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Published: May 2018
Celebrate Mom this Mother's Day with Getaways and Experiences  

What is a three letter word synonymous with love?


She’s your biggest cheerleader, your most trusted confidant. The one who is always in your corner. 

So, celebrate her and all that she’s done for you by treating her with one-of-a-kind getaways or experiences. She is definitely worth it, and you never know, she might take you along with her.


Spoil mom with the best rate plus a $100 resort credit with the Mother's Day Beach Getaway Package at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Good for travel May 10 - 13, use code MOMWD when booking.

Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mother’s Day Package features guestroom or suite accommodations, Mother’s Day Brunch for two in The Grill Room (Sun., May 13) and 20 percent off any service at the Spa at Windsor Court. The package is good for stays May 11 and 12.

Book by May 12 for travel through May 15 at Fontainebleau Miami Beach on Miami Beach, Florida, to enjoy deluxe guestroom accommodations and complimentary Sunday Brunch for two at Scarpetta or Vida. The deal also features 20 percent savings at Lapis Spa on a 50 or 80-minute spa treatment and 15 percent savings at Lapis salon.

Let mom personalize her retreat with Asheville, North Carolina’s Omni Grove Park Inn’s Simply Spa Package. The package includes deluxe resort accommodations and a $100 spa credit per stay.

Bring out the kid in mom with the Busch Gardens Stay and Play 4-Night Package at TradeWinds Resort in St. Pete, Florida. In addition to accommodations, it includes two general admission tickets to Busch Gardens, two tickets for the all-day dining deal at Busch Gardens (valid one day only), two drink vouchers valid at one of our TradeWinds beach bars, among other amenities.

Hotel Zaza, with properties in Dallas and Houston, Texas, offers the Eat. Sleep. Spa Package which features overnight luxury accommodations, a $150 ZaSpa Credit and more.

Unique Stays

Mom can unplug, unwind and relax, and finish that novel she’s always wanted to start while staying at Wisteria Cottage in Blackville, South Carolina.

Owned by Lill Stoltzfus ("pie lady" at Millers Bread-Basket), the two bedroom, one bath Mennonite cottage is a one-of-a-kind accommodation that might not be found anywhere else in the South.

Rent an individual room or the entire house at Crawfish Haven/Mrs. Rose’s Bed and Breakfast in Kaplan, Louisiana. Check out the seasonal crawfish excursions or the Cajun cooking classes, if Mom decides to bring the family or her friends with her.

Have mom stay onsite at the country's largest restored Shaker village at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The Inn offers 72 guest rooms, suites and private cottages spread throughout 13 buildings.

Make it a family affair and rent Beckham Creek Cave. However, don’t think primitive. This four-bedroom, four-bathroom, 6,000-square feet of space near Parthenon, Arkansas, has a full kitchen, living area and more. There are also plenty of outdoor features to enjoy.

It’s not every day someone has the opportunity to say they’ve stayed in an old grain silo. Let your mom be the first among family and friends to do so at Seven Springs Lodge in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

Mom will enjoy the authentic Mississippi Delta moment at the Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi. She can stay in a cottage-like sharecropper shack surrounding Hopson Plantation.

Opening August 30 is Under Canvas Smoky Mountains. Mom won’t have any problems sleeping under the stars in these safari-inspired canvas tents. Select from a handful of tent options. The best part is, Under Canvas Smoky Mountains is only minutes away from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Reserve "Shelby's room" for your mom at The Steel Magnolia House in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Many scenes from "Steel Magnolias" centered around this house. While in Natchitoches, mom can take a self-guided tour of the filming sites.

Sleep in a wigwam, with amenities, of course, in Cave City, Kentucky. With 15 structures on the property,  a sleepover at Wigwam Village Inn #2 is something mom is sure not to forget. As a bonus, it is close to Mammoth Cave National Park.

Treat mom to a stay inside a Pullman Train Car guestroom at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She’ll enjoy taking in the Glenn Miller Formal Gardens and other amenities within the property. A free downtown shuttle can whisk her away to more fun.

Coldwater Gardens in Milton, Florida, allows mom to reconnect with nature. Accommodations include everything from a modern treehouse to glamping. Make sure she checks out the gardens and various techniques used to grow the foods.


Arrange for mom to take a guided horseback ride at Shelby Trails Park in Shelbyville, Kentucky, or at Oak Hollow Farm in Fairhope, Alabama. Step it up with horseback riding on the beach on Cape San Blas, Florida, with either Two-Bit Stable or Broke-A-Toe.

Who wouldn’t want to blow their own glass ornament? Let mom show off her artistic abilities and create a keepsake at iGNis Glass Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

How about a cooking class for mom? Check out the offerings through Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi; or perhaps she would like something specific, such as cheese making at Calyroad Creamery in Sandy Springs, Georgia.




photo credits: (top) WDR boardwalk, courtesy of Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms, South Carolina; (upper middle) The Inn at Shaker Village in Harrodsburg, Kentucky; (middle) Wigwam at Wigwam Village Inn #2 in Cave City, Kentucky; (bottom) Viking Cooking School in Greenwood, Mississippi