Adventurous Colorado Bachelorette Party Ideas
Are you engaged? Is your best friend engaged? Does everybody just seem to be getting engaged? Good, you’ve come to the right place. Maybe it’s just us, but whenever someone utters the words “bachelorette party”, time stops and the party begins. So skip the city and make your way to Salida, Colorado (the ultimate bachelorette party destination) to enjoy some of prettiest views the world has to offer. Here’s our guide on where to stay, eat, celebrate, and go for a different kind of adventure and unique bachelorette party.
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Where to Stay
Mount Princeton Hot Spring Resort – Nathrop, CO
They say that hot springs are basically just all-natural versions of any age-defying product out there, so why not put the over-priced and chemical-filled tube of spackle back on the shelf and head over to the base of Mt. Princeton instead. Not only do they have newly remodeled “Cliffside” rooms with gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains, but they also offer individual cabins for the forest-loving bride. Their spa offers massages, facials, and body treatments. And by body treatments, we mean mud baths. Remember when you were little and mud was strictly off limits? Well, sorry Mom, not today. Now you can fulfill all your childhood dreams, elegantly, in a bathtub.
Surf Chateau – Buena Vista, CO
Wait, hold up, did we say Chateau? A Chateau in Colorado? Yes, we did. This beautifully-designed boutique hotel is like a stateside Switzerland retreat. Not only does each room have it’s very own Instagram-worthy clawfoot bathtub, introducing a whole new take on the word belfie (a.k.a. bath selfie), the hotel also includes a gorgeously-lit courtyard.
Although it’s going to seem almost torturous to tear yourself away from the 19th-century canopy beds and chandeliers, do it anyway because the hotel is located right next to the Arkansas River; a river known for its world-class kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, and fly fishing.
Car Camping – Multiple Sites in the Arkansas Valley
If your party loves the outdoors, they may choose to forgo a hotel and indulge in the beautiful campsites surrounding the Arkansas River instead. Sit back, relax, and enjoy all of the woodland princess vibes radiating from this amazing place.
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Where To Eat
Boat House Cantina – Salida, CO
What happens when you put a bachelorette party, riverside dining, and a multitude of flavored margaritas together? Fun, so much fun. On a more serious note: tacos. Do we need to say more?
Biker and The Baker – Salida, CO
Wine, wine, and more wine? Check. Gourmet appetizers with names so fancy you automatically become ten times more cultured just by looking at them? Also, check. Desserts that cause immediate amnesia? Check. Wedding diet? What even is a diet?
House Rock Kitchen – Buena Vista, CO
Located on Buena Vista’s main street, House Rock Kitchen is redefining healthy. With tasty, colorful food bowls—that somehow actually resemble the masterpieces all over Pinterest—and unique mixed drinks made with kombucha, this vibrant café is the perfect place for a quick and casual bite. If you’re not familiar with the heavenly creation that is kombucha then prepare yourself because House Rock Kitchen is the first restaurant around to offer at least four regular flavors on tap.
Amica’s – Salida, CO
So they have pizza. Big deal right? Wrong. We think you’re forgetting how amazing melted cheese on freshly-baked pizza dough tastes after a day of outdoor excursions, especially when all the ingredients you’re eating are locally-sourced. Amica’s is all about giving to the community, therefore it’s almost criminal to pass up on this opportunity to give back. Being charitable while devouring oven-baked gooey goodness? Sign us up.
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Where To Celebrate
The Lariat – Buena Vista, CO
Not only do they advertise affordable comfort food (don’t worry, they read our minds too), but they also boast a variety of fresh bands and mountain-made music. Cool city vibes, cold drinks, and open mic nights? We’re picturing bachelorette karaoke at it’s finest.
Live Music in the Park – Salida, CO
Welcome to live music at Salida’s beautiful waterfront park. You grab the picnic basket and we’ll bring some fancy cheese. You’re engaged now, so it’s time to do all those fancy grownup things: wine, expensive crackers, and some sweet tunes. Whoever said the West was behind the times obviously hasn’t been to Salida.
Enjoy Local Beer, Wine, and Spirts
Elevation Beer Co – Poncha Springs, CO
Located a few minutes from downtown Salida, Elevation has a variety of remarkable beers with rich flavor (16 on tap!). We challenge you to find better local beer. In addition to great beer, Elevation has food trucks on-site and a pet-friendly patio. What could possibly be better than cute animals and tasty beer?
Vino Salida Wine Cellars – Poncha Springs, CO
Located just down the street from Elevation Brewery, Vino Salida Wine Cellars offers postcard-worthy vineyard views and more than 20 different kinds of wine. Barrel Tasting tours and Vineyard tours are available too. To prepare yourselves, just google “how to be a wine snob in 5 minutes” and you’ll be able to sniff and swish as well as anyone else.
Woods High Mountain Distillery – Salida, CO
Not a wine person? What about whiskey? Woods High Mountain Distillery offers some of the strongest, richest, and best liquor around. This small town distillery was founded with the desire to bottle their passion for the outdoors into spirits that “shine with the essence of the mountains of Colorado.”
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Where to Adventure
Whether you’re looking for epic whitewater rafting, the best SUP in southern Colorado, world-class fly fishing, or gnarly mountain biking, Dvorak Expeditions has it all. Join us for a trip down the majestic Browns Canyon National Monument where you can take in the scenery while boating some legendary whitewater, and bond with all of your girls. Believe us when we say that nothing is better for bridal bonding than a splash in the face of cold, white-capped, river water. Thank you, Mother Nature for your free face mists.
Salida is literally surrounded by 14ers, and therefore amazing trail networks. You and your girls can go full-on Hobbit mode to tackle some challenging, but rewarding trails, or if you’re not really in the mood for a long trek across our version of middle earth, there are plenty of shorter trails with gorgeous views that are just as gorgeous. Go, explore, find a lake, take a swim.
Downtown Salida has stores for every shopper in your party. Have a thrift shopper or antique enthusiast in your midst? Head over to Antiques on First or Free the Monkey to fulfill all your vintage fashion dreams. Not really into old stuff? That’s fine too, YOLO clothing store offers trendy clothes for men and women, while Drift and Amble carry hand-printed clothing and accessories. Looking for some new outdoor gear and apparel to strut through the mountains with? We’d recommend any of the multiple bike, mountain, and fishing shops in town.
There you have it. The ultimate guide to Colorado bachelorette parties for the adventurous bride. We hope you’ve enjoyed this post as much as we enjoyed writing it! We look forward to seeing you on the river.