These Small Towns Make Perfect Mother-Daughter Trips
Whether you want mountains, beaches or deserts, these small towns are ideal for mother-daughter trips.
Perfect Small Towns for a Mother-Daughter Trip
There's no one like mom. And there's no getaway like a mother-daughter trip to strengthen your bond and create even more precious memories together.
For a unique vacation, consider going to a small town where you'll be away from the distracting noise of the city. You won't forget nights spent stargazing or days on quiet mountain trails. By the end of your trip, you'll be planning the next one.
Treat mom to an unforgettable vacation in these perfect small towns with fewer than 10,000 residents.
Park City, Utah
Few small towns in the U.S. can compete with Park City. In this practically perfect destination, you'll be blown away by the sight of the pretty little town at the foot of the mountains. While it's best known for skiing, hiking trails open once the snow melts. At any time, Main Street offers boutique shopping and great dining in 19th-century buildings.
Where to stay: Hotel Park City, Autograph Collection
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Located about two hours from Los Angeles, Ojai Valley has been an oasis for city dwellers for over a century. The town still has intact Spanish colonial architecture, and many of the "newer" structures follow a Mediterranean style that is pleasing to behold. Because it's a Hollywood darling, it offers fine dining and luxury spas that provide nothing but the best service. If you're looking to pamper your mom, there is no going wrong with Ojai Valley.
Where to stay: Ojai Valley Inn
Taos, New Mexico
If your mom likes history and unique places, take her to Taos. This wonderful destination is most famous for its UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblos, which have been inhabited for over 1,000 years. People love to go hiking in the surrounding mountains or rafting in the Rio Grande. For an experience you can't get anywhere else, tour the town's Earthships, a sustainable, off-grid community that looks like it belongs on another planet.
Where to stay: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
Bar Harbor, Maine
Bar Harbor is arguably the most picturesque town in New England, with its whitewashed coastal lighthouses and streets decorated with colorful historic houses. You'll love hiking in nearby Acadia Natural Park with mom, then coming back to town for some fresh Maine lobster and a relaxed walk along the harbor.
Where to stay: The Primrose
It's baffling that Luray continues to be so underrated. Most visitors come for the impressive Luray Caverns, whose belly hides large stalactites and stalagmites, as well as underground reflecting ponds. Deep inside, the Great Stalacpipe Organ is placed in such a way that its notes bounce off the rock formations, making them "sing." After touring the caves, you can visit a nearby vineyard, drive to Shenandoah National Park or have fun at Lake Arrowhead Park.
Where to stay: South Court Inn
Lake George, New York
Famous for its clear water, Lake George is an idyllic summer vacation destination. Spend time boating, swimming or kayaking on the lake. Then, enjoy the unexpectedly great fine dining scene, courtesy of elite New Yorkers who come here on the weekends and demand restaurants that fit their high standards. Rent a waterfront apartment or house where you and mom can sit on the porch and take in the views of the sparkling lake.
Where to stay: The Heritage of Lake George
New Glarus, Wisconsin
You might not be able to take your mom to Europe, but you can take her to New Glarus. Swiss immigrants in the 1840s founded this small Wisconsin town. They brought along their architecture, food and customs, which can still be enjoyed in "America's Little Switzerland." Of course, don't leave without eating some fondue.
Where to stay: Chalet Landhaus Inn
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Part artist's colony, part historical village, part outdoor recreation heaven, Eureka Springs is probably the coolest place in Arkansas. With fun year-round events like music festivals and theater productions, you're guaranteed to have entertaining things to do. If you visit in the summer, you'll get to enjoy the state's natural beauty in the lakes that surround the town.
Where to stay: 5 Ojo Inn Bed & Breakfast
Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
If you want a rare Florida beach town that isn't yet overun by tourists, head to Santa Rosa. Located on the Panhandle and near Pensacola, Santa Rosa is still quiet and family-friendly. The soft white sand contrasts with the pale blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, which is usually mild and welcoming.
Where to stay: 30-A Inn & Suites
Located on South Bass Island on Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay is one of Ohio's hidden gems. Besides Victorian buildings, the town is known for its wineries, which bring in visitors throughout the year. The best way to move around the island is by bike or golf cart, which helps reduce traffic and creates the tranquil atmosphere that has people coming back year after year.
Where to stay: Ahoy Inn Guesthouse