10 Fabulous Ways To Celebrate Mother's Day

Skip the flowers and go big for her special day.

This Mother’s Day, forgo the flowers and treat your mom to an outing you’ll both enjoy-- and remember-- for a long time.

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Beach Resort & Spa

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Beach Resort & Spa

Photo by: Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa

Mother's Escape Package, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Ahhh. Indulge mom with a Mother's Escape Package in the 20,000 square-foot spa at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. She'll receive an Instant Radiance Facial and a 50-minute Elemis Muscle Melter Massage, and she can enjoy a private salt water spa pool with underwater music. Save time for her to visit the eucalyptus steam room, saunas and/or whirlpools.

Mother-Daughter Retreat, Aurora, N.Y.

Bond over a weekend retreat, May 5-7, with a lakeside getaway at the Inns of Aurora. The Director of Serenity will lead meditatation and yoga sessions; you can also blend essential oils, take a painting lesson on the porch, and chat by the fireside with inspiration speaker Teresa Huggins. The retreat includes locally-sourced meals and wines.

Inns of Aurora, Blending Essential Oils<br /><br />

Inns of Aurora, Blending Essential Oils<br /><br />

Photo by: Walter Colley/Inns of Aurora

Walter Colley/Inns of Aurora

 Mother’s Day Brunch, New Orleans, Louisiana

The entire family can celebrate at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, where the Mother’s Day Brunch includes Louisiana shrimp and crayfish crepes, chicken fried foie gras on a maple pecan waffle, and other decadent dishes. Later, visit Le Salon for afternoon tea, where the kids can sip specialty teas while mom enjoys sparkling wine or a craft cocktail.

Windsor Court Hotel Afternoon Tea

Windsor Court Hotel Afternoon Tea

Photo by: Sara Essex Bradley/Windsor Court Hotel

Sara Essex Bradley/Windsor Court Hotel

Do Good With Mom

Visit.org offers over 500 travel experiences in 65 countries, by “do-good” organizations. Each trip promotes a worthy cause, such as sustainability, women’s empowerment, or human rights, and 100 percent of the hosts’ revenues are invested back in the local communities.

In Paris, take a workshop to repurpose trash into something useful or beautiful, or learn about henna and other Indian crafts and textiles in Jodhpur, India

Paris Workshop Trash Into Art

Paris Workshop Trash Into Art

Photo by: Debrouille Compagnie

Debrouille Compagnie

Sign up for an Angkor Bicycle Tour, and cycle through ancient temples and rural Cambodian villages; your trip will help provide free education for needy children and free vocational training for young adults.  In New York City, take a League of Kitchens Workshop and meet immigrants from around the world who will teach you to cook traditional recipes and talk about life in their countries over an authentic meal. See Visit.org for more trip ideas.

Immigrant Cooking Classes, League of Kitchens

Immigrant Cooking Classes, League of Kitchens

Photo by: The League of Kitchens

The League of Kitchens

Right to Run 19K, Seneca Falls, N.Y.

Join the Right to Run 19K on Saturday, May 13, in Seneca Falls. This fundraiser for The National Women’s Hall of Fame will pass the Women’s Rights National Historical Park and other significant places in the history of women’s rights. Unwind afterwards with a Spa Escape at Mirbeau Inn & Spa in nearby Skaneateles; it includes luxurious overnight accommodations and a $100 credit per person for any spa treatment.

Mirbeau Inn &amp; Spa

Mirbeau Inn &amp; Spa

Photo by: Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Finger Lakes Regional Tourism Council

Girls' Getaway, Charleston, S.C.

Combine a shopping spree and leisurely lunch in a Girls' Getaway Package, with deluxe accommodations for two nights, at the historic Andrew Pinckney Inn. You’ll journey via bicycle taxi to the King Street Shopping District, a popular place to find art, clothing, antiques and other treasures. For lunch, use your $30 gift certificate for lunch at one of three fine Charleston restaurants, and spend the $100 gift shopping card in the package before you return for wine and cheese on the inn’s rooftop terrace.

Relax, Renew and Refresh, Lexington, Kentucky

Treat mom (and yourself) to the Relax, Renew, Refresh package at Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel. Your stay includes a $100 credit for a massage at Belle Vie on Main, plus breakfast for two at 21c’s Lockbox restaurant, and a Malin + Goetz gift set. This boutique hotel is also a museum with 9,000 square feet of exhibition space for contemporary art. A “Yoga with Art” session is scheduled for Mother’s Day; admission is $5 per person.

Mother-Daughter Getaway, Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island, BVI

You don’t need a package plan to enjoy a mom-daughter getaway (or a mom-son getaway, or any other combination) at Cooper Island Beach Club on Manchioneel Bay on Cooper Island, in the British Virgin Islands. You’ll have to travel by boat to this eco-resort, but once you step out onto the sandy shore, you'll find an on-site boutique and activities like scuba diving, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. Rather kick back? Order a craft beer at the resort’s microbrewery, or sip a Rum & Port Cobbler at the Rum Bar.

Cooper Island Beach Club, Rum Port Drink

Cooper Island Beach Club, Rum Port Drink

Photo by: Cooper Island Beach Club

Cooper Island Beach Club

"Mother's Day Gone Mild," St. Augustine, Florida

Escape to a “Mother’s Day Gone Mild” retreat at the just-opened Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens in St. Augustine. The package features a complimentary handcrafted cocktail, a wine and cheese basket, and a ride via electric cart to Rembrandtz Mosaic Craft, an indie gallery with handmade pottery, jewelry, art and more. Before you go back to the inn, you’ll get a private tour of the Historic District; watch for a collection of Tiffany stained glass windows; the Lightner Museum, with its collection of 19th-century artifacts; and the Fountain of Youth, a beautiful waterfront park.

Mother’s Day "Spa’arty", Scottsdale, Arizona

You’ll need a group of three or more for a customized "spa’arty" at the Well & Being Spa, at Scottsdale's Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, so take a friend or two for a relaxing weekend. Each spa’arty includes a 60-minute spa treatment (choose a massage, detoxifying body wrap, or other treatment), as well as a complimentary lunch, gift and 20 percent retail discount. Guests go home with a bag of spa products.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Willow Stream Spa

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Willow Stream Spa

Photo by: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Meals for Mothers by Mothers, Herradura, Costa Rica

The Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort’s newest restaurant, Hacienda Kitchen, is offering a special “Mother’s Menu" using recipes passed down through generations of families on the hotel’s food and beverage team. Bring an appetite for Olla de Carne, a traditional soup made with short rib broth and vegetables, and other delicious, authentic dishes.

Food Discovery Adventure, Piedmont, Italy

Wrap up an apron for mom, and include a card inviting her to take a food discovery trip with you. VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations is offering Cycling Piedmont: Into Italy’s Slow Food Farmland. You’ll travel through a region considered the home of the Slow Food Movement, and burn off calories as you bike through scenic villages and past vineyards. You'll make your own wood-fired pizza, tour medieval streets and Spumante cellars, and venture out with a truffle-sniffing dog and his handler.

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