My mom is cool. There, I said it. It's in writing and I can't take it back. Nor would I want to! My mom actually might be the coolest of all my friends (sorry friends reading this, but wouldn't you agree Snappy Susie one-ups us all?)
While my middle and high school self might be cringing right now, my mom is one of my best friends. She's my shoulder to cry on, my conscience when I think to do something stupid, and my go-to travel buddy. She's amazing in every way and I would be proud to grow up to be half as great as she is.
My mom and I have a tradition of taking mother-daughter trips in the fall to blow off steam (ok - it's now fall and spring... she's just too much fun!) What I love about traveling with my mother is she is always up for adventure. She's not one to shy away from new experiences, in fact she welcomes them so traveling always comes with great surprises. We prefer to mix our trips with good food, active experiences, cultural immersion, and when we can - a little bit of luxury!
So in honor of Mother's Day this weekend - here's my top 5 list of places to take your mom on your next girls trip, because she deserves it!
1. Palm Beach, FL
The perfect weekend getaway for those seeking sunshine. Fall, winter, spring or summer, Palm Beach is known for blue skies and white sand. I recommend staying on Ocean Blvd (my fav is the Tideline Resort and Spa.) You can bike along the beach, splurge on Worth Ave, or take a drive down to Ft. Lauderdale or Miami for a day trip.
2. Boston, MA
In the Spring, Boston comes alive. The snow melts and the Red Sox are out on the mound. But Boston is at the top of my list for fall getaways too. When the leaves start changing, the sky and ground are painted with red, orange and yellow colors that electrify the streets. The city is walkable so take a stroll through the fall colors on Freedom Trail. Along the way, lust after the Beacon Hill neighborhood and warm up with a tasty pastry and coffee at Tatte Bakery.
For being covered in ice the majority of the year, Iceland sure is a hot destination these days. More to come on the blog for what to do and when to go to Iceland (hint: any time!), but as a mother-daughter trip, it doesn't get much better than this island. It's safe and is packed with adventures. From waterfalls to glaciers to sheer stunning views, you don't want to miss this ethereal place. Rent a car, take pit stops along the way, and finish the trip with a dip in the Blue Lagoon. You'll be booking your next trip back before you even get on the plane!
Culture? Check. Relaxation? Check. Tacos? Check! This is one of my all-time favorite places. This beach town is an upcoming trendy place to visit, so check it out before it gets too busy. About an hour south of Cancun, you'll miss the parties, but you'll enjoy soft sand, cenotes to swim in and if you're lucky a chance to swim with sea turtles. If history is more your thing, check out the Tulum ruins or take a day trip out to Chichen Itza, one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
5. New York City, NY
Honestly, this is the ultimate gal pal city. In the city that never sleeps, you're sure to find something for everyone. If you want to "treat yo self" go glam and shop till you drop, enjoy a drink on the rooftop of Ink48 Hotel, and see one of many spectacular shows on Broadway. Or if you're feeling a more low key weekend (is that possible in NYC?) enjoy a morning doing yoga in Central Park, a museum tour at the MoMA and a quiet afternoon at one of the many Brooklyn coffee shops.
My mother and I are always looking for new places to visit. Have a fav place you and your mother go? Share in the comments below. Our fall trip isn't planned yet!