If your adventure-loving best friend is tying the knot, don’t be the type of best man that plans an average night-out-on-the-town bachelor/bachelorette party. You might be celebrating his/her last days as an unmarried man/woman, but this is also an opportunity to get all of his/her closest friends together for some quality bonding time—and there is no better place for that than the great outdoors. Regardless of the season, group size, and adrenaline-junky-levels, if the groom/bride loves outdoor adventure, we can help you create the perfect weekend adventure for his/her big send-off into married life.
Start Planning Now
If you’ve taken on the task of organizing the bachelor/bachelorette party, don’t leave planning until the last minute. When making plans for a group, it is always important to book everything—from your activities to your lodging—well in advance so you can make sure there is room for your whole crew. Pin down a date that works for the group and then contact our adventure specialists to discuss potential group deals and adventure packages.
Decide on Lodging
Where to stay depends on what type of experience you want to create, as well as on the time of year and group size. If you are planning a summer outing for outdoorsmen, consider affordable and convenient campsites where you can look forward to drinking beer around a campfire after your adventures. From there on up, you have your pick of everything from simple cabins to deluxe vacation homes with hot tubs. If you are planning a trip when the weather is cooler, consider booking a lodge that’s big enough to fit the whole group—plus room for games and activities indoors.
Hot tip: If you choose an overnight rafting trip as your adventure, you don’t even have to worry about lodging—you’ll be camping on the banks of the river.
Choose your Adventures
The New River Gorge and nearby Gauley River and Summersville Lake are an outdoor recreation mecca with more activities than you could possibly cram into one weekend. So, you’ll have to narrow down the options based on the guest of honor’s favorite adventures as well as the nature of the group. Options range from high-adrenaline class V rafting on the Upper Gauley to a multi-sport day on Summersville Lake where the guys can alternate between rock climbing, paddling, swimming, and lounging on a pontoon boat. The area also offers epic mountain biking, hiking, ziplining, and much more.
Bring on the Party
After a long day of outdoor sports, the action isn’t yet over. Take a nap if you have to, and then get ready to celebrate. One of the best parts of staying at Adventures on the Gorge lodging is you are within walking distance of four bars, each with its own vibe and perks. You can start off with drinks by the pool, recount the day’s adventures at Chetty’s Pub, indulge in a nice meal overlooking the Gorge, and then head to the Rendevous Lodge for live music (summer weekends) and dancing. If you choose an overnight rafting trip, rest assured that there will be plenty of libations on hand for a wild night of celebration right there on the river.