6 Amazing Mother-Daughter Trips To Book Now
Moms are the best travel partners.
My mom is hands-down my favorite travel companion. We have a similar palate (thanks, genetics?), which makes splitting dishes easy. We both prefer an itinerary that isn’t too tightly scheduled, leaving time to explore and discover hidden gems off the beaten tourist path. And when one of us needs some alone time to recharge, the other responds, “Say no more!” with no explanation needed.
Whether you’re looking to plan your first or fourteenth trip with your mom, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite vacation spots that are perfect for traveling mother-and-daughter duos.
Whether you like beach escapes or mountain retreats; pints of beer or glasses of wine; relaxing spas or intrepid adventures, here’s some trip inspiration within the United States that will let you bond with mom.
1. Spa Vacation
Go: San Antonio, Texas.
To get this right, book a room at La Cantera Resort & Spa, a Destination Hotel. From the hotel, and its spa, you’ll get sweeping views of Texas Hill Country. What really sets this spa apart, though, is that you can book a private sky loft—which almost feels like a luxe, private tree house—in which to get your treatment, and then soak in an oversized tub while you take in the verdant views of rolling hills. For an spa treatment special to this area, go for the 2-hour Absolute Texas massage, which incorporates locally made beeswax and honey with lavender.
If you can—peel yourself away from the infinity pool and head to the Pearl neighborhood, which is less crammed with tourists than the Riverwalk, and has hip restaurants, cafes, shops and a farmers’ market.
After the sun sets over that big Texas sky, step outside, where you’ll get treated to nightly fireworks shows courtesy of the nearby amusement park.
2. Wine Country
Go: Healdsburg, California
This Sonoma County gem is a regular on “best small town” lists, thanks to a quaint downtown square and charming bed and breakfasts. But Healdsburg—which has roots as a farming town—has an elevated culinary and wine scene that rivals what you’d find in big cities.
Here, wine lovers have more than 100 wineries and tasting rooms to choose from. Some standouts include the Jordan Vineyard & Winery—which is inspired by the great wine estates of France—and Longboard Vineyards‘ tasting room and winery, which was started by a surfer-turned-winemaker.
The genuine staff at Hotel Les Mars will greet you with a glass of champagne when you arrive (and they have a knack for remembering your name each time you return). The opulent European-style rooms will set the perfect tone for your wine getaway, with classical music playing when you open the doors to the room. Chaise lounges, Parisian decor and marble showers in the guest rooms will have you and mom feeling like true royalty.
Let an expert guide from Wine Country Bikes take you on a bike tour of wine country. You’ll roll over the hills, stopping at wineries as you go for tastings and cheese pairings and enjoying a picnic-style lunch.
Shed, which is right next door to the hotel, is the winner of a James Beard Award (think: the Oscars for the culinary world) for restaurant design. This open, sun-soaked spot is a great spot to pick up fresh produce to pack for your day spent exploring the vineyards.
3. Beach Getaway
Go: Miami Beach, Florida
Fun history fact: Miami was founded by businesswoman Julia DeForest Tuttle, the only woman to found a major American city—which, of course, makes this a great setting to stage a mother-daughter vacation. Well, that and the turquoise waters and sun-soaked beach.
The W South Beach is a hip hotel that sits right on the beach, with rooms that show off views of the ocean. The Bliss Spa gets you a brownie buffet (because, let’s be honest, cucumber-infused water isn’t going to cut it), and the treatment menu has standouts that include a hot milk and almond pedicure. Plus, the hotel will loan you its signature turquoise bikes to ride along the beach boardwalk.
Once you’ve got your daily dose of Vitamin D on the beach, head to Lincoln Road Mall. This pedestrian mall is full of shops, galleries and cafes.
For quite possibly the best fried chicken sandwich you’ll ever taste, order the Korean Fried Chicken sandwich from The Dutch, inside the W South Beach. Bonus: Your drinks—like the Pineapple Baby, a tequila-pineapple juice-cilantro concoction that’s served inside a cute ceramic pineapple—will tamp down the subtle fire from your sandwich.