11 Unique Hudson Valley Experiences Perfect For Your Bachelor or Bachelorette Party

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a bachelor or bachelorette party? Many assume it’s a night full of drinking and debauchery or a guys or girls weekend somewhere with your “squad.” But that’s not always the case. If you are looking for something different and memorable, here are 11 Hudson Valley experiences perfect for a unique bachelor or bachelorette party.

 

Laugh it Up Comedy Club at Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse, Poughkeepsie

 

Laugh it Up Comedy Club is one of the Hudson Valley’s premier comedy clubs and is perfect for the guy or girl who wants a fun, affordable, lighthearted night out with friends. They bring in some of the most sought-after comedy acts in the country, including, most recently, Gilbert Gottfried (you may remember him as the voice of Iago in the Disney animated classic “Aladdin”) and Colin Quin (from “Saturday Night Live” fame). Instead of making a trip to NYC to see great comedians, they bring them to you. You can also come early to chow down on some delicious Irish/American cuisine and drinks.

 

Hudson Valley Renegades, Fishkill

 

This is definitely the place to be for baseball fans! The Hudson Valley Renegades are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the American League’s Tampa Bay Rays and offer some great opportunities – not only for bachelor or bachelorette parties but engagement parties, as well. For a small group, you can try Leo’s Table for 6, which is a private table for you and five friends, catered by Leo’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. If you and your significant other want to combine parties, they offer luxury air-conditioned suite rentals for 15-20 people or picnic area rentals on both the first- and third-base lines, for 20 or more people. Both come fully catered and include mention on the video board.

 

iFLY Westchester Indoor Sky Diving, Yonkers

 

If you are up for a massive rush of adrenaline, you might want to try indoor skydiving at iFLY Westchester. Imagine being propelled into the air in a giant vertical wind-tunnel that simulates what it’s like to actually go skydiving. Having fun is always a must, but safety, of course, is their number one priority, so certified instructors prepare you for this 1½ – 2-hour experience. Participants will have to sign a waiver; and once all safety precautions are taken, you and your party can live it up and also take advantage of the flight enhancements and catering options they provide for your party. You can also purchase photos from the day, which would make an awesome gift.  Imagine the stories you and your bridal party will have. It’ll certainly be a party no one will forget.

 

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Skydive the Ranch, Gardiner

 

If you and your bridal party are true risk-takers and want to jump from 13,500 feet in the air, then Skydive the Ranch might be for you. Their team of certified instructors make sure you have an experience of a lifetime. Safety, again, is their number one concern so be prepared to watch training videos, sign paperwork, and be fully instructed for your jump. Assuming this is your first jump, your jump will be a tandem jump, meaning you are jumping with a licensed, experienced professional on a parachute built for two. Plan for about 3 hours, from the time you arrive to the time you’re finished, but add more time for more jumpers. The best part: Professional videographers film the whole jump. What a great film to play during your cocktail reception!

 

New York Zipline Canopy Tours, Hunter

 

Popular for skiing, Hunter Mountain is also home of the New York Zipline Canopy Tours, the largest zip line canopy tour in North America. You can zip line during the day or even at night, and they have three different options for thrill-seekers. The adventure tower takes you through nine different obstacles as you make your way up a 60-foot-tall tower. The mid-Mountain Tour can be done during the day, or at night, and has six zip lines and four suspension bridges. The tallest, fastest and longest zip lines are found in the Skyrider tour. Fly 600 feet above the valley at speeds of nearly 50 miles per hour! The Skyrider Tour is not for the faint of heart, but certainly, an experience to remember.

 

Angry Orchard, Walden

 

Nestled on a 60-acre orchard in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Angry Orchard – yes, THAT Angry Orchard – is a great day-trip for you and your friends. For over 200 years, cider has been made in the Hudson Valley, and this farm has all your cider wants and needs covered. You and your bridal party can take one of three tours, including one of their gorgeous treehouse tasting room, designed and built by Animal Planet’s “Tree House Masters”; all tours include cider tastings. After your tour, make your way to the Cider Garden, where you can casually relax by the fire sipping your favorite cider. Time it right and you can also catch some great live music from bands such as Sublime during their Angry Orchard Rock the Roots one-day music festivals.

