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After the wave of holiday proposals, we’re plunging head-first into wedding season, and that means one thing: bachelorette parties. Sure, you could go the usual route and fly to Vegas, spend all night long in the club and nurse your hangover with morning mimosas. But how about doing something unique and memorable, something that the bride-to-be won’t soon forget?

Whether you’re into crafts, camping or wine country, we've put together a list of 10 ideas for a totally non-lame bachelorette party in the city and the Bay Area entire.

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EatWith

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Sure, you could rent out a private room at one of the city’s top restaurants, but EatWith makes your dinner party more personal. Pick a chef who will create a tailor-made menu, select a venue—from the chef’s personal home to EatWith’s test kitchen (a 2,000-square- foot loft in SoMa)—then sit back, relax and just bask. You’ll be sipping champagne with your gals while a professional takes care of the rest.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery & Pool

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It’s the ultimate in luxury and nearly as impossible to get into as the Playboy Mansion, but with the proper planning, you and your friends can enjoy the most fabulous pool in Northern California (cocktail servers included). We recommend purchasing the Cabine Package, which includes your own cabine for changing and showering, four pool passes, lounge chairs, towels and four Sophia mini singles. Just make sure you arrange accommodations for the night, because you won’t be driving home after this outing.

The Armory

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Sassier bridal parties will love getting sexy at San Francisco’s most exciting historic landmark. This is no G-rated bachelorette party, so make sure you’ve got a group of like-minded kinksters to make it a truly fun experience. You can take a tour of the Kink.com sets, book private X-rated workshops (like Lap-dancing 101) or throw a party in one of the bondage-themed event spaces.

Shameless Photography

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For a party you’ll never forget book a 1950s pin-up photo shoot. The all-female, body-positive studio is about making you feel fun and fierce, and leaving you with a finished product you’ll adore. Get full makeovers plus access to a retro wardrobe, where you can pick from vintage gowns and sundresses to sexy corsets and lingerie (in sizes 00 to 5x). You and your girls (limited to groups of five) will leave feeling powerful, sexy, and ready to take on a night on the town.

Workshop.

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Get crafty with your girls at Workshop—where you can book private classes in the intimate studio. Plan a fun and creative DIY screen-printing, terrarium, or floral-arranging party with how-to demos. (Bringing boozy beverages to get the party going is A-OK). The venue offers in-house photographers, DJ’s, caterers and a photobooth.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

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What lady doesn’t love a spa day? Treat yourself, and your bridal party, at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, where you can take a dip in a mineral pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, relax in a mud bath, enjoy a massage, and, of course, sip wine. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and pampered, plus you’ll boast glowing skin for days after.
Every bride-to-be deserves to have one final night of debauchery as a single gal, so get the party started at AsiaSF. The club offers several bachelorette-party packages so you can choose the right one for you. Enjoy family-style dinner, endless dancing, “interactive” shots, live performances from the transgender Ladies of AsiaSF (fun fact: they’re getting their own TV show!), and even a red-carpet welcome.

Treebones Resort

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Want to get in touch with nature but sleeping on the ground isn’t really your thing? Spend a night nestled comfortably under the stars at Treebones Resort, where you can camp out in ocean-view yurts that boast fireplaces and redwood decks. Nestled along Big Sur’s beautiful coastline, you can relax in heated pools and hot tubs, hike nearby trails, and nosh at an outdoor sushi bar.

SF Bay Adventures

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Take advantage of the fact that we live on the coast and book a boat for your posse with this Sausalito-based operator. Choose from sailboats, motor yachts, small boats, and catamarans. This type of outing is perfect for a small, laid-back bachelorette party or a full-on blow-out with 50 of your closest girls. Party in style as you sail through the bay and enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito, and the gorgeous San Francisco skyline.

Float along the Russian River

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The Russian River is the perfect laid-back vibe for a low-key bachelorette bash. Bring your blow-up rafts, bottles of rosé (just be discreet), as many of your closest friends as you want (this is the perfect outing for large groups) and spend the afternoon floating down the river. Book a Gillibus so you don’t have to worry about driving, and spend the night at the Isis Oasis Retreat Center. Pro tip: bring canned wine to avoid glass breakage.

