6 Destination Bachelor Parties (That Aren’t Vegas)

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Wedding season is here, whether you like it or not. Want to celebrate your upcoming nuptials with a weekend the boys won’t likely forget? Bypass played out themes and get inspired with these ideas that will result in bachelor parties that may outshine the big day itself.

Muskoka, Ontario
Cottage country is the land of lakes, majestic trees, and the iconic red canoe. It’s also a really great place to host a bachelor weekend that just about everyone will want to attend. Whether the groom is an adventure-seeker, a skilled angler, or the kind of guy who just likes to kick back with a cold beer, Muskoka has something that will make his final fling a grand one. Back Country Tours offers packages suited for all seasons and styles and allows for customization to ensure that everyone goes home happy. Options include (but are definitely not limited to) overnight ATV excursions, trips through Algonquin Park’s back country, jet ski trips, and snowmobiling tours. Should you feel like taking in a little bit of local flavour, the company is happy to arrange for tours of Lake of Bays Brewery where you can all raise a glass to the man of the hour.

Revelstoke
For the man who isn’t happy unless he’s moving, head to Revelstoke for the bachelor party to end all bachelor parties. Revelstoke offers tour packages for for novices, experts, and everyone in between. For a shorter stay, try the Back Country Day Touring option which gives you the chance to explore uncharted territory and hopefully find some fresh powder. Looking for something a bit more intense? The Ultimate Package offers the day tour in addition to a training session, cat skiing, and heli skiing. This is the best option for the die-hard ski enthusiasts and is worth the expense if you’re looking for an unforgettable mountain experience.

New Orleans, Louisiana
While it may be best known for Mardi Gras, New Orleans is also a truly awesome place to throw a bachelor party worth writing home about. Set up a home base in a French Quarter townhouse which puts you right in the middle of all the action and is a lot more fun than a basic hotel. For those looking to infuse their trip with a little bit of learning, try a tour that’s anything but basic. Some of the options include voodoo tours, vampire tours, cemetery tours and, to truly get a taste of the local land, swamp tours. Once you’re done, head over to Pat O’Briens, home of the original Hurricane, for refreshing pick me up and then head out to Bourbon Street to explore the bars and restaurants that make the area famous. To get around, hail a United Cab, known for their excellent service and super-knowledgable drivers.

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Napa Valley, California
Sort of like bar hopping only a lot classier, Napa Valley is the kind of destination that promises a guys’ weekend that you’ll want to make a tradition. Settle into a bed and breakfast and then consider booking a tour with a local company that offers customizable itineraries and the use of a chauffeur driven luxury car. Spend time gallivanting from winery to winery and learn how to cultivate a palate that would make a sommelier proud. After an exhausting day of wine-tasting, head over to one of Napa’s famous restaurants for a meal that you’ll likely be telling your grandchildren about. If you want to go all out, book a table at Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry. You’ll want to do this sooner rather than later- reservations have to be made far in advance.

Monte Carlo, Monaco
Think of Monte Carlo like Vegas only way, way fancier. This is the bachelor party destination for those who are less concerned about budget and more focused on having the experience of a lifetime. Once you arrive in this seaside town, get the lay of the land by heading to Casino Square, the place to see and be seen. Sit at a sidewalk bistro and sip champagne while taking in the constant parade of luxury cars (think Maseratis and MacLarens). If you’re feeling lucky, head to the fabled casino and see if you can beat the house. Just make sure to dress the part- you’ll be turned away if you’re wearing shorts. Not the gambling type? Head down to the harbour and be prepared to be blown away by the gorgeous views and mind-glowingly massive yachts. Once you’ve been sufficiently impressed, be sure to visit the private car collection of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III, an impeccably curated slice of heaven for car enthusiasts of all types.

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
If you’re looking for a weeklong getaway that offers a blissful combination of sand, sun, and surf, head to Witch’s Rock Surf Camp for the kind of experience that will make you a bachelor-party-planning hero. This pristine stretch of beach is located in a national park, protected from development and accessible only by boat. Once there, you have a lot of options that all equal a lot of fun. The camp launched their own brewery in 2011 which means that you can kick back and relax with a craft beer that you know is super fresh and super good. The legendary Robert August has set up shop on site and allows visitors to see him in his natural, surfboard shaping habitat. If you’re lucky, you’ll be around when he’s leading a surf workshop. Sign up for surf classes and spend the day getting the hang of hanging ten and then head over to one of the two restaurants to eat, drink, and hang out with friends (new and old).

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