Do-it-yourself mom retreats and girlfriend getaways
Not excited by learning a new skill or just want to recharge by hanging out with some of your close friends? Create a do-it-yourself mom retreat. I spend a weekend each year with old friends who are also moms in a rented house or a couple of larger hotel suites. We cook for each other, watch our favorite movies, play board games, hike, shop and swap our favorite books.
There are lots of options for small groups of friends who want to hang out together. You can rent a charming officer’s house at Fort Worden, rent a house on or near the beach in Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast through Beachcomber Vacation Homes, or stay near Mount Rainier at Copper Creek Lodge, which sleeps up to 12 guests. Or rent a house at Suncadia, where you and your friends can schedule some pampering at the resort’s spa and enjoy the fitness center and indoor pool.
Fun things to do on your Northwest mom retreat
Editor's note: This article was originally published a few years ago and updated most recently in March 2020.