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Don’t want to spend a night building a shrine out of plastic penises with you besties? Here are five embarrassment-free ways to spend your bachelorette, making memories you’ll actually want to keep. No toilet paper veils allowed.


1. Private dancer

Admit it---there's a part of you that always wanted to be able to hang from a pole using only your pure unadulterated thigh strength. Well, there's no better excuse to take a private class than with your bridal party. Toting fun, laughs and a little extra shimmy in your step, pole dancing will make a day to remember. But, burlesque, salsa or street dance could be just as fun. Alternatively, you can bring the class to you with an at home or the venue of your choice option.

Studio in Essence, 1717 Barrington Street, 405-5500,

2. Grape escape

You can do cocktails anytime, why not spend your bachelorette on a picturesque vineyard sipping your way through the entire collection (nearby bed and breakfast reservations recommended) or bring the party to you with an at-home wine tasting night with New York trained sommelier Moira Peters that can cater to your budget. Feel classy while you get tipsy.

Unwined Tasting Parties by Moira, 455-3184,

3. Get in the boat

If you're more the adventurous type then head down river for the ride of your life. Getting wet is half the fun when you're hanging on for dear life. Make it a weekend affair with reservations at a private cottage and plenty of heart-to-hearts.

Tidal Bore Rafting Park and Cottages, Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, 1-800-565-7238,

4. Face off

The best thing you can do for your skin a week out from the wedding is pamper it. Opt for an entire day of lush spa treatments or target a specific worry like clogged pores or dryness to ensure you're looking radiant on the big day. Make it extra special with signature cocktails all around and matching robes for perfect selfies.

Remedy Facial Bar & Spa, 1546 Granville Street, 425-7586,

5. Moveable feast

Spend a day committing to the love of your city with a private tour that stops for tasty tidbits---think a progressive feast of Italian, Greek and Thai with cheesecake and wine to finish---at several different locations with a side dish of foodie knowledge and fun stories to go with it. Get a true taste of Halifax and follow it up with a full-bellied sleepover.

Local Tasting Tours, 818-9055,

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