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Bachelorette Party Central

Vegas is so 2003. Girl, you know what I’m saying. This is where the real party goes down.

Lisa Marie Hart Weddings Planner

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Inspired by Coachella, this Bachella Party blended music, pool time, and flower crowns.
PHOTO BY ALEXANDRIAMONETTE.COM

When a girl gets engaged, her girlfriends have just one burning question (and it has nothing to do with who is going to catch that silly bouquet or what style of bridesmaid dresses they’ll be wearing): “So, where’s the bachelorette party?”

Palm Springs is officially the unofficial new go-to destination for girlfriend getaways and destination bachelorette parties. And it’s not just for gals who live in SoCal. With an airport minutes from downtown, a free Buzz Trolley that runs between hotels and downtown, and plenty of cabs and Uber drivers, Palm Springs is both easy to reach and a breeze to get around, all without relegating a bestie to play designated driver. Cheers!

Whether you envision a low-key weekend of foodie feasts, bike rides, pedicures, and poolside mojitos or a three-night rager of Patron shots and dancing your hearts out, Palm Springs makes a scenic, sun-drenched backdrop for pre-wedding memories.

We have suggestions to get the ball rolling, then your creativity takes over. A mass of bloggers and pinners have also discovered bachelorette-friendly Palm Springs and are not letting go, leaving the Internet awash in fresh ideas for a modern hen party in the desert. Start pinning!

EAT

Lulu California Bistro

The party goes non-stop at this hopping place known for indoor-outdoor group seating, a multi-course prix fixe menu, and an all-day (yes, 12-hour) happy hour at the humongous bar. A late-night scene stretches until 1a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to the tune of a live DJ. The cotton candy is spun to order.


200 S Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-327-5858, www.lulupalmsprings.com

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF LULU CALIFORNIA BISTRO ON FACEBOOK
Bachelorettes love the all-day happy hour and pink cotton candy at Lulu California Bistro.

TRIO

A favorite among locals, this modern Uptown restaurant starts the night right with vibrant orange décor and dance-floor music. For a naughty dessert surprise for the bride, ask about the, ahem, suggestively shaped cakes.


707 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-864-8746
www.triopalmsprings.com

Workshop Kitchen+Bar

A cool urban atmosphere woos parties with its community tables, duck fat fries, and potent punch bowls sized for sharing.


800 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-459-3451
www.workshoppalmsprings.com

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PHOTO COURTESY COPA NIGHTCLUB AND KRUNKY LIFE
Next to Tropicale restaurant, Copa Nightclub draws bachelorette parties, especially on Friday nights which is Ladies Night.

PARTY


Dance clubs

Ladies of all musical persuasions agree: it’s not a bachelorette weekend without at least an hour or two on the dance floor.


Zelda’s Nightclub
611 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-325-2375
www.zeldasnightclub.com

Costas Nightclub at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
74855 Country Club Drive
Palm Desert; 760-341-1795
www.marriott.com


Copa
244 E. Amado Road
Palm Springs; 760-866-0021
www.copapalmsprings.com


Village Pub


266 S. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-323-3265
www.palmspringsvillagepub.com

Drag shows at Toucans Tiki Lounge

If you’re respectful of the regulars and their longstanding hangout, the drag queen performances at Toucan’s are renowned.


100 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-416-7584
www.toucanstikilounge.com



Gambling at Spa Resort Casino

Hit the slots and tables in downtown Palm Springs. The Cascade Lounge hosts live DJ’s with no cover charge, beginning at 9 p.m.


401 E. Amado Road
Palm Springs; 888- 999-1995
www.sparesortcasino.com

STAY

Boutique hotels that love bachelorettes

Eat, party, and stay at these scene-making hotels. Each has at least one restaurant, plus a spa, pool party vibe, and nightlife.

Ace Hotel Palm Springs
701 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-325-9900
www.acehotel.com/palmsprings


Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs
150 S., Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-325-9676 www.hrhpalmsprings.com

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PHOTOS BY ASHLEY WILLIAMS
Boho bachelorettes enjoy poolside cocktails at Saguaro Palm Springs.


The Riviera Palm Springs
600 N. Indian Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-327-8311
www.rivierapalmsprings.com


The Saguaro Palm Springs
1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-323-1711 www.thesaguaro.com/palm-springs

Vacation rentals for a full-house sleepover

Girls never outgrow the classic pajama party. Pooling funds may make it even more affordable and convenient than a hotel. Check Airbnb and Palm Springs vacation rental sites — making sure to inquire about noise restrictions if you’re likely to get rowdy.


Airbnb
www.airbnb.com/s/Palm-Springs–CA

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PHOTO BY ASHLEY LAPRADE PHOTOGRAPHY
Images from a professional photographer during your bachelorette party make sweet bridesmaid gifts.

FEEL-GOOD FUN

Get pampered

If you’re booking a vacation home, then book a masseuse or a yoga teacher to come to you. Otherwise, pop into a local yoga or pilates studio to start your day right. World-class spas fill the valley; a number offer girlfriend packages complete with your own private spa suite. Before your night out, get glam with a major blowout.


All Tressed Up Blowdry and Beauty Bar
73-655 El Paseo
Palm Desert; 760-568-4526
www.getalltressedup.com


Just Blow Drys
73375 El Paseo
Palm Desert; 760-568-2569
www.justblowdrys.com

Shopping and souvenirs
Designer showrooms, national brand names, and upscale unique boutiques line the elegant shopping avenue of El Paseo in Palm Desert. Cafes, restaurants, and happy hours beckon for a break between browsing. In downtown Palm Springs, Destination PSP brims with merch that reflects the pool-and-cocktails lifestyle, including a swimwear section of hot brands curated by Chelsea Lane.


El Paseo Shopping District
between Highway 74 and Portola Ave., Palm Desert
www.elpaseocatalogue.com


Destination PSP
170 N. Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs; 760-354-9154
www.destinationpsp.com


Pedal together on the Sunny Cycle

Forget about those calories in that three-course dinner washed down with a few cosmos. This group bicycle built for 8 to 15 friends lets you burn it off while you pedal between your choice of hip hangouts. Luxury comes in the form of a flat-screen TV, stereo sound system, USB port phone chargers, misters, and an electric motor assist function — so you don’t have to work that hard.


Sunny Cycle
760-567-4875
www.sunnycycleps.com

Don’t forget professional photos
“One of the coolest outcomes of doing a bachelorette photo-shoot is that you can then turn around and use the photos as bridesmaids gifts,” says photographer Ashley LaPrade. “Maybe put them in a frame with a personal note, add some bling, or in a cute monogramed wooden box. You are good to go!”


Ashley LaPrade Photography
www.ashleylaprade.com

Lisa Marie Hart has been writing about weddings since serving as an editor at Bridal Guide magazine in New York City in 1999. Since 2006, she has been editor of the annual Palm Springs Life Weddings & Honeymoon Planner. Away from the laptop, she creates tiered cupcake stands for weddings and celebrations at www.highteaforalice.com

Bachelorette Party Central was last modified: November 21st, 2016 by Lisa Marie Hart