Chris Bundas –
Forget strip clubs and cheap hotel rooms. Think motorcycle trips in Death Valley, or partying at the North Pole.
As i read through Details magazine, I came upon an interesting article about bachelor party ideas. Over the last year, many of my close friends have decided it’s time for them to get hitched. That being said, I have attended a few bachelor parties as of late and have a few more to go. Some that I attended we’re the typical… others more creative. But after reading this article, I hope to persuade the boys attending the next party to try something a little more out there.
For some men, the thought of tying the not is a very scary thing… Of course, without a doubt, she’s definitely the one for you. You love her and want to spend the rest of your life with her. She puts up with all your $#!t, is always there for you no matter what kind of childish debauchery you’ve gotten yourself into, you’d be a fool to give up a life with a woman like her. But still, before the big day, before your read your vows and slip the ring that means forever on the hand of the love of your life… ou want one last horah… You want the cliche… the strippers, vegas, gambling, booze… perhaps even a few illegal substances.
But for other men, that cliche sounds completely dated and banal. It’s what your crazy uncle did 35 years ago, when vegas had a charmingly, skanky allure to it… Your bachelor party isn’t about seeing the boobs of one last strange woman, or getting obliterated to the point of memory loss, so you really do have nothing to confess to your soon to be wife. It’s about spending some quality time with the boys… because, let’s be honest…. you probably won’t get much more ‘guy time’ after the wedding… well, at least for a while, until she’s sick of your face around the house everyday.
The best man (or anyone in the party really) should be suggesting ideas that are memory making… not reputation damning!
So, from ‘Details’ magazine, here are their 10 suggestions for your modern day bachelor party.
For Men Seeking Their Inner Cowboy
The Men’s Escapes at The Ranch at Rock Creek
For dudes looking to brush up on their “man skills,” this trip offers highly customizable packages, which can combine heli-fishing, barbecue lunches on mountaintops, shooting rifles and pistols, paintball, hunting, grilling, drinking local beer under the stars, and lessons in roping, riding, and handling cattle. When it’s time to hang up your hat at night, you’ll do so in one of the ranch’s rustic yet refined log cabins or canvas glamping tents (complete with wood floors, queen-size beds, fireplaces, and full bathrooms).
Price: $6,250 per person for four nights, based on four people participating.
For Fitness Freaks & Wannabe Race-Car Drivers
Peak Performance Experience at Esperanza, an Auberge Resort
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
You and the guys kick off this four-night extravaganza off by driving professional desert race cars in the Baja desert, then head back to the resort for a cigar sampling and private tequila tasting with a master tequilero (yes, that’s a real job). After more partying in downtown Cabo, 15 minutes away, you’ll recuperate the following day with beach boot-camp classes, TRX training and “sea-to-table” dinners of fresh, locally caught seafood. Throughout it all, you and your party will be housed in some of Mexico’s most luxurious accommodations, which feature in-room iPads, pillow menus, and large private terraces with infinity-edge hot tubs. It may just be the only bachelor party that’ll send you home healthier than when you arrived.
Price: $6,250 per person for four nights, based on four people participating.
For Shutterbugs & Easy-Riding Bikers
Tour the American West by Motorcycle with The Roadery
Nevada and California
If you and your buddies all have motorcycle licenses, this is the male-bonding trip of a lifetime. Book the Roadery’s five-night Vegas–Yosemite–San Francisco motorcycle tour and you’ll be riding classic bikes like the Triumph Bonneville and the Harley Davidson Sportster through some of the West’s most awe-inspiring scenery (like Death Valley and Yosemite National Park). All your meals and accommodations, taken care of, so all you and your gang have to focus on is riding like badasses. Bonus for gamblers and night-life fiends: With the trip beginning in Las Vegas and ending in San Francisco, you’ll have plenty of photo ops.
Price: $2,959 per person for five nights.
For Outdoor Adventurers
Scarp Ridge Lodge by Eleven Experience
Crested Butte, Colorado
This Victorian-era brothel turned seven-bedroom luxury lodge comes with a private chef, expert adventure guides, a professional photographer to capture action shots, and bedroom closets stocked with the latest outdoor clothing from brands like Patagonia and Mammut for you to shop. After cat skiing (which involves being driven up a mountain into pristine terrain by a tricked-out, U-Haul-truck-size snowmobile complete with flat-screen TVs and leather seats), cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, river rafting, mountain biking, fishing, rock climbing or hiking, you and your crew can recover in the saltwater pool, steam room, sauna, roof-deck hot tub—or kick back in the bar with a few rounds of pool (and a few rounds of drinks).
