Mother’s Day is a just a few days away. Forget giving her another spa day (so predictable!). These inspired getaways show mom you care enough to give her a gift she’ll always remember. Gift now and stay later.

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Scaling a rock face can sound pretty intimidating, but Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in northern Arkansas has just the type of easy climbs to gently introduce mom to this fast-growing sport (and plenty of advanced routes as well). Started as a family dude ranch, the nearby sandstone cliffs and rock formations have given Horseshoe an alternate personality as a destination for rock climbers as well. After conquering the rock face, mom can relax on one of the cabin porches while Horseshoe’s cooks take care of dinner.
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper, AK


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Culinary Adventure 
Visitors of Blackberry Farm don’t eat, they take part in a culinary event. This ‘intimate luxury hotel’ nestled in the rolling hills of the Great Smoky Mountains has been championing locavore fare long before it became hip. Serving the bounty from its farm in what they’ve dubbed ‘Foothills Cuisine’, Blackberry Farm counts big-name foodies like Thomas Keller and David Chang as fans. Booking a room includes dinner, and you can add on garden tours, tastings and other seasonal culinary events.
Blackberry Farm, Walland TN

 

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Set on 146 acres of protected of rainforest and surrounded by rivers, Tortuga Lodge and Gardens pampers without feeling ostentatious (prices are also reasonable). The area is accessible on by boat and small plane, and you certainly feel worlds away. View the scenery from the lodge’s pool and lounge areas, or head out on foot or by boat for up-close interaction with monkeys, kingfishers (all six species), turtles and other area natives.
Tortuga Lodge and Gardens, Tortuguero, Costa Rica

 

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She may not welcome a gym membership, but a 3 lesson pack of Paddle Boarding at Laguna Beach (and a stay at The Tides) is another thing altogether. Try it out with Bliss Paddle Yoga and she can get her chakras aligned as well as a great water workout. All ages and levels welcome.
Bliss Paddle Yoga Starter Pack 3 lessons & sweater $125, Laguna Beach, CA

Image credits: Rock climbing courtesy The Capital Times, Blackberry Farm courtesy The Tennessean

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