Bachelorette parties in Las Vegas and Tulum, Mexico, are all the rage, and for good reason. But before the maid of honor locks in a date for a far-flung destination on that eternal group-email chain, consider sticking around Washington for a bachelorette party that's high on fun — without costing the equivalent of a month's rent.
These nine activities range from the unconventional (boxing and yoga on a rooftop) to the stereotypical girly plans that go with the territory (mani-pedis and afternoon tea). Now all that's left to brainstorm is what to write on the matching T-shirts.
Manicures at Varnish Lane: Unlike the typical manicure spot, this eco-friendly, waterless Friendship Heights salon is a dead-ringer for a home in a Nancy Meyers movie, and it's available for glamorous group mani-pedis.
Ride in style to wineries and breweries: A group of up to 12 can settle into the leather seats on the Cork & Keg Tours Mercedes Sprinter bus for a private tour bouncing between wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries in Loudoun County.
La Boum Boum Room dance party: Score tickets for a session of La Boum's "sexy talent show" spinoff on Saturday nights, when glitter and costumes are encouraged and cellphones are banned.
Burlesque brunch at Sax: There's a challenger to Perry's drag brunch in the hearts of bachelorette party brunches, thanks to Sir Sundays, the weekly "Magic Mike" inspired all-male burlesque show complete with aerialists, at Sax downtown.
Clubbing at Saint Yves: Get all dressed up for a night out at Dupont Circle club Saint Yves, which has roaring '20s-inspired gold details and puffy pink cloudlike chandeliers.
Dinner on 14th Street, and a hotel getaway: Book Compass Rose's Bedouin Tent for a family-style dining under a quilt of fabrics, then continue the party in Hotel Rouge's Bunk Bed Suite, a glossy red space with grown-up bunk beds, snacks, board games and an Xbox 360.
Cocktails at Morris: Try to score a booth or two for a group at this new walk-in speakeasy on Seventh Street that forgoes the typical dark wood and leather of classic bars and instead slings $12 cocktails in a bright-blue monochrome interior with floral wallpaper.
Try a fancy boxing class: The group can book a class together at NUBOXX, which combines glam interior design with a gritty workout that involves punching things as hard as you can. The photos will be priceless.