12 relaxing places working moms can go for a well-deserved MomcationJul 05, 2019
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This post will benefit you desperately need to get away either alone or with your favorite girlfriends.
Vacation. Staycation. Momcation? You better believe it!
This word was a new one to me until about a year ago when a mindset coaching client brought it up. She was spending a few days by herself and referred to her trip as a “Momcation”. I love the word, defined in Urban Dictionary as “a break from one’s motherly duties” and wish more moms were booking them!
We all need time away from our daily lives. Just like vacations with your kids and spouse create priceless bonding opportunities, trips alone or with girlfriends give moms the time we need to relax and have fun. Let’s face it. You do a lot! There’s no reason to feel guilty for wanting to take a trip sans kids (or spouse). In fact, it’s excellent for your health, and you deserve it.
To encourage more moms to plan a Momcation (either by themselves or with girlfriends), I’ve put together a list of my favorite relaxation spots around the country.
I love VRBO and HomeAway to book vacations because you can rent an entire house or condo for an affordable price.
Check out these top locales for a Momcation, why they’re perfect for a getaway, and recommended rentals from VRBO and HomeAway (my favorite way to book):
Photo credit: Mark Hemmings
If we’re talking about favorite cities, Charleston tops my list. This little piece of paradise has a way of sending me into total relaxation mode as soon as I get there. Charleston is full of walkable streets, shopping galore, farmers markets, and, of course, the ocean. The food is fantastic and the people, the nicest.
When I head to Charleston, I prefer to stay in the heart of the city. I’ll grab a coffee in the morning and walk to The Battery overlooking the ocean and beautiful historic homes. I usually have a book with me and just relax and read. Then, I’ll walk to lunch and hit up King Street for some shopping. If I want to head to the beach, it’s just a short drive away.
You can also stay closer to the beach and drive into the city. It’s really up to you, and these gorgeous rentals give you both options.
Miramar, Rosemary Beach, Santa Rosa, FL area (30A)
These little pieces of heaven all line up next to one another on the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Panama City. My family has been going to this area for years, and every time we book through VRBO. The beaches here are the best I’ve ever seen. White sand, no rocks, and a blue-green ocean I could stare at all day.
This part of Florida is walkable and quiet. There’s not much of a party scene which makes it the perfect spot for a Momcation. Rent a place close to the beach, and you won’t need your car for days.
If you’re looking for a little hideaway, Gatlinburg is the place to go. Grab a cabin with a beautiful view and be with nature for a few days. The scenery here is gorgeous and goes on for miles. I love Gatlinburg because you don’t have to leave your cabin if you don’t want to, but also have the choice to drive into the little town and do touristy things if you want.
San Francisco, CA
Photo credit: Kelli Anderson
My husband and I took a trip to San Francisco a few years ago and fell in love. There’s so much to see, and transportation is easy to find. We enjoyed staying on the Embarcadero with a water view and a trolly right there. If you’re looking for a trip where you can get outside and sightsee, San Francisco is the place to go. I highly recommend an evening sailboat cruise in the bay. The rentals through VRBO and HomeAway are affordable as well.
Martha’s Vineyard and Cape Cod, MA
Photo credit: Kelli Anderson
Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most quaint places I’ve ever been. I can’t think of a better spot for a Momcation with everything you need right there. You take a ferry from Cape Cod to Martha’s Vineyard and won’t have to leave until it’s time to go home. Surrounded by water, you’ll be able to do a lot of walking, eating and shopping, along with relaxing. The rental homes here are cute and filled with character.
Photo credit: Kelli Anderson
We were lucky enough to call the Scottsdale/Phoenix area home for a few years. The landscape is so different yet inviting. With so many things to do around town, Scottsdale is the place to go for a Momcation. Head to Old Towne Scottsdale or stay put in your rental with a pool (make sure to have access to a pool). I can’t say enough great things about Arizona and if you’ve never been to Sedona be sure to drive the 1.5 hours north for a scene you won’t forget.
Other Momcation ideas
Can’t decide where you want to go? Check out some of these other places available on VRBO across the country and live life a little differently for a few days!
Book a barn
Photo credit: David Mark
Looking for rustic chic? Find a homey barn to stay in (yes, they do exist). Be with nature for a few days with zero distractions—okay, maybe just the sound of a few cows! From Yosemite to the Blue Ridge Mountains, there are renovated barns awaiting your arrival.
Relax by the pool
Photo credit: Drew Dau
There are properties all over the world with luxurious pools; you just have to decide where you want to go. Walk out of your temporary home and straight into the water. Take a break with a book on a beach chair, and then repeat. Sounds perfect for a Momcation.
Lie by the lake
Photo credit: Sabri Ismail
Have you ever been to a lake house where you can step on the porch and see the calmness of the water? Lake houses provide a serene experience as you sit on the dock and appreciate being still. And if you feel like you need a little action, you can rent a boat for the day and get some sun.
Explore a big city
Photo credit: Pedro Lastra
Sometimes the big city is all a mom needs to get back on track. While some of us prefer lazy days for a Momcation, others want to be out and about, exploring places they typically can’t with their kids in tow. With so many larger cities to choose from, pick one you’ve never been to and spend your time doing things that you want to do (not what your munchkins had in mind). Visit a museum, shop, or dine at a fancy restaurant. Stay in a rental that suits you and is close to everything!
Stay on a boat
Photo Credit: Rabia RS
When I traveled to Vietnam, I spent three days on what’s called a “junk boat”. But don’t be fooled, this boat was not junk. It was the perfect mix of rustic and luxury, and you wouldn’t believe what life was like waking up on the water. If you can handle the rocking of a boat while you sleep, consider staying on a boat for a few nights. You won’t have any other choice but to be and appreciate your surroundings.
Be steps from the beach
Photo credit: stux
My kind of Momcation definitely includes a beach within walking distance. Finding a rental with close beach access and having nothing but time is when I’m in total relaxation mode. There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of the ocean and watching the sunset at night. I’ll take a glass of wine (or two) as well!
So, there you go—a list to get you started in planning your next (or first) Momcation. Remember, it doesn’t matter so much where you go, but making sure you have time to relax and do what you want to do. Okay, I’m off to plan my next trip!
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