She has been by your side from day one, and now it’s time to show mom some love for all that she’s done for you. While chocolates and flowers can be nice, there’s no better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than by spending quality time together.
A mother-daughter weekend getaway is a perfect way to get in some quality time together and create memories that’ll last a lifetime.
Ready for some real bonding? Here are the top mother-daughter weekend getaways in the U.S.
Santa Barbara, California
Treat Yourself: There are so many luxe hotels in Santa Barbara, and it’s a beautiful place to pamper your hard-working mom! Check out Bacara Resort and Spa, the Four Seasons and the Hotel Californian.
Wine Tasting: Share a love of vino? The Urban Wine Trail will take you through the best of the best in downtown Santa Barbara.
Horseback Riding: There are so many picturesque places to go horseback riding around this coastal city. Wind your way around the local wineries and then ride off into the sunset on the beach.
Soak in the Art: Explore the galleries in downtown Santa Barbara, around The Funk Zone, and up through Montecito and Summerland. On Saturday, be sure to check out the workshops at Art from Scrap.
Shop ‘Til You Drop: Shopping goes down as one of the best (if not, the best) activity to enjoy with mom. Get to State Street for everything from indie boutiques to internationally loved labels.
Treat Yourself to a Spa: Palm Springs is a dream destination for indulgence. With natural hot-water spas, luxury resort oases and yoga retreats galore, you can give mom the VIP treatment here.
Lounge by the Pool: Give mom the break that she deserves! What’s better than just chilling poolside with a book, drink and family?
Cocktails in the Town: Once you have gotten some downtime, hit the town for cocktails. Check out some of my favorite spots from my latest girlfriend getaway there.
Day Tripping: There are so many gorgeous areas around Palm Springs. For wine tasting, I love Temecula, while Joshua Tree National Park is a scenic place for hiking.
A Night Out: Have a few drinks and dance the night away at all of the fun spots on 6th Street!
Lounge: Sometimes there is nothing better than doing absolutely nothing. For a blissful day out, spend a day lounging at Barton Springs.
Bike Along the River: There are numerous picture-perfect pathways along the Colorado River. Pack a picnic and make a day of it!
An Afternoon Hike: To get back to nature, Barton Creek Greenbelt is an urban oasis and a local fave.
New York City
Sightseeing: There is SO much to do in NYC. Put your sightseeing into overdrive with my guide to New York City in a weekend.
See a Show: Glam it up and get down to Broadway for an unforgettable night out.
Rooftop Drinks: Few cityscapes take my breath away quite like NYC. For one of the greatest views in the world, get to a rooftop bar in the center of it all. Bars like Roof at Park South, Gallow Green, and Pod 39 Rooftop will give you a view to remember.
Park City, Utah
Hit the Slopes: After a $50-million transformation, Park City has become one of the prime ski spots in the U.S.!
Shopping on Pearl Street: When you’re not on the slopes, Pearl Street is the place to be. The shops here are all locally owned, so you can find some real one-of-a-kind souvenirs here.
Stay at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa: Treat your mom to a weekend escape at St. Julien Hotel & Spa! Relax with spa treatments, get your hair done and just unwind.
Hike the Mountaints: The little town of Boulder is surrounded by the stunning Flat Iron Mountains. All it takes is a quick drive to land deep in the mountains for a beautiful hike.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Chow Down on Beignets: For a sugary sweet French-inspired treat, you need to try the beignets in New Orleans. Spots like Café Du Monde and New Orleans Coffee & Beignet Co. are famous for them.
Cruise Down the River: Whether you go by riverboat, paddleboat or river cruises, you’ve got to set sail on the mighty Mississippi at least once!
Admire the Whaling Captains’ Houses: Take a walk on Water Street down into Edgartown to admire this classic neighborhood and its striking homes.
Cruise the Harbor: Just off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard is a popular cruise port, and it’s a prime starting point for a day trip at sea.
Seafood, Please: Of course, you can’t go to Massachusetts without having lobster. Forget pub crawls — here we do lobster-roll crawls!
A Sunny Picnic: Grab a bottle of wine, some ultra-fresh seafood and head over to Menemsha Beach to watch the sunset on a lovely day out!
Go to Enchantment Resort and Spa: Got a new-age mama? Take her to the Enchantment Resort and Spa for a luxe getaway that’ll restore both of your minds and bodies.
Marvel at the Red Rocks: Few places can match the natural beauty of the Red Rocks in Sedona. Map your route and don’t forget the camera!
Endless Spa Days: There are an incredible array of spas in Sedona. From day spas to weekend-long indulgences, it’s all about unwinding here.
Eat Differently: From new age to cowboy, Sedona is a multi-cultural wonderland, and it’s reflected in their cuisine. Experience raw chocolate at Chocola Tree Organic Eatery, have an old-school cowboy cookout at M Diamond Ranch or Cowboy Club, or indulge in a homemade tamale at Tamaliza.
Charleston, South Carolina
Wander: Start by exploring the charming streets of Charleston. Begin the journey downtown and see where the day takes you.
Explore the Market: Charleston City Market, also known as Centre Market, is the most famous attraction in the city. Plan to spend at least an afternoon shopping local handicrafts and checking out the cuisine. There’s also a cool night market during the weekends.
Stay at a Boutique Hotel: For a unique experience, I love The Vendue. It’s a gorgeous little art hotel in the heart of Charleston.