Great ideas for mother and daughter getaways
With a little planning, mother and daughter vacations can be relaxing and fun as well as a source of new shared memories.
A mother and daughter getaway can be a rewarding experience for both generations. But it takes some pre-planning. Look for an agenda that basically appeals to the interests of both people. Be willing to make a few compromises to accommodate individual needs and interests. Discuss openly how much each person can afford to spend and know in advance who will pay for what.
If mom and daughter are both adults, a family heritage trip might be a great excursion. Consider planning a trip that includes a visit to relatives not seen frequently, or use the time together to research family genealogy in the hometown of ancestors. Or a trip down memory lane, literally, can be taken by visiting a community where the family resided in earlier years.
An outing together might be the perfect time to acquire a new skill or learn more about a mutual hobby. Women can learn every leisure time pursuit, from photography to antiques to making quilts, by participating in special travel packages that combine learning with recreation. One and two day cooking classes on everything from Tex-Mex cuisine to candy making to wine tasting are offered throughout the country. There are women’s programs nationwide that empower women with the skills to participate in sports, including those once “belonged” to men, such as hunting.
A more leisurely pace might be your cup of tea. Start the pampering by checking into a luxurious bed and breakfast. Savor a bountiful breakfast in a formal dining room and let someone else clean up the kitchen. Then head to a nearby spa for facials, massages, pedicures, manicures or other services, and enjoy a well deserved day of relaxation together. Spend the afternoon participating in an elegant tea offered at unique bed and breakfast inns or tea rooms. Enjoy a great meal at a fine restaurant. Wind up this perfect day enjoying the evening at a live theatre, musical performance, or just relaxing as you take in a glorious sunset.
If daughter is a teenager, consider exploring her interests while subtly adding new experiences. If she has never flown, this might be the time to help her develop skills to navigate her way through airports and learn appropriate flying procedures. The destination might be the campus of a college she is considering attending. Staying at a hotel on a beach or in a mountain cabin may offer fun outdoor activities, such as horseback riding, for both generations. Consider tourist attractions she’s expressed an interest in seeing. Sites that appeal to teens include music museums such as Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum as well as popular outdoor attractions such as the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls.
And don’t forget shopping!! This traditional pursuit for females of all ages can include outlet and traditional malls, flea markets, upscale antique shops, quaint craft boutiques, or even community wide yard sales. For most women, buying clothes is never out of fashion. Shopping together has the added bonus of teaching each person the fashion interests of the other, which will make future gift buying much easier.
A well planned mother-daughter getaway can be a great bonding experience enhanced by a variety of new shared memories.