It's that time of year. The holidays are officially over, your favorite SoulCycle class is madly oversubscribed with New Year's resolution makers, and you just realized you still haven't landed on a location for your bestie's spring bachelorette (let alone have started planning it!)
It's time for some destination inspiration. Here are the five places we're most excited about this spring:
- Bourbon Trail. Even better if you can plan a trip around Kentucky Derby weekend – we’re always game to wear huge hats and/or seersucker – but at any time of year, the area around Lexington has an amazing bourbon and the distillery and tasting tours are both fascinating and fun. Some favorites include Willet, Four Roses, Bulleit, and Woodford Reserve (get lunch there!). Take some time to drive down scenic Route 62 and also to swing by Paris (Kentucky) for a French twist to your adventure (Bour-Bon for French farm-to-table food and entertainment)
- .Aspen. This spring bachelorette can go two ways – for an early spring bachelorette, see if you can get in on the last part of ski season – otherwise try to push it until the snows have melted and spring has properly arrived in the Rockies so you can enjoy outdoor activities (rock climbing lessons, anyone?) For a group that loves to ski, bike, or hike, Aspen has it all. The apres-ski scene is also perfect for a bachelorette, as you have a mix of everything from more casual ski bars to loungey cocktail bars to clubs imported from LA.
- Key West. Key West is a perfect destination for a bachelorette who wouldn’t be caught dead in heels (she’s wearing her Havaianas under her Vera Wang). Go a ghost tour, check out a drag show, spend a day on the water exploring the beautiful Florida Keys, and do a bar crawl of all the places on Duval Street since it’s probably five o’clock somewhere. Return home a little blurry-eyed but truly relaxed.
- Santa Fe. Neighboring Arizona's Scottsdale may get more bachelorette attention, but we think Santa Fe is an underrated gem, perfect for a laidback weekend. Besides glorious weather during the spring, it boasts outdoor hot springs, beautiful spas, a range of outdoor activities, tequila tastings, and even a little bit of culture.
- Cartagena, Colombia. Spend time enjoying both the beaches (make sure to take a boat out for a day!) and the nightlife and restaurants in Old Town. Café del Mar for sunset drinks, Cevicheria for (you guessed it) ceviche and Babar and La Movida for going out are some stand-outs.. If you need a break from both Old City and the beach, try visiting El Totumo for a volcanic mud bath. (Touristy, quite possibly. But there’s no bonding experience quite like it.)