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What Would Mom Want?

By  Lynn O'Rourke Hayes   

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Travel makes a great gift any time of year. What would the mom in your world most enjoy? These mothers told us what would make them smile.

1.Irish bliss. Topping the gift list for Deb Buckley would be time with her best friend spent at a charming and cozy cooking school. “If my boys could put those two pieces together,” explains the Atlanta resident, “I would be so happy.” A friend recently visited Dunbrody House, an 1830s Georgian manor, tucked into 300 acres of parkland near a small fishing village south of Dublin, Ireland. The setting of the popular onsite cooking school, combined with tempting spa services, make it a perfect choice, confirms Buckley. Contact:;

2.Beach time. “I would love a surprise,” muses North Carolinan Lee Wiser. “But, if I could channel some inspiration to my boys, a beach getaway sounds perfect.” “I’d like to go with a friend or on my own, “added Wiser, “Some place off the beaten path would be good. I’ve heard the beach town of Sayulita, Mexico is fun. Or send me to the Curtain Bluff Resort on Antigua. Either way, I’d be happy.” Contact:;

3.La Dolce Vita. “I love everything about Italy,” explained interior designer Wendy Black Rodgers. “I love the food, the art, the wine, the language.” The Scottsdale native said she would relish a break from motherhood and her hectic business. “Send me to Venice, to a luxurious hotel like the Danieli, where I can relax in the rooftop restaurant, shop, dine, walk along the canals and just enjoy la dolce vita.   Contact:;

4.Carmel Getaway. Spokane resident Vicki Webster wants to recharge her batteries. Walks on the beach plus an afternoon at the spa make for a good combination. Add in a workout or two and she is a happy camper. “A sea breeze sounds invigorating,” says Webster, so given the choice she would opt for a Carmel, California getaway. “I’d be content on my own but would also welcome the time with friends or family,” adds the mom of three daughters. Contact:;

5. Pursue A Passion. Los Angeles mom Lindy Cook would enjoy time to learn something new. “I am quite interested in expanding my skill and knowledge in photography,” explained the mother of two sons. “Time to pursue a new passion sounds like a true gift to me.” Individual photographers as well as professional organizations offer classes, many that also include the chance to travel. Contact:;;

6. Send Me To The Mountains. Southern gal, Rachel Santini longs to spend more time hiking in the hills with her three children. I just love getting outside, expending some energy, clearing mind and being with the ones I love. Perhaps a trip to the Swiss Alps? Contact:

7. Resort Getaway. A little bit of everything suits Jennifer Michaels. A great workout facility, a beautiful spa, walks on the beach, followed by fine dining in a beautiful setting. “My kids are grown now so I have plenty of me time,” explains Michaels. “So the perfect getaway would include great friends and family. A fun collection of couples would be ideal. We could explore and have a little adventure during the day and then tell stories over great food and fine wine at dinner.” For a little sun, sand and water sports, the Grand Wailea in Maui would fit the bill. Contact:

8. Relax in Luxury. Elie North, a Kansas City native, yearns for time to relax, soak in the tub, read on the beach, perhaps spend the day at the spa. But she’d like to mix it up with a little cultural flavor, perhaps ride horses through the surf, shop, and take a cooking class. She needs to relax and rejuvenate. Perhaps a long weekend at Villa Estancia where quiet pools await, beach attendants provide for your every need as you turn pages on a shaded lounge chair. Spend time at the Tatewari Spa for indigenous treatments. Later stroll down the beach to Bucerias, a nearby village for local shopping, and return for a cooking class with the talented and entertaining Chef Eugenio. Sound good? Contact:

9. Anywhere, Anytime. Paradise Valley, AZ mom Prue Poston, says she’d be happy anywhere on the planet as long as she was with her two daughters and son. Added perfection? Her husband is there too. Theresa James shares that conviction: “I just can’t get enough of my family.” 



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