The flowers are ordered, suits and dresses are fitted, RSVPs are counted, and it’s time for the bride and her squad to celebrate one last time before the big day. Charlottesville, Virginia is the perfect location for a bachelorette party (did someone say “vineyards”?) and with so much to do, you may have trouble narrowing down your choices. For restaurant recommendations, shopping tips, R&R, and, yes, crisp Virginia wine you’ve come to the right place.
As members of your commitment crew may be coming from all over the country, it’s wise to keep the first night of festivities casual. Catch up with your college roommates, cousins, or whoever will be standing by your side when you say “I do” over dinner and drinks at MAS Tapas in Belmont. Nothing brings people together like delicious bite-sized foods and a pitcher or two of sangria and MAS will not disappoint. This Cville legend accommodates groups of all sizes, including those of people with varied arrival times. Be sure to order the bacon wrapped dates, goat cheese spinach artichoke dip, and seared tuna then refill that sangria pitcher – the bar stays open till 2am!
Like Paris’ Eiffel Tower or Rome’s Colosseum, Charlottesville’s Bodo’s Bagels is a historic landmark (and we promise you the lines are much shorter). With sweet and savory bagel flavors and delicious breakfast sandwiches, Bodo’s has something for everyone and won’t break the bank. If the weather’s nice, take Bodo’s out on the University of Virginia’s Lawn for a picnic breakfast or cozy up with your spread in the hotel room. Pair your meal with mimosas or Bloody Marys and you’ve got the perfect Saturday morning.
After a hearty breakfast, your squad might want to spend some time in the fresh air by hiking one of Charlottesville’s neighboring mountains. Nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge, just a river stone’s throw from the Appalachian Trail, Cville is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Humpback Rock or any one of the trails in Shenandoah National Park will give you great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and more photo ops than the wedding day itself.
If R&R is what you seek, we’ve got you covered. Charlottesville is home to many fantastic spas and what better occasion to pamper yourself than your or your friend’s wedding? You can’t go wrong with a late morning of pedicures and facials at Cityspa, located just off the downtown mall. The spa is located in a converted home, giving you and your crew nothing less than the best in luxury and leisure. When your nails have dried and you’ve peeled off that face mask (*sigh*), grab a bite to eat at Rev Soup on the downtown mall. If time remains, visit the boutiques along the mall where you can find everything from stunning stationery to locally-sourced jewelry to hand-stitched leather belts to the perfect cocktail dress. You might need that one later.
This is a bachelorette party, so you knew wine had to be involved. Charlottesville is chock-full of gorgeous vineyards granting breathtaking views of both the surrounding mountains and house-made cheese platters. Take your bachelorette party to the hills for a bottle of Dave Matthews-approved vino on the porch at Blenheim Vineyards. Pippin Hill and King Family Vineyards are two other central Virginia classics whose staffs are used to accommodating bridal parties and ensure no one leaves thirsty.
Still up for more? Good. The grand finale is dinner and drinks at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar. Commonwealth is quickly becoming one of the hottest spots on the downtown mall, amidst a number of worthy contenders. Start out with a selection of delicious cheeses before an entrée of Shrimp Étouffée and Basmati Rice. Top off your meal by sharing (or not) a celebratory flourless chocolate cake. Commonwealth even has a specialty cocktail called “Ladies Night” which is composed of Ciroc Red Berry, Citronge, lemon juice, POM and simple syrup. Take your drinks to their roof-top deck and toast under the stars to a weekend for the books—or, at the very least, for Instagram.
Can you believe you arrived in town just two short days ago? These weekends fly by, but Sunday morning doesn’t have to be dull. Have one last hurrah with your crew over a southern brunch at Horse & Hound. From crab cakes to corned beef and hash, Horse & Hound has an option for every palate. We know you’ll be sorry to leave Charlottesville, but the main event is just days away!
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