The DEPARTURES Guide to Mother's Day

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Travel tips, restaurant recommendations, gift suggestions, and more ideas for how to spoil the most special women in your life.

For those who want to make Mother’s Day truly memorable this year, take the standard traditions a step further: in lieu of her favorite fragrance, give an entirely bespoke perfume made by a master perfumer; instead of another dinner out, join her at an exceptional cooking class in France, hosted by a mother-daughter team; or for a twist on the single bouquet, have a year's worth of flowers delivered directly to her door. Browse our guide for the gifts and experiences that will help make this year's celebration truly special—and get to know some of the women we admire most.

Where to Go & Things to Do

The Best Brunches, From Coast to Coast
Where to book a table for an unforgettable Mother's Day meal. See the slideshow »

The Most Charming Inns Across America
From idyllic island retreats to quaint wilderness escapes, these 17 intimate properties offer one-of-a-kind experiences in some of the most beautiful locations in the country. See the slideshow »

Bespoke Gin Made Just for Her
Give the gin enthusiasts the chance to create her own recipe at this boozy master class at one of London’s leading distilleries. Read the article »

San Francisco's Best Weekend Getaways
With wild, windswept coastlines, lush inland forests, sprawling vineyards, and rugged mountains—all situated a stone’s throw (or hour-or-so car ride) away—Northern California is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to the possibilities for an invigorating weekend away with Mom. See the slideshow »

Top New York City Escapes
Nothing says "I love you" more than a little quality time spent together. Beautiful scenery, picture-perfect breakfast spreads, and much-needed relaxation await at these bucolic getaways. See the slideshow »

L.A.'s Best Weekend Trips
From seaside cliffs to picturesque desertscapes, these ten fantastic SoCal spots make ideal spring escapes. See the slideshow »

Indulging Along Mexico's Wine Trail
Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California is the up-and-coming wine region to visit now. Here, a guide to planning the perfect visit with the woman in your life. See the slideshow »

A Mother-Daughter Cooking School
Take a cooking class with the familial female founders of The Cook's Atelier in Burgundy. See the article »

Gifts to Give

The Power of Pink
There may not be a more powerful color in our world today than pink. Gift mom the perfect item—from a timeless Prada gown, a street-cool Givenchy bomber jacket, or (most fittingly) a full-on pantsuit from Altuzarra—to show off her colors. See the slideshow »

The Best Florists for Hire
Tastemakers of all stripes—from designer Carolina Hererra to television journalist Tamron Hall—share the talents they turn to for their most meaningful events. Read the story » 

Eliane Fattal's Inspired Jewelry
The London designer uses vintage jewels to create unique, one-of-a-kind designs. Read the story »

Stylish, Comfortable Sleepwear for Mom
From a cashmere sleep mask to a silky robe, 16 chic items to facilitate a dreamy night's rest. See the slideshow »

10 Destination-Evoking Candles
Too busy to travel? Bring the destination to your loved one with these truly transportive fragrances inspired by places like Versailles or Capri. See the slideshow » 

Beyond Godiva: Small-Batch Chocolate
This year, skip the usual suspects and gift high-quality chocolate from under-the-radar confectioners in Ecuador, Hungary, and cities across North America instead. See the slideshow »

The $35,000 Gift
Celebrate the singular woman in your life with an equally unique bespoke perfume from Kilian Hennessy. See the article » 

Fantastic Floral Subscriptions to Sign Up for Now
These artisanal services deliver the most exquisite floral designs on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, ensuring your loved one never has to be without fresh blooms again. See the slideshow »

Pampering to Bestow

The Best Places to Reset in 2017
Eighteen retreats in serene settings ranging from the beaches of Thailand to the mountains of Switzerland that'll give Mom the ultimate recharge for mind, body, and soul. See the slideshow »

A Guide to the Luxe Natural Beauty Capital of the World
San Francisco has long been the capital for a natural, mindful approach to lifestyle. Now it has the clean and green skincare boutiques, day spas, and salons to match. See the slideshow »

The Fast Track to Healthy, Happy Nails
Nail care is the latest segment of the beauty industry to offer natural products and services for guilt-free pampering. Here, the top non-toxic nail salons from coast to coast. See the slideshow »

The 10 Spa Treatments Sweeping the World of Wellness
These newly trendy classes and treatments go far and above the typical facial to offer services that renew and rejuvenate in wholly unexpected ways. See the slideshow »

Wellness in Europe
From a castle in Ireland to a hammam in Turkey, here are the best new spas to visit across the Atlantic. See the slideshow » 

A Spa in Paradise
The Caribbean has no shortage of fantastic spas, most of them overlooking the breathtaking blue sea. See the slideshow » 

Women We Admire 

Gloria Steinem's Necessary Luxuries
The political activist shares her list of the must-have items she can't live without. Read her list »

The Women of Paris's Fashion World
With women now at the top of Dior and Lanvin, we review the history of women at the head of Paris fashion houses. Read the article »

The Second Coming of Reese Witherspoon
How the rom-com queen reinvented herself as a Hollywood tastemaker. Read the article »

Kathryn Sargent: The Woman of Savile Row
On the legendary street for suiting, a new name is above the door—and, for the first time, it's a woman's. Read the article »

Style Inspiration: Thandie Newton
The Westworld actress stuns in a thoroughly British-designed look at PaleyFest. Read the story »

A Conversation with Gossip Columnist Cindy Adams
​​​​​​The last of the old-fashioned gossip columnists, Adams dishes on her own life—and others’. Read the ​article »

From the Archives: A Son Makes a Documentary About His Mother
Filmmaker Francesco Carrozzini talks about growing up with Franca Sozzani, the veteran editor-in-chief of Italian VogueSee the article »

The Women Behind Italian Design
Meet three women doing amazing things to ensure their family businesses continue to thrive, in Italy and beyond. See the slideshow » 

The Chatsworth House Matriarch
How the Duchess of Devonshire transformed the English Country home aesthetic from dowdy to divine. See the slideshow »