Austin has become an incredibly popular destination for bachelorettes, and here's an example of a weekend we planned for Courtney there. The take from her maid of honor:

Why Austin?

Courtney’s main concern was making sure that all of her friends could make the weekend, and that there would be a ton of different things to do.  Courtney also wanted a more relaxing weekend with a few fun nights out, but not clubbing. Austin was the right mix for everything to work. In the end, we had a group of fourteen girls.

Where we stayed

Tisha found us a housethrough VRBO in the trendy East 6th neighborhood.

What it cost

The weekend cost just over $500 per person, exactly what we'd aimed to spend:

  • Housing: $200

  • Car rental, gas, cabs: $30

  • Meals & drinks out: $130

  • Activities: $120:

  • Groceries & swag: $40

What we did:

Thursday

  • Some of us arrived early and picked up groceries at theflagship (and massive) Whole Foods and pastries from Sweetish Hill Bakery, an Austin original.
  • Dinner at Iron Cactus on Sixth Street. Taking full advantage of the Austin weather, we had a table on their rooftop patio, enjoyed some authentic Tex Mex, and drank big, delicious margaritas.
  • With our bellies full of Tex-Mex, we were ready for some fun. We headed to Kung Fu Saloon on Sixth Street, an arcade-themed bard. (Think giant Jenga!)

Friday

  • We took full advantage of our awesome house and cooked breakfast at home and lounged around while the rest of the group arrived throughout the day.
  • That night, we grabbed drinks at the Four Seasons downtown overlooking Lady Bird Lake. It was the perfect place to watch the the bats (yes, the flying kind) out at night. Geeky fact: Austin has the largest bat colony in North America. You can thank the bats for the lack of mosquitoes!
  • After drinks we headed to Moonshine for dinner in their private room. It's walking distance from Sixth Street and has tasty and affordable modern American food, great cocktails, and wonderful service. We'd requested a private room and prix fixe menu, which were both wonderful.
  • After dinner we headed out to Rainey Street, a new bar area south of downtown with a bunch of old houses turned into bars. We grabbed drinks at Banger's Sausage House and Beer to start, then worked our way around from there.

Saturday

  • We woke up early and cooked breakfast at the house before heading to an intense spin class at Ride (something Courtney loves to do.)
  • After getting our sweat on we headed back to the house to change and grab some lunch. Then it was spa time.
  • We went to the downtown location of Milk & Honey, one of the best spas in Austin. Everyone there was great and Tisha had managed to schedule the appointments so everyone could still talk to each other!
  • After we were blissed out from our spa treatments, we went back to the house for a lingerie party and some classic bachelorette games. We surprised Courtney with an epic Mr. & Mrs. video quiz. We had recorded Courtney's fiance's answers ahead of time, and they were priceless.
  • After the fun at the house, we headed to Parkside on Sixth Street for dinner. The food at Parkside was amazing, especially the oysters. The food was topped off by a champagne toast to Courtney, courtesy of a friend who hadn't been able to make the weekend.
  • After dinner, we walked to Esther's Follies. This is a must-do in Austin -- think a Texas version of SNL. They knew about Courtney's bachelorette ahead of time, and they made sure to call her out during the performance for us.
  • To cap off the day, we headed out to the bars on Sixth. While our memories might be a little fuzzy, there may have been some bar dancing at Coyote Ugly.

Sunday

  • On our last day, we had a delicious brunch at Z-Tejas on West Sixth Street. They had the best brunch cocktails, along with the delicious food (the muffins that come with every brunch dish are amazing).
  • After brunch, we dropped by the Lululemon store next door until people had to head to the airport.