There comes a time in every young woman’s life when her idea of a good time shifts from stumbling around downtown hotspots to a quiet evening at home, from free shots lined up at a bar to a glass of wine in an upscale lounge. That shift happened for me right around my 25th birthday, so I knew for my stagette I didn’t want to do anything too crazy, just enjoy laid-back and fun quality time with my favourite girls. My maid of honour more than came through by planning a weekend getaway to Bowen Island. Just a 20-odd minute ferry ride from Vancouver’s Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal, Bowen Island feels a world away from the city. Here’s a little look at what we did, in case you also want a decidedly more chill bachelorette party.
The exterior of the Nectar Loft cottage at Nectar Yoga Bed and Breakfast in Bowen Island, Horseshoe Bay, Vancouver.

This is an excerpt from the article Bridal Style: Seriously West Coast Stagette which originally appeared on