Instead of another ordinary brunch-and-spa day, make lasting memories this Mother's Day with an active travel experience that can bring the whole family even closer together. Before you book, check out these mom-approved getaways from
Surf's Up!
How about offering to teach mom to hang 10 at a women's weekend surf clinic? Visit Oregon's Northwest Women's Surf Camp and treat mom to the Girlfriend Getaway Weekenders package. Over two days, she'll learn to surf with instructors, practice in the ocean with a coach and learn the challenging sport firsthand, with the support of a women-only environment.

An organic lunch is catered daily, and accommodations are provided. Don't worry about the wetsuit and equipment: Everything, including transportation to and from the beach, is provided, along with a departing goodie bag to commemorate the weekend. Rates start from $225 per person depending on the location and number of participants. Girlfriend getaway clinics start in June, so surprise mom with a gift certificate on her special day.

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Explore Your Inner Artist
Feel like dancing? Treat mom to an unforgettable weekend at The Oaks Spa at Ojai, where she can tap her toes to a custom mix of belly dancing, jazz, Zumba and African dance. If she still feels like stretching her legs, she can take advantage of outdoor activities like a morning stroll for 30 minutes around town, or a 4-mile jaunt into the foothills of the Ojai Valley, located just south of Santa Barbara, California. And the spa's health- and calorie-conscious meals feature locally grown produce and natural foods.

Or let mom tap into her inner artist at the nearby Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, which offers a cathartic mandala class in its Artist's Cottage and Apothecary. This signature two-hour experience involves creating your own personal mandala, meant to help work your way to self-discovery. If that sounds too intimidating, the inn also offers a variety of hands-on courses with local artists, including oil painting, jewelry making and silk scarf painting. The inn is currently offering a free night for every two nights booked through May 27.


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