3 moms’ weekends to get away from it all

With all the mac n’ cheese making, the laundry folding (does it EVER end?) and the constant carpooling, it is evident that moms need a break. Not just an hour or two at the spa or gym, either. What moms need is at least a FULL 24 hours away, without having to clean a sippy cup, so that they can get the chance to fill their proverbial cup.

Before you start feeling guilty, call up your mom squad and plan your girls’ getaway weekend! These three destinations are close enough so that you can get home in case of emergency but also so fun and relaxing you may as well be a world away from your typical “mom life.”

Kohler, Wis.

There is no better place to be pampered than the American Club in Kohler, Wis. This five star resort has everything a tired mom could ever dream of: fine dining, top-notch service, gorgeous gardens, a state-of-the-art spa, a traditional “high tea” service…the list goes on and on. The spa is the biggest draw for weary moms. With a massive list of treatments and specialty packages, there is a service to soothe any and all aches and pains.

Saugatuck, Mich.

Looking for a quiet weekend away filled with delicious food, wine and fine art? Head to Saugatuck for a taste of Pure Michigan. Stay in one of the beautifully restored hotels or inns, such as the Judson Heath Colonial Inn or Maplewood Hotel. Whether you enjoy a relaxing day soaking up the sunshine at Oval Beach, strolling through the quaint shops on Butler Street or trying local wines at Fenn Valley Winery, you will return home rested and rejuvenated.


After 10 minutes of meandering through Galena, you will understand why it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the Midwest. The rolling hills and breathtaking views add to its small town charm and will encourage even the busiest mom to slow down and savor the little things. There are many wineries and tasting rooms to enjoy local grape varietals and you can even stay amongst the vines at Galena Cellars. History buffs will enjoy taking a trolley tour to view all of the historic homes while more adventurous moms may take a horseback ride or a flight in a hot air balloon. Eagle Ridge Resort also offers getaway packages perfect for moms who need a weekend away and someone to plan it all for them.

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2018 issue of Chicago Parent’s Going Places. Read the rest of the issue.

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