For a bachelorette weekend and bridal shower brunch you'll always remember, think Tampa. Not only is this a thriving city with lots of fun stuff to do, the weather is absolutely perfect year round. It's a great place to have your family and friends join you for a bridal weekend on the bay.
Friday: Fly into Tampa International Airport and be whisked away to the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, just over three miles away. Check in to your sprawling 1,300-square-foot presidential suite with sweeping views of the bay and nearby Clearwater.
The 35-acre, AAA Four-Diamond resort just underwent a $16 million renovation, so kick back and relax in luxury. There's a separate sitting area in your room, so have everyone over for a pre-dinner cocktail before heading up to Armani's on the 14th floor of your hotel. It's got floor-to-ceiling views, delicious menu options, and a pianist on Friday nights. Classy, eh?
Saturday: Have your bridal brunch at the famous Oystercatcher's, a must-experience waterfront restaurant just steps from your hotel. The restaurant provides a unique dining option because it isn't housed directly in the hotel — you wander through the lush natural landscape, on a path and over an adorable wooden bridge, about 150 yards until you get to the waterside escape. You are bound to see egrets and herons along the way.
The private dining area at Oystercatcher's has extraordinary water views and the staff will design a menu created especially for your bridal shower. Have a few mimosas, open your bridal gifts and enjoy your closest friends and family in this delightful brunch locale.
Saturday afternoon: Hang out by one of the two pools on the property or, literally, in one of the many hammocks nearby. But make sure to leave enough time to get ready — because tonight you are going out!
Saturday night: First stop is Bern's Steak House, one of my favorite fine dining restaurants in the Tampa Bay area. White table clothes, a to-die-for wine list and an extensive menu await you at your private table.
Head upstairs to the Bern's Steak House Dessert Room. This is an event in and of itself. I could say more, but trust me — just go.
Now it's time for you and your lovely ladies to hit the town. Celebrate your bachelorette party in style at Ybor City, where there are tons of clubs to choose from to boogie the night away.
Sunday: Sleep in.