5 Amazing Places for Maximum Mother’s Day Indulgence
By Chris Duthie
Mother’s Day is upon us — and if you’re still searching for that perfect gift, nothing says “I completely forgot” like chocolates, flowers or dinner at a too-late-for-reservations restaurant.
This year make it special. Here are five serendipitous suggestions that will make you look like a superhero:
1) Book a long romantic weekend at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, the luxury resort located about 50 miles north of San Francisco. While she is being uber-pampered at the Willow Stream Spa and its four geothermal swimming pools, you can go play championship-caliber golf at the exclusive but accessible Sonoma Golf Club. After, go tour a dozen or so of the area’s 425 wineries, then settle in for a quixotic dinner at the Inn’s premier Santé Restaurant.
2) Reignite those wild college spring break memories and rekindle some relationship fire by jetting off to Loreto, the new must-experience destination in Baja California. Then check in at the plush new Villa del Palmar Beach Resort & Spa, which has gained meteoric popularity by virtue of a singular Rees Jones-designed golf course, the 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa, sumptuous guest villas and suites, beach parties, seaside recreation, and ai-yai-yai candy views of the Sea of Cortez.
3) You’ve waited all winter to visit Southern Utah, and here’s your chance to do it with a moderately questionable ulterior motive. Located just 13 hours southwest of Denver via Interstates 70 and 15, your destination is the luxuriously appointed Sand Hollow Golf Resort near Hurricane. Here the options are as supernatural as the scenery, including 27 holes of John Fought-designed golf and day-trip escapes to Zion National Park, Snow Canyon State Park and the Grand Canyon.
4) Consider the new volcanic activity in Hawai’i as a sign: It’s time to heat up your relationship with a trip to Lanai, the state’s smallest inhabited island. Unspoiled, easy-going and endlessly beautiful, Lanai is also home to the magical Four Seasons Resort Lanai. This 213-guestroom paradise offers nine diverse bars and restaurants, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf, Peter Burwash tennis, beachfront recreation, and spa, yoga and wellness activities.
Travel tip: Get a complimentary fifth night after staying four consecutive nights.
5) Speaking of heat, Scottsdale’s spoil-the-guests summer — underscored by transcendent off-season rates — is about to get underway. At the AAA Five Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, travelers are pleasured with premier accommodations, five restaurants and bars, the 70-treatment Well & Being Spa, six pools, 9,000-square-foot white sand beach, family adventure center and preferred access to 36 holes of Tom Weiskopf-crafted championship golf at the neighboring TPC Scottsdale.
Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer. Colorado AvidGolfer is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.