This blog post was updated on July 22, 2021.
Giving Mom the gift of travel isn’t always possible for procrastinators. If you want to book flights, hotels, and meals out, you have to be a bit of a planner. However, across a number of major cities in the U.S., procrastinators will find several last minute Mother’s Day trips. If you were able to score a cheap flight to one of these major cities or they happen to be a short drive away, consider taking Mom to these intriguing Mother’s Day happenings.
Light Up Bouquets at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
If you’re near Atlanta and are considering where to take your mom for the big day, the city will be drawing in those looking with flights for Mother’s Day to the light-up bouquets at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The 30-acre gardens in Midtown, just across from Piedmont Park, have beautiful blooms. The gardens are always updating their exhibitions, but one thing’s for sure. You and Mom will have some amazing photo opportunities! Tickets are anywhere from $22.95 for adults and $19.95 for children ages 3-12, depending on the day of the week. Children under three can enter for free!
Have Tea and Learn About History at the Betsy Ross House
For travelers looking to gift the history-loving mom the perfect Mother’s Day gift, Philadelphia answers. While the city boasts a wealth of historic attractions linked to the foundations of the U.S., mothers might want to grab a ticket to the Betsy Ross House. It’s known for fine teas, treats, and Betsy Ross herself, or at least one in costume. Renowned for stitching up the first Stars and Stripes, the Betsy Ross House details the wife, mother, entrepreneur, and woman behind the flag. Hours are from 10 am- 5 pm from Thursday to Monday. Self-guided tours are $7 for adults and $6 for kids.
Take a Stroll in San Francisco
San Francisco is an ideal spot for last minute Mother’s Day trips. With plenty of museums, delicious restaurants, and beautiful scenery, the city by the Bay doesn’t leave a mother empty-handed. However, if your mom likes to walk, San Francisco offers several fun walking tours including the Victorian Home Walk, a historical walking tour of San Francisco’s Victorian row houses, mansions, and gardens. Reserve a private two-hour tour for $125 per couple, plus an additional $25 for each extra person.
See The Outlook Lodge in Colorado
Giving Mom one-on-one time can be the perfect Mother’s Day gift, and a stay at the Outlook Lodge in Colorado provides a serene setting. This Victorian-style retreat is set among the aspens in Green Mountain Falls and sports wraparound porches for rocking away the afternoon, as well as a fire pit for warming up while admiring the starry night. Deluxe rooms include custom-made, mid-century furniture and bay windows with views of the garden. Outdoor grills and an onsite kitchen give guests the option to prepare their meals. You and Mom may never want to leave this woodland paradise, but an Outlook Lodge host can give details on local restaurants, hiking, and nearby Pikes Peak.
Go Wine-Tasting in Napa Valley
Does your mom like discovering new wine? Give her a Mother’s Day trip where she can experience intimate wine-tastings and private tours while surrounded by the lush scenery of Napa Valley. This California valley produces world-class wine at the hundreds of wineries calling it home. She can taste the offerings of the walkable urban wineries of Yountville, Napa, and Oakville or even hop on the Napa Valley Wine Train for an excursion to the wineries of St. Helena complete with onboard cuisine and stops along the way. Napa Valley is dotted with a variety of lodging for you and mom, including resorts, bed-and-breakfast inns, and hotels.
Head to Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort in Costa Rica
Whether Mom enjoys a relaxing vacation or an action-packed getaway, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean and Golf Resort delivers. Set in a sweet spot between the canopies of the rainforest and ocean views, this Costa Rican resort will pamper her in the Sibo Rainforest Spa & Retreat and give her the challenge of the 18-hole La Iguana Golf Course. Delicious dining awaits with the Mediterranean fair in ZOE or with local favorites in Hacienda Kitchen. Your Costa Rican vacation with Mom also puts you at the doorstep for adventure at nearby Manuel Antonio National Park. Perhaps best of all, you can book a room with its own hammock!
Tour Hearst Castle
Jaw-dropping views, early twentieth-century splendor, and antique treasures will make mom feel like a queen with a visit to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Perched on the California coast high above the Pacific Coast Highway, this American castle was the residence of publishing scion, William Randolph Hearst. Explore his exquisite collections of furniture, art, and curiosities from around the globe with Mom amidst extravagant Euro-Spanish architectural details. Admire the grand sitting rooms, movie theater, indoor pool, and libraries. Imagine the luminaries and dignitaries of the roaring ’20s who gathered at the Hearst Castle, including Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Charles Lindbergh, and Winston Churchill. Mom will also feel like a celebrity with a Mother’s Day visit to Hearst Castle.
Enjoy the Luxury of New York
We all want our mom to feel pampered on Mother’s Day, and New York City provides a perfect cosmopolitan backdrop for treating your mom to a fabulous trip. Check in to a suite at the sumptuous Mandarin Oriental, New York with views of the city lights and Central Park. Book an appointment for mom at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, New York complete with an Oriental Tea Lounge. Take her for a museum stroll at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Guggenheim Museum. Venture out for a Mother’s Day brunch at The Ribbon just off Central Park and finish the afternoon shopping along Fifth Avenue.
Have you ever planned last minute Mother’s Day trips, and if so, where? Tell us about it in the comments below!