Believe it or not, New York is much more than the 22 square miles that constitute Manhattan. And, as it turns out, much of New York State is ideal for a subdued yet genuinely unique bachelorette party. The best part? New York City is well-connected to the rest of the world, and much of upstate is but a few-hour train ride from there. The Catskills, the mountainous region comprised of mossy gorges and microbreweries, is the ideal setting for a tree-hugging bachelorette.
If your kid is an aspiring actor, spending a summer with the program that helped train Mandy Moore and Robert Downey Jr. will likely be a hit. This total theatre immersion experience attracts kids ages 10 to 18 from around the world. Camp staff include vocal coaches, directors, and choreographers, and every kid is cast in one of about 40 shows produced over the summer.
Reconnect with extended family in a place that isn’t your own backyard. Three hours north of the city, Kenoza Hall (rates from $499) is a 22-room lakeside retreat — a grown-up summer camp surrounded by serene woodland. The onetime boardinghouse dating back to the 1880s has been reimagined by husband-and-wife design team Foster Supply Hospitality, who’ve added custom wallpaper and soaking tubs while keeping historic details like the original hardwood floors.