Forget about spa days or breakfast in bed. Today's moms are adventurous, bold, and sexy. So this Mother’s Day, we’ve unearthed packages that will have moms throwing axes, rappelling off cliffs, sitting for their own portrait painting, and going to a Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Celebrate with mom by taking her on one of these thrilling escapades that will make her feel great, embrace life, and celebrate the ways she inspires her family every day.
Ax Throwing, Hauling Lobster, Riding Harleys: The New England Inns & Resorts Association offers over 20 action-packed "bucket list" packages, from zip-lining in Vermont to rock climbing in New Hampshire. There are also activities like hauling lobster in Maine and ax-throwing in New Hampshire – for moms who want to channel their inner lumberjack (or jill). The full selection gives moms plenty of new ways to explore New England. Overnight rates start at $139; Mother’s Day weekend overnight rates from $152.
Rockin’ Mama: Send mom to a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp to rock out with legends from bands like Van Halen, Guns ‘n’ Roses, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Campers form their own bands, jam, and receive intensive instruction from rock star counselors. There’s also the opportunity to create and record original music and take a variety of “Master Classes” conducted by rock icons. Finally, campers hit the stage for a closing-night concert. There are two locations and dates for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp: May 10-15, 2011 in Hollywood, CA and August 12-14, 2011 in Bethel, NY, site of the original Woodstock. Three-, four-, and six-day camps are available from $2,999.
Skydive, Scuba Dive, or Ride a “Hog”: The San Diego Hilton Resort & Spa lets moms choose their own adventure, including skydiving, paragliding, scuba diving, flying an acrobatic bi-plane, or renting a Porsche or a Harley for the day. It’s called the “Bucket List Package,” and the idea is to have a personal concierge plan a different adventure every day to cross off mom’s “bucket list.” Packages start at $399 per night and include the services of a personal VIP concierge who will help plan every detail.
Rappelling Off Cougar Cliff: Nothing beats the adrenaline rush that comes with taking those first few steps backward off a cliff! In this thrilling adventure, guests of the Red Mountain Resort & Spa in St. George, UT can "take the plunge" as they descend the edge of the 150-foot Cougar Cliff. An expert Zion Rock & Mountain guide leads the way on this exciting excursion. The rappelling expedition is $119; overnight rates start at $230.
Mastering the River Wild: Give adventurous moms a high-water rafting excursion in Breckenridge, CO. Resorts across Colorado (including Breckenridge) are breaking their season-total snowfall records, and all that white stuff means outstanding river rafting come Mother’s Day. Packages for four start at just $53 per person, per night and include a half-day of whitewater rafting.
Mommy Makeovers: The Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach, CA has created a unique package that celebrates fashion and fabulousness. Guests meet with Robin Saperstein – stylist to the stars – who will review the clothes that the guest has packed for their getaway and will help plan "looks" for every day of the trip. After the initial consultation at the hotel, Robin and the guest will be whisked away for a customized VIP shopping expedition. Rates start from $868.
Mom Masterpiece. This over-the-top package from the Palomar Chicago includes a personal portrait sitting with a local artist for up to two subjects as well as in-room massages and facials for two; hair and makeup session for the portrait subject(s); a personal chauffeur; and a $3,000 shopping spree at Nordstrom. A two-night package with all the goodies starts at $12,000. To book, call the hotel's VIP reservation line at 312-325-7225.
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