The Mother of All Getaways


Forget about the laundry – Dad should be doing it anyway – let the dishes relax in the sink, don't answer anyone asking,"Where did you put my … ?"

It's time to just be queen for a day for the all-around, can-do-everything, female dynamo.

Welcome to Mom's Day 2006.

And as the Clairol ad says, "You're worth it!"

With Mother's Day around the corner, you can honor that loving, multi-tasking, important woman in your life with a big celebration or a simple get-together with family members.

To show just how much she's loved and appreciated, here are several suggestions that can help you celebrate with style and ease. Some require a few gallons of gas, others a plane ticket. Your choice; all are wonderful.

How about an elegant "Mother-Daughter Overnight" at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, where both will be pampered shamelessly? The first stop should be the spa with fitness rooms, a sparkling indoor pool by palm trees and waterfalls – and, finally, European trained-therapists who offer facials and body treatments using exclusive products from Naturopathica, a line of holistic skin-care essentials.

Upstairs, in your spacious room or suite, order delicious food from the hotel's acclaimed Fountain Restaurant, delivered right to your room.

The next morning, have a full breakfast in the handsome dining room overlooking newly landscaped Logan Square, then head out into the city to shop or walk up the Parkway to the world-famous museums.

Info: Call 215-963-1500.

Mom – and the whole family – can sail through the day on a Spirit of Philadelphia cruise that leaves from the historic Philadelphia waterfront.

You can select a two-hour early- or late-brunch cruise that offers narrated tours along the route. There is also a three-hour dinner cruise that includes a grand dinner buffet and dancing.

Info: Call 866-211-3808.

If your mother has a sweet tooth – or simply loves to bake – a delicious "Dessert Experience" is happening in Atlantic City. Brûlée is an exciting restaurant located in The Quarter at Tropicana Casino & Resort, where Chef Jemal Edwards raises the pastry arts to the level of theater.

Brûlée is conducting its second annual "Sweetest Mom Contest," asking applicants to write a paragraph describing why their mother deserves this title – in 100 words or less. One lucky mom will join Edwards in preparing a decadent spread of desserts to be shared by 20 guests in the winner's home.

Entries go to: [email protected] by Tuesday, May 9.

Info: Call 609-344-4900.

Now, a little farther away from home: A really deluxe gift for any age mother can be a fabulous cruise aboard Royal Caribbean's new Freedom of the Seas, debuting this month and enjoying the title of the world's largest cruise ship in the world. In addition to the ship's countless amenities are new features that add even more excitement to the sailing experience: a full-size Everlast boxing ring; a family waterpark and FlowRider surf simulator, ShipShape fitness center, and beachfront yoga classes.

Info: Call 1-800-852-9042.

At Planter's Inn – the only Relais & Chateaux property in Charleston, S.C. – a "Mother-Daughter Culinary Tour" is perfect for experiencing top gastronomic spots in this gracious city.

After a savory breakfast and in-room massage at the luxurious inn, there is a journey to several gourmet establishments, including a local chocolate shop. You can attend a classic Charleston tea party that features a lecture on learning the fundamentals of entertaining.

The two-day package is available May 7 and May 8, and also May 14 and May 15 – with accommodations in a deluxe double queen room or a queen governors suite, which includes two baths, two beds and a living room.

Info: Call 1-800-845-7082.

At New York's Waldorf-Astoria, moms will be thrilled with a "Shop 'Til You Drop" Bloomingdale's package.

Steps away from the hotel at the famed department store, all moms will receive a $50 gift card, a 15 percent savings certificate, a complimentary signature gift, a 20 percent savings certificate to the World of Disney New York … and more. All purchases of $250 or more will be delivered to the hotel free of charge.

Info: Call 1-800-WALDORF.

Then there's "Mommy & Me" at Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort in Sunny Isles, Fla. It's perfect for parents with children ages 5 to 12.

Here's a chance for mothers to relax – at the spa, the beach, the pool – while children enjoy a "Just Us Kids" Camp program. In honor of Mother's Day, moms receive a complimentary spa gift when booking any day or full-day package; children receive a camp T-shirt.

The stunning resort's Aquanox Spa is an oasis of serenity, relaxation and rejuvenation.

Info: Call 1-800-SONESTA.



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