 

Table to Farm Tours, Roxbury

 

Located in the Catskill Mountains of Delaware County, Table to Farm Tours are perfect for any bride or groom that considers themselves to be a ‘foodie’ and who appreciates the local bounty the Hudson Valley has to offer. Table to Farm Tours brings you face-to-face with the farmers who grow the food you eat, gives you a chance to hear their stories, tour their farms and taste the food they put the time and effort into growing. They also offer dinner and drink tours that take you to local vineyards, distilleries and cideries and pairs that experience with a home-cooked, farm-to-table meal. They can even curate a tour specifically for you, which would be a perfect way to celebrate with your bridal party. This is not just a nice weather event. Even in the winter, they’re open for wine, spirits and brewery tours and every summer have a bunch of new farms to visit.

 

Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga, Kingston

 

A wedding is a joyous occasion, but planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful occasions – not just for the bride or groom, but for the bridal party as well. The folks at Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga understand and want to help you de-stress naturally. In fact, their slogan is “Adding peace and presence to life’s joyous celebrations.” Yoga classes would be perfect for you and your significant other alone, just to center, breathe and relax, but also makes a great outing for your bridal party. If you think you can’t ‘do’ yoga, don’t worry. They’ll customize a program based on your specific needs and abilities. Each session includes a guided meditation and breathwork, all designed to calm your body, mind, and spirit.

 

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Savor Beauty, Saugerties / NYC

 

How does a spa day with your girls sound? If that sounds right up your alley, Savor Beauty is for you. Savor Beauty is an organic skin care line based upon Korean beauty traditions, have three locations in New York City and Saugerties, and offer spa packages for the bride and bridal party (6-12 people). Each 90-minute spa party includes a dedicated party host who shows you how to create your own face mask using exotic clays, and a Savor Beauty masterclass (featured on Allure.com) teaching you how to create a one-minute self-care skin ritual. You’ll also have time to explore their clean, eco-conscious makeup line to enhance what you already have in your makeup bag, get a beauty goodie bag and credit toward a day-of purchase. It’s a BYOC (Bring Your Own Cake) party but they provide a bottle of champagne!

 

Hudson River Cruises, Kingston

 

Explore the Hudson River in the way it was intended – by cruising. Hudson River Cruises on the Rip Van Winkle is not only a great option for you and your bridal party, but can also be a great location for your wedding or rehearsal dinner. They offer a huge array of tours including sightseeing tours, happy hour sightseeing tours, July sunset cruises and themed music cruises with both DJ or live music. Each cruise leaves Kingston, goes south to Hyde Park and back to Kingston again and lasts about 3 hours. On your cruise, you’ll see majestic mansions, historical homes, and breathtaking scenery. Add more fun to your cruise by checking out one of the many restaurants in the Kingston Rondout before or after your trip.

 

A Maze in Pottery, Briarcliff Manor

 

If you want to explore your artistic side and create a really cool wedding gift or keepsake for your home, try A Maze in Pottery. They are a paint-your-own-pottery studio and provides a whole showroom full of unglazed pottery such as vases, dishes, pots, and jars. All you have to do is choose what item you want and paint it. No appointment is necessary, but groups of five or more are required to call ahead. The studio fee is nominal and the unfinished pieces start at $4, with the average price being between $15 – $25. Once you choose your item, their staff will guide you through the painting process. They use non-toxic, lead-free, food-safe glazes and paints and have idea books, stencils, sponges, and stamps to really make your piece one-of-a-kind. When you’re done painting, they glaze it and fire it in their kilns to make it shiny, and safe for food, the microwave, and the dishwasher. Your item is then ready to be picked up one week from the day you paint it. Imagine making a serving dish for the couple, or a first-date guest book.

 

What are you planning for your bachelor or bachelorette party? Would you consider any of these experiences for yours?

 

Photo credit: Cassady K Photography

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The Best Expert Skin Care and Makeup Tips For Your Winter Wedding

By guest blogger Daniela Soto, Owner of Beauty by Daniela

 

To me, winter weddings are so magical! The air is crisp while the grounds may be covered in a beautiful blanket of light snow, and the sun shines bright through all the naked visible trees. There’s often a wood-burning smell in the evening along with crackling noises and a unique charm like no other season. Since your wedding is about to stand out during the winter months, you want to ensure that your skin is perfected so that the makeup looks amazing. Below are some important tips that will help you achieve a gorgeous face on the best day of your life!

