11, 2014 – the day we choose to celebrate our moms and the amazing work that
they do. What better way to honor her then take (or send) her on a quick
getaway? Here are a few favorite places to
go with dear sweet mom in mind.
is one of the great tourist draws in the US, thanks to both the many parks in
Orlando as well as the sunny and posh beaches of Miami. But Florida is a large
and diverse state and there are many other, lesser known places to explore.
Getting to Florida is easy enough, there are lots of low-cost options and
getting around the state may take some time, but it’s no challenge. My new
favorite hideaway in Florida is located just 45 minutes north of Jacksonville,
on Florida’s First Coast: the secluded resort destination, Amelia Island. Long
a getaway for the rich and powerful, Amelia still has that aura of exclusivity,
but is now much more accessible. The best hotel on the island though is also my
favorite, the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island. Combining the unique and high
qualities of service for which the Ritz Carlton is known along with the laid
back beachy feel of the island, the resort is wonderful and a true destination
in itself. If just hanging out along the beach isn’t for you though, there are
plenty of activities on the island and within an easy drive. My favorite was a
quick day trip up to Savannah, Georgia, the classic Southern colonial town known
for its beauty, charm and hospitality. Amelia Island is just one of hundreds of
quieter spots in Florida where it’s actually possible to relax and not battle
is a new and surprising addition to my personal travel list. Surprising in that
I can’t believe I hadn’t considered it before as a quick getaway option.
Bermuda is located in what I call the middle-Atlantic, off the coast of North
Carolina. It is NOT in the Caribbean, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a
wonderful tropical retreat. An easy flight from any of the East Coast hubs,
Bermuda is convenient and easy to reach. Once there though, it feels like
you’ve traveled a million miles away. Every aspect of island life you would
expect is there, from the lush plant life to some of the best beaches in the
world. Bermuda is famous for its pink beaches, which really are pink as they
are beautiful. It’s not all beaches and tropical drinks though, there’s a lot
to do on the island to keep an active person like myself busy for several days.
One of my favorite day trips was to the colonial town of St. George’s, a
relaxing retreat that dates back to the 17th century. No matter what you choose
to do though, it honestly is one of my new favorite quick vacation spots.
is easy to reach for those of us on the East Coast, about an hour or two away,
but culturally different enough to make it seem as if you’ve crossed an ocean.
I’ve spent two long weekends in Montreal, each exploring different parts of the
city and enjoying new sights. Montreal appeals to me on several levels. It’s an
urban getaway with lots of shopping, restaurants, museums and cultural
activities going on all year. Even in their harsh winters you can escape below
ground through a complex and infinitely cool system of underground malls and
walkways. Montreal is also a great foodie stop, from the traditional cured
meats and bagels to new and innovative restaurants. If all you want to do is
spend a few days somewhere eating and drinking, Montreal is one of the best
places in the world to do so. But I love history and exploring the culture of a
new destination, which I think is what really draws me back to Montreal. It
doesn’t feel like any other city in Canada, it has its own very unique and
colorful character. Maybe it’s because so many people speak French, but I love
walking around the neighborhoods, admiring the architecture, stopping by cafes
for a quick coffee and just soaking up the city. There really are few places as
interesting and that is what makes it a fantastic choice for a quick getaway.
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