- Eileen Falkenberg-Hull for The AJC
Just say no to sloppy bachelorette parties in Midtown that end up back in a suburb when someone decides it's a good idea to find a mechanical bull to ride. There are plenty of close-to-Atlanta getaways that will make your bachelorette party one to remember (and one that you will remember).
Enjoy a spa weekend at Lucille's Mountain Top Inn & Spa in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia where you'll find upscale yet home-like accommodations that are perfect for a small wedding party or just a bride and maid/matron of honor getaway. The Inn & Spa is also the perfect launching point for a weekend filled with winery hopping, horseback riding and tubing in White County.
If you're part of a bridal party filled with history buffs, take the party down to St. Augustine, Florida where you can combine history with trips to the beach. Stay at the historical Casa Monica Hotel, which looks like an extension of The Fox Theatre then use it as your home base, tackling this list of 10 Places to See America's History in St. Augustine while planning your excursion to the highly-rated St. Augustine Beach.
Just one hour south of Atlanta, Callaway Gardens offers an oasis of fun tucked into lush green scenery. For a casual but still luxe experience, The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens features a full spa, days in the sand Robin Lake Beach, golf courses, and full access to all that Callaway Gardens offers including the Day Butterfly Center and a ropes course.
If the perfect beach getaway is on the top of your list of bachelorette party ideas, Sea Island has you covered. Part of Georgia's Golden Isles, The Cloister at Sea Island offers luxury accommodations and a private beach alongside a world class spa, a variety of dining options, and a winding oasis of pools. Or, check out this list of often-overlooked beaches near Atlanta.
More of a mountains gal? Explore Blue Ridge, Georgia which offers hiking, waterfall watching, tubing, kayaking, zip lining and more on an adventure filled girls getaway. When you're ready to call it a night, retreat to a cabin you've rented to enjoy the views and fresh air.
If you love the idea of the mountains but are more of a foodie, Asheville is your destination. Whether you book a stay at one of Biltmore's lodging offerings or feel like you've stepped into another world at the Grand Bohemian Hotel or relax in the $25 million worth of new renovations to The Omni Grove Park Inn, you'll be able to easily work your way through the mountain town's food and beverage scene.
Closer to Atlanta, Barnsley Resort has just the thing you're looking for if champagne and shooting are high on your list of bachelorette party fun. The historic estate, which is part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection, offers a variety of outdoor fun including golf, canoeing, shooting, tennis, horseback riding, and more. Want some sparkle in your stay? Allow their Fairy Godmother to personalize your visit with a champagne scavenger hunt or other customized surprises for the bride-to-be.
No matter which option you choose, make sure your bachelorette getaway is one to remember.