Spa sojourns and beach escapes are popular ways for ladies to get away with their adult girlfriends, but where do you go when you want to celebrate a special milestone with your daughter? Consider paying a visit to these achievement-oriented attractions, all celebrating the amazing accomplishments of females. Combine a historic exploration with a mother-daughter trip, followed by a little pampering at female-friendly lodging, and you've got yourself a true getaway for the girls.
Destination: New York's Finger Lakes Region
While a weekend in the Big Apple is a bucket-list favorite among females, why not switch gears on your next girls' getaway, and wheel your way around upstate New York's Finger Lakes region? Besides boasting some of the most picturesque trails for biking in the continental U.S., the area is the birthplace of the Women's Rights Movement, not to mention a mecca for farm-loving foodies.
From Rochester, spin your wheels to the pretty village of Pittsford, and check into the Renaissance Del Monte Lodge & Spa. Convenient to the Erie Canalway Trail and within walking distance to village dining and shopping, the property is a favorite among locals looking for a little pampering. If you didn't bring your own ride, you can rent one across the street at Towpath Bike at Schoen Place. If you prefer a package deal, WomanTours and Classic Adventures, both headquartered in the area, offer guided tours featuring Finger Lakes itineraries.
Journey southeast to Seneca Falls, situated on the northern shore of Cayuga Lake, where a visit to some of the nation's most lauded landmarks should be your priority. Top spots include Women's Rights National Historic Park, chronicling the story of the first Women's Rights Convention, held in 1848, and the National Women's Hall of Fame, which pays homage to the accomplishments of more than 250 pioneering American women, from Susan B. Anthony to Oprah Winfrey. Across the street from the Hall of Fame, shop for tongue-in-cheek souvenirs at WomanMade Products, a feminist-friendly shop with an amusing sense of humor for all ages.
Work up an appetite while you make your way west to the northern end of Canandaigua Lake, where the New York Wine & Culinary Center beckons. Opened in 2006, the facility features a multitude of ways to sample farm-fresh cuisine, from interactive classes and area tours to tasting room experiences.
Recommended Hotel: Renaissance Del Monte Lodge & Spa "Renaissance Del Monte Lodge & Spa
Destination: Cleveland, Ohio
Reverence for rock 'n' roll may bring crowds to Cleveland, but if you want to be inspired by an unconventional female "boomer" band, soar over to the International Women's Air and Space Museum, where, even if you're not a fan of flying, you're bound to leave enlightened. From firsthand accounts of what it was like to be a WASP (Woman Air Force Service Pilot) during WWII to the remarkable, but little-known story of the "Mercury 13" -- the fearless group of females who trained but were never invited to join the first American astronauts in space -- extraordinary history is revealed.
Nearby in Canton, at the National First Ladies Library, you can soak up some political history, while learning about the notable causes, fashion and views created and adopted by leading first ladies. Afterwards, rock 'n' roll together with the Burning River Roller Girls, Cleveland's all-female flat-track roller derby league, or let your daughter learn the fundamentals of flying at AeroCamp. The latter experience, designed for middle-schoolers, includes instruction, hands-on experience in a flight simulator and a voucher good for a half-hour "discovery flight."
More hands-on adventures are in store at The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland, where you can enjoy a little pampering, as well as lend comfort to others by signing up for a "Give Back Getaway." The program, offered at all Ritz-Carlton properties, offers guests an opportunity to make a lasting impression through organized and sponsored community service activities.
Recommended Hotel: The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland "The Ritz-Carlton Cleveland
Destination: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
Fashion, professional football and the history of the American frontier are among the claims to fame of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth Area. For an inside look at the women who shaped the Southwest, steer yourself to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, located in Fort Worth's Cultural District.
After you've perused the galleries and had your turn on the museum's Bronco Ride, scoot over to the Stockyards District and stop in at M.L. Leddy's, famous for custom boots, hand-shaped hats and Western wear. At the Stockyards, you can watch the world's only twice-daily cattle drive (the Fort Worth Herd), take in a Wild West show (Pawnee Bill's), learn the "Texas Two-step" at the World's largest honkytonk (Billy Bob's Texas) or check out the Stockyards Championship Rodeo, held on Friday and Saturday nights at Cowtown Coliseum.
Nearby, Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards offers a "rodeo and rest" package. Less than five minutes away, Esperanza's Bakery & Cafe is the place to go for migas (Tex-Mex egg dish), sopes, tamales and fresh-baked goodies. More Western-themed fun can be found at Beaumont Ranch Resort & Spa in Grandview, situated 35 minutes south. From traditional ranch activities like horseback riding, ATV adventures and zip-lining, plus pampering at a full-service spa, the 800-acre working cattle ranch has it covered for those seeking a relaxing and adventurous stay.
Recommended Hotel: Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards "Hyatt Place Fort Worth Historic Stockyards
Destination: Washington, D.C.
Finding your inner muse can be both enjoyable and easy on the wallet when you pay a visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C. Housed in a landmark Masonic temple, the museum brings recognition to female artists, offering a broad picture of women's roles within creative history. Museum admission is free for children under 18 and also free for everyone on "Community Day," typically scheduled the first Sunday of each month.
See more female-oriented works of art, all paying tribute to trailblazing women in history, at the U.S. Capitol. In storage for 76 years, the "Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony" is now on display in the Capitol Rotunda. Nearby in National Statuary Hall, you can view statues and busts depicting more female abolitionists, woman's suffrage crusaders and civil rights advocates, including Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.
Arguably, navigating your way around D.C. isn't easy for novices. Add adventure to area exploration and remove the possibility of unplanned detours by signing up for a guided two-wheeled tour. For ages 16 and up, City Segway Tours offers a guided tour of the top historic sites as well as a separate monument-themed tour. If you're traveling with younger children, Bike and Roll is a good option. Bike rentals are also available. Advance reservations are recommended.
If you want to end your day with an "artful" rest, consider checking into Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. Within walking distance to the White House and the National Mall, the trendy Kimpton boutique hotel features an "art in motion" theme. Among the accommodation options, "Motion Spa Rooms" and "Spa Suites" offer special amenities destined to incite rest and relaxation.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. "Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.
Destination: San Diego
Learn about the accomplishments and activities of local and national females who made a name for themselves at the Women's Museum of California, one of five museums in the U.S. dedicated to women's history. In addition to lectures and traveling exhibits, the museum sponsors a number of special events, including a suffrage parade held annually in Balboa Park. At the museum store, you can shop for jewelry made by local female artists, or pick up an "almost-famous" museum T-shirt imprinted with the slogan, "Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History."
Twenty minutes south, at the iconic Hotel del Coronado, named one of our "10 Best Resorts for Teens," you can sign up for a surf lesson, spend a leisurely day at the beach, peruse more than 15 resort shops or enjoy a spa treatment. The Spa at the Del offers a selection of teen treatments, including a signature "Teen Spa Sundae" package, which includes a 25-minute ice cream float bath, a 25-minute sugar scrub and a 25-minute frosting massage. At the property's MooTime Creamery and Spreckels Candy shops, you can enjoy more sweet treats.
Nearby Paradise Point Spa and Resort is another great mother-daughter option on the beach, offering a range of family-friendly amenities, including surf lessons, mother-daughter spa treatments and water taxi service to SeaWorld San Diego.
Recommended Hotel: Hotel del Coronado "Hotel del Coronado
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Written by Jackie Perrin