By Kitty Bean Yancey
Round up your posse and make tracks for a vacation rental that will serve as home base for partying, golfing, skiing, deep-sea fishing, and other group activities. Whether it’s a bachelor party or a college reunion, here’s four vacation ideas for guys to get the ball rolling:
Golf and Sundowners in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The lively beach town north of Charleston is duffer heaven, boasting about a hundred courses suitable for any level of player. A few courses are designed by big names such as Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Robert Trent Jones and Tom Fazio.
Myrtle Beach is also a prime spring break destination, set along 60 miles of golden sand. Windsurfing and nightlife are major Myrtle Beach attractions. Bars and venues featuring live music cater to golfers and bachelor bashes alike. For more information, visit visitmyrtlebeach.com.
Skiing and Snowboarding in Park City, Utah
During winter, take your pick of slopes for schussing or snowboarding at the U.S.A.’s largest ski resort. Park City and Canyons are connected by the new Quicksilver Gondola. Nearby, Deer Valley also offers plenty of powder for your mancation. Afterward, dine your way down historic Main Street in Park City (try a local microbrew at the funky No Name Saloon & Grill), or catch a concert at the Egyptian Theatre. Hang with film directors and movie buffs alike at the annual Sundance Film Festival. For summer vacation ideas in Park City, mix mountain biking or fly fishing with downtown entertainment. For more information, visit visitparkcity.com.
Deep-Sea Fishing and Beach Bashes in Panama City Beach, Florida
The sunny, white-sand Emerald Coast makes for a no-stress guys’ getaway. Panama City Beach was dubbed “the spring break capital of the world.” Raise a glass at a branch of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. Bump elbows with some underrated musicians at the offshoot of Nashville’s famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, specializing in up-and-coming country singers. For other fun Emerald Coast vacation ideas, book a fishing charter and try to bring back blue marlin, king mackerel or mahi-mahi to grill at your vacation rental. If you’re feeling adventurous, nighttime shark fishing also is an option. For more information, visit visitpanamacitybeach.com.
Sunshine and Festivals in Palm Springs, California
One of the Rat Pack’s favorite haunts has found new life as a hot desert playground for younger generations. Toast at throwbacks such as Melvyn’s restaurant, where Ol’ Blue Eyes actually dined. Its cocktail lounge is the star here. The desert oasis has a new, free Palm Springs BUZZ trolley to make getting around town easier than ever. Other Palm Springs attractions include golf, casinos, hiking, and off-road Hummer and ATV tours. Nearby, the Coachella Festival brings out the best of young Hollywood. Aviation buffs’ spirits will soar at the sight of well-preserved aircraft used in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War at the Palm Springs Air Museum. For more information, visit visitpalmsprings.com.
Kitty Bean Yancey is a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning former USA TODAY travel writer. She freelances for publications including AARP Magazine and AAA publications.