Forget planning a weeklong trip to Hawaii or even a few nights in Napa this time of year. May tends to be particularly booked up, especially for the people we are supposed to be celebrating: mothers.
For many moms, spring weekends are spent on the sidelines of soccer fields, in bleachers of baseball stadiums or at end-of-school graduations and recitals. Finding a free night or two in an otherwise jam-packed week might be a busy mom’s best bet — but when she does, Austin makes it easy to escape without ever leaving town. Check Mom into one of these local spots guaranteed to give her a mini-retreat from reality and return her more rested, relaxed and rejuvenated than before. Travel not required.
After picking up the kids on Friday afternoon, I headed downtown to swap cars with my husband, exchanging my vehicle chock-full of car seats containing chattering children for his noiseless, crumb-free one. Moments later, my mom and I were kicking off an early Mother’s Day celebration together at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Just last year, this luxurious lakeside property completed a two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation of its 294 guest rooms and suites, nature-inspired spa and 4,000-square-foot fitness center overlooking Lady Bird Lake. After our 80-minute Caviar Anti-Aging Facials, designed to turn back the clock with caviar proteins that tone and hydrate, and pre-dinner cocktails sipped on the hotel’s lush lawn dotted with heritage oaks and hammocks, we had already slipped deep into staycation mode.
For dinner we traipsed to Trio, the hotel’s New American restaurant featuring stunning terrace views of Lady Bird Lake and award-winning wines, where we savored starters of ceviche and crispy Gulf oysters before indulging in a buttery Chilean sea bass served atop creamy risotto followed by lemon and lavender crème brûlée. We burned the decadence off the next morning by taking the hotel’s complimentary cruisers out for a spin along the trails of Lady Bird Lake, followed by an on-the-water workout at Congress Avenue Kayaks (hotel guests receive their second hour of kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals free when they show their room key). Less than 24 hours later, we checked out much more relaxed and reconnected than we arrived, making it to the soccer fields just in time for the first game of the weekend.
Whether napping in a hammock or sipping a Batini cocktail from the hotel’s Lobby Lounge while watching North America’s largest urban bat colony emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge at sunset, recharging comes easy at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. Throughout the month of May, treat Mom to the Mother’s Day Caviar Wishes and Lavender Dreams spa package, which combines an 80-minute lavender dreams body wrap with the 80-minute caviar facial for the ultimate in pampering (160 minutes/$350 for an $80 savings when both treatments are combined).
The hotel also just debuted its on-demand Margarita Cart Service, which allows guests to push a margarita button on their in-room phone to summon a cart stocked with premium tequilas and fresh ingredients along with a talented bartender capable of shaking up 500 different margaritas. Can’t stay the night? Indulge the special lady in your life with Mother’s Day Brunch on May 13, featuring 80-plus items ranging from traditional breakfast favorites and made-to-order omelets to a carving station, fresh seafood, sushi and a dessert bar ($87 per adult/$40 per child plus tax and gratuity). More at fourseasons.com/austin.
SOLACE ON THE SHORELINE
Gift Mom a stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort, featuring lakeside guest rooms, gourmet meals, fitness activities and classes and an extensive menu of spa treatments found at the world-class LakeHouse Spa. Overnight guests can sail away on a Mother’s Day Lake Cruise at 10 a.m. May 13, followed by live classical music and lunch with a mimosa bar. Moms who can’t steal away for an entire night can still get pampered with the resort’s Mom and Daughter day package. The “Mother-Daughter Delight” invites two ladies to enjoy together-time with two 80-minute aromatherapy massages in a suite specially designed for the occasion and two 50-minute facials ($890 for two 80-minute aromatherapy massages, two 50-minute facials, a spa lunch, a spa gift and service charge). More at lakeaustin.com.
FEEL HIP AND HAPPY
Book Mom a stay at the Heywood Hotel, an intimate seven-room, award-winning hotel nestled in East Austin. Featuring local, handmade furniture, deep soaking tubs, locally roasted “Heywood Blend” coffee each morning and free beers from neighborhood craft brewery Zilker Brewing each afternoon, Heywood Hotel’s all-local and all-female staff will help Mom enjoy the ultimate kids-free vacation (no children under 10 allowed). Hit the nearby Lady Bird Lake hike and bike trails on one of the hotel’s complimentary bikes or cruise on over to one of East Austin’s top barbecue joints or craft breweries before enjoying a rare uninterrupted night’s sleep. Heywood Hotel is offering guests a special Mother’s Day Package that includes a floral arrangement using locally sourced Texas flora from a local floral designer, a four-piece box of handmade chocolates from a small-batch East Austin chocolatier and a locally made notecard. More at heywoodhotel.com.
If Mom is dreaming of a downtown staycation, book her a room Aloft or Element — both opened less than a year ago. Whether resting her head in one of Aloft Austin Downtown’s 278 loft-inspired guest rooms or the Element Austin Downtown’s 144 clean-lined, apartment-style suites, Mom can soak in stellar city views from the oversized windows while mapping out her downtown adventure below. Guests can take advantage of the hotels’ boots-to-borrow and bikes-to-borrow programs to hit the town Austin-style. Round out the weekend by indulging in a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch at Caroline, the property’s urban neighborhood restaurant, May 13 before continuing the celebration with craft cocktails and brews at Upstairs at Caroline — the playful open-air “backyard” space is dotted with communal picnic tables, fire pits and fun games like cornhole and shuffleboard. For mothers of four-legged children, the property is hosting a Dog Mom’s Day at Upstairs at Caroline offering free doggie yogurts for fur babies and drink specials for their moms. More at aloftandelementhotels.com.
Pamper Mom at Hotel Saint Cecilia, a 14-room secluded estate nestled in Austin’s South Congress District where she can soak in the sunshine at the SOUL pool while sipping cocktails and noshing on light bites. For moms who love to shop but don’t want to spend any time away from their posh digs, Hotel Saint Cecilia has teamed up with the local high-end boutique ByGeorge to offer in-room personal shopping and styling services. The new complimentary hotel amenity offers guests a curated personal styling experience without ever having to leave the room — the hotel’s concierge staff gathers styling likes and dislikes and arranges a session with a ByGeorge wardrobe stylist who selects pieces and brings them to your room. More at hotelsaintcecilia.com.
LUXURIATE AT THE LAKE
Whisk the favorite lady in your life away to Lakeway Resort and Spa, perched above the sparkling waters of Lake Travis, for some guaranteed R&R. Whether Mom rests her head here for the night or just pops in for some sunshine and spa time, one thing’s for sure: Lakeway Resort and Spa is ready to celebrate moms throughout Mother’s Day weekend. Book the Mother’s Day Getaway and Brunch package, which includes deluxe accommodations and $100 or $200 toward a Mother’s Day brunch at the resort’s signature Travis Restaurant on May 13, featuring items such as made-to-order omelets, house-smoked brisket and salmon en croute ($65 for adults/$30 for children ages 6-12 years old/$15 for children ages 3-5/free for children 2 and under). For moms with days that usually revolve around the little people in their lives, pencil some pampering into the schedule at Lakeway Spa, which offers everything from healing massage and body therapies to customizable spa journeys. More at lakewayresortandspa.com.