Five Best Mother’s Day Trips

Mother's Day weekend getaways

Because Mom Deserves a Getaway

If you want to maintain your “favorite child” status, department store perfume and a half-hearted card just won’t cut it for Mother’s Day. This year, spoil mom with a surprise weekend getaway that’s all about her and what she likes to do. We promise, she’ll cherish the time with you almost as much as those macaroni necklaces you used to bring home from kindergarten.

Not sure where to take mom? We’ve got you covered. Check out these 5 cities for a Mother’s Day weekend mom will capital-L love.

  • Boston

    If mom’s a history buff, look no further than Beantown for a Mother’s Day getaway that will have her geeking out. Yes, the hop-on hop-off bus and trolley tours are extra-cringey, but mom is going to love hearing all of the historical trivia and seeing all the American Revolution sights, so smile and deal. Then take mom for a walk along the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail, which connects 16 historic sites. One if by land, two if by sea…

    When you’ve had enough Americana for the day, head over to Boston’s North End, also known as “Boston’s Little Italy.” After a long day of walking, you and mom have earned your carbs!

    Best For: moms who prefer the past

  • Charleston

    Even though it’s considered to be a small city, Charleston has everything you’d want for mom on her day: sightseeing, shopping, and Southern comfort food. If mom enjoys seeking out one-of-a-kind, handcrafted finds, make sure you take her to the vibrant Charleston City Market, home to over 300 of the city’s entrepreneurs and artists. Or go a little more upscale on King Street, lined with boutiques and art galleries.

    And you know it’s not really Mother’s Day unless you do brunch, right? Charleston is one of the brunch-iest cities in the South, so you’ll have plenty of places to take mom. Our choice? A brunch cruise on the Charleston Harbor, complete with mimosas and smooth, live jazz music.

    Best For: moms who adore small-town charm

  • Miami Beach

    Salsa time! There’s no place like the 305 for mom to let down her hair and have a little fun. From relaxing on the beach to catching live Cuban bands in the evening, Miami Beach spices up Mother’s Day with its uniquely Latin flavor.

    For the most fun, stay in one of the boutique hotels in the Art Deco District (5th St. to 23rd St.). You and mom will be in the prime location for Miami’s two top activities: tanning and people-watching. End the day with delish Cuban food – and a minty mojito – at an al fresco dinner on Ocean Drive. Then stroll around until you find some live music to listen to for the rest of the evening.

    Best For: moms who want that tropical flavor

  • Napa Valley

    Sure, you can rent a car and drive to the different wineries. But that means mom will be doing all of the wine-tasting on her own, and where’s the fun in that? We’ve got a much better idea: the Napa Valley Wine Train. The 36-mile tour takes you to some of the area’s top wineries in an ultra-glam restored vintage Pullman car and includes a gourmet meal along the way. Travel in style!

    Need another reason to visit Napa for Mother’s Day? The area is also known for its numerous upscale spas. Go ahead and spoil mom (and yourself, of course!) with some extra pampering. Cucumbers over the eyes are optional.

    Best For: moms who indulge in a glass or two with dinner

  • Santa Fe

    Does mom have an artistic side? Fire up her imagination with a getaway to one of the most creative cities in the U.S. Known for being an artists’ enclave, Santa Fe brings together culturally rich art with Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American influences. There are over 250 galleries for you and mom to explore – and be inspired by.

    After seeing so much amazing artwork, mom’s going to be fired up to create her own masterpieces. Surprise her by booking a class or workshop in her favorite medium. Oil painting, watercolors, photography, poetry – Santa Fe’s inspired learning has it all!

    Best For: moms who crave artistic expression

Make her Mother’s Day trip easier on mom – and on you – by shipping your luggage to your hotel or airbnb with LugLess. No hassles with bags at the airport or having to wait at the terminal. And mom will no doubt be impressed when she shows up to her room and her luggage is already there, courtesy of her favorite child.