Mother’s Day 2016 Getaways
By: Pamela Brill
With Mother's Day fast approaching, gift givers are eager to please Mom and show her how much they love her. But if flowers and candy just won't do—or you are secretly looking to treat yourself—here are a sampling of 2016 hotel packages across the country that cater to these special women.
A Coastal Celebration: Cape Codder Resort & Spa, Hyannis, MA, 855-861-4370 (capecodderresort.com)
Cape Cod in the off season offers plenty of activities to make the most of mom's special day. Available from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, the Mother's Day Package includes a one-night accommodation at a discounted rate (starting at $299), a late check-out (3 pm), two $50 gift cards to the resort's Beach Plum Spa, a $60 meal allowance toward breakfast, lunch or dinner, a box of chocolates and Cape Cod Mall coupons.
Party Poconos-Style: Fernwood Resort, East Stroudberg, PA, 888-337-6966 (fernwoodresortpoconos.com)
For the mother whose love moves mountains comes a retreat weekend that can't be topped. Available from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, May 8, the Weekend Mother's Day package includes a two-night studio villa accommodations (starting at $187 per night), two vouchers to a breakfast brunch at the Wintergreens Patio Grill on Saturday and a $25 shopping spree to the Crossings Premium Outlets in nearby Tannersville, Pa.
Charming and Casual: Berry Manor Inn, Rockland, ME, 207-596-7696 (berrymanorinn.com)
This historic bed and breakfast is the perfect place to get away from it all. Moms staying overnight either Saturday, May 7 or Sunday, May 8 may take advantage of the add-on Mother's Day Package (additional $105 to a room reservation). Special amenities include a candlelight bubble bath, breakfast served with china and crystal in the dining room, two tickets to the Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center and a $75 voucher good for Mother's Day brunch at nearby Primo Restaurant.
Boardwalk Empire Central: The Claridge Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ, 844-244-7386 (claridge.com)
Located alongside the fabled Atlantic City boardwalk, this landmark hotel will give moms a taste of the good life. As part of its Mother's Day Dream Package, guests will receive oceanfront accommodations on Saturday, May 7 and two tickets to an evening performance of "Dream Girls" in the hotel's Celebrity Theater. Upon check-in, moms receive a flower and are invited to visit the lounge before or after the show and enjoy two complimentary drinks. This package also includes a $40 credit that be used toward breakfast at the historic Twenties Restaurant.
Lush and Lovely: Starved Rock Lodge, Oglesby, IL, 815-667-4211 (starvedrocklodge.com)
Nestled inside Starved Rock State Park, this hotel's rustic setting makes for a tranquil, peaceful paradise. Available Sundays through Thursdays during the month of May, moms can indulge in the Pampered Moms Package ($220 plus tax for two guests). This includes an overnight stay, a Swedish or deep tissue massage, a bottle of Starved Rock Wine (with two wine glasses to take home) and 1 ˝ pounds of fudge from the café.
Family and Fun: Wilburton Inn, Manchester, VT, 802-362-2500 (wilburtoninn.com)
If there's one thing this family-owned and operated inn knows something about, it's the importance of mom. The two-night Mother's Day Package ($300 from Friday, May 6-Sunday, May 8) includes a variety of amenities, including a complimentary spa bathrobe, a box of chocolates, complimentary Mother's Day brunch for two, a family yoga class on Saturday afternoon and no charge for pets.
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa, Scottsdale, AZ, 480-444-1234 (Scottsdale.regency.hyatt.com)
For some southwestern-style love, the Mother's Day Getaway Package ($199 per night), features deluxe room accommodations, a 2 PM checkout, $50 gift certificate to Spa Avania and complimentary self-parking. On Sunday, May 8, guests can enjoy a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet in SWN, a southwest bistro, for an additional fee.
Bretton Woods, Bretton Woods, NH, 603-278-3320, (brettonwoods.com)
At this popular New England resort in the Mount Washington region, mom can celebrate her special day all weekend long with a number of different programs, many of which are included. On Friday, May 6, a Brain TEAsers activity pairs puzzle-solving with cookies and hot tea, while a soap-making class teaches moms all about good clean fun. On Saturday, May 7, mothers and daughters can dine together during the Queen Bee Tea Party, followed by a nail painting party. During the evening, moms are invited to sing their hearts out during a special karaoke party. The weekend festivities culminate on Sunday with make-your-own French toast s'mores, followed by a special Mother's Day brunch ($46 for adults, $23 for children ages 6-12 and complimentary for ages 5 and under). Mom can end her day on a high note—literally—as she zip-lines across the surrounding hills during a complimentary Canopy Tour, with the purchase of an accompanying Canopy Tour ticket.