In modern times, bachelorette parties are less about living up the bride’s last night of “freedom” and more about acknowledging her closest friendships. These are the ladies (and gentlemen too!) who have seen it all. They were there to support her through stressful school days and career-building woes, to turn up on many girls’ nights out, and to trash-talk her ex when he broke her heart. These faithful friends were there from the messy beginnings of her relationship with the groom, and they will be there to witness their happily-ever-after, too.
To honor these cherished and time-tested friendships, consider hosting a bachelorette party in a picturesque destination like the Great Smoky Mountains. The local mountain towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville are full of exciting things to do for adults that make for a memorable bachelorette party.
Stay in a Luxury Woodland Cabin
Rather than leaving everyone in your group to find their own hotel room, you could turn your bachelorette party into a massive sleepover at a luxury cabin. Not only is it a convenient way to keep your large party all together, but it allows you to continue socializing and having fun even during downtime.
You can rent a Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin with up to 21 bedrooms through Large Cabin Rentals of the Smokies. Tucked away along a scenic mountain ridge, your home for the weekend could come with built-in entertainment like an air hockey or foosball table, a pool table, arcade and video games, a home theater, and an indoor pool or jacuzzi. Many of their cabins are also dog-friendly so that your bestest best friend can come, too. Like something from a fantasy lifestyle account on Instagram, one of these fully decked-out cabins would make an incredible bachelorette party even on its own.
Get Outside and Play
It’s not an authentic Smoky Mountain getaway without a bit of outdoor adventure. One of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of the mountains and forests is to go for a ziplining tour. The Mountaintop Zipline Tour at CLIMB Works Zipline is an exhilarating flight over treetops and through jaw-dropping panoramic views. For two hours, you’ll glide through the air on six dueling zips, which means you get to race one of your friends to the other side! The 2.5-hour Treetop Zipline Tour traverses nine zips in total and includes a surprise rappel at the end. CLIMB Works also uniquely includes an ATV ride to the top of the mountain plus three canopy sky bridges where you’ll get the perfect opportunity for photos against the backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Relax and Rejuvenate
A bachelorette party is a perfect time to be as shamelessly extra as you want with your girlfriends. Pamper yourselves to the maximum with the vast list of beauty services at Fox Place Salon & Spa. If you’ve been worried about your skincare leading up to the big event, their facials will leave your skin hydrated, exfoliated, and collagen-enhanced. You can also add on any of nine extra services with a facial, such as the one-hour-long chocolate indulgence facial, which uses antioxidant-rich chocolate to heal dry or aged skin.
Their four Swedish body massages will melt away all your worries, especially when combined with add-ons like hot stones, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, and detox masks. Fox Place Salon & Spa also offers services you may never have heard of or tried. For instance, the Gemstone Massage implements warm and cold semi-precious stones to balance your chakral energies, and the Slimming Massage is designed to flush fluids out of tissue for firmer, toned skin.
Toast the Bride-To-Be
Not everyone will likely have the chance to say a special toast to the bride and groom on their wedding day. In that case, the bachelorette party is a fantastic opportunity for close friends to say a few words in honor of the bride if they wish to do so.
Considering the Smokies of Eastern Tennessee are known for moonshine and whiskey, it only makes sense to carry out your toasts at a local distillery like Junction 35 Spirits. This railroad-themed distillery incorporates a long-lasting family tradition into their distilling methods to produce high-quality bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka, moonshine, vodka, gin and rum. Their Pigeon Forge location offers tastings of their classic self-named spirits as well as a rotating menu of specialty flavors like Unicorn Moonshine, Bomb Pop Moonshine, Citrus Vodka, and Caramel Apple Whiskey.
If hard liquor isn’t your thing, you’re in luck! A paradise for oenophiles, too, the Smokies are home to the Rocky Top Wine Trail, a free and self-guided tour of the area’s five best wineries. You’ll taste unique flavors like the loganberry wine at Sugarland Cellars Winery, the blackberry and muscadine wine at Mountain Valley Winery, the sweet apple wine at Apple Barn Winery, the diverse offering of house-made sparkling wines at Hillside Winery, and delicious locally-made hard ciders at Mill Bridge Winery. Whether you spread your tour across two days or ambitiously visit them all in one, the Rocky Top Wine Trail will introduce your party to over 70 original wines with which to toast the lucky bride!
A Bachelorette Party to Remember
From sharing a rustic cabin to giggling over ziplining stunts, splurging on a pampering session to keeping it classy at a local winery, the Great Smoky Mountains are full of priceless bonding opportunities. After all, how often do you get an excuse to go on travel adventures with all your friends at once? Turn your bachelorette party into a weekend-long event in the Smokies that the squad will be talking about for years to come!