When’s the last time you planned a girls’ day with your besties that didn’t involve dinner and drinks? From relaxing at a dreamy spa with New York City views to learning to make craft cocktails, these ideas are worth planning ahead for.
Take a Cocktail Class
Situated in the scenic Watchung Mountains, the Stone House at Stirling Ridge in Warren is one of those gorgeous spots you may have visited for a wedding. One night a month, the venue hosts a cocktail class led by a bartender or mixologist who’ll show you how to make three types of drinks. November’s class (Nov. 21) is all about festive party punches, while December’s (Dec. 19) is dedicated to boozy eggnogs. Sip cocktails alongside appetizers for $45 per person plus tax and tip. Classes fill quickly, so reserve your spot in advance.
Hit a Spa with a View
Is it really a girls’ day if you don’t hit a lush spa? If a visit to the rooftop infinity pool at SoJo Spa Club in Edgewater isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. Don’t worry if it’s cold outside: The outdoor pool with stunning New York City views is heated and open year-round. There’s plenty of R&R to be had here. The spa offers a mix of specialty pools and baths, saunas and treatment rooms. Count on doing lots of lounging and eating, too. In November, SoJo is offering 10 percent off foot massages plus 10 percent off admission for teachers. Day passes are $50 on weekdays and $65 on weekends and holidays.
Go Rock Climbing
Here, girls’ day means a workout. Book some time for you and the squad at Gravity Vault, an indoor rock climbing gym where you’ll be paired with an instructor who’ll guide you through every step of your climb. Whether you’re new or experienced, you can book an instructor to work with your crew based on the comfort level of each climber. Prices vary depending on the size and experience of your group. The Intro to Rock option is $27 per person for 90 minutes of climbing for 5 or more people. Equipment is provided when you work with an instructor.
Throw Some Axes
Hatchet houses are more popular than ever—and with good reason. Hatchet throwing is easy to pick up and so much fun. The concept is simple: You and your friends take turns hurling hatchets at wooden targets from the safety of a controlled throwing pit. You’ll be assigned a coach who’ll teach you about proper form and technique. Then, you can try to nail the bull’s-eye over BYO drinks and snacks. Visit Bury the Hatchet or Stumpy’s. See prices and locations near you.
Meet for High Tea
The tradition of high tea dates back to the early 1800s. The light afternoon British meal was meant to fend off hunger between lunch and dinner. Vanillamore in Montclair recently launched an afternoon high tea service with a modern twist. The menu features curried chicken salad crostini, beet cured salmon, pickled cucumber, tomato and paprika cream cheese finger sandwiches and lemon bars with lavender Swiss meringue and lemon zest. Head there for girl’s day during High Tea on Tuesdays-Sundays from 2-5 pm. $35/person includes two tea selections.
Have a DIY Night Out
If you’re obsessed with Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia line at Target, you and your besties will love making a DIY wooden sign, centerpiece or custom tray with a phrase or your family’s name. You don’t need to be crafty to make a gorgeous piece since a teacher guides you through each project one step at a time. Just pick a project, set a date and bring your own wine and apps. Make a plan to go to AR Workshop (six NJ locations), Board and Brush (seven NJ locations) or Made at the Park in Midland Park.