I’m taking a quick break from Camp Wanderlust today to fill you in on the latest wedding happenings. I dropped the invitations in the mail yesterday, so there’s no turning back now!

Door County | Wisconsin | Photo by Colleen McIntyre

But the biggest update I have for you is about the bachelorette party. I have been a participant (and conspirator) in many a fun and crazy bachelorettes for my dear friends, but for me, I’m not much of a Vegas-type girl. My idea of the perfect bachelorette party is just a long weekend spent at my family’s cabin…eating and drinking with the girls. Less focus on me, more on just being together and catching up, a general girls’ weekend.

Colleen | Clark Gable | Bachelorette

Since the cabin is about an 8 hour drive, I didn’t necessarily want to go that far so it was a good opportunity to finally head to a Wisconsin vacation spot I hadn’t yet been. We headed just 3 hours north to Door County.  Seven of us took off last weekend to spend two nights doing just what I had asked. Eating, drinking (for the non pregnant bunch) and skipping from little town to little town.

I’m sure this sounds like the lamest bachelorette weekend to many, but for those of you less into phallic paraphenelia, embarassing games and silly sashes an Un-Bachelorette may be right up your alley. Plus, I never said this was a completely clean weekend. Wink. Wink…

But whether you head to Door County for a girl’s weekend, a group gathering or a weekend for you and your main squeeze, the peninsula is a great spot for a quick (or long) getaway.

Here’s a quick run down of our weekend:

{Stay} We rented a house run by the Blacksmith Inn called Orchard House in Baileys Harbor. It’s an “in-town” Orchard House | Bailey's Harbor | Door Countyfarmhouse with a lot of great charm and fabulous vintage decor, spacious kitchen and the perfect amount of updates (air conditioning, wireless, tv, and such). None of the little towns in Door County are far from each other, so though we were on the quiet side, we weren’t missing in any action.

{Do}  During the day on Saturday, we had a leisurely morning of hanging out at the house then headed out after lunch to explore some of the other towns.

We started at Sister Bay where we strolled the main street, stopped in a shop or two (Pipka’s is a cute boutique worth stopping in), took a few photos of the goats on the roof at Al Johnson’s, then headed on our way to the next town. Fish Creek was a bit bigger as villages go, and we poked in the shops here, too, and treated ourselves to ice cream.

Sister Bay | Al Johnson's | Pipka's

We didn’t hit very many wineries but we did make it to one that was fine. Nothing great, wine-wise, but the building and wine patio were nice. We heard about a couple other wineries so perhaps next time I’ll make a stop or two.

Door County | Wine Tasting | Wisconsin

{Eat} For our “big night out” we began the evening with dinner at Mr. Helsinki in Fish Creek. Their menu is a random combination of savory (and sweet) crepes and a selection of Asian cuisine. We all ended up having crepes for dinner and they were awesome. I had the Brandy Apple Pork Crepe (the Pink Lady). Scrumptious. Mr. Helsinki also has a great wine list and their Bananas Foster dessert crepe is well worth the caloric splurge.

Clark Gable | Door County | Bayside Tavern

{Drink}  After dinner we continued our “wild and craziness” at the Bayside Tavern upon the recommendation of our great waiter. It was the perfect spot to have a cocktail or seven. The crowd seemed like a  good mix of locals, annual vacationers and new comers like us. The bartenders were nice and so were the patrons.

I had received recommendations from friends on what to do in Door County and we didn’t have a chance to get to them all, but that’s the beauty of travel, if you leave something for the next time, you’ve got a good excuse to go back.

So as you see, our weekend was more girls’ weekend than hardcore bachelorette, but it was exactly what I had requested. My lovely bridesmaids and friends took good care of me.

Grand Hotel | Mackinac Island | Michigan
{The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan}

I was thinking about other spots around the U.S. that would make nice, less-traditional bachelorette weekends and here’s a few that made the shortlist:

1. New Orleans (lots of fun to be had in the Big Easy)

2. Asheville, North Carolina (I’d want to stay at the Biltmore)

3. Nantucket Island

4. Timberline Lodge at Mount Hood, Oregon

5. Mackinac Island (Grand Hotel, please!)


What are your Un-Bachelorette party suggestions?

- Colleen McIntyre of Flee Fly Flown