Holiday Time

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Published: May 2013
Mom-Worthy Hotels in the South  

Don’t limit to celebrating mom to only one day, treat her to an overnight or a weekend getaway (with or without family) anytime throughout the year. The South is filled with various hotels and properties that are worthy of your mom. Such as...

Celebrating its 102 birthday this year, Hotel Galvez on Galveston Island is perhaps best-known for its view of the Gulf. Aptly named the “Queen of the Gulf,” the property includes 224-rooms and an on-site restaurant, Bernando’s, featuring a Sunday Champagne Brunch. Mom can relax and recharge poolside or at a spa service, or with both.

A Mississippi Delta gem, The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood, is a perfect place for mom to spoil herself whether it’s in their spa or in a class at Viking Cooking School.    Unique to this contemporary 50-room (45 rooms and five suites) property is the art collection, featuring art work and photograph related to the Delta by Mississippi and Mississippi-related artists and photographers. The Alluvian also houses a library, featuring southern literature, music and films.

Situated overlooking Mobile Bay, Grand Hotel Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Point Clear, Ala., is a perfect place for mom to regroup. The 405 room and 34 suite property features a range of dining options (mom doesn’t have to leave the grounds, unless she wants to), numerous outdoor activities and a 20,000-square foot European Spa. If your mom is a foodie, she can arrange her stay to coincide with a class at the Grand Culinary Academy.

Treat mom to Christmas year-round at Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Forget about being over-the-top, the decor is tasteful and gets everyone in happy, festive mood regardless of the month. Offering 145 rooms and suites, mom is sure to find something comfortable for her needs that includes a private balcony or courtyard view. Can’t miss the hourly concert from the two-story glockenspiel and caroling bells in the lobby. Mom can get a head start for the upcoming holiday season with a visit to the nearby The Incredible Christmas Place, said to be the South’s largest Christmas store. Dare mom to visit without walking out with a purchase or two. Guarantee she can’t do it.

Another hidden can be found in Georgia, The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation. Positioned along the banks of Lake Oconee, the 215-room and suite property exudes relaxation. Mom's hardest decision during her stay may be choosing between enjoying the outdoors or enjoying a spa service. Tell her to do both. And when it comes to dining, the property doesn’t disappoint in that aspect, either. From casual to upscale choices, there is something for her to enjoy.

“Charming” will be one of the words mom uses to describe her stay at Beaufort Inn in Beaufort, S.C. Accommodation choices include Garden Suites, Garden Rooms or Suites, located inside the house. She can begin her morning with breakfast at Southern Graces, and then return for either lunch or afternoon tea. After a few hours of exploring and shopping, mom can indulge with a massage or facial at The Beaufort Day Spa.

Located near Leesburg, Va., in DC Wine Country, is Lansdowne Resort. Providing 246 rooms, including 14 suites, the property is perfect for mom to get away from it all without feeling as if she has gotten away from it all. One of the many amenities mom can enjoy while staying at the property include Spa Minerale with its 13 treatment rooms. Dining at any of the five restaurants at Lansdowne is an experience all within itself. The options range from light fare at Stonewall Tavern to casual dining at Riverside Hearth to farm-to-fork at On the Potomac.

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