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There is a way to make a Mother’s Day bouquet even more spectacular: send the gift of a getaway to Explorers’ Edge along with it. Here are 7 possible trips to include with your flowers for Mom this year.
1. Spas in Spring
A spa getaway is an obvious choice of gift for Mom, but the beauty of these indulgent escapes is that they’re never out of style. From facials to mani-pedis, from massages to custom treatments, a vacation at a spa will renew and reinvigorate her for more mothering to come. (When you think about it, the most pampered getaway you can give her, is the least you can do.) For a list of spa accommodations in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario, click here.
We made this word up – but it’s an actual thing. Perfect for the Mom who likes to try new experiences, an “edu-trip” will combine her love of learning with some much needed alone-time. The best part is there are countless new things to give a go.
Has she always wanted to go sea kayaking? Sign her up with White Squall Paddling Centre or the Ontario Sea Kayak Centre, both located in Parry Sound and both of which provide instruction and have guided-theme weekends too. Canoeing more her thing? Plenty of outfitters and guides will help her find paddling bliss in Explorers’ Edge.
Does she dabble in photography? Sign her up for one of the photography workshops happening throughout the region this year with some of the best wilderness photographers in the nation.
Does she like to let her wild side loose on vacation? Sign her up for ATV touring for an adrenaline fix on the Canadian Shield she won’t soon forget, where mud and giggles are guaranteed to fly.
Is your Mom more of a culinary type? Book a tour at one of four fantastic craft breweries in the region or sign her up for the Bog-To-Bottle Signature Experience at Muskoka Lakes Winery in Bala. (And watch for Mother’s Day Brunch specials at incredible dining establishments located here.)
If your Mom likes to try new things, the gift of an edu-trip to Explorers’ Edge will be a learning experience she’ll enjoy and remember for years to come. Click here for more ideas on what your Mom can see and do in Ontario’s cottage country.
3. Edurance Mom
Let’s face it – most Moms have more stamina than you can shake a baby rattle at. But if she’s a little more the hardcore-athletic-type, why not pay her registration and accommodation for one of many endurance and recreational participation events happening in 2015, from elite coaching and training at the TriSummit in Huntsville in May to the Ironman Muskoka in August, from the Spin The Lakes spring cycling event in May to the Pedaling for Parkinson’s multi-route weekend in July. Tons of fun runs too, like the popular Band on the Run. Go Mom Go!
4. Take a Cruise for Views
There is something very serene and charming about climbing aboard one of the many day-trip touring vessels you’ll find in the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario. Sit back and enjoy the view of cottage country’s renowned natural landscapes from the perspective that only comes from floating on the sparkling blue waters found here. Most Captains throw in some informative commentary too, which sort of makes this getaway idea an edu-trip combo. (Note that cruise season in Explorers’ Edge gets going closer to the May long weekend, so book her tickets and accommodation in advance.) For more info on cruises in Explorers’ Edge, click here.
Ladies who golf – we know they’re out there. If your Mom is one of them, then a golf getaway to Explorers’ Edge is sure to please. Check out over 30 exceptional courses in the region and great package deals as well on the helpful Golf Muskoka website. Book her tee times in advance too!
6. Music & Entertainment
Put some music in her heart with a concert getaway to Explorers’ Edge.
Is Mom a Beatles fan? Be sure to get her tickets to the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound May 7 for Classic Albums Live performs Abbey Road. Note for note, cut for cut, she’ll enjoy the recreation of the entire album live on stage.
Does Mom like more original rock ‘n’ roll? Get her tickets for “Rock Around The Clock” at the Rene Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge May 9, a 50s tribute concert by Bill Culp and The Memphis Cats playing Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and more.
If she’s more of a country gal, she’ll enjoy Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives, playing at the Stockey Centre in Parry Sound on Mother’s Day, May 10.
Is she a theatre fan? The Huntsville Theatre Company presents Play On! at the Studio Theatre in Chaffey Hall May 1-10. It’s a side-splitting play about a theatre company frantically trying to mount a production despite constant revisions by its author. The run includes a May 10th matinee with a special champagne & strawberries reception before the show, in honour of all the Moms attending.
Cultural institution Muskoka Chautauqua presents its annual Walking in My Mother’s Shoes event on May 9. Taking place at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa from 7-9pm, this event will feature a telling of our family stories and a celebration of motherhood through music, painting, prose and poetry. (Laughter is the name of the game at the JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka Resort & Spa a week later on May 15, with the Cottage Country Comedy Festival’s presentation of comedian Tim Nutt and friends).
7. Rest & Relax in the great Canadian wilderness just north of Toronto
Quite possibly the best gift you can give your Mom – a getaway where she can do absolutely nothing. Includes restful accommodations, stunning surroundings with woods and water, sleeping in or staying up late, and indulging in great food and drinks.
This Mother’s Day, by all means send her a beautiful bouquet. But make it extra special by including a getaway to the Explorers’ Edge region of Ontario.