5 Fabulous Mother-Daughter Trips Perfect for Mother’s Day

by | Apr 17, 2024 | Day Trips From Los Angeles, Destinations, Family Adventures, Mommy Getaways, USA, Weekend Trips, West Coast

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Mom, mommy, momma, ma, bruh!…she gets called A LOT of things, and some of ‘em can’t even make it onto this article. But, she’s way more than just “mom”; she’s a dish wrangler, an activities juggler, a tantrum moderator, and an unsolicited, nosy therapist. In other words, she’s the glue that holds everything and everyone together. So, spoil her on Mother’s Day with a mother-daughter getaway (and maybe even pick your wet towel up off the floor). These memorable mother-daughter getaways are the best way to celebrate mom and spend quality time together, and are perfect for bonding.

 

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Palm Springs

Some of the best mother-daughter trips are road trips! So why not take a road trip to Palm Springs? The city is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Bernardino and is surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery. The desert climate makes Palm Springs an ideal destination for a mother-daughter duo any time of year, but Mother’s Day guarantees perfect temperatures and sunny skies.

 

Things To Do In Palm Springs

The thing we love about Palm Springs is that it has this super cool retro vibe going on. A vintage gem in the desert, the whole place feels like it’s straight out of an old Hollywood movie. The city center of Palm Springs is a great place to explore and relax. Take a stroll on the Walk of Stars, with hundreds of stars dotted on a route around the city center. If shopping is what mom likes, then El Paseo Drive is definitely the place for you. Over 300 stores range from major fashion names down to funky and fun, independent boutiques. Shop til you drop along this palm tree-lined paradise.

Be sure to stop and smell the roses at the Moorten Botanical Garden. If you time it right, the city center turns into VillageFest every Thursday night. This fest is like a relaxed local farmers market with a lively atmosphere, great vendors, and wondeerful live music. It’s the perfect way to end the day.

 

Where to Stay In Palm Springs

You’re in Palm Springs, stay at The Saguaro. The Saguaro Hotel is bold and colorful, with each room and the buildings sharing a bright color. Super fun.

 

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Palm Springs has a cool retro vibe, just like your mom, so treat her to poolside lounging this Mother’s Day.

 

Seattle

There are plenty of things to do on Mother’s Day in Seattle. From brunch to parks and botanical gardens to spas and chocolate shops, there are many things to choose from to make Mom feel special.

 

Things To Do In Seattle

Get up early and head to Pike Market—it generally opens at 9 am. For those who love local delights and finding cool spots to snap photos, Pike’s Market is the place. We love to stroll through Pike’s Market. It has such a Harry Potter vibe. It runs year-round and sells everything under the sun. Produce, cheese, fish, pastries, crafts, and on and on. You can even take mom on a food tour there! But the flower vendors are amazing, selling every flower known to man. Mom can build her own Mother’s Day bouquet or buy one that is already arranged. They are spectacular!

We can’t talk about Seattle without talking about Starbucks. The Pike’s Place Starbucks is the oldest in existence. Lines are often out the door! But here’s the thingit’s the same coffee as the other Starbucks coffee shops, so if you are like me and don’t want to wait in a line to get your caffeine fix, grab a coffee elsewhere and then head to this location for a photo op. Just a suggestion.

Waterfront Park and its surrounding area are the true essence of Seattle. Pier 62 is a hot spot for music, dance performances, fishing, outdoor yoga classes, and kayak tours. You can also spend quality mother-daughter time at the nearby Seattle Aquarium. Pull up a park bench and admire the sweeping views of Elliott Bay, watch the Washington State Ferries come and go from Coleman Dock, or take a ride on Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise. The 175-foot Seattle Great Wheel on Pier 57 is quite an exhilarating experience, offering views of the Seattle skyline and the country’s 2nd largest houseboat population. That’s right, Seattle is 2nd (only to Asia) for the largest houseboat population. Think “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Take your mom to the cobblestone streets of Pioneer Square, where you can embark on a guided Underground Tour of Seattle and explore the subterranean streets. You can also learn about Seattle’s rich history at the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Make your way to the secluded Waterfall Garden Park or grab some lunch from food trucks at Occidental Square, a lively plaza complete with bocce ball courts and bistro tables.

 

 

Where to Stay In Seattle

Located in the heart of Seattle in the historic Pike Place Market, the Inn at the Market offers three popular restaurants and three well-known boutique retail shops. Staying in this general area makes walking to the city’s attractions pretty manageable.

