Remember all those times your mother took you places? To the zoo when you were a tot, out shopping for your first-day-of-school clothes, for brunch and mimosas when you were old enough? This year, consider whisking your mom away for a special Mother's Day celebration. Let your mom cast off her daily duties and enjoy the perks of a place you take her for a change. And if you've never taken a trip with your mom before, this is your chance to make new memories.
Head To These 6 U.S. Destinations With Your Mom This Mother's Day
1. Get your "girly" on in Savannah, Georgia
Southern states have a way of bringing out the girlish charms in all of us. Impossibly manicured parks, horse-drawn carriages and intricate antebellum architecture all add to Savannah’s appeal. Parks and cobblestoned squares decorate the historic district, which is ideal for sightseeing and strolls. The marshside docks are surrounded by wildlife, and the coastal nature of the city adds a mild climate and scenic vista. Beauty abounds, but what makes Savannah truly perfect for a Mother’s Day getaway is the leisurely pace of the city. You and your mother can enjoy everything Savannah has to offer without the stress of being on the hustle.
2. Visit Long Beach, California
Head to Long Beach for some California sunshine and a slew of attractions along the coast. Families who share an appreciation for nature, art and recreation will find Long Beach particularly to their liking. Attractions such as the Museum of Latin American Art, Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, El Dorado Nature Center and the RMS Queen Mary are but a few of the city’s top offerings. To make Mother’s Day extra special, celebrate with a special brunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Admission is included, and visitors can explore the “world’s largest ocean,” where more than 11,000 animals make their home.
3. Take a wine tour in Stafford, Virginia
Feel as if you’re in Tuscany at the Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, Virginia. The Mediterranean estate will transport you to a world of exotic relaxation. Located just 45 minutes outside of Washington, D.C, Potomac Point is a great stop along a tour of the nation’s capital, or as a destination onto itself. Plan a trip for Mother’s Day weekend to enjoy a special brunch featuring a buffet fit for the whole family. Or choose from a selection of wine tastings and tours. Even if you can’t make it to Virginia during Mother’s Day weekend, the winery hosts brunch every Sunday between 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering fresh, seasonal fare. What better time to unwind and see the sights
4. Eat, play, and shop in New York City
New York City offers the best in terms of diversity and options. From Mom Day at The Children’s Museum of the Arts in SoHo to family wellness at Monkey Do! Yoga, May 8 is a hotbed of activities for mothers and their children. Music lovers can head to Carnegie Hall for the 81st annual Young Musicians Concert, while nature lovers can enjoy a Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Party at the New York Botanical Garden. For a mix of this and that, visit Prospect Park to go on an adventure hike, learn about Warblers, make your own ball of yarn or dine at the hippest food cart emporium.
5. Splurge and shop in Pennsylvania
Pick up a gift for your mother – or better yet, shop for a gift together – in one of the greatest states for shopping savings. Pennsylvania is home to a number of malls and outlets including The Outlet Shoppes at Gettysburg; Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Pottstown; and VF Outlet Center in Reading. Clothing and shoes (with some exclusions) are tax free all year round. If that isn’t a mom-pleaser, then perhaps a tour of a historic battle site and the namesake of Lincoln’s historic address will be more to her liking.
6. Go on a spa date in Las Vegas, Nevada
Combine the best of a spa getaway with the excitement of slot machines for a roller coaster of a Mother’s Day getaway. Las Vegas is home to some of the most relaxing – and thrilling – hotspots in all of Nevada. The Salon at Green Valley Ranch, for example, occupies about 40,000 square feet of space by a Tuscan-inspired vineyard. Their facilities include 22 private treatment rooms, and they offer various facial, body and massage treatments. It’s located far enough from the main Las Vegas strip to maintain a somewhat tranquil atmosphere. But it’s also close enough for an evening out on the town to catch a show or make some wagers.
This article was written by Hanna Choi.