Some moms like to let loose by bagging a peak or jumping out of an airplane; others prefer to unwind with a massage or on a winery tour with girlfriends. In honour of Mother’s Day, we’ve sussed out some great tours and experiences from across the continent that will let the mom in your life really live it up, whatever her taste.
For Foodie Mom
If your mom is craving a culinary adventure, take her to sample delectable dim sum, peek into exotic herbal shops and sip tea on the “I Can’t Believe I Ate My Way Through Chinatown!” tour in San Francisco, Calif. This food-centric exploration of North America’s largest Chinatown includes two meals, tastings and tea—so make sure Mom wears her stretchiest yoga pants.
For a mom with a sweet tooth, consider Fort Myers, Fla., where guests can master the century-old art of truffle making or learn the important skill of pairing chocolate with wine, at award-winning Norman Love Confections.
For History-Buff Mom
In Vancouver, B.C., moms who love history can step back to an era when Lotusland was a violent frontier town. On Forbidden Vancouver’s Lost Souls of Gastown walking tour, guests will learn about some of the city’s most colourful characters, including its first madam and a Klondike Gold Rush beauty with a broken heart.
For something slightly more futuristic and fast-paced, consider a Segway Distillery Tour in Toronto, Ont. Over the course of an hour, Mom can glide along on a vehicle of the future as she learns about Hogtown’s fascinating prohibition past.
For Sporty Mom
Take speed-demon Mom to Fort Worth, Texas, where she can gear up to drive a 450-plus-horsepower Z06 Corvette around three G-force-filled turns on a thrilling one-mile course at Texas Motor Speedway. No more watching from the NASCAR or Formula 1 sidelines, baby.
In Myrtle Beach, S.C., a golf-loving mom can brush up on her long drive and putting skills at The Classic Swing Golf School, then play the links, The Great Gatsby-style, at Pine Lake, the oldest golf course in Myrtle Beach.
For Posh Mom
In Scottsdale, Ariz., take pampering to the next level with spa treatments that incorporate the city’s southwest heritage, such as the Turquoise Wrap at the Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders Resort. Mom will be exfoliated and then cocooned in turquoise clay—a colour believed to convey protection, self-confidence and positive energy—to emerge revitalized.
Or, exercise your platinum card on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Calif., with haute couture guru Joe Katz, the in-house fashion stylist at Montage Beverly Hills. He’ll help your mom define her style, and then accompany her on a shopping spree to 90210’s best boutiques. (Call 310-860-5814)
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