 

Skin tips

 

Hydrate

 

One of the negative impacts that we get from having cool, crisp air is that our skin can become extra dry from the lack of moisture in the air. The heat in our homes is on so high to keep us warm but yet it works against us by drying the skin. Hot showers feel amazing in the cold winter months but these are stripping out any oils in our skin which we need to retain. Bathing and showering in lukewarm water is best. A humidifier is a great investment for any winter brides as it aids with producing moisture in the air with helps with dryness on the face and peeling of chapped lips. While this may sound cliché, I strongly recommend drinking more water what you are used to drinking as this will help the skin become more supple and radiant.

 

Cleanse

 

As the seasons change so does our skin. We, therefore, need to compensate for that by having a different cleanser during this time frame. Rather than washing your face twice a day, stick to washing your face in the evening. If your have dry skin to begin with, use a milky cleanser that will not further strip your skin. Cleansing oils are great to use if you want to try something different as these will use good oils to cleanse your skin while removing the bad oils and dirt that are currently trapped in your pores from makeup.

 

Exfoliate

 

Often, we see flakiness associated with dryness which you definitely do not want for your wedding day. To help with the flakiness, you want to exfoliate no more than 1-2 times a week on your face. It’s best to do this at night after you have washed your face with a gentle cleanser. Don’t forget to exfoliate your lips as they too need extra care in the winter time and focus around the corners of your nose as dry patches tend to build up in that area. Try a rice powder exfoliator which isn’t harsh but yet gets the job done in removing any flaky lingering dryness on the skin.

 

Moisturize

 

Moisturizing dry skin is so important year round and especially during the winter months because it protects the skin and leaves it feeling hydrated. In the long term, moisturizing is proven to help against anti-aging which is a win for us all! For dry/parched skin, reach for a cream with a high oil content rather than a water based moisturizer. Creams are great for nighttime as they tend to be thicker and higher oil content means it will be higher absorbed by the skin. Always remember to use a spf of 30 or more each day regardless of what the temperature is outside.

 

Makeup tips

 

Now that I have provided you with some skin tips, let’s talk makeup for winter brides!

 

Foundation

 

Stick with a dewy finish foundation if you have dry skin. It will give a youthful glow to dull skin. Mix a tiny bit of illuminator in with your foundation when applying it to your face to help diminish winter dullness.

 

Cheeks

Rosy cheeks are a must and should resemble a flushed effect. You don’t want to pack on the blush but you do want to use a bit more than normal so that it translates well in the photos. Go for the glow and add a bit of highlighter above the blush to further add luminosity to the skin.

 

Lips

 

Red/Berry/Wine color lips are so beautiful during this time of year. The contrast against the skin will automatically brighten your complexion. Make sure your lips have been well exfoliated in the weeks to come if you are going to be using a bold lip. In the morning before having your makeup done, apply a thick layer of Aquaphor to the lips so that way before you have your lips done, they have been moisturized. While matte lipsticks are great, I don’t recommend them for this season. Stick with a creamy lipstick but first apply a lip primer and then line your lips entirely with a lip pencil. Next, apply a few layers of lipstick while blotting in between so that your lip color lasts longer but yet your lips don’t feel dry. Keep the lipstick close by for any touchups which may be needed.

 

Follow these tips and rest assuring that both your skin and makeup will be camera ready and you will look amazing in your wedding photos! Perhaps some light snowflakes will fall to add a finishing touch on your big day!

 
What’s your winter skin routine? Does your makeup look change in winter?
 
Featured Photo Credit: Jac & Jules Photography

 

 

 

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What You Need To Know Before Scheduling Your Hair & Makeup Trial

Join us for part 1 of a 2-part series. Today we discuss general facts about your hair and makeup trial.

 

With so many aspects of wedding planning, there are some items that you might think you could skip in an effort to save money. However, skipping on a hair and makeup trial is not recommended. Why?

