Momcation Needed? – Here’s 5 Great Destinations to Visit in 2024

Written by on May 11, 2024

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It’s that special day that moms everywhere look forward to – Mother’s Day 2024 will be celebrated on May 12. Way.com presents some amazing destinations to head to for a momcation – a much-needed break from the demands of motherhood.

Yes, we don’t need a special day in particular to celebrate moms and motherhood. But it feels good to be pampered and made the center of attention once in a while. On such a mom-entous day, it makes sense for you to take a momcation of your own. You’ll want to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life!

What is a Momcation?

A momcation is a break from motherhood and the responsibilities that come with being a parent. In short, a vacation for mothers. It gives you time to relax, unwind, and catch up with your friends at a spa, resort, or vacation destination.

While you can spend a momcation without leaving your house too, we highly recommend you jet off to a new place. Why not take that solo trip you always wanted to go on? Or rope in your female friends to have a girl’s trip together.

We suggest the following five spectacular destinations you can visit if you’re a mother looking for a short getaway or if you’re someone looking to gift a trip to your mother. Be warned, though – these places will make you go “Mamma Mia!”

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Napa Valley, California
We know what you’re thinking – what better way to take a break from mom life than a trip to wine country? Napa Valley in California is known as one of the best wine regions in the world. Nothing but the best for mothers to unwind.

Checking into one of the famous Napa Valley hotels here could be the best momcation idea you could ever have. You could even go on a ‘glamping’ experience – short for glamorous camping. You will be pampered with luxurious accommodation in the woods.

While sipping on world-class wines will be at the top of your bucket list, you can also reconnect with nature by taking long walks in the pleasant weather of the valley.

Also, try out the healing effects of the famous hot springs in the region, and you’ll have hit the mother lode of relaxing vacations.

Mom and baby girl
Mom and baby girl

Beaufort, South Carolina
If you’re looking for a momcation on a budget, look no further than this quiet city with a storied history in the American South. This one’s for moms who prefer a quiet getaway, with an itinerary that includes museums, art, and culture.

Beaufort is located on the eastern coast, on one of South Carolina’s Sea Islands. Apart from the coastal climate and the island attractions, the city is also known for its antebellum architecture. It is also a designated National Historic Landmark.

If you’re on a momcation, you can find the most value for your time on a guided tour of the historic city’s mansions and plantations. Don’t forget to visit the Seaside Plantation and Huntington Island State Park while you’re there.

Beaufort also has a place among America’s best art towns and hosts a prolific Performing Arts Center. The Kazoo Museum, which has the world’s largest collection of kazoos (a musical instrument used to create vocal effects), will also make for interesting viewing. If you can’t make it to Beaufort during May, there are tons of events that you can visit later in the year.

The Home Water Festival happens in mid-July and the Shrimp Festival in October (when you can try out the delicious local cuisine). The Beaufort International Film Festival is held every year in mid-February.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
You can’t pamper someone without satisfying their sweet tooth. And mothers are no different! A momcation to Chocolate Town, Hershey will probably be unlike anything most people have ever experienced.

While there are the usual chocolate outlets like Hershey’s Chocolate World to explore, a momcation here is not complete without staying at the famous Hotel Hershey. Apart from the splendid view of the Hershey Flower Gardens, the hotel is also famous for its chocolate-themed spa packages.

Fancy a relaxing Chocolate Spa? Hotel Hershey is where you have to be. The treatments include a Whipped Cocoa Bath, Chocolate Bean Polish, and the Cocoa Facial Experience. The hotel has a Mother’s Day special with discounts on several chocolate treatments. Once you’re relaxed and refreshed, you can even get a taste of fine wine at the Cullari Vineyards, Hershey’s very own winery, to top off a memorable trip.

With excellent service and amenities, this is one experience where you will get opti–mum rest.

Momcation
Momcation

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
We know, we know – one wine destination just wasn’t enough. But don’t let the name fool you; Martha’s Vineyard is less about liquor and more about luxury.

A resort island located off the Massachusetts coast, Martha’s Vineyard is a popular summer destination for the rich and famous – a perfect place to spend your momcation and be treated like royalty. Many luxury hotels offer momcation packages where you can be treated to lavish brunches, relaxing spa treatments, and on-demand yoga sessions.

Get your girl gang along and prepare for a few days of being pampered to the max. Walk along the sandy beaches while feeling the cool sea breeze, and climb up to the Aquinnah Cliffs for a wonderful ocean panorama.

The Oak Bluffs Campground is where you can tour the Gothic-designed summer cottages of former residents. You can also visit Chappaquiddick Island, where you can go on a walking trail.

But that’s not all. If you’re lucky, you might even spot your favorite celebrities on vacation on the same island– think Oprah Winfrey or Bill Gates.

Momcation
Momcation

Cannon Beach, Oregon
Not picking a momcation destination on the Pacific coast would be a mom–umental mistake. But Cannon Beach fits all the criteria for a cozy, coastal getaway. A solo trip here will be the best antidote to the hectic, urban life most moms are used to.

You won’t regret choosing this seaside resort city for your momcation. It is most famous for Haystack Rock, a 235-feet-tall sea rock that is surely Instagram-worthy enough to make the trip worthwhile! National Geographic has listed it as one of the most beautiful places in the world. It still retains a small-own charm, perfect for moms to relax and unwind.

The Ecola State Park is three miles away, where you can walk among old forests and greenery. It also has several hiking trails that lead to viewpoints from where you can whale watch. If you’d rather do a road trip, you can go on the Oregon Coast tour and explore the many cliffs and beaches along the shoreline. One of the prominent cultural festivals here is the Spring Unveiling, an annual arts festival held on the first Sunday in May.

This story was produced by Way.com and reviewed and distributed by Stacker Media.

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