It may not be Mother's Day, but let’s be honest, you never need an excuse to take a trip with your mom. After all, what better way to celebrate your bond and sneak in some quality time with the leading lady of your life? To help, we rounded up seven awesome mother-daughter getaway ideas, from braving the great outdoors in California to a yoga retreat in Riviera Maya to glamping in Santa Barbara.
The idyllic natural landscape at Tennessee’s Blackberry Farm makes a perfect setting for mothers and daughters who are looking to escape the rush of city life. Enjoy farm-to-table cooking demonstrations, delicious fare in the acclaimed on-site restaurant called The Barn, canoeing, horseback riding, fly fishing, kayaking, or paddle boarding on Tellico Lake. Top off the memorable experience with some much-deserved pampering at The Wellhouse, the property’s spa.
To quote Cyndi Lauper, girls just wanna have fun, and the little hamlet of Healdsburg in northern California is the perfect place to let your hair down. Taste crisp, biodynamic wines, bike among the majestic redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods Park, or enjoy a farm-to-table feast at Shed, a local favorite restaurant. Other highlights include the Hand Fan Museum, the only museum in the U.S. that solely displays hand fans. Then, make your way to Dragonfly Floral farm to admire the birds, butterflies, and dragonflies. Spend the night at the upscale Hotel Les Mars, which exudes elegance at every corner, thanks to high ceilings and exposed wooden beams. With only 16 rooms, the space is intimate enough for guests to receive special attention from staff. Plus, the rooms are equipped with fireplaces, making for a cozy spot to have deep, meaningful conversations.
For the mother-daughter duo who loves the great outdoors, but hates roughing it, there’s the 300-acre El Capitan Canyon, which is nestled among rolling hills 20 miles north of Santa Barbara. Guests can crash in cabins, tents, or yurts with electricity and wooden floors. Cabins even come with en-suite bathrooms. Cars are not allowed, but beach cruiser bikes are provided to guests to help them get around. And although it offers many of the modern comforts of a hotel, it still feels far enough from civilization.
Located along the Caribbean Sea on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Maya Tulum Retreat & Resort is built for moms and daughters who are looking to reconnect with each other and themselves. Yoga classes are offered regularly and an on-site garden labyrinth, made with sand and stone, is set up for walking meditation practices. A spa, excursions to the nearby Mayan ruins, and snorkeling among sea turtles and coral will help folks unplug and stay away from modern distractions like phones and televisions.
When it comes to world-class shopping, New York City offers some of the best. The Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca provides the perfect jumping off point for exploring the designer boutiques in the area. Don’t miss Kisan in Soho for womenswear basics and In Support Of in the Meatpacking District for eco-chic fashion. While you’re in the neighborhood, pop over next door to the Whitney Museum of American Art to marvel at more than 20,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, videos, and artifacts by more than 3,000 artists. Then, pamper yourself from head-to-toe at The Roxy Hotel. Here, visitors can hit up Blackstones hair salon, grab a drink at the bar, or if they’re lucky, even catch a screening in the lounge.
A cruise cuts out a lot of the stress of planning a daily travel itinerary, which is worth its weight in gold for some mom-and-daughter pairs. Hit the high seas with Fathom‘s cultural exchange experience to Cuba. Kicking off in Miami, the seven to eight day trip takes cruisers around the country to Cuban ports, including Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba. Master making an authentic Cuban mojito or Cuba Libre, a cocktail made with cola, lime, and dark or light rum; immerse yourself in the local coffee culture; or have your fortune read by one of the Santeros in Cathedral Square.
For the ultimate girls getaway, unwind at the stunning Post Ranch Inn. Built into the cliffs of Big Sur, the 39-room hotel is surrounded by redwoods and offers spacious, eco-conscious rooms with ocean or mountain views, wood-burning fireplaces, outdoor showers or hot tubs, and private decks. Free activities include yoga and stargazing. Relax at the award-winning spa, which has massages, body treatments, and facials on the menu as well as shamanistic services like illumination, soul retrieval, divination, and fire and drum ceremonies.