Flagstaff Mom-cation

No one deserves a trip to regroup and refresh more than mom.

A woman stands in a field with her back to the camera looking out at mountains in Flagstaff under the Milky Way

Many say moms are the real superheroes of the world. Tested and tried, they wear many hats, stepping in as substitute teachers, nurses, and cheerleaders, often putting on a brave face while keeping the troops at bay, which is both a fulfilling and exhausting role. After excess amounts of family togetherness time, no one deserves a trip to regroup and refresh more than mom. Because not all heroes wear capes.

Blessed with an abundance of rest and relaxation opportunities, nature, and culture, Flagstaff is the ideal “momcation” destination. With something for everyone, grab your best gal pals and plan a getaway to celebrate Mother's Day or just because you deserve it! 

Outdoor patio at Little America Hotel on a sunny day. There are many tables with umbrellas and an outdoor fire

Toast to Mother’s Day 

While every day is worth celebrating as a mom, Mother’s Day is an excuse to do something a little extra. Mimosa on over to any of the area restaurants offering Mother's Day brunch specials. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, pack a picnic and cheers with cheese and charcuterie overlooking the San Francisco Peaks.

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Close-up of a flight of beer. The flight is made of 6 beers each of varying shades of amber

Drink It All In

For those in need of a little liquid therapy, there are plenty of places to dish and imbibe. Flagstaff's vibrant craft brewery scene offers a diverse selection of locally brewed beers. Wine enthusiasts will love sampling different wines at cozy wine bars. For a more hands-on experience, check out the various venues offering fun events, where you can sip on a glass of wine or a cocktail while enjoying creative pursuits or cutting loose on the dance floor.

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View of cars driving through the streets of Downtown Flagstaff in the evening. the Hotel Monte Vista sign glows

Shop ‘til You Drop

Shopping in Flagstaff is a delightful mix of boho finds and artsy threads, home to boutiques, second-hand stores, and everything in between touting vintage wear and handcrafted home décor pieces. Find an amazing going out outfit at the Old Town Shops and dress it up with authentic Native American jewelry. When you’re ready for a little afternoon pick-me-up, ice cream and fragrant fudge are a worthy splurge at one of the whimsical candy stores like Sweet Shoppe.

Things to Try:

  • Shop for authentic Native American crafts.
  • Play dress up at the vintage boutiques.
  • Indulge your sweet tooth at one of the retro candy counters.
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Make it a Sp-aah Day

If you’re the kind of girlfriends who enjoy a little pampering, Flagstaff has plenty of options for some much-needed R&R. Whether you treat yourself to a massage or mani-pedi at a local day or splurge on an all-out wellness retreat, your mind and body will thank you. 

Things to Try:

  • Take a morning yoga class to center your chi.
  • Try forest bathing to get back to nature.
  • Treat yourself to a massage or facial. 
  • Discover the benefits of a Nordic Spa treatment at High Country Motor Lodge.

Find a Reason to Celebrate 

From Yoga on the Lawn to Movies on the Square, there’s always something going on in downtown Flagstaff. Post up in Heritage Square for their summer concert series every Friday night or catch a classic flick on Saturday evenings. Start by nama-slaying the day at the County Courthouse and end the night stargazing at Lowell Observatory. We think you’ll find your visit to be out of this world.

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About the Author

Momcation Lauren Monitz

Lauren Monitz

Lauren Monitz is a travel writer and influencer specializing in offbeat adventures and things you didn't even know you wanted on your bucket list. Her goal is to seek out the weirdest and wackiest attractions to show there's no such thing as a flyover city or state and introduce her audience to a new side of their favorite place. She has been published in Fodor's, Trivago, and USA Today among others. You can follow the (mis)adventures on her blog https://thedownlo.com or on Instagram @lmonitz.

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