A card on Mother’s Day is a nice way to thank your mom for all she’s done. But if you really want to make her feel extra special this year, take her away for a few days of fun.
Remember that this is her day, so plan a Mother’s Day weekend getaway based on what you and your mom love to do together. Activities like wine tasting, exploring a new city, going to museums, shopping, river kayaking or getting pampered at the spa will make for a memorable trip for both of you.
Besides organizing experiences that your mom will love, you should handle every aspect of trip planning so she can just pack her bags and enjoy her special weekend. Here are some ideas to help get you started.
A Culinary Weekend
If your mom appreciates good eats, bring her on a culinary adventure. You don’t have to travel far to find great foodie locations around the U.S. Indulge in lobster rolls, clam bellies, baked quahogs and New England clam chowder in Cape Cod. For farm-to-table fare, head to Portland, Oregon, named America’s number one food city in 2015 by The Washington Post. Or try the finger-lickin’ good eats of New Orleans, like beignets, crawfish, po’ boys and gumbo.
You could also spend the weekend tasting wine, beer or spirits. Napa Valley and Sonoma are regarded as the nation’s top producers of high-quality wine. Craft beer lovers will have no shortage of brewery options in Denver, San Diego and Portland. Craft distilleries are more spread out, but you can’t go wrong by joining a tour that stops along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
A Weekend On the Town
New York City is the ultimate destination for travelers who want everything at their fingertips. Without having to rent a car, you can dine at some of the nation’s top restaurants, attend the live taping of a night show and enjoy a performance at Madison Square Garden. Plus, there are museums and Broadway plays, cruises to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, and interesting shops in Chinatown and Little Italy. The possibilities in NYC seem endless!
Similarly, Chicago offers myriad ways to get out and have fun in the city. Shop on The Magnificent Mile, join an architecture river cruise, walk around Millennium Park and take in an incredible view of the city from the Willis Tower’s glass-bottom Skydeck. There are also a number of jazz venues, comedy clubs and performance theaters around town to keep you entertained all night.
A Relaxing Weekend
If mom is workaholic who lives in a big city, she may not want to do anything. That’s what makes all-inclusive resorts so appealing. Countries like Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic are a short flight away and offer a range of enticing options like kid-free escapes and high-end luxury accommodations.
Kicking back by the pool or on the beach with a cocktail in hand is a calming way to de-stress. Just don’t forget that this is also an opportunity to bond with your mom. Look for a resort that offers activities you can do together like yoga, snorkeling and cooking classes. Nightly entertainment such as live bands, standup comedy or performance artists are also fun experiences you can enjoy with each other.
A Weekend Outdoors
If your mom likes the great outdoors, consider visiting one of the 59 U.S. National Parks. Watch the majestic Old Faithful geyser erupt at Yellowstone National Park, admire the massive sandstone archways at Arches National Park or marvel at the fascinating rock formations in Bryce Canyon National Park.
Another great option is to visit our neighbor to the north: Vancouver, Canada. This lively west coast city sits on English Bay and offers a number of enjoyable outdoor activities. Take your mom on a cycling tour of the city, walk or jog along the seawall at Stanley Park and cross over the Capilano Suspension Bridge above the rushing Capilano River.
A short half-hour drive outside Vancouver is Grouse Mountain. Together, you and your mom can conquer the Grouse Grind, a 1.8-mile hike up the mountain, and then give your legs a rest by paragliding down. Talk about making memories with mom!