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Travel She Will Love

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   


Birthdays, Mother's Day, any day. Offer the woman in your life the gift of travel  She deserves it! Here are five memorable experiences to consider:

La Source. St. George’s, Grenada. Imagine a luxurious all-inclusive resort that includes daily spa treatments, scuba diving, afternoon tea, internet, yoga, Pilates and meditation classes. Don’t forget complimentary Tai Chi, hiking, biking, sailing, wind surfing, gym time, water aerobics, tennis and golf on a 9-hole, executive course, all steps from the secluded Pink Gin Beach. Mix in healthy meals in one of four restaurants, followed by cocktails on the beach, poolside or at the piano bar, as gentle sea breezes keep things cool. Then imagine someone you love enjoying this tropical paradise, thanks to you. Contact: 1-888-527-0044;

Red Mountain Resort. St. George, UT. Whether it is on her own, with friends or taking advantage of the Mother-Daughter Reunion package, moms of all ages will enjoy guided hikes as well as spa-style pampering amidst the red rocks and scenic canyons of southern Utah. She’ll be inside for cooking demonstrations, fitness and healthy lifestyle classes and cardio workouts before heading into the bright Southwestern sunshine to enjoy walking trails, swimming pools and bike paths. Contact: 877-246-4453;

The Clifton Inn. Charlottesville, VA. If your mother , family member or friend is a gardener and a history buff she’ll be interested to know that Thomas Jefferson had a very green thumb. What’s more, she will be thrilled to accept your gift of a weekend at the elegant Clifton Inn, set within the rolling hills of the Virginia countryside, where she will enjoy a guided tour of Jefferson’s nearby historic gardens at Monticello. There, she will participate in seasonal gardening activities, hand pick vegetables for dinner and later join the Inn’s chef to experience a tasting menu comprised of local specialties. She’ll head for home relaxed and toting a gift basket chock full of heirloom seeds and garden utensils. Contact: 888-971-1800;

Send Mom to Camp in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain National Park will serve as backdrop as she gets focused on fitness during this five day getaway near Granby, CO. She’ll join other health conscious women for yoga, mountain biking, dance and archery by day and tap into the knowledge provided by special interest speakers after the sun sets. August 17-22, 2012. Contact: 970-887-2648;

Field Trip. French Pyrenees. Offer your loved one a cultural and culinary journey she will long remember. The inspired secrets of a Master French chef will be shared as she taps into the gastronomy that has been honored by UNESCO as a significant part of this country’s heritage. From the selection of fresh local foods to the creation of personal dining traditions, her time spent in this exotic region of southwestern France will enhance her skills in the kitchen while bestowing an opportunity to meet talented artisans, visit historic sites and relax while sampling local wines and cheese. Contact: (312) 489-8782;

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