 

LA Family Travel mother daughter trip to Seattle for Mother's Day.

Take mom sightseeing to Seattle’s Pier 57, home to the Great Wheel, shops, and restaurants.

 

Napa Valley

Napa Valley is wine country. This is a popular destination for a girls’ weekend that’s filled with amazing wine and food, local art and music, and, of course, plenty of spa time. And nothing compares to rekindling your mother-daughter relationship than enjoying a glass of wine together at an opulent winery in Napa.

 

Things To Do In Napa Valley

A great way to take in all that Napa has to offer is on the wine train. The Napa Valley Wine Train snakes its way from Napa to St. Helena and is one of the best ways to explore the valley. The train partners with several wineries, the legendary Grgich Hills winery, Charles Krug Winery, and V. Sattui, to name a few, and offers five tours. This ensures a memorable experience as passengers journey through enchanting scenery with expansive vineyard views and enjoy excellent dining on the rails.

If you can wine on wheels, experiencing the vineyards from the seat of a bike is a popular way of transportation and one of the most fun things to do in Napa. Rent a bike from one of the many rental shops, and then, armed with a route map, take Mom on a self-guided tour of the area, or choose only to hit the tasting rooms on your bucket list. Or, if you’re anything like me and, after a few wine tastings, your internal compass goes askew, a guided tour may be a better way to bike. Check out Napa Valley Bike Tours they come highly recommended as one of the best companies to join for an all-day winery tour. And here’s another idea, especially if you want to enjoy several wine tastings in a day, AKA “speed tasting.” It’s like speed dating but with a much higher probability for happiness. Hire a driver who can guide you straight to some of Napa Valley’s best wineries. You can also use UBER, a private car, or a taxi to cruise through Napa. If you want a super unique experience and fun adventure with mom, hire a motorcycle sidecar company to wisk you two around!

Aside from the wine and food, numerous activities around Napa give you lots of options and fun things to do with mom, especially if you have over-indulged the night and your body needs a recovery day.

Consider turning your wine-tasting day into an olive oil-tasting day. Round Pond Estate in Rutherford is home to 2,200 olive trees and is one of two working olive mills in the Napa Valley, It should definitely be on your must-see, must-taste list. Make a reservation to visit and learn about olive cultivation, harvest, and production before enjoying a guided tasting of Round Pond’s freshest oils and red wine vinegar blends. Go for the olive tasting and leave with gourmet gift boxes and Round Pond recipes. 

Napa is as much about wine tasting as it is about spa experiences and yoga retreats. A must-do activity for an unforgettable mother-daughter trip is the famous mud baths offered at Solange’s Bathhouse & Wellness Center. Every mom has likely been unexpectedly showered with mud—from kids, dogs, or both—but this experience is oh-so inviting and luxurious. Expect to be covered in warm, mineral-rich mud and then left to unwind and rejuvenate.

Another popular activity is a hot-air balloon ride over the lush green Napa Valley. A sunrise hot-air balloon ride is one you won’t soon forget. Or, saddle up a stud (equine variety or otherwise) for horseback riding and trot your way through the countryside. And of course, we highly recommend shopping in town. Napa has wonderful shops, and nearby Calistoga is an adorable town with a fun Main Street.

 

Where to Stay In Napa Valley

 If you are looking for a quintessential place to stay in Napa, I suggest the Napa River Inn. This beautiful boutique hotel boasts a lovely spa perfect for mother-daughter pampering. The hotel is in the charming riverfront district of Napa, so you are a stone’s throw from great shopping, bars, and restaurants.

 

LA Family Travel mother daughter trip to Napa Valley wine tasting

All aboard! Hit all the best wineries and enjoy the view on the Napa Valley Wine Train.

 

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one big, beautiful lake, but it is often referred to as either North Lake Tahoe or South Lake Tahoe. Whichever area you choose, Lake Tahoe is the perfect place to escape for a mother-daughter adventure for a few days.

 

Things To Do In Lake Tahoe

Outdoor recreation is the name of the game in Lake Tahoe, which is why it’s one of our most favorite places. There is great hiking in Lake Tahoe. Surprisingly, it is not part of the national parks system, but the Tahoe National Forest is vast and full of natural wonders. Many of the local ski resorts have amazing spring and summer hiking trails, perfect for day trips. One of our favorites is the Tahoe Rim Trail; this is a “choose your own adventure” kind of hike as you can choose your route. As you can imagine, there is also world-class mountain biking at many of these ski resorts, too. 

