Southern Gentleman

A Bachelor Party to Remember

By Jason Frye  |  Photography courtesy of Alpine Helen CVB

Planning a bachelor party can seem daunting but we offer several destinations that feature a variety of fun — and sometimes wild — options to make it easier.

Wedding season is upon us. Before you have the seersucker dry cleaned and practice the perfect bow tie, there’s one more hurdle. Not the RSVP. Not the selection of a fish, chicken, or vegetarian reception meal. It’s the bachelor party.

​If you’re planning the bachelor party, you’re in luck. We’ve done most of the thinking for you. All you need to do is read on and decide which of these bachelor party ideas fits the partygoers in question best.

​If you’re attending the bachelor party and you’re concerned it’s going to turn into a documentary form of “The Hangover” (or worse yet, “The Hangover II”), I suggest reading this story with a Sharpie in hand so you can mark your favorites. Then crease the magazine really well, dogear this page, and leave this issue sitting around where the designated bachelor party planner will find it and be inspired.

Helen, Georgia
Head to the North Georgia mountains and rent a cabin near Helen. Anglers – especially fly fishermen – love it here and the trophy trout streams in these hills are packed with enough fish that at the end of the day you can see who has the biggest one. Worried you – or worse yet, the groom-to-be – won’t measure up? Take a fly fishing lesson. Or just go for a round of golf at The Mossy Creek Golf Course. The Georgia Wine Trail makes its way through these parts, but if you’d rather sip something sudsy, there are plenty of beer gardens around. Finally, get your heart pounding with some mountain biking, some whitewater rafting or even a helicopter tour.

Vicksburg, Mississippi
Make your way to Vicksburg, Miss., for some fantastic food (we’re looking at you, Solly’s Hot Tamales, and at you, Rusty’s Riverfront Grill, and who can forget The Biscuit Company?) and a weekend celebrating the soon-no-longer-a-bachelor.

There’s fishing galore here – I mean, it’s on the Mississippi River – and a guide like Blue Cat Guide Services will get you out there in search of a monster catfish or two, but you can BYOB (bring your own boat) and fish to your heart’s content. If your groom-to-be is expressing any doubts, you can point him north or south on bicycles and head out for a long ride on the Mississippi River Trail, a walking and cycling route that follows the river from the Gulf of Mexico to the headwaters, or take on Battlefield Tour Road, an 18-mile loop with killer views. (Battlefield Bicycle will set you up with everything you need).

And if golf is what you need, don’t ask them, just go to Clear Creek Golf Course and be prepared to let the man of the hour win a few side bets.

Turneffe Island Resort, Belize
You only get married once (hopefully), so you might as well do it big, right? Hop on a plane and head south to Belize and let Turneffe Island Resort be your bachelor party base for a week. This 14-acre private island is part of an atoll where fishing, diving, and snorkeling will leave the Dude of the Day with so many great stories and pictures he’ll be planning a return trip for the honeymoon.

Head out to the Great Blue Hole – where freedivers come to set record after record, or just wander around this lush, Caribbean island where the palm trees and sandy beaches will go perfectly with whatever Jimmy Buffet tune the bride’s sister’s brother-in-law (how was he invited?) won’t stop playing on his (unfortunately) waterproof speaker. Pro tip: reserve the Presidential Villa for the utmost in privacy.

Go Yachting
What’s better than a swanky boat for a bachelor party? Book four nights on the Socorro Aggressor and get to Isla Guadalupe on the Pacific Coast of the Baja Peninsula for killer food and dives in shark cages where you’re likely to spot Great Whites and other sharks. Or fly into Los Cabos and sail on the Socorro Aggressor to a trio of volcanic islands to dive with giant manta rays, dolphin pods, humpback whales, and maybe even a Great White or hammerhead — or both. Aggressor Adventures’ liveaboard yachts deliver five-star service, exceptional food, and all the dive gear and underwater cameras you’ll need to complete the trip.

Alabama’s Gulf Coast
The gorgeous Gulf coast of Alabama was made for bachelor parties. Cruisin’ Tikis Orange Beach has a floating tiki hut you can charter for a BYOB day on the water. At The Wharf, you can rent a condo and sleep just steps away from a dozen or so restaurants and bars. And if you’re ready to step up the fishing game, talk to Intercoastal Safaris where they’ll take you out for some bowfishing, which is just too bad-ass to pass up.

Spartanburg and Greenville, South Carolina
The last stop on our bachelor party world tour is a pair of cities in South Carolina where the food is absolutely exceptional (seriously, some folks are in on the secret of Greenville’s food scene but not so many it’s impossible to dine at the best places in the city — like Jianna, Hall’s Chophouse, Soby’s) and the adventure is one-of-a-kind.

In Spartanburg, the BMW Performance Center will put you behind the wheel (save the drinks for after) of a high-performance BMW that you get to put through the paces and test your nerves. Pay a visit to FR8yard, an open-air biergarten, after to celebrate the day.

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