Mother’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a wonderful time to celebrate the hardest job you’ll ever love – being a mom. Whether you want to schedule a full-blown family vacation or a mother/daughter getaway, lifestyle blogger and owner of the website Poshbrood, Elizabeth Thorp, shares some of her favorite destinations to celebrate that special mom in your life (even if you’re nominating yourself!)
What to do: If you visit in the winter, your whole brood will love Snowmass Mountain – which boasts kid-friendly skiable terrain, or Buttermilk, a smaller mountain also with easier terrain. For those who enjoy a double black diamond experience, there’s Aspen Highlands, and The Treehouse Adventure Center — a multilevel, 2,300-square-meter childcare facility — to keep your kids entertained while you tackle the more challenging runs. In warmer months, the whole family can enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors, with open-air markets and music festivals, plus culinary & arts experiences, free-guided nature tours, hiking and biking.
Consistently rated the #1 resort in North America for dining, the Aspen area offers a menu for every palate with over 100 bars and restaurants. One of my favorites for families is CP Burger; in the winter, the courtyard is an ice skating rink and in the summer, mini golf! Little Annie’s Eating House in Aspen has been serving comfort food since 1972, and don’t miss a trip to famed Woody Creek Tavern, for the family-friendly fare, famous margaritas and possible celebrity sightings.
Where to stay: For a large family gathering or two families traveling together, Treehouse on Westfork offers a luxury ski in/ski out accommodation with direct access to the Two Creeks ski run. Sit on your expansive deck and gaze at your amazing mountain views or soak in your private outdoor hot tub after a long day of skiing or hiking. Some of your luxurious amenities include a built in BBQ, vaulted ceilings with wood beams, bedroom suites with private baths, family room with 55” flat screen TV, hardwood floors and wireless internet.
Another option for groups with a gaggle of kids is Aspen Leaf Chalet, located just above Snowmass Village with ski in/ski out access. The home has five bedrooms with en-suite baths, and one of them has double bunk beds perfect for four little mountaineers. Both Treehouse on Westfork and Aspen Leaf are just 18 minutes from downtown Aspen.
New York City
What to do: New York is my favorite location for a mother/daughter getaway. Where else in the world can you go shopping, then catch a Broadway matinee like Matilda before heading to the famous Serendipity 3 restaurant for an early dinner in a whimsical Alice in Wonderland-like setting? Serendipity has been a New York icon since the 1950’s and offers kid-friendly treats including hot dogs, giant burgers and towering sundaes, plus their signature frozen hot chocolate.
New York City is perfect for kids. My daughters love riding the subway and helping map out our plan. Looking for culture? One of our favorite museums is The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (not just for boys!), which is located at Pier 86, an amazing exhibition of history, science, and service on-board the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. A submarine, a space shuttle and Concorde aircraft are among the highlights. We also love walking through Central Park to the Children’s Zoo then winding the visit down with a boat ride or spin on the carousel.
Where to stay: With or without kids, I love staying near Central Park for access to the beautiful 843-acre park, but also because it’s centrally located to all that the Big Apple has to offer. For a mommy/daughter getaway I can’t imagine a better New York abode than Essex House 1101. The elegant one bedroom Manhattan apartment is located in the prestigious JW Marriott building with panoramic views of Central Park. The glamorously appointed apartment is very feminine and feels like your very own chic pied-a-terre. Building amenities rival those of a five-star hotel and include a gym, spa facilities and round-the-clock room service in the city that never sleeps. Have a bigger group traveling? Have a larger group traveling together? You can connect Essex House 1162 to 1101 and make a large two-bedroom, two-bathroom private oasis.
Turks and Caicos
What to do: Beach time and swimming are the most important thing on the to-do list in Turks and Caicos. The clarity and turquoise color of the water are unmatched. Grace Bay Beach is a 12-mile stretch of stunning white sand and part of the Princess Alexandra National Park, which is protected and offers peace, quiet and nature-friendly water sports. Sailing, catamarans, paddle boarding and snorkeling are all encouraged, but water skis and jet skis are forbidden. The slope of beach is gentle and so are the currents, making it perfect for children. Not to be missed is a trip to Da Conch Shack, which was voted one of the BBC’s “Best Beach Restaurants in the World.” Da Conch Shack is an open-air landmark restaurant where the conch is harvested right in front of you and served every way imaginable – as salad, chowder, fritters, stir-fried, or as ceviche. Adults can enjoy delicious the seafood and a rum punch while kids eat and run around on the beach.
Where to stay: On the grounds of the exclusive Parrot Cay resort, there is the swoon-worthy Parrot Cay 2 Bedroom Beach House. Perfect for that girls’ getaway or mother/daughter retreat. This detached modern two-bedroom beach house is located directly on the beach with stunning ocean-views, close to the main resort area. The villas are comprised of two master bedrooms each with a screened porch with commanding ocean views. With a dining room and full kitchen, guests can eat in or saunter down to the resort for a bite. Expect the ultimate in pampering because this property includes a villa manager, daily housekeeping, daily butler/driver service, complimentary daily breakfast, daily afternoon tea at the resort and access to all posh Parrot Cay amenities. Get ready for some serious celebrity spotting!
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Set on the white sand and glistening turquoise waters of my favorite beach – Grace Bay – is the Venetian. This stunning beachfront 3-bedroom villa is the ultimate in beach chic and boasts a wide range of amenities including tennis courts, bicycles, a fitness center and a massage room. Or, simply sit back and enjoy the breathtaking turquoise vistas. Each of the three bedrooms is complete with en-suite bathroom, and the balcony provides the perfect setting to BBQ with friends and family or enjoy an evening cocktail as the sun sets. The Venetian is just a 15-minute walk from the town center and guests are given a concierge and cell phone to ensure all details are handled so guests don’t have to worry about anything except if they’re going to wear a bikini or a one-piece.
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