Price: $1,500 per person, per night (based on a 10-person occupancy). Includes all activities, breakfast, and lunch.
For Trigger-Happy Travelers & Hand Models
Machine Guns and Roses at The Sebastian
Two things (certain) men love: guns and mountains. If there’s a place to fulfill your Call of Duty fantasy, it’s here among the pistols, shotguns, M16s, Uzis, and SAWs of the Machine Guns and Roses package. And if shooting on the ground sounds too mundane for you, try pulling the trigger on a ride in a helicopter gunship. Also included are three nights of luxury accommodation featuring views of Vail Mountain Resort, welcome drinks, lunch, and “MAN-icures” to repair your hands after shooting all day. Don’t forget your skis if you visit during winter, as the lifts are just a six-minute walk from your room.
Price: $2,175 per person for three nights.
For High-Rolling Nature Lovers
Elite Winter Escape by The Clear Creek Group
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
The first decision you have to make: Which of the more than 50 luxury log cabins to select? Features include gourmet kitchens, hot tubs, pool tables, and soaring stone fireplaces. Next, you and the gang get early-access backcountry skiing at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort using custom handmade skis, with in-home après-ski tastings of local whiskey and beer—and a private wilderness snowmobile tour to view bighorn sheep, elk, and moose. If you’re looking for the best of the best, rent Phillips Ridge, a log mansion with a private bowling alley, grotto pool, and 12-seat movie theater.
Price: Log cabins range from $6,000 to $100,000 per week. Add on the Elite Winter Escape package for $5,800 per person.
For Arctic Explorers
North Pole Stag Party by Last Night of Freedom
Norway/ North Pole
If you’d rather have a bachelor expedition than a party, consider this never-been-done excursion. Guided by a world-renowned polar explorer, you’ll travel from the Norwegian island of Svalbard to Barneo Base Camp (an ever drifting Russian outpost with an ice landing strip), then by helicopter to within three miles of the North Pole. From there you’ll cross-country ski to the top of the world, celebrate with champagne and caviar when you arrive, and camp overnight in heavy-duty arctic tents. If you complete the mission, you’ll have the distinction of being the first-ever bachelor party to celebrate at the North Pole. You’ve always liked making history, haven’t you?
Price: $34,000 per person for five nights.
For a Bird’s-Eye Tour of Swingin’ Sydney
Helicopter Pub Crawl by Sydney Helicopters
New South Wales, Australia
You’ve done bachelor-party bar crawls. How about helicopter-facilitated bar crawls? Sydney Helicopters offers three distinct full-day heli-pub crawls that’ll have you and your mates crisscrossing New South Wales and dropping in on Aussie pubs like the Settlers Arms Inn, a bar that’s been pouring drinks for 177 years. All tours include copious amounts of beer, wine, and food and a sightseeing spin over Sydney Harbor. Throw in a little surfing at nearby Manly Beach and more partying in Sydney and you’ve got yourself one hell of an overachieving Down Under bachelor party.
Price: $995 per person for a full-day heli-pub crawl. Accommodations, surfing, and partying in Sydney not included.
For Fishermen & Guys Who Aren’t Afraid to Get Wet
Cast and Carve Package at Tordrillo Mountain Lodge
Alaska Range, Alaska
If you want to take your party way off the grid, head deep into the Alaska Range for the best of both worlds with this five-night Cast and Carve package, available only during the month of June. You’ll heli-fish for king salmon and rainbow trout in the morning and heli-ski in T-shirts in the afternoon (it’s often 75 degrees). Rent out one of Tordrillo’s two lodges for your party and enjoy meals prepared by a private chef, a range of massage services, and a wood-fired hot tub and sauna. During downtime you can stand-up paddleboard, kayak, and wakeboard on the lodge’s lake. Consider it a bachelor-party summer camp.
Price: $9,000 per person for five-nights.
For the Gender-Role-Bending Man
License to Wed at Badrutt’s Palace
St. Moritz, Switzerland
This is the ultimate 180-degree turn away from “the last night of freedom” thinking. The two-night License to Wed package at Badrutt’s Palace will have you and your entourage taking an ironing course with a housekeeper, an etiquette lesson with a butler, a cooking lesson with the executive chef, and a tour of the palace wine cellar with the sommelier to ensure you’re ready to fulfill your duties as a modern-day husband. Once you’ve earned your keep, it’s on to the pleasure center: chef’s-table dinners, Rolls-Royce transfers to high-octane tobogganing or sailing (depends on the season), and a concierge-curated pub and club crawl to round out your weekend of extravagance.
Price: $1,627 per person for two nights.