There’s many ways to to show your Mom you love her. (Photo: Thinkstock)
It’s time to up the ante on Mother’s Day. Don’t just give your leading lady breakfast in bed—treat her to a getaway or a special treat that makes her feel like a million bucks. From spa treatments and glamorous overnights to brunches and spring-break experiences, here are ten last-minute travel deals to suit any mother’s personality.
Pearl necklaces, white gloves and high heels dominate your mom’s wardrobe. Hold court with this timeless lady at one of New York’s most iconic hotels—The Plaza. Moms and little ones can enjoy an Eloise-style proper tea time where all the lunching ladies get to nosh on sandwiches, savories, scones and pastries. Mom gets to sip on champagne ($75 per person) while the kiddies have pink lemonade or peppermint ice tea ($35/per child under 12).
"A couple of glasses of wine helps you live longer," says your mom most nights of the week. Well, there will be no whining at this special wine tasting offered by Dutton-Goldfield Winery in Sebastopol, California. They’re having a complimentary “Mother’s Flight” for moms ($15 for non-moms) all weekend long.
Green Thumb Mom
She’s got dirt under her fingernails and you’ve already gotten her a new trowel and a pruner for the big day. Indulge her passion for all things floral by heading to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, where the Biltmore Blooms festival is on all month. Take time to stop and smell the roses, or the food being cooked up for a Mother’s Day brunch at the onsite Deerpark Restaurant (Adults $45; ages 10-16 $22; ages 6-9 $15; children 5 and under dine free.)
The Biltmore Estate is in bloom for Mother’s Day. (Photo: AP)
The Mom Who Has Done Everything
Stories from your mother’s past include sky diving, rock concerts, and backpacking through Europe. Luckily, Round Rock Honey in Round Rock, Texas was able to think of an experience as exciting and unique as your mom. This honey farm is offering a three-hour introductory beekeeping class ($45 for one person, $79 for two), where a master beekeeper shares the basics of organic-honey harvesting, complete with an introduction to bees and hive handling.
Because of your mom’s good genes, your family is ridiculously good looking. Say thanks by getting a professional family portrait taken. The Sea Crest Beach Hotel in Cape Cod is offering The Picture Perfect Mother’s Day Package, where one night stays start at $250 and include a family photo session with Kimberly Finn Photography and a dozen roses for mom.
A family portrait is great Mother’s Day gift. (Photo: Kimberly Finn Photography)
Sweatpants, pale skin, and dark under-eye circles quickly become a new mother’s uniform. Let her swap Pampers for pampering at the The Viceroy Palm Springs, where they created the Mom’s Spring Spa Getaway. She can get that sun-kissed look just in time for summer at Estrella Spa, with a full-body salt and lavender scrub followed by a Chocolate Sun Spray Tan and Moroccan Oil Body Souffle. Then she can finally get some sleep in one of the chic desert-inspired rooms starting at $250 a night.
A trip to the Estrella Spa will be a welcomed gift for a Zombie Mommy. (Courtesy: The Viceroy Palm Springs)
Is mom always betting that dad will be late to dinner? Play bookie and up the ante by heading to the Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, Minnesota. Two lucky raffle winners each hour will receive a designer handbag containing cash ranging from $250 to $2,500. Take all your winnings and treat her to a special Mother’s Day meal at both the Black Bear Buffet and the Seven Fires Steakhouse.
Try her luck at the casino for Mother’s Day. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Give your favorite chef a night off from kitchen duty by indulging her culinary capabilities with a plethora of 5-star dining options at the Fontainebleau in Miami. The famed AAA Four Diamond Award-winning restaurant Scarpetta will offer a succulent Italian-inspired brunch ($85 per person); the American Brasserie Vida has a raw bar, carving station and limitless Bloody Marys or Mimosas ($65 per person); and FB Steakhouse provides a four-course prix-fixe menu at $85 per person. Make sure to say her meals are just as good!
If you’re on the West Coast, you could treat mom to one of two seafood brunches offered by Viceroy Hotels. One is at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills and its LIVELLO restaurant, including a live pasta demonstration. The other is at Viceroy Santa Monica’s CAST (formerly Whist), with $17 bottomless “Mom-osas.” Both brunches happen Sunday and are $65 per person.
If you live on the West coast, LIVELLO is a good choice for a Mother’s Day brunch. (Courtesy: Viceroy Hotels and Resorts)