By Laurel Thompson and Katie Berohn

DROP THE TO-DO LIST FOR A NIGHT. WHEN IT COMES TO THE BACHELOR AND BACHELORETTE PARTIES, YOUR ONLY JOB IS TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. HERE ARE A DOZEN FRESH WAYS TO LIVE IT UP, BUBBLY NOT INCLUDED.

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Courtesy Wine Education Institute

BACHELORETTE
1. Focus on de-stressing. Grab your pals and your swimsuit for a natural hot springs getaway at Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs or Indian Hot Springs in Idaho Springs. The latter is just an hour away but feels like a tropical paradise, with an outdoor dome featuring tropical greenery like banana and palm trees. At Strawberry Park Hot Springs, you’ll say, “Aaahhh” in pools carved out of the mountainside. Book a private massage or watsu therapy while you’re there to really get those kinks out. Bonus: Your excursion will leave your skin soft—a benefit of soaking in the minerals.

2. Loosen things up. Forget imbibing in sugary cocktails and instead consider taking a wine class. The Wine Education Institute has a variety of private workshops dedicated to the drink, including Exploring the Sub-Appellations of Napa Valley, What’s new in Bordeaux?, A Sparkling Social, Wine & Cheese Pairings 101 and Wine Sensory Analysis Workshop.

3. Get creative with a Two Hands Paperie calligraphy class. The pros at the Boulder business will take you through the origins of the writing style, the different ways to pen and hands-on practice techniques. Past the introduction point? Two Hands’s fine-tuning workshop will help you work on spacing, connectors and adding personal touches. Some classes even come with take-home supplies—perfect for all those thank-you notes you’ll have to write.

4. Roll your bachelorette party and bridesmaid gifts into one. Invent custom fragrances at a private Scented Studio scent class where classes are scheduled after store hours to give you run of the place. Explore more than 500 fragrant and essential oils (depending on the class); select your favorites and, with the help of staff, mix your own scent, which will be poured into an Italian glass bottle. Every ingredient is free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates; they are not tested on animals and— except for the Italian glass—are all made in the United States. You can also bring your own food and drinks.

5. Make your theater friends happy. Head downtown for a 90-minute tour of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Go behind the scenes to see how DCPA productions come together, with looks at the costume shops, design studios and other venues in the complex. Break a leg!

6. Take your bachelorette party to new heights at iFly Denver. This indoor skydiving facility simulates free-falling with a vertical wind tunnel that suspends you mid-air. The only plus-one at this party: a trained staff member who will show you the ropes. Custom catering is also available for groups.

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Courtesy Punch Bowl Social

BACHELOR
1. Channel your inner kid. Gear up and head to the American Paintball Coliseum for an afternoon of (not-so) friendly rivalry on the indoor and outdoor paintball and airsoft fields at one of the best paintball spots in Denver. Even better: The Coliseum offers discounts for bachelor parties so you can let out some of that wedding-planning stress—and testosterone—all day long. Wear camouflage!

2. Elevate your night with a visit to Cigars on Sixth. Known as one of Colorado’s best cigar bars, the shop is home to dozens of renowned brands like Ashton, Padron, Arturo Fuente, La Aurora and Tatuaje, all stored in a humidor room that keeps them at the perfect temperature and humidity levels. Dress up, and don’t forget to take pictures of your dapper crew having an old-fashioned smoke. Tip: Ask about the seasonal fall cigar flavors and local craft beer pairings. Hint: Think pumpkin spice.

3. Celebrate with a little bit of everything. Grab your mates and head to Punch Bowl Social for cast-iron burgers, an “It’s A Mer-Man’s World” punch bowl (serves up to eight) and—you called it—games. Open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays with a full bar, vintage arcade, table games, bowling and karaoke (the list goes on), it’s pretty much an adult playground. Book a private event online or make reservations ahead of time so you don’t have to wait for a table.

4. Enjoy an ice cold beer—on a beer field trip. Book the Colorado Brewery Bus for a day (… or weekend) of visits to local breweries. Book your ride to Fort Collins’ New Belgium and Odell on Saturdays; party your way down to Boulder’s Avery, Fate and Left Hand Brewing (in Longmont) on Sundays; or take a short trek to Denver’s Renegade Brewing, Factotum Brewhouse, Rackhouse/C-squared Pub & Cidery and an additional surprise stop on Thursday and Friday evenings. Cheers!

5. Make your bachelor party a blast by choosing the right hotel. Luckily, it’s a no-brainer here in Denver: The Nativ Hotel is located in the heart of downtown and offers fully customizable bachelor bashes so the groom-to-be can pick and choose how his night ends. From VIP bottle service and an open bar package to the “iPour” self-pour beer system with 20 Colorado beers on tap and a Biergarten by Aaron May of The Food Network, the possibilities are limitless. Nativ is also home to one of the best nightclubs in town.

6. Breathe in some fresh, mountain air while trying to ace a few. The Breckenridge Golf Club is as beautiful as it is fun. At an elevation of 9,324 feet, your golf ball will soar even higher than your mood on a sunny autumn day. Just try not to get distracted by the breathtaking views.