June 8, 2023

Between Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and even graduations, May is a busy time for popular vacation hotspots. Avoid the summer crowds with these unique destinations.

Miraval Arizona

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This Mother’s Day go beyond the flowers, slippers or mugs and give mom what she wants: a day of relaxation. Perfect for pampering, Miraval Arizona offers an array of indulgent spa treatments and wellness activities including the signature equine programming and yoga classes. Miraval’s cooking classes, at the new Life in Balance Culinary Kitchen outfitted by Williams-Sonoma, lets mom participate in innovative courses such as “Appreciating Chocolate” and “The Secret of Sauces.” Splurge and gift her the “Ultimate Mother’s Day Package,” a $200 resort credit and EmerginC Beauty Kit.

Memphis in May International Festival

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The month-long celebration hosts the city’s biggest events: the Beale Street Music Festival held May 3-5 and the World Championship Barbeque Cooking Contest, May 15-18. The city offers an array of activities including art exhibits, half marathons, and the Memphis Bicentennial Gala.

Marlin Bay Resort & Marina , Marathon Florida, Florida Keys

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Come and experience the new Marlin Bay Resort & Marina in Marathon, Florida.  The resort features 74 wet slips accommodating yachts up to 70 feet and 25 boat lifts. Soak up the sun by the resort’s beach entry pool, play a game of pool in the extravagant recreational room, or step into the sauna after a workout in the fitness room, at one of the most upscale resorts in the Florida Keys. Luxurious three and four-bedroom vacation homes feature three-story floor plans, exquisite décor, and some even include a private plunge pool or rooftop deck. Fishing, snorkeling, the Dolphin Research Center and a short drive to Key West are just a few reasons to visit Marlin Bay Resort & Marina.

Tahiti Pearl Regatta


Filled with festivities and friendly competition, the Tahiti Pearl Regatta, held May 7-11, packs four fun-filled racing days with evening entertainment. More than 30 yachts set sail along the local islands and lagoons. The race typically stays under 20 nautical miles, which is perfect for beginner sailors. Each evening, the island comes alive with exciting celebrations filled with Polynesian food, music, and dancing. The race concludes with a prize ceremony and a ritual fire dance.

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