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, CA
Sonoma Golf Club at The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa; Sonoma County, CA
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
The Specialty Suite at the Allerton Hotel Chicago; Chicago, IL
The Allerton is one of the few hotels right on the Magnificent Mile, where the chocolate tours start on Sundays. 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 Resort; Tucson, AZ
Spa at the Canyon Ranch; Tucson, AZ
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 her fine art…
PLAN: Check out the museum highlights at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
STAY: Mondrian SoHo, New York
The Superior Queen at the Mondrian SoHo, New York, NY
Opened in February 2011, this stylish 270-room hotel is located right on the southern border of the chic SoHo neighborhood. It has small, beautiful rooms with white-and-blue decor, high-tech amenities - like large flat-screen TVs and iPads - and floor-to-ceiling windows, many with jaw-dropping views. The trendy Imperial No. 9 restaurant, by chef Sam Talbot, serves sustainable seafood, and has a lovely garden room with cool glass decor and a greenhouse-inspired feel. It's right by the 6 line, which takes you straight to the Metropolitan, and near wonderful art galleries in SoHo.
If Mom is super glam…
PLAN: Enjoy VIP access to Club 50 (and detox at the spa)
STAY: Viceroy Miami
Spa at the Viceroy Miami; Miami, FL
You can't go wrong with the Viceroy's Mother's Day Package, which includes accommodation, dinner for two at EOS -the on-site restaurant from a Michelin-starred chef-, VIP access to swank Club 50 Club, a bottle of Champagne, and $100 spa credit for each person. The stunning Kelly Wearstler-designed rooms, Sferra linens, and gorgeous infinity pool and spa will keep her happy for sure.
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