From the great cities of Pennsylvania such as Pittsburgh and Philadelphia to the mountain retreats of the Poconos, the Keystone State offers mothers and daughters all kinds of getaway ideas. Many are just a short trip from within the state, or even from out of state in nearby cities.
Tucked away in the extreme northeast part of the Poconos, The Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, offers a "mother daughter spa escape package" including an overnight stay, three gourmet meals, speakers, workshops, art classes, fitness classes, a cooking demonstration, a personal spa concierge and access to steam rooms, whirlpool, sauna and hot tubs. Woodloch is a 90 minute drive from Manhattan and a two-hour drive from Philadelphia; spots in New Jersey are even closer. The cost varies depending on how many nights mother and daughter stay; moms get a 30 percent discount. The spa at the Hotel Hershey (www.thehotelhershey.com) offers moms and daughters all kinds of spa services the "chocolate" way, with whipped cocoa bath, chocolate fondue wrap and the chocolate bean polish.
For ladies who like to golf, Pennsylvania's mountainous terrain in both its rural and urban settings make it the perfect location to hit the links. The Birdsfoot Golf Course (www.birdsfoot.com), Freeport, just outside Pittsburgh, features an 18-hole course. Just two miles from the course is Pagnelli's Butterfly House, owned by the golf course, which features play-and-stay packages. Seven Springs Mountain Resort (www.7springs.com) is a 6,500-yard, 71 par course that features a pro shop and lounge. Getaway packages are available, and guests can stay at the Main Lodge Hotel or on-site condominiums, chalets and cabins.
Moms with teenagers can include history in their mother-daughter getaway with a trip to Gettysburg National Park (www.gettysburg.com), where guests can visit the visitors' center and the Gettysburg Battlefield and learn about Civil War history. While many Pennsylvania cities can claim a historic past, Philadelphia (historicphiladelphia.org) had the first zoo, hospital, bank and university, and Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag there, too. Mothers and daughters can sightsee the day away taking in Philadelphia landmarks on family tours, learning about the early foundations of our nation's history.
What girl doesn't love to shop, right? While Pennsylvania malls dot every suburban and rural area, the Keystone State's charming small towns offer great shopping at a slower pace. New Hope (www.newhopepennsylvania.com), just about an hour north of Philadelphia on the banks of the Delaware River, provides great boutique shopping for clothes, antiques, gifts and jewelry, along with inviting restaurants and art galleries. Across the river, people can discover Lambertville, New Jersey, and find similar charm. Those looking for a deal can find outlet shopping in Lancaster at Rockvale Outlets (www.rockvaleoutlets.com). Both locations have lodging at various locations.
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