Forget Brunch: 5 Unique Ideas for a Mother’s Day Celebration

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It happens every year — suddenly it’s May and you have no idea what to do for Mother’s Day. Again. Brunch is handy and easy, and you know she will appreciate you spending some time with her. But how about you surprise her with something different this year? Whether she’s outdoorsy, artsy or just downright stressed out, we’ve got you covered. Check out our top picks for Mother’s Day and make her feel special! You’re welcome in advance.

If Mom is outdoorsy...

PLAN: Play a round of golf (and let her win) STAY: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Sonoma County

Fore! Tiger's got nothing on mom this Sunday.

Fore! Tiger’s got nothing on mom this Sunday.

Housed in a Spanish mission-style building, the upscale Fairmont Sonoma is perfect for some pampering and golf days. It boasts an 18-hole championship golf course, a top-notch spa complete with its own thermal mineral spring, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Round up the day with the free daily wine tastings, and then head to one of the hotel’s homey rooms for some rest.

If Mom has a sweet tooth…

PLAN: Take a chocolate tour along the Magnificent Mile
STAY: The Allerton Hotel Chicago

Chocolate lovers will delight on this trip.

Chocolate lovers will delight on this trip.

The Allerton is one of the few hotels right on the Magnificent Mile, where chocolate tours start throughout the week. It has 443 modern, stylish rooms with soothing blue-and-white color schemes, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs; a trendy American restaurant, and 24-hour gym — in case she decides to burn all those extra calories. And don’t forget to grab your free coffee in the a.m. before jetting off on your tour.

If Mom needs to relax…

PLAN: Help her leave the stress behind with a spa session
STAY: Canyon Ranch, Tucson

Sooth your worries at this spa in Tuscon.

Sooth your worries at this spa in Tuscon.

Canyon Ranch is a health spa and all-inclusive resort in north Tucson, near the Santa Catalina Mountains. Here the focus is on wellness, nutrition, and fitness. Daily fitness classes along with informational lectures and a menu packed with healthy, low-calorie food help guests jump-start (or maintain) a healthy lifestyle. Immaculate, peaceful grounds and focused spa treatments all provide an incredibly relaxing environment.

If Mom loves fine art…

PLAN: Check out the museum highlights at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Mark, New York City

You're just steps away from the museum at this luxe hotel.

You’re just steps away from the museum at this luxe hotel.

The Mark, a historic hotel built in 1927, re-opened in 2009 as one of the best contemporary luxury hotels in New York City — and it’s only four blocks from the Met to boot. The hotel’s stunning interiors by France’s premier designer are colorful and bold rather than gilded and stuffy, and the restaurant and bar are helmed by celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Comfortable, high-tech rooms and personalized service make it a great option for anyone who can afford it — but mom is always worth the splurge.

If Mom is super glam…

PLAN: Enjoy VIP access to Club 50 (and detox at the spa)
STAY: Viceroy Miami

The water lounge at the Viceroy are stunning.

The water lounge at the Viceroy are stunning.

Stunning design by Kelly Wearstler, big rooms with kitchenettes, and a destination restaurant and lounge make the 162-room Viceroy strong competition if your’re in SoBe for Mother’s Day. The stunning, 28,000-square-foot spa has 10 treatment rooms, redwood saunas, and a water lounge. Mom will also love the acclaimed Eos Restaurant and access to Club 50, the hotel’s rooftop pool and lounge that delivers stellar views and high design.


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