Wine Wenches: A Bachelorette Getaway in Palisade, Colorado
Maids of honor, take note: bachelorette getaways are the new bachelorette party. Take your bestie bride-to-be and the gaggle of girls on a weekend trip to bond before the big day. Choose a classic Bridesmaids type vacation to a party town like Las Vegas or a sunny beach. Even better, opt for a lesser-known wine country with the great outdoors nearby.
Every state has its own “girlcation” hot spots. In Colorado the place for bachelorettes is Palisade, the wine region on the western slope. Here are a few tips for planning a perfect weekend with the girls:
1) Find a vacation rental
Hotels are the obvious option for getaway lodging. But for groups of four or more, check out your favorite vacation rental site like Vacationroost.com to book or an entire vacation home. Split enough ways, this can actually save money over a hotel (not to mention extra benefits like more space and the use of a kitchen). In small-town Palisade, there are a handful of properties in the quaint main street area. Anywhere in town, you’ll be in walking distance from the local nightlife scene at Peach Street Distillers and Palisade Brewery.
2) Scout out a hike
Nothing boosts moods like upping your heart rate outside in the sun. On the way to rural Palisade from Colorado’s populous Front Range is the classic Hanging Lake trail. It’s about a mile of incline through a canyon to a stunning waterfall and turquoise lagoon at the top. Rated “easy”, this is a hike that almost anyone can manage. When you reach the top, let the photo shoot begin. It’s not too early to pull out the faux veil and “bachelorette” sash for props.
3) Do a wine tasting
This is a bachelorette celebration, so don’t be caught without a beverage in hand. The classiest way to day-drink is in small sips of wine while visiting wineries, vineyards and orchards. Palisade has set itself up for wine touring with its official Fruit and Wine Byway. It’s like a treasure hunt – you follow a map from spot to spot, where free wine samples and handcrafted goodies await. Just remember to pace yourselves and drink plenty of water too.
4) Rent cruiser bicycles
For a whimsical ride (and to ease the logistics of moving from one winery to the next) rent cruiser bicycles for the day. Test out the bike bell while you cruise down the road to the next stop on the map. The photos turn out awesome. Rapid Creek Cycles in Palisade has a special deal for bachelorettes called the Wine Wench tour. It includes cruiser rentals for a self-guided tour in the morning, and a guided float down the Colorado float on a raft stocked with cocktails in the afternoon. Just ask for Rondo.
5) Indulge at a natural hot springs spa
After an active weekend, reward yourselves with some soaking and pampering at a spa. On the drive back to the Front Range from Palisade, you’ll pass through Glenwood Springs, a natural geothermal hot spot. Here you’ll find Yampah Spa & Salon, home of Glenwood’s vapor caves and private mineral pools. Of course, there’s also a full menu of traditional spa treatments like facials and massage. By the time you walk out, each bachelorette will feel like a whole new woman.