Where the Guys Are

Skip Vegas. We’ve zeroed in on two desert hot spots for your upcoming bachelor party.

Sir Francis Bacon said, “A bachelor’s like is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch and a miserable dinner.” Sad, no? More reason to celebrate your favorite bachelor’s impending transition from singlehood to wedding bliss with an amazing weekend getaway.

You could go to Vegas. OK, sure. But why not try something different that’s just as close and totally unexpected? Here are two weekend jaunts you can customize to suit your groom-to-be’s style and speed.


Good stuff lining the bar at The Chateau at Lake La Quinta



Palm Springs and the “other” desert cities could possibly be the hottest getaway destination within a two-hour stretch of the South Bay. And that’s not just when the temperatures top out at 115º. Since the arrival of Coachella and Stagecoach, the desert is certifiably happening again and shows no signs of slowing down.

Often overlooked in favor of tourist-friendly Palm Springs, La Quinta is much more than a resort and seasonal vacation homes … it’s also incredibly picturesque and home to great golfing, dining and more. Energetic and vibrant, with an intoxicating mix of attentive service and desert solitude, The Chateau at Lake La Quinta welcomes indulgence on many levels. Fresh from a $3.5 million renovation that added 13 spectacular lake-view guest suites and a new gourmet lakeside restaurant, The Chateau is our recommendation to touch down and get the weekend started. thechateaulakelaquinta.com

La Quinta is also home to two Pete Dye courses, located just a short walk from nearby La Quinta Resort’s lobby. Dunes Course offers a traditional Scottish design, while Mountain Course is celebrated for unmatched views and challenging play. To book a tee time, visit laquintaresort.com.

If you still want some nightlife, you can’t beat the pool scene at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. But we suggest treating your guest of honor to a steak dinner at recently revised Mr. Lyons just down Palm Canyon Drive. mrlyonsps.com


Extreme WOW Suite at W Scottsdale



In the heart of Scottsdale’s entertainment district, the W Hotel offers the best in nightlife across the Arizona border. Best of all, they cater to both bachelors and bachelorettes in search of the ultimate getaway weekend.

Endless Arizona sunshine makes tiier WET pool the ultimate day club … all year long. During the weekends the pool DJ spins long after the sun goes down. Daybeds and private cabanas featuring TVs, internet and more are available for large groups.

Speaking of groups, When your party reserves 10 or more rooms per night during any weekend between June and September, the W offers a celebration rate including additional perks like discounted King rooms or Wonderful rooms with two double beds, complimentary Friday and Saturday night VIP table including a bottle of Champagne, a 20% discount on Bliss Spa services and complimentary Sunday golf or $30/day (per person/per round) at The Phoenician Golf Club. For more, visit wscottsdalehotel.com.