EatWith

Sure, you could rent out a private room at one of the city’s top restaurants, but EatWith makes your dinner party more personal. Pick a chef who will create a tailor-made menu, select a venue—from the chef’s personal home to EatWith’s test kitchen (a 2,000-square- foot loft in SoMa)—then sit back, relax and just bask. You’ll be sipping champagne with your gals while a professional takes care of the rest.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery & Pool

It’s the ultimate in luxury and nearly as impossible to get into as the Playboy Mansion, but with the proper planning, you and your friends can enjoy the most fabulous pool in Northern California (cocktail servers included). We recommend purchasing the Cabine Package, which includes your own cabine for changing and showering, four pool passes, lounge chairs, towels and four Sophia mini singles. Just make sure you arrange accommodations for the night, because you won’t be driving home after this outing.

The Armory

Sassier bridal parties will love getting sexy at San Francisco’s most exciting historic landmark. This is no G-rated bachelorette party, so make sure you’ve got a group of like-minded kinksters to make it a truly fun experience. You can take a tour of the Kink.com sets, book private X-rated workshops (like Lap-dancing 101) or throw a party in one of the bondage-themed event spaces.

Shameless Photography

For a party you’ll never forget book a 1950s pin-up photo shoot. The all-female, body-positive studio is about making you feel fun and fierce, and leaving you with a finished product you’ll adore. Get full makeovers plus access to a retro wardrobe, where you can pick from vintage gowns and sundresses to sexy corsets and lingerie (in sizes 00 to 5x). You and your girls (limited to groups of five) will leave feeling powerful, sexy, and ready to take on a night on the town.

Workshop.

Get crafty with your girls at Workshop—where you can book private classes in the intimate studio. Plan a fun and creative DIY screen-printing, terrarium, or floral-arranging party with how-to demos. (Bringing boozy beverages to get the party going is A-OK). The venue offers in-house photographers, DJ’s, caterers and a photobooth.

Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

What lady doesn’t love a spa day? Treat yourself, and your bridal party, at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs, where you can take a dip in a mineral pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, relax in a mud bath, enjoy a massage, and, of course, sip wine. You’ll leave feeling relaxed and pampered, plus you’ll boast glowing skin for days after.

AsiaSF

Every bride-to-be deserves to have one final night of debauchery as a single gal, so get the party started at AsiaSF. The club offers several bachelorette-party packages so you can choose the right one for you. Enjoy family-style dinner, endless dancing, “interactive” shots, live performances from the transgender Ladies of AsiaSF (fun fact: they’re getting their own TV show!), and even a red-carpet welcome.

Treebones Resort

Want to get in touch with nature but sleeping on the ground isn’t really your thing? Spend a night nestled comfortably under the stars at Treebones Resort, where you can camp out in ocean-view yurts that boast fireplaces and redwood decks. Nestled along Big Sur’s beautiful coastline, you can relax in heated pools and hot tubs, hike nearby trails, and nosh at an outdoor sushi bar.

SF Bay Adventures

Take advantage of the fact that we live on the coast and book a boat for your posse with this Sausalito-based operator. Choose from sailboats, motor yachts, small boats, and catamarans. This type of outing is perfect for a small, laid-back bachelorette party or a full-on blow-out with 50 of your closest girls. Party in style as you sail through the bay and enjoy views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Sausalito, and the gorgeous San Francisco skyline.

Float along the Russian River

The Russian River is the perfect laid-back vibe for a low-key bachelorette bash. Bring your blow-up rafts, bottles of rosé (just be discreet), as many of your closest friends as you want (this is the perfect outing for large groups) and spend the afternoon floating down the river. Book a Gillibus so you don’t have to worry about driving, and spend the night at the Isis Oasis Retreat Center. Pro tip: bring canned wine to avoid glass breakage.