Are you planning a Mother’s Day trip for your mom? Your wife? Sometimes mom can be tricky to plan for – so we’ve simplified things with a few destinations curated for a cross-section of different kinds of mamas out there. We predict one of these spots will make her smile.
Las Vegas, Nevada
For the mama who loves to get her gamble, drink and show on there’s just no better value than Las Vegas. Catch a little Celine Dion or one of many dazzling Cirque de Soleil sows on the strip—hey, they’re popular for a reason. World-class dining has come to Sin City, so we recommend taking a break from the all-you-can-eat buffets to get a little more upscale. One of our faves right now is Robuchon at the MGM Grand.
Moms are a diverse bunch, but something that brings lots of them together is wine, wine, wine! So why not book her a tour in the heart of wine country, and just a stone’s throw from San Francisco. Steer more upscale moms to Napa, while more casual mamas will probably prefer the laid-back vibes in Sonoma. Active mamas might like to try a laid-back bike tour of local wineries (half-day tours start at around $100 per person).
New York, New York
One way to support a mom with a “shop til she drops” mindset is to hook her up with a visit to the best (and most diverse) shopping city in the country. 5th Avenue shops will impress (Tiffany’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Prada and Saks 5th Avenue) while Chinatown and Canal Street will scratch every bargain-shopper’s itch.
Tucson makes the list because of the world-class spas in this little town’s backyard. If your mom is a spa devotee, she just has to visit the world-famous, Oprah-approved, grand-mama of them all- Miraval. You might be tempted to stay on campus and avoid the city, but we recommend a traipse or two around this funky little town. There’s a thriving art scene and the proximity of the University of Arizona as well as the Mexican border give Tucson a colorful, diverse feeling not found in other parts of the state.
San Diego, California
Moms who just need a breezy getaway to decompress might find San Diego just what the doctor ordered. San Diego is just a day trip from Los Angeles, has more of a small town vibe, a fraction of the L.A. traffic and is still within driving distance of both Disneyland and Universal Studios. Plus, the cozy and walkable downtown is tailor-made for a laid-back vacation, with charm, history and loads of bars and restaurants to try.
Asheville, North Carolina
Maybe mom is a beer drinker. Or maybe she likes the great outdoors, especially beautiful little mountain towns. Asheville is the perfect combination of the two! There are less than 90k people who live in Asheville proper, but there’s no shortage of brewers making quality product for those lucky enough to live here. Of late, Asheville has become somewhat of a hipster haunt, so we advise you to get here quick, before the news gets out.