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Mother's Day Getaway Ideas

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Moms deserve a gift, and a break, and a family getaway is a fine way to celebrate Mother's Day - check out some ideas, below.

When is Mother's Day? Sunday May 12 2013.

Disney World

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World.

Many a mom spends her day at Disney World, and Mother's Day Weekend is an especially prime time to visit the Epcot theme park, where the Flower and Garden Festival is in full bloom. Flower displays are beautiful; Disney-character topiaries are a fun tradition; and free Flower Power concerts feature bands from the 60's and 70's. Moms can choose from many great restaurants in Epcot.

Mother's Day at Sesame Place, PA

Photo courtesy of Sesame Place

Sesame Place --located in Langhorne PA, a 30-minute drive north of Phillie-- is an entire theme park designed for little kids and themed to this now-classic tv world, with characters such as Big Bird, Elmo, and Cookie Monster. On Mother's Day, Sesame Place has a special lunch served to Moms and their families in the company of Sesame Street characters.

Hershey PA

Hershey Hotel -  overview. photo courtesy of Hershey Entertainment.
Photo courtesy of Hershey Entertainment.
Hershey PA - aka "Chocolatetown USA -- has a sweet time for Moms on Mothers Day: brunch in the Chocolate Ballroom at the Hotel Hershey; and at Hershey Lodge, a Mother's Day Children's Tea with finger foods and a child friendly buffet. Kids make mom an edible Hershey's candy necklace, too. Moms also get free admission to Hershey Gardens and to the Museum Experience on Mothers Day, and can even get a free admission to Hersheypark -- read about Mothers Day Offers and more.

Mohonk Mountain House

Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House.
Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House.
This "Victorian castle" with lakeside setting has 1200 acres, and miles of hiking in surrounding forest and mountains. Location is on the Shawangunk Ridge in the Hudson Valley, 90 miles north of NYC near New Paltz. Overnight guests get a 15% discount on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day weekend, and pricing includes breakfast and lunch buffets, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, and most activities including yoga, fitness and meditation classes, hiking, indoor heated pool, and more. Special activities for Mother's Day weekend include traditional tomahawk throwing (!), decorating cupcakes, wine tasting, Grand Buffet Luncheon.

Mother's Day Getaways in Mexico

About.com's Guide for Mexico Travel highlights special packages and getaways.

Jamaica All Inclusive with Vacation Nanny

Mother's Day special - photo courtesy of Franklyn D. Resort
Photo courtesy of Franklyn D. Resort
Franklyn D. Resort seems to have discontinued a long-standing Moms stay Free in May promotion, at this mid-sized all inclusive resort with a very special (and much appreciated) feature: each family has their own vacation nanny during their stay. However, a special summer promotion rate (35% off per adult, $20 per child age 6 to 16, $50 per teen) includes Mother's Day, as does a Bring Your Own Grandparent promotion.

Mother-Daughter Vacations

Mother - daughter horseriding - Photo courtesy of  The Sugar and Spice Ranch.
Photo courtesy of The Sugar and Spice Ranch.
Click for a bunch of suggestions, from mother-daughter horse-riding at a ranch in Texas Hill country, to hotel packages that include American Girl Place, to spas.

(Note: not all the suggestions here are for Mother's Day.)

Holiday Train Ride - Mother's Day

Mothers Day ideas - ride a holiday train
Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Railroad.
Check out the Green Mountain Railroad in Vermont, for a repeat of this "White River Flyer" special holiday train: take a ride with mom, with optional brunch at a 1920's vintage hotel.

Split Rock Resort, Poconos PA

This resort has 500 acres on Lake Harmony, and also has an indoor water park. Mother's Day Package includes brunch, spa treatment, family challenge activities, scrapbooking session.

San Diego: Del Coronado Hotel

Hotel Del - Photo courtesy of the San Diego CVB.
Photo courtesy of the San Diego CVB.
It's classy, it's a landmark, and it's kid-friendly: The Del has beach (31 acres), kids' and teen programs, and family activities. On Mother's Day, enjoy the Champagne Brunch -- pricy, but deluxe (and free for kiddies under 5).
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