Mother's Day is one of our most beloved holidays here in America. Almost everyone in the country takes a day off to honor our mothers, and all they do for us. So it only makes sense that on this special day, Mom shouldn't have to do anything. We should do everything for her. And one of the best ways to do that is to take our very special lady to a very special place!
#5 - ADVENTURES ON THE GORGE, LANSING, WEST VIRGINIA - If Mom is the active type, take her here! This is a first-class, full-service adventure resort, recently ranked one of the top six adventure resorts in the country in a U.S. News & World Report story, and surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the East. The resort is offering a Mother's Day brunch at Smokey's Steakhouse, where they cook up fresh local foods in distinctive ways. Situated right on the rim of the New River Gorge, Adventures on the Gorge has stunning views of the New River and the New River Gorge Bridge. Mom might enjoy staying at one of the resort's deluxe, multi-bedroom cabins with hot tubs and fully-equipped kitchens, located in an ancient hemlock forest. If she's feeling adventurous, take her on a whitewater rafting trip on the New River, or experience TreeTops Canopy Tour, a zipline through the forest with streams and wildflowers below. If she loves to lace 'em up and move 'em out...this is the place for a memorable holiday weekend!
#4 - HOFFMAN HAUS B&B, FREDERICKSBURG, TEXAS - If you want a romantic Mother's Day...you've come to the right place! First of all, Fredericksburg is an old town founded by German settlers in the mid-1800's, and the traditional "Gemutlichkeit" hospitality is still here...along with German pastry shops, restaurants, and charming little Old Time shops. The Hoffman Haus Bed & Breakfast is a bit of Old Germany itself, designed and furnished with authentic period pieces such as upholstered furniture and priceless antiques. Each room has its own unique style. And Hoffman Haus is renowned for its dining. A full hot breakfast is delivered to your door each morning, with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. And, of course, a touch of Old Germany.
#3 - C LAZY U RANCH, GRANBY, COLORADO - Under any circumstances, this is one of the most beautiful ranches in Colorado. But, for this Mother's Day, they're offering a very special treat for busy Moms. From May 11-14, the ranch is offering a "Three Night Women's Retreat With Cowgirl," and calling it "Body, Mind, Equine." This unique program will combine body and breathing awareness with energy and present-moment awareness. And it will combine, as well, yoga, meditation, riding skills, and trail rides. C Lazy U Ranch does have a rustic touch. But, make no mistake, this is a luxury ranch resort...which was recently voted "3rd Best Resort In the U.S." by readers of Conde Nast Traveler." And the fresh air and breathtaking scenery and beautiful silence are standard at the resort!
#2 - LANDS CREEK LOG CABINS, BRYSON CITY, NORTH CAROLINA - Imagine a paradise set atop a mountain with magnificent views into Tennessee. Imagine that this paradise has the most beautiful, authentically-rustic (with modern amenities) cabins you've ever seen, filled with the crafts and blankets of local artisans. Imagine that these cabins are built on stilts, atop a creek - Lands Creek! - so that you fall asleep to the sounds of gently-rushing water right underneath you. And then imagine nighttime skies so full of bright stars against a black-velvet canvas that you won't even want to go to sleep. You're picturing Lands Creek Log Cabins, a mountaintop Eden built and run by Robin and Sue Fronrath, who sold their auto dealership in South Florida to move up here and create a one-of-a-kind getaway. And the perfect place for a wonder Mother's Day!
And now, Ladies and Gentleman, my pick for the top place in America to spend Mother's Day...
#1 - COPPERLEAF BOUTIQUE HOTEL, APPLETON, WISCONSIN - Spend a warm, sweet Mother's Day in the beautiful Fox Cities region of northeastern Wisconsin, characterized by scenic old towns and a river (the Fox) running through it. Located in the town of Appleton, the CopperLeaf Boutique Hotel was the first of its kind in the Fox Cities. It was built in 2004, and modeled after small, family-owned-and-operated European hotels. Each of the 73 rooms has furnishings and amenities more reflective of a gracious Continental residence than a hotel. Mom can enjoy a relaxing spa treatment at the hotel's excellent Spa BenMarNicos, and maybe after that, you can take her to a show at the renowned Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. Appleton has some trails with beautiful views running alongside the Fox river, and a downtown district filled with one-of-a-kind shops. And if Mom would enjoy a nice, leisurely road trip through charming towns and natural beauty, there are few areas better than the Fox Cities in which to take one.
Well, what's your top pick? We'd love to hear about it!