10Best Places to Take Her for Mother's Day

  • Spa Weekend in Tucson, AZ

    Pamper mom – and yourself – with a spa getaway in the beautiful high deserts of Tucson. While you have plenty of options, one of the best is the Red Door Spa at the Westin La Paloma Resort, set in the Sonoran foothills. Try the Signature Warm Shea Butter Body Melt or relax in the eucalyptus sauna.

    Photo courtesy of The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

  • Cosi fan tutte – Summer 2013

    Enjoy the Opera in San Francisco, CA

    Taking a Mother's Day trip to watch the opera in San Francisco gives you the perfect excuse for her to don that lovely gown that's been hanging in her closet and really get dolled up for the night. Make a weekend of it by catching performances at some of San Francisco's dozens of smaller theaters.

    Photo courtesy of Terrence McCarthy / San Francisco Opera

  • Lights of Broadway

    A Night on Broadway in New York City, NY

    Instead of the usual brunch and flowers routine for Mother's Day, head to the Big Apple for a memorable night of theater. The best part about a Broadway Mothers Day Weekend? You'll have your days free to shop, eat and take in New York City's best attractions before the curtains part.

    Photo courtesy of Steve Wilson

  • Take a Drive Down the Blue Ridge Parkway

    There's something about a road trip that helps people reconnect, so pack the trunk and drive off down the Blue Ridge Parkway. As you make your way through North Carolina and Virginia, you'll find hiking trails, charming small communities and dozens of charming B&Bs where you can stop for the night. Make sure to stop in Asheville for some wine tasting at the Biltmore Estate Winery.

    Photo courtesy of Brian Leon

  • Antique books

    New England for Antiquing

    Nothing says "Happy Mother's Day" like a little retail therapy of the antique variety, and New England is one of the best places in the world to find those forgotten treasures. Start your shopping exploits in Portland, ME and head west through New Hampshire and on to Vermont, or drive down Old King's Road in Massachusetts, passing dozens of antique shops along the way.

    Photo courtesy of Emily Carlin

  • Sunny day at the beach

    Relax on the Beach in Longboat Key, FL

    Located near Sarasota, Longboat Kay makes for an effortless Mother's Day Weekend at the beach. You'll find 12 miles of pristine white sand beaches, plenty of fine dining options and resorts where you and the girls can recuperate after a long day in the sun. The spring breakers will be long gone and the kids not yet out of school, so enjoy the peace and quiet.

    Photo courtesy of rickpilot_2000

  • Catch of the day from Muse

    Take a Foodie Tour of Charleston, SC

    The Charleston restaurant scene represents some of the best dining in the entire tri-state area, with a collection of eateries specializing in lowcountry and French cuisine. On Mother's Day morning, make reservations for a old-fashioned Southern brunch at a restaurant in Old Charleston (ask around – everyone has their favorite), and don't forget the mimosas.

    Photo courtesy of Susan Lucas Hoffman

  • Houmas House

    Smell the Flowers in New Orleans, LA

    After a Mother's Day brunch of beignets and cafe au lait in the French Quarter, embark on a tour of NOLA's gardens – many at full bloom in May. The City Park Botanical Garden opened in 1936 as the first public garden in the city, and today it houses more than 2,000 varieties of plants. Head to the Lakefront neighborhood to see the 5-acre Besthoff Sculpture Garden, or head out on a tour of the antebellum mansions and gardens of the area.

    Photo courtesy of prayitno

  • Gallery during Art Basel Miami

    Browse the Art Galleries of Miami, FL

    Miami's up-and-coming Wynwood Arts District may still be rough around the edges, but it packs a funky, artisic punch with several galleries, studios and beautiful street art. After you wander the galleries on a guided tour or on your own, kick back for cocktails at one of the neighborhood's bars or restaurants. Elsewhere in the city, you'll find the Bass Museum of Art, Miami Art Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art to keep you busy.

    Photo courtesy of BurnAway

  • Buckingham Palace in spring

    See the Sights in London, UK

    Grab the girls and fly across the Pond for a weekend of sightseeing in London. Visiting in May means many of the city's best attractions will be surrounded with spring flowers. Pack a light jacket and make your hotel reservations early, however, since late spring is peak season in London.

    Photo courtesy of Konstantin Papushin

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