Weekend Getaways for Mom

Author: Alecia Pirulis

The Myrtles Plantation

The Myrtles Plantation (Photo credit: skatoolaki)

Flowers are great, but what most moms really want is time – time with you or time for herself. So why not give mom something she can really enjoy, such as a weekend getaway? Whether you plan something for this weekend or give her a reservation confirmation for a weekend in the near future, make this Mother’s Day one she’ll treasure.

A weekend at a Bed and Breakfast may be the ideal gift – you can find one close enough to where your mother lives so a quick weekend is feasible. Most B&Bs are in elegant, historical houses with charming rooms and plenty of antiques. B&Bs are typically family-owned, cozy, pampering, and welcoming – perfect for a relaxing weekend away. Mom can spend time wandering the grand old house and grounds, or she can explore the town and do some shopping. Find a B&B that will appeal to your mom, such as one with historical significance or one with a spooky reputation. If you are anywhere near Louisiana, for example, the Myrtles Plantation dates back to 1796 and is considered one of America’s most haunted homes.

If you know your mother would love a weekend at a supposedly haunted location but you can’t get her to a ghost-ridden plantation home in the Deep South, consider sending her to one of these haunted hotels — but only if you know for sure that she will appreciate the gesture. Unless your mom considers herself an amateur ghost hunter, you may want to send her to a top-rated (and ghost-free) hotel, instead. Perhaps find a hotel in a nearby city where your mom can see a show or visit a museum.

Spas are also a great option – mom can relax, get a facial, be wrapped in mud, perhaps try yoga – and come away from the experience relaxed and refreshed. A great spa should have a soothing ambience, a variety of treatments and services, great (healthy) food, and plenty of comforting perks. Look for a weekend spa getaway that is cozy, decadent, and pampering.

If mom is more of the sporty type, perhaps a weekend at a national park would be more to her liking. Consider one with cabins or a lodge, or if mom prefers extreme outdoor adventure, choose a park with backcountry camping. The Appalachian Trail, for example, is a 2,184-mile-long footpath through the Appalachian Mountains. A state or national park is ideal for a family getaway – be sure to pack marshmallows for roasting and brush up on your campfire stories.

Perhaps your mom is the sporty type but prefers an elegant golf resort to mountain wilderness. A weekend at a golf resort is a great way to spend time with mom – get the whole family together so those who want to golf can head off to the course, while those wishing to enjoy the resort’s other amenities can stay behind. Most golf resorts will also feature restaurants, bars, lounge areas, and shops.

Whether your mom is the tent-at-a-state-park type, the five-star-resort type, or the adventurous type, you can find the perfect weekend getaway for her. This Mother’s Day, consider giving mom a gift she’ll really treasure – the memories of a great weekend getaway.