Planning a Bachelorette Party usually entails heading to the casino or nearest city for an epic bar-hop/pub-crawl. For me, I wanted to go to a spa and ride roller coasters. Where was I going to be able to do both of those things? Hershey, Pennsylvania!
Tips For Having a Bachelorette Party in Hershey, PA
I've been taking trips to Hershey since I was a little girl. Maybe 3 or 4 years of age. I love it there. I remember going on my first upside-down roller coaster there; The sooperdooperLooper and loving thrill rides ever since. As I got older Hershey stayed fun, it really is the park for all ages. After we graduated high school a group of my friends and I went to Hershey for a girls getaway and those same girls were in my bridal party, so what better way to spend a weekend together then to head back to where we had so much fun nearly 10 years prior?
Where to stay
Hershey offers two branded hotels; The Hotel Hershey and The Hershey Lodge. After that there are lots of choices of chain hotels and motels in the area. We booked two rooms at The Hershey Lodge. They offer bus services to the park for guest connivence and it is located less than 10 minutes away if you decide to drive. The Hershey Lodge offers great places to eat (more on that later), an indoor & outdoor pool, arcade and fitness center. Characters also make appearances in the lobby.
What To Do
During the Day
We spent the later part of the morning and afternoon inside Hershey Park riding all of the thrill rides; Fahrenheit, Great Bear, Lightning Racer, Storm Runner, Skyrush and two wooden coasters that I remember going on as a kid; Wildcat and Comet.
We went in June and it was HOT, so to cool off a bit we took a ride on the log flume, Coal Cracker and then took in the sights inside The Kissing Tower.
Once we rode all the rides we wanted to and didn't feel like being in the sun any longer we headed to Hershey's Chocolate World, located right outside of the gates of Hershey Park. You do not need a park ticket to go Hershey's Chocolate World and a ride on the Chocolate Tour is free, but they do offer experiences that cost extra; such as Make Your Own Chocolate and a 4D movie. Hershey's Chocolate World also boasts a food court and a late gift shop where you can purchase chocolate (of course) as well as other Hershey branded items like t-shirts, mugs, stuffed animals, you name it!
No trip to Hershey really feels complete without taking a ride on the Chocolate Tour, it's running time is about 30 minutes and at the end you get a free sample. If it is a hot day, this attraction is air conditioned so it's a great way to cool off and break up a day.
After our afternoon in the park we headed back to our rooms to shower and get dressed for the night.
Did you know about The Vineyard at Hershey? Located just 15 minutes away from Hershey Lodge in Middletown, Pennsylvania, The Vineyard at Hershey offers both VIP Wine and Beer tastings. My girls surprised me with the Wine Experience and we were given a tour of the property and shown how they make their wines. After the tour we each got a flight of wine, you choose if you want to taste Dry or Sweet and then each wine is paired with chocolate, fruits and crackers. As a souvenir you get to keep your wine glass that has the vineyard's logo stamped on it.
This was a great way to "wine"down from a fun-filled day at the park. We watched the sunset outside on their patio and our assigned Vineyard Ambassador was very friendly and very knowledgeable.
The Vineyard at Hershey also offers a Brewery tour and a beer flight if wine is not your thing. You also get to keep your glass so either way you get a souvenir!
Where to Eat
I mentioned earlier the Hershey Lodge offers great restaurants; The Bears Den offers classic bar food and hockey rink atmosphere adorned with plenty of big screen TVs, Fire & Grain offers new twists on old comfort food and features a fire wall, and Hershey Grill offers seasonal menus and unique flavor combinations.
We opted for Hershey Grill after our Winery VIP experience. The food was amazing, the atmosphere very calming and the attire is deemed "resort casual". This was a great cap to our very exciting day.
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey
This weekend trip had it all, thrill rides, wine, great food and massages! We woke up Sunday morning and headed to Hershey's other themed resort, The Hotel Hershey for massages at the Spa. What makes a massage in Hershey so special? Oh you know, just the cocoa.
The chocolate scented massage oil makes you feel like you are being covered in melted chocolate. My room smelled amazing and the entire spa is extremely relaxing. Upon entering you change out of your clothes and into one of their super comfy robes. While you wait for your turn you can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea or hot cocoa (of course).
While the Spa offers treatments that are not chocolate themed, they also offer a ton of treatments that are. Aside from the massage you can receive a chocolate manicure and pedicure which use chocolate sugar exfoliation, a chocolate facial uses the anti-aging properties of the cacao fruit and you can take a bath in foaming chocolate milk. This Spa is the sweetest!
Next time you are looking for a getaway for your family or your girlfriends, go to Hershey, Pa! It is the sweetest place on earth!