If you are looking for something less extreme, or mom forgot to pack her full-face helmet, take a mother-daughter spin on one of the bike paths that run along the lake. 

How about a beach day in the mountains? Several public beaches around Lake Tahoe offer the perfect lakeside beach day and plenty of water activities like kayaking and paddleboarding. Sand Harbor is by far the best place to go paddleboarding on the lake, in our opinion—with its crystal-clear waters. You can even book a private kayaking or paddleboarding tour. A word of warning, though, Lake Tahoe’s mountain water tends to get quite cold, with temperatures between 41 degrees to 69 degrees, so plan accordingly.

North Lake Tahoe embraces a chill, California-relaxed vibe as it sits on the California side of the lake, with charming small towns like Incline Village, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Crystal Bay, Tahoe Vista, and Truckee. South Lake Tahoe is known as the Las Vegas of Tahoe because it’s situated on the Nevada side of the lake, and its shores include areas like South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Stateline, Zephyr Cove, Glenbrook, Emerald Bay, Kirkwood, and Heavenly. There is a bustling nightlife here with an array of casinos like the popular Bally’s Lake Tahoe Casino and Resort on the south shore that offers guests table games and slot machines plus evening shows. Or, take to the sea and embark on a 2-hour happy hour cruise starting in South Lake Tahoe. Experience a mother-daughter happy hour like no other on board the Tahoe Bleu Wave. 

 

Where to Stay In Lake Tahoe

The Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort Spa and Casino is an awesome hotel in North Lake Tahoe. The property is upscale and offers several restaurants, a lagoon-style pool, and mountain views of the Sierra Nevadas. If you’d rather hit the slot machines, try your luck at the Grand Lodge Casino.

 

Take mom to Tahoe for a Mother's Day getaway with hiking.

Treat your mother to Mother Nature’s stunning scenery and mountain adventures in Lake Tahoe.

 

Santa Barbara

A weekend trip to Santa Barbara is one of the most beautiful places to take your hard-working mom and pamper her properly. There are many luxe hotels in Santa Barbara, such as Bacara Resort and Spa, the Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel, and the Hotel Californian, which make it a perfect destination for weekend stays and pampering spa treatments.

 

Things To Do In Santa Barbara

A trip to Santa Barbara isn’t complete with a stroll down Stearns Wharf for beautiful beach and city views. This is the oldest working wooden pier in California and makes for a great lunch spot. Downtown Santa Barbara always has a lot happening on State Street, but be sure to make your way to the Funk Zone, which is full of art galleries, restaurants, and wine tastings, many with outdoor patios.

Santa Barbara shopping sprees go down as one of the best (if not the best) activities to enjoy with Mom. State Street is lined with beautiful stores and indie boutiques that carry everything from international clothes labels to home décor and beach souvenirs.

If mom is a gardener, green thumb, or plant enthusiast, take a walk through the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, which has over 1,000 native plants from California, the United States, and around the world. If you’re up for a hike and love landscapes, spend a day wandering around the teahouse garden (which has tea ceremonies you can participate in), the desert garden, and the manzanitas garden.

 

Where to Stay In Santa Barbara

If you want to splurge and don’t mind being out of downtown, look into the Four Seasons Biltmore in Montecito. It isn’t in Santa Barbara exactly, but Montecito is just as amazing.

 

LA Family Travel trips to Santa Barbara for Mother's Day

You always need a new pair of shoes and nothing beats a Santa Barbara shopping spree. #momlovesshopping

 

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More Big Ideas

We’ve only scratched the surface with these West Coast getaways for mom. If you are looking for other “big” trip ideas, consider going to the Big Apple and giving mom a New York City vacation she’ll never forget, or to the big, beautiful beaches of South Carolina or to San Antonio, where everything is bigger.

When it comes to honoring mom on Mother’s Day, there’s one thing we moms can agree on: the best mother-daughter vacations can happen anywhere. Do we love sipping wine in the countryside? Yes. Do we love shopping sprees at funky boutiques? Yes. But, at the end of the day, it’s all about the time we get to spend together with our kids, making memories, and, of course, it’s always about those amazing macaroni noodle picture frame gifts. 

 

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