Alternative title: I planned a bachelorette party by some miracle.
A few short weeks ago, my best friend Jenn’s bachelorette weekend took me and 9 other women (girls?…unclear) up to Lompoc (north of Santa Barbara) for some wine-tasting, “girl talk” and general debauchery to celebrate Jenn. Although Jenn was quite the “rager” in college — she was literally always stopping at various fraternities to say hi to people — she was pretty adamant that she didn’t want a Vegas bachelorette, or anything super typical. Fine by me, since I was planning it and I’m the least “OMG!!!” person there is. (That’s a type of person, FYI).
Anyway, thanks in large part to my mom’s incredible ability to find anything on the internet, we booked an amazing renovated barn that comfortably slept all of us – and it included a large kitchen, bathroom, TV, wifi, and dining table. I would definitely recommend checking out Hidden Canyon Ranch in Lompoc via Air BnB.
There were also animals on the property, to the extent you think that’s cool:
Before we arrived, I again enlisted my mom’s help in buying all of the food we’d need for the weekend. (Thanks mom, everyone would have starved without your guidance). I also put together “survival kits” for everyone — I didn’t nab a picture, but they included a wine glass, a mini bottle of champagne, advil, a water bottle, gum, and a Lara bar in case of emergency.
The weekend began for me on Friday night when I picked one of mine and Jenn’s BFFs from Cal, Kathleen, up at LAX. I was in the middle of a crazy document production, and battling a cold, but picking Kathleen up was an instant mood boost. We high-tailed it out of LA and stayed with my parents in the Conejo Valley, which would put us a little closer to our final destination. S/o to Kathleen for balancing out my crazy as I stayed up pretty late reviewing documents.
In the morning, we packed up the car (s/o to my parents for being the best) and made a mandatory pit-stop.
Kathleen and I gabbed for about two hours and arrived at the barn to set up before everyone else arrived. Around 11 or so, everyone was there and the day began! In attendance were two of Jenn’s best friends from law school, four friends from elementary school through high school, Jenn’s sister, and then Kathleen and I held it down for the college/sorority contingent. Go bears.
I worked with 805 Wine Tours to set up a four-hour tasting tour through the region. They were affordable, knowledgeable about the area and the region, and professional. Our favorite winery ended up being one that I had not booked ahead of time, but our guide called during the day and squeezed us in.
During the course of the day, we stopped at Babcock, Foley, Huber, and Melville wineries and had full tastings at all of them.
girls on a tractor (like snakes on a plane except not at all)
I think everyone liked Huber the best because they had a dog, but I liked it because their wines were a cut above and they had snacks. Chicks and dogs, man. I don’t get it.
Our final stop of the day was Foley – by this point everyone was having a good time. Except for me in this photo?
After the tour, we headed back to the Ranch. Some of the girls went into town and brought back tacos – best. call. ever. While others of us tried to keep drinking due to tank-status. Ugh.
We played a few low-key games — Jenn and I told stories from our college days when we were both wrecks (compared to now that it’s mostly just me). I’ll spare you the funny stories about Jenn’s college days because her fiancé reads my blog and also because I’m a good friend and also because blackmail.
I also had Daniel fill out a version of the “newlywed game”-type questions which was HILARIOUS. Here’s an example of how funny his answers were. I may have cried:
We spent the rest of the time relaxing, napping/drinking, playing Cards against Humanity, and talking about Kanye. Oh wait, that was just me. Whoops.
We cooked dinner together and ate a ton of dessert (What’s a wedding with a #PiTheeWed hashtag if every event does not feature pie?) Anyway, my alcohol consumption never really hit me, until everyone else decided they were going to bed and I could not stop laughing. It all started when Blanca asked me why I like Kanye so much…and that turned into a hyperbolic explanation that I think he is the “Steve Jobs of music” and that he could “stop making music tomorrow and become an architect.” So I may not have made any friends on this trip, but at least Jenn is stuck with me? Bahah.
We got up in the morning and headed back to LA – but not before stuffing our faces some more and hitting up a drive-through coffee stand in Lompoc.
I was a stress case (event planning is not my specialty, but I am a great event-attender) but I think everyone had a good time and that this was something off the beaten path. I’d definitely recommend where we stayed and 805 Wine Tours if you’re local and looking to do something similar! Thank you to everyone who came :)
Also, LOVE YOU JENN!!! Can’t wait for this weekend and to pepper every social media platform with #PiTheeWed (well, after the moratorium on social media is lifted, of course).
What sort of bachelorette parties have you been to?
I can’t wait to check out Austin, Texas for my friend Riley’s bach in July!