Happy Mother’s Day! When I was growing up, my mom took me traveling as often as she could. Although I didn’t make my first trip abroad until I was an adult (save for Canada, which is only a few hours from my hometown), I saw well over half of the United States by the time I was 18, thanks in large part to the many road trips she planned.
And so, in honor of the holiday, I’ve asked my mom to share her five favorite travel destinations. Here’s what she had to say:
1. Cape May, New Jersey. I like the charm of the town and the old Victorian homes. I stayed at Congress Hall, and I liked the feel of the place. It was old and the floors creaked — it was homey, but it had an elegance. They also have a very nice restaurant, The Blue Pig Tavern.
2. San Francisco, California. There’s just so much to do — shopping, good restaurants, looking at architecture. I like that you can get around the city easily by public transportation. The different areas are so distinct, and they all have a different appeal to them. I recommend Dylan’s Famous Driving Tour, and Tony’s Pizza Napoletana has the best pizza ever.
3. Grenada. It’s a friendly island with a laid-back feel. The beaches were beautiful, and the grounds away from the ocean were very pretty, too.
4. Key West, Florida. I like to go down Duval Street and go along the shops, and then sit down in Mallory Square and watch the sunset. I love to try the different key lime pies and see what place has the best key lime pie. So far, Sarabeth’s is the winner.
5. New York, New York. It’s fast-paced, busy, crowded, there’s always something going on — it has a certain excitement to it. I love the New York pizza, I love the shopping there, I love seeing Broadway shows, I love The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I like going through the small art galleries on the Lower East Side; last time I was there, I got to meet one of the artists.