy Travelers Wine and Weed Tour, where you can learn about cannabis plants while enjoying a catered lunch and, of course, wine. Popular Sonoma and Healdsburg restaurants include the Sunflower Caffé, The Girl & The Fig, Valette in downtown Healdsburg, as well as quaint bakery Quail & Condor. Finally, Sonoma has many lodging options for your group, from vacation rentals (including this house) to boutique hotels and luxury resorts, like MacArthur Place, The Montage Healdsburg and The Duchamp.
Hudson Valley, New York
On the East Coast, New York's Hudson Valley is a refined destination for a bachelorette getaway. The Valley is a National Heritage Area and the oldest wine-producing area in the country—and there's so much to do during your bash. In addition to wineries, the Hudson Valley is home to breweries, distilleries and cideries, so you can satisfy all palates. (Travel Hudson Valley has downloadable beverage maps of both the Upper Hudson Valley and the Lower Hudson Valley.)
The region is home to a range of hotels and rental properties (imagine cozy cabins and geometric lodges). For more intimate hospitality options, the adorably chic Hudson Whaler is a remodeled boutique property that doubles as a historic landmark in the trendy town of Hudson. Bridal parties are within walking distance to incredible restaurants dotting Main Street, as well as hip boutiques like Mara Hoffman and FACE Stockholm. The new Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, as well as the luxurious Valley Rock Inn off the Sloatsburg train stop are also highly recommended retreats for city dwellers. The Watergrasshill Bed & Breakfast (a 19th-century farmhouse with four bedrooms), is another lodging option. Pizza lovers will want to swing by Pizzeria Posto for a slice, while the acclaimed and eclectic Goosefeather (which boasts an extensive wine list) or The Hill at Muza is a worthy spot for dinner.
Finger Lakes, New York
Across the state from the Hudson Valley is another great New York wine region known for its rieslings: The Finger Lakes. Like the Hudson Valley, you'll also find breweries, cideries and distilleries here—plus casinos. The Del Lago Resort & Casino and the Tioga Downs Casino Resort are both fun ways to spend a night on the town.
Aside from drinking, there is much else to do: skiing, horseback riding, shopping, fishing, dining, boating, relaxing at the spa (you can do so inside a castle) and more. For lodging, the Savannah House Wine Country Inn & Cottages offers a delightful bachelorette package inclusive of two nights in private queen rooms or the Deluxe Jacuzzi Suite (you can upgrade for an additional cost), half-hour massages for each person upon arrival, a private six-hour wine tour in a stretch limo or luxury vehicle the next day and a fire pit each night. If you'd prefer to indulge in spa treatments and farm-to-table dining, the Mountain Horse Farm offers getaway packages for girlfriends.
Willamette Valley, Oregon
Oregon's leading wine region has a whopping 700 wineries and is known for its pinot noir. It's also a short distance from Portland, so you can enjoy the city and the valley during your trip. The region has resorts, bed and breakfasts, hotels and vacation rentals, so you can settle in wherever you feel comfortable.
Rent the entire MaMere's Guest House, which sleeps up to 14, to enjoy comforts like bathrobes, handmade soaps, an electric fireplace and a home base a short distance from wineries, breweries, cideries and plenty of restaurants. Bachelorette party groups can visit wineries in style with Crush Wine Bar's private tour offering; the trip comes with complimentary bottled water, stocked built-in ice boxes, glass champagne flutes, stemless wine glasses and disposable cups with lids and straws.
Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May is located along the famous Jersey Shore. While it may not have the extensive amount of wineries as other areas on this list, it's worthy. With the beach and other fun shore towns nearby, there is so much to take advantage of in Cape May for a bachelorette party. Cape May Wine Country is comprised of seven wineries (the Cape May Winery, G&W Winery, Hawk Haven Vineyard, Jessie Creek Winery, Natali Vineyards, Turdo Vineyards and Willow Creek Winery).
Plan your trip in the summer, and you can also devote some time on a boat in search of dolphins. The shore town has plenty of home rentals, and you can browse what's available via Cape May Rentals. If your girl squad is all about a good party, head to nearby Wildwood, where there is bustling nightlife and several popular bars.
Hill Country, Texas
The Texas Hill Country is well-known for many things, including wine. There are over 50 wineries in the Hill Country, so there is much to explore and take advantage of during your trip. We recommend staying in top bachelorette city Austin, which puts you not only close to many wineries along the Texas Wine Trail but also allows your "I do" crew to enjoy all that the destination has to offer.
Austin Wine Tours offers half-day and full-day tour packages that include a private chauffeured vehicle (you can upgrade to a party bus or limo); it will even pick up your group at your Austin address. When you're not at the winery, head to the water for a party with Premier Party Cruises. Each cruise comes with a professional photographer, a fresh fruit mimosa bar, lily pad floats, a DJ, and a giant unicorn float. Come nighttime, head to Austin's 6th Street, where you can hop between your choice of bars and restaurants. Airbnb has many trendy options for your stay (here is option, plus another). If your group prefers hotels, delight in Austin's cool boutique properties, like the locally-owned and Scandinavian-inspired East Austin Hotel.
Bachelorette in Charlottesville, and you'll be within a short distance of the Monticello Wine Trail. The region isn't just ideal for Hamilton enthusiasts—it's a bucolic retreat along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains that is only enhanced by its wine offerings. Numerous wine tours and transportation services abound, including Wish Wish Wine Tours, Monticello Wine Tour & Coach Co. and Norm's Executive Transportation. After a wine-tasting tour, explore Downtown Charlottesville, where you can eat, drink, shop and retreat to a local spa. If you prefer adventure, visit the popular Carter Mountain Orchard for outdoor fun.
Set your bags down at the Graduate Charlottesville, Boar's Head Resort, Oakhurst Inn or a vacation rental of your choosing. You'll also want to have the hangover kits ready because Monticello is the birthplace of American wine—and that, paired with the bride-to-be, is reason enough for a massive celebration.