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This past year has been tough on everybody, but moms had it particularly hard, jugging far more than their usual load including homeschooling, test-prepping, round-the-clock cooking, 24/7 babysitting, nonstop cleaning, and Zoom troubleshooting. They were the ones who made dinners miraculously pop up on the table—and dirty laundry miraculously disappear!—while holding families together in between school closures and business meetings. Now that travel is becoming possible again, where might working moms go if given the chance? We planned six dream Mother’s Day itineraries based on the type of trips some of our favorite Travelocity working moms told us they wanted!
Pampered like a goddess
“Mother’s Day to me is all about getting pampered so my ideal trip would actually be to leave my six-month-old and three-year-old with my husband and instead take my mom and sisters (who are all mother’s as well) for a spa day followed by some wine tasting.—Doraliz G., Travelocity Designer
Moms deserve a heavenly treat for their hard work, so it’s only fair they get the crème de la crème—the Ojai Valley Inn, a five-star resort in artsy Ojai just 80 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The 1,500-square-foot penthouse suites are spacious enough to comfortably fit an indulging group of moms, plus it includes a lovely outdoor space and fire tables for crispy evenings. The views are spectacular and bested only by the spa offerings—massages, facials, and a new small-group spiritual healing experience. The onsite restaurant Olivella features Italian-inspired dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local ranches, orchards, and farms—all thoughtfully paired with Italian and local wines. Craving more vintner variety? Head next door to Topa Mount Winery to quench your thirst for everything from Chardonnay to Shiraz and sweet dessert wine to sparkling ones.
Mommy “me” time
“I want to bring my 4-year-old along for a Mother’s Day fun-in-the-sun beach getaway, but I’d also love to be able to carve out some time for myself.”—Martina S., Travelocity Senior Content Strategist
Fort Lauderdale is always the answer for sun-seeking moms. The oceanfront Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood offers all the sophistication and pampering a tired mom deserves, while not skimping on kids amenities like multiple infinity pools, a waterslide, on-site ice cream parlor, and more. And when “me time” is in order, the hotel offers a highly rated Kids Club, as well as babysitting services, so consider yourself covered when that spa appointment rolls around. Nearby, the whole fam will enjoy their choice of food stalls at the new Sistrunk Market food hall before browsing the colorful murals in the arts district known as FAT Village, or enjoying a cup of Nutella hot chocolate from the Alchemist Cafe in Wilton Manors .
Dive into nature
“I have a 9 month old and 3 year old, so somewhere I can walk around and be out in nature (and also push a stroller), would be amazing. We love being outdoors and active as a family.“—Jenna P., Travelocity Senior Copywriter
If an airy, family resort in the country is what you’re craving, we have the perfect escape! Overlooking the shores of pristine Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin and filled with a bucolic yesteryear charm (but with modern-day comforts), Osthoff Resort welcomes families with hearty breakfasts, large rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, and a full-service spa. Surrounded by lush meadows and tall trees, it has a lot of space to run and paved paths for an effortless stroller push. A short walk away, the Village of Elkhart Lake boasts restaurants, ice cream parlors, and cheese shops featuring white and yellow cheddars aged for every taste. Nestled in Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Forest, the lake and its surroundings are home to many beautiful hiking trails. And while the countryside is picturesque in any season, spring paints Wisconsin with irresistible white and pink cherry blossoms, promising photos of a lifetime.
An urban delight
“I had a trip booked to NYC last year with my 7-year-old daughter, 16-year-old niece, sister-in-law and mom; we had to cancel due to Covid. I would love to reschedule that family trip and stay somewhere that’s in the heart of it all. That would be the perfect Mother’s Day weekend.”—Sarah G., Travelocity Senior Content Manager
If you miss crowds, noise, eccentric characters, and nightlife, staying smack in the middle of the Big Apple is the perfect place. You just can’t go wrong with the glamorous Marriott Marquis with its glass elevators whisking you up to your plush room, where you can look at the Times Square billboards flashing down below. Located in the Theater District, Marriott Marquis is minutes away from many of New York’s beloved landmarks, attractions, and shopping. The Broadway shows are still dark for now, but the Museum of Modern Art is open and so is the High Line, both of which are within walking distance. You are also right in the crossroads of multiple subways lines, so you can easily hop on a downtown train to the 9/11 Memorial or the Statue of Liberty ferry, or instead head uptown to the Museum of Natural History or the Metropolitan Museum of Art, affectionately called the Met. After a day of exploration, take the fam for a cup of hot chocolate at Marriott’s revolving lounge and enjoy 360-degree skyline views.
A little peace and quiet
“I’d love to go somewhere for a weekend where I can hike in the mountains and along the coast for some quiet and solitude. A nice outdoor dinner with wine and live music or great views would be incredible.”—Michelle W., Senior Product Manager
The mountains-beach combo wish calls for the Oregon Coast, which is gorgeous in spring, though showers are possible. For hilly hikes with spectacular vistas, head for Oswald West State Park where Neahkahnie Mountain trails take you through lush forests, moss-covered spruce woodlands, rocky outcroppings and stunning cliff top views. For a relaxing stroll along the coast, try Fort Stevens State Park with its dune thickets and refreshing winds. Along the way, you may spot some wildlife, a coastal lake and even a shipwreck. For an outdoor dinner with a gorgeous view and a place to sleep, head to Astoria—Oregon’s classic coastal city. Stay at the stylish Cannery Pier Hotel, which towers above the Columbia River and marvel at the magnificent Astoria-Megler Bridge arching over the water. Enjoy more riverside views from your dinner table at Bridgewater Bistro, only a short walk away.
A retreat for the whole family
“Before our second child arrives, I would love to have a quick family getaway to the mountains or a beautiful lake with hubby and son to make our son feel special and enjoy the last moments of him being an only child before becoming a big brother.”—Lauren R., Travelocity Brand Marketing Manager
Snow-capped peaks, blue lakes and lush forests are just the beginning of what Mammoth Lakes, a charming town hiding in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada mountains, offers its visitors. Here, the Westin Monache Resort offers a variety of elegantly furnished family suites, many with fireplaces, overlooking the mountains and tall evergreens. Yosemite National Park is only a short drive away and so is Mono Lake with its otherworldly limestone formations sticking out of the water like a scene from the Lord of the Rings. Both attractions offer nature walks and wildlife spotting. Dubbed the Village At Mammoth, the town center spans a few blocks that beckon with leisurely shopping, dining to suit every taste and even live music and festivals. Not to be missed is local ice cream shop Hugs, whose irresistible treats will instantly win the entire family’s hearts. Want your supersized frozen glop of vanilla or pistachio to go? Hugs will gladly pack them into a brightly colored souvenir thermos of your choice—and you can always come back for refills.
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