If your idea of a bachelorette party includes out-there antics, dollar bills, tacky private parts paraphernalia or morning-after regret, think again. There are plenty of ways to keep your last hurrah classy while creating life-long memories with your girlfriends. If you and your sidekicks enjoy sampling top-notch food and cocktails, try planning a progressive dinner that includes stops at three or more eateries in walking distance from your hotel. Here is our guide to putting together an evening to savor in a few local areas:
Start: Get things going at Zushi Japanese Bistro with a Tuna Cocktail or sashimi appetizer and a toast to your besties with some signature Sake-tinis. Savor: Settle in at Sonoma Wine Bar and Bistro, and pick from the 300-plus wine bottle selection and dinner entrees like Shrimp and Lobster or Grass-fed Ribeye. Sweet: End at Twist martini bar with a dessert and nightcap like the New York 6, an original comprised of Vida Mezcal, lime, Ginger, Crème de Mûre and Burlesque Bitters. Stay: After you’ve had your fill of laughter, walk right up to your room at the Westin to call it a (classy) night.
Start: Fans of colonial charm and upscale cuisine will match well with Merchants Square, beginning with a cocktail and signature charcuterie board at Blue Talon Bistro. Savor: Head to dinner at Fat Canary, where the open kitchen allows you to watch top-notch chefs at work crafting dishes such as Pan Seared Sea Scallops, Cous Cous, Smoked Tomato, Snap Peas, Green Beans and Pork Belly. Sweet: Save some room for the legendary Death by Chocolate at The Trellis Bar and Grill. One piece of rich, seven-layer torte, several spoons, and absolutely no regret about how this party ends. Stay: Burn off just a few calories on your stroll to the cozy Williamsburg Lodge, and treat yourselves to a group massage the next morning at the Williamsburg Spa.
Start: When you arrive at the ultratrendy Saint Germain, find a spot at the bar where you can watch mixologists craft cocktails with a variety of housemade bitters, and share the Bahn Mi small plate with your fellow foodie friends. Savor: Let the downtown decadence continue at the sleek Chartreuse Bistro, a farm-to-table standout with a new daily menu. Sweet: Spend the rest of the night sharing old stories at Field Guide while indulging in the nostalgic Oatmeal Cream Pie—chocolate chip cherry pecan oatmeal cookie with cream cheese filling. Stay: Get your beauty sleep at the superconvenient Norfolk Waterside Marriott, with splendid views of the Elizabeth River.