Unless you're the bachelor/ette, you're more than likely dreading a weekend of getting wasted (and footing the big bill that usually comes along with these shindigs).
But maids of honor and best men, listen up: A bash celebrating your main wo/man can actually be fun.
In the end, it's all about making the bride or groom feel special—and when they're sure that all their peeps had a truly great time, they will. If you're planning a bachelor/ette party in the Bay Area, go for something ultra-unique that promises to be memorable.
Nosh at a local and sustainable seafood event.(Courtesy of Eatwith)
The VIP Wine Tour
If getting schnockered is on the agenda anyway, why not do so with a little class? Like a geek squad for wine, Bin 415 has a lineup of wine specialists and certified sommeliers who'll show you around at a curated selection of Napa Valley wineries (Want to go to Opus One? You can!) where you'll get behind-the-scenes access to crush pads, wine caves, and vineyards. Now's the time to ask all your burning questions about wine, such as "Why is this chardonnay so buttery?" and "What pairs best with frosé?" // Bin 415 offers tours from San Francisco to Napa Valley for $125/hour (7 hour minimum); reservations can be made at bin415.com.
The Epic Spa Day
Because lazing around half naked while sipping champs together makes for maximum bonding, spend the day with your pals at Cavallo Point's Healing Arts Center & Spa, where group rates guarantee you can all indulge in the warm meditation pool or by the fire pit, sip healthy tonics at the tea bar, and bliss out for such services as the Himalayan salt stone massage ($185-$195 for 60 minutes). Make a day of it with a yoga or cooking class, hiking expedition, and workshops in herbalism, hypnotherapy and more. Going all out? Opt for the full-on wellness weekend (you know, to balance all that Champagne). // Cavallo Point Lodge & Spa, 601 Murray Circle (Sausalito); reservations can be made at cavallopoint.com.
The Scavenger Hunt
It may be the bride's day, but don't let that stop you from kicking her ass in an awesome scavenger hunt. Get a little competitive with theBride-'n'-Go Seek Hunt put on by Watson Adventures. You'll search for objects and take photos in SF spots that are somehow personal to the future Mrs., making this game-y two-hour party ideal for out-of-towners looking to get to know the bride's hometown. Cap it off at a bar (or other location of your choosing) for a Know Your Bride quiz and dranks. (Dudes, you can totally get in on this, too.) // Watson Adventures, watsonadventures.com.
We're on a Boat!
Let Sausalito-based SF Bay Adventures drive the boat—you can take your pick of sailboats, motor yachts, and catamarans—while you kick it on the San Francisco Bay for a laid-back afternoon or a full-blown rager with up to 60 of your closest pals. Pricing for private sails varies based upon the boat you choose; themed open-to-the-public sails—such as a morning eco-sail or the Friday night Bay Lights sail—are also available for smaller parties. // Pricing varies; reservations can be made at sfbayadventures.com.
The Immersive Foodie Event
What better way to celebrate than with a big, festive dinner? EatWith offers out-of-the-ordinary foodie experiences run by local cooks and guides that promise to expand your horizons beyond your typical, trendy SF restaurant. Book a night of masala bowls and cheesemaking in the Haight ($39/person); a tasting of authentic Himalayan Tea House cuisine ($42/person); or a deep dive into coastal Spanish eats and wine ($58/person). // See all SF events at eatwith.com.
The DIY Night
Have some laughs and get to know the gang a little better by creating stuff together. Workshop SF offers a range of DIY classes for making everything from soy candles ($48/person) to hard cider ($52/person), Japanese-style embroidery ($48/person) to vertical succulent gardens ($66/person). The venue offers in-house photographers, a photo booth, caterers, and DJs; BYO boozy sips. // Workshop SF, 1798 McAllister St. (NoPa), workshopsf.org
The Wine Country Pool Party
If lunching and sipping wine in lavish style poolside is your jam, then Francis Ford Coppola Winery is your venue. With advance reservations, you and your posse can rent out cabines (including pool passes, a private shower, and towels) where you can play board games and order lunch and wine from the Pool Café. Take a break from sunbathing and floating to do a private tour and tasting ($50/person), and get in a game of bocce at one of the four courts. For something a bit more decadent, pop into Rustic to gorge on Italian fare. // Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 300 Via Archimedes (Geyserville), francisfordcoppolawinery.com
The Eco Escape
Known for infinitely photo-worthy campsites such as the Human Nest and the Twig Hut (starting at $175/night) as well as the drop-dead stunning autonomous tent (starting at $595/night), Treebones Resort promises experiences like none other, whether you opt for the luxe stay or the bare-bones retreat with sleeping bags. Treat your peeps to a weekend of zen including massage and private yoga classes with views of the coastline at Big Sur. // Treebones, 71895 Hwy 1 (Big Sur); reservations can be made at treebonesresort.com.
The Russian River Float
Beer-drinking bros will love this especially, but the ladies will like it, too. In the warm months, a trip to Russian River is a rite of passage for Bay Areans, and is a must if you've got a group of hoodlums looking for a good time on the cheap. Here's everything you need to know for an epic day on the river.