 

Well, picture yourself on the day of your wedding: You go to the salon, because we know that your hair and makeup should be done by professionals, and the stylist asks what you are doing. They do what you ask but then you suddenly realize that what you wanted looks totally different on you than what you expected it to. Well, because it’s your wedding day, you are on a tight schedule, so you don’t have time to redo anything. That leads to a very stressful situation and something you don’t want to be worrying about last minute, especially on your wedding day.

 

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So, what exactly is a hair and makeup trial?

 

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A hair and makeup trial is just that: a trial run. It’s a chance for you to try out different styles of makeup and different styles of hair that you think you might want for your wedding day. That way, the day of your wedding, you and your stylist know ahead of time what styles you are going to have, so the appointment is streamlined, organized, stress free, fun, and, most importantly, efficient.

 

Since your hair and makeup appointment is usually the first stop on your wedding day itinerary, if you run late at the salon, it has a chain reaction on the rest of your day, making you late throughout the day. Knowing what the plan is ahead of time helps to get you in and out in a timely manner.

 

How far in advance should I book a trial?

 

Unlike buying a wedding dress or booking your vendors, scheduling a hair and makeup trial doesn’t really have a set timeframe; however, you want to make sure you schedule one at least a few months out from your wedding. This way, you have time to see what you like, have time to think about the looks you tried, and have time to make another appointment, if you feel you need one. You also want to make sure that you leave yourself enough time to prep your skin and get it close to the way you want it for your wedding day.

 

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How long does a hair and makeup trial appointment last?

 

Each salon is different, so that’s a question you want to make sure you ask when booking your appointment. “I block out an hour-and-a-half,” says Stephanie Jones, owner of The Blushery in Beacon, who primarily does makeup. Rebecca Lee, owner of Bella Luci Salon in Poughkeepsie, says a hair trial lasts about an hour, and for makeup, expect an additional 45 minutes to an hour.

 

What you need to know and what should you bring with you

 

First, you need to know that a trial really starts with a conversation. You may have an idea of what you are looking for, but you need to have an open discussion with your stylist about your day. Cheryl Conklin, Platinum Stylist and Bridal Coordinator of Salon Lucere in Chester, says it’s always good to know what kind of wedding you are planning to have “Is it a very glamorous evening wedding? Is it formal? Is it casual? Is it outdoors? Because that does effect what we suggest for them,” she says.

 

Photos

 

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“Usually, I tell them that they can bring in any pictures that they like,” says Jones. Sometimes she finds that brides don’t necessarily have a specific style. “They (brides) could bring in 10 totally different looks; but at least I know what kind of colors they like, if they want more of a smoky eye, if they want more of a natural look.”

 

The thing to remember is that the photos you bring with you are really meant for inspiration, not meant to copy exactly. “The good thing about a trial is that we take the pictures and make them applicable to them and their hair,” Lee says, “because sometimes the picture has extensions and they aren’t taking that into consideration, or the whole hair texture is completely different than their hair texture, so we use that as inspiration to then create a look that fits their hair style and their hair type.”

 

You also want to bring in a photo of your dress. “If they don’t have a dress,” says Jones, “they tell me either what kind of dress style they like or what color their bridesmaids are going to be, and we just go from there.”

 

Headpiece

 

It’s always a good idea to bring in any headpiece or hair accessories you plan on wearing that day, including your veil. “If they have it (headpiece), we like them to bring it,” Conklin says, “because sometimes it will dictate a bit of the hairstyle.” She says it also gives the stylist an idea of the overall look you are going for.

 

“If they have a headpiece,” says Lee, “I always say bring it to the trial because sometimes the style (of hair) that they chose doesn’t look well when the veil is in or we need to make a few adjustments so that it does compliment the hairpiece. Are they going to wear the hairpiece throughout the day, or just the ceremony, are they taking it out? Who’s going to do that? We do try to train at least one person (in the bridal party) to be able to put it in and take it out.”

 

We hope this gives you an overview of how to prep for your trial and what you can expect. Join us next week when we go into specific detail about your makeup and hair trial and how to leave with the perfect look for your wedding day.
 

Featured Photo Credit: Hannah Nicole Photography

 

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