When you think of bachelorette parties does drinking, dancing and sash-wearing come to mind? Do you, or your bestie want something even more unique than a traditional bachelorette? We are here to help!
Here are our top suggestions for an Alternative Bachelorette Party activities in Asheville, NC for every type of bride:
For the Outdoorsy Bride
For your nature loving bride, take the crew outside! Our favorite outdoor activity is Yoga on the Mountain Hike. It is the prefect way to unplug, unwind and connect with your girls. Here at Asheville Wellness Tours, we offer a 2 mile round trip hike to a mountaintop with stunning views, plus an hour of yoga for all levels at the summit. We bring the mats, you bring your spirit of adventure!
Logistics: daily departures available for private groups; approx 3hrs, minimum group size 6 (or flat fee for smaller groups)
2. Get Adventurous
Step outside your comfort zone and go for an adrenaline pumping adventure. In Asheville, we are blessed with the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains, which lend themselves to all sorts of wild outdoor actives. Two of our favorites are zip-lining and whitewater rafting:
Zip-lining: What could be more exhilarating than flying through the mountain tops?! The side-by-side ziplines and fast speeds make this experience so unique. There is really no better way to experience the views of the Blue Ridge Mountain. Starting at $99.95/person, approximately 3 hrs.
White Water Rafting: Our favorite way to experience the Pisgah National Forest is on the whitewater rapids. The pros at French Broad Rafting will give you more than just a river trip. They share the history of the river, paddling techniques, and river safety. Have the time of your life, and make all sorts of memories with your gal pals. Trip options ranging from 3 – 6hrs.
Logistics: Add whitewater rafting or ziplining to any experience from our “menu” of tours or make it part of your custom girl’s getaway itinerary and receive exclusive discounts.
Taking your practice out of the studio into this wild world of ours is one of the things we love best! Discover balance, strengthen your core, and challenge yourself in your practice (even if you’re a beginner!) with a SUP Yoga class. It’s empowering, invigorating, centering…and fun! Don’t laugh too hard when your friend falls in and takes a surprise swim…you’re likely next 🙂
Logistics: board rental included; daily departures available for private groups; approx 1.5 hours; just a few miles from downtown Asheville!
For the Foodie Bride
1. Food Tour
Asheville is known as a food mecca, boasting flavors from around the world, while staying true to its southern roots. Stroll along as a local guide introduces you to Asheville’s finest restaurants, breweries, and more. This tour is truly special. Enjoy beautiful downtown Asheville and learn history, stories and myths along the way. You will leave with a smile and a full belly.
Logisitics: Food tour options include a private, 2 hour afternoon tour (minimum 6) for groups who are tight on time or the opportunity to go “all out” on a spectacular progressive dinner including a different course at every stop. We can even schedule a walking tour for brunch-lovers! Learn more here.
Stay in and create a perfect meal together. Asheville Wellness Tours will send a chef to your vacation rental or can send you to the chef’s private home in the mountains! Explore a variety of cooking techniques, local ingredients and exotic cuisines. You may even elect to visit local farmer’s markets with your private guide then create a masterpiece of a meal from the ingredients you gather there. Learn about the history of the dish, cooking techniques and presentations. Everyone will learn every single dish and will be provided with the recipes!
Logistics: Classes can take place at your vacation rental, the chef’s private home, or even online if you’re not yet ready to invite folks into your space. Upgrade to include a guided Farmer’s Market visit beforehand. Let us handle the details!
For the Eclectic Bride
Seeking a bit of clarity and direction on your journey? Group tarot sessions are fun and allow for deeper connection within your group. New to tarot? Here is what to expect: Sessions will begin with a brief journaling exercise and a guided meditation. Each participant chooses a single car whose meaning will be explained within the support of the group. The question the card is meant to address is, “What is it that I need to focus on at this moment to take the next step towards realizing my heart’s desire?” A wonderful bonding experience!
Logistics: minimum group size 4 or one hour commitment. The reader can come to you at your vacation rental, meet you at our favorite local tea shop or even conduct a reading online!
If you’re going for uniquely Asheville, this is it! Enjoy an archetypal anointing ceremony (think tarot reading but with scent!) Start with a “blind sampling” of seven exclusive oil blends, each matching an archetype like The Queen and The Mermaid. Which one are you right now? Your reaction to each scent will let you know! This is such a lovely bonding experience for groups that combines personal wisdom with support and encouragement. It is simultaneously lighthearted and deeply meaningful. Our favorite part: attempting to guess each of your crew’s archetypes before the “big reveal”!
Covid Update: archetype readings are available virtually until further notice. Each participant will receive a lovely sampler set of the archetype blends by mail (free porch delivery within 10 miles of downtown Asheville). At your chosen time, the aromatherapist will meet you online to walk you through the scents and what your reactions to each might mean for you. This is an incredibly unique way to connect with your group…no matter how far apart you may be!
For the Super Chill Bride
Making spa reservations for a group in Asheville can be tough…but we can help! Rent a full spa facility and enjoy exclusive access (no need to worry about social distancing with the general public…it’s all yours!) for three glorious hours.
The Deets: Sauna House is a Nordic-style bath house filled with natural light, beautiful plants and clean designs. It is the perfect place to chill and participate in the Hot, Cold, Relax method, meaning, you sauna for about 15 minutes, take a plunge in the cold pool, chill on the heated furniture and repeat. Feeling extra chill? Massage and foot soaks also available.
What You Get: Enjoy 3hrs of private access for up to 15 people on Sat, Sun, and Mon mornings. Upgrade to add massage. You can even bring your own food and tasty beverages (no glass allowed)! Request your time/date instantly online here.
Not feeling the spa vibe? We have even more relaxation comin’ atcha. We’ll send a team of massage therapists to your vacation rental equipped with tables, linens, music, oils…everything you need to enjoy a moment purely for you. Unwind, relax. You deserve it! Our favorite: schedule massages in the late afternoon/early evening so folks can rotate through massage and still have time to get ready for a night out. Have more time? Combine massages with a private yoga session, group tarot reading, or oil blending workshop for a half day of pure relaxation.
Logistics: 30min – 90 min massages available. Number of therapists depends on your group size
No need to leave the house, let us come to you. Enjoy a private group yoga class at your home, vacation rental or location of your choosing with an experienced local instructor. Not enough space at home? No worries, we can teach yoga in the park or in the botanical gardens. Just let us know you need more space. Choose between a gentle/beginners, slow flow, power vinyasa, alignment, restorative, or yin practice. Classes are appropriate for all levels of experience and we’ll bring the mats!
The Asheville Salt Cave is loved by locals and tourists alike. It is a nature-inspired salt cave in the heart of downtown Asheville, featuring an enriched microclimate, which allows the body and mind to gain relaxation, balance, & healing. We often get asked, what do you do in the cave? You do not have to do anything to receive the benefits. Sit back, close your eyes, relax and breathe.